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The Canadian Press reported today that Bombardier will lay off 1700 workers in its aerospace division. About 1100 of those workers, they report, are Canadian, mostly based in Montreal. The remaining 600 employees work in the U.S. As far as we know...
I cover the Champlain Valley, so I cross back and forth between Vermont and New York a lot. Sometimes the places blur together and I don’t even notice I’ve crossed the state line. But other times – in the islands, in Port Henry and...
Farmers of all stripes are up to their eyeballs in work right now. But a bunch of them are taking some time off this weekend to celebrate the summer solstice and get social. The Greenhorns, an organization that supports young farmers, is holding its...
Yikes. The big Laurentian Aerospace project, widely seen as the Next Big Thing for Northeastern New York, has been snagged for years as it seeks to lock down private financing. (New York state has already offered up a generous incentive...
The Burlington Free Press notes that a year ago today the waters of Lake Champlain rose above flood stage, launching a battle for survival that gripped the valley for months. (The lake didn’t drop below flood stage again until June...
News stories tagged with "champlain-valley"
Nov 17, 2008 — Pro-environment groups says the state of New York has agreed to consider expanding the forest preserve beyond the Adirondack Park's famous "blue line" boundary. Brian Mann has details. Go to full article
Oct 31, 2008 — Researchers in New York state and around the country have made a major breakthrough in their study of "white nose syndrome." That's the mysterious ailment that's been killing thousands of bats (including endangered Indiana bats) in New York, Vermont, and around the Northeast. NPR's Dan Charles reported on the study; Brian Mann was in the cave with New York's top specialist, Al Hicks. Go to full article
Oct 07, 2008 — We've been reporting this week on the Federal farm-worker visa program known as H2A. The system has caught on in the North Country, gaining wide acceptance in the Champlain Valley's apple orchards. Dairy farmers say they hope H2A can be adapted to help fill their labor shortage. But nationwide, the vast majority of farms still prefer to use undocumented or illegal workers. As Brian Mann reports, they say the Federal visa program is just too bureaucratic and too expensive. Go to full article
Sep 08, 2008 — The North Country has a big presence in horse-racing, from a top thoroughbred breeder in Ray Brook, to the group of friends in Sackets Harbor who raced into the record book with a horse named Funny Cide. Their success on contemporary tracks draws from a long tradition of racing in the region. This week, we'll wrap up the summer by telling some of their stories. For many fans in the North Country, the sport of choice has always been harness racing. That means sturdy, standard-bred horses pulling drivers in stripped-down racing carts. You can still see cutthroat competitions at county fairs from Malone to Westport. But harness racing has fallen on hard times in recent years. As Brian Mann reports, new efforts to bring the sport back have meant bigger purses and also new controversy. Go to full article
Aug 18, 2008 — Hundreds of NCPR listeners and friends gathered at Asgaard Farm in the Champlain Valley for a day of music, art and food last Saturday. It was our UpNorth Music Concert and Artisan Show. Asgaard Farm was the home of artist and political activist Rockwell Kent. The historic farm boasts some of the most scenic and iconic vistas in the Adirondacks - views that are irresistible to artists. Go to full article
Jun 20, 2008 — A farmer in Essex County squared off against the Adirondack Park Agency yesterday in an Elizabethtown courtroom. Sandy Lewis, who runs an 1,100-acre organic farm in the town of Essex, says the APA overstepped its authority in trying to regulate three new houses built for workers on his farm. As Brian Mann reports, the case now before the state Supreme Court has emerged as a major confrontation between farm-rights advocates and state officials. Go to full article
Jun 11, 2008 — The Lake Placid Farmers Market opens for the season today at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. The outdoor market remains open through October and then moves indoors. Todd Moe spoke with market manager Sam Hendren, who runs an organic dairy farm in the Champlain Valley. Go to full article
Mar 28, 2008 — Artists are invited to take part in this summer's Plein Air Event in the Champlain Valley. "Plein air" began with 19th century French Impressionists who took the act of painting out of the studio and into the world. In July, artists will draw, paint or photograph their favorite Champlain Valley scenes, and the works will be included in an art show and silent auction. The Westport Chamber of Commerce and the Arts Council of the Northern Adirondacks are sponsoring the event. Todd Moe spoke with the Chamber's Dee Carroll. Go to full article
Oct 25, 2007 — If you drive down the back roads near Wadhams, in Essex County, you may come across an old farm that straddles Crooked Brook. In the place of corn and hay you'll find massive sculptures turning slowly in the wind. Piles of stone decorate the fields. This is the reinvented world of Ted Cornell, an artist and activist who made his home in the North Country fifteen years ago. Brian Mann visited Cornell's farm this autumn and sent this audio postcard. Go to full article
by Connie Meng
Aug 27, 2007 — The Depot Theatre in Westport is presenting Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks through September 2. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at the opening night and has our review. Go to full article