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Medicaid Funding Puts Counties in Pinch

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.
Ft. Drum Family Readiness Coordinators Rena Tumbleson and Kristen Fair.

More Anxiety and Preparation at Ft. Drum

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
Benton House in Oxbow
Benton House in Oxbow

Napoleon's Brother in the North Country

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

118th Assembly: A Wider Debate in the River District?

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

Two Economic Approaches in the 122nd Assembly District

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

Forest Fire Near Oxbow

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.
Family Readiness coordinators show off the I-87 battalion quilt. L-R, Heather Taylor, Kathy Koop, Denise Cornell, and Theresa LaCamera.

Soldiers & Wives Reflect on Battle

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

10th Mountain in Kosovo: Making Peace Last

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
Firefighters drown embers days after the March 2nd fire in Carthage.
Firefighters drown embers days after the March 2nd fire in Carthage.

Carthage Works to Recuperate After Fire

More than a week after a fire destroyed an entire block of downtown Carthage, village fire officials say the smouldering embers finally seem to be extinguished. But they say the area is still a "fire scene" for safety reasons.

People affected by the blaze are working to recuperate. David Sommerstein reports on the latest relief efforts.

Fire victims or people wanting to donate goods or money can call the Carthage Fire Relief task force at 315-493-3821.  Go to full article

Thousand Islands Casino to Open This Summer

Canadian gaming officials briefed community leaders from the Thousand Islands region Wednesday on the casino under construction in Gananoque, Ontario. It will add to the entertainment mix in the tourism-heavy area. David Sommerstein reports many on the U.S. side of the St. Lawrence fear the casino will bring more bad than good.  Go to full article

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