North Country News

Old railroad cars on tracks outside of North Creek
Protect the Adirondacks

Some Adirondack environmental organizations are raising concerns over a plan by a railroad to store unused rail cars along tracks it leases in Warren Country.  The environmentalists say leaving the boxcars would degrade the wilderness stability and beauty of the Adirondacks.

A series of panoramic maps of the proposed rail trail was displayed during the meeting
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A New York State judge has derailed a plan for a proposed rail trail in the Adirondacks.

Major Charles Guess (retired)
NYS Police

On June 6, 2015 two convicted murderers escaped from the maximum security prison at Dannemora.  The search for David Sweat and Richard Matt fell under the jurisdiction of New York State Police Troop B, commanded by Major Charles Guess.  Now retired, he has written a book about the 23-day manhunt.  In this second part of an interview, he recounts his first walkthrough of the prison with Governor Andrew Cuomo on the first day of the search.

hydropower dam
wikipedia.org

The Republican Policy Committee is an advisory group to GOP members in the U.S. House.  Its two task forces, law enforcement and millennials, assess policy issues that could lead to legislation.  For the past couple of years, the Millennial Task Force has been looking at young people in the workplace and how they are affecting the economy.  Chaired by northern New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of the 21st district, the panel held a hearing Monday on the challenges and opportunities for millennials in the hydropower industry.

Relentless Pursuit book cover
Major Charles Guess (retired)

It captured the nation’s attention for nearly a month and kept everyone in Northern New York and Vermont on tenterhooks during the summer of 2015.  On June 6th, two convicted killers escaped from the maximum security prison at Dannemora.  Fugitives Richard Matt and David Sweat eluded searchers for weeks as reporters from around the world fixed a spotlight on the Shawshank-esque getaway.

What was it like to be the person in charge of the largest search ever conducted in the state?  New York State Police Major Charles Guess was the commander of Troop B Headquarters, and it fell upon him to lead the massive undertaking.  Now retired, he has written Relentless Pursuit, a book about those 23 days.  In the first of a two-part interview, Guess says he was encouraged to write the book by his wife Elinor as an insider’s comprehensive record of events.

Brian Barrett
Brian Barrett/Facebool

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
photo provided

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
photo provided

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.

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