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NCPR News Staff: David Sommerstein
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Mobility Engineering's Snowpod in action.
Mobility Engineering's Snowpod in action.

Mobility Engineering Helps the Physically-Disabled To Go Where None Have Gone Before

David Sommerstein talks with Peter Rieke, founder of Mobility Engineering, a business that builds adaptive mobility devices for people with physical disabilities. Rieke was the first wheelchair user to scale Mount Rainier. He's in Potsdam today to collaborate with grad students at Clarkson University.  Go to full article

Fort Drum Prepares for New Balkan Peacekeeping Deployment

This fall more than 2000 men and women will go to peacekeeping missions in Bosnia and Kosovo in the Balkans. That means right now the base is at its peak of activity as troops get ready to deploy, physically, mentally and socially. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Sen. Clinton Tours Ft. Drum

As the Bush Administration considers restructuring the military, Senator Clinton says she'll go to bat for Fort Drum. She toured the army base in Jefferson county Wednesday afternoon. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Environmentalists Worry Bush EPA May Bail Out on Acid Rain Suit

Cleaning up Adirondack air--will the Bush Administration help? David Sommerstein talks with John Sheehan of the Adirondack Council. Environmentalists are worried the Bush administration will withdraw from lawsuits against polluters in the Midwest blamed for acid rain in New York.  Go to full article

NYPA Relicensing Yet to Address Local Concerns

NYPA needs to submit its relicensing application to federal officials in October, but local interests still haven't offered their input. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Chatham Plant Withdraws Permit Application

There's another delay for the Chatham Chipboard plant slated for the st. Lawrence county town of Lisbon. DEC spokesman Stephen Litwiler says Chatham Forest Products withdrew its environmental permit last Thursday. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Oneida Nation Begins Native American Talent Search

David Sommerstein talks with Jerry Reed of the Oneida Nation. The Oneida Nation is sponsoring a talent search for Native American actors, writers, and comedians.  Go to full article

Pataki Reassures Property Owners in Tribal Land Claims Suit

Last Friday Governor Pataki assured property owners that they had been dropped from land claims lawsuits with native tribes. But attorneys representing the tribes call the comments misleading and political posturing for the upcoming race for governor in 2002. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Clayton Antique Boat Show Draws Thousands

Last weekend thousands of people visited Clayton for the 37th annual Antique Boat show and auction--a chance to view St. Lawrence skiffs, launches and run-abouts. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Clarkson Professor Coordinates Nationwide Air Quality Monitoring

Through the month of July, a professor at Clarkson University coordinated the largest air quality monitoring effort ever conducted in this country. David Sommerstein reports the results could drive the next generation of pollution decision-making. David Sommerstein 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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