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Life beneath the Tug Hill wind turbines
David Sommerstein talks with neighbors of the Maple Ridge windfarm on the Tug Hill Plateau to find out what it's like living with the new energy technology in your own back yard.
Photo Audio Essay
Protecting the Tug Hill Plateau: Fish Creek
Last summer, New York State, the Nature Conservancy, and a Boston-based timber company announced a plan to preserve 45,000 acres of forest on the Tug Hill Plateau. David Sommerstein visited the “East Branch of Fish Creek Working Forest” to see how the plan is shaping up.
CenterState CEO presented their economic development plan at Clarkson last month. Photo: Sarah Harris
CenterState CEO presented their economic development plan at Clarkson last month. Photo: Sarah Harris

Is this really a biz plan for the North Country?

Last month Centerstate CEO, a Syracuse-based economic development group, released a plan for a region they call central New York. It stretches from the Finger Lakes to Massena and includes Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. It doesn't include the Adirondacks or the Champlain Valley.

The plan was prepared by the Brookings Institution and identifies ways in the region can compete on a global scale. But some critics argue that the plan doesn't represent the western half of what we call the North Country.  Go to full article
"49 inches in 38 hours leaves a 33 inch base (Redfield NY)...and it is snowing again." Carolyn Yeardon deep in the white stuff, shared with NCPR via Facebook

How do you cope with that much snow?

The Tug Hill Plateau has gotten big snow this week, and it's still coming.

Carol Yerdon lives up there, in Redfield. In her backyard, Yerdon measured 49 inches of snow within 36 hours from lake-effect storms that began Tuesday, and 15 inches more overnight. That's a lot, even for the Tug Hill.  Go to full article
Cars lunder lake-effect snow. Archive Poto of the Day, Stephen Diehl, Antwerp, NY

Parts of upstate NY getting lake-effect snow

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) More than a foot of snow has fallen in towns south of Buffalo and more is expected as sections of upstate New York get a wintry blast from lake-effect storms.

The National Weather says the storms that began Tuesday have dumped 14 inches in Perrysburg in Cattaraugus County and 12 inches in Cassadaga in neighboring Chautauqua County. Forecasters say another 4 to 8 inches is expected Wednesday in some southwestern areas of the state, with several more inches likely on Thursday.  Go to full article
CenterState CEO presented their economic development plan at Clarkson last week. Photo: Sarah Harris

North Country economy: start-ups and data hub?

There are dozens of economic development agencies and strategies in the North Country. Now, there's another. CenterState CEO, a Syracuse-based economic development group,...  Go to full article
Looking across Lyons Falls to the old Gould Paper Mill in Lyons Falls, NY. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/roys-stuff/4496716472/">Roy Saplin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Lyons Falls, Glens Falls, Fort Edward awarded money for brownfields

Three North Country communities were awarded grant money from New York State yesterday to address contaminated sites called brownfields.  Go to full article
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks in support of upstate New York becoming a federally designated drone testing site. Photo: Ryan Delaney, WRVO

Sen. Schumer lobbies for drone test site

A coalition of defense contractors and universities is stepping up its lobbying efforts in hopes of becoming a federally designated drone testing site. Now, the group's...  Go to full article
Juan Carlos (left) lives in a converted farm office in the barn of this dairy farm. He and Freddy want to be able to go home and come back to work on dairy farms here. Photo: David Sommerstein

What undocumented dairy workers think of immigration reform

Dairy farmers - and their workers - have a lot at stake in the immigration debate underway in Washington.

A survey by Cornell University found that 2,600...  Go to full article
The Maple Ridge Wind Farm has brought millions of dollars to local governments in Lewis County and changed the landscape dramatically. Photo: David Sommerstein

Wind farm a windfall to Lewis County communities

Wind farms are a touchy subject in the North Country. As the town of Cape Vincent wrestles with a potential project, in neighboring Lewis County another wind farm has been...  Go to full article
"Report Card," artist:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45128746@N04/8225894773/"<br />>Regina Holliday</a>, CC some rights reserved<br />

North Country schools get high marks

An education advocacy group has issued report cards to schools across New York, and the North Country had some high marks for student performance.

Abraham Wing...  Go to full article
Lewis County is best known for rolling hills and farm fields, but residents are feeling good about its economy, too. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougtone/">Doug Kerr</a> CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved </a>

Lewis county residents bullish on economy

Earlier this year, Lewis County had the second highest unemployment rate in New York, behind the Bronx. But residents of Lewis County have a more positive economic outlook...  Go to full article

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