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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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Airport Security Changes

National Guard troops have stepped aside at Albany Airport, replaced temporarily by deputies from the county sheriff's department. As Brian Mann reports, National Guard soldiers will wind up their special anti-terrorism duties at airports across the country by the end of the month.  Go to full article

Icy Canoe on South Bay

Yesterday, we heard about canoe races - the Whitewater Derby in North Creek in particular. Today, we stay on the water, but on a canoe trip of a different sort. Brian Mann paddled up the headwaters of Lake Champlain in the late fall of 2000 - up South Bay, which will never see the traffic that the Saranac, or the Grasse or the Oswegatchie do. There's never a busy season, though the scenery is spectacular.  Go to full article

Whitewater Derby in North Creek

Canoe season is in full flood - both for recreational boaters and more focused paddlers. Races opened the season in earnest on rivers across the North Country. In Canton, C-1 Pro World Championships headlined the 41st annual Rushton races. The Teva Black River Rodeo brought kayaking pros to the Black River in Watertown. And wintry weather ended just in time for the hundreds of boaters gathered from around the country for the 45th annual Hudson River Whitewater Derby in North Creek. Brian Mann dropped by for the race and sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

College Classes Return To State Prisons

State officials say they plan to bring taxpayer funded college programs back to New York's prisons. Inmate classes were cut by Governor Pataki nearly a decade ago. As Brian Mann reports, the new program will be paid for by the Federal government.  Go to full article

People: Shelburne Museum's Impressionist Pioneers

Brian Mann talks with Henry Joyce, chief curator at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont. It's a conversation about the Webb-Havermeyer family -- a North Country dynasty that pioneered the collection of Impressionist paintings.  Go to full article

Wilderness Within Reach: A Shorter Canoe Route In the Adirondacks

There are plenty of weekends when chores and family and spring's tricky weather make it tough to escape for a long backcountry canoe trip. Fortunately, the North Country offers plenty of shorter routes - half-day trips that promise fantastic views without a lot of hassle. Over the weekend, Brian Mann paddled on the Osgood River in the Adirondacks. He sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Photo: Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Michele Buck
Photo: Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Michele Buck

President George Bush Met In the Adirondacks With Hospitality & Protests

President Bush praised environmental volunteers while celebrating Earth Day in the Adirondack Mountains. The President made a symbolic stop to help a trail crew working near the Ausable River. He also pushed for a market-based system to reduce acid rain. Brian Mann has our story from Wilmington.  Go to full article
Photo: Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Michele Buck
Photo: Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Michele Buck

President Visits Adirondacks for Earth Day

President George Bush is scheduled to arrive at Lake Clear Airport later this morning. He'll spend Earth Day in the Adirondacks, helping to rebuild a trail and talking about his plan to cut acid rain. As Brian Mann reports, the President will be met with excitement...and with protests.  Go to full article
How the USGS seismograph saw the quake.
How the USGS seismograph saw the quake.

Earthquake Rattles North Country

A moderate earthquake hit the north country on Saturday, damaging churches, cracking foundations, and shattering storefront windows. The tremor and two long aftershocks did the most damage in Clinton County, fifteen miles southwest of Plattsburgh. Brian Mann toured the area and has this report.  Go to full article

President Plans Visit to North Country for Earth Day

The North Country's Congressional delegation says President George Bush will visit the Adirondacks on Monday. The Earth Day visit comes just two weeks after the Bush Administration unveiled a new "Clear Skies" program designed to help reduce acid rain. Brian Mann reports health and environmental groups plan to protest during the President's visit.  Go to full article

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