Joanna Richards http://wrvo.org en BP killing Cape Vincent Wind Farm http://wrvo.org/post/bp-killing-cape-vincent-wind-farm <p></p><p>After battling local residents for years, energy company BP says it’s killing its proposal for the Cape Vincent Wind Farm. Some of the project’s most vocal critics are dancing on its grave.</p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 00:58:24 +0000 Joanna Richards 51956 at http://wrvo.org BP killing Cape Vincent Wind Farm Army officers anxious as they await word of cuts http://wrvo.org/post/army-officers-anxious-they-await-word-cuts <p></p><p>In any company town, when the major employer is planning layoffs, people get worried. How will they earn a living if they lose their job? How will they remake their identity?</p><p>This is the picture for many Army officers stationed at Fort Drum. By early summer, some will find out they have to go.</p><p>It’s part of an overall downsizing of the military as the war in Afghanistan winds down. Evaluations this spring will determine whether some officers can stay in the service.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 11:44:38 +0000 Joanna Richards 51614 at http://wrvo.org Army officers anxious as they await word of cuts United Way donations down, looking to St. Lawrence County for help http://wrvo.org/post/united-way-donations-down-looking-st-lawrence-county-help <div><p></p>The United Way is one of America’s largest charitable organizations, helping to sustain thousands of small nonprofits that in turn help millions of people.&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But the Northern New York chapter of the United Way is in need of some help itself. Its mid-year fundraising totals show significant declines in giving from last year in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.&nbsp;</span></div><div> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 11:51:42 +0000 Joanna Richards 50839 at http://wrvo.org United Way donations down, looking to St. Lawrence County for help Fort Drum among four locations to be studied for East Coast missile defense site http://wrvo.org/post/fort-drum-among-four-locations-be-studied-east-coast-missile-defense-site <p></p><p>The Defense Department has named Fort Drum as one of four military installations to house a possible East Coast missile defense facility.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 50776 at http://wrvo.org Fort Drum among four locations to be studied for East Coast missile defense site Syracuse professor building case against Syrian human rights abusers http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-professor-building-case-against-syrian-human-rights-abusers <p>A few weeks ago, David Crane got a call. The Syracuse University law professor was asked to join a team who would be examining a collection of tens of thousands of gruesome photographs. They appeared to show widespread torture and killings at detention facilities run by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s government.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two days later, Crane was in the Middle East, with two other former war crimes prosecutors and forensics experts, poring over the images and interviewing the man who took them.</span></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:16:40 +0000 Joanna Richards 50616 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse professor building case against Syrian human rights abusers Watertown Stream call center's parent company selling to rival http://wrvo.org/post/watertown-stream-call-centers-parent-company-selling-rival <p></p><p>The Stream Global Services call center in Watertown will change hands when its parent company is bought by a rival, <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/06/us-stream-convergys-deal-idUSBREA0512B20140106">according to Reuters</a>. It’s not clear what effect that might have on the 700 employees who work there.</p><p>Don Alexander heads the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency. He says Stream’s significance to the area’s economy can’t be overstated and the company has been a good employer.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:08:40 +0000 Joanna Richards 49734 at http://wrvo.org Stranded drivers find welcome at Jefferson County hotels, homes http://wrvo.org/post/stranded-drivers-find-welcome-jefferson-county-hotels-homes <p>The last portions of Route 81 between Watertown and North Syracuse are open again, after lake-effect storms closed much of the highway down.<br /><br />Through the storms, hardy North Country natives have been helping stranded travelers. Many people spent last night in fire halls - the one in Adams took in 150 people. Watertown hotels right off the Interstate 81 exit were full, of both drivers and staff who couldn't get out, either.</p><p></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 21:45:24 +0000 Joanna Richards 49655 at http://wrvo.org Stranded drivers find welcome at Jefferson County hotels, homes Winter crows invade Watertown http://wrvo.org/post/winter-crows-invade-watertown <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Every winter, Alfred Hitchcock's classic horror movie, “The Birds” gets a replay in Watertown. But not on the silver screen. Thousands of crows fly in from the countryside to roost overnight. The city's trying to evict them.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 01:40:26 +0000 Joanna Richards 47000 at http://wrvo.org Winter crows invade Watertown Fall in Pulaski brings thousands of salmon, and fishermen out to catch them http://wrvo.org/post/fall-pulaski-brings-thousands-salmon-and-fishermen-out-catch-them <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Each fall, thousands of salmon swim upstream along the Salmon River and nearby creeks, trying to return to the state's Salmon River Fish Hatchery in </span>Altmar<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, where they were born. The fish head home to spawn. But they face a gauntlet of fisherman in the waterways around Pulaski, drawn by the fishes' large sizes and numbers. In this audio postcard, Joanna Richards spoke with local Pulaski resident and 30-year-fisherman Jose Fernandez along a small stream, where he was stalking salmon and escaping the crowd.