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Scott VanLaer's horses are selling for upwards of $100,000
Scott VanLaer's horses are selling for upwards of $100,000

Adirondack breeder builds a business around winning horses

This week, we've been talking about the history of North Country horseracing, from the harness buggies that raced the county fairgrounds in the early 1900s to the storybook run of Funny Cide for the Triple Crown. But horseracing also has a future in the region. A thoroughbred breeder in Ray Brook, in the Adirondacks, is raising top horses that are competing on tracks around the world. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Amish Seek "English" Help For Cheese Plant

Amish dairy farmers in St. Lawrence County want to form a trust to keep the Heritage Cheese plant open Heuvelton. The plant stopped taking milk last weekend from 95 Amish farms. Heritage says low cheese prices have made the business unprofitable. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Departing princess Hannah Peck (L) crowns Alicia Jackson.
Departing princess Hannah Peck (L) crowns Alicia Jackson.

Crowning a New Dairy Princess

It's that time of year again - a new dairy princess was chosen for St Lawrence County this weekend. The winner will spend the next year promoting the dairy industry. There were also competitions in Lewis and Jefferson county this weekend. Gregory Warner stopped by the pageant in Canton.  Go to full article

Fighting Brand Wal-Mart

When you compete with Wal-Mart, you're not only competing with the store. You're competing with the brand. That's what Gregory Warner found when he stopped by a survival workshop for business owners in Potsdam yesterday. The workshops to help local businesses compete with mega-retailers were offered by the Malone-based non-profit ComLinks, along with local Small Business Development Centers. Though these local businesses were not all the mom-and-pop stores you might expect.  Go to full article

"An Adventure": Mixed Reviews for NYC Street Fair from North Country Artisans

17 artisans from the North Country caravanned to New York City this weekend. They set up booths at one of the largest one day street fairs in the country. The fair stretched for 20 blocks down 2nd avenue in Manhattan. Woodworker Dave Crosby called in by cell phone just after the fair ended.

Dave and the other artisans are part of the Northern Adirondack Trading Cooperative; a project organized by the St Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. The cooperative is an international finalist for a World Chamber award for micro-enterprise initiatives.  Go to full article

New Owner and Jobs for North Lawrence Yogurt Plant

Governor Pataki announced yesterday that Coolbrands International has acquired Kraft Food's yogurt business and manufacturing facility in North Lawrence. It means more jobs, and could boost local dairy orders.  Go to full article

Founding Fathers' Visions of Land and Stewardship Play Out Today

Arguments over how we use and protect the environment - whether about local burn barrels or Midwest power plants - are part of our everyday conversations. They are rarely settled. Even after policy is made to set the balance between use and protection, the disputes linger. We simply don't all weigh private rights and community rights in the same way. Dr. Frank Kalinowski believes there's good reason for this lack of consensus. Kalinowski teaches environment and politics at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. He traces our conflicting values directly back to the Founding Fathers' visions of use and protection of the land. They considered the same issues. And THEY weren't in agreement, either. He told Martha Foley he's hoping his look back will help reconcile differences now.  Go to full article

Call-in Special: The Crisis in North Country Dairy Farming

NCPR news has focused special coverage this week on the crisis in the dairy industry. Martha Foley was joined by NY Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine from Cape Vincent, a farmer and former dairyman, and Pete Barney from St. Lawrence County Co-operative Extension, to discuss the stakes and the stakeholders, and to take calls from listeners.  Go to full article

Fiscal Experts Analyze Pataki's Budget Plan

Governor Pataki has said that he's pushing for deep spending cuts in his new budget because he does not want to repeat mistakes that were made in the early 90's. But fiscal experts say there are more similarities that differences between the governor's plan, and the budgets of over a decade ago. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Business Leaders Urge Lawmakers to Consider Less Spending Over Tax Hikes

The state's business leaders say New York lawmakers should take a hard look at reducing state spending before they think about raising taxes to plug New York's budget gap. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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