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Yesterday I talked with Amy Ivy (of Coop. Extension) about a neat event in Plattsburgh Saturday afternoon that’ll bring people who want to eat local food together with people who produce food, local food, even in this dead part of...
Happy 2014 all! The Dirt's been on a holiday hiatus, but we're back with the view of farm and food news from Upstate NY. In yesterday's State of the State message, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo offered a generous helping of good news for the...
Here's a good read to start your week. The vast growth and expansion of farmers markets over the last decade is a huge feel-good story for local agriculture. Since 2003, the number of farmers markets in the USDA registry has doubled to 8,144...
Ah, the Olympics. Where to start? The larger complaint is familiar: the dreams and energy of athletes feed a tightly-controlled monopoly – which throws a mega-party, for which host countries foot horrendous bills. I suppose one defense would...
Food coops (and bulk buying clubs before them) were really the pioneers of whole food and local food and healthy food eating in most places. Now we have the mega-chain Whole Foods, and most supermarkets carry organic fruits and vegetables and...
News stories tagged with "business"
by Karen Kelly
Jan 22, 2003 — The recent bankruptcy of the Ottawa Senators has once again drawn attention to the weak Canadian dollar. Teams say it's tough for them to pay the players' American salaries with Canadian currency, which is worth about 65 cents, American. The exchange rate provides a substantial advantage for others, notably American shoppers. And you'd think they'd be streaming across the border looking for bargains. But they're not, as reporter Karen Kelly found in Ottawa. Go to full article
Jan 16, 2003 — A major new study released yesterday in Canada has found that snowmobile riding is top cause of severe winter sport injuries. The report - published by a non-profit group based in Ottawa - surveyed trauma cases in emergency rooms across Canada. As Brian Mann reports, researchers blamed the injuries on alcohol and high speeds. Go to full article
Jan 06, 2003 — Snowmobile clubs in Lewis, Jefferson, and St. Lawrence counties and across New York State have had to close their trail systems after discovering their insurance policy doesn't cover snowmobile riders. The interruption comes at the height of the season that generates tens of millions of dollars for local economies. As David Sommerstein reports, irresponsible drivers are fueling a perception that the sport is too dangerous to insure. Go to full article
by Karen DeWitt
Dec 12, 2002 — The state's business lobby says it's in favor of tuition increases for students at New York's public colleges. That stance has angered some students at the State University of New York. Karen Dewitt reports. Go to full article
by Karen DeWitt
Dec 10, 2002 — The state's business leaders say New York lawmakers should take a hard look at reducing state spending before they think about raising taxes to plug New York's budget gap. Karen Dewitt reports. Go to full article
Nov 27, 2002 — State and local lawmakers are hopeful after a meeting Monday with Alcoa officials and the New York Power Authority to find ways to cut costs at Alcoa's East plant in Massena. Alcoa has told plant officials to cut $23 million from next year's budget, which could endanger the jobs of more than 125 workers. David Sommerstein talks with Ken McDonnell, mayor of the village of Massena, about the challenges the plant faces. Go to full article
by Martha Foley
Nov 19, 2002 — Senator Charles Schumer is courting Walmart for the heart of the Adirondacks. In a letter last week, Schumer encouraged Walmart's CEO to look at putting in store in Saranac Lake or in the nearby village of Tupper Lake. Like many North Country communities, the two villages were home to Ames department stores, which closed this fall. Martha Foley talks with Mark Kurtz, chair of SAGA, Sound Adirondack Growth Alliance. Go to full article
Oct 31, 2002 — For years tourism has been seen as an important part of the North Country's future. While mining, timber, and farming lost jobs, the government spent tens of millions of dollars to jump-start the region's visitor industry. In part two of a series on the region's tourism industry, Brian Mann looks at the quality of tourism work - an industry plagued by low pay and low benefits. Go to full article
Oct 30, 2002 — For years, the tourism industry has been seen as the North Country's next economic engine. Ten of millions of dollars have been spent to polish the region's attractions, from tourist trains to ski slopes. But the last decade has seen little of the growth local leaders counted on. In this first of a two part series, Brian Mann reports many communities have struggled to find private investors willing to bank on North Country tourism. Go to full article
Oct 14, 2002 — A group of women in Lewis County has gathered more than 4000 signatures petitioning the county legislature to pursue replacement stores aggressively when Ames closes. The Ames location in Lowville is the only department store in the county. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article