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This 200-acre parcel of forest preserve land known as Lot 8 is likely to be mined under a deal approved by voters in November.  Photo: Dan Plumley, Adirondack Wild
This 200-acre parcel of forest preserve land known as Lot 8 is likely to be mined under a deal approved by voters in November. Photo: Dan Plumley, Adirondack Wild

Judge puts temporary halt on NYCO dig in Adirondack Park

A mining operation set to begin as early as tomorrow in the Jay Mountain Wilderness in the Adirondacks has been stopped by a New York state judge.

The temporary halt on NYCO Minerals' operation in the town of Lewis comes in response to a lawsuit filed by green groups who say the project needs more environmental review.  Go to full article
Broadway veteran Jonathan Hadley will be up north this summer at the Depot Theatre in Westport.  Photo: Depot Theatre
Broadway veteran Jonathan Hadley will be up north this summer at the Depot Theatre in Westport. Photo: Depot Theatre

Broadway star heads north to manage the Depot Theatre this summer

Broadway actor Jonathan Hadley returns to the Depot Theatre in Westport this summer. Hadley takes the reins at the theatre as its Interim Producing Director in a slightly abbreviated summer season.

Todd Moe talks with Hadley, who appeared on stage at the Depot in the 1999 production of "Born Yesterday," about his love of summer theater in the Champlain Valley.  Go to full article
Jessica Dulle. Photo: Strand Theatre
Jessica Dulle. Photo: Strand Theatre

Plattsburgh's Strand Theatre hires new director

The new director of the Strand Theatre and North Country Cultural Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh is in the first week of her new job overseeing final renovations and creation of the new Strand Center for the Arts.

Todd Moe talks with Jessica Dulle about her goals for the coming year, and new possibilities for the arts in Clinton, Franklin and Essex counties.  Go to full article
Several CSX trains carrying crude oil derailed and exploded last week in Lynchburg, VA. Photo: Elyssa Ezmirly, used with permission
Several CSX trains carrying crude oil derailed and exploded last week in Lynchburg, VA. Photo: Elyssa Ezmirly, used with permission

Feds order disclosure of crude oil train shipments

Railroads will have to tell emergency responders when and where shipments of crude oil are traveling on the rails. That's according to a new order the U.S. Department of Transportation released yesterday.

The rule comes following a string of oil train spills and explosions dating back to last summer's deadly blast in Quebec. The latest occurred last week in Lynchburg, Virginia. The DOT is also "strongly urging" oil companies to pull the most dangerous tanker cars off the rails as soon as possible.

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer praised DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx's order yesterday. "A week ago, I asked the secretary to implement this rule," Schumer said by video release, "because the number of tanker cars containing flammable crude oil that are going through our communities in upstate New York is on the dramatic increase and should, god forbid, one of those tank cars derail, it could create an explosion."

David Sommerstein joined Martha Foley to talk about the new rules.  Go to full article
Tanker cars outside the depot in the village of Port Henry. Photo: Brian Mann
Tanker cars outside the depot in the village of Port Henry. Photo: Brian Mann

Is the Champlain Valley vulnerable to an oil train spill?

Last year's deadly train explosion in Quebec put the potential dangers of so-called "oil trains" in the headlines. Trains now carry 160,000 barrels of crude oil from the Bakkan fields in North Dakota every day. Many of them roll through North Country towns on their way to refineries on the East Coast.

Much of the attention so far has focused on the human risk. But on Wednesday, another derailment and explosion in Lynchburg, Virginia, spilled thousands of gallons of crude into the James River, threatening clean water supplies and wildlife.

Green groups called it "a wake up call" to the environmental dangers of shipping crude oil by rail.

One of the rail lines for oil shipments in New York State runs right through the Champlain Valley, in some places just feet from Lake Champlain. About one hundred miles of track cut along the edge of the Adirondack Park.  Go to full article
Trail markers like this one are popping up across the Champlain Valley.
Trail markers like this one are popping up across the Champlain Valley.

First-ever "Grand Hike" sets off in Champlain Valley

A trail-building group in the Champlain Valley is holdings its first-ever town-to-town hike on Saturday, with dozens of people planning to trek between Westport and Essex. "Champlain Area Trails' mission is to create trails that link our communities," said Chris Maron, head of CATS, based in Westport. "We've been working away on trails that go between Westport and Essex and even though they're not all in place between those two towns, we figured it was time to have a hike."  Go to full article
"Full Circle" founder Camilla Rockwell.  Photo: Camilla Rockwell
"Full Circle" founder Camilla Rockwell. Photo: Camilla Rockwell

Burlington festival to explore the art and heart of aging

Burlington filmmaker Camilla Rockwell says because people are living longer, it's important to investigate the creative potential of these extra decades.

Rockwell is the founder of "Full Circle," Vermont's first regional festival to celebrate the joys and opportunities of aging. She told Todd Moe that the festival, being held throughout downtown Burlington on the weekend of April 11-13 is designed to inspire curiosity, connect generations and spark conversations.  Go to full article
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Black-capped Chickadee. Photo:Matt MacGillivray, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

How birds talk: Whallonsburg will host bird language expert

We're just about two weeks away from the first day of spring, but if you look out the window there's still lots of snow and ice across our region. Birds are starting to return, though, and Connor Stedman is watching, and listening.

Stedman is a lifelong naturalist with years of experience sharing nature awareness and traditional skills with students of all ages. He's the director of the Vermont Wilderness School and teaches classes in bird language, wild crafting, and land stewardship around the Northeast. He'll give a lecture tonight at 7:00 at the Whallonsburgh Grange Hall titled "Bird Language through the Seasons" and then he'll lead a field class tomorrow, trekking outside to listen for winter bird language and watch for behavior.

During the lecture he'll review the basics of bird language and explore how birds journey through the seasons, and how they strategize to survive, especially during a tough winter like this one. He spoke this morning with Todd Moe.  Go to full article
CSX's upgraded and faster rail crossing passes right by dozens of houses in Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein.
CSX's upgraded and faster rail crossing passes right by dozens of houses in Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Ritchie: CSX "less than responsive" on rail safety in Canton

State Senator Patty Ritchie says she's still waiting for freight rail company CSX to provide more information about the hazardous materials being transported through villages like Canton and Potsdam. And she's calling for Governor Cuomo to expand his investigation into rail safety to include the North Country.  Go to full article
The Whallonsburg Grange was built in 1915. Photo: Kathleen Recchia
The Whallonsburg Grange was built in 1915. Photo: Kathleen Recchia

Whallonsburg Grange kicks off winter events

A new season of lectures, music and workshops begins this month at the historic grange hall in Whallonsburg, near Essex in the Champlain Valley. The century-old building, once a hub for the local farming community, is seeing a rebirth as one of the area's cultural destinations.

Mary-Nell Bockman is program manager for the site, and told Todd Moe that this season's highlights include films, live music, nature programs and workshops.  Go to full article

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