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Allies of Lowest-paid Workers Call for Override of Veto

Democrats in the state Legislature have vowed to fight back on behalf of the state's lowest-paid workers. They've called for an override of Governor Pataki's veto of a bill raising the minimum wage by two dollars over the next 17 months. Pataki says he believes the wage should be increased on a federal level, not just in New York.  Go to full article

Flamenco Guitarist Maria Zemantauski

The power and emotion of flamenco guitar -- Albany Guitarist and composer Maria Zemantauski will be in Potsdam tonight for a concert at Creative Spirit Art Center (7 pm). Maria was a visiting artist at St. Lawrence University last fall, and she stopped by our studios for music and conversation.  Go to full article

A Barn-raising in Upper Jay

In the North Country, barns are as much a part of the landscape as mountains and rivers. These days, most new barns are built quickly with steel frames and sheet-metal siding. But some landowners are taking a little more time, using methods and materials passed down over hundreds of years. In the Spring of 2001, Brian Mann joined a traditional barn-raising in Upper Jay.  Go to full article

Demolition Derby Draws Fans

Summer in the North Country means field days and county fairs. It's tough to keep up with all the chicken barbeques, fire engine parades, and lawn mower races. For many motorheads, nothing beats the demolition derby. Hundreds of drivers sign up each summer for the chance to crash their rides into one another. David Sommerstein went to the demolition derby in Hannawa Falls last summer to hear the roar of the engines and the crunch of metal.  Go to full article
Anna Christner and David "Woody" Woodworth<br />Photos:  Ben Stechschulte, courtesy of <i>Adirondack Life</i>
Anna Christner and David "Woody" Woodworth
Photos: Ben Stechschulte, courtesy of Adirondack Life

Adirondack Profile: On this Trail Crew the Boss is 5-Foot-3 and Female

Each summer for a quarter-century, the Adirondack Mountain Club has sent professional trail crews into the backcountry. The crews - usually made up of college students - live in the woods for five days at a time. They build and repair some of the Adirondack's most popular hiking routes. After 25 years in the woods, the crews have become a fixture for the people who use the trails they're working on. They're a tradition. But they're a changing one. Last summer, one of the crews was led by Anna Christner, a 24-year-old psychology student from Pennsylvania. Being trail boss means pushing around giant boulders. And in Christner's case, it also means leading a half-dozen young men into the wilderness. Brian Mann has the story.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence Seaway: The View From Duluth

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Transport Canada are about halfway through a comprehensive study of the St. Lawrence Seaway system. The study group is holding a series of public meetings across the Great Lakes to get input from stakeholders. Officials expect a large crowd at the public meeting tonight at 6 pm in Clayton. To hear what people are saying in another part of the Great Lakes, we called a colleague from Minnesota Public Radio, Stephanie Hemphill. She attended last month's meeting in Duluth, where many shippers and ports rely on the Seaway. She sent us this story.  Go to full article

Pataki Approves Expanded Ag Coops

Governor Pataki yesterday signed a bill into law that allows agricultural cooperatives to take advantage of New York's Empire Zones. Dairy farmers sell their milk to coops, like Allied and Dairylea. Those coops sometimes invest in factories. But previously they weren't eligible for the tax breaks and cheap power available to other plants under the Empire Zone program. The St. Lawrence County Farm Bureau says the new law may help find tenants for places like the soon-to-be-vacant Kraft plant in Canton.  Go to full article
By train through the wilderness
By train through the wilderness

Adirondack Rail: On the Old New York Central Line

In 1891, William Seward Webb began construction of a rail line that ran from Herkimer in the south up into the heart of the Adirondacks. The track cut through some of the region's deepest wilderness. For seventy years, the New York Central carried passengers to Malone and Lake Placid and points in between. The old line is all but abandoned now. But trains still make the run a few times each year, bringing supplies and equipment to the tourist railroad in Lake Placid. Brian Mann made the trip this spring. He found that a small army of train buffs are fighting hard to keep the historic route alive.  Go to full article
Tracking turtles in a wetland
Tracking turtles in a wetland

Saving Turtles from Traffic

It's the time of year when turtles are laying eggs across the North Country. Often their favorite spots are alongside highways, making them easy candidates for roadkill. Turtles live and reproduce for decades, some more than 60 years. When an adult is killed prematurely, it can have a big effect on turtle populations. Researchers at Clarkson University are trying to find out how often turtles cross the road and how to help them get safely to the other side. David Sommerstein filed this report last summer.  Go to full article

Scientists Watch Farm Pastures for a New Tent Caterpillar Threat

Rising populations of the coming eastern tent caterpillar this year may be a danger to horses and cows in the North Country. Steve Van Der Mark is the point person on this year's tent caterpillar outbreak for St. Lawrence County's Cooperative Extension Service. He says researchers in Kentucky and now New York are looking at unexplained abortions among grazing animals.  Go to full article

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