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The mill's closure in Newton Falls raises tough new questions about the economy in southern St. Lawrence County. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83372564@N00/3701986511/in/photolist-6D8DBD-6T2khj-6D8DMc-6QUjhF">J. Stephen Conn</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The mill's closure in Newton Falls raises tough new questions about the economy in southern St. Lawrence County. Photo: J. Stephen Conn, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

As mill is dismantled, tough questions for Clifton-Fine

A company called Scotia Investments has been dismantling the historic paper mill in Netwon Falls in southern St. Lawrence County. It's a devastating final blow to the local economy, following years of efforts to revive the mill.

North Country Public Radio reached out to state officials to find out whether the decision to spend ten million dollars refurbishing the rail line into southern St. Lawrence County will be revisited now that the paper mill in Newton Falls has closed. So far, we've had no answer to that question.

Chris Westbrook heads the Clifton Fine Economic Development Corporation. He's been one of the leaders trying to find new source of jobs and prosperity in his struggling corner of the Adirondack Park.

He spoke in-depth with our Adirondack bureau chief, Brian Mann, about this moment in the community's history and about what comes next.  Go to full article
An Adirondack clearcut in the 1920s. Clear-cutting remains controversial a century later. Photo: New York State Archives
An Adirondack clearcut in the 1920s. Clear-cutting remains controversial a century later. Photo: New York State Archives

Clearcut logging plan sparks blistering APA debate

A plan by the Adirondack Park Agency to streamline permit applications for large-scale clearcut logging sparked fierce debate yesterday.

Supporters of the plan say it will encourage loggers and landowners to adopt better harvesting practices. At the APA's monthly meeting in Ray Brook, some commissioners spoke passionately in favor of the change.

But others expressed deep skepticism about the plan.  Go to full article
[This is a] very important step toward...retaining hundreds of jobs in the North Country.

NY State praises Ticonderoga company for switching to natural gas

State officials in New York are praising International Paper for converting the company's mill in Ticonderoga from oil to natural gas.

IP plans to use natural gas supplied by a company in Vermont, using a pipeline that will be laid under the water of Lake Champlain.

In a statement issued yesterday, Empire State Development Commissioner Ken Adams called the move a "very important step toward securing the company's presence in the region and retaining hundreds of jobs in the North Country."

Natural gas is cheaper than oil and produces fewer emissions. The pipeline under Lake Champlain will require approval by regulatory agencies.  Go to full article
This is the third year in a row that a North Country company has topped the list of polluters in New York state.

Glens Falls: Finch, Pruyn sees 80 percent rise in pollution

A new report issued on Friday by the Environmental Protection Agency says the Finch, Pruyn paper mill in Glens Falls generates the most pollution of any manufacturing plant in New York state.

Other top polluters in the North Country include Alcoa, Fort Drum, and International Paper. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Photo: Institute for Sustainable Communication
Photo: Institute for Sustainable Communication

A new media question: paper, or digital?

We make personal choices everyday that affect the environment. At the grocery store: paper, or plastic? Going out the front door: car, or bicycle? Pay bills by check, or online? And, at the office: print it, or save to the hard drive?

As Martha Foley discovers, those last two, the paper or digital choice, is just as complicated as all the rest.  Go to full article

No paperless office yet

When the computer-age took off in the 1990s, lots of people thought we'd use a lot less paper. But that hasn't happened. Julie Grant reports on why environmentalists are so concerned about all the paper we're still using in our offices and homes.  Go to full article
Rep. Scott Murphy at the Hot Biscuit Diner (Photo: Susan Waters)
Rep. Scott Murphy at the Hot Biscuit Diner (Photo: Susan Waters)

Rep. Murphy visit Ticonderoga and finds a debate over energy & climate change

Congressman Scott Murphy (D-Glens Falls) traveled to Ticonderoga yesterday. His visit came on the heels of last week's House vote on historic climate-change legislation. Murphy, who took office less than two months ago, voted in favor of the bill. As Brian Mann reports, that decision was met with questions, criticism and praise.  Go to full article

McHugh addresses milk prices in Canton

North County Congressman John McHugh fielded a range of issues at town hall meetings yesterday in Ogdensburg and Canton. He listened to border concerns and worries over a wind project in Hammond. There was also some talk of new economic potential in Massena and Newton Falls. A group of farmers came for help with near-record low milk prices. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Ti paper mill sets furlough

Officials at International Paper's Ticonderoga mill announced yesterday they've scheduled two weeks of "downtime" in May due to declining orders. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

APA gets Finch-Pruyn update

The head of the Adirondack Nature Conservancy says he thinks it'll be at least three years before his group completes a series of transactions with the state that will protect tens of thousands of acres of former Finch-Pruyn timberlands. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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