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Theater: Ain't Misbehavin' in Westport

Ain't Misbehavin' runs at the Depot Theatre in Westport through July 9. Resident theatre Connie Meng was at the opening night and has this review.  Go to full article

People: Balladeer Lee Knight

Todd Moe talks with folk balladeer Lee Knight. He grew up in Saranac Lake and now lives in North Carolina. He performs regularly at concerts, folk festivals and camps, telling stories, singing ballads and calling dances. Knight has a new CD of Adirondack music, called Adirondack Ballads and Folk Songs. He has dedicated his career to preserving traditional music in the Adirondacks and the Appalachians.  Go to full article

IP Tire Burning Debated in Vermont

Vermont's Natural Resources agency will hold a public meeting tonight in Rutland to discuss plans to use old tires as fuel at the IP mill in Ticonderoga. International Paper hopes to save two million dollars a year with the alternative fuel. But as Brian Mann reports, opposition to the project in Vermont remains fierce.  Go to full article

Plattsburgh Airport Marketed as Montreal's U.S. Airport

Officials broke ground yesterday on a new passenger terminal on the site of the old Plattsburgh Airforce Base. Locals hope the ten million dollar Federally-funded project will help to create a new transportation hub in the region. The military base closed ten years ago, costing Plattsburgh hundreds of jobs. As Chris Knight, supporters say the new airport will benefit the city and could offer new options to travelers in the Champlain Valley and the northern Adirondacks.  Go to full article
View of Lake Champlain from Split Rock area
View of Lake Champlain from Split Rock area

APA Approves Plans For Lake Champlain, Indian Lake

The Adirondack Park Agency approved two new management plans last week. The documents will shape public recreation in the Siamese Ponds wilderness area, near Indian Lake, and along a popular shoreline of Lake Champlain. As Brian Mann reports, pro-environment groups won major concessions during last-minute negotiations.  Go to full article

114th Assembly Race Undecided, Democrats Flex Muscles

Election officials in Clinton and Franklin counties are still counting absentee ballots in the 114th district Assembly race. The margin between incumbent Republican Chris Ortloff and Democratic challenger Bernie Bassett has tightened to fewer than 1700 votes. Roughly roughly four thousand ballots remain to be counted. Bassett says he hopes he'll pull ahead and will wait until the vote is certified next week. Ortloff is already back in Albany and says he's confident that he'll be re-elected. This race is tighter than most observers expected. Democrats also held the River District in St. Lawrence County and taking control of the Franklin County legislature. Speaking yesterday with Brian Mann, Ortloff said this election was a wake-up call for North Country for Republicans.  Go to full article
At work far from home
At work far from home

For Jamaican Apple Pickers, Hurricane Ivan Hit Home

One month ago, Hurricane Ivan slammed into the island of Jamaica, ripping apart houses and knocking out phone lines and electricity. The storm hit just as hundreds of Jamaican workers were arriving in the Champlain Valley to help with the fall apple harvest. These last weeks, the men have struggled to support their families while far from home. As Brian Mann reports, this has been a season of worry, but also a season of faith.

Hurricane Ivan Relief Fund: Donations can be sent to Peru Community Church, PO Box 38, Peru, NY 12972. Make checks payable to church, but specify that funds are meant for Ivan relief.  Go to full article
Coming home to family.  Chaplain Olsen with sons Garth and Evan
Coming home to family. Chaplain Olsen with sons Garth and Evan

Iraq Diary, pt. 19: An Anxious (and joyous) Journey Home for R&R

New York's National Guard is hoping to maintain morale in Iraq by shipping soldiers home for two-week vacations. Half-way through his deployment north of Baghdad, Major Eric Olsen made the journey back to see his family in Saranac Lake. Along the way he talked with other north country soldiers about their holiday plans He sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Adirondacks: International Paper Sells Development Rights on 260,000 Acres

Governor George Pataki will announce a landmark conservation deal today with International Paper that will freeze development on a quarter-million acres of land in the Adirondack Mountains. The historic deal is expected to reshape conservation and outdoor recreation deal in the Park. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Richard Ettling
Richard Ettling

New President Tapped For SUNY Plattsburgh

After a year-long search, state university chancellor Robert King has chosen a new president to head SUNY Plattsburgh. On Monday, King named an educator from North Dakota to fill the post. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

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