Jefferson County http://wrvo.org en 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 North Country scraping its way out of blanket of ice http://wrvo.org/post/north-country-scraping-its-way-out-blanket-ice <p><em>Updated at 3:40 p.m.</em></p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 05:31:36 +0000 Joanna Richards 48953 at http://wrvo.org North Country scraping its way out of blanket of ice Watertown City Council: incumbent Macaluso, newcomer Jennings win seats in four-way contest http://wrvo.org/post/watertown-city-council-incumbent-macaluso-newcomer-jennings-win-seats-four-way-contest <pre style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; margin: 8px; line-height: normal;"> </pre> <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Watertown's City Council contest pitted two fiscally conservative incumbents against two political newcomers who want city government to think more broadly about its role. The voters went for one of each.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 09:34:57 +0000 Joanna Richards 46732 at http://wrvo.org Watertown City Council: incumbent Macaluso, newcomer Jennings win seats in four-way contest New work space fills gap for small food producers http://wrvo.org/post/new-work-space-fills-gap-small-food-producers-0 <p></p><p>A new commercial kitchen in Sackets Harbor is starting to help small food producers grow their businesses. The shared-use facility is the first of its kind in Jefferson County.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a dining room full of chattering officials from local government, agriculture and economic development, people dug into the first products of the new kitchen: Christine Hoffman&#39;s pepper jelly and fruit jam.</span></p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:54:41 +0000 Joanna Richards 44727 at http://wrvo.org New work space fills gap for small food producers Farmers' property taxes rise as land values increase http://wrvo.org/post/farmers-property-taxes-rise-land-values-increase <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font color="#222222">Agriculture is one of the most dynamic and innovative economic sectors in New York state. All this week, the Innovation Trail team is reporting on some of the current challenges and opportunities facing upstate farmers.</font></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">One of those challenges is property taxes. Agriculture is a land-intensive industry, so rising property taxes can mean much higher costs for farmers. And taxes have been rising, thanks mostly to increases in the production value of farmland.</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 12:59:06 +0000 Joanna Richards 38282 at http://wrvo.org Farmers' property taxes rise as land values increase Researchers Don't 'Wine' About The Cold, Their Grapes Thrive http://wrvo.org/post/researchers-dont-wine-about-cold-weather-their-grapes-thrive <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 North Country Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/">http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/</a>.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Researchers+Don%27t+%27Wine%27+About+The+Cold%2C+Their+Grapes+Thrive&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwMDkzMjQzMDEzNDc2MjU4NDA0M2ExOA004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Minnesota. Vermont. South Dakota. OK. These are not states people normally associate with fantastic wine - or wine at all, for that matter. Thu, 16 May 2013 13:20:00 +0000 David Sommerstein 37918 at http://wrvo.org National Grid power upgrade grant helps Jefferson County dairy farm expand http://wrvo.org/post/national-grid-power-upgrade-grant-helps-jefferson-county-dairy-farm-expand <p></p><div style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); margin-top: 8px; margin-right: 8px; margin-bottom: 8px; margin-left: 8px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); line-height: normal; "><p style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">A Tylerville dairy farm, in Jefferson County, is growing, in part thanks to help from National Grid. The company awarded the farm a grant of $50,000 to increase its access to electricity. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 11:11:36 +0000 Joanna Richards 37269 at http://wrvo.org National Grid power upgrade grant helps Jefferson County dairy farm expand BP to push forward with Cape Vincent wind project, pending possible sale of renewables division http://wrvo.org/post/bp-push-forward-cape-vincent-wind-project-pending-possible-sale-renewables-division <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Earlier this month, energy company BP announced its entire renewables division was up for sale. At a recent public meeting on the proposed Cape Vincent Wind Farm, a BP official confirmed the company will push ahead with the development anyway, and local leaders vowed to hire experts to help them fight the project. &nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 09:18:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 36394 at http://wrvo.org BP to push forward with Cape Vincent wind project, pending possible sale of renewables division Developers stress urgency in revival of Watertown Woolworth building http://wrvo.org/post/developers-stress-urgency-revival-watertown-woolworth-building <p>After founding his first stores elsewhere, Jefferson County’s Frank Winfield Woolworth bought the building in Watertown where he got his start in the dry goods business, intending to raze it and build one of his own stores. Woolworth died before he could see it, but his company realized his plan and the building’s a central part of the early history of the five-and-dime chain. After years of vacancy, two developers have plans to revive the landmark.