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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

U.S.-Canada Relations: How Should Canada Respond?

While the majority of Canadians supported their prime minister's decision to stay out of Iraq, many are also expressing concerns about the ramifications. Business leaders, in particular, worry that the Bush administration will vent its displeasure in the marketplace. They fear contracts may be cancelled and shipments held up at the border. Most people agree relations between the two governments are the worst they've been in recent history. But as Karen Kelly reports, there are different theories on how Canada should respond.  Go to full article

Alcoa Talks Continue

State officials will resume talks next week with aluminum giant Alcoa about the future of the company's two plants in Massena. One of them nearly closed last December. 110 people were laid off. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Trout Season Opens

Whether it feels like spring or not, April 1st is the official start of trout fishing season in New York State. Some of the best trout streams are here in the North Country, and many anglers spent the month of March preparing their fishing gear in anticipation. But there are high water warnings today, and as the experts say, weather and water flow will best determine the outcome of the trout season. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Facing Tax Hikes, Schools Slash Budgets

Across the country, schools are facing their worst fiscal crisis in years. In every part of the North Country, school boards and superintendents were looking at deficits in the millions of dollars to keep things running as is. Instead of asking taxpayers for increases in the 20% range, schools are slashing spending. They're laying off teachers and principals, cutting everything from athletics to driver's education, and in some cases, closing whole schools. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
The Fralick's 1832 stone house near Cape Vincent.
The Fralick's 1832 stone house near Cape Vincent.

Stone Building Group Collecting Opinions, Histories

Stone house owners in Jefferson county are collecting stories, histories and photos of the old buildings. Some say there may be more stone structures in Jefferson county than any other county in the U.S. Todd Moe toured an old stone house near Cape Vincent and chatted with owners Sandra and David Fralick, who are members of the Stone Building Appreciation Society. The group wants to update a listing of old stone buildings in the North Country. For more information about the Stone Building Appreciation Society call 315-782-1558.  Go to full article
David Cyr (2nd from right) and party on Brandy Brook
David Cyr (2nd from right) and party on Brandy Brook

Ice Fishing on the St. Lawrence

The long, cold winter has made for an extra long, if frigid, season for the St. Lawrence River's many ice fishermen. Saturday is the last day of the season on the river. So before the ice shanties came down, David Sommerstein hiked out to the windswept bays to see how the catch has been.  Go to full article

Corps Backs Off Seaway Expansion

A study of the St. Lawrence Seaway is pulling back from expanding locks and channels for bigger ships. Instead, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is going to research more about the Seaway's existing conditions, including environmental concerns. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

Seaway Expansion: Spotlight on Canada

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants to move ahead on a 20 million dollar study of Seaway expansion. Shippers and ports say it's needed. Environmentalists say it could lead to dredging and blasting on the St. Lawrence River. The Corps is waiting on support and money from Canada. David Sommerstein surveys opinion north of the border.  Go to full article

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