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NCPR News Staff: Chris Morris

Tri-Lakes Correspondent

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Saranac Lake fight leads to hate crime charge

A Franklin County man has been arrested in connection with a racially charged incident that happened outside of Saranac Lake bar late in October.

The arrest follows criticism of the Saranac Lake Police Department by some community members who were upset that an arrest wasn't made sooner. But the police department says it wanted to conduct a thorough investigation before filing charges.  Go to full article
Essex County Board of Supervisors head and Jay Town Supervisor Randy Douglas (L) and Governor Andrew Cuomo meeting with emergency responders in Jay before Hurricane Sandy. Photo: Brian Mann
Essex County Board of Supervisors head and Jay Town Supervisor Randy Douglas (L) and Governor Andrew Cuomo meeting with emergency responders in Jay before Hurricane Sandy. Photo: Brian Mann

Essex County looks at options for long-term budget fix

Essex County is currently staring down an $8 million budget gap in 2013, which could translate into a tax levy increase of about 26 percent.

The county's Board of Supervisors will host a public hearing on the tentative 2013 budget later in November. In the meantime, lawmakers are looking at long-term solutions to balance the county's checkbook.  Go to full article
Seniors in Brad Hurlburt's government class discuss American political parties during a forum at Keene Central School on Thursday. Photo: Chris Morris, Adirondack Daily Enterprise.
Seniors in Brad Hurlburt's government class discuss American political parties during a forum at Keene Central School on Thursday. Photo: Chris Morris, Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

Keene students' forum explores six US political parties

Students at Keene Central School hosted a robust discussion of political issues from the perspective of the six political parties on the presidential ballot in New York state last week.

About 30 people gathered in the school's auditorium Thursday night for the forum. Seniors from Brad Hurlburt's government class worked with adult advisors to present on the parties and their candidates. The discussion included the two major U.S. political parties, the Democrats and Republicans, as well as the Green Party, the Socialism and Liberation Party, the Libertarian Party and the Constitution Party.  Go to full article

Candidates make final push

With Election Day looming Tuesday, candidates running for office have taken to the streets, going door to door to make their final pitches to voters.

Candidates say there are still undecided voters to win over. And they're encouraging people to simply go the polls, no matter whom they support.  Go to full article
Richard Stratton hopes to run for governor in 2014. Photo provided by Richard Stratton.
Richard Stratton hopes to run for governor in 2014. Photo provided by Richard Stratton.

Former "High Times" editor plans 2014 run for governor

A former editor of High Times magazine who once did federal prison time in the Adirondacks wants to run for governor in 2014.

Richard Stratton filed initial paperwork with the New York State Board of Elections earlier this month. He hopes to win the Republican line and take on Governor Andrew Cuomo.

An author, filmmaker and activist, Stratton says his time in prison has helped shape his views on prison reform and drug laws.  Go to full article
Essex County board of supervisors head Randy Douglas
Essex County board of supervisors head Randy Douglas

Essex County lawmakers grapple with tough budget

Essex County faces a huge budget shortfall as it prepares its spending plan for 2013. In the weeks ahead, county lawmakers will look for ways to whittle away at a $13 million budget gap, and tough decisions may be looming.

Meanwhile, county officials are trying to get taxpayers to look beyond the tax levy and focus on the actual tax rate.  Go to full article
The Palace Theater in Lake Placid, late on a Saturday night. Photos: Natasha Haverty
The Palace Theater in Lake Placid, late on a Saturday night. Photos: Natasha Haverty

Theaters look to economic council for support

Helping small-town movie theaters with the upcoming conversion from film to digital projection has been labeled a regional priority by the North Country Regional Economic Development Council.

John Huttlinger is president of the Lake Placid-based Adirondack Film Society. He says the council recognizes the importance of movie theaters in rural North Country communities. The film society recently teamed up with 13 movie theaters across the region to explore funding opportunities to help with the conversion.  Go to full article
Writer and director Timothy Brearton practices his craft. Photo courtesy of Adirondack Mogul.
Writer and director Timothy Brearton practices his craft. Photo courtesy of Adirondack Mogul.

Adirondack Mogul looks to attract filmmakers

A new local production and publishing house is producing a short film aimed at showcasing the resources available for filmmakers from the Adirondacks and beyond.

"The Deal" is a film about a debt-ridden working man who is offered a "dubious deal" by a stranger. Tim Brearton says the film will show budding young filmmakers what his company, Adirondack Mogul, can do to help get their projects off the ground. He hopes the film will also convince filmmakers from outside the region to bring their productions here.  Go to full article
Belleayre Mountain Ski Center in the Catskills is part of ORDA's expanding purview.
Belleayre Mountain Ski Center in the Catskills is part of ORDA's expanding purview.

Summer visits help as ORDA rebounds from bad winter

The state Olympic Regional Development Authority continues to rebound from a bad winter, according to financial reports released last week.

As of July 31, ORDA's revenues were running about $600,000 ahead of 2011. ORDA President and CEO Ted Blazer said numbers for the 2012 summer season increased over last year by about a quarter of a million dollars. Visitation is up by about 11.6 percent, and revenue is up about 12.35 percent.

Meanwhile, ORDA has already made some investments at the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, located in Highmount in the Catskills. ORDA officials say they're ready for the upcoming ski season there.  Go to full article
One of around 10 defaced Duprey campaign signs. Photo courtesy Janet Duprey, via Adirondack Daily Enterprise <br />
One of around 10 defaced Duprey campaign signs. Photo courtesy Janet Duprey, via Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Duprey shaken by defacement of campaign signs

Incumbent Assemblywoman Janet Duprey says she's disturbed by the recent defacing of some of her campaign signs along U.S. Route 11.

Her opponents in the race say they sympathize with her but that unfortunately, such vandalism isn't uncommon during heated elections.

Duprey is locked in a three-way race for New York's new 115th Assembly District. She'll appear on the Republican and Independence party lines on Nov. 6, Plattsburgh educator Karen Bisso is on the Conservative Party line, and Plattsburgh City Councilman Tim Carpenter is running as a Democrat.  Go to full article

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