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 09:38:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 35869 at http://wrvo.org Developers stress urgency in revival of Watertown Woolworth building Some upstate counties call for repeal of state gun control law http://wrvo.org/post/some-upstate-counties-call-repeal-state-gun-control-law <p>Oswego County is the latest local government to push for a repeal of New York state's new gun control laws. Both lawmakers and residents say they are hoping their voices make a difference in Albany. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 14:21:38 +0000 Ellen Abbott 33413 at http://wrvo.org Some upstate counties call for repeal of state gun control law BP Article X session in Cape Vincent explains controversial new process for power projects http://wrvo.org/post/bp-article-x-session-cape-vincent-explains-controversial-new-process-power-projects <p>BP held a presentation last night in Cape Vincent on the Article X process for siting power projects under New York state law. It was another contentious encounter between local anti-wind power activists and BP representatives over the proposed Cape Vincent Wind Farm.</p><p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 14:00:15 +0000 Joanna Richards 30185 at http://wrvo.org BP Article X session in Cape Vincent explains controversial new process for power projects Three lawsuits target Jefferson County Sheriff's Department http://wrvo.org/post/three-lawsuits-target-jefferson-county-sheriffs-department <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Three women with the same attorney have filed lawsuits against the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and members within it for allegations relating to sexual misconduct or harassment.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 13:46:30 +0000 Joanna Richards 29711 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 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!" BP to meet with towns of Cape Vincent & Lyme about wind power project http://wrvo.org/post/bp-meet-towns-cape-vincent-lyme-about-wind-power-project <p>With a wind project proposed by BP, the town of Cape Vincent recently passed strict new regulations for commercial wind turbines. Then BP began seeking state review under the Article X law. That process could bypass local laws, if they're deemed “unreasonable.” Now the company has called a meeting with town officials, scheduled for Tuesday night.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in" align="LEFT"> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 13:26:40 +0000 Joanna Richards 27945 at http://wrvo.org BP to meet with towns of Cape Vincent & Lyme about wind power project Ft. Drum and community work to provide mental health services http://wrvo.org/post/ft-drum-and-community-work-provide-mental-health-services <p>For the first time since Fort Drum's expansion after the terrorist attack of 9/11, all of its three brigade combat teams are back home at the post.&nbsp; After multiple deployments in two wars spanning 11 years, the soldiers' needs for mental health services are unprecedented, and complicated. Fort Drum and the surrounding community are cooperating to respond to those needs.</p><div> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 08:00:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 27226 at http://wrvo.org Opponent accuses Patty Ritchie of using taxpayer dollars to campaign http://wrvo.org/post/opponent-accuses-patty-ritchie-using-taxpayer-dollars-campaign <p></p><div style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); margin-top: 8px; margin-right: 8px; margin-bottom: 8px; margin-left: 8px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); line-height: normal; "> <pre style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; margin-top: 8px; margin-right: 8px; margin-bottom: 8px; margin-left: 8px; ">Amy Tresidder, the Democratic candidate running against Republican state Senator Patty Ritchie, is accusing the incumbent of misusing taxpayer funds to boost her campaign.&nbsp; </pre> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 12:50:43 +0000 Joanna Richards 26513 at http://wrvo.org Police, hospital say bath salts drug cases down in Watertown area http://wrvo.org/post/police-hospital-say-bath-salts-drug-cases-down-watertown-area <p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none">This summer, the synthetic drugs known as bath salts alarmed emergency responders all over upstate New York, including in Jefferson County. In Watertown, they dealt with unstable, violent users several times a day. But lawmakers and law enforcement at the local, state and federal levels have been responding with crackdowns on the drugs. Now, both police and hospital officials in Watertown say cases are down sharply.&nbsp; Tue, 18 Sep 2012 20:04:32 +0000 Joanna Richards 26024 at http://wrvo.org Retail stores offering more food from local producers http://wrvo.org/post/retail-stores-offering-more-food-local-producers <p>As fast as veggies are popping up in the garden, local foods are showing up on grocery store shelves throughout northern New York.</p><p>A new food co-op recently opened in Clayton, in Jefferson County, that showcases locally-sourced vegetables and other products, but big grocery chains like Hannaford and Wegman's are getting in on the trend, too, adding more of the region's products to store shelves.</p><p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 15:00:59 +0000 Joanna Richards 24364 at http://wrvo.org Retail stores offering more food from local producers Cuomo says Article X strikes right balance on power issues http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-says-article-x-strikes-right-balance-power-issues <p>While at Fort Drum this week talking about biomass fuel, Governor Andrew Cuomo chimed in on another energy issue &ndash; one much more likely to strike nerves in the North Country: the state&#39;s new Article X law.