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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
118th District Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine
118th District Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine

Aubertine Responds to Budget Veto

North Country River District Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine was among the legislators who were pleased by what they called a fair, bipartisan budget for New York. While the budget process was definitely not the norm this year, Aubertine says some people have the misunderstanding that the political process is broken.  Go to full article

Canton Jazz Band Heads to NYC

The Canton High School Jazz Band will attend the Essentially Ellington Jazz Band Competition and Festival this weekend in New York City. Seven members from the group visited the NCPR studios earlier this year to record some music and conversation. For more information about the jazz band and jazz combo, and their New York City plans, call director Tim Savage: 315-386-8561, x. 360.  Go to full article

Park Agency Interim Chairman Resigns Abruptly

The Adirondack Park Agency's interim chairman, Jim Frenette, announced his resignation Friday. The decision surprised commissioners and APA staff,coming just five months after the departure of veteran chairman Dick Lefebvre. Frenette, a Democrat from Tupper Lake, says nothing triggered his abrupt resignation. It was simply "time to move on."  Go to full article
The Raquette River runs fast just below the Hannawa Falls Dam
The Raquette River runs fast just below the Hannawa Falls Dam

Hiking Through History: The Red Sandstone Trail

Hiking trails in the North Country are generally considered good ways to get away from human society, gateways to the unspoiled natural world we're lucky to live so close to. But a new trail along the Raquette River south of Potsdam takes hikers on a different sort of trip. The Red Sandstone Trail highlights both the natural beauty of the area and the ways people have shaped the river and its valley over time. David Sommerstein explored the trail with John Ohmohundro last spring.  Go to full article

Going Local in a Global Economy: a Call-in Special with Chris Lydon (Hour 2)

Renowned public radio talk host Christopher Lydon was joined in the NCPR studio by guests including Michael Shuman, author of Going Local, Karen St. Hilaire, executive director of the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, Robert Penski, owner of a North Country personnel services company, and NCPR station manager Ellen Rocco, to engage in a wide-ranging conversation with callers about the nature and condition of the North Country economy and its future prospects.  Go to full article

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