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NCPR News Staff: Joanna Richards

Watertown Correspondent

Joanna Richards grew up in Louisville, Kentucky but feels like a true north country native now that she owns winter boots rated for temps down to forty below zero. She worked for an alt weekly paper, as an associate editor for the NPR series This I Believe, and as a staff writer for an arts and entertainment weekly in Louisville, before moving to Watertown in 2008 to work as a reporter for the Watertown Daily Times.

She's thrilled to be working in radio again as the Watertown correspondent for North Country Public Radio and especially enjoys doing stories about intriguing local subcultures. Outside of work, she is a regional explorer, vegetarian cook, and regular volunteer for various community groups, as well as a voracious reader, aspiring pool shark and an orange belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. E-mail

Stories filed by Joanna Richards

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Dr. Dan Mitchell, a psychologist at the North Country Children's Clinic, demonstrates his practice's new electronic medical record system at the clinic's offices in Watertown. Photo: Joanna Richards
Dr. Dan Mitchell, a psychologist at the North Country Children's Clinic, demonstrates his practice's new electronic medical record system at the clinic's offices in Watertown. Photo: Joanna Richards

InfoTech project aims to improve health care in North Country

While lots of industries turned to information technology long ago to improve efficiency, accuracy and collaboration, until now, health care has lagged behind. Now, a big project has aimed to leverage IT in the health care in the North Country.  Go to full article
Fort Drum's 2nd Brigade Combat Team members U.S. Army Maj. Marc Beckage, Maj. Nicholas Ploetz and Lt. Col. Eric Johnson, at a physical readiness training Aug. 8, 2012, at Fort Drum. Photo: Capt. Michael Greenberger, <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/with/7753102022/#photo_7753102022">Department of Defense </a>CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
Fort Drum's 2nd Brigade Combat Team members U.S. Army Maj. Marc Beckage, Maj. Nicholas Ploetz and Lt. Col. Eric Johnson, at a physical readiness training Aug. 8, 2012, at Fort Drum. Photo: Capt. Michael Greenberger, Department of Defense CC some rights reserved

Fort Drum unit preps for changed Afganistan mission

Fort Drum's 2nd Brigade Combat Team is getting ready for for a January deployment to eastern Afghanistan. The deployment marks a shift for troops, from combat to advising and assisting the Afghan security forces.  Go to full article
The new Vets Peer-to-Peer Outreach Center opened its doors Friday in Watertown. Photo: Joanna Richards
The new Vets Peer-to-Peer Outreach Center opened its doors Friday in Watertown. Photo: Joanna Richards

New peer-to-peer center reaches out to veterans

A new center to help veterans through mental health problems opened Friday in Watertown at 247 State Street. The center hopes to be a gateway for vets in the area, where volunteer veterans will help their peers get the services they need.  Go to full article
BP attorney John Harris gives a presentation about the Article X power facility siting process in Cape Vincent Thursday night. Photo: Joanna Richards
BP attorney John Harris gives a presentation about the Article X power facility siting process in Cape Vincent Thursday night. Photo: Joanna Richards

BP hears more push back on Cape Vincent wind farm

BP Energy was in Cape Vincent last week to give a presentation on New York State's Article X process for siting power generation projects.

It was another contentious encounter between local anti-wind power activists and BP representatives over the proposed Cape Vincent Wind Farm.  Go to full article
Major General Stephen Townsend has taken over as commanding general of Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division. Photo courtesy Fort Drum
Major General Stephen Townsend has taken over as commanding general of Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division. Photo courtesy Fort Drum

New general takes command at Fort Drum

Major General Stephen Townsend has taken over command of Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division following a ceremony at the post Monday morning.  Go to full article
Attorney Charu Narang is representing three women in separate lawsuits against the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.
Attorney Charu Narang is representing three women in separate lawsuits against the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

Three Lawsuits target Jefferson County Sheriff's Dept

Three women with the same attorney have filed lawsuits against the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and members within it for allegations relating to sexual misconduct or harassment.  Go to full article
Lei Wu. Photo: Clarkson University
Lei Wu. Photo: Clarkson University

Clarkson prof works to modernize NY state's energy grid

Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced New York would invest $250 million to develop smart grid technologies to modernize the state's energy grid.

IBM has just awarded a Clarkson University professor working on smart energy grid systems a $10,000 grant to help him continue his research, and develop coursework for students to train the next generation to use this hot technology.  Go to full article
The future I-781 Fort Drum connector road under construction in 2011. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/dougtone/">Doug Kerr</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
The future I-781 Fort Drum connector road under construction in 2011. Photo: Doug Kerr, CC some rights reserved

Fort Drum connector road to I-81 set to open soon

The highway project that will create a direct connection between Interstate 81 and Fort Drum's main gate is set to open soon.  Go to full article
The New York Air Brake industrial site has been the subject of resurgent concern for north side residents in Watertown. Photo: Joanna Richards
The New York Air Brake industrial site has been the subject of resurgent concern for north side residents in Watertown. Photo: Joanna Richards

DEC: We'll keep talking with Air Brake neighbors

At a packed public meeting November 7 in Watertown, state environmental and health officials spoke with members of the public concerned about pollution on the city's north side with the New York Air Brake plant at the center of concern.

Now, DEC officials say they're working with the information they got at the meeting and figuring out what might come next.  Go to full article
Photo: Joanna Richards
Photo: Joanna Richards

Falconry pairs humans and birds in hunting

Falconry, the sport of hunting with birds of prey, is ancient: its history goes back thousands of years. It was once used as a way to catch small prey, like rabbits and pheasants, before humans had guns. And the sport is still practiced today.

It takes many years to become a master falconer under New York state law. It's small game hunting season right now in northern New York, and reporter Joanna Richards went out with falconer Rick West last year, to learn what keeps him practicing this ancient sport.  Go to full article

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