North Country

7:00am

Mon December 24, 2012
Regional Coverage

New database makes Fort Drum's historic cemeteries more accessible

Michael Sprowles, of Fort Drum's cultural resources office, checks a new map to locate grave sites at Sheepfold Cemetery on Fort Drum.
Joanna Richards WRVO

With the outbreak of World War Two, the Army installation then known as Pine Camp expanded, to become Camp Drum and eventually Fort Drum today. In the process, it swallowed up several villages, including their cemeteries.  Fort Drum researchers have created a database and new maps that will help family members of those buried at the cemeteries to find and visit their loved ones' gravesites, both in person and online.

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8:36am

Fri December 21, 2012
Health

In the Adirondacks, a new model of primary care

Sherman Hurlbert, Moreau Family Health Center patient, Hudson Falls.
Sarah Harris NCPR

On a Monday afternoon in December the Moreau Family Health Center, just south of Glens Falls, is packed. The doctor’s seeing patients back-to-back - and so is care coordinator Jessica Casey. 

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6:11am

Mon December 17, 2012
Health

Information technology improves health care in the North Country

Dr. Dan Mitchell, a psychologist at the North Country Children's Clinic, demonstrates his practice's new electronic medical record system at the clinic's offices in Watertown.
Credit Joanna Richards

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.  

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1:06am

Fri December 14, 2012
Regional Coverage

Fort Drum's 2nd Brigade Combat Team prepares for Afghanistan deployment

Fort Drum's 2nd Brigade Combat Team members U.S. Army Maj. Marc Beckage, Maj. Nicholas Ploetz and Lt. Col. Eric Johnson, at a physical readiness training Aug. 8, 2012, at Fort Drum.
Capt. Michael Greenberger, Department of Defense CC some rights reserved via Flickr

Fort Drum's 2nd Brigade Combat Team is preparing for a January deployment to eastern Afghanistan. The deployment marks a shift for troops from combat to advising and assisting the Afghan security forces. 

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2:58am

Thu December 6, 2012
Regional Coverage

Fort Drum connector road to I-81 opens

The highway project that creates a direct connection between Interstate 81 and Fort Drum's main gate opened Thursday.

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10:36pm

Mon December 3, 2012
Regional Coverage

New commanding general takes helm at Fort Drum

Major General Stephen Townsend has taken over as commanding general of Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division.

Major General Stephen Townsend has taken over command of Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division following a ceremony at the post yesterday morning.  

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8:00am

Sat December 1, 2012
Energy

Expiring tax credits for renewables blow an ill wind

70 new turbines dot the horizon in Clinton, NY.
Sarah Harris NCPR

Over the last decade, new wind farms have changed America’s landscapes – and its power sources. The growth has been spurred by a production tax credit wind companies get in exchange for producing energy. But the credit is due to expire at the end of the year if Congress doesn’t renew it.

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10:00am

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

Owens holds on to North Country congressional seat

Democrat Bill Owens survived one of the most costly and bitter political campaigns in North Country history last night. He defeated Republican businessman Matt Doheny by about 4,000 votes.

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9:35pm

Mon October 29, 2012
Regional Coverage

Jefferson County prepares for high winds, waves, power outages

Workers hoist a boat out of the water for dry winter storage at Harbor's End Marina in Henderson, Jefferson County.
Credit Joanna Richards

As the wind began picking up Monday afternoon in Jefferson County, residents and officials were preparing for the high winds and water along shorelines expected from Hurricane Sandy.

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10:37am

Fri October 26, 2012
Politics

Owens and Doheny face off in a televised debate

Amanda Morrison Watertown Daily Times

The two major party candidates met for the last debate in the North Country's Congressional race last night in Watertown. Incumbent Democrat Bill Owens and Republican Matt Doheny sparred on well-trodden ground, like tax cuts, the deficit, and Medicare. They also differed, sharply at times, on a range of other issues.

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9:10am

Thu October 25, 2012
Environment

Kids study water levels' effects on invasive species at Eel Bay

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.

