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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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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

Fletcher Allen Hospital Faces Financial Scrutiny

One of the country's top bond analysis firms has downgraded the credit rating of Fletcher Allen Hospital, in Burlington. The move follows state and federal inquiries into the hospital's 200 million dollar expansion project. Brian Mann reports:  Go to full article

Adirondack Debate: Hunting Camp Development

The Adirondack Park Agency will hold a public hearing to decide the future of an eight-lot subdivision in southern St. Lawrence County. The developer says seven new buildings will be "hunting camps". Park Agency commissioners say the cabins could be used as homes. Brian Mann reports:  Go to full article

Special Report: Roman Catholic Priest Shortage Reshapes North Country Life

The Roman Catholic Church has been a powerful force in the North Country since the region was settled by whites hundreds of years ago. But the once-firm fabric of community parishes is under increasing strain. A shortage of priests has forced the Diocese of Ogdensburg to close churches, and move priests to serve more congregations. The process has continued through the summer and fall. Currently, one in four parishes in the North Country lacks a resident pastor. As Brian Mann reports, the crisis began long before the current sex-abuse scandals, and it's changing the work of the local churches.  Go to full article

Kid Radio: Praise For Summer, From Summer Camp

It's summer camp season. Hundreds of kids around the north country are swimming and hiking, earning merit badges, practicing their musical instrument--even making radio. This week, at the Town of Altamont Summer Day Camp, kids worked with our Adirondack reporter Brian Mann, learning how to make a story for radio. They interviewed each other, asking about the best parts of summer. Here's our special correspondent, 10-year-old Riti Spada, reporting from the gym at LP Quinn Elementary.  Go to full article

GOP Federal Spending Up, But Not in North Country

A report published today by the Associated Press finds that Republican lawmakers have funneled billions more dollars to their districts since taking over Congress in 1994. But North Country lawmakers lagged far behind. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article
Summer day on the Carry Falls Reservoir.
Summer day on the Carry Falls Reservoir.

Canoe Journey: Jordan River, Carry Falls Reservoir

The Carry Falls Reservoir lies hidden away in the northwest corner of the Adirondack Park. Twenty miles south of Potsdam, Carry Falls is the fifth-largest lake inside the blue line. It's also the gateway to one of the North Country's most pristine rivers. Brian Mann spent a day exploring and sends this audio postcard:  Go to full article

Regional Hospital Investigated

State officials in Vermont have joined with Federal investigators looking into the multi-million dollar expansion of Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington. As Brian Mann reports, the 1/4 billion dollar project may have skirted state laws.  Go to full article

Newcomb's 1 Million Dollar School Pool Project Approved By Court

An appeals court in Albany has rejected a suit attempting to stop construction of a million-dollar swimming pool in Newcomb. The Finch-Pruyn paper company, a major taxpayer in the town, claimed that the project was too costly. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Lake Placid Attorney Ed Finnerty Barred from Practicing Law

A panel of the state Supreme Court has barred a prominent attorney in Lake Placid from practicing law for two years. Ed Finnerty is North Elba's town attorney and is a member of lake Placid's Hall of Fame. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

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