North Country http://wrvo.org en Update: Five tornadoes hit upstate New York Tuesday http://wrvo.org/post/update-five-tornadoes-hit-upstate-new-york-tuesday <p><strong>Update, Friday, July 11:</strong></p><p>A fifth tornado from Tuesday's swath of powerful thunderstorms and twisters has been confirmed by the National Weather Service in Albany. <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&amp;issuedby=ALY&amp;product=PNS" target="_blank">This one in the eastern Adirondacks</a>. More from the Associated Press:</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:53:34 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58618 at http://wrvo.org Update: Five tornadoes hit upstate New York Tuesday Disabled ship freed; shipping resumes on St. Lawrence Seaway http://wrvo.org/post/disabled-ship-freed-shipping-resumes-st-lawrence-seaway <p>The St. Lawrence Seaway is back open to commercial shipping traffic after a section of it was closed for two days because of a disabled vessel.</p><p>The 656-foot Federal Kivalina&nbsp;had been blocking traffic through the 'American Narrows' section of the waterway since Tuesday afternoon, when it ran aground near Collins Landing, New York.</p><p><a href="http://wrvo.org/post/17-ships-now-traffic-jam-st-lawrence-seaway" target="_blank">Seventeen ships were stalled</a> while the Kivalina sat disabled, according to the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 01:59:38 +0000 Ryan Delaney 56564 at http://wrvo.org Disabled ship freed; shipping resumes on St. Lawrence Seaway 17 ships now in traffic jam on St. Lawrence Seaway http://wrvo.org/post/17-ships-now-traffic-jam-st-lawrence-seaway <p>There are now 17 shipping freighters in a traffic jam on the St. Lawrence Seaway because a disabled vessel has been blocking their path since Tuesday afternoon.</p><p>The freighter Federal Kivalina has been stuck in the American Narrows section of the seaway, near Collins Landing, N.Y., <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/traffic-st-lawrence-seaway-blocked-disabled-freighter?nopop=1" target="_blank">since it lost steering and ran aground</a>. It's stuck about a third of a mile up river from the Thousand Islands Bridge.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 19:00:52 +0000 Ryan Delaney 56534 at http://wrvo.org 17 ships now in traffic jam on St. Lawrence Seaway Traffic on St. Lawrence Seaway blocked by disabled freighter http://wrvo.org/post/traffic-st-lawrence-seaway-blocked-disabled-freighter <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A large freighter stuck in a narrow part of the St. Lawrence Seaway since yesterday afternoon is beginning to cause a backup of shipping traffic along the waterway.</span></p><p>The Federal Kivalina lost power yesterday afternoon in the "American Narrows" section of the seaway and ran aground a third of a mile north of the Thousand Islands Bridge, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The bridge, west of Alexandria Bay, carries Interstate 81 over the St. Lawrence River.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 21:24:45 +0000 Ryan Delaney 56471 at http://wrvo.org Traffic on St. Lawrence Seaway blocked by disabled freighter Winter dealt a blow to some North Country businesses http://wrvo.org/post/winter-dealt-blow-some-north-country-businesses <p></p><p>The relentless snow that pounded part of the North Country this past winter kept kids out of school and people home. That also meant a hit for some businesses in the region.</p><p>Lori Wells co-owns Café Mira, a restaurant in Adams, south of Watertown. The eatery employs about a dozen people and is only open four days a week. So when Wells and her partner, Lisa Reed, had to make the call three times this winter to not open, that was a hit to their business.</p><p>They hadn’t had to close at all in the four years they’ve been owners, Wells said.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:56:10 +0000 Ryan Delaney 53564 at http://wrvo.org St. Joseph's in Syracuse collaborating with Lewis County General Hospital http://wrvo.org/post/st-josephs-syracuse-collaborating-lewis-county-general-hospital <p></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:11:02 +0000 Ellen Abbott 53221 at http://wrvo.org St. Joseph's in Syracuse collaborating with Lewis County General Hospital How much do bass fishing tournaments hurt the fish? http://wrvo.org/post/how-much-do-bass-fishing-tournaments-hurt-fish <p>Last summer, the country's top professional anglers were catching hundreds of pounds of Bass in the St. Lawrence River for the Bassmasters Elite tournament. Elite series officials deemed it a big success. A study found it generated $1-3 million for the region.<br /><br />But are tournaments like Bassmasters Elite bad for the fish?</p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 12:34:00 +0000 David Sommerstein 53042 at http://wrvo.org How much do bass fishing tournaments hurt the fish? North Country Congressional candidate Aaron Woolf speaks on the issues http://wrvo.org/post/north-country-congressional-candidate-aaron-woolf-speaks-issues <p></p><p>The endorsed Democratic candidate for Bill Owens' seat in Congress finally broke his media silence Wednesday, speaking with several North Country media outlets. Aaron Woolf spoke with North Country Public Radio's David Sommerstein on a range of issues, from gun control and health care to why a political rookie wants to represent the region. Democratic county chairs chose Woolf to run a month ago, but he had declined interviews until now.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:08:35 +0000 David Sommerstein 52626 at http://wrvo.org North Country Congressional candidate Aaron Woolf speaks on the issues Audio postcard: Sackets Harbor choral group rehearses http://wrvo.org/post/audio-postcard-sackets-harbor-choral-group-rehearses <p></p><p>The Sackets Harbor Vocal Arts Ensemble is preparing for a spring concert in Watertown. Joanna Richards dropped by the group’s second rehearsal to learn about choral music, and have a listen.