</span></p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 21:08:37 +0000 Joanna Richards 46036 at http://wrvo.org Fall in Pulaski brings thousands of salmon, and fishermen out to catch them Local food craze hits booze market, too http://wrvo.org/post/local-food-craze-hits-booze-market-too <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">The local food trend in the North Country is starting to fill a new niche: alcoholic beverages. And not only are brewers and winemakers crafting their products there, but they're also taking advantage of the rural region to double the local appeal, with homegrown ingredients. Several of these businesses just opened in Jefferson County.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:10:05 +0000 Joanna Richards 46303 at http://wrvo.org Local food craze hits booze market, too Public helps shape state study on health patterns near Air Brake site http://wrvo.org/post/public-helps-shape-state-study-health-patterns-near-air-brake-site <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 0.07in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: normal;">Earlier this week, a researcher from the state Health Department met with Watertown residents from the neighborhood near the New York Air Brake plant. The Health Department has agreed to study the area’s disease patterns because residents suspect that pollution from the plant has made people sick.</span></p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 00:57:33 +0000 Joanna Richards 46094 at http://wrvo.org Public helps shape state study on health patterns near Air Brake site UPDATE: North Country Children's Clinic gets last-minute rescue http://wrvo.org/post/update-north-country-childrens-clinic-gets-last-minute-rescue <p></p><p>A last-minute deal was struck Thursday to rescue a long-standing health care safety net for needy north country children. The North Country Children&#39;s Clinic in Watertown <strong><a href="http://wrvo.org/post/childrens-clinic-closes-temporarily-under-financial-hardship">announced Tuesday</a></strong> that it would close suddenly, at the end of the week, because of dire financial problems. Now, the clinic has gotten at least another month of life.</p><p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 04:05:47 +0000 Joanna Richards 45491 at http://wrvo.org UPDATE: North Country Children's Clinic gets last-minute rescue Children's Clinic closes temporarily under financial hardship http://wrvo.org/post/childrens-clinic-closes-temporarily-under-financial-hardship <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">When Dan Wasneechak took the helm of the North Country Children&#39;s Clinic in August, he had no idea that less than two months into his tenure, he&#39;d be announcing its temporary closure. But he did that yesterday afternoon, after a frantic week of trying to sort out the clinic&#39;s finances to keep it running.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 05:55:29 +0000 Joanna Richards 45366 at http://wrvo.org Children's Clinic closes temporarily under financial hardship Fort Drum civilian workers hit with furloughs, again http://wrvo.org/post/fort-drum-civilian-workers-hit-furloughs-again <p></p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 11:40:27 +0000 Joanna Richards 45042 at http://wrvo.org Fort Drum civilian workers hit with furloughs, again U.S. Defense Secretary calls for military security reviews http://wrvo.org/post/us-defense-secretary-calls-military-security-reviews <p></p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 10:26:43 +0000 Joanna Richards 44807 at http://wrvo.org Sequester may mean more cutbacks at Fort Drum http://wrvo.org/post/sequester-may-mean-more-cutbacks-fort-drum <p>Fort Drum may be facing personnel cutbacks as a result of the federal budget reductions known as sequestration. The post submitted recommendations to the Department of the Army about how it would want to make the cuts, if needed. &nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 04:17:02 +0000 Joanna Richards 44318 at http://wrvo.org Sequester may mean more cutbacks at Fort Drum Rally against NY SAFE Act draws crowd in Lewis County http://wrvo.org/post/rally-against-ny-safe-act-draws-crowd-lewis-county <p>People climbed up the bleachers in the grandstand at the Lewis County Fairgrounds in Lowville on Saturday for a rally opposing the New York SAFE Act. More than 400 people turned out to condemn the controversial package of gun control measures passed by the state Legislature in January.</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:49:08 +0000 Joanna Richards 39685 at http://wrvo.org Rally against NY SAFE Act draws crowd in Lewis County VA Secretary Shinseki helps celebrate anniversary of medical center http://wrvo.org/post/va-secretary-shinseki-helps-celebrate-anniversary-medical-center <p>Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is in Syracuse today to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the city's VA Medical Center.<br><br>Yesterday, he met with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and other community leaders who advocate for veterans for a round table discussion at Fowler High school about how to improve veterans' employment prospects.<br><br>Shinseki says veterans need to boost their job-seeking skills, but employers need to develop a better understanding of the value veterans can offer their businesses.<br> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 13:06:05 +0000 Joanna Richards 39543 at http://wrvo.org Clayton Hotel development underway http://wrvo.org/post/clayton-hotel-development-underway <p>A big redevelopment project is getting underway in the village of Clayton. The first pieces of equipment have been at work on the former Frink Snowplow Factory site in recent weeks. This represents the beginning of an aggressive construction schedule that aims to bring the Clayton Harbor Hotel to life by Memorial Day 2014.<br><br>Kristi Dippel, head of the Clayton Local Development Corporation, says it's gratifying to see all the planning on the project coming to fruition.<br><br>"After over 10 years that this has been in the making, and we finally have activity on site, it's definitely the talk on the street, it's the talk of the town. People are very excited to see something happening over there," she said. Fri, 31 May 2013 12:31:31 +0000 Joanna Richards 38693 at http://wrvo.org Father, daughter Fort Drum soldiers will deploy together to Afghanistan http://wrvo.org/post/father-daughter-fort-drum-soldiers-will-deploy-together-afghanistan <p>An unusual pair of “battle buddies” is about to deploy to Afghanistan from Fort Drum. Michael and Miranda Mogg are a father-daughter pair of soldiers with the 10<sup>th</sup> Combat Aviation Brigade of the Army's 10<sup>th</sup> Mountain Division. