North Country News

Picture of marijuana plant
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On Wednesday, Canada became the largest country in the world to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.  The country shares nearly 4,000-mile border with the United States, excluding Alaska, and while some of the states abutting that border have also legalized pot, the federal government has not.  So authorities on both sides of the border are warning travelers that they cannot bring legal Canadian pot across the border.

Picture of marijuana plant
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With Canada now the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace border officials are emphasizing that crossing the U.S. border with pot is illegal.

Businesses attend International Trade Day in Plattsburgh
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The North Country Chamber of Commerce held its first ever International Trade Day in Plattsburgh Wednesday.  The program brought together border officials and businesses to network and get updates on cross-border regulatory changes.

Picture of marijuana plant
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reiterating that marijuana remains illegal under U.S. federal law as Canada makes it legal.

Emily Martz
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In the summer of 2017 Emily Martz resigned from the Adirondack North Country Association and announced she was running in the Democratic primary for New York’s 21st Congressional District. She lost that bid and subsequently decided to run for state senate. She is challenging Republican incumbent Betty Little to represent New York’s 45th Senate District. Martz says while she respects Senator Little there are a number of reasons she decided to challenge her.

Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is seeking her third two-year term representing the 21st district of northern New York.   During a visit to Plattsburgh this week she talked about the campaign saying while national analysts like the Cook Political Report and Sabato’s Crystal Ball rank the district as safely Republican, she continues to reach out to voters.

A 14-year-old has been charged with murder following a stabbing in Clinton County, New York Thursday.

Frontier Town
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State and local officials are marking the completion of the first phase of a long-awaited project intended to create a new gateway to the southern Adirondack region.

New York Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is campaigning for reelection to a third two-year term to represent the sprawling 21st House district. During a visit to Plattsburgh Tuesday, Stefanik discussed several national issues with WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley. Several of the victims of the Schoharie limousine crash that killed 20 people have ties to the district. Stefanik says Congress should act to tighten regulations on the vehicles.

Friends, family and acquaintances across the state are mourning the 20 people who died in a limousine accident in Schoharie, N.Y. this weekend.  After police identified all the victims, grief is reaching all corners of the state.

NY Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul visits Plattsburgh
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The day after she announced a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award in Amsterdam and hours after doing the same in Albany, New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was in Plattsburgh Thursday to examine projects supported by the first round of awards in 2016.

Plattsburgh City Hall
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In 2013, New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli implemented a Fiscal Stress Monitoring System that evaluates local governments. This week the office issued the scores for municipalities with fiscal years that ended on Dec. 31, 2017.  Plattsburgh was among the communities listed with the second-highest level of fiscal stress.  As WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the score was not a surprise to Mayor Colin Read.

An oil tanker train passes through Plattsburgh (file photo)
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A new report from environmental groups in the region warns of a potential resurgence of shipments of crude oil through the Adirondacks. Its recommendations include a call for a federal ban of oil by rail transport through the region.

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North Country law enforcement officials are highlighting the benefits of a tri-county collaboration supporting a  specially trained law enforcement team.

Main Street, Lake Placid, NY
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In May, the Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court threw out an effort by Lake Placid to obtain two parcels of land on Main Street by eminent domain. This month village officials approved a bond resolution to purchase the property.

State of the Park cover
Paddlers on Boreas Ponds - Photo by Nancie Battaglia / Adirondack Council

Every year the Adirondack Council publishes its analysis of actions by the governor, legislature, courts, state attorney general, state agencies, local governments and federal policies that affected the 6 million-acre park. The latest State of the Park report came out this morning.

Roaring Brook Falls
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Starting Friday, the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation will prohibit parking on the shoulders of both lanes of Route 73 near the Roaring Brook Falls Trailhead in the Adirondacks.

An award-winning, longtime newspaper reporter in New York’s North Country announced his retirement during Plattsburgh’s Common Council meeting Thursday night.

Plattsburgh resident Ira Barbell talks to the City Council 9-13-18
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Plattsburgh’s mayor and common council held a public hearing last night on the mayor’s proposed 2019 city budget.  But no one commented on the $59 million fiscal plan.

New York Democratic Senator Kristen Gillibrand was in Plattsburgh this week. The Democrat says lawmakers need to use the Farm Bill to increase jobs by promoting manufacturing in rural areas.

SUNY Plattsburgh's 9-11 memorial
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SUNY Plattsburgh held its annual 9-11 commemoration today to remember the students from the campus lost when the Twin Towers collapsed, and the need to support first responders as health repercussions surface years later.


The Essex County, New York Board of Supervisors passed a new local law this week that raises the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21.

Mayor Colin Read releases the proposed 2019 Plattsburgh budget
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Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read has released his proposed 2019 fiscal budget for the Clinton County city.  The mayor says it enhances the city’s financial stability while staying within New York state’s tax cap.

Mayor Colin Read releases the proposed 2019 Plattsburgh budget
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Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read issued his 2019 budget proposal Friday afternoon.  He says the $59 million plan makes progress towards improving the city’s fiscal status.

Police Chief Levi Ritter (left) discusses school resource officer plan with Plattsburgh Common Council
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The Plattsburgh Common Council on Thursday approved hiring two armed resource officers for the city school district.  The move follows a contentious city school board meeting last week on the topic.

Adirondack Park sign
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The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation announced this week that the management plans have been finalized and implementation action is now underway for two areas in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks.

Winning Battle of Plattsburgh poster by Momot Elementary School student Braydon Caraballo. The image will be used for event buttons.
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Twenty years after the first Battle of Plattsburgh commemoration, city officials and organizers were at city hall today to highlight some of the events planned for September 6th through the 9th.

Alyssa Fenton
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The Make-A-Wish teen arrived in a limo with her parents and a friend. Her hair had been done and she wore a new dress for the occasion. But unlike many kids, her desire was to pay it forward and help another charity in Plattsburgh.

This week, the Environmental Protection Agency released its proposed Affordable Clean Energy, or ACE, rule which would replace the Obama era Clean Power Plan.  The move is coming under fire from environmental groups in our region, who believe it would mean more pollution and acid rain deposition in the Adirondacks.

Plastic straws
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A number of municipalities across the country are considering banning plastic straws.  City of Plattsburgh officials plan to gauge whether residents approve of the idea before moving forward with a ban.