Ted Morgan

K&J – Saranac Lake Teachers Association School Board Candidate Forum

K&J – 051413 – Saranac Lake Teachers Association Candidate Forum

Two incumbents, Esther Arlan and Clyde Baker along with Tracey Schrader and Shir Filler are running for two open seats on the Saranac Lake School Board.

Unedited Audio; Candidates introduce themselves;

AUDIO – 051413 – SLCS Candidates – 01 – intros

Question Number One; “Other than eliminating jobs and programs, what can be done to mitigate the yearly shortfalls in state aid to the district?”

AUDIO – 051413 – SLCS Candidates – 02 – Question 1

Question Number Two; “What do you believe the district’s long term plan should be related to consolidation of schools and shared services?”

AUDIO – 051413 – SLCS Candidates – 03 – Question 2

Question Number Three; “What other ideas to you have to further engage the community in discussion about the direction of the school district?”

AUDIO – 051413 – SLCS Candidates – 04 – Question 3

Question Number Four; “Preparing students for america’s job initiative is a national priority. What would you like to do to in this district to increase and improve student access to computers and other classroom technology?”

AUDIO – 051413 – SLCS Candidates – 05 – Question 4

Audience Question Number One; “What do you see as the advantages or the disadvantages of a long tenure on the school board?”

AUDIO – 051413 – SLCS Candidates – 06 – Audience Question 5

Audience Question Number Two; “How can a person run for the school board or serve on the school board if they have a spouse who is a teacher?”

AUDIO – 051413 – SLCS Candidates – 07 – Audience Question 6

Audience Question Number Three; “On the topic of teachers who are unhappy about the amount of testing”

AUDIO – 051413 – SLCS Candidates – 08 – Audience Question 7

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Talk of the Town Tuesday 5/14/13

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Podcast Tuesday 5/14/13

WNBZ News 7am Podcast – 051413

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K&J – “History Matters” A Panel Discussion on Hunting in the Adirondacks

K&J – 051313 – Historic Saranac Lake – Hunting Camps

Bob Brown moderates a panel including Joe Hacket, Jack Fogarty and Billy Allen discussing traditions, hunting camps and the changing times.

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Essex County Board hears from “Families First”

AUDIO – 051313 – May is Mental Health Month – Families First speaks with Essex County Board

Joanne Caswell is Executive Director of Families First…  She tells the Essex County Board of Supervisors May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. At a recent Essex County Meeting, Caswell says  21% of children age 9 to 17 have a diagnosable mental health or addictive disorder.. and she says “Unfortunately 79% of those don’t receive any services so the stigma associated with mental health is still here with parents and their kids”

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Big Audiences for New Choir during John Brown Weekend

AUDIO – 051313 – John Brown Day – North Country Choir

John Brown Day brings very large crowds and the premier of a new Oratorio called.. Voices of Timbuctoo..  We speak with the composer and the Choir’s Director plus Martha Swan, Director of John Brown Lives.

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NCCC Graduates Fill Sparks Athletic Complex

AUDIO – 051313 – NCCC Graduation

Two hundred eighty five students were awarded Associate degrees at the ceremony, and Eighty six received one-year certificates. Graduates filled the center of the Sparks Athletic Complex and were flanked on either side by parents and friends sitting in the bleachers and standing along the back wall.. We caught up with a few of the students during the proceedings..

NCCC Commencement

 

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Talk of The Town Monday 5/13/13

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Podcast Monday 5/13/13

WNBZ News 7am Podcast – 051313

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Podcast Friday 5/10/13

WNBZ News 7am Podcast 051013

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Talk of the Town Friday 5/10/13

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K&J – Interviews Historic Saranac Lake Executive Director Amy Catania

K&J – 050913 – Amy Catania – Historic Saranac Lake

We’re speaking with Amy about The Historic Saranac Lake WIKI, whose talking about our history, The Saranac Laboratory on Church Street, The “History Matters” lecture series and much more.

