REDC: The winners of the statewide competition for economic development money were announced this week. The North Country region was awarded 60-million dollars for projects to help boost the economy and create jobs in the northern tier. Among the projects getting funded in this 4th round is $2-million dollars to help build a new cheese plant in Chateaugay, $435-thousand dollars to Spencer ARL to hire 42 new workers as the company expands its plant in Plattsburgh to build buses and ambulances, and $372-thousand dollars to help the Wild Center in Tupper Lake market its new attraction, The Wild Walk, that it hopes will bring more tourists to the Adirondacks. Altogether, The North Country has been awarded about $330-million dollars over the past 4 years to help finance nearly 300 projects.
COMBAT MISSION ENDS: The last of the soldiers from Fort Drum’s 10th Mountain Division come home from the war in Afghanistan.
TEST DRILLING GETS GO-AHEAD: A judge rules a the controversial NYCO mining project and land swap in the Adirondack Park can move forward over the objections of several green groups.
COMMUNITY HELPS SCHOOL REBUILD: A fire has closed St. Mary’s School in Ticonderoga and forced students and teachers into makeshift classrooms for the rest of the school year. Matt Henson reports on how volunteers from the community and even across the country are pitching in to help St. Mary’s rebuild. Watch the story by clicking here.
TOY TRAIN: Christmas comes early for hundreds of kids and their families as the Marines Toys for Tots Train makes a stop in Port Henry, New York. To learn more visit toysfortots.org/donate/toys.
LEFT TO DIE: A starving dog is rescued and being nursed back to health after being found abandoned in Plattsburgh. To learn more click here.
DANGEROUS CARGO? A move this week by regulators in North Dakota could significantly improve the safety of the trains moving crude by rail through the North Country.
COMMISSIONER RESIGNS: New York’s Education Commissioner John King, who has been the target of much of the criticism over the new Common Core learning standards is resigning to take a job with the Obama Administration.
DIGGING OUT: The North Country digs out from a classic nor'easter, and more than a foot of heavy, wet snow, that knocked out power to thousands.
JCEO: The JCEO’s 13 food pantries in Clinton and Franklin Counties are serving more recipients than ever as many families and senior citizens struggle to make ends meet. CEO Bruce Garcia joins us for our weekly roundtable discussion. Watch the Extended Roundtable interview by clicking here. To Volunteer/Learn more about JCEO and their efforts visit jceo.org.
HALL OF FAME JOURNALIST: After 65 years in journalism reporting from the Adirondacks and around the world, Jack LaDuke is honored by the Vermont Association of Broadcasters with an induction into its Hall of Fame.