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Warren County Emergency Medical Services conducts an emergency evacuation drill at Glens Falls Hospital. Photo via <a href="http://warrencountyny.gov/ems/images/drill07_2.jpg">Warren County Emergency Medical Services</a>
Warren County Emergency Medical Services conducts an emergency evacuation drill at Glens Falls Hospital. Photo via Warren County Emergency Medical Services

EMS volunteer numbers plummet in Warren, Washington Cos

The number of volunteers in the region's emergency squads continues to plummet. As volunteers leave, paid staff often has to fill the gap. That's an added financial burden.

Officials in Warren and Washington counties said last week that, unless something is done to boost the number of volunteers, many of the squads in small, rural communities won't survive.  Go to full article
Kristen Rohne, an educator with the Lake George Association, sieves for Asian clams during a lakewide survey completed in September 2012. Photo: Emily DeBolt, Lake George Association
Kristen Rohne, an educator with the Lake George Association, sieves for Asian clams during a lakewide survey completed in September 2012. Photo: Emily DeBolt, Lake George Association

NY commmits new money to stop Lake George invasives

State Environment Commissioner Joe Martens was in in the North Country on Friday, unveiling $250,000 in new funds to help stop invasive species from reaching Lake George.

The money will go to help a local coalition pay for boat washing and inspection stations around the lake.

"We were able to tease out $250,000 extra for Lake George," Martens said.

"Depending on what the outcome is of this last fall's and next spring's program on the lake, we'll go back and see if we can't dedicate more funds to it."  Go to full article
The Ticonderoga, NY Post Office. Many rural post offices across the North Country may reduce their hours to save money, and Saturday home delivery is also likely to be eliminated. Photo: Linda Osborne via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/auvet/">Jimmy Emerson</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
The Ticonderoga, NY Post Office. Many rural post offices across the North Country may reduce their hours to save money, and Saturday home delivery is also likely to be eliminated. Photo: Linda Osborne via Jimmy Emerson, CC some rights reserved

Heard Up North: Tough times at the post office

The US Postal Service lost another $1.3 billion in the last few months of 2012.

As a result, many rural post offices across the North Country are expected to see their hours cut back to half a day, opening from 8 am until noon.

It's also likely that Saturday home delivery will be ended nationwide as part of cost-cutting measures.

In all, the Postal Service plans to cut hours at more than 9,000 rural post office nationwide -- a move that is expected to phase out roughly 21,000 jobs.

North Country Congressman Bill Owens has blasted he move, arguing that families in small towns "depend on" the post office more than residents in urban areas.

In today's Heard Up North, reporter Jon Alexander set out to talk with people about how the cuts in service might affect them.  Go to full article
Congklingville Dam on Great Sacandaga Lake. Photo via <a href="http://www.hrbrrd.com/"> Hudson River-Black River Regulating District</a>
Congklingville Dam on Great Sacandaga Lake. Photo via Hudson River-Black River Regulating District

North Country counties settle flood control fight

A multimillion dollar legal battle that simmered for half a decade in the North Country is finally winding to a close.

Four counties - including Albany, Rensselaer, Warren, and Washington - have agreed to settle a dispute with the Hudson River Black River Regulating district over who should pay for flood control efforts.  Go to full article

Supervisors revolt, Horace Nye to remain public

The flagship cost-cutting measure of the administration of Essex County Chairman Randy Douglas was torpedoed Monday; the Horace Nye Nursing Home will remain public.

Supervisors voted 13-1 against a measure to hire a private real estate firm to look for potential buyers. That effectively kills the push to privatize Horace Nye.  Go to full article

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