</p><p> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 13:34:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 52216 at http://wrvo.org Audio postcard: Sackets Harbor choral group rehearses In projects big and small, Watertown’s downtown reviving – but some say city government lacks vision http://wrvo.org/post/projects-big-and-small-watertown-s-downtown-reviving-some-say-city-government-lacks-vision <p></p><p>As with many small cities, Watertown’s downtown has been decaying for years, with boarded-up buildings and businesses dwindling.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now, a handful of big projects are reviving the historical structures at the center of town, and some new small businesses are thriving. But some say the city could be doing more to encourage growth.</span></p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:49:18 +0000 Joanna Richards 52268 at http://wrvo.org In projects big and small, Watertown’s downtown reviving – but some say city government lacks vision Watertown airport switching flights from Chicago to Philly as airlines merge http://wrvo.org/post/watertown-airport-switching-flights-chicago-philly-airlines-merge <p></p><p>The Watertown airport has been much busier since it started offering direct air service to Chicago rather than Albany just over two years ago. Now, the merger between American Airlines and U.S. Airways is causing a switch in destination again.</p><p>Direct flights to Philadelphia will replace those to Chicago beginning May 8.</p><p>A regional carrier for American Airlines now provides the Chicago service. American merged with U.S. Airways in December. Philadelphia, a hub for U.S. Airways, is closer, and therefore a cheaper major hub for the airline to get to from Watertown.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 12:49:30 +0000 Joanna Richards 52013 at http://wrvo.org Watertown airport switching flights from Chicago to Philly as airlines merge Ft. Drum may fare better than other bases, but cuts still likely http://wrvo.org/post/ft-drum-may-fare-better-other-bases-cuts-still-likely <p></p><p>Since Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel detailed his proposal for deep military cutbacks Monday, officials in Watertown have been trying to divine what that could mean for Fort Drum. They believe the Army post is well-positioned – but that doesn’t mean it won’t take a hit.</p><p>The military is already in downsizing mode as the war in Afghanistan winds down. But Hagel’s plan calls for deeper cuts, including shrinking the Army to its smallest size since before World War II.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:35:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 51899 at http://wrvo.org Ft. Drum may fare better than other bases, but cuts still likely Green party voters may get primary race in 21st http://wrvo.org/post/green-party-voters-may-get-primary-race-21st <p></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:05:07 +0000 David Sommerstein 51670 at http://wrvo.org 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 Doheny will be on the ballot again for the 21st District http://wrvo.org/post/doheny-will-be-ballot-again-21st-district <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Matt </span>Doheny<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is again adding his name to the 2014 ballot for northern New York's&nbsp;</span>21st<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Congressional</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> District. </span>Doheny<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the owner of a private investment firm in Watertown, ran for the seat in 2010 and 2012, but lost both races to Democrat Bill Owens. Owens announced last month that he will retire after his term ends at the end of this year.</span></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 20:07:09 +0000 Gino Geruntino 51589 at http://wrvo.org Doheny will be on the ballot again for the 21st District Jefferson County employer Hi-Lite to create new jobs with USDA loan http://wrvo.org/post/jefferson-county-employer-hi-lite-create-new-jobs-usda-loan <p></p><p>A Jefferson County company is planning to expand with the help of a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.&nbsp;</p><p>Hi-Lite Airfield Services, in Adams Center, plans to create between eight and 10 new jobs, according to a news release from Rep. Bill Owens’s (D-Plattsburgh) office.&nbsp;The company also plans to buy new equipment with the $7.1 million loan from the USDA’s Rural Development program.</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:47:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 51558 at http://wrvo.org Jefferson County employer Hi-Lite to create new jobs with USDA loan DEC proposal to kill invasive swans drawing protests http://wrvo.org/post/dec-proposal-kill-invasive-swans-drawing-protests <p></p><p>Most people think swans are beautiful. But the agreement seems to end there, when it comes to a new state plan to manage them. A proposal by the Department of Environmental Conservation to kill invasive mute swans isn’t flying with some animal lovers.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 12:44:08 +0000 Joanna Richards 51305 at http://wrvo.org DEC proposal to kill invasive swans drawing protests National pressures hit Carthage Area Hospital with 73 layoffs http://wrvo.org/post/national-pressures-hit-carthage-area-hospital-73-layoffs <p></p><p>Hospitals around the country are all under the same pressures: a turn toward outpatient and preventive care, low Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rates, and increasing regulations. It’s the same in Carthage.