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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

Biodiesel Plant Shapes Up Slowly

Plans to build a biodiesel plant in St. Lawrence County are taking longer than expected. Canton College officials want to double the capacity of the factory. But they're still waiting for investors and federal legislation to make the project financially feasible. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Gouverneur Breast Cancer Walk Raises $30,000

Last Saturday, some 200 walkers and businesses in the St. Lawrence county community of Gouverneur raised $30,000 to support breast cancer efforts. It was the 3rd annual Gouverneur Business Women's Group Breast Cancer Walk. Organizer Terry Hitsman says the money will be used to help those living with breast cancer throughout the region. For more information, call 315-347-2191.  Go to full article

Cyclists Begin Tour de Burn Barrel

Concerned citizens and bicyclists will ride some 200 miles from St. Lawrence County to Albany this weekend to bring attention to the problem of backyard trash burning. Todd Moe talks with Chris Neurath, of DeKalb, one of the cyclists participating in the trek. The riders will join a rally at the state capitol Monday.  Go to full article

Zinc Mines May Re-Open

There's been promising news for some idled factories across the North Country. Last week an Ottawa-based company announced it will make soy milk concentrates and powders in the former McCadam cheese plant in Heuvelton. A Fulton County man may buy the idled Lyons Falls paper mill in Lewis County. A Syracuse-based jet manufacturer is considering a massive expansion at the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base that could create 10,000 jobs. And as David Sommerstein reports, the zinc mines in St. Lawrence County may reopen soon for the first time in more than two years.  Go to full article

Prisoners: North Country Residents?

St. Lawrence County will be exhibit A in a forum at the U.S. Census Bureau today about how the census counts prisoners. An Ohio-based researcher says the county's decision to include prisoners in its legislative districts distorts democracy and may be unconstitutional. As David Sommerstein reports, the move was highly controversial when it was adopted.  Go to full article

Dale Lehmer is North Country Public Radio

Dale Lehmer, a restorer, mover and converter of barns, recently retired to Gouverneur. He and his Jack Russell terrier are roughing it in a pre-restored home.  Go to full article

'Wise Buys' Details Emerging

Plans for a North Country based retail chain to replace the Ames stores are slowly emerging. Investors in the "Wise Buys" project say they're pushing aggressively to open stores in May. But as David Sommerstein reports, they have to overcome the risky retail business climate.  Go to full article

Zinc Mines Buyer Awaits Higher Prices

A Toronto-based company is working out financing details to buy mines near Gouverneur owned by the Zinc Corporation of America. That's good news for almost two hundred people who lost their jobs a year and a half ago. But as David Sommerstein reports, the price of zinc will have to rise before the mines re-open.  Go to full article

What People Want to Hear from Pataki

Governor Pataki sets out his agenda for the year today with the State of the State address. David Sommerstein spoke with people in Gouverneur and Canton about what they want the Governor to cover.  Go to full article

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