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An Old Jail Outlives Its Usefulness

The North Country is home to New York's three oldest county jails - in Hamilton, Essex, and St. Lawrence, in that order. Washington and Warren counties recently built new ones. Clinton County is expanding its 15 year-old facility. County jails have to do more than ever before. They handle all kinds of inmates. They have to follow a blizzard of state mandates. And they cost upwards of $40 million to build. But the state constitution says each of New York's 62 counties has to have one. In the first part of a series on North Country jails, David Sommerstein gets a tour of St. Lawrence County's jail, which is likely to be replaced soon.  Go to full article

Coalition Developing Homeless Safety Net

A shortage of affordable housing is also pinching people outside the Adirondack Park. An influx of 5000 new soldiers to Fort Drum near Watertown has caused a real estate boom in Jefferson, Lewis, and western St. Lawrence Counties. As David Sommerstein reports, a new coalition wants to help low-income people struggling to find a place to live.  Go to full article

Biodiesel Plant Shapes Up Slowly

Plans to build a biodiesel plant in St. Lawrence County are taking longer than expected. Canton College officials want to double the capacity of the factory. But they're still waiting for investors and federal legislation to make the project financially feasible. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Mohawks Proceed on Land Claim Deal

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe was awaiting word last night on a request to stay the 22-year old Mohawk land claim court case. The request comes after the traditional government in Akwesasne failed to approve a proposed settlement of the lawsuit, but it did throw its support behind two other tribal councils to pursue the deal. David Sommerstein explains.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County Prepares to Build New Jail

St. Lawrence County will announce this afternoon its preferred locations for a new county jail in Canton. The existing jail is among the oldest in the state. The meeting marks the initial stages of a long process for a politically unpopular issue. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

New Life for Half of Kraft's Plant

A half-century relationship between Kraft Foods and the village of Canton is all but finished. Only a signed deed is left to finalize Kraft's sale of its cheese-making plant to Missouri-based Bristol Manufacturing. The company will manufacture and repair bulk cheese containers under the name St. Lawrence County Manufacturing and Properties. It expects to open in the spring with 10 to 15 workers. When Kraft closed last summer, it employed 65 people. David Sommerstein spoke with St. Lawrence County economic developer Raymond Fountain about the sale and its effect on the North Country dairy industry. He says the plant's new owners want another tenant.  Go to full article

Distrust Lingers Over Mohawk Vote on Land Claims Settlement

Deliberations continue in the Mohawk community over a proposed land claim deal with New York State worth tens of millions of dollars. After 22 years of negotiations and lawsuits, two tribal governments have approved the deal. But the traditional Council of Chiefs says it will take at least another two weeks to discuss the proposal. As Brian Mann reports, even Mohawks who support the settlement say deep distrust remains.  Go to full article
Larger land claim map at the link below
Larger land claim map at the link below

County Governments Oppose Mohawk Land Deal

Legislators in Frankln County voted unanimously Thursday to oppose a land claims settlement between the state and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe. County officials say a ten million dollars payment meant to offset the loss of taxes isn't big enough. As Chris Knight reports, the arguements made by legislators mirror those heard earlier this month when St. Lawrence County Legislators voted to oppose the settlement.  Go to full article

DEC, Towns to Negotiate on IP Deal

State environmental officials say they'll continue to work with towns in St. Lawrence County that have vetoed their portion of a massive land deal with International Paper. The IP deal would protect almost a quarter of a million acres of forest and wetland in nine Adirondack counties. Colton, Hopkinton, Piercefield, and Parishville say they won't approve the easements within their town limits unless the state agrees to build ATV trails on the land. David Sommerstein spoke with Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman Michael Fraser yesterday. He says the vetoes don't kill the deal in St. Lawrence County.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County Towns Veto IP Land Deal

At least three towns in southern St. Lawrence County are taking on Albany over a massive land deal with International Paper. Colton, Piercefield, and Hopkinton have vetoed the state's purchase of conservation easements on more than 33,000 acres of land within their town borders. Parishville was expected to joiin them last night. If the vetoes stand, they would prevent the state from conserving land only in those towns. Overall, the IP deal would protect nearly 260,000 acres of Adirondack land in 9 counties. It would be the largest such deal in state history. Stephen Borey is supervisor of the town of Hopkinton. He spoke with David Sommerstein. He says the state failed to compromise with the towns on their biggest concern - the construction of public ATV trails on the new tracts.  Go to full article

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