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Democrats Ready to Question Supreme Court Nominee Miers

Some Democrats aren't willing to give Harriet Miers a quick go-ahead to sit on the Supreme Court. The top Democrat on the Senate judiciary committee, Vermont's Patrick Leahy, says Miers was not on the list of acceptable nominees he gave to the White House, and he doubts Miers could be confirmed as quickly as Republicans hope. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Fall Colors...?

A brief survey of a slow foliage season, and an explanantion of what "extension" is, from horticulturist Amy Ivy.  Go to full article
Chasing the ball in Keene<br />Source: Bark Eater Inn
Chasing the ball in Keene
Source: Bark Eater Inn

A Polo Ground Ringed by Peaks

Autumn is generally a time for football and maybe some last rounds of golf before the snow flies. In Keene, this is also the season for polo. The polo team sponsored by the Barkeater Inn hosts its fourth annual United Way fundraiser this Saturday. Brian Mann was on the sidelines at last year's match on a perfect fall day. He sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
The Sacandaga River Community Park
The Sacandaga River Community Park

Postcard: Along the Sacandaga River

It's possible to grow up--and grow old--in a North Country town, never quite noticing its treasures. Paul Wilbur was raised in Speculator, in the woods and bogs along the Sacandaga River. At the age of seventy, he volunteered to lead construction of a community park and a nature trail. The project reconnected him with his community and with his own history. Brian Mann spent a morning with Paul Wilbur and sent this audio postcard which originally aired in 2002.

Directions to the Sacandaga River Community Park: Take Rt. 30 to the four corners in Speculator. South of the intersection, look for the Lemon Tree restaraunt. Across the road, you'll see the community recreation area and the park entrance.  Go to full article

North Country Responds to Hurricane Katrina

Washington may soon be sending more money to areas hit by hurricane Katrina. Congressional officials expect President Bush to request up to $40 billion in addition to the $10.5 billion approved last week. Martha Foley has more on the response and relief effort nationally and locally.  Go to full article

Gas Prices Volatile; Pols Want Action

Prices jumped another 50 cents at many gas stations yesterday. Local retailers say they're responding to volatile supply prices. New York politicians are beginning to worry that rising prices could depress sales of goods and services, bringing the economy closer to a recession. Saratoga County Republican Assemblyman Roy McDonald started a petition drive to suspend the 4 percent state sales tax on gasoline and diesel fuel. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Governor Dispatches Air National Guard

Governor Pataki dispatched a cargo plane New York's Air National Guard to help the relief effort in Louisiana.  Go to full article

School Tests High Tech Bus

A Rochester-area school district is the first in western New York to test what officials there are calling the latest student safety technology. The Brockport Central School District has equipped one of its school buses with global positioning system technology -- allowing the bus to be tracked instantly, anywhere along its route. Bud Lowell has more from Rochester.  Go to full article

Freestyle Kayaking Championship Returns to Watertown

For the second year in a row, Watertown will host a major freestyle kayaking competition this weekend on the Black River. Preliminary rounds start today at noon, with the semifinals Saturday, and the finals on Sunday. The event has had to cope with some bad luck. Earlier this summer, a boulder rolled into the wave the kayakers use to perform their tricks. And just two weeks ago, millions of gallons of cow manure floated down the river following a spill near Lowville. Organizer Jamie Mayer says the boulder was removed, the water's clean, and the kayakers aren't deterred. David Sommerstein attended last year's Blackwater Challenge and filed this story.  Go to full article

Tri-Lakes Score Funding in Pataki Visit

As part of his visit to Tupper Lake on Friday, Governor Pataki announced Quality Communities grants totaling $264,000 for more than a half dozen North Country communities.  Go to full article

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