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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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Canada Win Over Kazakstan Could Set up US/Canada Match in Women's Hockey

In Olympic women's hockey, if the US and Canada do meet in the gold medal round, the North Country will have players on both sides of the puck. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

North Country Athletes Make Strong Showing in Olympics' First Days

It was a big weekend for North Country residents at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Snowboarder Kelly Clark from West Dover, Vermont claimed a gold medal in the women's half-pipe. Lake Placid's Adam Heidt, a sled racer, is in strong contention for a medal as competition resumes today. Vermontville skier Bill Demong struggled in the the Nordic Combined. Brian Mann has our update on the first days of the Salt Lake City Olympics.  Go to full article

North Country Carries the Flag for Team USA

Two North Country athletes will lead the way tonight at the opening ceremonies in Salt Lake City. Amy Peterson, veteran speedskater from Ballston Spa, New York, will carry the US flag in the ceremony opening her fifth Olympic games. Lake Placid sled racer Jim Shea Jr. will recite the Olympic oath. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

NLRB Rejects Union Complaints at Finch, Pryun

The legal wrangling continues in the wake of the failed Finch, Pruyn strike in Glens Falls. This week, the National Labor Relations Board rejected complaints filed by the union at the timber company. As Brian Mann reports, Finch, Pruyn still faces legal action over the way workers are being rehired.  Go to full article

Winter Storm Closes Schools Across the Region

A winter storm that disrupted much of the country has settled over the north country. Schools are closed and a flurry of road accidents have been reported around the region. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

"Olympic" Village: Lake Placid Prosperity a Long-Distance Event

Hosting the 2002 Winter Olympics offers Salt Lake City the chance to take the world stage--building prestige and boosting the local economy. Lake Placid hosted the Winter games in 1932 and again in 1980. The "Olympic village" is now a busy resort town and the Adirondacks' most popular tourist destination. But as Brian Mann reports, Lake Placid has struggled at times to translate its long Olympic history into lasting prosperity.  Go to full article

Third Generation Olympian, Lake Placid's Jim Shea, Attends State of the Union Address

A Lake Placid native was in Washington DC last night for President Bush's State of the Union address. Jim Shea, Jr. will compete next month at the Salt Lake Winter Olympics. He was invited to Capitol Hill just days after the death of his grandfather, Olympic icon Jack Shea. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Prisoner Death at Ray Brook Under Investigation

Officials at the federal prison in Ray Brook are investigating the death of an inmate that occurred on Monday morning. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Lake Placid Turns Out to Honor Jack Shea, Olympian

Hundreds of people turned out on Friday in Lake Placid for a public funeral honoring 91-year-old Olympic medallist Jack Shea. Shea died last week after his car was struck by a van. As Brian Mann reports, the ceremony honored a long, full life.  Go to full article

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival on Thin Ice

Winter Carnival season is almost here. Across the north country, towns and villages will hold parades and concerts--and they'll crown their winter royalty. But one thing in short supply this year is cold weather. As Brian Mann reports, thin ice and sparse snow may mean smaller celebrations and fewer tourists.  Go to full article

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