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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

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People: Mike Coffey, On Poetry and Language

Our literacy series concludes as poet Michael Coffey reads his poem "Marie" and talks about language.  Go to full article

Winds and Low Humidity Fuel Fires

It was another tough day Monday for fire crews across the North Country. Steady winds and low humidity fueled blazes in Johnsburg and Wilmington. Brian Mann has this update.
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Blazes Double In Size: Thirty Forest Fires Now Burning In North Country

Forest fires across the north country spread through the weekend, doubling in size to more than two hundred acres. Forest rangers and local fire departments are focusing on fast-moving blazes in the town of Johnsburg. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Forest Fires Heat Up On Thursday: Burn Ban Activated; Crews "Fatigued"

A state official has banned open burning on wild forest land in the Adirondacks. The move comes as firefighters in the north country face continued hot, dry weather. Crews are stretched thin, with half-a-dozen new fires popping up on Thursday. Brian Mann has this update:  Go to full article

Cedarlands Conservation Deal Near Long Lake Draws Praise, Raises Eyebrows

Conservation groups in the Adirondacks are praising a deal that will protect more than four thousand acres of forest and shoreline near Long Lake. But the project also allows a prominent environmentalist to buy a 60-acre piece of shoreline property. As Brian Mann reports, a plan to build a private home on the parcel has drawn sharp criticism:  Go to full article

Fires Burn Across Region, Near Niagara Mohawk Corridor

This week's heat wave - and a flurry of lightning storms - have spread forest fires across the north country. Forest rangers are battling a half-dozen blazes, from Willsboro in the east to Diana in the west. As Brian Mann reports, the latest fire is burning in Lewis County, near one of Niagara Mohawk's main power corridors:  Go to full article

Hot Weather Brings Forest Fires To Eastern Adirondacks

Hot, dry weather in the north country has brought a rash of forest fires to the eastern Adirondacks. New York forest rangers and crews from two state prisons are battling the blazes in rugged terrain near Lake George. Brian Mann has details:  Go to full article

Literacy and Illiteracy in the North Country, pt. 2

Looking at the two dominant methods of teaching reading, phonics and whole language, how they work, and how they don't. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Literacy and Illiteracy in the North Country, pt. 1

The first in our series on literacy and illiteracy in the North Country. Today--a look at the latest research into what literacy is. How do people learn to read? Why is it easy for some, but not or others? How does the brain learn and use language? Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Trail Derails Saturday In Westport: Emergency Alert, No Injuries

A train derailed in Westport on Saturday, spilling a flammable chemical over a seven-mile stretch of the rail bed. Emergency crews battled a small forest fire, triggered by the accident. As Brian Mann reports, five firefighters were exposed to the chemical, but no serious injuries were reported:  Go to full article

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