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NCPR News Staff: David Sommerstein
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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

Acid Rain Bill Passes Committee

The U.S. Senate's environment committee yesterday passed tough acid rain legislation by a narrow 10 to 9 vote. It's the first time the full Senate will have a chance to consider an acid rain bill in more than a decade. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

What Are the Protestors Protesting?

The G8 protests in Calgary and Ottawa have been peaceful, so far. One of the leading globalization critics in Canada is the Council of Canadians, a citizen watchdog group based in Ottawa. David Sommerstein spoke with the Council's spokesman, Bill Moore-Kilgannon, about the protests in Ottawa. Moore-Kilgannon says G-8 leaders in Alberta are discussing policies that strengthen corporations at the expense of elected governments.  Go to full article

Mountain Fest 2002

Today is Mountain Fest at Fort Drum. It's an annual fair and military parade to celebrate the 10th Mountain Division's relocation to the army base near Watertown. David Sommerstein reports the tenor - and security - will be different than in years past.  Go to full article

Restoring the Common Tern

The Common Tern is a bird best known for its graceful flight and dramatic dives. The shoals and nooks of the eastern Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shoreline have been some of the tern's best nesting habitat in North America. But over the past 50 years, the area's tern population has dropped dramatically, from 20,000 to only 2000. Now the tern's a threatened species in New York. David Sommerstein reports on efforts to restore the bird's numbers.  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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