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Bob Andrews and his furrowed fields in Fowler.
Bob Andrews and his furrowed fields in Fowler.

A Year on the Farm: Plowing in Between the Rocks

When you drive across the North Country at this time of year, you'll see some farm fields already green with shoots. Others are deep brown and ready for seeding. Some haven't changed since winter. Soils vary according to microregion. Some of the last fields to be tilled are near Gouverneur, where the clay soil is cool and wet. That's where farmer Bob Andrews lives. David Sommerstein hopped on his tractor for this month's edition of A Year on the Farm.  Go to full article

Officials Watch Clinton County Dams

Emergency officials are still monitoring two dams on the Great Chazy River in Clinton County. After a week of heavy rain, a six-foot hole opened in the cement dam at Miner Lake, in the Town of Altona. Brian Mann spoke yesterday afternoon with Eric day, head of the county Office of Emergency Services.  Go to full article

Heavy Rains Threaten Two Dams on Great Chazy River

Officials in the Clinton County town of Altona are working to contain a growing hole in the dam at Miner Lake. With the Great Chazy River swollen by heavy rains, a six-foot-wide gap has opened in the barrier. As Brian Mann reports, officials are also watching a second dam further downstream.  Go to full article

Keeping an Eye on the Sky

A couple living on the north shore of Raquette Lake will be keeping an eye on the weather this year. Jackie and Jordan Hornstein recently attended a severe weather watch workshop by the National Weather Service. The NWS relies on volunteers to help track the weather in remote parts of the North Country. Todd Moe spoke with Jackie Hornstein about the region's weather -- from lake effect snow to "Black Fly" season.  Go to full article

The Invasion of the Tent Caterpillars

Martha Foley and Amy Ivy talk about the eastern and forest tent caterpillar outbreaks across the region, and the best choices for top soil in their weekly gardening chat.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: Clearing Brush

It's the eternal struggle of every homeowner in the North Country. How to keep the fast-growing thicket of weeds and brush from taking over the yard? Burn bans have made the task especially daunting this spring. The ban's been lifted, for now. People are burning grass and clearing brush. Here's today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: A Cold Swim in the Oswegatchie

It was a chilly, rainy 45 degrees yesterday afternoon in DeKalb. That didn't stop three St. Lawrence University students from using the rope swing on the Oswegatchie River near Coopers Falls. Zach Turner, Kevin Daly, and Wade McDonald are today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Bill McKibben
Bill McKibben

Global Warming, North Country Style

The debate over global warming and climate change has, for the most part, ended. It's for real. Last week's cover of Time Magazine screamed "Be worried, be very worried". Environmental writer Bill McKibben has been saying that since the late 1980s, when his book The End of Nature sounded one of the earliest alarms about global warming. McKibben's also a practiced student of North Country ecology. He lives part-time in the southern Adirondack town of Johnsburg. McKibben sat down with David Sommerstein to envision what the North Country might be like in a warmer world. He says it's already happening.  Go to full article
Bob Andrews on his farm.
Bob Andrews on his farm.

A Year on the Farm: It's Management, Dummy

Spend time around a dairy farm, and you'll learn a lot about the farmer who owns it. Some barnyards are muddy and chaotic, others immaculate and organized. Some farmers get obsessed with grazing, or breeding perfect heifers, or using bugs to fight disease on their fields. Some love big tractors, others hate 'em. David Sommerstein's doing a year of stories on everyday dairy farming with Bob Andrews, who farms near Gouverneur. Bob's a manager.  Go to full article

Heard up North: Springtime Snow

It's Spring Break week in parts of the North Country. That means hundreds of people have fled south, looking for sunshine and warm weather. Those of us left behind are slogging through another winter storm. Brian Mann took a stroll through slushy Saranac Lake and sends today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article

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