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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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Tupper Lake Power: Cheap but Unreliable

Blackouts are already a common event in Tupper Lake, where locals are frustrated by frequent outages. Village leaders are talking with the state Power Authority and with Niagara Mohawk, hoping to improve service. As Brian Mann reports, demand for electricity will outstrip supply by 2008.  Go to full article

Last EPA Hearing on Hudson PCB Dredging

The Environmental Protection Agency held its last public meeting on a plan to dredge toxic PCBs from the Hudson River. The cleanup would cost half a billion dollars. General Electric Corporation has worked hard to discredit the government's proposal. As Brian Mann reports, the debate has left the community bitterly divided.  Go to full article

Governor Pataki Sounds Like a Candidate in Glens Falls

very much like a candidate. Pataki still hasn't announced that he'll run for re-election, but Tuesday's event in Glens Falls served as an unofficial warm-up rally for his campaign. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Wildlife Concern on Upper Hudson: Mink and River Otter Eating PCB Contaminated Fish

The State Department of Environmental Conservation says mink and river otters on the upper Hudson River are contaminated with PCBs. The study was done in an area near Glens Falls, where General Electric dumped thousands of pounds of the toxic substance. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Flood Risk High in Adirondacks, Champlain Valley; St. Lawrence Valley Sees Low Risk

County officials in the north country say the chance for spring flooding is high this year, with deep, wet snow continuing to build in the mountains. Towns and villages in a half dozen river valleys are bracing for what could be very wet April. Emergency officials in St. Lawrence County say there's little likelihood of floods in their county. Here's a list of north country towns and villages that could be hard hit by spring flooding. Brian Mann has our report.  Go to full article

Drugs on the Adirondack Line: Police Say Train Route Is Increasingly Popular with Smugglers

A passenger's complaint about a lumpy seat led police to 25 thousand dollars worth of marijuana. The drugs were stashed aboard the Adirondacker, an Amtrak train running between Montreal and New York City. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

New Acid Rain Study: Acid Rain Damage Widespread

A research group based in New Hampshire says acid rain is still wreaking havoc on Northeastern forests and lakes. In a report released today, the group calls for deeper cuts to the pollutants that cause acid rain. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Turning to Tourism: Adirondack Towns Struggle to Make Transition

Towns and villages in the Adirondacks are looking for better ways to spark local economies. For many, that means a shift away from mining and logging and a new focus on tourism. Town supervisors and economic development experts gathered Thursday in Saranac Lake to compare their efforts. For some, these are the best of times. For others, the change means a struggle for survival. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Spring Comes With A Taste of Winter in the Adirondacks

Spring has officially arrived, but in the Adirondacks there's still plenty of snow. For many, the thaw can't come soon enough. But for die-hard fans of skiing and snow shoeing, this is the season for one last adventure. Brian Mann took to the trail over the last few days and sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Village Elections Favor Democrats, Independents

Republicans lost ground Tuesday in village elections, as voters in the Adirondacks went to the polls. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

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