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People: Storyteller Fran Yardley

Todd Moe talks with Adirondack storyteller Fran Yardley. It's a conversation and story about Fran's father from her latest collection of stories, Beyond My Father's Shadow.  Go to full article
Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine
Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine

Aubertine Touts Bills to Protect Real Milk

North Country Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine says two bills passed out of committee that he says would protect dairy farmers from powdered milk substitutes called milk protein concentrates, or MPCs.  Go to full article

New Panel Will Examine Emergency Response Teams

Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine wants to make sure New York's emergency response teams are working as efficiently and effectively as possible. Aubertine says hes concerned by the number of state agencies that seem to overlap in their duties.  Go to full article

Fort Drum Soldiers Return From Iraq

Some Fort Drum soldiers returned from the Middle East recently, after being stationed on the northern border of Iraq. Kenneth Presley is a Brigade Targeting Officer with the Tenth Mountain Division.  Go to full article

Clinton Pushes Extension of Tax Credit to Poor Families

Senator Hillary Clinton is pushing a Senate measure to give a $400-a-child tax credit to millions of low-income families not included in the recent $350 billion tax cut package. Clinton has signed onto a bill sponsored by Democrats and a few Republicans to extend the tax credit, to be paid for by ending some corporate tax shelters.  Go to full article
NYS Sen. Ray Meier
NYS Sen. Ray Meier

NCPR News Call-in: Education Funding and the State Budget Battle

Tuesday, June 3, voters decide on school budgets, and the messy state budget process once again leaves state aid levels in doubt. In a special call-in program on state budget and school funding issues, NYS Senator Ray Meier and Hermon-DeKalb school superintendent Ann Adams will join Martha Foley, Karen DeWitt and David Sommerstein to examine the issues and the stakes and to take listener calls.  Go to full article

Ogdensburg Considers River Boardwalk

Ogdensburg city officials are talking with a consulting firm about the cost of building a boardwalk along the St. Lawrence River. Both groups met last week to look at four plans developed for the boardwalk.  Go to full article

Preservation on the Tug Hill: A New Model?

Bidding closed last week on more than 120,000 acres of land in the Adirondacks and Vermont owned by Hancock Timber Resources Group. Company spokesman Henry Whittemore says Hancock did receive multiple bids. Officials are now analyzing them before the company decides whether to sell.

The land sale worries sportsmen in St. Lawrence County, who fear they could lose hunting clubs and ATV trails to conservation. But some are pointing to another large land purchase in northern New York they say could serve as a model to bring environmentalists and sportsmen together. Last summer, David Sommerstein visited the 45,000 acre "East Branch of Fish Creek Working Forest" on the Tug Hill Plateau.  Go to full article

Adirondack Council Cuts Back

The tough economy is hitting one the region's most powerful environmental groups. The Adirondack Council has laid off nearly a quarter of its staff. Spokesman John Sheehan says four people, including several veterans, will go.  Go to full article

Ag Coops May Benefit From Empire Development Zones

The State Senate is considering legislation that would extend benefits of Empire Development Zones to agricultural cooperatives. Dairy cooperatives are made up of farmers who pool their resources to be more competitive in the marketplace. The bill's sponsor, Senator Jim Wright, says when the Empire Zones were first established the agricultural industry didn't have a need for those types of benefits.  Go to full article

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