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Why 315-ers won't have to change area codes, yet

The state is once again shelving a plan to split up the 315 area code. New York's Public Service Commission announced yesterday a revised forecast finds there will be enough phone numbers to last until the second half of 2016. An earlier forecast put the date at the beginning of 2015.  Go to full article

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Even the state police, their communication level in the North Country is not where it is in the rest of the state.

Cell and broadband service still lag behind in North Country, Sen. Little says

State Senator Betty Little sounded a familiar note Tuesday when she called for big gaps in cell phone and internet service in the North Country to be closed--for safety's sake and for the economy.  Go to full article

APA approves Tupper Lake power corridor, despite NY Constitution questions

The Adirondack Park Agency voted on Friday to approve construction of a new power line corridor for Tupper Lake that will cross state forest preserve land. Critics on the board say the decision violates the "forever wild" provision of New York's constitution. The APA also voted to allow a new hotel on Racquette Lake. And they voted to allow Verizon to build a new cell phone tower along the Northway that will be camouflaged to look like a pine tree. It was busy week for the agency. Brian Mann discussed development with Martha Foley.  Go to full article

Cell phone tragedy sparks controversy, debate

The harrowing death of a 63-year-old man on the Northway last week has revived a bitter feud over cell phone coverage in the Adirondacks. Alfred Langer, from Brooklyn, died of exposure after running his car off the highway last Thursday. He was trapped with his wife Barbara for more than 32 hours before state police spotted the wreck in a ravine. Barbara Langer survived the ordeal and is described in fair condition. As Brian Mann reports, what was once a regional feud over cell service has quickly escalated into a statewide controversy.  Go to full article

"Frankenpine" Tower Suit Thrown Out

A state Supreme Court judge in Saratoga Springs has dismissed an
environmental group's lawsuit over a controversial cell phone tower on Lake George. The so-called "frankenpine" tower will be built to look like a huge pine tree. The Adirondack Council sued to block the plan, arguing that it would mar a scenic vista. But as Brian Mann reports, the case was dismissed on a technicality.  Go to full article

Fake Pine Tower For Pilot Knob Clears Hurdle, Faces Suit

The Lake George Park Commission says a cell phone tower on Pilot Knob won't harm scenic views. Nextel plans to disguise the tower as a giant fake pine tree and already has approval from the Adirondack Park Agency. But as Brian Mann reports, a pro-environment group now plans to sue to stop the project.  Go to full article

Watertown Firefighters Told Not to Photograph Fires

One of the biggest Watertown fires in recent memory took place earlier this month. It started at a machine shop at the former Black Cawson site. The oil-soaked old warehouse burned so hot that it melted fire hoses and burned for two days. Firefighters spent from July 2nd to July 4th at the scene.

During those two days, some firefighters took photographs of the fire. The photos were posted to a firefighters' website, where they attracted attention from the public. Now Watertown Fire Chief Daniel Gaumont has banned all firefighters from taking casual photos at fire scenes. He spoke to Gregory Warner about why.  Go to full article
A cell tower in disguise
A cell tower in disguise

Fake Tree Tower will be Built on Lake George

The Adirondack Park Agency is poised to approve a controversial cell phone tower on Pilot Knob above Lake George. The tower--dubbed "frankenpine" by pro-environment groups--will be built to resemble a white pine tree. An APA committee says the tower will be nearly invisible to boaters and residents. The project faced stiff opposition from local residents and government leaders. Some APA staff members also urged the Agency commission to reject the project. But the cell phone company and state Senator Betty Little say the project will improve communication on Lake George. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Controversial Lake George Cell Tower Faces APA Opposition

State officials with the Adirondack Park Agency say a cell phone tower proposed for the hills above Lake George is unnecessary and would harm the region's scenic views. A company called Nextel hopes to disguise the tower as a fake pine tree. Environmental groups have called the project "frankenpine". Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

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