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:38:28 +0000 Joanna Richards 36776 at http://wrvo.org Father, daughter Fort Drum soldiers will deploy together to Afghanistan Soldiers say Army instills reverence, respect for weapons http://wrvo.org/post/soldiers-say-army-instills-reverence-respect-weapons-0 <p>Speaking to soldiers about firearms, no matter what their individual views are on gun control, one thing becomes clear: they take them seriously.</p><p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 09:03:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 33012 at http://wrvo.org Soldiers say Army instills reverence, respect for weapons Schumer may play key role in Hagel nomination http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-may-play-key-role-hagel-nomination <p>New York's Senator Charles Schumer is emerging as a key player in the controversial nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the Obama administration's next defense secretary. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:49:13 +0000 Joanna Richards 31858 at http://wrvo.org Information technology improves health care in the North Country http://wrvo.org/post/information-technology-improves-health-care-north-country <p>While lots of industries turned to information technology long ago to improve efficiency, accuracy and collaboration, until now, health care has lagged behind. Now, a big project has aimed to leverage IT in the health care in the state’s rural North Country. &nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 11:11:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 30574 at http://wrvo.org Information technology improves health care in the North Country IBM grant recognizes Clarkson smart grid researcher http://wrvo.org/post/ibm-grant-recognizes-clarkson-smart-grid-researcher <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced New York would invest $250 million to develop smart grid technologies to modernize the state's energy grid. At Clarkson University, the highly regarded science and engineering school in St. Lawrence County, a professor working on smart energy grid systems was just awarded a grant by IBM. The $10,000 prize will help him continue his research, and develop coursework for students to train the next generation to use this hot technology. Thu, 22 Nov 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 29503 at http://wrvo.org IBM grant recognizes Clarkson smart grid researcher Soldiers, families reflect on fidelity in wake of Petraeus's affair http://wrvo.org/post/soldiers-families-reflect-fidelity-wake-petraeuss-affair <p>Marital fidelity is a sensitive subject for many in the military. Relationships are stressed by distance, frequent moves and the dangers of war. Gen. David Petraeus's admission that he had an extramarital affair has led some Fort Drum families to reflect on the difficulties of keeping their personal relationships whole – and their image among a public that often doesn't understand their culture.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 13:46:26 +0000 Joanna Richards 29262 at http://wrvo.org Military Moral Code http://wrvo.org/post/military-moral-code Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Marital fidelity is a sensitive subject for many in the military. Relationships are often strained by distance, frequent moves, the dangers of war. Gen. David Petraeus' admission that he had an extramarital affair has led some military families to reflect on the difficulties of keeping their personal relationships whole. Reporter Joanna Richards spoke with families from the Army's 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum, in upstate New York.<p>JOANNA RICHARDS, BYLINE: Around Fort Drum, Gen. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 09:49:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 29335 at http://wrvo.org Village of Chaumont votes against dissolution http://wrvo.org/post/village-chaumont-votes-against-dissolution <p>Voters in Chaumont, in Jefferson County, knocked down a ballot measure to dissolve the village, by a vote of 145 to 102. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 21:15:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 28774 at http://wrvo.org Jobs were top issue for audience at Doheny-Owens debate http://wrvo.org/post/jobs-were-top-issue-audience-doheny-owens-debate-0 <p>In northern New York, a large audience showed up for the debate televised on YNN was held in the contentious race between Democrat incumbent Bill Owens and Republican challenger Matt Doheny.&nbsp; Sat, 27 Oct 2012 08:51:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 28167 at http://wrvo.org Kids study water levels' effects on invasive species at Eel Bay http://wrvo.org/post/kids-study-water-levels-effects-invasive-species-eel-bay <p>Construction of the giant hydropower dam near Massena in the 1950s forever tamed the once wild St. Lawrence River. It allowed engineers to harness the river’s natural ebb and flow for energy production and to protect homes and ports at the same time. But in the process, it hurt the indigenous plants and animals that depend on those highs and lows to survive. The environmental group Save The River has been leading a charge to persuade the agency that controls water levels to return more natural ebbs and flows to the St. Lawrence. One way is by giving the younger generation of River residents a hands-on lesson. Thu, 25 Oct 2012 13:10:37 +0000 Joanna Richards 27997 at http://wrvo.org Cape Vincent wind power meeting message to BP: "Go Home!" http://wrvo.org/post/cape-vincent-wind-power-meeting-message-bp-go-home <p>Town officials and community members from the Jefferson County towns of Cape Vincent and Lyme gave energy company BP a clear signal at a meeting last night in Cape Vincent: a wind farm isn't welcome there. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 18:37:52 +0000 Joanna Richards 28045 at http://wrvo.org Cape Vincent wind power meeting message to BP: "Go Home!"