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Pataki, Mohawks Near Landmark Deal

Governor Pataki and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe are reportedly close to an historic agreement that would resolve casino and taxation issues and long-standing land claims in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties. But a signing ceremony for the settlement worth 100 million dollars was postponed at the last minute yesterday. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Assembly Has Votes to Override Pataki Veto

The Democrat-dominated Assembly Monday got the two-thirds votes necessary to override Pataki's veto of a bill that would delay school budget votes around the state from May 20th to June 3rd. The vote was 111-38, 11 votes more than what chamber needed to override. River District Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine, the first North Country Democrat in the Assembly in 30 years, voted with the majority.  Go to full article
Ms. Gaffney's 10th grade biology class
Ms. Gaffney's 10th grade biology class

State Help Too Late For Schools?

New York's legislature has promised to restore some of Governor Pataki's proposed $1.25 billion cuts to school aid next week. That is theoretically in time for school districts to add the extra money to their budgets before they have to be finalized for a vote in May. But many school administrators are playing it safe and moving ahead with school closures, teacher lay-offs, and program cuts. The situation highlights the quandary schools have faced for the past 19 years that New York state budgets have been late. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
The U.S. Customs check-in on Heart Island by Boldt Castle
The U.S. Customs check-in on Heart Island by Boldt Castle

Border Security May Hassle Boaters

Boating season on the St. Lawrence River is still a few weeks away, but cross-border boaters and the businesses who rely on them are worried about new border security measures. As David Sommerstein reports, many boaters would have to cruise hours out of their way to comply.  Go to full article

Ice-Breakers Finish Up Duty

Cargo ships are moving on the Great lakes, but Coast Guard icebreakers are still on duty on the north side of the lakes. The Coast Guard's massive icebreaker, the Mackinaw, smashed ice from its home in Michigan all the way across Lake Superior in Duluth. And the Coast Guard cutter Sundew has been chipping away at the ice in Duluth for weeks. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Chris Julin has this report.  Go to full article

U.S.-Canada Relations: How Should Canada Respond?

While the majority of Canadians supported their prime minister's decision to stay out of Iraq, many are also expressing concerns about the ramifications. Business leaders, in particular, worry that the Bush administration will vent its displeasure in the marketplace. They fear contracts may be cancelled and shipments held up at the border. Most people agree relations between the two governments are the worst they've been in recent history. But as Karen Kelly reports, there are different theories on how Canada should respond.  Go to full article

Alcoa Talks Continue

State officials will resume talks next week with aluminum giant Alcoa about the future of the company's two plants in Massena. One of them nearly closed last December. 110 people were laid off. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Trout Season Opens

Whether it feels like spring or not, April 1st is the official start of trout fishing season in New York State. Some of the best trout streams are here in the North Country, and many anglers spent the month of March preparing their fishing gear in anticipation. But there are high water warnings today, and as the experts say, weather and water flow will best determine the outcome of the trout season. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Facing Tax Hikes, Schools Slash Budgets

Across the country, schools are facing their worst fiscal crisis in years. In every part of the North Country, school boards and superintendents were looking at deficits in the millions of dollars to keep things running as is. Instead of asking taxpayers for increases in the 20% range, schools are slashing spending. They're laying off teachers and principals, cutting everything from athletics to driver's education, and in some cases, closing whole schools. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
The Fralick's 1832 stone house near Cape Vincent.
The Fralick's 1832 stone house near Cape Vincent.

Stone Building Group Collecting Opinions, Histories

Stone house owners in Jefferson county are collecting stories, histories and photos of the old buildings. Some say there may be more stone structures in Jefferson county than any other county in the U.S. Todd Moe toured an old stone house near Cape Vincent and chatted with owners Sandra and David Fralick, who are members of the Stone Building Appreciation Society. The group wants to update a listing of old stone buildings in the North Country. For more information about the Stone Building Appreciation Society call 315-782-1558.  Go to full article

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