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 11:45:06 +0000 Joanna Richards 51425 at http://wrvo.org National pressures hit Carthage Area Hospital with 73 layoffs 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 Gillibrand pitches paid family and medical leave in Watertown http://wrvo.org/post/gillibrand-pitches-paid-family-and-medical-leave-watertown <p></p><p style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says the nation’s workplace policies are out of date and don’t reflect increasing women’s employment – and their roles as family caregivers. Gillibrand was in Watertown yesterday to make the case for paid family and medical leave.</span></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:07:43 +0000 Joanna Richards 50323 at http://wrvo.org Gillibrand pitches paid family and medical leave in Watertown DOT to determine scope of rooftop highway study http://wrvo.org/post/dot-determine-scope-rooftop-highway-study <p></p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:58:38 +0000 David Sommerstein 50459 at http://wrvo.org Downed trees from ice storm will be turned into energy http://wrvo.org/post/downed-trees-ice-storm-will-be-turned-energy <p></p><p>All the power lines have been fixed after <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/north-country-scraping-its-way-out-blanket-ice" target="_blank">last month’s ice storm</a>, and the crystal coatings have melted off the trees, but there’s still a persistent sign of the damage: lots of downed limbs.</p><p>Yards in the northern half of Jefferson County are full of tangled branches, sunk in the snow. Extricating them is going to be a long process, but there’s a plan in the works to give them a new life as fuel.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:46:13 +0000 Joanna Richards 50261 at http://wrvo.org Downed trees from ice storm will be turned into energy Buyout could mean growth for Watertown employer Stream http://wrvo.org/post/buyout-could-mean-growth-watertown-employer-stream <p></p><p style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: normal;">There have been a lot of questions in the wake of an announcement that the Stream Global Services Watertown call center will be sold. The company that’s buying it says if anything, the sale should make workers optimistic.</p><p style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: normal;"> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 23:07:18 +0000 Joanna Richards 49934 at http://wrvo.org Buyout could mean growth for Watertown employer Stream Owens will not seek reelection to Congress http://wrvo.org/post/owens-will-not-seek-reelection-congress <p></p><p>North Country Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) announced Tuesday that he will not seek reelection in November -- surprising the political establishment and putting the seat for the 21<sup>st</sup> Congressional District up for grabs.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:59:10 +0000 Catherine Loper 49924 at http://wrvo.org Owens will not seek reelection to Congress Clinic taking steps toward financial health http://wrvo.org/post/clinic-taking-steps-toward-financial-health <p></p><p style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: normal;">A clinic in Watertown that serves many needy children is taking steps toward better financial health after nearly closing abruptly in October.</p><p style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: normal;"> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 23:24:30 +0000 Joanna Richards 49877 at http://wrvo.org Clinic taking steps toward financial health Community cared for many travelers during massive snowfall http://wrvo.org/post/community-cared-many-travelers-during-massive-snowfall <p></p><p>Travelers got back on the road yesterday afternoon after Interstate 81 reopened following the massive snowfall. Many spent an unexpected night in the north country – some in hotels, some in fire halls, some in the homes of strangers. The experience might have been a lousy advertisement for the climate here, but natives seemed to be at their best as Good Samaritans during the storm.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 03:36:47 +0000 Joanna Richards 49670 at http://wrvo.org Community cared for many travelers during massive snowfall 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 Lake effect snow continues in North Country; many travelers stranded http://wrvo.org/post/lake-effect-snow-continues-north-country-many-travelers-stranded <p>The lake effect snow warning for northern New York has been extended until Thursday at 1 p.m. as upwards of four feet of snow has fallen in some spots since Monday. A state of emergency remains in effect for 14 counties, including Oswego, Jefferson and Lewis Counties.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 12:33:41 +0000 Catherine Loper 49632 at http://wrvo.org Lake effect snow continues in North Country; many travelers stranded Drum soldiers' housing allowance up, but rents still expected to stabilize http://wrvo.org/post/drum-soldiers-housing-allowance-rents-still-expected-stabilize <p></p><p>The growth of Fort Drum and its fluctuating soldier population have always complicated the housing market around Watertown. But the Army post throws another factor into the mix: soldier’s housing allowances. They just went up.</p><p></p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 03:02:21 +0000 Joanna Richards 49403 at http://wrvo.org Drum soldiers' housing allowance up, but rents still expected to stabilize Governor announces $4.5 million to boost winter tourism upstate http://wrvo.org/post/governor-announces-45-million-boost-winter-tourism-upstate <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo visited a newly expanded snowmobiler lounge in Lowville Monday to unveil a new ad campaign to promote winter tourism upstate. Cuomo says there’s new energy in the north country, thanks to increasing economic investment. He credits the efforts of both the region and his administration in making that happen. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 49265 at http://wrvo.org Governor announces $4.5 million to boost winter tourism upstate