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NCPR News Staff: Brian Mann

Adirondack Bureau Chief
Brian Mann grew up in Alaska, where he fell in love with public radio. In 1999, Brian moved to the Adirondacks and helped launch NCPR's news bureau at Paul Smiths College. "I love the chemistry of water and mountains," Brian says. "But I'm also pretty crazy about village life in the north country. It's the kind of place where you know your neighbors." Brian lives in Saranac Lake with wife Susan and son Nicholas. He's a frequent contributor to NPR and also writes regularly for regional magazines, including Adirondack Life and the Adirondack Explorer. E-mail

Stories filed by Brian Mann

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Lending a Helping Hand to Fort Drum Families

Brian Mann has a round-table discussion with the Army Community Services staff at Fort Drum, about their effort to help military
families in financial trouble.  Go to full article

At Fort Drum, A War On Poverty

Soldiers at Fort Drum, near Watertown, are preparing for possible war in Iraq. But the Army is also struggling with a more domestic issue. By the Pentagon's own estimate, thousands of military families across the country live in poverty. Despite recent salary increases, some enlisted men and women say they can't afford food and other basic needs. Brian Mann visited Fort Drum and sends this report.  Go to full article

Hikers Found Safe On Algonquin

Three Canadian hikers were rescued Tuesday morning on Algonquin Peak, after spending a night on the mountain. Forest rangers found the men with the help of a state police helicopter. As Brian Mann reports, the hikers and the rescue team faced extreme cold.  Go to full article

Audio Postcard: An Invasive Species in Lake George's Most Popular Bays

A political fight is underway over the use of a chemical herbicide in Lake George. For years, local residents have watched with alarm as an invasive plant species called Eurasian watermilfoil spread into bays and coves, choking out native plants. The issue is now the subject of intense lobbying in Albany. In the summer of 2001, Brian Mann traveled to Lake George to see the problem first hand. He sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Audio Postcard From Lake George, Where An Invasive Species Has Taken Root

The political debate is raging over the use of a chemical herbicide to slow the spread of an invasive plant on Lake George. Brian Mann revisits a summer trip on the lake, made with the Lake George Park Commission's Mike White in 2001.

Note: Story updated for broadcast.  Go to full article

Lake George: Bitter Debate Over Plan To Use Chemical

The Adirondack Park Agency has delayed a final vote on the use of a chemical herbicide in Lake George. Many locals hope the chemical "Sonar" will kill an invasive plant species called Eurasian watermilfoil. But Park Agency staff oppose the plan. As Brian Mann reports, the debate has turned ugly, with Lake George residents promising to lobby Governor Pataki.

Tuesday during regional news, we'll take the sonar question out onto the waters of Lake George, revisiting a summer trip to a bay that's infested with Eurasian watermilfoil.  Go to full article

APA Considers Banning Floatplanes on Lowes Lake

The Adirondack Park Agency moved a step closer on Thursday to banning floatplanes on Lowes Lake. At the meeting yesterday, the Department of Environmental Conservation presented its plan for the Bog River management area, southwest of Tupper Lake.  Go to full article
Broken phones on I-87<br />Photo provided by APA
Broken phones on I-87
Photo provided by APA

Coming Soon: Emergency & Cell Phone Service on Northway

At its meeting today in Ray Brook, the Adirondack Park Agency is expected to approve a new emergency phone system on I-87. The old network hasn't functioned properly for years. As Brian Mann reports, the upgraded system will also mean better cell phone coverage in the remote area between Schroon Lake and Peru.  Go to full article

APA Meeting Today in Ray Brook

The Adirondack Park Agency meets today in Ray Brook. This meeting
is the first without veteran chairman Dick LeFebvre, who stepped down last month. The Agency is facing a laundry list of controversial issues, at a time when there's been turnover in top staff positions. Martha Foley talks with Brian Mann about the Sonar controversy on Lake George and other issues.  Go to full article
Assemblyman Chris Ortloff and sawmill owner Pat Mitchell testify in Albany.  <br />Photo provided by Ortloff's office.
Assemblyman Chris Ortloff and sawmill owner Pat Mitchell testify in Albany.
Photo provided by Ortloff's office.

Sawmills ?Saved?: Rule Change Approved In Albany

State officials in Albany have agreed to allow the use of rough cut lumber in construction projects. Without the change to state building codes, made on Wednesday, hundreds of small sawmills in the North Country would have been forced to shut down. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

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