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Spitzer Unveils Plan to Combat Acid Rain

New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer believes he has a better plan to curb acid rain in the Adirondacks than the Bush Administration does. Spitzer made a rare North Country appearance Tuesday. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

U.S. Youth Hockey Team Defeats Russia

The U.S. Under 18 Hockey Team defeated Russia 3-1 to win the gold medal in the international tournament. The goalie for the U.S. team is 18-year-old Jim Howard of Ogdensburg. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article
"Denny" Farrell with model Rushton canoe.
"Denny" Farrell with model Rushton canoe.

NY's Democratic Party Chair Visits Canton

New York's Democratic Party Chairman Herman "Denny" Farrell visited Canton Friday. David Sommerstein reports Farrell took aim at Governor Pataki in his brief talk with some 30 St. Lawrence county Democrats.  Go to full article

People Tell Quake Tales

David Sommerstein caught up with people in Canton and Ogdensburg to hear their earthquake stories. NCPR listeners also phoned in their stories.  Go to full article

Garden Preview with Amy Ivy

David Sommerstein talks with horticulturalist Amy Ivy from the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Essex and Clinton counties about the early start to the gardening season and how to cope with the anticipated drought this summer.  Go to full article

McCall Comments on Andrew Cuomo's Official Campaign Announcement

Andrew Cuomo's Democratic challenger, Carl McCall, commented earlier this week on Cuomo's official campaign announcement after he had already declared his intention to run for governor.  Go to full article

Spitzer to Visit the North Country

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer begins a 2 day tour of the North Country next Tuesday in Plattsburgh.  Go to full article

NY Welfare Roles Shrink by Half Since 1995

The number of New Yorkers on welfare declined by more than half since 1995. The Pataki administration says that's a sign that welfare reform works. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Val Washington: New York & the Environment

David Sommerstein talks with Val Washington, director of the Environmental Advocates, who represented New York in the study comparing environmental records in the 8 Great Lakes states, about how New York stacks up environmentally in the region.  Go to full article

Comparing Environment in the Great Lakes

New York compares well against other Great Lakes states on environmental issues, according to a report released last week. But as David Sommerstein reports, the study says the region as a whole lags behind other parts of the country on environmental protections.  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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