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Plattsburgh in talks with state, federal officials about relief for flood victims

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 22:00
Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read says he's working with Governor Cuomo's office to help residents of a flooded mobile home park in the city. More than 40 families who lived in Underwood Estates are still displaced because of an ice jam and flooding on the Saranac River this month. So far, the city hasn't identified any federal or state aid to help the victims. But the mayor hopes a state temporary housing fund is coming soon.
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Cuomo's economic development chair defends programs

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 22:00
The head of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's economic development programs said he doesn't think federal corruption trials now taking place will have any effect on the projects.
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Eastern cougar declared extinct, removed from endangered species list

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 01/28/2018 - 22:00
Federal officials say they're pulling the eastern cougar off the endangered species list. Scientists say the big cats that roamed the eastern U.S. and Canada for thousands of years actually went extinct decades ago.
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Lake Placid celebrating Winter Olympic heritage in February

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 01/28/2018 - 22:00
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) Lake Placid is celebrating its Olympic heritage throughout February.
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Annual Vermont Farm Show returns to Essex Junction this week

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 01/28/2018 - 22:00
ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) The annual Vermont Farm Show takes place this week with exhibits, equipment, animals, and Vermont foods and products.
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Four decades after the 1980 Olympics, North Country still a winter sport powerhouse

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 01/28/2018 - 22:00
The Winter Olympics begin in less than two weeks, with the opening ceremonies in South Korea on February 9th. We're previewing the roster of athletes, a dozen in all, who will represent the Adirondack North Country region in Pyeonchang.
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North Country at Work: a look inside Tupper Lake's state-of-the-art Police Department

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 01/28/2018 - 22:00
Over the past 25 years, technology has drastically changed the way law enforcement officers do their job. Those changes have made their way from big city police departments to the small-town forces here in northern New York. Computers, video cameras and cellphones are just some of the tools that officers at the Tupper Lake Police Department use to keep law and order in their village deep in the Adirondack Park.
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Three Northeastern governors sue over SALT

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 01/28/2018 - 22:00
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut said they intend to soon file a multi-state lawsuit against the federal tax overhaul law over the partial loss of the deduction of state and local taxes.
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Three Northeastern governors sue over SALT

North Country Public Radio - Sat, 01/27/2018 - 22:00
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut said they intend to soon file a multi-state lawsuit against the federal tax overhaul law over the partial loss of the deduction of state and local taxes.
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Art that make you go "Whaaa?"

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 22:00
NCPR's Artwork of the Day feature is fed from two wellsprings: works submitted by individual makers, and works that are part of publicity materials from arts and performance venues in the region. Every imaginable style and medium has been displayed in our site over the years. But among my favorite selections are those that make me say, "Whaaa?"
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State unveils Boreas plan, setting stage for massive new High Peaks wilderness

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 22:00
After months of backroom negotiations, the Cuomo administration yesterday unveiled plans for managing the Boreas Ponds tract in Essex County. The plan, which will likely be approved next month by the Adirondack Park Agency, drew praise from local government leaders and environmental groups. It will mean more road and snowmobile access than some green groups wanted. But it also sets the stage for a massive new High Peaks wilderness complex.
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Underwood Estates residents salvage their belongings, trailers

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 22:00
The cleanup continues at a flooded mobile home community in Plattsburgh. Police and emergency crews are gone for the most part, and residents of Underwood Estates are salvaging what's left of their homes and belongings.Howard LaBombard has lived in the park for three years. He said a lot of his neighbors are helping each other.
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Critics speak out against Plattsburgh's downtown revitalization plan

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 22:00
In Plattsburgh, a small group of critics are starting to speak out about the city's revitalization plan. The city won a $10-million state grant for the downtown. The largest portion will go towards a mixed-use city center with green space. But according to the city's own report, that idea wasn't popular during the planning process. And now, some people are scrambling to stop it and suggest some alternatives.
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New York offers $250 million to help fix local bridges

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Communities around New York state will soon be eligible to apply for $250 million to help replace and repair local bridges.
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NY state dispatches assessment teams to upstate ice jams

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State officials are dispatching assessment teams to several dozen ice jams throughout upstate New York to prepare for potential flooding when temperatures rise this weekend.
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NY to keep Medicaid benefits for young immigrants

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York will continue to provide Medicaid benefits to people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children - no matter what officials in Washington do with the program that protected them from deportation.
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Papermaking, bookbinding reflect artist Velma Bolyard's life philosophy

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 22:00
St. Lawrence County artist Velma Bolyard has been a well-known papermaker and book artist for many years. From her studio in an old farm house in North Russell, she has traveled around the world teaching book arts, papermaking, and fiber arts.As a BOCES special education teacher, she used handmade paper and books to help her students learn skills, build confidence, and sometimes as healing tools. Her paper and fiber work often reflects her home and the local countryside - the landscapes, wildlife, plants and climate. And after decades of learning and teaching, Velma Bolyard hasn't tired of working with fiber to make paper. It's hard to get a teacher to stop teaching, so when asked, she invited Todd Moe to visit her studio to find out how her passion for papermaking, book arts, weaving, and working with textiles has evolved.
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This weekend in the Adirondacks

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 22:00
There is a chance of snow and rain showers throughout the weekend, so check the weather before heading out. Summit wind chill temperatures are expected to be mostly in the single digits to near zero.
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Unsafe water a common problem for Canada's First Nations

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 22:00
Indigenous communities are spread across Canada. Some are remote; others are close to the U.S. border. But many have something in common - unsafe drinking water.At the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve, about 10 men are gathered in a classroom in the Haudenosaunee community center. The older men are teaching younger ones some traditions. On this day, they're learning about a funeral ritual. But soon, Leroy Hill shifts the conversation to a new topic - water.
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Farm Bureau sets legislative priorities in tough times

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 22:00
2017 was another tough year for farmers in New York, especially dairy farmers. And the state's largest farm lobbying group is looking for help from Albany.
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