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Rt 56 in St. Lawrence County Could Reopen Next Month

Part of a state highway closed by flash floods in St. Lawrence County last month may reopen by the middle of November. Route 56, a main connecting route between the Adirondacks and the St. Lawrence Valley, washed out in two places near South Colton. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Higley Flow State Park Hosts Empire Games Qualifier

Higley Flow State Park in the St. Lawrence County town of Colton will host an Empire State Games Qualifier for cross country skiing on Saturday. It's sponsored by Friends of Higley Flow State Park, and is part of this weekend's Winterfest in Colton. Todd Moe spoke with park supervisor John Wood.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County Towns Veto IP Land Deal

At least three towns in southern St. Lawrence County are taking on Albany over a massive land deal with International Paper. Colton, Piercefield, and Hopkinton have vetoed the state's purchase of conservation easements on more than 33,000 acres of land within their town borders. Parishville was expected to joiin them last night. If the vetoes stand, they would prevent the state from conserving land only in those towns. Overall, the IP deal would protect nearly 260,000 acres of Adirondack land in 9 counties. It would be the largest such deal in state history. Stephen Borey is supervisor of the town of Hopkinton. He spoke with David Sommerstein. He says the state failed to compromise with the towns on their biggest concern - the construction of public ATV trails on the new tracts.  Go to full article

Earl Belile is North Country Public Radio

Earl Belile from Colton learned bluegrass music and a taste for simple things from his southern squadron mates in the Air Force. He plays the mandolin every morning.  Go to full article

Hands-On Learning at the Constructivist Conference

This week St. Lawrence University hosts the 11th Annual Constructivist Design Conference on teaching and learning. The gathering has a lot to live up to. Organizers describe it as "a conference unlike any other ever held". 175 teachers from around New York State and the country spend a few days of their summer modeling a style of learning based on doing, not explaining. David Sommerstein talks with North Country teachers who are attending for the second year.  Go to full article

North Country Voices: The Smoking Ban

The smoking ban which took effect at midnight last night was a big topic of conversation yesterday. David Sommerstein talked with people at bars and on the street in Potsdam and Colton to see what they think of the new law.  Go to full article
Colton town supervisor Henry "Hank" Ford displays the new group's logo
Colton town supervisor Henry "Hank" Ford displays the new group's logo

New Property, Recreation Rights Group Forms

Hunters, snowmobilers, ATV riders, and property rights activists in St. Lawrence County are forming a new advocacy group they say will give them a stronger voice in Albany. The move comes as a timber company is poised to sell thousands of acres of land in the southeast corner of the county. David Sommerstein reports on last night's inaugural meeting in Colton.  Go to full article

Commentary: The Sweet Sound of Spring

Commentator Betsy Kepes introduces us to her family's backyard maple syrup operation, a sure sign of spring.  Go to full article

Tourism in the North Country, Part 1

For years, the tourism industry has been seen as the North Country's next economic engine. Ten of millions of dollars have been spent to polish the region's attractions, from tourist trains to ski slopes. But the last decade has seen little of the growth local leaders counted on. In this first of a two part series, Brian Mann reports many communities have struggled to find private investors willing to bank on North Country tourism.  Go to full article

Commentary: A Pumpkin Fairytale

Digging, hoeing, fence-building. Gardening is manual labor. Hard work that callouses your hands and bends your back. But there's always the element of chance, and as commentator Betsy Kepes finds, perhaps a bit of magic.  Go to full article

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