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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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The Stafford Vacuum

Martha Foley talks with Brian Mann about the latest maneuverings in the political vacuum left behind in northeastern New York by State Senator Ron Stafford's retirement.  Go to full article

L.P. Film Forum: The Player

Brian Mann talks with veteran film producer Ira Deutschman. He's distributed movies like "The Player" and "Hoop Dreams". He'll give us a peek at a side of movie-making that most of us never see as the Lake Placid Film Forum is set to begin tomorrow.  Go to full article

Celebrating the RV Lifestyle

This summer, the North Country will see the usual fleet of RVs. Massive Airstreams and Winnebagos, pop-up Coleman tent trailers and Volkswagen sleeper vans will fill local campgrounds. On Saturday, the Shelburne Museum in Vermont unveiled a new exhibition that celebrates this gypsy lifestyle. Brian Mann reports on "American Wanderlust", a look at the history of the RV.  Go to full article

Primary Preview: 113th Assembly District Draws Strong GOP Contenders

Veteran state Senator Ron Stafford announced his retirement less than a week ago. Already, the political world in his district has changed dramatically. With Assemblywoman Betty Little now campaigning for the senate, a long list of Republicans say they're tempted to battle for the newly formed 113th Assembly District. Brian Mann has this preview.
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Stafford Resignation: For Democrats, An Opening

With Chris Ortloff and Betty Little scrapping for the senate seat, that frees up their two assembly districts. Queensbury supervisor Nicholas Caimano, a Republican, has already announced that he'll run to replace Betty Little. With incumbents out of the way, the shifting political scene represents a rare opening for the Democratic party. Despite pockets of strength, Democrats have struggled to win higher office in the region. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Stafford Resignation: The End of An Era Sparks Fierce Contest For North
Country Senate Seat

The first big battle in the race for Ron Stafford's senate seat will be the Republican primary, matching Plattsburgh Assemblyman Chris Ortloff against Glens Falls Assemblywoman Betty Little. Martha Foley has more.
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Fife and Drum Corps Music

At Memorial Day ceremonies yesterday at Fort Ticonderoga, the fife and drum corps also honored the soldiers of France and Britain buried at the site. They performed Le Rondeau and God Save the King, under the direction of Drum Major Mike Edson.  Go to full article

People: Brian Houseal, Executive Director of the Adirondack Council

With 18,000 members, the Adirondack Council is one of the North Country's most powerful pro-environment groups. Brian Mann talks with the Council's new Executive Director, Brian Houseal. It's a conversation about acid rain and the group's plan for a new Bob Marshall Wilderness area.  Go to full article

Memorial Day Postcard: Fort Ticonderoga

A small crowd gathered yesterday at Fort Ticonderoga to remember some of the first soldiers to die defending the country. A raid on the Fort in 1775 helped to launch the American Revolution. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann sends this audio postcard.
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Timber Dispute Heats Up: Canada To Lobby Against U-S Tariffs

Canada announced yesterday that it will launch a fifteen million dollar public relations campaign to fight lumber tariffs imposed last week by the U-S government. The tariffs are part of a growing trade dispute between timber industries in the two countries. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

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