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The "friendship monument" rededication was a small, quiet affair atop the dam.
The "friendship monument" rededication was a small, quiet affair atop the dam.

NYPA celebrates 50th amidst controversy

50 years ago, the Moses-Saunders power dam began producing electricity from the St. Lawrence River in Massena. It forever changed the North Country's environment, economy, and culture. The dam also gave birth to a state-owned utility called the New York Power Authority. Today, NYPA owns 18 generating plants and is one of the most politically powerful authorities in New York. It's developed a reputation for secrecy and patronage. There are widespread calls for NYPA's reform. Yesterday, the Power Authority celebrated 50 years of harnessing the waters of the St. Lawrence in a small event on the middle of the dam. As David Sommerstein reports, it was a ceremony full of contradictions.  Go to full article
Senator Darrel Aubertine (D-Cape Vincent)
Senator Darrel Aubertine (D-Cape Vincent)

Gov, Aubertine at odds over NYPA offer

Somewhat muted in the surprise over Senator Bruno's announcement not to seek re-election is a bizarre flap involving Governor David Paterson and North Country Senator Darrel Aubertine. On Saturday, Aubertine said he was offered the chairmanship of the New York Power Authority, and that he declined it. Yesterday, Governor Patterson said the Senator from Jefferson County was never offered the job in the first place. But as David Sommerstein reports, political observers question whether the Governor's telling the truth.  Go to full article

Several thousand still without power

Several thousand utility customers in the North Country are still dark this morning, mostly in Franklin, Lewis, St. Lawrence and Oswego counties Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
The storms brought damage to trees and homes throughout the North Country, as shown in this scene from Ft. Covington. Photo: Tony David.
The storms brought damage to trees and homes throughout the North Country, as shown in this scene from Ft. Covington. Photo: Tony David.

Thousands without power after thunderstorms

Thousands remains without power this morning after thunderstorms rolled across upstate New York yesterday and last night. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

The answer is blowin? in the wind

Large wind turbines are popping up all over the United States. But some homeowners are beginning to put up their own backyard wind turbines. Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

APA approves Tupper Lake power corridor, despite NY Constitution questions

The Adirondack Park Agency voted on Friday to approve construction of a new power line corridor for Tupper Lake that will cross state forest preserve land. Critics on the board say the decision violates the "forever wild" provision of New York's constitution. The APA also voted to allow a new hotel on Racquette Lake. And they voted to allow Verizon to build a new cell phone tower along the Northway that will be camouflaged to look like a pine tree. It was busy week for the agency. Brian Mann discussed development with Martha Foley.  Go to full article

Preview: 13th annual Sustainable Energy Fair

NCPR is media sponsor for the 13th annual North Country Sustainable Energy Fair at SUNY Canton this weekend. The fair includes more than 50 workshops, panels and demonstrations from alternative energy to zero carbon houses. Todd Moe talks with Patricia Greene of Community Energy Services, one of the organizers of the event.  Go to full article

Commentary: how about just using less electricity?

Lost in the debate over wind power and other alternative energies, says commentator Tom Gerstenberger, is a bigger question. Why aren't we talking more about using less?  Go to full article

UPDATE: Storm-battered North Country still recovering - overnight shelter opened in Ticonderoga, Hague hardest hit

The recovery continues this afternoon following Saturday's brutal winter storm that knocked out power and closed roads across the North Country. The hardest-hit areas are southern St. Lawrence County, southern Essex County, and sections of Warren County. In some areas, electricity won't be restored until tomorrow afternoon. Brian Mann has an update.  Go to full article

North Country digs out from snow, ice, wind - thousands still without power

Thousands of homes in the North Country are still without power this morning. Heavy snow in the St. Lawrence Valley and a powerful ice storm in Essex and Warren County did the most damage. But power outages stretched to every county in the region. There have been no reports of major injuries or accidents. But as Brian Mann reports, some neighborhoods won't see their power restored until tomorrow afternoon.  Go to full article

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