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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

Stories filed by Brian Mann

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Feeling the Chill: International Students in the North Country, part 1

North country colleges and universities are home to thousands of international students. They bring important revenue to their schools--and important diversity. But in the months since September 11, foreign students have faced closer scrutiny than ever before. As Brian Mann reports, some educators fear that new restrictions and monitoring could send the best international students to other countries.  Go to full article
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Conservatives Angered by Pataki Support of Hudson Dredging

The decision to dredge toxic PCBs from the Hudson River could help to shape the upcoming governor's race. Republican Governor George Pataki supported the clean-up, a move that will win support from many downstate voters. But Pataki's position has angered many upstate conservatives. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Law Would Ease Borrowing Restrictions for Adirondack Localities

A new law will make it easier for many Adirondack towns to borrow money. The legislation--sponsored by Senator Ron Stafford--reduces the level of state oversight for towns and school districts. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Hudson River PCB Dredging Plan Receives EPA Go-Ahead

The Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward with a plan to dredge more than a million pounds of PCBs from the Hudson River. As Brian Mann reports, the official "record of decision" does not include controversial performance standards demanded by General Electric.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Sit on Conservation Funding After September 11

Conservation groups say New York's legislature is withholding on tens of millions of dollars that should be spent on environmental projects. The Environmental Protection Fund is one of hundreds of programs derailed by the September 11 attacks. As Brian Mann reports, loss of the money could affect a deal in the Adirondacks that would add 26,000 acres to state forest land.  Go to full article

Shoreline Development Boom Within the Adirondack Park Prompts Zoning Debates

One of the great myths of the Adirondack Park is that state zoning regulations restrict or at least shape most development on private land. In fact, much of the real estate boom of the last decade has taken place on shorelines. Thousands of homes have been built in lakefront areas that are largely exempt from Park Agency control. As Brian Mann reports, critics of the zoning plan say the result has been a disaster for lakes and ponds in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article

Safety Against Terrorism: What Can Local Officials Do?

North Country officials say they're working to safeguard the region against acts of terrorism--but many locals are still anxious. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Three Survive Fatal Boating Accident

The body of a hunter was recovered over the weekend after a fatal boating accident on Lake Champlain. Twenty-year-old Joseph Rostak from Plattsburgh drowned on Friday. As Brian Mann reports, three other men survived the accident.  Go to full article

Strike End Leaves Uncertainty in Glens Falls

On Wednesday, hundreds of union members voted to end a six-month strike and accept a new contract that includes deep cuts in pay and insurance coverage. Even with a new contract, many union workers are wondering when and if they'll be rehired. Brian Mann profiles Glens Falls, a town that many say has been damaged economically, and divided socially.  Go to full article

A Journey to Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, part 3

Alaska's arctic is a place of contrasts. For decades, the vast Prudhoe Bay oil fields have helped to feed the national economy. But the north slope also holds some of America's wildest--and most pristine--places. Brian Mann visited Alaska this summer. In this final part of his special series, Brian looks at two possible futures facing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  Go to full article

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