North Country News

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

Ben Model at the piano
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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
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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.

Patrick Nelson
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Although the election is not until November 2018, four Democrats have already entered the race to challenge northern New York’s two-term Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik.  The first to announce began his campaign in January.  Patrick Nelson of Stillwater says  he started campaigning early for several reasons.

Lake Placid sign with snow
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Lake Placid has been chosen to host the 2019 International Children’s Games and the 2021 Bobsled and Skeleton World Championships.  New York’s governor made the formal announcement over the weekend during an annual summer event in the Adirondacks.

From left: Strand Center's Karen Dispo-De Boos with Outside Arts' Amy Guglielmo and Julia Devine
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City officials in Plattsburgh are working to make the downtown center more appealing to tourists. One of the newest initiatives got a boost recently when the Sunrise Rotary announced it will sponsor a plan to create an Arts Walk in the center city.

Katie Wilson
Katie4Congress

A number of Democrats are lining up to challenge northern New York’s second-term Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik.  One of the latest to enter the race for the 21st district seat is businesswoman Katie Wilson from the Adirondack village of Keene.  She says her campaign is about the future of the people and children across the district.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik tours the Norsk Titanium plant in Plattsburgh
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New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik toured Norsk Titanium in Plattsburgh this afternoon.  After viewing the 3D manufacturing process she made an announcement with potential growth opportunities for the company.

Photo of former Assemblywoman Janet Duprey
NYS Assembly

Former New York Assemblywoman Janet Duprey will be honored during Plattsburgh’s annual Mayor’s Cup festivities next weekend. 

Photo of Clinton Correctional
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Today is the second anniversary of the end of one of the largest manhunts in New York history — when officials captured the second of two men who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. The episode led to convictions, inquiries and calls for security reforms.

Plattsburgh RedBirds logo
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The Empire Professional Baseball League is in its first season of play.  It has four teams – the Old Orchard Beach Surge from Maine, the Sullivan Explorers from Loch Sheldrake, New York, the Puerto Rico Islanders and the Plattsburgh RedBirds.  During spring exhibition play, the Plattsburgh team defeated all its competitors.  This week, rain postponed opening day, but the 60-game season began on Sunday.  Team co-owner and League CEO Eddie Gonzales explains that the league provides athletes an opportunity they may not otherwise have.

City of Plattsburgh

Canada Day is July 1st and this year the country is celebrating its 150th Anniversary of Confederation.  On Saturday, Quebec Culture Specialist and Foreign Language Consultant David Graham will lead a discussion in Plattsburgh on Canadian history.  He says he will look at the country’s history from Quebec’s perspective because that province is an essential part of Canada’s history.

George Canon
Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board

Former Town of Newcomb Supervisor George Canon died earlier this month. Canon was considered a mentor, friend and icon of the Adirondacks to many in New York’s northern region.

Loon feeding chicks
Nina Schoch

Researchers keeping track of loon populations in the Adirondacks are looking for help from volunteers.

Federal Reserve Bank of NY President William Dudley
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Since 2010, representatives of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York have been making field trips to different regions across the state.  On Monday its president, William Dudley, met with Plattsburgh business leaders to discuss North Country economic issues.

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