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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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Vandalism Spurs Youth Curfew in Tupper Lake

Kids in Tupper Lake will soon face a new curfew that requires them to be off the streets before 10 pm. The law, passed this week by the Altamont town bord, was spurred by a rash of late-night vandalism. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Interview: State GOP Chair Sandy Treadwell

Brian Mann talks with Sandy Treadwell, an Essex County Republican who served as Governor George Pataki's Secretary of State, and now as chairman of the state Republican Party.  Go to full article

Second Lake Placid Film Forum Begins June 6

The Lake Placid Film Forum returns tomorrow, with five days of movies, panel discussions and workshops. The event offers locals a chance to see rare art films and to meet with some of the industry's most creative men and women. Brian Mann talked with the forum's artistic director Kathleen Carroll and has this preview.  Go to full article

Bill Would Further Restrict Clear-cutting

A plan to clear cut 300 acres of timberland in southern St. Lawrence county has sparked new legislation. The bill would place tight restrictions on clear-cutting in the Adirondacks. Brian Mann has the details.  Go to full article

After the Mill Closes: Revitalizing Southern St. Lawrence County

Brian Mann talks with Sue Avery of the Clifton-Fine Economic Development Corporation about revitalizing the area's economy in the wake of the closing of the Appleton Paper Mills in Newton Falls.  Go to full article

Trying to Save Clifton-Fine Hospital

Saving New York's smallest hospital. Communities in southern St. Lawrence county have been struggling since Appleton Papers closed its mill in Newton Falls last fall. Town leaders had worried that losing the mill could also mean the closure of the Clifton-Fine hospital. Brian Mann reports efforts to save the facility--and more than forty jobs--seem to be paying off.  Go to full article

Plywood Plant Opens in Whitehall

A Canadian company plans to hire sixty-five workers at a plywood factory that's slated to reopen in Whitehall, on the eastern edge of the Adirondack Park. Brian Mann reports that the number of jobs could grow to 130. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

A Spring Morning Walk, With Birds

Brian Mann takes an early morning spring walk in the woods, and found dozens of kinds of birds that call the mountains home.  Go to full article

A Barn-raising in Upper Jay

In the North Country, barns are as much a part of the landscape as mountains and rivers. These days, most new barns are built quickly with steel frames and sheet-metal siding. But some landowners are taking a little more time, using methods and materials passed down over hundreds of years. Brian Mann traveled recently to a traditional barn-raising in Upper Jay.  Go to full article

Activists Worry: Blacks and Hispanics Less Engaged With Wilderness

This holiday weekend, a wave of visitors will hit the Adirondacks. Thousands of tourists and campers will arrive from the cities, fanning out from Old Forge to the High Peaks to Lake George. If there's one thing that these visitors have in common, it's that they're mostly white. Nationwide, blacks and Hispanics have shown little interest in wilderness areas. Activists worry that this trend will have dire consequences in coming years, when whites are no longer in the majority. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

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