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4-31st Infantry Battalion insignia
4-31st Infantry Battalion insignia

Fort Drum Remembers Helicopter Crash

Fort Drum will pause tomorrow in memory of the soldiers who died in a training helicopter crash last year. The cause of the accident still hasn't been determined. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
41st Engineer Battalion
41st Engineer Battalion

Drum Soldiers Home With War Stories

The first Fort Drum soldiers deployed in the war in Iraq are starting to come home. A company-size unit from the 110th Military Intelligence Battalion touched down at the army base near Watertown Friday. They spent most of their mission in the northern Iraqi town of Kirkuk. As soldiers return, they bring with them a familiar genre more familiar in older generations: the war story. David Sommerstein spoke with a group of firefighters from the 41st Engineer Battalion back from a year in Kuwait.  Go to full article

Redwood Residents Advised to Stop Drinking Well Water

Residents of a North Country community have been advised by state officials to stop drinking their well water because of lead and petroleum contamination. About 200 homes and businesses in the Jefferson County hamlet of Redwood will now receive potable drinking water from the state at no charge.  Go to full article

Jefferson County Studies Wind Power

Wind power is the fastest growing sector of the energy business. And Jefferson County officials want to see if it's an industry has local potential. With help from a state grant, the Development Authority of the North Country is building a tower in Rodman to gather data for a wind study. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Bars Light Up in Protest of Smoking Ban

Some bars in New York plan to light up tonight to send a year-end message that the state's new smoking ban is riddled with inconsistencies. Watertown's mayor-elect is leading the effort in the North Country. The protests come a day after a bar near Syracuse won a waiver allowing smoking. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Housing Privatization Protects Fort Drum's Future

Last week, the Army announced California-based housing developer, Actus Lend Lease, won a contract to build 1200 new homes around Fort Drum for the base's soldiers and their families. The construction is expected to cost more than $300 million over ten years. Decisions the company makes will affect the base itself, as well as towns in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties, where many soldier families live. The plan is a part of a massive nationwide project to privatize military housing, called the Residential Communities Initiative, or RCI. David Sommerstein spoke with John Deans, chairman of the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization, about the privatization plan. Deans has toured bases around the country to learn more about RCI. He says on many bases, soldiers live in aging homes.  Go to full article
Retail storeowners brainstorm ways to boost winter business in Clayton
Retail storeowners brainstorm ways to boost winter business in Clayton

Clayton Tries to 'Extend the Season'

Every summer, the Thousand Islands bustles with tourists and seasonal residents, all boating, fishing, dining, shopping, and spending money. But the economic boom dries up after Labor Day, leaving local businesses to shut down or suffer through the long winter. The village of Clayton is trying to reverse that trend and keep downtown shops open longer. As David Sommerstein reports, the effort reflects a new political and demographic reality in town.  Go to full article

Fire Guts Part of Downtown Theresa

Fire officials are keeping their eyes peeled for hot-spots from Sunday night's blaze that destroyed part of a downtown block in the village of Theresa in Jefferson County. The cause is still under investigation. The fire gutted the old post office, an old hotel built in the late 1800s, and threatened an existing bar and grill. Martha Foley talks with village mayor Ron Trickey, who declared a state of emergency so one of the buildings could be demolished immediately.  Go to full article

Zebulon Pike Grave May be in Sackets Harbor

Archeologists believe they may have found the grave of Brigadier General Zebulon Pike in Sackets Harbor. Pike is best known for ascent and naming of Pike's Peak in Colorado, but he also led soldiers into battle during the war of 1812 from Sackets Harbor. Jody Tosti talks with Laurie Rush, head of Fort Drum's cultural resource management program. Rush says she is 80-90% sure her team has got the right location.  Go to full article

Eye Surgeon Charged With Contempt of Court

A Jefferson county doctor faces contempt of court charges for performing cataract surgeries after being ordered by a judge not to do so. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

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