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Owens, Doheny spar over jobs, Social Security

The two men running for Congress in the North Country's 23rd district clashed over job creation and privatization of Social Security in a contentious debate today.

Democratic incumbent Bill Owens and his Republican challenger Matt Doheny agreed voters are most concerned about jobs and financial security. As Jonathan Brown reports, they then outlined the differences in their approach to stimulate the economy.
(Watch the full debate tonight on Public Eye, WPBS-TV, Watertown)  Go to full article

Doheny narrows race against Owens

A new poll out yesterday shows a tight race in New York's 23rd Congressional District. Democratic incumbent Bill Owens has a 5-point lead over Republican challenger Matt Doheny.

With a 4-point margin of error, the Siena poll finds 44 percent of likely voters back Owens, 39 percent support Doheny. But, as Siena's Steve Greenberg explains, this race could still have a lot of twists ahead, and one very important wild card.  Go to full article
9-seat Cessna 402C (Maine Aviation Sales)
9-seat Cessna 402C (Maine Aviation Sales)

North Country flight plans called unacceptable

The three airlines hoping to serve North Country airports got their hopes dashed Friday evening, when the U.S. Department of Transportation said their proposals were unacceptable.

But the problem wasn't with the airlines. As Jonathan Brown reports, town officials in Massena, Ogdensburg and Watertown couldn't come together to support one of the proposals submitted. So, the federal agency denied all of them.  Go to full article
(Dennis Malcolm, Wikipedia)
(Dennis Malcolm, Wikipedia)

Potsdam paper plant reaches buyers with new rail line

A North Country paper mill recently spent nearly a quarter of a million dollars to lay tracks connecting its Potsdam plant to the nationwide network of railroad lines.

The Potsdam Specialty Paper Company can now bring in supplies, and ship to buyers, at a fraction of the cost it spent just a month ago.

Ron Charrette is the plant manager. He tells Jonathan Brown the new rail spur will make it easier to reach buyers on the west coast.  Go to full article
The Paterson Administration wielded a pretty ruthless budget axe...

Park report slams Paterson

The Adirondack Council slammed Governor David Paterson in its annual State of the Park report this week.

It was the worst ranking of any governor in the report's 25-year history . The green group blamed what it called, "Paterson's relentless cuts to the state's environmental programs and agencies."

Paterson has promised 2,000 layoffs in state agencies before the end of the year. Included are 200 at the Department of Environmental Conservation, on top of 272 lost in an early retirement incentive earlier this year.

Adirondack Council spokesman John Sheehan says the State of the Park publication is not meant to be a political screed. Rather, as he tells Jonathan Brown, it's a snapshot of the park's environmental health. And despite all, it looks pretty good.  Go to full article
Starting to spin at the Hula Hoop Workshop
Starting to spin at the Hula Hoop Workshop

Going around in circles, just for fun

Plumbing supplies, sports tape and dance music combined for a unique workshop in Canton recently. A group of mostly women and girls got together to build their own hula hoops and learn, or re-learn, how to use them.

Our intrepid but hip-deprived host of All Before Five, Jonathan Brown, was there.  Go to full article
Ruffed Grouse - Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada (Wikipedia)
Ruffed Grouse - Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada (Wikipedia)

DEC asks hunters to help count declining grouse population

State environment officials are asking hunters for more help tracking the falling numbers of Ruffed Grouse, one of the most popular game birds in New York.

Michael Schiavone is a wildlife biologist with the Department of Environmental Conservation. He says grouse prefer young forests and their habitat is aging.

Over the past six years, he says hunters in the field filled in blank logs to give the DEC valuable head counts of ruffed grouse. He tells Jonathan Brown the high rate of participation in this bird count is partly due to the grouse's popularity and its distinctive drumming sound.  Go to full article

Flood Watch across NNY and VT

The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for today and tomorrow across northern New York and Vermont.

The alert mirrors flood watches and warnings along much of the eastern seaboard. Heavy rains and winds are expected, as the remnants of a tropical storm moves north up the east coast.

Meteorologist Peter Banacos tells Jonathan Brown th danger may not pass until Friday afternoon.  Go to full article

UNYTEA drops Hoffman in NY-23

In the North Country's 23rd Congressional District, UNYTEA ended its support for Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman. The Tea Party group has not endorsed Republican primary winner Matt Doheny.

Mark Barie is chairman of UNYTEA, which claims around a thousand members across the region. He tells Jonathan Brown the group's steering committee met with Doheny yesterday.  Go to full article
Ruffed Grouse - Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada (Wikipedia)
Ruffed Grouse - Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada (Wikipedia)

DEC asks hunters to help count falling number of grouse

State environment officials are asking hunters for more help tracking falling numbers of Ruffed Grouse, one of the most popular game birds in New York.

Michael Schiavone is a wildlife biologist with the Department of Environmental Conservation. He says grouse prefer young forests, and their habitat is aging.

The DEC has been getting good information over the past few years from hunters in the field. And, as he tells Jonathan Brown, this is partly due to the bird's popularity and its distinctive drumming sound.  Go to full article

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