North Country News

Hundreds of adult spiny waterfleas clumped together on fishing line.
Emily DeBolt / Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program

It’s a small creature about the width of your pinky, averaging 1/4 to 5/8 of an inch long.  But it has the potential to wreak havoc in the region’s lakes.  The spiny waterflea began spreading into Adirondack lakes in 2008 and was confirmed in Lake Champlain in 2014.  This month, an angler found the invasive zooplankton while fishing in what was considered to be the largest invasive-free lake in the Adirondacks.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik
nygop.org

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik represents the sprawling 21st House district of northern New York that includes all or part of 12 counties.  The first-term Republican faces reelection this fall and has been travelling across the more than 16,000-square mile district during the summer break.  She spoke to WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley today about a number of issues, beginning with a look at her efforts to help communities obtain federal grants.

She was one of the best known suffragists of the early 20th Century and is the only woman known to have died while pursuing the cause.  A new documentary called Forward Into Light  looks at Inez Milholland, who lived for a while and is buried in the Adirondacks. Writer and Producer Martha Wheelock visited Lewis, in Essex County, recently and talked about her film with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Plattsburgh City Council meeting 8-11-16
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The city of Plattsburgh plans to begin live streaming of City Council meetings.

President Ford Making Remarks at the Farewell Ceremony for the U.S. Olympic Team Departing for the Summer Games held at New York University College in Plattsburgh, New York, 7/10/1976
White House photograph/National Archives

The Rio Olympics are coming to a close in a couple of days, but for some people, memories remain strong of the games 40 years ago. In 1976, the summer Olympics were held in Montreal, Quebec, about an hour’s drive from Plattsburgh, New York.  The northern New York city was the final training site for many U.S. athletes before they crossed the border to compete.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley talks with Tom Lacey, who participated in a training game against the women’s basketball team.

Hudson Headwaters Health Network Champlain groundbreaking
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Hudson Headwaters Health Network is made up of 17 community health centers in eastern New York. The group recently broke ground on a new facility in Champlain to replace an overcrowded and antiquated clinic.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik holds transportation roundtable
WAMC/Pat Bradley

New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik was in Plattsburgh this afternoon to host a transportation roundtable. The Republican says it was vital that Congress passed long-term infrastructure funding.

Town Hall, Port Henry, NY
Enesse Bhé/Wikimedia Commons

On Tuesday, residents of Port Henry in Essex County, New York approved a plan to dissolve the village by 20 votes.  The latest vote is the final move that will lead to the Adirondack village disappearing from the map.

Plattsburgh City Council discusses charter change
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Plattsburgh common council held a public hearing last week to take comments on a proposed change to the city charter that would alter the form of government.  While only two people commented, it stirred discussion among councilors that led to the mayor casting the deciding vote.

Adirondack Film Society

A new film shot in and around the Schroon Lake area is premiering in Schroon Lake this weekend.  “The Night We Met” is the work of Troy, New York filmmakers Jon Russell Cring and Tracy Nichole Cring.  The couple will be in Schroon Lake today and tomorrow evening to show and talk about the making of their film.  They told WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that it’s based on an incident from Tracy’s teen years.

Sue Minter
Pat Bradley

Vermont's gubernatorial general election in November will feature Democrat Sue Minter going up against Republican Phil Scott. Unofficial results show Minter won the five-way Democratic primary Tuesday with 50 percent of the vote over the next closest candidate, Matt Dunne, who got 37 percent of the vote. The current Lieutenant Governor, Scott won the GOP race with 60 percent of the vote over Bruce Lisman, who had 39 percent of the vote.

MLPBS Workforce Development Panel
Pat Bradley/WAMC

This week, Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh held a forum on the needs and challenges of workforce development as the region’s manufacturing sector expands.

Democrat Colin Read
Pat Bradley/WAMC

On July 6th, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the city of Plattsburgh was one of ten cities across the state to win a $10 million downtown revitalization grant.  At the time the Governor said the plan reflects  “…a sense of vibrancy and energy” in the city. But the Democrat challenging Plattsburgh’s incumbent Mayor says the downtown plan needs revisions.

