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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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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

Special Report: Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The US Senate is expected to debate the country's energy plan this week. New York's senators oppose plans to drill for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This special half-hour documentary report on ANWR was produced by Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Baptist Minister Steps Down After Naming "Satanic" Businesses

A Baptist minister in Tupper Lake has resigned after distributing a list of local businesses and organizations that he described as "satanic". The list of names included the public library and the Catholic church. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Trout Season Opener: The Joys of Cold, Frustration

Yesterday was the first day of trout season. It was cold and blustery, but Brian Mann decided to shake out his tackle box and go stand by the Saranac River for a couple of hours. Brian didn't catch any fish, but he tells us it was a great excuse to hang around in bait shops on a Monday afternoon.  Go to full article

Protecting the Adirondacks, Pt 2

The State of New York is pushing hard to finish dozens of unit management plans, the blueprints that govern recreation and environmental protection in the Adirondacks. The process is controversial in the North Country, but it's also drawing attention outside the Park. Brian Mann attended a meeting in Albany soon after the initiative was launched.  Go to full article

Planning In the Adirondack Park: Process Is Slow & Controversial

When the Adirondack Park Agency was created, in the early 1970s, the act called for creation of dozens of unit management plans. The plans were meant to be detailed blueprints, shaping recreation and environmental protection in the Park's state forests. But in the decades since, few of those plans have been created. A $12-million initiative launched two years ago was meant to fill in the blanks. But as Brian Mann reports, there are worries that the planning process is behind schedule and facing some tough debates.  Go to full article

Loon Study

Researchers in the Adirondacks are working to learn more about the common loon. The latest field study is raising questions about mercury contamination in the lakes and ponds where the loons live. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

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

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