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Schumer Calls for Drum Housing Summit

Senator Chuck Schumer wants North Country leaders to get together to deal with the housing crunch around Fort Drum. On Monday, the Democrat called for a Fort Drum Housing Summit to address the issue. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Sgt. Michael Norwood and his family of five spent a month in temporary housing at Fort Drum.
Sgt. Michael Norwood and his family of five spent a month in temporary housing at Fort Drum.

Ft. Drum Expansion Fuels Housing Crunch

The expansion of Fort Drum near Watertown continues at a frenetic pace. By the spring, some 6,000 soldiers and their families will have relocated to northern New York in the last year and a half. The Army is building new housing on base. Private developers have plans for large subdivisions in nearby LeRay and Pamelia. But demand far exceeds supply as far as 30 miles from the base. David Sommerstein reports on the housing crunch.  Go to full article

Balmat Zinc Mines to Re-Hire

The zinc mines in St. Lawrence County that closed four years ago will prepare to re-open this winter. The Winnepeg-based company that owns St. Lawrence Zinc made the announcement last week. As David Sommerstein reports, the news comes after a couple false starts.  Go to full article
DANC's fiberoptics network
DANC's fiberoptics network

Wi-Fi in the Air in SLC

A publicly-funded fiberoptics network in St. Lawrence County is starting to yield results for people who want to use the Internet. Wireless access is available in the village of Canton. Two more villages may go wireless by year's end. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Gov. Pataki speaks in front of blighted apartments.
Gov. Pataki speaks in front of blighted apartments.

Pataki Delivers Aid for Ft. Drum Housing Crunch

Governor Pataki was in Watertown yesterday to deliver aid for the region's housing shortage. He announced $7 million in state grants to renovate old housing and build new units in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties. As David Sommerstein reports, a 55% increase in the number of soldiers at Fort Drum is causing the squeeze.  Go to full article

Watertown Call Center to Hire 500 Workers

Three years after it opened, a Watertown call center is reaching and plans to exceed its original hiring goals. Stream New York says it will hire about 500 people to provide customer service for technology and health care companies, including Sirius satellite radio. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
The pig race at the Lewis Co. Fair.
The pig race at the Lewis Co. Fair.

A Fair Connoisseur's Perspective

We're in the thick of county fair season. The St. Lawrence County fair runs through Sunday in Gouverneur. In Lowville, the Lewis County Fair continues through Saturday. David Sommerstein stopped by Tuesday. He found fair connoisseur Russell Martel sitting under a tent behind Smokey's BBQ shack. Martel drove over an hour from North Bay to check out a fair he'd never been to before.  Go to full article

Villages Go Wi-Fi in St. Lawrence County

Several villages in the North Country are trying to go wireless. Canton, Gouverneur, and Heuvelton are among the communities that want to use a public fiberoptic line to install wi-fi hotspots. They would allow residents and businesses to get broadband internet access without using phone or cable lines. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Doctor Arrest Raises Addiction Issues

A St. Lawrence County doctor was arrested last week for allegedly prescribing painkillers to addicted clients who didn't need them. The case is drawing attention to how prescription narcotics are controlled in New York. Dr. Gail DeHart of Gouverneur was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. DeHart's lawyer, Ed Menkin of Syracuse, declined to comment on the case, saying he had yet to meet with his client. Experts say abuse of prescription drugs is a growing problem nationwide, especially among young people. A new state law taking effect next year will require doctors to use official prescription forms, so the health department can better track prescription narcotics. David Sommerstein spoke with Dr. John Dewar, a family physician based in Potsdam. He's medical director of Canton-Potsdam Hospital's chemical dependency unit. He says he deals with 150 to 200 clients a year who are addicted to prescription drugs.  Go to full article

Ft. Drum Survives, Boosters Stay Vigilant

There was big relief across the region last week when Fort Drum was NOT on the Pentagon's list for base closures. The Base Realignment and Closure Commission, or BRAC, recommended shutting down 150 military assets nationwide. New York's biggest casualty was the Air Reserve Station in Niagara Falls. The recommendations don't become final until September. That makes for a summer of intense politicking. As David Sommerstein reports, Fort Drum supporters say they won't be caught off guard.  Go to full article

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