Christopher Bohlmann
Pat Bradley/WAMC

During the Farnborough International Air Show near London in July, Norsk Titanium confirmed that Plattsburgh had been selected as the location for the world’s first industrial scale high-technology manufacturing plant for titanium aerospace components.  The company plans to invest $1 billion during the first 10 years of operations.  The Norwegian company hired Senior Vice President Operations Christopher Bohlmann to lead the establishment of the manufacturing plant.  He was in Plattsburgh this week to participate in a workforce development forum and spoke about the company’s plans.

Donald Trump campaigns in Plattsburgh April 2016
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Over the weekend, the Trump presidential campaign tentatively scheduled a return visit to Plattsburgh.  But shortly after contracts were finalized the event was postponed.

D.Billy Jones updates supporters on Assembly campaign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Democratic candidate for Assembly in New York’s northernmost district was in Plattsburgh this morning to give supporters an enthusiastic update on his campaign. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports the race for the open seat is heating up.

Adirondack Park sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

It is an annual meeting that brings together government, institutional, environmental, and business advocates to find solutions to issues of common interest across the Adirondacks.  The 10th annual Common Ground Alliance meeting last week reviewed a number of issues that could help the economy and environment within the Blue Line.

Lt. John Fitzpatrick launches
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A multi-state, international Homeland Security training, water quality and boating enforcement exercise is under way on Lake Champlain.

 

Vermont officials say suspected cancer causing chemicals have been found in groundwater at a closed landfill in Shaftsbury.

Adirondack Park sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Following the summer Adirondack Challenge in Indian Lake this past weekend, Governor Cuomo’s office issued a report on the impact tourism has on New York’s economy.  In the regional breakdown, the report found there was more than $1.3 billion in traveler spending in the Adirondack region in 2015.

Clinton Correctional
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York is on full lockdown today following disturbances Thursday night.

Mayor James Calnon (left) and Supervisor Michael Cashman sign leadership agreement
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The mayor of the city and the supervisor of the town of Plattsburgh signed a leadership agreement this afternoon with a goal of formalizing joint municipal efforts.

Nabil Oudeh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Many cities and towns have a Rotary chapter, a service organization that supports local communities.  During the Plattsburgh Sunrise Rotary’s largest fundraising event of the year this past weekend, District Governor Nabil Oudeh traveled from Ottawa, Canada to attend the festival.  Oudeh says he oversees a region that includes Northern New York, Quebec, Ontario and Nunavut.

John DiLeo
An Eye for Details Photography / Adirondack Film Society

Movie houses across the country were recently tasked with transitioning to digital projection.  It was an expensive proposition and many small theaters faced closure.  In the Adirondacks, the Go Digital or Go Dark campaign successfully helped many small community movie houses make the upgrades.  The Adirondack Film Society is celebrating the new digital projection system at the Strand Theatre in Schroon Lake this  weekend with screenings of the classic comedies A Night at the Opera and Sullivan’s Travels.  John DiLeo, the author of five books on classic films, will be at the theater in Schroon Lake to discuss the films and present unique clips on the Golden Age of Movies.  He says he has been steeped in movies since his childhood.

Norsk Titanium

During the Farnborough International Air Show near London on Monday, Norsk Titanium confirmed that Plattsburgh has been selected as the location for the world’s first industrial scale high-technology manufacturing plant for titanium aerospace components.  The international company will invest $1 billion in a new manufacturing plant and training facility in the northern New York city.

Mayor's Cup 2016
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The annual Mayor’s Cup Regatta is the largest sailing race on Lake Champlain.  But this year, high winds and rain lowered some sails and cancelled many shore events.

Norsk Titanium

The long-awaited confirmation that a major aerospace manufacturer will set up its U.S operations in Plattsburgh was confirmed Monday.

In November, Essex County Supervisors approved extending the county occupancy tax to include private rentals effective January 1st.  Now officials are finding that a number of property owners are resisting paying the tax or are unaware they are supposed to pay it.

Governor Cuomo announces revitalization grant in Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Plattsburgh today to announce that the city has been awarded $10 million in downtown revitalization funds.

Vermont Right to Know GMO logo
Vermont Right to Know Coalition

 

Vermont's new law requiring genetically modified food to be labeled as such is set to take effect Friday, but it might soon be erased from the books by federal action.

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