Forest fire in Brasher

Firefighters from 10 departments along with the Department of Environmental Conservation responded to a five- to six-acre fire off Murray Road May 18. See story for more details. Photo submitted by DEC.

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BY MATT LINDSEYNorth Country This Week POTSDAM — Potsdam Central School’s Board of Education met Tuesday, where Superintendent Joann Chambers shared a budget presentation outlining the 2020-21 budget. The budget tax cap is 2.84%, which will raise $13,945,896, an increase of $385.505 from the previous year. Chambers said PCS will not ask taxpayers to override the tax cap as she realizes many are... Read More >>
AKWESASNE -- The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) and the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe (SRMT) are keeping Akwesasne under a state of emergency and all emergency measures taken continue to be in effect, according to a joint release from the two governing bodies. They say Akwesasne community members are asked to continue adhering to all the preventive and protective measures authorized by the... Read More >>
CANTON — Canton Central School mailed absentee ballots on Wednesday, May 27. “If a resident of the district does not receive a ballot by Monday, June 1, contact  Autumn Brown at 315-386-8561 ext. 44202 or email her at [email protected],” said CCS Superintendent Ron Burke.   Read More >>
Two North Country politicians blasted Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his last-minute decision to not allow the regional economy to re-open despite the area meeting the metrics for phase 2 of the plan. “I have heard from hundreds of frustrated and upset local officials and small businesses who are understandably outraged by the unacceptable and arbitrary decision by Governor Cuomo to move the goal posts... Read More >>
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) urged hikers to be cautious and postpone hikes on trails above 2,500 feet until high elevation trails have dried and hardened. North-facing trails have retained snow and ice late into the season this year. As snow and ice continue to melt at high elevations, steep trails pose a danger to hikers, thin soils are susceptible to... Read More >>