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All Before Five: 1/9/07

Remarkable for its near absence this year, snowfall today in the North Country is big news... Bipartisanship in Albany... and Dharma Bums are on the road from Potsdam to Denver, Colorado.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 1/8/07

New York State lawmakers look at public education funding... Governor Eliot Spitzer calls for lowering the cost of phone calls made by the state's prison inmates... States seek more scrutiny of ocean-going vessels' ballast water - it's blamed for importing invasive species throughout the St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes... And Heard Up North: Bombing down a bobsled run.  Go to full article
Bob Andrews milking in the barn.
Bob Andrews milking in the barn.

A Year on the Farm: breeding the herd

It's easy to forget that making milk is really about making baby cows. They don't call it "animal husbandry" for nothing. Each Monday, we're re-listening to David Sommerstein's series, A Year on the Farm, stories on the ins and outs of farm life. Today, dry and freshened cows, calving, and the reproductive business of a dairy farm.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 1/5/07

More unseasonably warm temperatures in the North Country... Winter tourism takes a beating... NASCAR drivers rev up their bobsleds... And Governor Eliot Spitzer's political honeymoon ends as the gloves start to come off in Albany.  Go to full article

NASCAR drivers return to bobsled track

NASCAR drivers will once again test their skills on Lake Placid's Olympic bobsled track this weekend for the 2nd annual Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge. The event is to raise money and publicity for the U.S. Bobsled Team. Bodine's raised more than a million dollars to help make better sleds with American technology. David Sommerstein went to last year's event and sent this story.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 1/4/07

Governor Eliot Spitzer gets offers of help with his plans for education reform... A look at the effect of 50-degree days on North Country farming... And commentator Paul Willcott on getting found - not lost - in a good book.  Go to full article

Governor Spitzer's State of the State address

Governor Eliot Spitzer delivered his first State of the State address, entitled One New York, to a joint session of the New York State Legislature at 1 pm today.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 01/03/07

Governor Eliot Spitzer delivered his first State-of-the-State Address... Highlights, analysis and reaction... And a fish virus spreads through the St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes  Go to full article

All Before Five: 01/02/07

A new year, a new governor and a new focus on ethics in Albany... and a new face on the Olympic Regional Development Authority... and a lingering threat to an otherwise booming population of Bald Eagles in New York State.  Go to full article
Bobbie Jean and Bob Andrews doing chores in the barn.
Bobbie Jean and Bob Andrews doing chores in the barn.

A Year on the Farm #1: milking, feeding, and bedding

The North Country used to be a region of dairy farmers. Northern New York has lost hundreds of dairy farms since the 1980s. Still, dairy remains the biggest industry here and the cow remains a potent symbol. But fewer people know what dairy farming is all about. In 2006, David Sommerstein spent time on Bob Andrews' farm near Gouverneur, sending a monthly story about life in the barn, in the fields, and in the farmhouse. Every Monday starting this morning, we'll take another listen to the Year on the Farm series. Today...the basic chores that go on year-round - milking, feeding, and bedding.  Go to full article

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