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Massive Tupper Lake Real Estate Proposal Draws Praise & Questions

The Adirondack Park Agency met in Tupper Lake last night to review plans for a massive new real estate project around the Big Tupper Ski Center. The project's developers are calling it "The Preserve On Tupper Lake". With more than eight hundred high end vacation homes and condos now on the drawing board, the proposal would reshape the entire community. It would bring jobs and a higher tax base to Tupper Lake. But as Chris Knight reports, some question the development's impact on the environment and on the village's infrastructure.  Go to full article
A full house at Lawrence Ave. Elementary, Potsdam
A full house at Lawrence Ave. Elementary, Potsdam

Walmart Friends, Foes Face Off in Potsdam

In Potsdam and the surrounding area, more than a thousand "Walmart Yes" lawn signs line the roads. Supporters of a 188,000 square foot proposed Supercenter outside the village have collected two thousand signatures. Opponents have written hundreds of letters against the project. The two camps made their cases last night before the Potsdam town planning board. More than 300 people packed a public hearing over Walmart's draft environmental impact statement. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Walmart Friends & Foes Face Off in Potsdam

Walmart supporters and critics clashed over job creation, sweatshop labor, and downtown shopping in a town forum in Potsdam last night. At issue is whether Potsdam should welcome a 180,000 square foot Walmart Supercenter to the outskirts of town. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Clinton Hails E-Commerce Project in Potsdam

Senator Hillary Clinton returned to the North Country this weekend. It was a rescheduled visit after plans last month were canceled when former President Bill Clinton had to undergo bypass surgery. Senator Clinton energized party faithful at the annual dinner of the St. Lawrence County Democratic Party Saturday night. During the day she visited Clarkson University in Potsdam, where she announced the expansion of an e-commerce program that helps local businesses market their products online. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
BreconRidge CEO Bruce Rodgers (3rd from L), flanked by State Sen. Jim Wright and Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine
BreconRidge CEO Bruce Rodgers (3rd from L), flanked by State Sen. Jim Wright and Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine

Waterfront Cleanup, New Manufacturer Cheers Ogdensburg

This week's been full of good news for the city of Ogdensburg. On Monday Governor Pataki announced a $168,000 state grant to help clean up contamination along the St. Lawrence River. Yesterday an Ottawa-based company said it will expand in Ogdensburg's industrial park and create 100 new jobs. David Sommerstein has details.  Go to full article

New NNY Tourism Data Online

Economic developers, entrepreneurs, and anyone who's just plain curious about the North Country now have a powerful new tool. The Northern New York Travel and Tourism Research Center, based at SUNY Potsdam, has compiled data profiles for the 10 counties of northern New York and published them online. The profiles have data on hotel rooms, traffic counts, employment, campgrounds, marinas, fishing and hunting licenses, and snowmobile trails. Laurie Marr is the center's director. She told David Sommerstein she saw a need for a central source for tourism-related statistics.  Go to full article

Alcoa Restoring 45 Jobs in Massena

Alcoa Metals will re-open several pot lines at its aluminum smelters in Massena. The company expects to hire 45 people over the next three months. Alcoa cited low short-term power costs and increased demand for the re-start.  Go to full article
The Boonville/Oneida County parade
The Boonville/Oneida County parade

Ethan Allen Workers Move On in Boonville

A skeleton crew is finishing orders at Ethan Allen's furniture making plant in Boonville. The company is closing its operations in this small village on the Tug Hill Plateau after half a century of operation. More than 260 people have lost their jobs. The shutdown shocked the community and was the latest blow to the declining forestry industry in northern New York. As David Sommerstein reports, Ethan Allen's workers are moving on and the town of Boonville is bracing for what's next.  Go to full article

Shifting Career Gears in Mid-Life

Many former Ethan Allen employees worked most or all of their careers at the facility. For people in mid-career, transitioning to a new job, perhaps to a completely different line of work, can be very difficult. Frank Kirkey specializes in helping people 55 and older find employment. He's a field operations assistant with Experience Works Incorporated, based in Jefferson and Lewis Counties. He spoke with David Sommerstein. Kirkey says the hardest part of shifting careers is changing a person's mindset.  Go to full article

Seaway, Alcoa Show Economic Growth

Two traditional industries in the North Country are sharing in the rebounding economy. The St. Lawrence Seaway posted a 12% boost in traffic in its first few months of the season. And Alcoa released a positive quarterly earnings report last week. But as David Sommerstein reports, it's unclear how the good economic news will affect the region.  Go to full article

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