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A Coast Guard exercise on Lake Ontario last summer. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/coastguardnews/9368939664/">Coast Guard News</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A Coast Guard exercise on Lake Ontario last summer. Photo: Coast Guard News, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Marine security exercise set for Lake Ontario shore

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) The U.S. Coast Guard is joining local and Canadian law enforcement agencies for a two-day exercise being held this week from the eastern end of Lake Ontario to the Buffalo-Niagara region.  Go to full article
F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off for a night mission. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/usairforce/8191054700/">Val Gempis, US Air Force</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off for a night mission. Photo: Val Gempis, US Air Force, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont Air Guard doing night flights

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Vermont Air National Guard F-16 fighter planes are going to be flying night training missions.

The guard said the night flights will take place Thursday and Friday of this week and Dec. 17 through Dec. 19.  Go to full article

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A woman speaks with an Army medic after an exercise simulating field hospital treatment during a mass casualty scenario. Photo: Joanna Richards
A woman speaks with an Army medic after an exercise simulating field hospital treatment during a mass casualty scenario. Photo: Joanna Richards

A behind-the-scenes look at Fort Drum soldier training

In the communities surrounding Fort Drum, soldiers in uniform are a common sight: they're in the grocery store with their families, standing in line at the post office, or having a beer with friends after work. But for many of the area's civilians, what soldiers do on post remains something of a mystery. An annual event at Fort Drum aims to fix that.  Go to full article
Kirsten Gillibrand toured New York state on Monday, building support for her high-tech manufacturing and worker training measure. Photo: Gillibrand website
Kirsten Gillibrand toured New York state on Monday, building support for her high-tech manufacturing and worker training measure. Photo: Gillibrand website

Gillibrand pushes manufacturing bill in Ticonderoga

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Ticonderoga, NY, yesterday, working to build support for a new measure that aims to boost high-tech manufacturing.

Gillibrand wants Congress to fund low-interest revolving loans that would help modernize factories and pay for worker training.  Go to full article
Student crews work on the MQ-9 Reaper at the Hancock field Air National Guard base near Syracuse, NY. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Student crews work on the MQ-9 Reaper at the Hancock field Air National Guard base near Syracuse, NY. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Drones train above North Country Adirondacks

There's been a lot of news lately about the Obama Administration's use of drones, or unmanned military aircraft, to kill alleged terrorists. Critics have said the attacks violate international law and have also killed many civilians. Drones will likely be a major topic in confirmation hearings for John Brennan to be the next head of the CIA.

The drones that fly over Afghanistan are often piloted by people sitting in suburban Syracuse, NY. Those pilots train by flying high over the North Country and the Adirondacks.

They may watch bridges or buildings, even follow cars, without anyone knowing they're being watched. And for some, there's a very fuzzy line between military preparation and a creepy eye in the sky.  Go to full article

Story 2.0: Job hunting "worse than ever"

Millions of Americans whose unemployment benefits have run out are breathing a sigh of relief. The Senate is poised to pass legislation today restoring the benefits. The measure would then go to the House for a final vote. It is expected to pass then go on to President Barack Obama later this week.

A continuing fear of social services folks is what happens when unemployment benefits do run out. The jobless rate still hovers around 10%, and that doesn't include people who have stopped looking for a job out of frustration. Last December, the staff at One Stop Career Center in Canton predicted "a tsunami of job seekers" this year. It turns out they were right. In our ongoing series Story 2.0, we'll revisit the One Stop Career Center. But first, here's an excerpt from David Sommerstein's story from last winter.  Go to full article

Ft. Drum debuts buffer program

As Fort Drum continues to grow, it's using more and more of its sprawling military reservation for live-fire training. That can be a problem for civilian neighbors just outside Drum's boundaries. So the military is buying easements on land just off Fort Drum to prevent people from building more houses or businesses there. It's called the Army Compatible Use Buffer program, (ACUB). The land will be managed by the Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust. Fort Drum's announcing the signing of its first three easements in Philadelphia and LeRay in Jefferson County at a ceremony tomorrow. David Sommerstein spoke with Betty Jones, Fort Drum's community planner, about the land deals.  Go to full article
SUNY Canton's Mike Newtown teaches contractors to retrofit drafty homes.
SUNY Canton's Mike Newtown teaches contractors to retrofit drafty homes.

Money to plug leaky homes; shortage of people to do the work

The federal stimulus bill is funneling $5 billion to states to make drafty homes more energy efficient. That's more than quadruple the amount ever set aside at one time for weatherization. The Obama Administration says the money will create thousands of "green jobs". But right now, there aren't enough qualified contractors to fill those jobs. North Country Public Radio's David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
The briefing room.
The briefing room.

Soldiers Learn to be Media Savvy

Fort Drum is getting ready for a series of massive deployments that will position more than half of its force overseas. This week 3,000 soldiers in the 1st Brigade leave for a one-year tour of duty in Iraq. In the winter, the 10th Mountain Division will take control of U.S. operation in Afghanistan, sending more than 5,000 soldiers from the Army base near Watertown. These soldiers have been training to deal with Iraqi and Afghani nationals and insurgents for months. Thereis another group they'll contend with hundreds of journalists and cameramen, from network news reporters to freelance bloggers. To see how soldiers prepare to face the media, David Sommerstein attended a training session at Fort Drum and has this report.  Go to full article

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