December 10, 2012

Lookback: Dec. 10-16

25 YEARS — 1987

▶ The most logical and least environmentally damaging plan for controlling sea lamprey populations in Lake Champlain is the application of lampricides, a Department of Environmental Conservation official said during his presentation at Plattsburgh State. The DEC plan for combating lamprey calls for treatment of 14 waterways, nine of which are in New York, four in Vermont and one in Canada.

▶ A state Supreme Court judge ruled against the City of Plattsburgh and said that certain Municipal Lighting Department customer accounts are public information and must be open for inspection. Judge Dominick J Viscardi’s decision was a victory for the Press-Republican, which sought access to MLD’s commercial and private customer files as part of an ongoing investigation of that city department.

▶ Clinton County legislators may have resolved a lingering hiring policy debate over non-competitive highway jobs, but it took a near political collision between Democrats and Republicans to do it. Job vacancies would be filled by legislators on a rotating basis, according to the proposal, with legislators from each of the 10 districts taking turns making an appointment.

▶ The Adirondack-Lake Champlain area has been chosen by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a possible lake-forest biosphere reserve. The reserve program is a global network of cooperative research sites that study the impacts of human activity on specific environmental ecosystems, but carries no judicial or regulatory weight.

50 YEARS — 1962

▶ The architect for Plattsburgh’s proposed new high school believes he can redesign it so as to hold the bond issue down to $1.5 million. Warren H. Ashley of West Hartford, Conn., said he plans to reduce costs by shrinking the square foot area of the original plan and cutting corners on the cost of equipment and landscaping.

▶ A Plattsburgh KC-97 stratotanker abandoned by his crew over central New York may have crashed northwest of Goose Bay, Labrador, according to the Air Force.

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