Archives for January 2014

Unsanctioned Casino Trial Moved To May

The federal court trial of a Hogansburg man accused of operating an unsanctioned casino on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation has been pushed back until May.
Here’s Jack Murphy…

Malon Fire Victim Update

The 19-year-old Malone man injured in Tuesday’s fatal house fire continues to fight for his life.
Jared Smith’s condition went from serious to critical on Thursday and he is on life support at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.
Smith suffered severe burns to his face, hands, throat, and lungs and has been on life support since his arrival at the hospital. He also suffered from a collapsed lung.
Jared’s mother, 45 year old Pamela Taylor, died in the fire at the family home on South Street in Malone Tuesday.
Her body was discovered in a second-floor bedroom. Autopsy results have shown that Pamela Smith died from smoke inhalation.
Her boyfriend, 39 year old Vernon Rivers, escaped the burning building and was treated at the Alice Hyde Medical Center for smoke inhalation and burns to his hands and legs.
They lost everything in the blaze, and the community is now trying to collect donations of clothing and basic necessities for the survivors of that deadly blaze.

Fire Blamed On Electrical Short

Early reports based on initial investigations into the cause of the fatal fire in Akwesasne last Sunday seem to indicate that some sort of electrical failure was the cause.
46 year old Jarius Chrisjohn, 5 year old Javin Chrisjohn, and 3 year old Hunter Chrisjohn, all of St. Regis Road, Akwesasne died as their home burned last weekend.
Autopsy reports show the three died from smoke inhalation. Two other family members, 27 year old Michelle David, and her son, 8 year old Jericho Chrisjohn, escaped the flames.
Tribal police expect the final fire report to be released by the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control in coming weeks.

Dr. Phil Sued

A couple whose troubled daughter was featured on an episode of Dr. Phil is suing him, claiming that he traumatized her during treatment. Terri and David Myers are seeking unspecified damages after Phil McGraw offered their daughter free treatment at a facility in Island View, Utah. The couple says their daughter suffered severe mental and physical abuse while at the facility.

Beware The Pig Virus

The Canadian government is providing emergency access to a vaccine to protect against a virus that is killing piglets in southern Ontario.
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said Thursday the government will allow importation of the PED+ vaccine for use in Canadian pig herds as a precautionary measure, even though the vaccine is still in testing.
The government in Ottawa says it has spent more than $29 Million to assist the hog industry reduce the spread of infectious diseases.
The vaccine will be made available to farmers under veterinarian supervision.

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Farm Bill On Its Way to US Senate

The farm bill is on its way to the Senate. Here’s Don Murley.

COPY—The bipartisan compromise version of the Farm Bill sailed through the House of Representatives yesterday, with 60% of lawmakers voting yes. It’s a 5 year, $500 billion package. The last Farm Bill expired two years ago. And the U.S. has been without a comprehensive agricultural strategy since then.
The bill provides a new margin insurance program to protect dairy farmers from low milk prices and high feed costs. It also includes a robust program to protect wetlands, grasslands, and forests. It offers organic farmers more generous crop insurance. And it continues a beginning farmer program.
The bill cuts food stamps by 800 million dollars, which is a tenth what Tea Party Republicans wanted to cut from the program, but twice what liberal Democrats were initially willing to cut.
North Country Congressman Bill Owens voted for the bill, which also includes measures he co-sponsored to export apples to Canada and better marketing of New York maple syrup.
The bill is on its wat to the Senate, where it’s expected to pass easily.
I’m Don Murley

And the discussion continues…….

As political pundants continue discussing who will fill Bill Owen’s seat in the 21st district Democratic party leaders in the North Country say they’ll wrap up interviews with potential candidates for the region’s House seat the first week in February. And, Republicans already have at least three candidates seeking the seat.
In a press release issued this morning, Washington County Chairman Sheila Comar said the Democratic party leaders are expecting to complete their selection process by mid-February.
The search for a new Democrat to run for the 21st district seat began, when Congressman Bill Owens from Plattsburgh announced that he won’t run again.

Rally Held In Albany Aimed At Saving Chateaugay Prison

Hundreds of people showed up Wednesday afternoon in Albany to listen to state legislators who said they would fight against the Cuomo administration’s plans to close prisons across the state, including the Chateaugay Correctional Facility.
Ed Histed has more…

Wednesday’s “Save Our Services” rally was organized by Public Employees Federation to stop the planned closures and cuts.
Those in attendance say there were a lot of positive comments and there was a lot of good feedback from the legislators who spoke about saving the facilities, and the jobs that go hand in hand with them.
Many unions were also well represented, including PEF, the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, and the Civil Service Employees Association.
Folks from Franklin County handed out “Save Chateaugay” booklets to legislators.
The booklets are full of facts, statics and information about the economics of the community and the facility, including facts about Chateaugay and Franklin County.
Closing the Chateaugay Correctional Facility will result in the loss of 111 jobs locally, that represent a $5.8 million annual payroll loss to the local economy.
Chateaugay Correctional Facility is still set to close July 26.

Malone Winter Carnival Revue Tonight And Friday

It may be cold out there, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bundle up and get out for a little mid-winter fun.
Here’s a chance for you to shake off the winter doldrums, and relieve some cabin fever.
The Malone Winter Carnival Revue is set for 7 o’clock tonight and Friday night in the Malone Middle School auditorium. Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.