North Country News

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New details have emerged about the daring prison escape that captivated our region for nearly a month. New York Times reporter William Rashbaum has published a comprehensive look at how convicted murderers David Sweat and Richard Matt broke out of Clinton Correctional Facility June 6, leading to a massive 23-day manhunt that ended with Matt shot dead and Sweat wounded and in custody. Rashbaum is a senior writer with the Times.

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For nearly a decade, the Common Ground Alliance has held a one-day annual forum in the central Adirondacks.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has a wrap-up of Wednesday’s meeting in Long Lake.

Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve

An Adirondack advocacy group has issued a new report critical of the Adirondack Park Agency and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s management of the park. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the DEC is disputing the findings.

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In March, Plattsburgh’s mayor appointed a citizens’ commission to draft changes to the city charter.  But with the deadline for ballot proposals looming, the mayor is now concerned that what the group is crafting will confuse voters.

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NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was at one of the legal aid offices that provide free assistance to struggling homeowners in Plattsburgh Monday to discuss state programs that help distressed homeowners
avoid foreclosure.

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The New York State DEC has proposed a snowmobile trail plan in the central Adirondacks.  The issue was up for approval at Thursday’s Adirondack Park Agency meeting.

Lake Champlain Basin Program

Every three years the Lake Champlain Basin Program releases a report assessing the quality of Lake Champlain’s waters.  The latest report indicates that despite continued efforts to lower phosphorus levels, they continue to increase.

A new exhibit opened at the Wild Center this past weekend.  North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the Natural History Museum in Tupper Lake as the ribbon was cut on the Wild Walk.

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 Steven Racette, the former superintendent of Clinton Correctional Facility is planning to retire at the end of the month.

Congress is in recess for the Fourth of July holiday.  21st Congressional District representative Republican Elise Stefanik has been traveling across her 12-county district attending various functions.  On Saturday she helped cut the ribbon to a new elevated trail at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake.  North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley caught up with Stefanik to discuss several issues, including her impression of the Wild Walk.