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NCPR News Staff: Chris Morris

Tri-Lakes Correspondent

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VA clinic construction under way in Saranac Lake

The first concrete has been poured for a new veterans' clinic in Saranac Lake. Officials hope to be able open the center early next year, despite a contract delay that held work up for part of the summer building season.

The new clinic downtown on Depot St. is one of two now under construction to serve veterans in the region.

HES Ventures is overseeing the building's construction and will lease the property to the Department of Veterans Affairs under a contract finalized in August. Chris Morris has more.  Go to full article
We?re going to push, push, push to reach our goal as soon as possible... now is the time to start talking about job openings.

Community Store close in Saranac Lake

Organizers of the Community Store in Saranac Lake say they're very close to their fund raising goal of half a million dollars. And they've found a potential location in the village. Chris Morris reports the store could open in early summer.  Go to full article
We're all in the same boat ? the roads aren't getting any better and nothing is getting any younger.

Highway funds in doubt

With winter fast approaching and the construction season coming to an end, highway superintendents in the North Country are wondering how they will fund critical bridge and road projects next year.

The New York State County Highway Superintendents Association issued a statement this week saying many local governments don't have enough funds to pay for crucial bridge and road projects.

As Chris Morris reports, some of the most highly traveled roads in the Adirondacks are sliding into disrepair.  Go to full article

Police, Forest Rangers find body of missing Lake Clear woman

An Adirondack woman missing since the weekend was found dead yesterday after an intensive search north of Saranac Lake. State police haven't yet disclosed the cause of death, or said whether the incident is being considered suspicious. Chris Morris has details.  Go to full article

Cuomo wants to make Albany "work"

Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo continued a North Country swing of his RV tour for a "New New York" Friday.

Following campaign events in Warren and Jefferson counties, New York's attorney general stopped at the adult center in Saranac Lake, where he vowed to change the political atmosphere in Albany. Chris Morris was there.  Go to full article

North Country soldier orients military leaders in Afghanistan

A major reorganization of NATO's southern command in Afghanistan is underway as thousands of fresh US troops arrive in Kandahar. The units are part of President Obama's surge strategy and will play a key role in securing the Taliban stronghold.

Members of the 10th Mountain Division are among the new soldiers to arrive there. The green arrivals need to get oriented, especially those higher up in the chain of command. That task falls to people like Army Captain Sean Kane of Lake Placid. Kane's with Fort Drum's 1st Brigade.

He returned from Afghanistan last week. He told reporter Chris Morris he's enjoying a couple weeks of relaxation with his fiancée after his deployment.  Go to full article

Plan in the works to save Adirondack Visitor Center

The Adirondack Park Agency and Paul Smith's College are working on a memorandum of understanding to preserve the popular Visitor Interpretive Center near the college.

The center is on college land, but the Park Agency owns the buildings. The MOU would allow the college to buy them. State comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has to approve the deal, but local leaders, including college president John Mills, are optimistic. Chris Morris has the story.  Go to full article

Essex County files for authority to increase sales tax

Officials in Essex County are concerned with next year's budget projections. Some numbers show a potential 30 percent increase to the tax levy. In an effort to offset potential property tax increase, supervisors are moving forward with a plan to increase the sales tax. Yesterday, supervisors voted 14 to 3 to petition state lawmakers to grant the county with authority to increase the sales tax from 7.75 percent to 8 percent even. Chris Morris has more.  Go to full article

Conversation from Kabul: Capt. Sean Kane

About 3,500 troops from the Army's 10th Mountain Division's First Brigade Combat Team are in Afghanistan, part of the Obama Administration's strategy sending tens of thousands of troops, as well as trainers, diplomats, and economic aid to the region. Lake Placid native Sean Kane is among them. Kane is a captain with the Second Battalion 22nd Infantry Regiment.

Chris Morris of WNBZ in Saranac Lake checked in with Kane this week. The last time they spoke, Kane was just getting ready to leave Ft. Drum for Afghanistan. At the time he couldn't say where he was going or what he'd be doing; he's settling, at what he calls a critical time.  Go to full article

Momentum builds for Adirondack economic zone

A movement to establish an economic zone uniting the Adirondack Park is gaining momentum and encouraging new cooperation. A new caucus of the region's Albany lawmakers has reached out beyond party lines, and the economic zone could be an early success.

It won key approval last week from a broad coalition of elected officials, environmental groups and community activists. Chris Morris reports.  Go to full article

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