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Starting a chainsaw bear sculpture. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ekilby/6965820737/">Eric Kilby</a>, Creative COmmons, some rights reserved
Starting a chainsaw bear sculpture. Photo: Eric Kilby, Creative COmmons, some rights reserved

A man, a plan, a log, a chainsaw: bear sculptures

SALISBURY, N.Y. (AP) Rembrandt worked in oils. Michelangelo carved marble. Mark Tyoe chainsaws big tree trunks.

Tyoe carves soaring eagles, grizzled mountain men and wolves from white pine. But he mostly carves bears, his specialty. Tyoe earns a living turning big logs into improbably fluid sculptures at his home just south of the Adirondack Mountains with nothing more than buzzing chainsaws.  Go to full article

$13.8M in grants to protect soil, water on farms

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) More than 200 farms across New York will be aided by $13.8 million in state grants designed to protect soil and water.

The competitive grants from the state's Department of Agriculture and Markets and Soil and Water Conservation Committee went to 32 county soil and water conservation districts statewide.  Go to full article
White pine needle. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/joffi/4417956721/">Michael May</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
White pine needle. Photo: Michael May, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

White pine needle damage seen in Vermont

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Forestry officials say there's white pine tree needle damage throughout Vermont, but the trees themselves aren't dying.  Go to full article
The Vermont Gas Systems pipeline will run from Cornwall, VT to Ticonderoga, NY. Map: Addison County Regional Planning Commission
The Vermont Gas Systems pipeline will run from Cornwall, VT to Ticonderoga, NY. Map: Addison County Regional Planning Commission

2 arraigned in Vermont Gas protest

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Two men involved in a protest at Vermont Gas in South Burlington have pleaded not guilty to trespassing charges.

A group that opposes a Vermont Gas natural gas pipeline to extend service to Addison and Rutland counties protested outside of the company's headquarters on May 27.  Go to full article
The Vermont Gas Systems pipeline will run from Cornwall, VT to Ticonderoga, NY. Map: Addison County Regional Planning Commission
The Vermont Gas Systems pipeline will run from Cornwall, VT to Ticonderoga, NY. Map: Addison County Regional Planning Commission

Vermont Gas gets final permit for pipeline

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont Gas Systems Inc. says it has received the final permit needed to start construction on the first phase of a national gas pipeline through parts of western Vermont to New York.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has granted the permit to the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project.  Go to full article
U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna. Official portrait, U.S. Congress.
U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna. Official portrait, U.S. Congress.

US Rep. Hanna foils tea party challenge in primary

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Two-term U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna has defeated tea party-backed challenger Claudia Tenney in the Republican congressional primary election in central New York.

The unofficial tally showed Hanna with 53 percent of the vote with 95 percent of the 22nd District's precincts reporting Tuesday evening.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/evanblaser/8655954187/">Evan Blaser</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Evan Blaser, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY casino location board may expand

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The board charged with picking the winning applications to open new casinos in New York may soon have a new member.

The New York Gaming Commission is scheduled to consider on Wednesday whether to add a fourth member to the Gaming Facility Location Board.  Go to full article

New York DA says feds did OK in fatal shootout

HERKIMER, N.Y. (AP) An upstate New York district attorney has ruled that federal agents who gunned down a man that had fatally shot four people did nothing wrong in the attack.

In a June letter to FBI officials and the U.S. Marshals Service, Herkimer County District Attorney Jeffrey Carpenter says 64-year-old Kurt Myers wasn't killed unnecessarily by federal agents in March 2013.  Go to full article
Lionel Barrymore lights James Stewart's cigar, Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/tom-margie/11379173834/">Insomnia Cured Here</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Lionel Barrymore lights James Stewart's cigar, Photo: Insomnia Cured Here, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

"It's a Wonderful Life" museum looking for stories

SENECA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) Did the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" change your life?

Then the It's A Wonderful Life Museum in upstate New York is interested in your story. The museum in Seneca Falls is asking people what their lives would be like if they had never seen the movie. Written and recorded answers are being accepted for the museum archives.  Go to full article

Jury clears Saratoga County teen of murder charges

VICTORY, N.Y. (AP) A grand jury has cleared an 18-year-old upstate New York man in the stabbing death of his mother's boyfriend.

Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy says the jury dismissed all charges against Matthew Brown on Tuesday for the death of 32-year-old Derick Clark.  Go to full article

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