Dec 03, 2002 — High-tech support company Stream International is delaying the opening of its call center in Watertown until it can find new clients. David Sommerstein reports the company is meanwhile completing renovations in its downtown office. Go to full article
Nov 27, 2002 — Three Fort Drum soldiers are in Jefferson County jail and two are released on bail after they were arrested Monday for the statutory rape of a 16-year-old girl. David Sommerstein has more. Go to full article
Nov 25, 2002 — County lawmakers across the North Country are approving steep property tax hikes in next year's budgets, in some places by 10 to 20 percent. They say they need the money to pay for soaring Medicaid costs. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Ft. Drum Family Readiness Coordinators Rena Tumbleson and Kristen Fair.
Nov 13, 2002 — The light infantry of the 10th Mountain Division based at Fort Drum near Watertown played a combat role in Afghanistan last year. Many soldiers only returned from Central Asia six months ago. Now the community at Fort Drum is living through another period of anxiety as deployments to Iraq loom. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Oct 22, 2002 — David Sommerstein visits the historic Benton House in the town of Oxbow in Jefferson County, the former home of Joseph Bonaparte's extramarital daughter. In the 1800s, the basement was used as a temporary jail and a secret tunnel may have been a part of the Underground Railroad. Go to full article
Oct 17, 2002 — With under three weeks to Election Day, the 118th Assembly, or "river," district race looks to be among the closest in the North Country. Democrat Darryl Aubertine, a dairy farmer and former Jefferson County legislator, faces Republican St. Lawrence County Clerk Patricia Ritchie. If he wins, Aubertine will be the first North Country Democrat in Albany in almost 30 years. Meanwhile, a third candidate is trying to widen the debate beyond the two major parties. David Sommerstein reports on Tuesday night's candidate forum in Watertown. Go to full article
Oct 16, 2002 — Some 50 people gathered at the Northside Improvement League in Watertown last night to hear a debate among Assembly candidates in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties. In the mostly rural and Republican 122nd district, Republican incumbent Dee Dee Scozzafava faces a challenge from Democrat Andy Byrnes. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Aug 22, 2002 — Jefferson county fire crews are fighting what they call a small but stubborn forest fire near the town of Oxbow the northern part of the county. Jefferson county deputy fire director Greg Brunell says the fire started ten days ago when a property owner failed to fully extinguish a campfire. Todd Moe has more. Go to full article
Family Readiness coordinators show off the I-87 battalion quilt. L-R, Heather Taylor, Kathy Koop, Denise Cornell, and Theresa LaCamera.
Apr 15, 2002 — Tenth Mountain Division soldiers who fought in Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan have begun a two week leave after returning to Fort Drum last week. Before they left base for vacations and family visits, they took time to reflect on their experiences with a pack of local and national media. David Sommerstein has this report. Go to full article
Mar 28, 2002 — More than 3000 soldiers from Fort Drum are in the last two months of their deployment in Kosovo. Their main mission is to enforce a safe and secure environment in the war-torn region.
But the soldiers are using more than weapons to keep the peace. They're providing humantarian assistance to help rebuild a damaged land from the ground up. And they're trying to bring ethnic Albanians and ethnic Serbs together to end centuries of hatred. David Sommerstein went to Kosovo with the U.S. Army earlier this winter and has this report... Go to full article