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Alcoa Restoring 45 Jobs in Massena

Alcoa Metals will re-open several pot lines at its aluminum smelters in Massena. The company expects to hire 45 people over the next three months. Alcoa cited low short-term power costs and increased demand for the re-start.  Go to full article
DANC's telecommunications network
DANC's telecommunications network

North Country E-Commerce Plugging In

Construction is underway on a 450 mile network of high-speed fiberoptic lines to link towns in St. Lawrence, Jefferson, and Lewis Counties. Also, Senator Hillary Clinton will visit Clarkson University Labor Day weekend to announce the expansion of another e-commerce program. The Northern Adirondack Trading Cooperative helps local businesses market and sell on E-Bay and other Internet sites. Karen St. Hillaire directs the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. She told David Sommerstein the first year of the program was a success.  Go to full article

Farmers Hope Summer Ends Dry

For the North Country's dairy farmers, summer is the time to grow nutritious feed to get the herd through the winter. And from the layperson's perspective, it looks like the cold and rain have stunted the crops. Yesterday, David Sommerstein went out to the cornfields of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County to find out how farmers are faring. He spoke with agronomist Pete Barney, who says it's been a challenge.  Go to full article

Debate Over St. Lawrence Water Levels

The International Joint Commission is four years into a five-year, $20 million study of water flows in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. It's looking at how water levels affect everything on or in the water - from harbor drafts in Montreal to boaters in the Thousand Islands to muskee in the St. Lawrence to homeowners outside Rochester. The IJC is holding meetings in Massena tonight and Alexandria Bay tomorrow to gather public input. Dalton Foster, Massena, is president of the International Water Levels Coalition, a grassroots citizen group. He's the former chairman of the public input branch of the IJC study. He told David Sommerstein the St. Lawrence Seaway and Massena power dam forever altered the way water flows to the ocean.  Go to full article
British actor Tom Felton lands one on the St. Lawrence
British actor Tom Felton lands one on the St. Lawrence

Banking on a Carp Economy

A bright light is emerging for the North Country economy from an unlikely source. Carp--those bottom-feeders of the fish world--are luring anglers from all over the world to the St. Lawrence River between Ogdensburg and Massena. This Thursday in Waddington, the 2nd Annual St. Lawrence International Junior Carp Tournament will draw about a hundred young anglers and their families. One of the biggest carp boosters is St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce director Karen St. Hillaire. She told David Sommerstein initially she was skeptical carp could be an ingredient in economic development.  Go to full article

Ft. Drum Growth Stresses Housing Market

The area around Fort Drum, Watertown, and beyond is on the brink of a building boom. But some say it might be more of a housing crisis. 4,200 soldiers and their families are moving to the region as the army base adds a new 3rd Brigade. The army is also beginning a $315 million renovation of its existing housing on base. That's good news for builders, realtors, and economic growth. But the influx of people may make affordable housing hard to find. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Tax Reimbursements for Adirondacks

Local towns and school districts in the Adirondacks and Catskills will share $1.9 million in tax relief under the new state budget. The money will reimburse communities in St. Lawrence, Franklin, and Essex Counties for property tax breaks on land used for timber production. For more on this and other aspects of the new state budget, David Sommerstein spoke with State Senator Betty Little, a Republican from Queensbury. She says Governor Pataki has supported $3.3 million in property tax reimbursements.  Go to full article

More School Money, But Not Enough

The state legislature has agreed to increase education funding by $740 million. Some of that money will come to the North Country, where school districts have been waiting until the last minute to find out how much state aid they'll have when classes start in a few weeks. David Sommerstein spoke with Janet Boyd, business manager of the Hermon-DeKalb Central School District, about the increase.  Go to full article

SLC Considers Employee Pension Reform

Officials are expressing cautious optimism that a change in the way local governments pay for their employees' pensions will ease budget crunches. State leaders announced the pension reform plan in Albany this week. It would push back the due date for pension fund payments, saving local governments $980 million statewide. Tom Nichols, vice-chair of the St. Lawrence County legislature, says the plan may save the county $4.1 million, or it may simply delay the payment.  Go to full article

Sounds of the County Fair

The sights, smells, and sounds of county fairs are classic ingredients of summer. The midway barker beckoning you in to a show. The whip of the wind through your hair on the day-glow roller coaster. And of course, the smell of fried dough and French fries. The St. Lawrence County and Lewis County fairs run this week and through the weekend. David Sommerstein prepared this audio montage from the midway of the St. Lawrence County fair in Gouverneur.  Go to full article

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