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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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On Patrol With 10th Mountain Division Peacekeepers In Vitina, Kosovo

Almost 4000 soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum near Watertown, are nearing the end of their six-month deployment in Kosovo. They'll return home later this month. In February, David Sommerstein traveled to the former Yugoslavian province as a guest of the U.S. Army. Over the next three days we'll hear stories from Kosovo. Today, we go on a walking patrol in the town of Vitina, where Fort Drum soldiers maintain a delicate peace between Serbs and Albanians.  Go to full article

"Democrats for Pataki" in North Country

Some North Country Democrats are following the lead of their colleagues in other parts of the state and are backing Republican Governor George Pataki for a third term. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Bill Moore: Building a Wind Farm on the Tug Hill Plateau

David Sommerstein talks with Bill Moore, founder and principal of Atlantic Renewable Energy Corporation, about the present and future of wind-generated electricity. Moore is designing and building a wind farm on the Tug Hill Plateau in Lewis County. He'll be speaking as a part of the North Country Sustainable Energy Fair this weekend.  Go to full article

"60 Minutes" to Profile Potsdam's Mayor

At Wednesday's career fair at Clarkson, a crew from CBS' "60 Minutes" was videotaping Potsdam Mayor Ruth Garner for a documentary on aging and retirement. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

State Will Share Oversight of Casinos

The Seneca Nation and New York State will share oversight of three casinos in western New York, according to the gaming compact released this week. David Sommerstein has more.

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Plugging That Leaky House

Since September's terrorist attacks, and now with the current violence in the Middle East, many people are looking ways to reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil.

This weekend, the annual North Country Sustainable Energy Fair in Canton will draw attention to other sources of energy, like wind, solar, and fuel cells. And this year the organizers have put a special focus on conserving energy in older, drafty homes. The group Community Energy Services has been designated by New York State to coordinate energy efficiency programs in the North Country. Last year the group worked with Canton churches to help make pastors' homes more energy efficient. David Sommerstein reported on the project in May 2001.

For more information on the North Country Sustainable Energy Fair, visit the link below, or call 315-379-0959.
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Spitzer Unveils Plan to Combat Acid Rain

New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer believes he has a better plan to curb acid rain in the Adirondacks than the Bush Administration does. Spitzer made a rare North Country appearance Tuesday. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

U.S. Youth Hockey Team Defeats Russia

The U.S. Under 18 Hockey Team defeated Russia 3-1 to win the gold medal in the international tournament. The goalie for the U.S. team is 18-year-old Jim Howard of Ogdensburg. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article
"Denny" Farrell with model Rushton canoe.
"Denny" Farrell with model Rushton canoe.

NY's Democratic Party Chair Visits Canton

New York's Democratic Party Chairman Herman "Denny" Farrell visited Canton Friday. David Sommerstein reports Farrell took aim at Governor Pataki in his brief talk with some 30 St. Lawrence county Democrats.  Go to full article

People Tell Quake Tales

David Sommerstein caught up with people in Canton and Ogdensburg to hear their earthquake stories. NCPR listeners also phoned in their stories.  Go to full article

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