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NCPR News Staff: David Sommerstein

Reporter/ Producer
David Sommerstein, NCPR's roving St. Lawrence Valley/Fort Drum/Tug Hill reporter, began his career in radio, strangely enough, as a high school Spanish teacher in Buffalo. While drilling verb conjugations and teaching a love for Latino culture during the day, he sat in as a late night jazz and Latin DJ at Buffalo's NPR affiliate, WBFO. The radio bug bit, and David found his way to southern Colorado/northern New Mexico (the Taos/Santa Fe area) where he was Program Director, Music Director, Volunteer Coordinator, and "Just About Anything Else You Can Think Of" Director at NPR affiliate KRZA.

Since joining NCPR's news department, David has reported from the chilly deck of a St. Lawrence icebreaker, the power-chord filled stage of the High School Rock Band Festival, and the tense Albanian street market of post-war Kosovo with soldiers from Fort Drum. David also gets to fulfill his passion for music of all kinds when he spins world dance and groove music on editions of The Beat Authority. E-mail

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Cabot Eyes McCadam

The makers of Cabot cheese in Vermont are looking into buying the North Country's oldest cheesemaker, McCadam of Heuvelton and Chateaugay. As David Sommerstein reports, the news is the latest indicator of a rapidly changing dairy industry.  Go to full article
U.S. Immigration at Boldt Castle on Heart Island.
U.S. Immigration at Boldt Castle on Heart Island.

Boating Across the Border

As the sun finally warms the North Country into summer, the boating season on the St. Lawrence River is kicking into high gear. This year, residents and tourists alike face new security requirements when they buzz between American and Canadian harbors. Businesses on both sides of border hope the heightened security won't scare people away. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Diocese Reacts to New Priest Policy

At least one North Country priest will lose his ministry as a result of policies on sexual abuse adopted last week by Catholic bishops nationwide. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article
Members of the band "Perserverance", from Norwood-Norfolk High School.
Members of the band "Perserverance", from Norwood-Norfolk High School.

Rockin' at the Green

High school musicians usually get a chance to perform for an audience at school jazz band or orchestra concerts. But aside from parties and the occasional high school dance, there are few opportunities for young rock musicians to test their licks in public. For 7 years now, the Norwood Village Green concert series has provided an outlet for high school bands to rock out. David Sommerstein takes us backstage at the High School Rock Band Festival.  Go to full article

Corning Canton Plant Spared in latest Layoffs

The Corning plant in Canton will be spared in the latest round of layoffs the company announced last week. Corning is undergoing a major restructuring plan due to a weak telecommunications market. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Burn Barrel Ban Stuck in Senate

The legislature in Albany is taking up its last issues of the session, which could end next week. A bill restricting "burn barrels" and other kinds of garbage burning has passed the Assembly the past two years. But it continues to languish in the Senate. There's little dispute burn barrels pose a health and environmental hazard. But the issue still draws strong passions. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

State Protects 45,000 Acres of Tug Hill

New York State has joined with the Nature Conservancy and a timber company to preserve almost 45,000 acres of land on the Tug Hill Plateau. David Sommerstein reports the public-private partnership prevents the land from being subdivided.  Go to full article

Kraft Canton in Jeopardy


The future of the St. Lawrence County factory that makes award-winning Kraft cheddar cheese is uncertain. Kraft says it's evaluating the efficiency of its Canton plant along with others around the country. David Sommerstein has more.
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Oberstar on Seaway Expansion

David Sommerstein talks with Minnesota Congressman Jim Oberstar (D)about possible expansion of the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes navigational system.  Go to full article

Tug Hill Gets Protection

New York State has joined with the Nature Conservancy and a timber company to preserve almost 45,000 acres of land on the Tug Hill Plateau. David Sommerstein reports the public-private partnership prevents the land from being subdivided.  Go to full article

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