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Watertown businessman Matt Doheny as he gave his concession speech in 2012. Photo: David Sommerstein
Watertown businessman Matt Doheny as he gave his concession speech in 2012. Photo: David Sommerstein

Doheny hopes fourth time's a charm in NY-21 run

The plot twists keep coming in the effort to win the 21st District Congressional seat that Bill Owens currently occupies. Yesterday morning, Republican Matt Doheny upended the race by announcing his fourth run in the district. Doheny narrowly lost to Owens in 2010 and 2012, and lost a primary bid in 2009.

He joins a crowded GOP field that includes the party's endorsed candidate, Elise Stefanik, and several lesser known candidates. The Alexandria Bay native's decision riled some North Country Republican leaders.  Go to full article
The six commissioners of the International Joint Commission took testimony from more than two dozen people last night in Alexandria Bay. Photo: David Sommerstein.
The six commissioners of the International Joint Commission took testimony from more than two dozen people last night in Alexandria Bay. Photo: David Sommerstein.

River residents give water levels plan thumbs up

There were no surprises last night at a public hearing in Alexandria Bay about managing water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. More than 150 area residents overwhelmingly supported a new plan that would restore wetlands, fish and wildlife, and lengthen the boating season.

The Jefferson and St. Lawrence county legislatures both support the plan. Assemblywoman Addie Russell spoke in favor, as did influential green group Save The River.

And there were no surprises the night before near Rochester, either, where residents of the south shore of Lake Ontario railed against the plan for the damage it could do to their property.

But as David Sommerstein reports, what emerged last night were personal stories that illustrate what's at stake, and the challenge the agency in charge of making the decision faces.  Go to full article
Shannon stands with the statue near the memorial in Alexandria Bay. Photo: Shannon D. Bartlett
Shannon stands with the statue near the memorial in Alexandria Bay. Photo: Shannon D. Bartlett

Indian River student pays tribute to fallen veterans

As we all celebrate Memorial Day, we think about the sacrifices made by our troops. One young woman from Alexandria Bay was touched personally by the effects of war. Our news intern Josh Cameron reports on how she decided to pay tribute to fallen veterans.  Go to full article
Number Boats - two replicas and an original - at the Alexandria Bay docks. Photo: Sam Newman.
Number Boats - two replicas and an original - at the Alexandria Bay docks. Photo: Sam Newman.

St. Lawrence "Number Boats" race again

A hundred years ago, the Thousand Islands was one of the vacation spots for the nation's elite. Millionaires built palatial summer homes on the St. Lawrence River. And they liked to race their newest boats. From this culture sprang a new idea in motor boat racing - build a bunch of boats exactly the same. So when they're raced, the skills of the driver - and not the design and cost of the boat itself - will determine the winner. David Sommerstein has the story of the Thousand Islands' Number Boats.  Go to full article
Matt Doheny in Canton recently.
Matt Doheny in Canton recently.

NY 23rd Race: Doheny parses "good" and "bad" government

Alexandria Bay businessman Matt Doheny came into the race for the 23rd Congressional district with a liability. His main competition for the Republican primary, Douglas Hoffman, had massive name recognition after last year's special election. But Doheny has out-fundraised Hoffman. And he's secured more support from GOP county chairs. He sat down recently with David Sommerstein. In a moment, we'll hear his stance on immigration reform. He believes illegal immigrant farmworkers should have to go home before they can apply for a guest worker program. First, Doheny talks about his opposition to the federal stimulus package. In his stump speech, Doheny distinguishes between "good" and "bad" government spending. He supports federal spending at Fort Drum, and on roads and highways and bridges. And he's for spending on education.  Go to full article
The rally was held outside River Hospital and its nursing home.
The rally was held outside River Hospital and its nursing home.

1000 Islanders rally for "a miracle" at nursing home

About 60 people braced the chilly winds coming off the St. Lawrence River yesterday to urge River Hospital not to close its nursing home and adult day care unit. The hospital says it can't sustain the home's financial losses. But the demonstrators believe the community can raise the money needed to keep open the place their elders call home. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Residents fight to keep nursing home open in A-Bay

The River Hospital in Alexandria Bay is closing its 27-bed nursing home, the only one in the Thousand Islands. Officials say the home has been losing money and threatened to bring down the hospital itself. 44 people will lose their jobs. Many community members say they were never given a chance to help keep the home open, like they did with the hospital several years ago. They're fighting to keep the home open for their elders, many of whom have never lived outside the Thousand Islands region. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Thousand Islands to host "A" hockey

A professional hockey team is coming to the Thousand Islands. today at 1 pm at Bonnie Castle resort in Alexandria Bay, officials will unveil the colors and logo of the Thousand Island Privateers. The franchise will compete with teams in Ottawa, Rome, and Danbury, Connecticut in the new single-A Federal Hockey League. The Privateers' home ice will be in the Bonnie Castle recreation center in Alexandria Bay. A 60-game schedule begins in November 2010. Nicole Kirnan-Hall is the Privateers' owner. She was assistant captain of the St. Lawrence Saints team that went to the first-ever women's Frozen Four in 2001. She has since coached college hockey and owns two hockey-related businesses in Westchester County. Kirnan-Hall told David Sommerstein the Privateers' name comes from the Thousand Islands' smuggling and War of 1812 history.  Go to full article
Andrew Wood, Jake Tibbles, and Sarah Walsh with their finished tern nest.
Andrew Wood, Jake Tibbles, and Sarah Walsh with their finished tern nest.

Story 2.0: Stitching a security blanket for the threatened common tern

Almost ten years ago, conservationists tried a novel experiment to protect the common tern, a threatened native bird on the St. Lawrence River. The tern's nesting habitat was getting overrun by gulls and geese. So a group of people sort of faked that habitat on the Seaway's giant navigation buoys, known as "nav cells". The plan worked. In 2006, the number of tern nests on the St. Lawrence was the highest recorded since 1982. The tern restoration project is a collaboration between Save the River, the Thousand Islands Land Trust, and Massena-based biologist Lee Harper. And the group has not stood pat. For our series "Story 2.0" - revisiting reports from the NCPR archive - David Sommerstein returns to the Thousand Islands to see the latest in tern-saving technology - a wire grid that keeps tern chicks in and other aggressive birds out.  Go to full article

Thousand Islands resort to close for winter

Another day brings more gloomy news to the North Country economy. The Riveredge resort in Alexandria Bay will close for winter, laying off 40 people until spring. It's the first time the prominent Thousand Islands resort will close for the season in almost 20 years. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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