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T.I. Bridge Authority Praised for Strong Governance

State Comptroller Alan Hevesi yesterday gave a clean bill of health to the binational authority that operates the Thousand Islands Bridge and Boldt Castle. The positive audit comes as scandals have rocked other New York State authorities. Governor Pataki has promised to overhaul the system. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Coalition Calls For Gambling Moratorium

Among the top issues on Governor Pataki's agenda in 2005 will be forging ahead on building native-owned casinos in the Catskills. The Governor says the gaming resorts will help resolve decades-old tribal land claims in New York and generate revenue to plug the wide budget gap. A new statewide coalition, including a North Country group, wants to stop the spread of all kinds of gambling in New York. As David Sommerstein reports, the groups will start by lobbying on the legislature's first day back in session.  Go to full article
Incumbent Aubertine (right) takes center stage in public...
Incumbent Aubertine (right) takes center stage in public...

A Test of Incumbency in the "River District"

While the presidential campaign is capturing all the pre-election hype and headlines, a North Country race for state Assembly is heating up. In the 118th district, first term Assemblyman and farmer Darrel Aubertine, a Democrat, is defending his seat. He faces a challenge from Republican Scott Gray, a Jefferson County legislator and Watertown businessman. Incumbents in New York enjoy almost perfect job security. Only a couple dozen incumbents have lost races since 1982. But as David Sommerstein reports, this year's legislative meltdown in the state capital makes incumbency a mixed blessing.  Go to full article

Pre-Election, It's Raining Grant Money

As election season hits its stride, the North Country is being showered with federal and state grant money. On the heels of announcements in Ogdensburg, Governor Pataki and Congressman John McHugh yesterday announced 9 North Country communities will share $4.5 million in federal housing funds. Also yesterday, McHugh announced the Department of Energy awarded Clarkson University $775,000 over three years to develop energy efficient building technology. And as David Sommerstein reports, the USDA will loan the River Hospital in Alexandria Bay $2.5 million.  Go to full article
Luis and Molly Perez, at home and at their wedding.
Luis and Molly Perez, at home and at their wedding.

Remembering a Clayton Soldier Killed in Iraq

Family and friends held a memorial service for 19 year-old Private Luis Perez Monday in Watertown. Perez had been in Iraq for three days when the fuel truck he was driving hit a roadside bomb in Fallujah on August 27th. He'll be buried Friday in his birthplace of East Chicago, Indiana. But he leaves behind a legacy and his 17 year-old wife in the Thousand Islands. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

A "Common Man's" Hiking Guide to the St. Lawrence Valley

If you go to the outdoor section of your local bookstore, you'll find dozens of guidebooks for the Adirondacks and several for the Lake Champlain area and the Tug Hill Plateau. But you'll be lucky to find even a couple dedicated to hiking trails in the St. Lawrence Valley. Author Roger Fulton saw the niche and wrote a book called 25 Short Hikes and Interesting Walks in the Thousand Islands and St. Lawrence Seaway Region. Fulton summers in Alexandria Bay and winters in Florida. He told David Sommerstein that he and co-author Michael Carpenter are retired state policemen.  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

Lawmakers Call For Quick Inquiry Into Barge Accident

Lawmakers are calling for a fast and complete review of why a barge grounded on the St. Lawrence River and whether the emergency response was sufficient. Last week, the steering on a tug boat malfunctioned and the barge it was pushing smashed into a shoal near Alexandria Bay. 12,000 gallons of relatively harmless liquid salt leaked into the river. In a letter to Seaway Administrator Albert Jacquez dated yesterday, Senator Hillary Clinton called for a full investigation into the incident. She said while it was not a serious accident, it "highlights the risks of shipping on the St. Lawrence River." Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman John McHugh have made similar requests. Phil Reed is the Jefferson County legislator who represents Alexandria Bay. He says the review should be done in time to apply to the remaining shipping season. He told David Sommerstein people are relieved it was a close call.  Go to full article
Filmmaker Matt Heineman in his preferred form of transportation
Filmmaker Matt Heineman in his preferred form of transportation

"Rolling on the River" in a St. Lawrence Skiff

Summer in the Thousand Islands is filled with the sound of boats. The throaty rumble of a Gar Wood run-about, the roar of a cigarette boat, the throbbing diesels of a Seaway freighter. This weekend in Clayton, the 7th Annual Festival of Oar, Paddle & Sail celebrates the boats that don't make noise. People-powered boats.
But though motorized craft aren't featured at the festival, they ARE invited to drop by the museum for a "boat-in" movie, a marine version of a "drive-in". The featured film is a movie that honors the natural and cultural heritage of the St. Lawrence. David Sommerstein spent a day in a skiff with the film's director and has our story.  Go to full article

Expert Diver Drowns in St. Lawrence

A master scuba diver from Virginia drowned in the St. Lawrence River Tuesday when he got stuck in a sunken ship he was exploring. David Sommerstein has details.  Go to full article

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