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Remington director Laura Foster with the museum's 1898 wash drawing, <i>The 9th cavalry colored troops on washing duty in the Gulf</i>.   Photo:  Todd Moe
Remington director Laura Foster with the museum's 1898 wash drawing, The 9th cavalry colored troops on washing duty in the Gulf. Photo: Todd Moe

Remington Art Museum's newest treasure: 1890's wash drawing

The Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg recently added a new piece to its permanent collection. The Remington Museum is home to many of the 19th century artist's best-known bronze sculptures and oil paintings.

On display in the Addie Priest Newell Gallery is an 1898 original wash drawing by Remington. Museum director Laura Foster gave Todd Moe a tour of the newest acquisition.  Go to full article
Ogdensburg City hall with a clear message. Photo: David Sommerstein
Ogdensburg City hall with a clear message. Photo: David Sommerstein

Task force presses Cuomo to rethink Ogdensburg Psych cuts

Today, a couple dozen North Country leaders packed in vans headed to Albany. It's their big chance to meet with Governor Cuomo's staff about the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center. They're making the case the state should invest in the mental health hospital in Ogdensburg, not shut it down. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Milk Not Jails' Lauren Melodia and her team want to convince New York to invest in farms, not prisons. Photo: David Sommerstein
Milk Not Jails' Lauren Melodia and her team want to convince New York to invest in farms, not prisons. Photo: David Sommerstein

What could replace the North Country's prison industry?

This week, our Prison Time Media Project is examining the North Country's vast complex of prisons. It's an industry from Cape Vincent to Chateaugay that employs thousands of people in a region with few other options.

Today we ask - what if? What if the crime rate continues to drop and the number of inmates locked up continues to fall? What if, as Governor Cuomo has advocated, New York keeps closing prisons, as it did in Lyon Mountain and Gabriels?

What's next for the North Country's prison towns?

One tiny not-for-profit from New York City has an idea. Take the money saved from shuttering prisons and spend that money on agriculture. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Books: St. Lawrence County in the War of 1812

A St. Lawrence County teacher and author says what started out as an effort to compile a list of War of 1812 soldiers became a book about some of the places, personalities and events from 200 years ago. Todd Moe talks with John Austin about his new book, St. Lawrence County in the War of 1812 which explores St. Lawrence county's divided role in the War of 1812.  Go to full article
One of the historic buildings of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center. Photo: Lizette Haenel.
One of the historic buildings of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center. Photo: Lizette Haenel.

Ritchie co-sponsors bill to delay psych center closure

A group of Republican lawmakers wants to delay the state's plan to close nine mental health centers in New York, including the psych center in Ogdensburg. State Senator Patty Ritchie is co-sponsoring a bill that would freeze the plan until 2015.  Go to full article
Tessa Mellas will read from and talk about her awarding winning collection of short stories, <i>Lungs Full of Noise</i>, on Thursday night (7 pm) at Dean-Eaton Formal Lounge at SLU.  Her book is published by University of Iowa Press.  Photo: Tessa Mellas
Tessa Mellas will read from and talk about her awarding winning collection of short stories, Lungs Full of Noise, on Thursday night (7 pm) at Dean-Eaton Formal Lounge at SLU. Her book is published by University of Iowa Press. Photo: Tessa Mellas

Ogdensburg native Tessa Mellas wins Iowa Short Fiction Award

Ogdensburg native and St. Lawrence University graduate Tessa Mellas returns to campus this week to read some of her award-winning stories. Tessa Mellas recently won the Iowa Short Fiction Award for her collection of a dozen short stories in Lungs Full of Noise.

Mellas was a 2001 English and Music major at St. Lawrence, and grew up skating at ice rinks around the North Country. Appleton Arena is one of her favorite rinks. She spoke with Todd Moe about her writing style -- realistic fiction with fantastic elements -- and what it's like to be a professional writer. She also reads from the story, "Mariposa Girls", in Lungs Full of Noise.  Go to full article
Democrat Nicole Duvé, left, and Republican Mary Rain. Photos: David Sommerstein
Democrat Nicole Duvé, left, and Republican Mary Rain. Photos: David Sommerstein

Rain apparent winner in St. Lawrence county DA race

Republican challenger Mary Rain appears to have unseated two-term Democratic district attorney Nicole Duvé in St. Lawrence County. According to unofficial results, Rain won 9,808 votes, or 51.8%, to Duvé's 9,113 votes, or 48.1%.

But Duvé says there are enough absentee ballots to change the final result. Duve did not concede victory Tuesday night.

We'll have updates on this story and a complete report later in the evening.  Go to full article

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"Voice of the people," part of motto over entrance to Milwaukee County Courthouse. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/reallyboring/2674764130/">Eric Allix Rogers</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
"Voice of the people," part of motto over entrance to Milwaukee County Courthouse. Photo: Eric Allix Rogers, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Listen: Ogdensburg reflects on the shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) People classified as essential government employees will continue to work but much of the federal government is shut down this morning in a budget impasse over the health care overhaul. In New York, the shutdown will idle thousands of workers -- including many at IRS and Army Corps of Engineers offices.

NCPR sent Zach Hirsch to the streets of Ogdensburg yesterday to gauge public opinion there on the impasse and the shutdown.  Go to full article
Step by Step Director David Bayne, and Carla Nunez. Photo: Julie Grant
Step by Step Director David Bayne, and Carla Nunez. Photo: Julie Grant

What NY reform means for Ogdensburg mental health care

Advocates for people with mental illness in rural New York are concerned about the changes announced recently by the state. The New York State Office of Mental Health plans to close 65 inpatient beds at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg.

North Country residents who need long-term hospitalization could be sent to Syracuse or Utica for care, to what the state is calling "Regional Centers of Excellence."

The Office of Mental Health says the state will provide more money for outpatient services in the North Country.  Go to full article

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