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Republican Attorney General Hopeful Tours Fair

The St. Lawrence County Fair in Gouverneur opened its first full day yesterday with bands, a firefighter's parade, and a visit by Republican candidate for state attorney general, Dora Irizarry. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

Twin Tower Steel at Clarkson

A piece of history from September 11th is on display at Clarkson University in Potsdam. Sections of two steel beams from the 55th floor of the World Trade Center will become a part of a permanent memorial at Clarkson. David Sommerstein spoke with the Clarkson alum who sent the steel from Ground Zero.  Go to full article

Pataki Bets on Casinos for Upstate Economy

As Governor Pataki tours Upstate New York in his campaign for a third term, he's been announcing economic development initiatives as he goes. One creates a $100 million dollar seed fund for new projects Upstate. But as David Sommerstein reports, half of that money is to come from native-owned casinos that have yet to be built.  Go to full article

The Ogdensburg Horseshoe Pits

David Sommerstein takes us on an audio tour of league night at the horseshoe pits on the Ogdenburg waterfront. Players tell us about the "one and a quarter turn shoe", the "floater", and of course, the "ringer".  Go to full article

Football Fans, Welcome the Trailblazers

David Sommerstein talks with Bob Cowser, player and treasurer for the newest team in the semi-pro Empire Football League, the St. Lawrence Valley Trailblazers.  Go to full article

Clinton: Rural Broadband Is the Future

Senator Clinton is co-sponsor of legislation to bring high speed Internet access to rural areas. She promoted her bill Friday at a stop in the St. Lawrence County town of Brasher. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Alcoa Turns 100

The St. Lawrence County village of Massena kicked off two weeks of events this week to celebrate its 200th birthday. Tomorrow marks another Massena milestone. Alcoa--the Aluminum Company of America--commemorates 100 years since it broke ground on its aluminum smelting operation.

Alcoa made Massena a classic company town for decades. Today's residents are descendants of European immigrants who sought work at the height of the industrial age. Like most North Country history, Alcoa's story starts with water. David Sommerstein looks at the past and future of Alcoa in Massena.  Go to full article

EPA Touts "Clear Skies"

The debate over how to clean America's air is heating up. In response to sharp criticisms, the Bush Administration is using computer projections to back up its "Clear Skies" proposal for curbing air pollution that causes acid rain in the Adirondacks. David Sommerstein reports many Democrats and environmentalists are backing a competing plan from Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords.  Go to full article

118th GOP Primary

The new 118th Assembly district is known as the "river district", because it runs from Watertown in the south, along eastern Lake Ontario to the Thousand Islands, then along the St. Lawrence River to Massena. Most agree it was created to help Democrats, specifically former Jefferson County legislature chair Darryl Aubertine, win the seat. Three Republicans are running for the GOP bid. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Canada Day Marks Start of Busy Week on the St. Lawrence

Today is Canada Day, and that means the beginning of a busy holiday week on the St. Lawrence River. As Canadian and American boaters buzz across the river, U.S. Immigration is reminding people to check in when they cross the border. Winston Barrus, deputy director for the Immigration and Naturalization Service in the region, says boaters will notice some changes when they apply for their I-68 immigration form. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

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David Sommerstein, NCPR's roving St. Lawrence Valley/Fort Drum/Tug Hill reporter, began his career in radio, strangely enough, as a high school Spanish teacher in Buffalo. While drilling verb conjugations and teaching a love for Latino culture during the day, he sat in as a late night jazz and Latin DJ at Buffalo's NPR affiliate, WBFO. The radio bug bit, and David found his way to southern Colorado/northern New Mexico (the Taos/Santa Fe area) where he was Program Director, Music Director, Volunteer Coordinator, and "Just About Anything Else You Can Think Of" Director at NPR affiliate KRZA. Since joining NCPR's news department, David has reported from the chilly deck of a St. Lawrence icebreaker, the power-chord filled stage of the High School Rock Band Festival, and the tense Albanian street market of post-war Kosovo with soldiers from Fort Drum. David also gets to fulfill his passion for music of all kinds when he spins world dance and groove music on editions of The Beat Authority. E-mail

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