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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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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

People: Bishop Arthur Walmsley—a Christian Response to Violence

Brian Mann talks with a leading policymaker in the Episcopal church about the Christian response to September 11 and violence in the Middle East.  Go to full article

An Alternative School Where The First Language Comes First

For more than 20 years, students on the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation have had a choice. Lots of kids go to a regular English language elementary school. But some students attend a traditional private school, where instruction is in Mohawk. Brian Mann met with students from the Akwesasne Freedom School this week and has our story.  Go to full article

Students At Plattsburgh State University More Liberal Than Students Nationwide

A survey of students at Plattsburgh State University has found that the school's freshmen tend to be liberal on issues that include marijuana use and gay rights. The study suggests that Plattsburgh students are more liberal than other college students nationwide. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Proud Moment at Fort Drum: Soldiers Return from Afghanistan

On Thursday, officials at Fort Drum welcomed home hundreds of soldiers who fought in Afghanistan. Brigadier General Thomas Goedkoop is an assistant commander with the 10th Mountain Division. Speaking yesterday - to the soldiers and their families - General Goedkoop described the deployment as a proud moment for the North Country.  Go to full article

Fort Drum Soldiers Welcomed Home, Decorated With Ribbons

In early March, soldiers from Fort Drum fought a pitched battle at Shah-I-Khot in Afghanistan. 8 American soldiers died in the fighting. None of those men were based in the North Country. But more than 20 Fort Drum soldiers were injured. Now, the troops who took part in Operation Anaconda are coming home. They're being welcomed by eager families - and recognized for brave service. Brian Mann visited Fort Drum on Thursday and has our report.  Go to full article

Plattsburgh Industrial Site Slated for Clean-up

A consultant for the city of Plattsburgh says an old industrial site on the Saranac River is leaking a toxic, tarry sludge. At a press conference yesterday, Dr. Allen Hathaway described the plant as a high priority clean-up. Brian Mann has more.  Go to full article

EPA, GE May Work Together On Hudson Clean-up

After years of bitter fighting, General Electric and the Environmental Protection Agency are moving ahead with plans to dredge the Hudson River. GE is giving signs that it may work with the EPA - instead of filing legal action to block the clean-up. Federal officials are also offering compromise. Brian Mann has this update.  Go to full article

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