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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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Stafford Resignation: For Democrats, An Opening

With Chris Ortloff and Betty Little scrapping for the senate seat, that frees up their two assembly districts. Queensbury supervisor Nicholas Caimano, a Republican, has already announced that he'll run to replace Betty Little. With incumbents out of the way, the shifting political scene represents a rare opening for the Democratic party. Despite pockets of strength, Democrats have struggled to win higher office in the region. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Stafford Resignation: The End of An Era Sparks Fierce Contest For North
Country Senate Seat

The first big battle in the race for Ron Stafford's senate seat will be the Republican primary, matching Plattsburgh Assemblyman Chris Ortloff against Glens Falls Assemblywoman Betty Little. Martha Foley has more.
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Fife and Drum Corps Music

At Memorial Day ceremonies yesterday at Fort Ticonderoga, the fife and drum corps also honored the soldiers of France and Britain buried at the site. They performed Le Rondeau and God Save the King, under the direction of Drum Major Mike Edson.  Go to full article

People: Brian Houseal, Executive Director of the Adirondack Council

With 18,000 members, the Adirondack Council is one of the North Country's most powerful pro-environment groups. Brian Mann talks with the Council's new Executive Director, Brian Houseal. It's a conversation about acid rain and the group's plan for a new Bob Marshall Wilderness area.  Go to full article

Memorial Day Postcard: Fort Ticonderoga

A small crowd gathered yesterday at Fort Ticonderoga to remember some of the first soldiers to die defending the country. A raid on the Fort in 1775 helped to launch the American Revolution. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann sends this audio postcard.
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Timber Dispute Heats Up: Canada To Lobby Against U-S Tariffs

Canada announced yesterday that it will launch a fifteen million dollar public relations campaign to fight lumber tariffs imposed last week by the U-S government. The tariffs are part of a growing trade dispute between timber industries in the two countries. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Young Man Accused of Murdering Parents In Ausable

State police say a 17-year-old in Ausable shot and killed his parents early on Saturday morning. Justin McLean has been charged with two counts of 2nd degree murder. Brian Mann has our report.  Go to full article

Quebec Premier - New York Governor: First-ever Trade Pact

Governor Pataki and Quebec Premier Bernard Landry agreed on Wednesday to spend tens of millions of dollars developing cross-border trade. The pact followed the first-ever New York-Quebec summit. Brian Mann reports from Plattsburgh.
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Going underground in search of endangered Indana bats.
Going underground in search of endangered Indana bats.

Endangered Species In A Cold Season: Tracking Indiana Bats In The Champlain Valley

The North Country's frosty spring is a nuisance for humans, but for wildlife the cold weather can be deadly. Researchers in the Adirondacks say bats are especially vulnerable. The tiny animals are just emerging from their caves weak and hungry after a long winter's hibernation. As Brian Mann reports, scientists are keeping a close watch on "Indiana" bats - an endangered species found in the Champlain Valley.  Go to full article

Train Oil Spill

A cargo train struck a boulder on the track near Port Henry just after ten o'clock Monday morning. The Canadian Pacific train spilled 700 gallons of diesel fuel. Brian Mann reports DEC officials are working to clean up contaminated soil near the track.  Go to full article

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