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Whitewater Canoeing on the Grasse

Adventure-seeking paddlers are taking advantage of the last of the spring melt to hit the North Country's best whitewater. Last weekend, the Adirondack Mountain Club's Laurentian chapter held its annual run of the Grasse River in southwestern St. Lawrence County. From the put-in at Lampson Falls to the town of Russell, the river roars down 9 cascades and miles of rapids. Last year, David Sommerstein hitched a ride in the trip leader's canoe and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Cecelia Mitchell, Medicine Woman

Her kids tell her they think she's a mountain goat. She just laughs and says she's built close to the ground. Being able to climb hills and scramble through brush allows Cecelia Mitchell to find the wild plants she uses for medicine. Lamar Bliss introduces us to this Mohawk elder from Akwesasne who is widely known as a healer and teacher.  Go to full article

Layoffs Announced at GM Massena Plant

General Motors plans to lay off nearly 100 workers at its Massena plant beginning later this month. The plant employs 450.  Go to full article

Senator Clinton is Lucrative Fund-raising Subject, for Republicans and Democrats

Senator Hillary Clinton presented a broad critique of Republican policies at a weekend fundraiser in Minnesota. Her appearance Saturday night came one day after Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove was in the state to raise money for Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty's re-election campaign.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Fran Betters, Guide and Teacher

If you want to have a successful fly-fishing trip to the Ausable River, you might want to stop in at the Adirondack Sport shop just outside of Wilmington. Francis Betters will be there and he'll know what insects are hatching, and near which rocks the biggest fish are waiting. He's been fishing this river since he was a boy, and he knows each rapid and pool. He's also learned that there's more to fishing than fishing. Lamar Bliss has this Meet the Masters profile.  Go to full article

Environmental Protection Fund Could Affect Domtar Deal

There's still no final word on a $150 million environmental protection fund. The legislature had stripped the line out of its budget as it pushed to meet the April first deadline. Environmental groups worry that a lack of money could affect a 104,000-acre conservation deal in the northern Adirondacks.  Go to full article

Hour 1: Special Call-in with NPR Ombudsman Jeffrey Dvorkin

Jeffrey Dvorkin, National Public Radio Ombudsman, takes questions from NCPR listeners on issues of media accountability, the independence of NPR News, quality of service, editorial guidelines, business practices and more in a wide-ranging community discussion of public broadcasting standards. Dvorkin will speak at 7:30 pm tonight in the Student Center at St. Lawrence University in Canton NY.  Go to full article

Aubertine to Host Town Meeting on Power Issues in April

The public will get a chance to weigh in on how to use low-cost power generated at the hydroelectric dam on the St. Lawrence River. Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine will hold a town meeting at Massena High School on April 7th.  Go to full article

Senate Rejects Bush's Medicaid Cuts

The Senate voted 52-48 yesterday to reject President Bush's proposed 15 billion dollar federal Medicaid cuts. They supported a bill sponsored by Senator Hillary Clinton to form a bipartisan commission of experts to explore broader health care reform.  Go to full article

Rural Kids, Homeless in the Big City

Young people from rural areas who wind up homeless often land on the streets of big cities. They go to escape poverty or broken families. They're searching for jobs or an education or adventure. But many of these kids wind up victims -- addicted to drugs, hooked into prostitution. Brian Mann spent a night on the streets of Montreal and has our story.  Go to full article

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