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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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Saranac Lake Surgeon Resigns; New Safety Guidelines Announced at Adirondack Medical Center

A prominent Saranac Lake surgeon has resigned from the Adirondack Medical Center after performing knee surgery on the wrong leg. As Brian Mann reports, the AMC is implementing new safety rules to prevent similar mistakes.  Go to full article

Adirondack Park Visitors Centers: Reflecting a Political Landscape

For all its natural beauty, the Adirondack Park is a place defined by people. Towns and villages are scattered within the blue line. Laws and regulations protect the environment. As Brian Mann reports, the Adirondack Park Agency is working to reshape one of its Visitor Interpretive Centers. The idea is to bring the human element into sharper focus.  Go to full article

Snowmobile Safety: Some in the Sport Say There Are Too Many Deaths, Injuries

This winter's heavy snowfall has meant a bustling season for the north country's snowmobile industry. There are more riders out on the trails than ever before. But with the sports growing popularity has come a troubling increase in the number of accidents and deaths. As Brian Mann reports, critics say bigger, faster snowmobiles are part of the problem.  Go to full article

Lost Hikers Describe Struggle to Survive Blizzard

Yesterday, a state police helicopter flew two Canadian hikers to a hospital in Saranac Lake. The men were lost in the High Peaks for four days. They faced a fierce winter storm and sub-zero temperatures. As Brian Mann reports, there were times when the hikers thought they wouldn't survive.  Go to full article

Search Ends: Canadian Hikers Found

Two Canadians missing on Mt. Marcy were found last night. 19-year-old Phillip Mousseau and 20-year-old Jean Richer turned up at the state's High Peaks outpost near Lake Colden. The men apparently followed a trail through deep snow that had been cleared by state forest rangers. The trail led them to the ranger's cabin at 7:30 in the evening--after four days lost in the mountains. Despite a two-day blizzard that shut down the North Country, the pair are described as in good condition. Both were hungry and dehydrated, with mild hypothermia, but there were no signs of frostbite or other injuries. The men spent last night at Lake Colden. At this hour (8 am) a helicopter is en route to fly them out of the mountains. Brian Mann visited the search headquarters late yesterday afternoon. He sends this report.  Go to full article

Publishing Books in the Adirondacks: Sisters from the Bronx Open Publishing House in Tupper Lake

Two sisters from the Bronx have opened a publishing company in the Adirondacks. Highbridge Press moved to Tupper Lake last year. The fledgling company has already published eight books, mostly novels. The sisters--who are African American---say the move to a small town far from New York City was just what their business needed. Brian Mann has this profile.  Go to full article

New Commissioner Named to Head State's Environment Programs

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has a new commissioner. Erin Crotty was appointed Monday by Governor George Pataki. She'll replace John Cahill, who has been named as Pataki's senior policy advisor. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Acid Rain Legislation: Pundits See Strong Opposition; Supporters Say There's Hope

Three North Country Congressmen are pushing a new plan to reduce acid rain. The bill would cut sulfur emissions from power plants in the Midwest. Nitrogen oxide and mercury pollution would also be restricted. Similar legislation has failed to win support, but some observers say this may be the year for reform. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Prison Inmate Runs Fraud Scheme from Payphone

Federal officials say an inmate at the state prison in Ray Brook ran a securities fraud scheme using a public telephone. More than 200 investors thought they were buying hot internet stocks. They sent $8.5 million to bank accounts controlled by the prisoner. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Interest Groups Debate Park-wide Snowmobile Plan for the Adirondacks

Dozens of snowmobilers turned out for a public forum last night in Old Forge. State officials are developing a new snowmobile plan for the Adirondacks. The idea is to connect local trails into a park-wide network. Talks are going on in private as well. As Brian Mann reports, the state hopes to avoid a major battle between interest groups, but the plan is sure to be controversial.

The next public meeting will be held Wednesday (2-28) evening at Queensbury Town Hall. There's also a meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 8, at the high school in Colton from 4 to 7 pm. Other meetings will be held in Albany, Rochester, and Utica.  Go to full article

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