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States Tackle Wetlands Protection

In response to a 2001 Supreme Court ruling, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers say they will remove Federal Clean Water Act protection for small wetlands that are considered "isolated" from larger waterways. That leaves it up to the states to decide whether or not to protect them. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Corie Wright has more on what Great Lakes states are doing to protect their wetlands.  Go to full article

Relief, Mistrust Among Mohawk Neighbors

The announcement of a landmark deal between Governor Pataki and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is starting to sink in amongst the tribe's neighbors. The agreement addresses tax parity and casino issues. But in the areas around the Akwesasne reservation near Massena, the big news is a proposed settlement to the Mohawks' claim that New York illegally took 15,000 acres of land in the 18th century. Today non-native residents own that land near the St. Lawrence River in northern St. Lawrence and Franklin counties. As David Sommerstein reports, some people are taking things in stride; others with trepidation.  Go to full article
Chief Alma Ransom, Chief Paul Thompson, Sub-Chief John Bigtree, Jr., Sub-Chief Harry Benedict, & Chief Hilda Smoke (absent)
Chief Alma Ransom, Chief Paul Thompson, Sub-Chief John Bigtree, Jr., Sub-Chief Harry Benedict, & Chief Hilda Smoke (absent)

Mohawk Chiefs Talk about Land/Tax/Casino Deal

Mohawk tribal chiefs spoke publicly yesterday for the first time since signing a landmark memorandum of understanding with Governor Pataki Monday. If it survives a long approval process, the deal would settle land claims, allow a Mohawk casino in the Catskills, and establish tax parity with non-native convenience stores. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Chief Alma Ransom on Historic Deal with State

David Sommerstein talks with Mohawk Chief Alma Ransom about why she signed the historic, but controversial, memorandum of understanding with Governor Pataki.  Go to full article

School Plans Tentative Amid Budget Battle

As the budget showdown in Albany reaches its climax, millions of dollars in education aid for North Country schools hang in the balance. School districts are making tentative plans for what they'd do with the extra money. As David Sommerstein reports, in most cases it's a mix of restoring cuts and lowering taxes.  Go to full article

Pataki, Mohawks Near Landmark Deal

Governor Pataki and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe are reportedly close to an historic agreement that would resolve casino and taxation issues and long-standing land claims in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties. But a signing ceremony for the settlement worth 100 million dollars was postponed at the last minute yesterday. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Assembly Has Votes to Override Pataki Veto

The Democrat-dominated Assembly Monday got the two-thirds votes necessary to override Pataki's veto of a bill that would delay school budget votes around the state from May 20th to June 3rd. The vote was 111-38, 11 votes more than what chamber needed to override. River District Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine, the first North Country Democrat in the Assembly in 30 years, voted with the majority.  Go to full article
Ms. Gaffney's 10th grade biology class
Ms. Gaffney's 10th grade biology class

State Help Too Late For Schools?

New York's legislature has promised to restore some of Governor Pataki's proposed $1.25 billion cuts to school aid next week. That is theoretically in time for school districts to add the extra money to their budgets before they have to be finalized for a vote in May. But many school administrators are playing it safe and moving ahead with school closures, teacher lay-offs, and program cuts. The situation highlights the quandary schools have faced for the past 19 years that New York state budgets have been late. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
The U.S. Customs check-in on Heart Island by Boldt Castle
The U.S. Customs check-in on Heart Island by Boldt Castle

Border Security May Hassle Boaters

Boating season on the St. Lawrence River is still a few weeks away, but cross-border boaters and the businesses who rely on them are worried about new border security measures. As David Sommerstein reports, many boaters would have to cruise hours out of their way to comply.  Go to full article

Ice-Breakers Finish Up Duty

Cargo ships are moving on the Great lakes, but Coast Guard icebreakers are still on duty on the north side of the lakes. The Coast Guard's massive icebreaker, the Mackinaw, smashed ice from its home in Michigan all the way across Lake Superior in Duluth. And the Coast Guard cutter Sundew has been chipping away at the ice in Duluth for weeks. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Chris Julin has this report.  Go to full article

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