North Country News

Brian Barrett
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A Lake Placid attorney is challenging the long-term incumbent in the North Elba town supervisor’s race this fall.

Plattsburgh city councilors consider tax cap override
Pat Bradley/WAMC

City officials in Plattsburgh held a public hearing Thursday night to discuss exceeding the state-mandated tax cap — and then they passed the 2018 budget.

Alex Stevens
NYS DEC

New York state forest rangers found a mountaintop campsite used by a 28-year-old New Jersey man as they continued their search Wednesday for the hiker in the Adirondack High Peaks.

Plattsburgh Fire Department conducts night ladder truck training
Pat Bradley/WAMC

If you passed by SUNY Plattsburgh’s administration building Tuesday just after nightfall, you would have seen Plattsburgh Fire Department crews at the building.  They were not responding to an emergency but rather conducting night training with their new ladder truck. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was there.

Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism logo
Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism

The Lake Placid-based Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism, or ROOST, has posted the results of its 2016 Leisure Travel Study.  This is the first year the survey has expanded to include data from Franklin and Hamilton counties.

Joyce Mitchell in courtroom with her lawyer during sentencing
Rob Fountain/Press Republican - pool photographer

A state board has denied parole to the tailor who played a key role in a prison break that's the subject of a Showtime miniseries being filmed in the northern New York region where it happened.

SUNY Plattsburgh 9-11 memorial
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A short but solemn remembrance ceremony was held on the SUNY Plattburgh campus today to remember the events of 9-11 and two alumni who died when the towers fell.

One of the largest annual events in Plattsburgh begins Thursday. The Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration starts with memorial ceremonies and features a number of reenactments.

Lake Placid sign with snow
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Since last November, Lake Placid officials have been investigating the possibility of hosting the 2023 Winter World University Games.  Last month, a delegation made an initial presentation to international sports officials and is now working on a formal bid.

Senator Charles Schumer examines parts manufactured at Norsk Titanium
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer was in Plattsburgh, New York to tour Norsk Titanium today. The Democrat believes there is great potential for the Defense Department to contract with the airplane part manufacturer.

Fort Ticonderoga
Mwanner / Wikimedia Commons

Fort Ticonderoga has released the results of a study that shows the historic landmark at the southern tip of Lake Champlain generates $12.1 million annually in economic impact.

mosquito
wikipedia commons

The New York Department of Health has confirmed that mosquitos collected at three sites in Clinton County have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Sam Bowser
photo provided

The 2007 Werner Herzog Oscar-nominated documentary Encounters at the End of the World  looks at life at McMurdo and then ventures to outlying research stations in the Antarctic. The film will be screened at the Strand Theatre in Schroon Lake, New York on Sunday.  One of the scientists featured in the film is Schroon Lake resident and polar biologist Sam Bowser.  He says he went through a standard course of training to be able to work on the southern continent.

John Linney (left) speaks to Plattsburgh mayor and city councilors
Pat Bradley/WAMC

It’s a time of change in Plattsburgh city government. Thursday evening, officials held four back-to-back public hearings on charter change proposals to eliminate several city departments.  Councilors heard a mix of harsh criticism and strong support as they considered the procedural move.

The 2018 New York state budget created a shared services initiative requiring county officials to craft local plans to eliminate or coordinate duplicate services in order to reduce property taxes.  Essex County officials will delay their shared services report in order to focus on the county’s EMS shortage.

Dr. Peter Raven
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Dr. Peter Raven is a conservationist,  biodiversity expert and environmentalist. The president emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden, he led the oldest operating botanical garden in the country for more than four decades.  Dr. Raven, who recently spoke at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, New York, says too many people have lost touch with how intertwined all things are with nature.

Tedra Cobb
Tedra Cobb for NY21

The number of candidates challenging second-term Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st district continues to grow.  Five Democrats and one Republican are in the race. The Green Party is expected to announce candidates and a Libertarian has also expressed interest in the seat.  St. Lawrence County business consultant Tedra Cobb is among the announced Democrats.  She says she decided to run after tracking recent Congressional action on health care.

State police say a 72-year-old upstate New York man has drowned while paddleboarding on Lake Champlain.

Dr. Peter Raven
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Renowned conservationist and former director of the Missouri Botanical Garden Dr. Peter Raven will speak at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, New York, this evening.

Union supporters fill Clinton County legislative chamber
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Clinton County legislators passed a resolution approving a Project Labor Agreement for work at the Plattsburgh International Airport.  The move at Wednesday’s meeting followed pleas by union members to approve the measure and an attempt to modify it.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik meets with Workforce Development Board
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik held a workforce forum with local business leaders on Monday.  Their key message is more funding is needed for worker training.

Luke Cyphers addresses Plattsburgh City Council
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Last week, Plattsburgh city leaders approved eliminating four departments in an attempt to save more than a million dollars in the 2018 budget.  During this week’s meeting, the Common Council approved public hearings on city charter changes to remove those departments.

Hydrilla removed from watercraft
Jake Sporn

Boat stewards recently intercepted a vessel that had a fast-growing aquatic invasive species attached and prevented its incursion into an Adirondack lake.  While officials applaud the successful detection, the interception is also underscoring the need for more resources to prevent the spread of invasives across the region.

The field of Democrats running to unseat Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st district in 2018 expanded to five this week. The Republican incumbent also faces a challenger within her own party.

Boat being inspected
Jake Sporn

Boat stewards intercepted a boat last weekend with a fast growing aquatic invasive species and prevented its incursion into an Adirondack lake.

The Green candidate who twice ran for northern New York’s congressional seat announced late Tuesday afternoon that he will not run a third campaign.

Movie hopefuls fill the Strand Theatre in Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Two years after a prison break riveted the region, more than 1,000 people flocked to the Strand Theatre in Plattsburgh recently to audition for parts in a Showtime miniseries that will be filmed in the North Country.

Colin Read at mayoral debate
Pat Bradley/WAMC

In a sometimes contentious session, Plattsburgh Common Councilors voted Thursday evening to abolish four city departments.

Ben Model at the piano
photo provided

The silent film era involved a pianist or organist playing along live to the action on the screen.  Today, film enthusiasts seeking a taste of the past can see stars like Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and Lillian Gish on digitized reels accompanied by live music. Movie historian Ben Model is the resident accompanist at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.  He plays at venues around the world and will be appearing in the Adirondacks on Sunday.   He says the technique engages viewers.

Plattsburgh City Hall
WAMC Photo

The New York state Financial Restructuring Board for Local Governments issued its review of the city of Plattsburgh’s finances on Thursday. It offers several recommendations to reverse the city’s fiscal downturn.

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