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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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NCPR Award Winner: Rural Services for the Developmentally Disabled, part 1

This spring, North Country Public Radio broadcast a series of stories about families dealing with developmental disabilities. Last week, those stories were honored with a public service award by NYSARC, a statewide organization that helps children and adults with special needs. Today we hear again Brian Mann's report on the difficulties of finding support and services in rural areas.  Go to full article

Finch Pryun Strike Talks Wind Up; No Deal in Sight

Two days of talks have ended in Lake George, as Finch Pruyn and the paper mill's unions work to negotiate a new contract. After nearly five months, the unions are still on the picket line. As Brian Mann reports, both sides are offering concessions, but a deal is unlikely any time soon.  Go to full article

Watermilfoil Herbicide Talks Underway in Lake George

Private talks are underway over a plan to use a chemical herbicide in Lake George. The chemical--known as "sonar"--could help in the fight against Eurasian watermilfoil. Critics say it will also kill native plants that are already endangered. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Finch Pruyn Seeks Permanent Replacements for Strikers

Officials with Finch Pruyn say they'll fire up the fourth paper machine today at their mill in Glens Falls. The move will return the plant to full capacity, despite a strike that has left six hundred workers off the job. The company now says it will begin hiring permanent replacement workers. As Brian Mann reports, union members are worried but still defiant.  Go to full article

Arts & Healing: Living Well In the Shadow of Cancer

The last few weeks, Americans have been forced to live with a new kind of fear. The risks of terrorist attack--and reports of disease spreading through the mail--leave us feeling vulnerable. In the days after the September 11 attack, Brian Mann traveled to a retreat in the Adirondacks for women living with cancer. He found that many of the women still see joy and hope in a world filled with uncertainty.  Go to full article

People: Assemblywoman Betty Little, Active Duty Parent

Brian Mann talks with Assemblywoman Betty Little. Her son is a navy pilot aboard the aircraft carrier Constitution.  Go to full article

Wilmington Fire Closes Whiteface and High Falls Gorge

A forest fire near Wilmington has spread to cover nearly forty acres. There've been no injuries, but the blaze has forced officials to close Whiteface Mountain and the High Falls Gorge. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

APA Moves Forward with Cell Tower Guidelines

The Adirondack Park Agency has voted to move forward with a new policy that will guide construction of cell phone towers. Some critics say new towers may be unnecessary. The agency will hold a series of public hearings next month. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

The Culture of Climbing: Chasing the Pure Route Rock Climbing on the Adirondacks, part 2

For many, time spent on the rock isn't just a battle against nature. It's also a form of personal expression. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Hurricane Crag: Rock Climbing in the Adirondacks, part 1

Rock climbing in the Adirondacks--these days it's more sophisticated and much safer. But the reasons people climb are much the same. They go looking for adventure and amazing views--and a deeper connection to the mountains. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

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