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Pressure grows on Cuomo to hire more Adirondack forest rangers

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 10/07/2018 - 22:00
The fall foliage in the Adirondack Mountains is radiant right now. That means more visitors flocking to trails and campgrounds. There’s a growing call for the Cuomo administration to hire more forest rangers to help manage the growing number of hikers and to help keep people safe in the back country. State officials are pushing back, arguing that there are already enough boots on the ground to get the job done.
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Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins on why he should be governor

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 10/07/2018 - 22:00
Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins, a retired UPS worker from Syracuse, and former Vietnam war protester, is running for governor for the third time, challenging popular incumbent Andrew Cuomo from the left.
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North Country at Work: Dinner and dancing at MacAleese's Park Restaurant in Cranberry Lake

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 10/07/2018 - 22:00
The MacAleeses were one of the founding families of Cranberry Lake. In the 1800s, William J. MacAleese came to America from Ireland and worked for the Canton Lumber Company. He eventually took over the Mountain House, a hotel that served a large number of hunters.
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Photos: CityFolk, 25 years later and still going strong

North Country Public Radio - Fri, 10/05/2018 - 22:00
The 2018 edition of CityFolk (formerly the Ottawa Folk Festival) recently celebrated its milestone anniversary edition in style, paying homage to 25 years of great music and NCPR was there last month.
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UVM students protest Kavanaugh nomination

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 22:00
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) About 1,000 University of Vermont students and some faculty are protesting the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Gov. Scott tried to keep magazine limits out of new gun law

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 22:00
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont Gov. Phil Scott says he asked lawmakers to leave gun magazine limits out of a series of gun regulations that were signed into law in April.
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JFK Airport will get 2 new terminals in $13B transformation

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 22:00
NEW YORK (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says John F. Kennedy International Airport will go from an aging facility into a world-class air travel hub in a seven-year, $13 billion transformation.
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It's official: Frontier Town reopens as Adirondack "hub" destination

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 22:00
New York’s Environment commissioner Basil Seggos was in the Adirondacks yesterday cutting the ribbon at the newly reopened Frontier Town in Essex County. State officials have transformed the long-abandoned theme park, which closed in the 1990s. They’ve build a new campground and day-use area They hope the new Frontier Town will be a ‘jumping off’ point for visitors to the Park.
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Westport, Elizabethtown residents to decide on school merger

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 22:00
Next week, two communities in the Adirondacks will decide whether to move forward with a proposed merger of their schools. Westport Central and Elizabethtown-Lewis Central districts in Essex County are both facing serious budget challenges. A study commissioned by the districts found that consolidating would save money, bring in lots of state aid, and could ease the burden on taxpayers. But it's contentious, and the proposal faces an uphill battle.
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Cuomo considers Working Families Party endorsement

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 22:00
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he hasn't decided whether to accept the nomination of the Working Families Party in the race for governor. The party previously backed actor Cynthia Nixon after a bitter split in the progressive-leaning minor party.
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Preview: "The Tavern" at Pickens Hall in Heuvelton

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 22:00
The third floor at historic Pickens Hall in Heuvelton will be transformed into a place to eat, drink and find out who done it this weekend. The Grasse River Players will present "The Tavern" by George M. Cohan - the man who composed “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” It's a melodrama-spoof-mystery with outrageous characters, boos and hisses from the audience, and old-fashioned handmade sound effects like thunder. Performances are tonight and Saturday at 7 pm, and a Saturday afternoon performance at 3 pm. George M. Cohan songs will be performed at intermission. Todd Moe caught up with cast member Morgan Hastings, and co-directors Carole Berard and Elaine Kuracina.
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This weekend in the Adirondacks, 10/5/18

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 22:00
The leaves are at midpoint in their change around the region, with peak and near peak foliage at higher elevations and throughout the Central Adirondacks. Peak color reaches the periphery of the Adirondack Park over the next couple weeks, ending along the Lake George and Lake Champlain valleys.
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NY officials take action against invasive spotted lanternfly

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York officials are enacting a quarantine on movement into the state of landscaping debris and other items from four states impacted by a new invasive insect called the spotted lanternfly.
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Officials look to pesticide to save trees from ash borer

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 22:00
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) Rutland city officials say they may be able to save some ash trees as they prepare for an infestation of the invasive emerald ash borer.
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NY21: Stefanik and Cobb spar over environment

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 22:00
We're a month away from the mid-term election. Beginning today we're going to look at some of the major issues shaping the North Country's fiercely contested House race starting with the environment.
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Cook Political Report says NY21 race growing more competitive

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 22:00
One of the most respected political think-tanks in the U.S. says the North Country's House race is getting more competitive. The Cook Political Report yesterday shifted the 21st House district from a rating of "solid Republican" to a less confident rating of "likely Republican."
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St. Lawrence County lawmakers hail budget turnaround

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 22:00
St. Lawrence County lawmakers are praising the proposed county budget for next year. It decreases the tax rate, boosts the fund balance, and even adds about five new jobs. And all in an election year.
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Why are bats so nimble in flight?

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 22:00
Bats are remarkably agile in flight, even more so than birds. How do they do that? Martha Foley and Curt Stager discuss the aerobatic anatomy of bats.
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Tri-Lakes Takes: State places sex offenders in facilities for the disabled

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 22:00
News outlets in the Capital Region reported recently that the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, is moving registered sex offenders into its group homes. Families of the other disabled people living in those homes have raised protests - so have some lawmakers - but this particular practice is old news in Tupper Lake, home of the state’s Sunmount developmental center.
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NY to allow body scanners in prisons

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state will allow body scanners in prisons in an effort to prevent inmates from hiding weapons.
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