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A successful test launch of an intercept missile in 2013. Photo: U.S. Missile Defense Agency
A successful test launch of an intercept missile in 2013. Photo: U.S. Missile Defense Agency

Support at Ft. Drum for missile site that may never be built

Fort Drum is one of four locations the military is considering for a missile defense site for the East Coast. The project could bring up to 1,800 jobs to the Watertown region.

Most people who showed up to a public hearing Tuesday night in Carthage supported the idea. The biggest question is whether the project will be built at all.  Go to full article
From the Virginia National Guard and the DEA's "Drug Take-Back Initiative." Photo: Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs
From the Virginia National Guard and the DEA's "Drug Take-Back Initiative." Photo: Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs

With opiate addiction on the rise, here's a safe way to trash meds

Walk over to the cabinet over your bathroom sink and take a look. Chances are you have at least one bottle of medication dusting over. But what should you do with it?

State Senator Patty Ritchie and Jefferson and St. Lawrence County law enforcement officials have partnered to invite you to "shed your meds." They're hosting events through the rest of the summer where people can come and throw away old pills. It's one more weapon in the fight against opiate addiction here in the North Country.  Go to full article
Smoke from an poorly controlled outdoor wood furnace. Photo: NYS DEC
Smoke from an poorly controlled outdoor wood furnace. Photo: NYS DEC

NY wants to help you buy a high efficiency wood furnace

Winter's still somewhat far off. But North Country residents who burn wood to heat their homes are already stacking cords for seasoning.

According to state figures, 3 percent of New Yorkers use wood as a primary source of heat, but that number jumps in the rural North Country. Fourteen percent of homes in St. Lawrence County use wood, 11 percent in Clinton County and 8 percent in Jefferson County.

Those numbers are higher than they used to be as more people have turned to wood as a renewable resource and to save money.

But older wood stoves and furnaces, even more recent outdoor wood boilers that have become very popular, are major sources of pollution, including tiny particles that are bad for the environment and people's lungs.  Go to full article

Thousand Islands want help on what's scenic

This summer, the Thousand Islands region is on a mission: to prove to the State of New York that it deserves recognition as an area of "Scenic and Statewide Significance." And today, leaders of the effort have launched a website where they're asking people to help make the case.  Go to full article

Life in Jefferson County? Good, not perfect

People in Jefferson County are pretty happy with their quality of life, but they have some worries. The annual Jefferson Community College survey finds 75 percent of residents think life's "getting better" or "staying the same."

Statistics students, working with the college's Center for Community Studies research staff, completed 422 telephone interviews in early April. It's a snapshot, now taken for the 15th straight year, that the college shares with the public and community leaders.

Martha Foley talked with the Director of the Center for Community Studies, Dr. Ray Petersen. What's good? Shopping, access to higher education (at the highest rate recorded since the first year of the survey), and availability of housing. And, what's not so good? The cost of energy, real estate taxes, the availability of good jobs, and the overall state of the local economy.  Go to full article
Elise Stefanik declares victory in Glens Falls Tuesday night, with her family and GOP county leaders behind her. Photo: Brian Mann
Elise Stefanik declares victory in Glens Falls Tuesday night, with her family and GOP county leaders behind her. Photo: Brian Mann

Stefanik overwhelms Doheny in NY-21 GOP primary

November's ballot is set after yesterday's primary elections. Among the races decided yesterday, Elise Stefanik beat Matt Doheny in the GOP primary for the 21st District Congressional seat opened up by Democratic Congressman Bill Owens' decision not to run this year.

Stefanik's win sent shock waves through the North Country last night. She was unknown before moving to Willsboro in Essex County last year. Yesterday, she won 60 percent of the votes in the Republican primary for the region's House seat. She toppled Watertown businessman and investment banker Matt Doheny, who was running for the third time.

After a sometimes bruising and bitter campaign, Stefanik, who is 29 years-old, won every county in the sprawling district.

We have two reports this morning, the first from Brian Mann -- who was at Stefanik's victory rally last night in Glens Falls, then from David Sommerstein, who was with Doheny supporters in Watertown.  Go to full article
A driverless tractor. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Driverless_tractor#mediaviewer/File:Case_IH_745_XL,_Claas-M%C3%A4hdrescher.jpg">Lifetec18</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A driverless tractor. Photo: Lifetec18, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Robots are coming to North Country farms

A Potsdam-based startup company called Agbotic is working on machines that can till soil, plant seeds, and even kill pests without a human operator. The company plans on testing the devices on St. Lawrence and Jefferson county farms this summer.  Go to full article
Baker/chef George Stevens preps chocolate chip cookies at Jean's Beans in Watertown. Photo: Todd Moe
Baker/chef George Stevens preps chocolate chip cookies at Jean's Beans in Watertown. Photo: Todd Moe

Jean's Beans in Watertown serves up six decades of home cooking

Every community has a popular cafe, coffee shop or burger joint--the place for pie or a home cooked meal. Since the early 1950's, a family-run business in Watertown has been serving up take-out food, and lots of it.  Go to full article
Taken yesterday from the Thousand Islands Bridge, looking upstream at the freighter Federal Kivalina, which had lost steering as it approached the bridge yesterday afternoon. Photo: Emmett Smith
Taken yesterday from the Thousand Islands Bridge, looking upstream at the freighter Federal Kivalina, which had lost steering as it approached the bridge yesterday afternoon. Photo: Emmett Smith

Freighter aground at Thousand Islands Bridge, salvage team on the way

Update 4:37 p.m.: The Federal Kivalina, a Hong Kong-flagged freighter carrying canola seeds, lost steering just upriver from the Thousand Islands Bridge yesterday.

Last night and this morning, a team of divers determined that the boat had run aground but is stable.

"Since then a salvage team actually arrived on the scene this afternoon," said Nancy Alcalde, director of public relations for the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. "They are reviewing the hull inspection as well as the water and weather conditions and are developing a plan for the safe removal of the vessel."

Two tugboats are on their way Montreal. The St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation and the Coast Guard have to figure out where they'll take the 656-foot freighter.

Shipping remains suspended until further notice.***

A Hong Kong-flagged freighter is anchored just upriver from the Thousand Islands Bridge, after it lost steering earlier yesterday. The Associated Press reports that shipping is suspended this morning.

There are no reported injuries to the crew and no reported pollution at this time.  Go to full article
Soldiers in the River Hospital program created these "PTSD masks", now on display at the Antique Boat Museum. Photo: David Sommerstein
Soldiers in the River Hospital program created these "PTSD masks", now on display at the Antique Boat Museum. Photo: David Sommerstein

St. Lawrence River as therapy for Ft. Drum soldiers with PTSD

A new collaboration in the Thousand Islands will allow Fort Drum soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder to harness the healing qualities of the St. Lawrence River.

River Hospital in Alexandria Bay runs the nation's first outpatient therapy program for active-duty servicemen and women. 30 soldiers, many of them veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, spend every weekday at the hospital. They use group therapy and art therapy to learn to cope with the after effects of war.

Now the soldiers will display their art work at the Antique Boat Museum in nearby Clayton.  Go to full article

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