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NCPR News Staff: Brian Mann

Adirondack Bureau Chief
Brian Mann grew up in Alaska, where he fell in love with public radio. In 1999, Brian moved to the Adirondacks and helped launch NCPR's news bureau at Paul Smiths College. "I love the chemistry of water and mountains," Brian says. "But I'm also pretty crazy about village life in the north country. It's the kind of place where you know your neighbors." Brian lives in Saranac Lake with wife Susan and son Nicholas. He's a frequent contributor to NPR and also writes regularly for regional magazines, including Adirondack Life and the Adirondack Explorer. E-mail

Stories filed by Brian Mann

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114th Assembly District Race Is On: Abdallah Will Challenge Ortloff

Plattsburgh Town Supervisor Andrew Abdullah toured the North Country on Tuesday, to announce that he'll challenge Chris Ortloff for the assembly seat in the 114th District. As Brian Mann reports, the primary race reflects deep divisions in the region's Republican party.
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Adirondack Hunting Camps: Traditional Use or Backcountry Condos?

For more than a century, hunters and fishermen in the Adirondacks have leased land for their cabins from big logging companies. But changes in the timber industry - and conservation deals made with the state - are displacing hundreds of hunting clubs. Now, more sportsmen are looking to buy their land, hoping to keep the tradition alive. As Brian Mann reports, the shift is raising new concerns about development in the backcountry.  Go to full article

Ortloff Withdraws: Senate Race Loses Drama, Democracy

The race to replace Senator Ron Stafford lost half its steam last night. Just before a meeting of the Clinton County Republican Party, Assemblyman Chris Ortloff announced that he has withdrawn his candidacy. As Brian Mann reports, Ortloff is stepping aside after GOP officials across the north country threw their weight behind his opponent.  Go to full article

Bush Administration Relaxes Clean Air Act Rules: Raises Acid Rain Fears

New York's Attorney General says he'll sue to block a Whitehouse plan that could mean more acid rain for the Adirondacks. New rules announced Thursday would ease rules for coal burning big power plants in the Midwest. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Jetski Bans Spread: Five Adirondack Towns Now Restrict Personal Watercraft

This week, the towns of North Elba and Chester moved to tighten restrictions on jetskis. Personal watercraft will be banned completely from Lake Placid. On Loon Lake, jetski-riders will face new age and speed limits. As Brian Mann reports, some locals, and some government officials, say the controls are unfair.  Go to full article

Plattsburgh's Mayor Won't Run for Stafford's Senate Seat

Plattsburgh Mayor Dan Stewart announced on Monday that he won't make a bid to replace Senator Ron Stafford. Stewart, a Republican, would have faced Assemblyman Chris Ortloff and Assemblywoman Betty Little in the GOP primary. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

More on the Lake Placid Film Forum

Martha Foley talks with Brian Mann about the latest gathering of film stars, directors, producers and writers in Lake Placid.  Go to full article

A Filmmaker's Take On September 11th: Letting People Speak for Themselves

The third annual Lake Placid Film Forum closed Sunday evening. The festival's top award went to a Canadian film called Fast Runner, an epic about an Inuit family in the arctic. The top documentary prize went to Photos to Send, a look at the work of photographer Dorothea Lange. Winning the Festival's special Honorable Mention category was a movie that's not quite a movie. September 11: Response is described by its creators as a visual archive of what New Yorkers experienced on that day. Brian Mann's story about the work includes strong and graphic language.  Go to full article

Recommendation To Bishop: Close Tupper Lake's Catholic Elementary School

Parents and faculty at the Holy Ghost Academy in Tupper Lake are recommending that the 99-year-old elementary school close for good at the end of this academic year. The decision follows a decline in enrollment. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

In Canada, A Church Sex Abuse Scandal Touches Thousands of Natives and Lawsuits Threaten Religious Groups With Bankruptcy

While the Roman Catholic church in the United States wrestles with its sex-abuse scandal, churches in Canada face a crisis of their own. For more than a century, Canada's government forced native children into boarding schools - schools run by the country's leading churches. Now, thousands of former students claim they were raped and beaten, by priests and other school officials. Hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent, to settle victim claims and to rebuild native communities. But as North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann reports, the crush of lawsuits is forcing Canadian religious groups into bankruptcy.  Go to full article

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