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Titus Mountain outside of Malone has gotten a facelift and new energy, thanks to new local owners. At busy times, skiers gather around this snowmaker-turned-fireplace outside the lodge. The area spans three mountains and 42 trails.
Titus Mountain outside of Malone has gotten a facelift and new energy, thanks to new local owners. At busy times, skiers gather around this snowmaker-turned-fireplace outside the lodge. The area spans three mountains and 42 trails.

Titus Mountain makes a comeback

With cold and snow back in the forecast, skiers and snowboarders will have a little more time to carve their last turns of the season.

It's been a comeback winter for a North Country ski area that had long gone neglected. Titus Mountain, outside Malone, has new local owners, a new lodge, new trails, and a burst of energy.

Titus is one of a shrinking number of ski areas that play an important role in teaching people to ski.  Go to full article
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Karen DeWitt
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Budget watchdog group: Cuomo pension plan a "gimmick"

State lawmakers return to Albany later this week, and have just over three weeks to meet a self-imposed deadline to finish the state budget. Negotiations on a spending plan come amid a growing push back to a key proposal by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to help local governments meet pension payments.  Go to full article
Image: digital-topo-maps.com
Image: digital-topo-maps.com

Financial picture is grim for NY's local governments

A report from New York State's comptroller finds local governments are struggling financially. Around 10 percent are running deficits or suffering from cash flow problems, and there's no end in sight. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Randy Douglas heads the Essex County board of supervisors
Randy Douglas heads the Essex County board of supervisors

Essex County faces tough budget choices

Essex County now faces a budget deficit next year that could top 9 million dollars. That's ten percent of the county's budget that still needs to be paid for.

The soaring costs are being blamed on scheduled pay increases for county workers, rising utility coasts, and the cost of operating the Horace Nye nursing home in Elizabethtown.

The latest blow came this week, when the Board of Supervisors announced that health insurance costs could rise by as much as 46%.

Brian Mann spoke about the budget crunch with Randy Douglas. He's town supervisor in Jay and serves as county chair.  Go to full article

Rain soaks Champlain Valley

Rain is hammering the northeastern corner of New York State. National Weather Service records show July was the wettest on record. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Region Fights Barriers to Emergency Communications

New York State will pay a Massachusetts company $2 billion to build a statewide emergency communications system. The same company, Macom Incorporated, developed parts of the network in Louisiana that failed during Hurricane Katrina. State officials say New York's radio network will be built to withstand natural and manmade disasters. The project comes as North Country counties struggle to improve radio service for local emergency crews. As Brian Mann reports, the big hurdles are mountains, environmental regulations, and the lack of coordination between different agencies.  Go to full article

Pataki Faces Tough Challenges in 2005

Governor George Pataki delivers his 11th State of the State message today at 1pm. The Governor begins the new year facing a number of challenges, including a $6 billion budget deficit and increasing speculation of what his future plans may be. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

State Prison Officials Say Counties Paying Less

State prison officials say they're doing their part to save counties money -- by cutting the number of "state ready" inmates sitting in local jails. The number of prisoners waiting for a spot in state prison has fallen by 96 percent -- saving counties hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Legislative Leaders Agree on Keeping Empire Zones Strong

The leaders of New York State Legislature are far from agreement on how to resolve the state's budget problems, but there's one area in which they both agree: Senate leader Joe Bruno and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver do not want to weaken the state's economic development program know as Empire Zones. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Despite North Country Cancer Clusters, Anti-Smoking Campaign Lackluster

New York's Department of Health says lung cancer rates across the North Country are a hundred percent higher than expected. But despite new revenue from cigarette taxes and the tobacco settlement, there's little funding for tobacco programs. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

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