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8:54am

Tue October 9, 2012
Regional Coverage

Broadband in the Adirondacks: leaders want new community of telecommuters

A panel discusses "connectivity success stories" at the fourth annual Forever Wired conference at Clarkson University in Potsdam.
Mark Kurtz

“Forever Wild” is the term in New York’s constitution used to describe state forest preserves in the Adirondacks. Community leaders in and around the park have used that term to inform their vision for economic development. Their slogan – and the name of a conference held annually at Clarkson University in Potsdam – is “Forever Wired.” The fourth conference continued a push to expand broadband internet access, and economic opportunity, in the Adirondacks.  

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7:00am

Tue August 28, 2012
Regional Coverage

Local food economy overcomes obstacles

Matt Volz, owner of Greyrock Farm, near Cazenovia, shows off one of his farm's meat chickens.
Joanna Richards/WRVO

Recently, local food has been turning up on more grocery store shelves and restaurants in upstate New York. But the local food economy still faces challenges to bringing agricultural products from farm to table.

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11:55pm

Tue July 31, 2012
Regional Coverage

Family, friends remember Sgt. Daniel Rodriguez as community turns out for Carthage funeral

Joanna Richards WRVO

The remains of a Fort Drum soldier killed in Afghanistan earlier this month returned to home of the 10th Mountain Division on Sunday, and his funeral was held yesterday in Carthage, in Jefferson County.

At 28 years old, Staff Sergeant Daniel Rodriguez had a wife and three children – and four combat tours under his belt after 10 years of service in the Army.

Those who knew him said Rodriguez will be remembered for his humor, the love he had for his family, and the commitment he had to his military career.  

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11:43pm

Tue July 3, 2012
Regional Coverage

Fort Drum soldier becomes U.S. citizen at White House ceremony

It's a national tradition for naturalization ceremonies for new U.S. citizens to be performed on Independence Day. This year,  a Fort Drum soldier participated in a ceremony at the White House on July 4.

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11:20pm

Sun July 1, 2012
Regional Coverage

Why does Jefferson County receive a "failing grade" for air pollution?

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 "F" for ozone pollution, commonly known as smog. 

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7:00am

Sat June 30, 2012
Regional Coverage

Army worms invade Jefferson County farms

Michael Hunter, of Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Ron Robbins, owner of Robbins Family Grain and partner in Old McDonald's Farm, inspect army worms they found in a wheat field on Robbins' property.

A pest has invaded farm fields throughout Jefferson County. Army worms – actually caterpillars that transform into moths – 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. 

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7:56pm

Mon June 18, 2012
Regional Coverage

Emergency services suffering from lack of volunteers

Recently, a local volunteer department was late responding to a fire in the town of LeRay in Jefferson County. The mutual aid system was activated and a nearby department responded to the blaze; fortunately, no one was hurt. But the incident did highlight a persistent and growing problem among the north country's primarily volunteer emergency services: a lack of manpower.

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3:36pm

Fri May 25, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Bill Owens reaches out to Canadian companies

Representative Bill Owens is working to increase economic ties between the North Country and Canadian businesses.

The Democrat held a series of meetings in Canada this week in an effort to entice more Canadian companies to look to Northern New York for expansion.

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5:00pm

Sat May 19, 2012
Woodcocks

Singing American woodcocks announce spring in the north country

Paco Lyptic via Flickr

Every spring, a state Department of Environmental Conservation biologist drives along north country highways at dawn or dusk, stopping every so often to pull over and listen to the nature sounds.

She's listening for the distinctive “peent” of the singing American woodcock, a brown speckled bird a little larger than a songbird with a long, narrow beak for pulling earthworms out of the newly thawed ground.

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7:00am

Wed December 14, 2011
Education

Legislation to Change School Districts' Wealth Measurement

Russell, a Democrat from Theresa, has introduced legislation that will adjust the way school districts' wealth is measured.  Generally speaking, the poorer a district is, the more aid it gets. But it’s not a true sliding scale at the top and bottom ends.

Right now, the poorest districts are all lumped together in the same category, even though some may be much poorer than others. The same is true of the richest districts – they're all seen on equal footing, even though some may be much richer than others.

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3:40pm

Thu September 29, 2011
Regional Coverage

State Attorney General's Office Issues Fraud Alert in Watertown

The office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Wednesday issued an alert about a phone scam targeting residents of Watertown. A spokesman says three victims so far have contacted the office and have each lost between $300 and $700 to the scam. 

The scam offers consumers a loan, then asks them to wire the company hundreds of dollars – a supposed “application fee” or “loan insurance.”

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