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New Mineral Found in St. Lawrence County

It's not often that a scientist discovers a new mineral. But, Alan Benimoff did just that more than 25 years ago in St. Lawrence County. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

Zinc Mines May Re-Open

There's been promising news for some idled factories across the North Country. Last week an Ottawa-based company announced it will make soy milk concentrates and powders in the former McCadam cheese plant in Heuvelton. A Fulton County man may buy the idled Lyons Falls paper mill in Lewis County. A Syracuse-based jet manufacturer is considering a massive expansion at the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base that could create 10,000 jobs. And as David Sommerstein reports, the zinc mines in St. Lawrence County may reopen soon for the first time in more than two years.  Go to full article

Canton Eyes Agri-Business Zones

Two economic development programs to help agriculture in New York are moving forward. Facing the closure of the Kraft cheese plant this summer, the town of Canton is trying to get in early on both projects. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Power Dam Politics: When David Meets Goliath

David Sommerstein talks with Massena attorney Tom Snider about his new book, Power Dam Politics. It's Snider's take on the negotiations to relicense the New York Power Authority's massive hydropower project on the St. Lawrence River.  Go to full article

Prisoners: North Country Residents?

St. Lawrence County will be exhibit A in a forum at the U.S. Census Bureau today about how the census counts prisoners. An Ohio-based researcher says the county's decision to include prisoners in its legislative districts distorts democracy and may be unconstitutional. As David Sommerstein reports, the move was highly controversial when it was adopted.  Go to full article
Photos by Adam Wheeler
Photos by Adam Wheeler

Ice Climbing for Confidence

Braving the chill and playing outdoors is a great way to stay fit and avoid the winter blues. It can also build self-confidence and mental strength. A St. Lawrence County based program called North Country Adolescent Outreach uses outdoor adventures to build self-esteem in troubled teens and train them to share their strengths with other kids. David Sommerstein went ice climbing with a group on Azure Mountain and has our story.  Go to full article

County Investigates STAR Abuse Claims

The St. Lawrence County legislature Tuesday night heard allegations of physical abuse regarding its military-style program for troubled youths. Two former employees and parents of a former participant say drill instructors used excessive force on their middle and high school students. As David Sommerstein reports, lawmakers are calling for an external investigation.  Go to full article

SLC Lawmaker Supports Expanded Bottle Bill

St. Lawrence County Legislator Tedra Cobb believes the bill will have a positive impact on the state's environment and local waste programs. She recently attended a New York State Association of Counties conference where she learned in detail about the expanded bottle bill.  Go to full article

SLC Program Teaches Entrepreneur Skills

The Small Business administration estimates that about 60% of businesses fail during their first five years of operation. From lagging capital to business owner burnout, entrepreneurs face myriad obstacles in building a successful company. A new incubator program in St. Lawrence County is giving local start-ups a chance to learn the ins and outs of growing a business before flying solo. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Plant Closure Another Blow to Dairy Industry

North Country Congressman John McHugh called the losing of the Kraft plant a dark period for Canton's economy and the region's dairy farmers.  Go to full article

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