North Country News

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Two Canadian hikers lost in the Adirondack High Peaks spent a frigid night in the snowy wilderness before being rescued by rangers.

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Though they were overshadowed by news of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s arrest, members of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s cabinet fanned out across the state to present his budget directly to community leaders today. In Plattsburgh this afternoon, the Director of Veterans Affairs outlined the budget’s North Country highlights. 

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Like many other cities in our region, Plattsburgh is taking a long look at how the city runs. A committee of city residents will assess Plattsburgh’s Charter and recommend changes to the more than 100-year-old document. They met for the first time Monday night.


The state Department of Environmental Conservation is taking public comments on plans to modify a dam on the Saranac River a few miles upstream from Lake Champlain.

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Republican Elise Stefanik, the youngest woman ever to serve in Congress at the age of 30, held a ceremonial swearing-in Saturday in her home district in northern New York.

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The youngest woman ever to serve in Congress held a ceremonial swearing in  Saturday in her home district in northern New York.

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The Essex County Board of Supervisors was sworn in on Monday and they chose Randy Douglas to chair the group for an unprecedented sixth time.

Mario Cuomo
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As New York mourns the 52nd governor, Mario Cuomo, who died Thursday at 82, people in the North Country are remembering his love of the Adirondacks and his efforts to protect the region.

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First-time officeholder New York Democrat Bill Owens entered Congress after winning a special election in November 2009 when his predecessor, Republican John McHugh, was appointed Secretary of the Army.  The 65-year old Owens was the first Democrat to represent the 16,000-square mile district since the Civil War era. Last January, he announced he would retire from his seat.  In this first part of a two-part series, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley talks with Owens about his House experience and future plans.

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Plattsburgh city councilors approved the 2015 budget last night. But first they debated whether a new job should be added to the recreation department.