North Country News

Last week New York 115th District Assemblywoman Janet Duprey announced she would retire at the end of her term.  The Franklin County sheriff announced Monday that he will run for the seat.

Assemblywoman Janet Duprey
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New York state Assemblywoman Janet Duprey announced her retirement Thursday morning after a 41-year political career, the last 10 in the Assembly. 

Assemblywoman Janet Duprey
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The North Country’s long-serving assemblywoman announced this morning that she will not seek reelection.

Plattsburgh City Hall
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Plattsburgh Democrats have endorsed a SUNY Plattsburgh economist as their mayoral candidate, even though his current primary residence is outside the city.

Governor Andrew Cuomo at Elk Lake
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an agreement Tuesday finalizing the purchase of 69,000 acres of land that will be added to the Adirondack forest preserve.

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New York's highest court has declined to rule on whether paddlers have a right to navigate a narrow stream on private land adjacent to a state-owned Adirondack wilderness area popular with canoeists.

From left: Cherrie Burgess (widow of Brother Yusuf), Danny Glover and Alice Green
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Danny Glover, Alice Green and Brother Yusuf Abdul-Wasi Burgess received the inaugural Spirit of John Brown Freedom Award at the John Brown Farm on Saturday.

Kent State-Jackson State memorial at SUNY Plattsburgh
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On May 4, 1970, Ohio National Guard troops opened fire on students protesting the Vietnam War at Kent State University, killing four people and wounding nine.  Eleven days later, two students were killed and 12 injured when city and state police opened fire during a protest at Jackson State College.  SUNY Plattsburgh is among a few colleges that annually commemorates those events.

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Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith is expressing doubt about whether marijuana legalization will pass this year. Smith tells The Associated Press there are several ways the measure could die. 

 

In what is good news for the Vermont Fire Academy in Pittsford, state tests for a toxic chemical in water sources on and around the site have come up with no detectable levels.

Mayor's Cup logo on tee-shirt
Logo designed by Katie Jeanette-Caska

Plattsburgh officials have outlined the schedule for this summer’s Mayor’s Cup, one of the city’s largest annual events.

Boreas Pond tract
Nature Conservancy

In 2007, The Nature Conservancy bought 161,000 acres of Adirondack land from the Finch Pruyn timber company. In 2012, New York State announced they would purchase the lands over time from the Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter.  The Nature Conservancy has now sold the final tract and transferred the deed to New York State.

Plattsburgh Mayor James Calnon
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James Calnon served as a councilor for the city of Plattsburgh before being elected mayor in November 2013. The independent mayor of Plattsburgh announced on Monday that he will seek a second term.  Calnon says he thought about it for a while and felt there is unfinished business he wants to complete.

Plattsburgh Mayor James Calnon
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Plattsburgh Mayor James Calnon announced today that he is running for re-election and will seek a second term in November.

Donald Trump campaigns in Plattsburgh Friday.
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Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump continued his campaign to win New York’s primary in Plattsburgh on Friday telling an enthusiastic crowd that he expects to win the nomination.

Donald Trump campaigns in Plattsburgh Friday.
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Republican Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump made a campaign stop in Plattsburgh Friday afternoon.

Trump Rallies In Plattsburgh, Hear Full Speech

Apr 15, 2016
Donald Trump campaigns in Plattsburgh Friday.
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The Crete Civic Center in Plattsburgh was filled with Donald Trump supporters when the GOP presidential frontrunner visited Friday afternoon. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley speaks with WAMC's Brian Shields about Trump's latest stump speech in the region.

Boreas Pond tract
Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy has sold the Boreas Ponds tract in the heart of the Adirondacks to New York state for $14.5 million.

Donald Trump at the Flynn Theatre
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Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump will make a campaign appearance in Plattsburgh ahead of the state's April 19 primary.

Stop oil trains Tee Shirt
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A coalition of environmental and municipal officials stood in a park overlooking the Saranac River and a rail trestle this morning. They announced a new effort to convince federal representatives from New York and Vermont to ban crude oil transport in order to protect Lake Champlain and the Hudson River.  

"Problems with Plastics" panel
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In the last year or so many people have become familiar with microbeads — the microscopic abrasive balls in cosmetic and other cleansing products that experts say harm the environment.  Hundreds of millions of the microbeads have been flushed into the nation’s waterways and researchers are studying their impact on fisheries and the food chain. This week, Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh taped a forum on the environmental hazards of microbeads. The scientists also pointed out that microfibers are harming the region’s waterways.

Adirondack Park sign
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The U.S. hospitality industry is reporting a decline in occupancy rates across the country over the past year.  Tourism officials in New York’s North Country region cite a snowless winter and unfavorable Canadian exchange rates for driving away winter sports enthusiasts.

Apple blossoms
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April is a month for changes.  As trees bud, the maple season ends, but apple blossoms soon emerge.  It’s a time when orchardists carefully watch the temperatures. If they drop too low while apple trees are budding, it can damage the crop. With the fluctuating temperatures over the past week, some apple growers are concerned that their trees are at risk, while others say it’s too early to wave warning flags.

Town Hall, Port Henry, NY
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Last October, the residents of Port Henry, New York approved a petition to dissolve the village. A contentious meeting was held last night to discuss the dissolution plan.

U.S. and Canadian flags
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The Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce has analyzed the volume of traffic traversing the U.S.-Canada border at Champlain to determine whether the exchange rate is having an impact on people traveling south.

Bus rollover , Minerva, NY
NYS Police

Authorities say several people suffered minor injuries after a commercial bus crashed and overturned during a snowstorm Monday morning in the Adirondack Mountains.

Andrew Wylie
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Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie has announced that rather than seek a judge’s position in this year’s election, he will run for re-election next year.

The Capitol
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After all-night negotiations and voting, New York has a budget for the fiscal year that began today.

District Attorney Andrew Wylie
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The District Attorney that led prosecutions in the wake of the escape of David Sweat and Richard Matt from the Clinton Correctional facility last summer plans to run for re-election.

The $35 million Essex County Jail and Public Safety Building houses the county’s jail,  911 center and other public safety services including the sheriff and state police.  Now, a committee of the county Board of Supervisors has approved $63,000 to repair a problem that has been plaguing the facility since it opened less than 9 years ago.

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