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New Political Dynamics in "River District"

On Election Day, first-term Democratic Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine faces a challenge from Watertown businessman Republican Scott Gray in the 118th district. It's also called the 'River District' because it runs along the St. Lawrence River in St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties. Both candidates are from Jefferson County and both ran for the seat two years ago. But as David Sommerstein reports, some key differences this time around make the race tough to call.  Go to full article

Locals Speak Out Against Land Claim Deal

The St. Lawrence County legislature is expected to oppose a proposed settlement of the 22-year old Mohawk land claim. Legislators complain they weren't consulted before the deal was made public. At a finance committee meeting last night, lawmakers put off taking formal action against the deal. According to the Watertown Daily Times, the full Board will consider a resolution and a list of concerns about the settlement on Monday.
The agreement between three Mohawk councils and Governor Pataki still must be approved by tribal members by referendum on November 27th. The leaders of towns in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties that would be affected by the settlement are also speaking out. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

High Speed Fiberoptic Network Fires Up

A new publicly-financed, high speed telecommunications network in the North Country will be up and running later this month. The $18.5 million fiberoptic line is 5 years in the making and will link 8 towns in St. Lawrence, Jefferson, and Lewis Counties. Operators say service providers are already lining up to use the network. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Arts Advocates Get Creative About Funding

Martha Foley talks with Hilary Oak about funding the arts in new and sustainable ways. Oak manages the Creative Spirit Art Center in Potsdam and has been instrumental in re-energizing the St. Lawrence County Arts Council.  Go to full article

Mohawks, State Reach Tentative Land Claims Deal

The three tribal councils that govern the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation near Massena yesterday announced a proposed settlement with New York State to end the 22 year-old Mohawk land claim. The councils represent the American, Canadian, and traditional constituencies in Akwesasne.
Under the deal, the state and federal governments would pay the Mohawks $100 million to compensate for land in St. Lawrence and Franklin Counties taken illegally in the early 1800s. The tribe would get Long Sault and Croil Islands on the St. Lawrence River, a 215 acre parcel on Massena Point, and the right to buy more than 13,000 acres of land within the claim area from willing sellers. The Mohawks would also get low-cost power, free SUNY tuition, and aboriginal hunting and fishing rights. Non-native towns would share a $10 million fund to compensate for lost tax revenues.
The agreement will now go before the Mohawk community for a referendum on November 27th. In a prepared statement, a spokesman for Governor Pataki said he was "encouraged by the good faith efforts being made by all sides to resolve this long-standing, historic dispute."
The proposed settlement is different from a deal reached last year by a previous tribal council in several key ways. David Sommerstein spoke yesterday with Chief Jim Ransom of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe.  Go to full article
Frederic Remington was born in Canton in 1861
Frederic Remington was born in Canton in 1861

Preview: Remington Festival in Canton

NCPR is Media Sponsor for the Frederic Remington Arts Festival in Canton this weekend. It's a celebration of art, history and music in the North Country. Co-organizer Carol Pynchon tells Todd Moe that the event begins this afternoon.  Go to full article

College Students Face Voting Hurdles

Concern is rising that college students will be turned away when they try to register to vote in their college community. Jennifer Weiser of the N-Y-U Law School says there have been incidents in five or six places where students have been denied the right to register in their college communities.  Go to full article

Clinton Hails E-Commerce Project in Potsdam

Senator Hillary Clinton returned to the North Country this weekend. It was a rescheduled visit after plans last month were canceled when former President Bill Clinton had to undergo bypass surgery. Senator Clinton energized party faithful at the annual dinner of the St. Lawrence County Democratic Party Saturday night. During the day she visited Clarkson University in Potsdam, where she announced the expansion of an e-commerce program that helps local businesses market their products online. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Historians have been digging up history in Parishville Center since May
Historians have been digging up history in Parishville Center since May

Digging into Parishville's History

A team of historians from the New York State Museum has uncovered a blacksmith's shop and wagon shop in St. Lawrence County. The tiny hamlet of Parishville Center has been a hotbed of historical research this summer. Archaeologists have unearthed horseshoes, nails and the fragment of a clay pipe. Nothing earth-shattering, but project leader Marty Pickands told Todd Moe that finding the remains of a 19th century frontier blacksmith's shop is intriguing. Pickands says two centuries ago, Parishville Center was a small industrial site.  Go to full article

Critics: Area Conservation Lands ?Hammered? By Logging

State officials are investigating claims of improper logging on timberlands in St. Lawrence County. The 19,000 acre parcel - which straddles the north branch of the Grasse River -- is protected by a state conservation deal. As Brian Mann reports, critics say problems with the project raise questions about bigger easement deals signed with International Paper and Champion.  Go to full article

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