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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

$21 Million Essex County Jail Approved

The Essex County board of supervisors voted this week to build a 120-bed jail in the town of Lewis. The controversial project has been debated for decades and could cost as much as 25 million dollars. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Researcher Eric Britzky marks an Indiana bat roost tree.
Researcher Eric Britzky marks an Indiana bat roost tree.

Champlain Valley: Endangered Bats Colonize Private Land

Scientists in New York and Vermont say 5,000 endangered Indiana bats have colonized the Champlain Valley. The discovery confirmed this summer is good news for a species that's dying off in other parts of the country. But as Brian Mann reports, the bats are roosting on private land. That means new challenges for landowners and for researchers who hope to protect the species.  Go to full article

The American Freedom Trail: An Adirondack Correction?

Brian Mann talks with Dr. Milton Sernett, author of North Star Country, Upstate New York and the Crusade for African American Freedom. It's a closer look at the Underground Railroad in New York. Sernett is vice chair of the New York State Freedom Trail commission.  Go to full article
Going underground in search of endangered Indana bats.
Going underground in search of endangered Indana bats.

Endangered Species In A Cold Season: Tracking Indiana Bats In The Champlain Valley

The North Country's frosty spring is a nuisance for humans, but for wildlife the cold weather can be deadly. Researchers in the Adirondacks say bats are especially vulnerable. The tiny animals are just emerging from their caves weak and hungry after a long winter's hibernation. As Brian Mann reports, scientists are keeping a close watch on "Indiana" bats - an endangered species found in the Champlain Valley.  Go to full article

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