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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
Christopher Lydon
Christopher Lydon

Going Local in a Global Economy: a Call-in Special with Chris Lydon (Hour 1)

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

Preview: GRP's Evening of One-Acts

The Grasse River Players, a community theatre group in Canton, presents an evening of three one-act comedies this Friday and Saturday night at the SUNY Canton Student Center Theatre. Todd Moe gets a preview of the one-acts from NCPR's Shelly Pike, one of the directors.  Go to full article

Clinton Proposes Special Ed Funding

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is sponsoring legislation to fully fund special education programs across the nation. The "IDEA Full Funding Act of 2003" would provide an additional $1.2 billion for New York schools over the next ten years.  Go to full article

After the War: A Homecoming in Queensbury

State Senator Betty Little, of Queensbury, tells Brian Mann what it was like to be the mom of a Navy pilot flying over Iraq. Lieutenant Commander David Little is a pilot on the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, the last of the three carriers that participated in the air war over Iraq.  Go to full article

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