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Spiny water flea (Source: National Park Service)
Spiny water flea (Source: National Park Service)

Spiny water flea invades Adirondacks

Last week, biologists with New York's Conservation Department confirmed a new invasive organism in four southern Adirondack Lakes. The spiny water flea has been found in Sacandaga Lake near Speculator, Great Sacandaga lake, Peck Lake and Stewarts Bridge Reservoir. The tiny crustacean is already competing with native organisms and fish in Lake Ontario.

Brian Mann talked about the continuing wave of new invasive organisms with Hilary Smith. Smith is head of the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program based in Keene Valley.  Go to full article
Steve Smith
Steve Smith

Guitars by day, music by night

Steve Smith says he's living his dream. He lives in Brant Lake where he shares his love of music and builds his own guitars. Musicians who've influenced his Americana-style include Steven Stills, Jerry Garcia, Johnny cash and Levon Helm. He's been a musician most of his life, and plays guitar, bass, drums and piano. You'll hear his music at a solo concert in Lake Placid tonight and a concert in North Creek with the SL Smith Band on Sunday afternoon. Smith told Todd Moe that living in the southern Adirondacks has had a big influence on his life and music. He's off to Nashville later this year to record a new album. And there are other life changes. His sister's death a year ago pushed this former carpenter into making music and guitars full time.  Go to full article

Birding the Seaway Trail

Birders looking for the best birding spots along the big waters of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River have a new resource. The Seaway Trail Foundation has published a new birding theme guidebook to help birders find their favorite raptors, songbirds and waterfowl. Todd Moe talks with ornithologist Gerry Smith, author of Birding the Great Lakes Seaway Trail, about some of his favorite birding hot spots.  Go to full article

Lawmaker wants plan to fix the budget gap

State Senator Malcolm Smith represents the 14th Senate District in Queens. The southern border of the 14th is the Atlantic Ocean -- as far as the upstate-downstate divide goes, geographically, that's about as far from the North Country as you can get. The Democrat is currently temporary president of the New York State Senate. He was Senate Majority Leader for a few short months this year, until Senators Pedro Espada and Hiram Monserrate, both fellow Democrats, threw their support behind the Republican minority in early June, setting off a 5-week standoff over leadership. During a visit to Canton this week, he told Martha Foley that he is one of the legislative leaders asking Governor Paterson for a plan to mend the budget gap.  Go to full article

Dems invite the press to meeting on property taxes

Senate Democrats let journalists into their normally closed-door party conference yesterday, to witness a discussion of ideas to clamp down on the state's highest in the nation property taxes. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Aubertine named head of NYS rural commission

State Senator Darrel Aubertine will head the state's legislative Commission on Rural Resources. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Leadership questions prevail in NY Senate

The New York State legislature is officially on break for the Holidays, but in the Senate, there is plenty of anxiety behind the scenes over which party will control the chamber come January. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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