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Despite promises & subsidies, job cuts possible at Wyeth

Rumors are circulating in Rouses Point that jobs might be cut at the Wyeth Pharmaceuticals plant, despite the recent sale of the facility to a new company. At the time of the announcement, Akrimax officials promised to maintain full employment at the facility. But that now appears in question. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Wyeth plant sold, 800 North Country jobs saved

The North Country scored a major economic victory on Tuesday, as Governor Eliot Spitzer unveiled a plan to save the pharmaceutical plant in Rouses Point. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals announced two years ago that the facility would close no later than 2009. But with the help of a three million dollar taxpayer subsidy, a new company stepped in. As Brian Mann reports, Akrimax Pharmaceuticals plans to maintain more than 800 high-paying jobs.  Go to full article
The blades of turbine #6 go up at Noble Environmental Power's wind farm in Clinton County.
The blades of turbine #6 go up at Noble Environmental Power's wind farm in Clinton County.

Lifting giant windmills into the sky

Few issues have generated as much controversy as wind power. Supporters love the green energy and the economic boost they bring to struggling rural communities. Detractors hate the noise, the view, and what they call deceptive claims made by big corporations. Tomorrow, we look at the challenges facing local town boards stuck in the middle of the debate. Today, an upclose look at the giants themselves, and two neighbors' reactions. Noble Environmental Power has already erected 60 of 122 turbines in the western Clinton County towns of Clinton and Ellenburg. David Sommerstein was there as turbine #6 went up, and has our story.  Go to full article

Very Special Place: Clare & Carl's Hot Dog Stand

Many communities define themselves, at least somewhat, by their food traditions. Clinton County is no exception to this with it's take on the classic american chili dog called the Michigan. Today NCPR and TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, continue our look at very special places in the North Country. While michigans are easy to find in and around Plattsburgh, many of the original establishments that have served michigans since the 1940s have gone away. But one place, Clare and Carls, is still going strong, selling hundreds of hot dogs a day for the few months it's open each year. Joel Hurd and Varick Chittenden visited the restaurant to find out why it's so popular.  Go to full article

Emergency farm meeting planned

Severe storms last Thursday knocked out power to thousands of people across the North Country and Vermont. Strong winds downed trees and power lines, even blew over a tractor-trailer on the Adirondack Northway. The fast-moving storms also produced hail which hit some area farm fields hard. Damage to crops was severe in the Beekmantown area. Clinton counties cooperative Extension is holding an emergency meeting today at noon to talk about what farmers can do to salvage as much of their harvest as possible. Field corn, hay and soybeans will be the focus. The meeting will be held at the Bill Atwood farm on the corner of Burke and Pardy roads. Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about today's meeting.  Go to full article

Storm topples trees, power lines and tractor trailer

Several thousand customers are without power this morning around the North Country and Vermont following severe storms last night. The fast moving storm knocked down trees and power lines and caused a tractor trailer crash on the Northway. Authorities say the northbound lanes of I-87 were closed shortly before 5 pm after strong winds toppled the tractor trailer. No injuries or deaths were reported in connection with the storm. Donnie Dumont is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Burlington.  Go to full article

North Country firms must justify Empire Zone status

There are 11 Empire Zones in the North Country. All include businesses that have received letters from the state and must account for their low investment or job creation. The numbers range from just three in the Franklin County zone to more than 50 in Watertown. Victoria Zinser-Johnson is coordinator of the Clinton County Empire Zone. There 7 of 40 participating businesses received warnings from the state. One has since gone bankrupt. Zinser-Johnson told David Sommerstein she's encouraging the remaining six to set up a meeting with her to review their Empire Zone commitments.  Go to full article
"Krazy Katie" Alberry (right) with friends in front of her artwork.
"Krazy Katie" Alberry (right) with friends in front of her artwork.

Heard Up North: artist "Krazy Katie"

Coffeehouses are great places for budding artists to show their work, and maybe even make some money for future projects. David Sommerstein bumped into one high school artist at A Different Blend in Plattsburgh for today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article

Wind opponents sue in Clinton County

Wind power opponents have sued to block construction of a wind farm in Clinton County. The lawsuit says the towns of Altona, Clinton, and Ellenburg failed to conduct a complete environmental review. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Brandon passes wind moratorium

A town in Franklin County is the latest to pass a moratorium on industrial wind turbines. Clayton, Cape Vincent, Beekmantown, and Plattsburgh also have suspended wind issues. Meanwhile, a new wind farm is close to breaking ground in three towns in Clinton County. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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