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Snowmobile Crossing. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/amsd2dth/3413819666">amsd2dsh</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Snowmobile Crossing. Photo: amsd2dsh, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Commission OKs sled trail on Thousand Islands Parkway

Snowmobilers are gaining access to a stretch of road east of Kingston for the rest of the sledding season.

The St. Lawrence Parks Commission has given the all-clear for sledders to use of one lane of the Thousand Islands Parkway.  Go to full article
The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/51035749109@N01/8395548101/">Adam Fagen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: Adam Fagen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont panel looks at reducing pollution from farms

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont House Agriculture Committee heads to Bridport and St. Albans this week for two public hearings on reducing pollution caused by farm runoff.

The panel is considering a bill that would make several changes in how farms operate, including requiring fences to keep livestock out of streams.  Go to full article
NY National Guard Staff Sgt. William Tavares (center) and Sgt. Matthew Mortensen (right) have been picked as members of the U.S. Olympic Luge Team for the 2014 Winter Olympics Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/nyng/12086741714/">New York National Guard</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
NY National Guard Staff Sgt. William Tavares (center) and Sgt. Matthew Mortensen (right) have been picked as members of the U.S. Olympic Luge Team for the 2014 Winter Olympics Photo: New York National Guard, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

25 NY athletes headed to Winter, Paralympic Games

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) More than two dozen New Yorkers will be with the U.S. Olympic team competing at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia next week.

The athletes and coaches include 22 New Yorkers heading to the Winter Games starting on Feb. 6 and another three from the Empire State who will compete at the Paralympic Games in Sochi beginning March 7.  Go to full article
Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/30799612@N03/6964550182/">Ontario Chamber of Commerce</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne. Photo: Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ontario minimum wage goes to $11, pegged to inflation

The provincial minimum wage will rise to $11 an hour starting on June 1, and future increases will be tied to the rate of inflation.

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the $.75-an-hour hike yesterday -- the first minimum wage increase in the province since 2010.  Go to full article
Cars under lake-effect snow. Archive Poto of the Day, Stephen Diehl, Antwerp, NY
Cars under lake-effect snow. Archive Poto of the Day, Stephen Diehl, Antwerp, NY

Researchers wrap up $4M northern NY snow study

OSWEGO, N.Y. (AP) Researchers on a $4 million snow study will analyze data collected in the Tug Hill region of northern New York to improve the way lake-effect storms are predicted.

About 100 researchers from Alabama to Wyoming launched the Tug Hill field work in early December. They packed up their equipment this week.  Go to full article
At an ice bar in Madrid, Spain. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/22372256@N08/5181629626/">Jesus Perez Pacheco</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
At an ice bar in Madrid, Spain. Photo: Jesus Perez Pacheco, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cool: 2 upstate NY hotels build outdoor ice bars

BOLTON LANDING, N.Y. (AP) Two upstate New York lakeside hotels are offering guests a unique way to chill out this weekend.

The Sagamore Resort in the Adirondacks has built an outdoor bar made entirely of ice. Even the stools are made of ice.  Go to full article
Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/talkradionews/">Talk Radio News Service</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy. Photo: Talk Radio News Service, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

More federal money for Vermont's heating costs

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont will be receiving $2.5 million more in federal money for heating assistance.

U.S. Sens. Leahy and Sanders and Rep. Welch say that "any relief is welcome" for families in the state struggling to heat their homes.  Go to full article
National Grid using my backyard as a fix-it shop. Photo: David Sommerstein.
National Grid using my backyard as a fix-it shop. Photo: David Sommerstein.

NY regulators OK National Grid electricity credit

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's Public Service Commission has authorized National Grid to provide its customers with a $32 million credit to offset an increase in electric supply costs.

According to the commission, the price surges expected in February because of unusually cold weather would spike bills for upstate New York residential and small business customers by as much as 27 percent.  Go to full article
Governor Cuomo unveils details of Onondaga Lake Revitalization Program. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/12210211353/">Office of Gov. Cuomo</a>
Governor Cuomo unveils details of Onondaga Lake Revitalization Program. Photo: Office of Gov. Cuomo

Cuomo outlines Onondaga Lakefront revitalization project

SOLVAY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state will invest $30 million in a $100.3 million economic development and revitalization project along Onondaga Lake.

Cuomo says Wednesday that the project includes $50 million for a performing arts center, $20 million for infrastructure improvements including wastewater treatment upgrades and nearly $19 million for housing, roads and businesses.  Go to full article
Farmstand in Raymertown, NY. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/27632962@N04/3896472848/">Vilseskogen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Farmstand in Raymertown, NY. Photo: Vilseskogen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY farm group awards $1.2M to development projects

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) A state-funded non-profit group run by New York farmers has awarded $1.24 million to 18 projects to improve farm profitability and sustainability in the state.

Projects funded by the New York Farm Viability Institute include research on dairy, field crops, apples, vegetables, berries and Christmas trees.  Go to full article

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