North Country News

More than 600 people were at the Strand Theatre in Plattsburgh Tuesday evening for a community forum on the prescription opioid and heroin addiction crisis. The evening featured a guest expert on how the drugs affect the brain.

Amjad Hussain
SUNY Potsdam University Police

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman indicted a former SUNY Potsdam student Monday for hate crimes after making threats against a professor.

Plattsburgh was one of 10 communities statewide to win $10 million under the governor’s $100 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative. This afternoon, the local planning committee held an organizational meeting with the consulting team, state officials and the public to kick off the planning process.

Boreas Ponds Tract
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Earlier this year New York State finalized the purchase of the 20,758-acre Boreas Ponds Tract in the Adirondacks, completing a 69,000-acre acquisition of former Finch Pruyn lands from the Nature Conservancy. The Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an interim access plan. But environmental groups are concerned that the plan could compromise eventual classification of the land.

State of the Park 2016 cover
Photo by Carl Heilman II of Boreas Ponds and the High Peaks Wilderness / Adirondack Council

An annual report assessing policy affecting the Adirondack Park has just been issued by the Adirondack Council. This year it’s largely positive, driven by the state’s acquisition of wilderness lands and investment in the Environmental Protection Fund.

Reenactment of Culver  Hill and artillery assault on Halsey's Corners during Battle of Plattsburgh commemoration
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The annual Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration was held this past weekend to celebrate the U.S. victory over invading British forces on September 11th, 1814. Although most are aware of the pivotal battle on Lake Champlain, there were a number of land skirmishes as British forces marched south from Canada. This year the Battle of Plattsburgh used a new site to depict one of those land battles, the expansive north end of the Old Base Oval.

Plattsburgh city marina, July 2016
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The city of Plattsburgh is working on expanding its marina on the Lake Champlain waterfront. The Common Council addressed two items on its agenda Thursday night that will move the plans forward.

Plattsburgh Supervisor Michael Cashman
Michael Cashman for Plattsburgh

At the Farnborough International Air show near London in July, Norway-based Norsk Titanium announced that it had selected Plattsburgh to build the world’s first industrial scale high-technology manufacturing plant for titanium aerospace components. New York state has approved a $125 million investment in the factory and SUNY Polytechnic is working with Norsk to establish production with specialized 3D machines.
In part two of their interview, Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor Michael Cashman says he is excited to see the first of the Rapid Plasma Deposition machines already moving into temporary facilities. “I tweet a lot and I’ve been following Norsk and they just tweeted that their first piece of equipment is enroute to Plattsburgh. It’s just one more mile-marker in a very exciting journey for a first in the world type of company moving here to Plattsburgh.”

Plattsburgh Supervisor Michael Cashman
Michael Cashman for Plattsburgh

Two mausoleums in the towns of Plattsburgh and Ellenburg that had been operated by the same nonprofit company ended up under state receivership in 2015 after reports of severe neglect and abandonment. The state receivership of Whispering Maples Memorial Gardens will be transferred to the two towns at the end of the month. Repair costs alone are estimated at $146,000. Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor Michael Cashman plans to join his Ellenburg counterpart next week in Albany to meet with officials. He tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief that state officials have failed to recognize the emotional fallout Whispering Maples has caused. “I’m quite upset by the fact that New York State doesn’t take the time to understand the impact that it has on the local level.”

An Alexander Hamilton item on display at Fort Ticonderoga through October 30, 2016
Fort Ticonderoga

Items belonging to Alexander Hamilton are now on display among the 18th century military exhibits at Fort Ticonderoga.

White House Drug Policy Director Michael Botticelli will be speaking at a Vermont conference on substance abuse.

Mwanner/Wikipedia Commons

The leader of a hiking trip in the Adirondacks has been ticketed for exceeding the High Peaks group size limit after two buses dropped off 67 people to climb Algonquin Peak.

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.

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