</p><p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 21:32:43 +0000 Joanna Richards 23880 at http://wrvo.org Cape Vincent adopts new zoning law on wind farms http://wrvo.org/post/cape-vincent-adopts-new-zoning-law-wind-farms <p>The Cape Vincent Town Council has voted to adopt a new zoning law that includes strict restrictions on wind turbines. Fri, 03 Aug 2012 20:19:30 +0000 Bethany Palmer 23635 at http://wrvo.org Cape Vincent adopts new zoning law on wind farms Community meetings take aim at “bath salts” drugs http://wrvo.org/post/community-meetings-take-aim-bath-salts-drugs <p>Community meetings are popping up as fast as the bizarre stories surrounding a drug known as bath salts or glass cleaner. The drugs are sold in head shops and convenience stores &ndash; they are not typical bath products or window cleaners. Three meetings in Jefferson County this week aimed to address the growing drug problem.</p><p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 12:30:35 +0000 Joanna Richards 23233 at http://wrvo.org Community meetings take aim at “bath salts” drugs Watertown airport reaches 10,000 passenger milestone http://wrvo.org/post/watertown-airport-reaches-10000-passenger-milestone <p>Watertown International Airport swapped its 9-seater flights to Albany for 44-seater flights to Chicago back in November. So far, passengers and officials seem to agree it&#39;s been a big success.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 13:23:27 +0000 Joanna Richards 22819 at http://wrvo.org Watertown airport reaches 10,000 passenger milestone Northern New York crash kills six http://wrvo.org/post/northern-new-york-crash-kills-six <p>Six people died Thursday in a crash with a tractor-trailer on Route 11 in the town of Antwerp, in Jefferson County.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 10:38:44 +0000 Joanna Richards 22865 at http://wrvo.org Northern New York crash kills six Dry weather threatens hay, corn crops http://wrvo.org/post/dry-weather-threatens-hay-corn-crops <p>The hot, dry weather is taking a toll on crops in the region. Scattered heavy rains have brought some relief to some areas, but overall, production of field crops like hay and corn is suffering. In the North Country, it&#39;s been decades since the area experienced a summer so dry.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 20:21:13 +0000 Joanna Richards 22773 at http://wrvo.org Gillibrand says economy requires investment to stimulate growth http://wrvo.org/post/gillibrand-says-economy-requires-investment-stimulate-growth <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is traveling around New York making her case for Democratic economic policies. Thursday she did so at a boat manufacturing facility in Cape Vincent.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 08:07:08 +0000 Joanna Richards 22102 at http://wrvo.org Gillibrand says economy requires investment to stimulate growth Why does Jefferson County receive a "failing grade" for air pollution? http://wrvo.org/post/why-does-jefferson-county-receive-failing-grade-air-pollution <p>Earlier this year, the American Lung Association unveiled an unpleasant surprise for Jefferson County residents. In a report on air quality across the country, the association gave the rural north country county a grade of &quot;F&quot; for ozone pollution, commonly known as smog.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 03:20:03 +0000 Joanna Richards 21891 at http://wrvo.org Army worms invade Jefferson County farms http://wrvo.org/post/army-worms-invade-jefferson-county-farms <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">A pest has invaded farm fields throughout Jefferson County. Army worms &ndash; actually caterpillars that transform into moths &ndash; migrate up from the south every year to Northern New York. But this year a major outbreak of the worms is causing a widespread threat to crops, and big financial losses to some farmers.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Sat, 30 Jun 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 21459 at http://wrvo.org Army worms invade Jefferson County farms School Budget Series: State aid cuts outpace declining enrollments at rural schools http://wrvo.org/post/school-budget-series-state-aid-cuts-outpace-declining-enrollments-rural-schools <p>Many rural school districts rely heavily on state aid because of a relative lack of property wealth in their regions, so the past few years of deep state aid cuts have hit them hard. Rural districts also have experienced declining enrollments that have helped dull the pain. But two school districts in southern Jefferson County say the decline in their student populations isn&#39;t keeping pace with the rapid reductions from the state that make up most of their budgets.</p><p> Thu, 10 May 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 18895 at http://wrvo.org School Budget Series: State aid cuts outpace declining enrollments at rural schools Attorney for Sheriff's deputy describes alleged harassment on the job in $50 million suit http://wrvo.org/post/attorney-sheriffs-deputy-describes-alleged-harassment-job-50-million-suit <p>A female Sheriff&#39;s deputy has filed a $50 million lawsuit against the Jefferson County department, over racy photos she says were taken of her as part of an online pedophile investigation. The lawsuit is about to proceed to the next phase, and the deputy and her lawyer are calling for an independent investigation.</p><p> Thu, 03 May 2012 00:39:23 +0000 Joanna Richards 18615 at http://wrvo.org