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Gov’t Reveals Hospital Charges to Medicare

AUDIO – 050913 – Medicare Publicizes Hospital Charges CVPH vs AMC pricing

For the first time, the government is publicly revealing how much hospitals charge, and the differences are astounding: Some bill tens of thousands of dollars more than others for the same treatment, even within the same city.

Medicare Deputy Administrator Jonathan Blum asks “Why does a joint replacement cost 40 times as much at one hospital as at another across the country? It’s a mystery.. It doesn’t make sense he says.. and the higher charges don’t reflect better care.. and he continues by saying The Discrepancies are too huge to be explained by obvious differences among hospitals, such as a more expensive regional economy, older or sicker patients, or the extra costs of running a teaching hospital.

The average charges for joint replacement range from about $5,300 at one Oklahoma hospital to $223,000 in Monterey Park, Calif. the Department of Health and Human Services says those numbers don’t include doctors’ fees.

At CVPH in Plattsburgh, the average billing for 136 joint replacement cases is $36,182. Medicare paid $17,411 on average to CVPH for those procedures… There were 66 cases of Major Joint Replacement at Adirondack Medical enter in Saranac Lake and the average Charges were $29,116 That’s 40% lower than the national average.. Further Medicare paid $14,522… That’s a difference of $2,889 per patient for similar procedures.

We speak with Chandler Ralph, President and CEO of Adirondack Health..

In Eleven of the 21 types of cases listed AMC reports billed amounts fifty percent or more lower than the national average. Medicare payments were half again on average lower than that..

Click here to view charges via a New York Times Interactive Pricing Map

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Four Surplus Parcels Auctioned in Saranac Lake

AUDIO – 050913 – Saranac Lake Surplus Property Auction

A Surplus Property Auction in Saranac Lake Wednesday nets the Village $4,000.  (*Note: Mr Dukette purchased parcel 44.76-7-23, a landlocked parcel. It is one of three referenced on Olive Street. Mr Fox bought 446.76-7-24. This parcel does have a right of way to the street. The Gallaghers bought 446.76-7-26, an adjoining parcel to their property and Mr Kirsch purchased the 447.70-3-5 parcel for Doreen Straton who owns adjoining property.)  05-08-13 Property Auction Notice

 

 

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AMC’s Lake Placid Community Meeting #2 at the LPCA

AUDIO – 050913 – AMC Community Meeting at LPCA

More strong commentary from residents of Lake Placid at AMC’s second public meeting to discuss the Emergency Room in Lake Placid.

2013-05-08 19.24.15Unedited audio of the entire meeting below;

AUDIO – 050813 – Unedited Audio – AMC Public Meeting at LPCA

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Talk of the Town Thursday 5/9/13

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Beach Return Committee reaches 36% of Fundraising Goal

AUDIO – 050913 – Lake Flower Beach Return

The question of returning the beach to Lake Flower requires study. Lake Flower Beach Return is raising $5,000 Towards the feasibility study. We’re speaking with Shawn Boyer about beach related  issues.

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Where’s the Focus on Businesses?

The DOT is focused on crosswalk repairs, The DPW, focused on removing an old sidewalk. No Parking Signs sit on the street in areas unaffected by this work, placed there in anticipation of work scheduled for some time in the future. Who is focused on local businesses in the area who are severely impacted by even the loss of one parking spot on the street.

Two New Principals in Lake Placid

AUDIO – 050813 – Lake Placid School Board Selects Principals

Those Board Members who were present at the Wilmington board meeting unanimously accepted committees recommendations  to appoint Theresa Lindsay as Middle School Principal and Dana Wood as High School Principal.

Interim Superintendent Roger Catania speaks to the Lake Placid School Board via Skype.

Interim Superintendent Roger Catania speaks to the Lake Placid School Board via Skype.

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Tupper Residents Approve $3.2 Million Bond

AUDIO – 050813 – Tupper Lake Mandatory Referendum

The Vote was 362 to 300 in favor of approving the villages request to borrow up to $3.2M towards the new emergency services building.

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