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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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12 North Country Women Fined in pyramid scheme

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer says 12 North Country women have paid fines ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 dollars for their roles in a pyramid scheme. The investigation into the so-called Women's Gifting Circle began in 2000 after many women complained about losing money in the scheme, which was sold as a way for women to support other women in need. Most of the women are from Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. Brian Mann reports.
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Former North Country Priest Accused of Child Sexual Abuse

A Catholic priest that served in small towns across the North Country has been accused of sexually abusing children. A lawsuit filed by two women in Syracuse hopes to win a damage award of seven million dollars. As Brian Mann reports, the same priest has been accused of sexually abusing girls over a period of twenty-five years—in Canton, Sackets Harbor, and St. Regis Falls.  Go to full article

Following the Monarchs Home: Mexican Butterfly Sanctuaries at Risk

The monarch butterflies that spend the summer here in the North Country winter over in the mountains of central Mexico. Their annual migration is one of the world’s natural wonders. But this winter, an ice storm blasted Mexico's butterfly sanctuary. Tens of millions of monarchs died. Scientists say logging and subsistence farming have damaged the sanctuary's tree canopy, leaving the butterflies vulnerable. Now, the World Wildlife Fund and the Mexican government are spending millions of dollars, hoping to convince locals that the forest should be saved. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann visited the mountain region. He found that many researchers see this effort as the monarchs' last chance.  Go to full article

Assessing Snowmobile Safety

A string of snowmobile deaths in the North Country have been blamed on three factors: alcohol, thin ice, and high speeds. Brian Mann talks about snowmobile safety with Jim Jennings, head of the New York State Snowmobile Association.  Go to full article

Motorboat Restrictions Draw Hot Debate

A proposal to limit motorboats on waters near Saranac Lake sparked a heated debate last night. The meeting was held by the state Department of Environmental Conservation to discuss a new management plan for the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest. Brian Mann reports tension between recreation users in the region continue to grow.  Go to full article

Gorilla Experts

Brian Mann talks with Amy Vedder and Bill Weber. The pair spend part of the year at their home in North Creek, but they also work in central Africa studying mountain gorillas.  Go to full article

AT&T Tests Adirondack Cell Tower Policy

The Adirondack Park Agency is reviewing an application by AT&T wireless that could improve cell phone service along a stretch of the Northway. The antenna project is a first test of the agency's new tower policy, designed to protect the region's views. Brian Mann was at yesterday's APA meeting and has this report.  Go to full article

Wildlife Corridor Would Strengthen Parks; Study Says Locals Would Fight Project

Students at Clarkson University presented a new report yesterday on a proposed wildlife corridor that would link the Adirondack Park and Ontario's Algonquin Provincial Park. The study found that the corridor would help animals making the trip between the two parks. But the report also says the idea will draw fierce resistance from private landowners. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

The US and Canadian Amputee Hockey Teams to play Exhibition Game at the Winter Paralympics on Saturday.

The US and Canadian National Amputee Hockey teams to play exhibition game at the Winter Paralympics on March 16th. Last year, the first US and Canadian Amputee Hockey Game was played at the Civic Center in Saranac Lake. Brian Mann was there and filed this report from February, 2001  Go to full article

Labor Numbers: State Workers Hurting From Recession and September 11th Aftermath

New York's Labor Department has released its latest employment numbers and the jobs picture looks bleak for much of the state. Hit by the September 11th terrorist attack and by a global recession, the state lost more than 140,000 jobs last year. As Brian Mann reports, parts of the north country are feeling the squeeze - but others held steady.
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