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The Plattsburgh Press Republican is reporting this morning that state environment officials are still trying to contain an outbreak of destructive feral hogs around the town of Peru, on the fringe of the Adirondack Park. “DEC is continuing...
Over the weekend, people gathered from New York and Vermont to celebrate the completion of the new Lake Champlain Bridge, from Crown Point to Addison. The hero of the day was bridge designer and world-renowned architect Ted Zoli, who was born in...
Yikes.  The big Laurentian Aerospace project, widely seen as the Next Big Thing for Northeastern New York, has been snagged for years as it seeks to lock down private financing.  (New York state has already offered up a generous incentive...
The Burlington Free Press notes that a year ago today the waters of Lake Champlain rose above flood stage, launching a battle for survival that gripped the valley for months.  (The lake didn’t drop below flood stage again until June...
Back in January, NCPR’s Brian Mann reported on the feral pig problem in the North Country. The story garnered a lot of comments, probably because of its juicy headline–”Feral Hogs Invade Champlain Valley,...


Special Reports

Audio Slideshow
King's Garden at Ft. Ticonderoga
1920s landscape architect Marion Coffin designed a pleasure garden for the Pell family's summer home, the Pavillion, at Fort Ticonderoga. It was neglected and almost forgotten until, about ten years ago, workers began to restore the garden to Coffin's plan. Todd Moe takes a tour.
Photo Audio Essay
Lake Champlain Maritime History
Wreck diving off Burlington, the Battle of Valcour Island and the Battle of Plattsburgh with Brian Mann.
Photo Audio Essay
Fort Ticonderoga's Grand Encampment
Fort Ticonderoga, a bottleneck of history—a visit to the annual "grand encampment" where stories of the French and Indian War and the Revolution come to life amid the sounds of fifes, drums and cannon fire.
Re-enactors haul the cannon. Photo: Joseph Andriano
Re-enactors haul the cannon. Photo: Joseph Andriano

Remembering the troops, recreating history at America's fort

Fort Ticonderoga is "America's fort" perched on the New York side of Lake Champlain, it was instrumental in the American Revolution and other early wars. Now, it's a historical site that comes alive with reenactments and music.

Sarah Harris visited Ticonderoga last Memorial Day and sent this report.  Go to full article
The poposed Vermont Gas Systems pipeline runs from Cornwall, VT to Ticonderoga, NY. Map: Addison County Regional Planning Commission

Critics, supporters tangle over pipeline under Lake Champlain

SHOREHAM, Vt. (AP) Critics and supporters of a plan by Vermont Gas to extend a natural gas pipeline through parts of western Vermont to New York are voicing their opinions about the project.

They attended a packed Public Service Board public hearing Wednesday night in Shoreham on the second phase of the project, which would run under Lake Champlain to International Paper in Ticonderoga, New York.  Go to full article
Several CSX trains carrying crude oil derailed and exploded last week in Lynchburg, VA. Photo: Elyssa Ezmirly, used with permission

Feds order disclosure of crude oil train shipments

Railroads will have to tell emergency responders when and where shipments of crude oil are traveling on the rails. That's according to a new order the U.S. Department of Transportation released yesterday.

The rule comes following a string of oil train spills and explosions dating back to last summer's deadly blast in Quebec. The latest occurred last week in Lynchburg, Virginia. The DOT is also "strongly urging" oil companies to pull the most dangerous tanker cars off the rails as soon as possible.

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer praised DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx's order yesterday. "A week ago, I asked the secretary to implement this rule," Schumer said by video release, "because the number of tanker cars containing flammable crude oil that are going through our communities in upstate New York is on the dramatic increase and should, god forbid, one of those tank cars derail, it could create an explosion."

David Sommerstein joined Martha Foley to talk about the new rules.  Go to full article
Tanker cars outside the depot in the village of Port Henry. Photo: Brian Mann

Is the Champlain Valley vulnerable to an oil train spill?

Last year's deadly train explosion in Quebec put the potential dangers of so-called "oil trains" in the headlines. Trains now carry 160,000 barrels of crude oil from the...  Go to full article
43.7? Too cold. Amy says to wait for 50 degree (F) soil temperature before planting peas. Photo: <a href="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3646/3601931725_066a0fe319_o_d.jpg">Stephen Cochran</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

When it's right to plant peas

The sun is out. The air is warm. It's late April. The crocuses are up and the daffodils aren't far behind. So, time to plant some peas, and maybe some lettuce, right? ...  Go to full article
Sydney Aveson stopped 37 of the 39 shots she faced in Plattsburgh State's 9-2 win over Norwich. Photo via <a href="http://www.gocardinalsports.com/news/2014/3/22/WHOCKEY_0322141839.aspx?path=whockey">SUNY Plattsburgh</a>

Plattsburgh women score Division III ice hockey title

Plattsburgh State women won their national Division Three hockey championship this weekend, beating Norwich 9-2 in the final Saturday.

Ali Vakos, Chelsea VanGlahn...  Go to full article

Rivers to return as mayor of Rouses Point

The Plattsburgh Press-Republican is reporting this morning that George Rivers will once again serve as mayor of Rouses Point in Clinton County.

Rivers retired in...  Go to full article
Food from the Farm: Eating Local in the North Country takes place Saturday, March 1, 2-5 pm in the Plattsburgh City Gym. Photo: Cornell Cooperative Extension

Plattsburgh event showcases local food, even in the dead of winter

Most gardens are a long way from yielding those delicious spring and summer veggies, but you could still make a meal of the food on offer from professional growers, livestock...  Go to full article
Ticonderoga's new slaughterhouse. Photo courtesy of Adirondack Meat Company, used with permission

Ticonderoga gets new slaughterhouse

Ticonderoga has a new slaughterhouse. The Adirondack Meat Company, a USDA inspected facility, opened this month. It's amping up production - and filling a need for Adirondack...  Go to full article
Ice sailors waiting for the wind at Gilbert Brook Marina on Lake Champlain in West Chazy, NY earlier this winter. Archive Photo of the Day: Andy Sajor

Report: Lake Champlain 99 percent frozen

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The National Weather Service in Vermont is estimating that Lake Champlain is 99 percent frozen over.

National Weather Service meteorologist...  Go to full article

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