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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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Despite North Country Cancer Clusters, Anti-Smoking Campaign Lackluster

New York's Department of Health says lung cancer rates across the North Country are a hundred percent higher than expected. But despite new revenue from cigarette taxes and the tobacco settlement, there's little funding for tobacco programs. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article
 A discussion group at the Wildlands Exchange Conference.
A discussion group at the Wildlands Exchange Conference.

Canada's Parks: A More Restrictive Model for the Adirondacks?

This summer, visitors to the High Peaks found more rules and regulations than ever before. The new unit management plan bans campfires and limits the size of hiking groups. But compared with parks in Canada, the Adirondacks are still wide open.
At a conference this weekend, recreation users and pro-environment groups debated a future where that could change, with access to the backcountry limited by quotas and permits. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

113th Assembly District Debate: Jobs & Politics

Assembly candidates in the 113th district gathered last night for a debate in Lake Placid. The talk was mostly about jobs and strategies to revive the struggling North Country economy. This race promises to be one of the most competitive in the region - with three strong candidates on the November ballot. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Lake Placid: Sewer Woes Delay Development Projects

The village of Lake Placid is scrambling to raise ten million dollars needed to rebuild the sewage treatment plant. Local officials have already doubled water rates - a move that angered many hotel owners. Mayor Robi Politi now says major new development projects - and tourism events - will have to wait until the new plant comes on-line. As Brian Mann reports, some business leaders worry that the sewage bottleneck will derail Lake Placid's prosperity.  Go to full article
Stewart Belkin, President of Newstech NY, Inc., stands outside the mill in Newton Falls.
Stewart Belkin, President of Newstech NY, Inc., stands outside the mill in Newton Falls.

Newton Falls Paper Mill Reopens: Economic Victory For St. Lawrence County

A Canadian company will spend more than twenty million dollars refurbishing the paper mill in Newton Falls. The plan--which will mean roughly 120 job--was unveiled Sunday at a ceremony in the village. The economy in southern St. Lawrence County was devastated three years ago when the Newton Falls mill shut down. As Brian Mann reports, many locals say yesterday's announcement was the pay-off for years of hope and hard work.  Go to full article

Bombardier Announces Layoffs

Transportation giant Bombardier announced today that the company will lay off six percent of its workforce. The move is a blow to the economy in Quebec, where more than a thousand jobs will go. Brian Mann reports it appears that the decision will affect plants in Vermont, but not in New York.  Go to full article

Keeseville: Tanker Crash Threatens Water Supply

A tanker truck crash early Wednesday on the Northway is threatening Keeseville's water supply. Between four and five thousand gallons of transformer oil spilled into a creek that feeds the village's main reservoir. Brian Mann has details:  Go to full article
The Sacandaga River Community Park
The Sacandaga River Community Park

Audio Postcard from the Sacandaga River

It's possible to grow up--and grow old--in a North Country town, never quite noticing its treasures. Paul Wilbur was raised in Speculator, in the woods and bogs along the Sacandaga River. At the age of seventy, he volunteered to lead construction of a community park and a nature trail. The project reconnected him with his community and with his own history. Brian Mann spent a morning with Paul Wilbur and sends this audio postcard.

Directions to the Sacandaga River Community Park: Take Rt. 30 to the four corners in Speculator. South of the intersection, look for the Lemon Tree restaraunt. Across the road, you'll see the community recreation area and the park entrance.  Go to full article
Researcher Eric Britzky marks an Indiana bat roost tree.
Researcher Eric Britzky marks an Indiana bat roost tree.

Champlain Valley: Endangered Bats Colonize Private Land

Scientists in New York and Vermont say 5,000 endangered Indiana bats have colonized the Champlain Valley. The discovery confirmed this summer is good news for a species that's dying off in other parts of the country. But as Brian Mann reports, the bats are roosting on private land. That means new challenges for landowners and for researchers who hope to protect the species.  Go to full article

Adirondack Climate Change Called "Reality"

This week, scientists, government and business leaders, and pro-environment groups are meeting in Raquette Lake. They're talking about global warming caused by human pollution and the impact on our region. The latest research suggests that the north country's climate has already begun to shift. Temperatures are rising subtly. Other human impacts--like acid rain and the spread of invasive species--may be accelerating the pace of change. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

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