North Country News

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
Pat Bradley/WAMC

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
Pat Bradley/WAMC

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
Pat Bradley/WAMC

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
Pat Bradley/WAMC

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
Pat Bradley/WAMC

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
Enesse Bhé/Wikimedia Commons

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
Flanker/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

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
Pat Bradley/WAMC

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
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

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

District Attorney Andrew Wylie
Pat Bradley/WAMC

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.

Lakeside Apartment flooding, Spring 2011
Pat Bradley/WAMC

In the spring of 2011, Lake Champlain reached record high levels and historic flooding occurred.  In Plattsburgh, a low-income housing complex along the lakeshore was condemned.  On Monday, the Plattsburgh City Planning Board approved plans to redevelop the 3-point-3 acre property.

Adirondack Park sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Department of Environmental Conservation announced the final management plan for 18,000 acres of northern Adirondack forest land in Franklin County on Monday.

Olympic Center, Lake Placid
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Quebec City's mayor is investigating the possibility of a bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics, and has reached out to officials in Lake Placid regarding use of the region's facilities.

New York's highest court will decide a case pitting landowners' property rights against the public's right to paddle down a stream through private land.

The Republican incumbent in New York’s northern-most state Assembly district has a Democratic challenger for her seat.

Stefanik with school officials
Pat Bradley/WAMC

With a three-way race in Northern New York’s 21st congressional district, the candidates have been taking to the trail. Recently, the incumbent Republican and Democratic challenger held events within miles of each other.

Adirondack Park Agency headquarters
Mwanner at en.wikipedia

An Adirondack Park Agency commissioner is criticizing the Cuomo administration, saying the New York governor has exerted undue influence over decisions made at the agency, placing forest protections at risk.

Hot Cities tour banner
McGill University Desautels Faculty of Management

Every year, the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University in Montreal assesses emerging economic areas around the globe.  They then take about 40 students, alumni and faculty to an area pinpointed as experiencing the strongest growth. This year’s “Hot Cities” tour has just returned from three cities in Latin America.

In 2014, northern New York’s 21st Congressional District race was for an open seat as then-Democratic incumbent Bill Owens announced he would retire from his seat.  Republican Elise Stefanik became the youngest women ever elected to the House by defeating two opponents: Democrat Aaron Woolf and Green Matt Funiciello.  Funiciello surprised many by taking nearly 11 percent of the vote. Funiciello tells WAMC that he is excited to be running for the Congressional seat once again.

Roaring Brook Falls
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The  12-year-old boy killed by a falling boulder while visiting a waterfall in New York's Adirondack Mountains has been identified.

Tim Clukey with Recycled Rags album
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A SUNY Plattsburgh professor has recorded a new album — but it’s anything but contemporary.  His renditions of late 19th and early 20th century ragtime purposely avoid modernizing and orchestrating the tracks so that you get the true feel of the original music.

Agri-Mark and Empire State Development announced Thursday that nearly $30 million will be invested in the company’s Northern New York cheese manufacturing plant.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Office of the Canadian Prime Minister

In November, Justin Trudeau was sworn in as Prime Minister of Canada after defeating Stephen Harper in a surprise landslide.  Relations between the U.S. and the former Canadian leader had been lukewarm and cross-border visits by the heads of state were rare.  But that may be changing.  Prime Minister Trudeau will travel to Washington this week for a state visit.  Former North Country New York Congressman Bill Owens was co-chair of the congressional Northern Border Caucus while in office.  He currently is an advisor on cross border commerce and policy.  Owens, who will attend the opening reception for Trudeau in Washington, discussed the importance of the visit to WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Map of Remsen-Lake Placid travel corridor
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

The Preservation League of New York State has placed a controversial rail to trail project in the Adirondacks supported by the state on its list of historic properties the group says must be saved.

Lake Placid Olympic skating rink
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Although it has been a mostly mild season, the third Adirondack Winter Challenge was held Sunday in Lake Placid.  The event was created by Governor Andrew Cuomo to promote North Country winter tourism opportunities. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley checked out some of the activities.

Photo of former Assemblywoman Janet Duprey
NYS Assembly

The Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce held its annual breakfast forum on Friday.  During the proceedings, officials unveiled the results of their annual issues survey of members.  The results show that 93 percent believe if implemented, a $15 minimum wage would eliminate jobs and harm the state’s economy. The survey came out the same week Governor Andrew Cuomo has been barnstorming the state promoting the $15 minimum wage, one of his key agenda priorities during this legislative session.  Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, a Republican, says the wage proposal is an overriding issue for businesses across the 115th district.

Assembly members at Chamber legislative breakfast
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce held its annual legislative breakfast this morning.  The overriding issue capturing businesses’ attention is the governor’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.