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Budgets eye new road repair aid

Friday, March 13, 2015

The one-house state budgets that passed the Assembly and Senate on Thursday both include extra money to help upstate communities repair roads that are showing their mortality after the last two winters.

Interests competing for ear of governor

Saturday, March 7, 2015
It’s the time of year in Albany for making “the ask.”

CDTA locks in fuel price — for 2017

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015
The Capital District Transportation Authority this week locked in a price of $2.69 per gallon for low-sulphur diesel. But what’s interesting is when CDTA will be paying that price — it’s locking it in for its 2017-2018 budget year, three years from now, and at a lower price than it’s paying today.

Northeast is alone in deep freeze

Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015
If you’re tired of feeling like a freezer waffle, do not — I repeat, do not, for any reason — look at what the National Climate Prediction Center is saying.

Past returns to haunt Saratoga County

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015
Avoiding the questions of whether there are paupers’ graves at the original 19th century poor home site in Milton and the recent financial costs of running Maplewood Manor, there’s still the troublesome legacy of what came between — the old Barkersville infirmary in Providence.

March is the month of great blizzards

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015
If you’re sick of the snowy days and cold nights of the last couple of weeks, I’m here to remind you that it’s only February, and historically the worst storms come in March.

Ballston weighs a slower approach

Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015
Maybe every town in Saratoga County that has transformed from cow country into a country club suburb in the past 50 years has gone through an identity crisis.

Cuomo budgets to fight invasives

Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015
Efforts to fight invasive species across the Adirondacks will get a big boost if Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed executive budget is adopted.

$2 million dedicated to cleaning Lake George

Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015
The Fund for Lake George said it will spend nearly $2 million this year to address the lake’s environmental problems, ranging from invasive species to rising salt levels caused by wintertime road salt runoff.

Partnership has a home — but no staff yet

Friday, Jan. 9, 2015

The Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership still doesn’t have any staff to go out and market the county, but at least it has an office. Or will soon.

Mario Cuomo told truth eloquently

Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015
I only rubbed shoulders with Mario Cuomo once, but it’s a vivid memory.

Task force to target ash borer

Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014
The emerald ash borer, which lives up to its name in being both emerald green and destructively boring to ash trees, has arrived in the Capital Region.

Are trout the coal-mine canaries of lakes?

Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014
For scientists in the trenches studying animal behavior, there’s absolutely no doubt the climate is changing, and wildlife are adapting to it — or not.

Enough hands on deck for DEC?

Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014
Usually, it’s been green groups and state employee unions who have shouted loudest when cuts were proposed at the state Department of Environmental Conservation. This week, though, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli entered the debate with a report that was totally unsurprising in its conclusions, but filled with the kind of detail it takes a numbers-crunching auditor to collect.

Branding the Great South Woods

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014
Calling a vast forest the Great North Woods just has a nice ring to it, as Bob Dylan realized when he wrote “Tangled Up in Blue.” But maybe, at least in upstate New York, there’s room for a Great South Woods, too.

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