North Country News

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The Plattsburgh Common Council took public comments on the proposed city budget last night.  Most comments focused on two recent items the body addressed.

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After weeks of outcry by some alumni and current students, officials at Paul Smith’s College have decided not to challenge a judge’s decision preventing the college from changing its name. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, a large donation tied to the name change has been withdrawn.

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Officials at Paul Smiths College have decided not to challenge a judge’s decision preventing the college from changing its name.

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The Essex County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing Monday on the possibility they may exceed the New York state-mandated tax cap of .73 percent for 2016.

Canadian voters have ended nearly a decade of conservative leadership under Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Liberals will form a majority government under the leadership of Justin Trudeau.  As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the election has been observed closely by political and business interests near New York’s border.

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A  55-million dollar expansion and renovation at the Plattsburgh International Airport  will  more than triple the size of the existing terminal.  Airport officials today gave tours to community officials and the media, showing the progress of the expansion, which is now in Phase Two. 

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Clinton, Franklin, and Essex Counties are the latest in New York to join Operation Lifesaver – an effort by law enforcement agencies to use technology to speed search and rescue operations.  This afternoon, sheriffs’ departments from the three counties demonstrated the technology that they hope will save lives. 

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A plan by the city of Montreal to release raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River is raising concerns south of the border in New York.  U.S. Senator Charles Schumer recently joined the debate, asking the State Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to stop the city’s plan.

A feasibility study has been released that assesses the extension of the Saranac River Trail from downtown Plattsburgh 26 miles to link neighboring towns.  Planners say it could be an economic boost to the region and are seeking public input on the plan.

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Construction work will begin this week on a northern New York border crossing.

Former 23rd district Representative Bill Owens has returned the balance of his congressional office budget to the treasury.

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Senator Charles Schumer wants federal agencies to work with Canadian officials to stop the city of Montreal's plan to dump of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River.  But a former Congressman says the U.S has no jurisdiction in the issue.

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Senator Charles Schumer is asking United States environmental regulators to work with Canadian officials to stop the city of Montreal's plan to dump 2 billion liters of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River.

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In January, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an Upstate Revitalization Initiative through Regional Economic Development Councils as a separate competition for development monies in upstate regions. The Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mid-Hudson Valley, Mohawk Valley, North Country and Southern Tier are competing to be one of three REDC’s to receive up to $500 million from the Upstate Revitalization Initiative.  The proposals were due at Empire State Development on Monday.  Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Garry Douglas, co-chair of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, explains to WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that they’re calling their initiative “Ignite”.

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After years of debate, planning and fierce competition for coveted licenses, the medical marijuana era has arrived in New York. One of the companies, Etain, held an open house to show off its facility. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley went along.

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As New York state nears a final decision on the fate of a 119-mile rail corridor through the Adirondacks, owners of a new tourist attraction are fighting plans to convert part of the corridor to a multi-use trail.

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A Paul Smith’s College student has been arrested for making threats against the campus through social media.

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The winter sports sliding venue that's home ice for the U.S. luge, bobsled, and skeleton teams is set to open.

A New York grand jury is expected to hear evidence in a fatal car crash involving a state trooper that killed a 33-year-old upstate woman.

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A New York judge has denied a college's petition to add benefactor Joan Weill to its name, citing the will of the founding donor.

A New York judge has denied a college's petition to add benefactor Joan Weill to its name, citing the will of the founding donor.

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State forest rangers are battling a growing wild fire in the eastern Adirondack woods that has scorched about 100 acres since an unattended campfire sparked the blaze over the weekend.

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A former New York prison worker who helped two murderers escape from a maximum-security lockup has been sentenced to up to seven years behind bars.

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Twenty years ago, an event that many believed signaled the death knell for the Plattsburgh region occurred.  The Plattsburgh Air Force Base was officially closed and decommissioned at the end of September 1995. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks back.

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The Adirondack Council has released its annual report assessing actions by governmental leaders and agencies toward the Adirondack Park. 

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A former New York prison worker who helped two murderers escape from a maximum-security lockup says she played along when they talked about their plan and never intended to pick them up.

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A dam that provided an iconic view of the Adirondack High Peaks is being dismantled.  While some environmentalists say removal of the Marcy Dam will be good for the ecosystem, others are disappointed to see it go.

Across our region, communities have been rethinking their relationship with their bodies of water. Last night, the city of Plattsburgh held a public information session on a plan to create a two-and-a-half mile multi-season recreation trail along the Saranac River in the center city area.

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Although the unemployment rate in New York’s North Country remains above the statewide average, businesses are hiring.  In Plattsburgh this afternoon dozens of companies have been participating in a job fair seeking qualified employees.

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The SUNY Plattsburgh community paused at noon today to remember the events of 9-11, and to remember two alumni that died when the twin towers collapsed.

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