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Farmers Push for Medicaid Reform

Farmers are adding their voices to the chorus of those calling for reform of Medicaid funding in New York. The New York Farm Bureau held seven press conferences across the state yesterday, including one in Canton.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Earl Sprague and Ice Fishing

The village limits of Port Henry expand towards Vermont in the depths of winter to include scores of little fishing shelters that dot the thick ice surface of Bulwagga Bay. On weekends, local motels and restaurants are filled by winter fishermen. Sportsmen give a boost to the local economy, but 50 years ago, commercial fishing in the winter was common. Earl Sprague remembers when ice fishing provided pocket money for him, and a living for others. Varick Chittenden has this story.  Go to full article
David Cyr (2nd from right) and party on Brandy Brook
David Cyr (2nd from right) and party on Brandy Brook

Tip-Ups & Shanties: Ice Fishing on the St. Lawrence

After a slow start due to a warm early winter, ice fishing across the North Country is in full swing. Lakes and rivers across the region are dotted with ice shanties - some primitive shacks, others cozy dens. The sport is a great way for anglers and their friends to get outdoors during the frigid months. The last month of the season offers the additional challenge of thick ice and crafty fish. David Sommerstein hiked out to the windswept bays of the St. Lawrence River last year and sent back this audio postcard.

Ice fishing derbies are set for this weekend in Lake George and Lake Luzerne, and next weekend in Schroon Lake.  Go to full article

Music: Little River Trio

The Little River Trio joins Todd Moe in the studio for music, from ragtime to klezmer. The trio includes Warren Wisner on clarinet, David Katz on bassoon and string bass, Betsy Kepes on keyboard.  Go to full article

Frozen River to be Filmed at Akwesasne

The frozen St. Lawrence River by the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation will become the set for an award-winning director's latest film next week. Courtney Hunt will shoot scenes for a short film called Frozen River, a shorter version of a feature-length movie she wrote called Mohawk Bingo. It's about two women, one native, one white, who smuggle Pakistani illegal aliens across the border.  Go to full article

SLC Lawmaker Supports Expanded Bottle Bill

St. Lawrence County Legislator Tedra Cobb believes the bill will have a positive impact on the state's environment and local waste programs. She recently attended a New York State Association of Counties conference where she learned in detail about the expanded bottle bill.  Go to full article

Pataki in Iraq; Singles Out Malone Reservist

Governor Pataki is touring Iraq this week, along with governors from five other states. In a statement from Baghdad yesterday, the governor talked about his meetings with Army Reservists from New York State. Pataki described the men and women as "true citizen soldiers". The governor singled out a conversation he had with Lt. Colonel Brad Jackson, from Malone, who shipped over to Iraq in January, 2003.  Go to full article

Impact of Trade Pact on NY Dairy Farmers Unclear

North Country dairy farmers are breathing a sigh of relief in the wake of Sunday's free trade agreement between the U.S. and Australia. The National Milk Producers Federation had warned tariff-free Australian imports could have forced as many as 15% of American dairy farmers out of business.  Go to full article

Books: Ice Palace

The 107th annual Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is underway this week. The theme this year is "Carnival Time". Author Deborah Blumenthal has written a children's book that focuses on the seasonal tradition in Saranac Lake. Ice Palace celebrates winter, art and community. It's the story of a giant ice castle created out of the frozen landscape from the point of view of a young girl. A work crew that includes people from the village and men from a nearby prison cuts and transports huge blocks of ice and builds them into the ice palace. Deborah Blumenthal, who grew up in New York City, now lives in Texas. But for years she and her family vacationed in the Adirondacks. She spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article

Commissioner Unveils New, Improved Math Regents

State Education Commissioner Richard Mills says at first light it looks as though the 2004 version of the New York State Regents Math A exam has fixed the problems that triggered a controversy last year. Bid Lowell has more from Rochester.  Go to full article

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