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Sheriff David Favro and NY Homeland Security chief Michael Balboni in Plattsburgh
Sheriff David Favro and NY Homeland Security chief Michael Balboni in Plattsburgh

Region plans tighter border security

Just days after a scathing Federal report found big gaps in security along the US-Canada border, a coalition of New York state, Quebec Provincial, and local officials from the North Country say they plan to step up their efforts to stop illegal traffic. New York State Homeland Security Secretary Michael Balboni held a meeting yesterday in Plattsburg. As Brian Mann reports, they say better communication is the first step.  Go to full article
Roosevelt Bath and Spa
Roosevelt Bath and Spa

"Bathwatergate" sweeps Saratoga Springs

This week, the New York Post revealed that the famous mineral baths in Saratoga Springs are being, well, watered down. It turns out local bathhouses are adding hot tap water to bring the baths to a more comfortable temperature. The flap -- which some are calling "Bathwater Gate" has drawn attention from New York's top politicians. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

A postcard from the Tug Hill side of Winter

Winter sports like skiing and snowmobiling are big business in the North Country. For many people, they're also a passion and a way of life. Adirondack reporter Brian Mann chased skiable snow as storms hit parts of the region earlier this month. He sent this audio postcard from the Tug Hill.  Go to full article
Sara on the trail
Sara on the trail

Rainy day (with dog) on Mt. Frederica

The Whitney Wilderness Area near Tupper Lake is the hub for a growing network of popular canoe routes. But the region's logging roads and trails also offer a lot for hikers and hunters to explore. A couple of weeks ago, Brian Mann spent the day on the shore of Lake Lila and climbed Mount Frederica. He sent this audio postcard.

NOTE: Later this week, on Thanksgiving morning, we'll revisit a paddling trip to Rock Pond in the Whitney Wilderness.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: the haunted mansion ride

It's county fair season across the North Country. And if you haven't been for awhile, you're missing out on the good ole' Haunted Mansion ride. Fear not, because Katie Booth and Hannah Maturkle of Philadelphia take us along for today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Bob Martin slips through a narrow channel
Bob Martin slips through a narrow channel

Whitewater Ramble: East Branch of the Ausable

Heavy rain this summer has been tough on farmers and on the North Country's tourism business. But the wet weather is great news for whitewater paddlers. Many streams that would usually be bony and dry are still flush. Brian Mann paddled the East Branch of the Ausable River and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Heard up North: Springtime at the Tanning Parlor

It's the first day of Spring, and for some, that means...time to hit the tanning parlor. We visit Exotic Tanning in Philadelphia to learn about the surprising tanning habits of the North Country, including the competing tanning styles of Gouverneur and Philadelphia...  Go to full article

When Top Skaters Are Injured, Some Blame the Skates

Sasha Cohen has extended the US medal streak in women's figure skating to 11 consecutive Olympics. Cohen landed the silver medal, finishing second behind Japan's Shizuka Arakawa. World champion Irina Slutskaya was the bronze medal winner. Americans Kimmie Meissner and Emily Hughes took the sixth and seventh spots. It was a beautiful, but grueling, evening. Cohen fell twice, on her first two jumps. Slutskaya fell once in her performance. The stadium was sold out, as usual. Figure skating is among the most popular events at the Winter Games. It's one of the most graceful sports. It's also one of the most punishing for young athletes. This year, Michele Kwan was forced to bow out because of injuries. Sasha Cohen competed despite a reported pulled groin muscle. Some critics blame the high rate of injuries on the design of boots and skates first invented a century ago. Brian Mann has the story.  Go to full article
Jamie Whidden teaches students a move.
Jamie Whidden teaches students a move.

Capoeira: "A Many-Faceted Diamond"

Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that fuses dance, music, and song. Capoeira classes are growing in popularity across the United States. On Thursday nights in Lake Placid, the gym at the North Country School is transformed by the sounds of the drum and the berimbau, the stringed gourd that's at the heart of capoeira. David Sommerstein attended a class and has this audio montage.

Jamie Whidden (518-891-4973) teaches in Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. Relani Prudhomme (315-212-1110) teaches classes in Canton.  Go to full article
The pig race at the Lewis Co. Fair.
The pig race at the Lewis Co. Fair.

A Fair Connoisseur's Perspective

We're in the thick of county fair season. The St. Lawrence County fair runs through Sunday in Gouverneur. In Lowville, the Lewis County Fair continues through Saturday. David Sommerstein stopped by Tuesday. He found fair connoisseur Russell Martel sitting under a tent behind Smokey's BBQ shack. Martel drove over an hour from North Bay to check out a fair he'd never been to before.  Go to full article

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