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Sounds from the County Fair

County fairs are underway in Lewis, Jefferson, and St. Lawrence County. Last year, David Sommerstein captured the sounds of the midway and the livestock barn at the St. Lawrence County Fair in Gouverneur.  Go to full article

Restoring the Common Tern

Biologist Lee Harper will give an update on efforts to restore the Common Tern on the St. Lawrence River at 5pm in Clayton. It's a part of Save The River's summer lecture series. Last summer, David Sommerstein visited a volunteer-powered project to help the common tern retain its habitat.  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

Clinton: New York Needs More Anti-terrorism Money

Senator Hillary Clinton renewed a call yesterday for more domestic security money for New York's first responders. The request follows a report in USA Today that some towns around the country don't know what to do with the security funds from the federal government.  Go to full article

Court: Blood Alcohol Evidence in Shea Death Properly Suppressed

A state appeals court has made a ruling in the drunken driving accident that killed Lake Placid Olympian Jack Shea
in 2002.  Go to full article

Mohawks Inaugurate New Chiefs

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe will inaugurate new tribal chiefs this morning for the first time in seven years. Chiefs Jim Ransom, Maggie Terrance and Barbara Lazore will take the reins of the tribal council in a swearing-in ceremony at 10:30.  Go to full article

Slide Climbing in the High Peaks

With the busy 4th of July weekend coming up, campgrounds are crowded and the trails are bustling with hikers. In the Adirondacks, folks looking for solitude have to be more creative. This postcard from a slide climb on Lower Wolfjaw first aired in the summer of 2001.  Go to full article
Builder Eric Schulze.
Builder Eric Schulze.

An Energy Saving Habitat

Tomorrow the affordable housing group Habitat For Humanity of Raquette Valley holds a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3pm in Rensselaer Falls in St. Lawrence County. The house is a first for the Habitat chapter because in addition to being affordable, it?s also energy efficient. Builders designed a home that uses 30% less energy than a conventional one. The organizers want the project to be a template for building more low-cost, energy-efficient housing. David Sommerstein visited the construction site last winter. He spoke with the designer and volunteers on the project and has this audio montage.

Call Community Energy Services at (315)379-9466 for more information about the energy efficient model.  Go to full article

Call-in Special: The Crisis in North Country Dairy Farming

NCPR news has focused special coverage this week on the crisis in the dairy industry. Martha Foley was joined by NY Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine from Cape Vincent, a farmer and former dairyman, and Pete Barney from St. Lawrence County Co-operative Extension, to discuss the stakes and the stakeholders, and to take calls from listeners.  Go to full article

Flawed Math Regents Test Thrown Out

Local high school seniors are breathing a sigh of relief after news the math Regents was declared flawed.  Go to full article

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