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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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A Journey to Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, part 2

Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most remote places on earth. The tundra plain also holds one of the last great deposits of crude oil in North America. If oil development goes forward in the Refuge, it could affect caribou and polar bears. But drilling would also reshape the lives of people who live and travel in the Arctic. Brian Mann spent a month Alaska this summer.  Go to full article

Finch, Pryun Hires Replacements Despite Union Concessions

Talks between the Finch, Pruyn paper mill and unions representing 600 striking workers turned ugly yesterday. The unions agreed to meet many of the company's demands, only to hear that Finch-Pryun has hired hundreds of replacement workers. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

A Journey to Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, part 1

After the terror attacks on September 11, the US House of Representatives voted to open Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil development. The plan is backed by President Bush, who says the oil would lessen America's reliance on the Middle East. The bill is stalled in the Senate. Democratic leaders say the measure would do little to foster energy independence. Many pro-environment groups claim that opening ANWR would destroy one of the world's great wilderness areas. Brian Mann traveled to the Arctic this summer and begins his special report.  Go to full article

The North Country Helping Out at Ground Zero

In the weeks since the September 11 attack, thousands of people in the North Country have helped with the recovery in New York City. Red cross workers, state police, firemen and paramedics have joined the effort. No one has done more than members of the National Guard, who've left their jobs and their families to go south. Brian Mann has this profile of one family in Saranac Lake.  Go to full article

Montreal Expos On Short List For Elimination

This week, big league baseball owners voted to cut two franchises. Five teams are on the list, including the Montreal Expos. For decades, north country fans have followed the team's fortunes. After a strong pennant bid in 1994, the Expos have faced a long, sad decline. Brian Mann updates his report on a team that played a part in baseball history.  Go to full article

Warren and Essex County Choose DAs

Voters in Essex and Warren counties saw tough races for the post of district attorney. In Warren County, a Republican won an open seat after an expensive race. In Essex County, Republican Ron Briggs held on against a strong challenge by an independent. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Election Day 2001: Regional Highlights

With little drama on the ballot, many North Country communities were watching races for town supervisor--in local government that's often the top elected official. Brian Mann has a survey of some of the top contests around the region.  Go to full article

Tensions Lead to Ground Zero Brawl

Brian Mann was in New York City on Friday. He was reporting on the tensions and anxieties faced by North Country police, rescue, and military crews assigned to work in the city. While at ground zero, those tensions boiled over as city firefighters and the NYPD faced off for what quickly became a brawl.  Go to full article

Primary Re-Runs: Blurring the Party Lines

When voters go to the polls on Tuesday, many will see a re-run of contests decided in fall primaries--or in party caucases. More and more candidates who lose primary bids are choosing to run again in the general election. Some change parties. Others leave their old parties to run as independents. As Brian Mann reports, some observers think shifting candidates offer voters more choices. Critics say the practice blurs the line between political parties.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Say September 11 Cost Plattsburgh Redevelopment Funds

A major development project in Plattsburgh has lost more than two-million dollars in annual state funding. Lawmakers say redeveloping the Plattsburgh Air Force Base lost the money because of the September 11 attacks. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

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