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Chatham Plant Court Challenge Continues

A planned chipboard factory in St. Lawrence County that would employ more than 100 people remains stalled in court cases. A federal appeals court ruled recently that people who live near the site could continue a lawsuit seeking tighter pollution controls. The ruling reversed a lower court's decision. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Welfare to Work: Backfiring?

A new study of two North Country counties says a key component of welfare reform of the mid-1990s, welfare to work, is encouraging low wage work and the persistence of high poverty levels in the region. Martha Foley talks with the study's author, SUNY Potsdam professor George Gonos.  Go to full article
American Carp Society's David Moore lands a big one
American Carp Society's David Moore lands a big one

St. Lawrence to Host World Carp Tournament

The St. Lawrence River continues to build on a growing reputation as the new "Carp Capital of the World". After a successful junior carp tournament last summer, Waddington and nearby towns will host the World Carp Championship next summer. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Ed Barlow
Ed Barlow

Futurist Coming to Workforce Summit

Futurist Ed Barlow is coming to St. Lawrence County next week, to lead a discussion at a meeting on the future of the area's work force. Barlow has looked at the state and the region's industries and employers - some of which are at risk, and he'll be offering comments about strengthening them for the future. He'll also look at growth areas of the future. He told Martha Foley the goal is a realignment in workforce and economic development strategies to offset declining industries.  Go to full article

Tent Caterpillars on the Rise

It's always something, it seems. This year, it's cicadas to the south, and it's tent caterpillars here in the north. Tent caterpillars are nothing new, their silky nests are common in the crotches of apple, cherry and flowering crab trees every spring. But this year is very different. In some regions of northern New York and Vermont, two kinds of tent caterpillars are at especially high levels this spring. Martha Foley spoke with Steve Van der mark, an educator in natural resources and horticulture with the Cornelll Cooperative Extension Service in St. Lawrence County (315-379-9192).  Go to full article

Helping Repair Substandard Housing

Many people in the North Country own their own homes, but they need help maintaining them to keep them safe, dry, and warm, especially in winter. The Ministry of the North County, or MINC, has a home repair program that tries to help. MINC gets more than 100 applications a year from people who need assistance fixing their homes. Sheryl Evans is MINC's outreach worker in St. Lawrence County. She spoke with David Sommerstein. You can reach MINC at 315-322-4271 or email to sbe1@lttfilsp.com  Go to full article

Hoping for Market Surge, Alcoa Rehires

Alcoa Corporation in Massena is rehiring 60 people it laid off and creating 20 new jobs. The aluminum market is rebounding slowly. But as David Sommerstein reports, it may not be fast enough to make the new jobs permanent.  Go to full article
State assemblyman Howard Mills
State assemblyman Howard Mills

Republican Candidate for Senate Visits Canton

The Republican likely to challenge Senator Charles Schumer in November made a brief swing through the North Country yesterday. After an appearance at a diner in Keene Valley, downstate Assemblyman Howard Mills courted the St. Lawrence County Conservative Party's endorsement at an event in Canton. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Lampson Falls
Lampson Falls

A Whitewater Paddle on the Grasse River

The high water season of spring gives paddlers an opportunity to run the North Country's best stretches of whitewater. Every year the Adirondack Mountain Club's Laurentian chapter sponsors a classic run on the Grasse River in southwestern St. Lawrence County. From the put-in at Lampson Falls to the town of Russell, the river roars down 9 cascades and miles of rapids. David Sommerstein hitched a ride in the trip leader's canoe and sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Tour de Burn Barrel Visits Albany

A bill now circulating in the state legislature would ban the open burning of trash and other toxic materials in rural communities around the state. The legislation is backed by several environmental groups, but is opposed by farmers. Recently, some of the supporters of the ban sponsored a cross-country bike ride to draw attention to their cause. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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