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Owens Retiring From Congress: North Country Congressman Bill Owens sits down with Mountain Lake Journal Host Thom Hallock to explain what’s behind his decision not to seek re-election this year and what he plans to do next. You can watch the extended interview by clicking here.
NY 21 Open Seat: We have a slightly clearer picture this week who is, and isn’t, in the running for the now wide open North Country seat in Congress.
Cuomo Budget Plan: The Governor’s budget plan calls for tax cuts, and spending more on education and universal pre-k.
Rooftop Study? There are millions in the Governor’s budget to study a new Route 98, but where exactly would the road go? Will it look at a by-pass for the Canton-Potsdam area along Route 11 or the full-blown East-West “Rooftop” Highway across the Northern Tier that’s been proposed for decades?
Common Core: After months of staying out of the fray Governor Cuomo is appointing a special panel to address complaints over the new Common Core Learning Standards.
Alcoa Layoffs: One of the region’s largest employers prepares to layoff hundreds of workers. Alcoa announced last week it plans to close its Massena East plant. The company says it hopes workers will accept early retirement offers reducing the number of potential layoffs. An Alcoa spokesperson says despite the closing of the East Plant, the company’s proposed 600-million dollar modernization project will move forward.
Made in Clinton County: We’ll take you inside one of the region’s oldest manufacturers, hidden in the heart of Plattsburgh for more than a century in our continuing series on businesses that are economic drivers in Clinton County. Watch the extended interview with Plattco Corporation President & CEO Doug Crozier by clicking here.
Superstar Chosen: A super-big honor for famed North Country Opera Singer Renee Fleming. She has been chosen to sing the National Anthem at this year’s Super Bowl. Mountain Lake PBS Producer Paul Larson profiled Fleming, a distinguished graduate of SUNY Potsdam and the Crane School of Music. Click here to watch.
On Ice: Workers work in frigid below-zero temperatures to cut ice chunks from Lake Flower for this year’s Ice Palace at the 2014 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. Jack LaDuke talks with the director overseeing construction of the centerpiece of the 117-year old winter carnival. To learn more and see a complete schedule of events visit saranaclakewintercarnival.com.