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They’re going to keep most capable, the most ready to be deployed... that defines Ft. Drum.

Owens optimistic about Ft. Drum's role in refocused defense

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced sweeping plans for the country's defense yesterday. The new strategy has to accommodate a half billion dollars in budget cuts. Among other strategies, it predicts "smaller conventional ground forces." And a shift of focus to Asia.

The Army's 10th Mt. Division has been among the most heavily deployed units as America fought wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There were immediate concerns about what the new vision yesterday would mean for the Fort Drum. Julie Grant caught up with Congressman Bill Owens of Plattsburgh yesterday, and finds him optimistic.  Go to full article
Behind every mandate is a special interest, and … it’s very hard to know which mandate we can go after and eliminate.

Skepticism as governor says it's time for mandate relief

During his state of the state speech, Governor Andrew Cuomo said it's time the state provided mandate relief to local governments.

This is welcomed news to many in the north country. But some are concerned it could be only a token gesture.

Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article
Joe Ehrmann.  Photo:
Joe Ehrmann. Photo:

Coach wants adults to get more serious about stopping child sex abuse

It's estimated that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys in the United States experience sexual abuse before they turn 18. Those statistics are alarming. Most adults wince and turn away when the topic of child sex abuse comes up. But it's been harder to avoid after the recent scandals at Penn State and Syracuse University.

Joe Ehrmann hopes this is a watershed moment, where adults start facing the problem, and getting more serious about stopping it.

Ehrmann calls himself a Coach for America. He was a Syracuse All-American football and lacrosse player in the late 60s and early 70s. But it wasn't until Ehrmann started writing a book about coaching, that he had came to an epiphany. He remembered that at the age of 12, he himself had been raped. Ehrmann spoke with Julie Grant.  Go to full article
You're probably not going to get the huge upfront bonus money per acre that we were seeing a few years ago.

Landowners may get less money in shale lease deals

Experts say exploration of natural gas in the Marcellus Shale is expected to keep rising in 2012. But they say landowners may find that signing lease deals isn't as easy as in years past.

Drillers have swarmed in recent years to the Shale that lies beneath Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia and Ohio. Pennsylvania is the center of activity, with more than 3,000 wells drilled in the past three years and thousands more planned.

Other states are opening up to the drilling, which often entails hydrofracking. That's when drillers drill down, and then horizontally into the bedrock. They use a mix of water, sand, and chemicals under high pressure to smash open the shale and release the gas.

New York has delayed issuing regulations to allow large scale hydrofracking.

Jerry Simmons is executive director of National Association of Royalty Owners. The group represents landowners who sell their mineral rights to energy companies. He says New York property owners would already get less for a well then their neighbors in Pennsylvania did a few years ago.  Go to full article

Ohio delays four fracking wastewater wells in wake of quake

Ohio leaders are prohibiting the use of four hydro-fracking waste-water wells from opening, after a series of earthquakes. Julie Grant reports that the state is concerned there's a link between the two.  Go to full article
Lake-effect snow, how it works. Source: Wikipedia
Lake-effect snow, how it works. Source: Wikipedia

Tug Hill to get lion's share of lake effect snow

The Tug Hill area will get the lion's share of the lake effect snow - more than 2 feet - over the next couple of days. Bill Hibbert is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo. He says we're in the midst the biggest lake effect snowstorm this winter. Hibbert says it's coming because it's cold out there.  Go to full article

Colton supervisor says too much emphasis on Rooftop Highway

Town leaders in Colton say the north country is putting too much emphasis on a so-called Rooftop Highway, and not enough on short term economic development projects. The highway idea, which some have dubbed I-98, is to build a four lane interstate from Watertown around to Plattsburgh.

Colton Town Supervisor Lawrence Patzwald says there are many ways to boost the region's economy.  Go to full article
Santa in a window display. Some families wrestle with the question of how much to give each holiday season. Photo: Mark Brush
Santa in a window display. Some families wrestle with the question of how much to give each holiday season. Photo: Mark Brush

Debating Holiday Consumerism

A lot of people don't want to get caught up in the consumerism of the holidays. But often family and friends expect to get gifts from loved ones. Julie Grant spent time with one family where gift-giving is a real struggle.  Go to full article
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All Before Five program page

All Before Five: 12/20/11

The water resources of the Great Lakes could help revive the economy, Brian Mann reports as part of WBEZ's Front and Center series. The Potsdam Synagogue wants to add menorah's to holiday displays.  Go to full article
Sharon Williams wants to see more menorahs around the North Country.
Sharon Williams wants to see more menorahs around the North Country.

Potsdam Synagogue adds menorahs to holiday displays

Like most of America, the North Country is lit up with Christmas decorations at this time of year. While it brings joy to many people, it can make others feel like outsiders. Julie Grant reports about an effort by the synagogue in Potsdam to make the season more inclusive - by adding menorahs to holiday displays.  Go to full article

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