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NCPR News Staff: Chris Morris

Tri-Lakes Correspondent

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People can still call Ray Brook during regular business hours. But the 24/7 dispatch operations will be all out of Albany.

Ray Brook to lose DEC dispatchers

The state Department of Environmental Conservation will start to close down its dispatch office in Ray Brook by early next week.

As Chris Morris reports, the move comes amid a cost-saving effort to consolidate dispatch services statewide.  Go to full article
Most of the people we talk to are in support of [a bed tax]. Marketing tourism is an easy sell.

Will a new bed tax boost Franklin County tourism?

Tourism is big business in Franklin County and some local leaders want to help fund a regional marketing campaign by approving a new bed tax.

Most counties in the North Country already have one and as Chris Morris reports, the revenue could replace funds cut by New York state.  Go to full article
Adrien Girouard accepts his Bronze Star from Rep. Bill Owens (Source: Owens office)
Adrien Girouard accepts his Bronze Star from Rep. Bill Owens (Source: Owens office)

After 66 years, Tupper Lake veteran awarded the Bronze Star

Late last week, a World War II veteran in Tupper Lake was awarded the Bronze Star 66 years after he saved another man's life. Adrien Girouard fought heroically in Italian campaign, but it took two congressmen and the better part of a lifetime for him to be honored. Chris Morris was at the ceremony and has our story.  Go to full article
Chandler Ralph (Source:  AMC)
Chandler Ralph (Source: AMC)

AMC exec Ralph talks in-depth about coming health care battles

Health care is likely to top the agenda of state and federal lawmakers in the coming weeks, as New York's new governor aims to reform the Medicaid system and Congress considers a measure to repeal last year's health care reform legislation.

Chris Morris sat down to talk about possible changes to the health care system with Chandler Ralph, head of Adirondack Medical Center.

Ralph says hospitals in the North Country want lawmakers to take a measured approach, and she opposes a wholesale scrapping of the Federal healthcare reform plan.  Go to full article
Broadband internet should be something that every home and business in the town of Keene, and in general, should have.

Keene paves way for broadband

The North Country has had mixed success in winning Federal stimulus dollars to expand broadband internet service to rural towns and villages. But the Essex County town of Keene has moved forward with a grassroots effort, using a mix of grants and local fund raising, along with new, less expensive technology.

As Chris Morris reports, the organizers hope their project will serve as a model for other communities in the region.  Go to full article
Advocates want more funding for sites like Crown Point
Advocates want more funding for sites like Crown Point

NY parks see surge of visitors

Attendance at New York's parks and historic sites soared last year, with more than a million additional people making visits.

That surge followed a threat last spring by Governor David Paterson to close dozens of sites, including John Browns Farm near Lake Placid and the Crown Point Fort in the Champlain Valley.

The state restored $11 million to keep those areas open. But a new report by two advocacy groups found that funding has still declined by more than $30 million in recent years, leaving many parks understaffed and in need of repair. Chris Morris reports.  Go to full article
If everybody was on the same schedule, that would be most advantageous for the kids...

In Tri-Lakes, different spring break schedules muddle schools, families

School districts in Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake that have traditionally shared the same schedule for spring break have conflicting calendars this year.

That may not sound like a big deal, but it affects dozens of teachers and families, as well as the regional BOCES program which serves all three districts.

As Chris Morris reports, discussions of the schedule change have raised questions about the benefits and drawbacks of school vacations.  Go to full article

DEC offers ice safety tips

With winter in full swing, officials with the state Department of Environmental Conservation are reminding outdoor enthusiasts to be cautious on lakes and rivers.

Hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, and snowmobiling on frozen lakes and ponds are among the many winter delights enjoyed by residents and visitors of the Adirondack Park. Chris Morris offers some tips on how to be safe on the ice this winter.  Go to full article

State keeps shorter school sports seasons to save money

For the third straight year, high school sports seasons will be shorter in New York as a shaky economy has school districts looking to save money.

Cuts vary by sport. Baseball teams that play 24 regular-season games will go to 20, football teams went from 10 games to 9 or 8, depending on regional officials. Chris Morris reports.  Go to full article
Those payroll dollars—all of that money—is going right back into the community... and if it weren't there, you'd notice

State finances threaten healthcare, economy

A report published this week by the Healthcare Association of New York State found that North Country hospitals are one of the region's biggest economic engines. The study shows that, statewide, hospitals employ nearly 687,000 New Yorkers and generate $108 billion in economic activity.

As Chris Morris reports, this report is the latest salvo in a debate over how to fund hospitals and the state's healthcare system.  Go to full article

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