July 1, 2013

Lookback: July 1 to 7

25 YEARS — 1988

▶ The U.S. Air Force plans to move its entire fleet of FB-111 bombers from bases in Plattsburgh and Portsmouth, N.H., to Britain and arm the 51 planes with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles as part of a push to bolster the defense of Western Europe. The future of the SAC bases where the FB -111s now roost was unclear.

▶ The City of Plattsburgh is receiving serious consideration as the terminus of a Canadian natural gas pipeline and the site of a gas powered electricity generation plant. City and state officials confirm that an out-of-state electricity generation firm has visited Plattsburgh and is interested in building a plant here.

▶ State police investigators testified that Mark Edward Smith was on a 10–hour beer drinking binge before he supposedly stabbed Alison Baker to death during the wintry night of Feb. 12 in Hague. According to Warren County District Attorney H. John Hendley, there is speculation that State Police investigators may have mishandled evidence from the murder scene because of rumors that Baker had AIDS, although no proof that she suffered from the disease has been released.

▶ The state Supreme Court judge issued no decision on the Saranac/Dannemora school merger, setting bureaucratic wheels in motion for consolidation of the two districts. A court decision is eventually expected, but district superintendents are proceeding with the understanding that the merger became official July 1.

▶ A prominent Montréal developer has expressed an interest in possibly developing an enclosed shopping center on the 100-acre Fort Montgomery Estates property in Rouses Point’s north end. Victor Podd, who is president and chief executive officer of Fort Montgomery Estates Inc., confirmed recently that an “experienced, major shopping center developer from Montréal” is interested in the Fort Montgomery Estates site.

50 YEARS — 1963

▶ A landslide on Route 73 in Keene Valley has blocked a four-mile stretch of roadway, trapping some 40 cars. State engineers estimate the road will be closed for at least three days while debris is removed.

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