State budget includes full funding for Fort Drum road, buffer projects

The new state budget includes all of the funding for Fort Drum road and buffer efforts initially proposed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

The budget includes $25.8 million for a pair of road projects on Route 26, and $1.5 million for the Army Compatible Use Buffer program. [Read more…]

Frozen harbors leave local fishing charters out in the cold

Boats still in winter storage sit Sunday at Harbor’s End Marina along the frozen shoreline of Henderson Harbor. By Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

Boats still in winter storage sit Sunday at Harbor’s End Marina along the frozen shoreline of Henderson Harbor. By Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

HENDERSON HARBOR — Ice that refuses to thaw is creating a “reel” problem for local charter fishermen.

Radar images collected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show that about one quarter of Lake Ontario — primarily its eastern shore — is still covered with ice. [Read more…]

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to visit Fort Drum Monday, opposes House budget keeping sequestration

Days before his scheduled Monday appearance at Fort Drum, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter had tough words for congressional lawmakers looking to bypass traditional avenues to fund his department. [Read more…]

Snirt Run secures insurance policy from New Jersey company

BARNES CORNERS — The Snirt Run has insurance, Barnes Corners Sno-Pals President Gary R. Stinson said Wednesday.

Mr. Stinson said the club was able to get its policy for the event on its fourth attempt, this time from an insurance company in New Jersey. The event is scheduled for 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 18. [Read more…]

Experts say Drum cuts would negatively impact old houses in city


WATERTOWN — An exodus of up to 16,000 personnel at Fort Drum would create an unprecedented housing crisis here, as the city’s older houses would face a greater risk of foreclosure and falling into disrepair, according to industry experts. [Read more…]

Fort Drum commander: boosting defense spending without addressing sequestration a “Band-Aid”

FORT DRUM — Maj. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend called the proposal to increase defense spending by $20 billion while leaving other sequestration cuts in place a temporary solution that would make it hard for the Army to plan future training and deployment operations.

“Putting annual money on it is a Band-Aid, not a solution,” Gen. Townsend said Monday. [Read more…]

Maple Weekend kicks off; to continue next weekend

WATERTOWN — A visit from Olaf from “Frozen” on Sunday afternoon was an adequate addition to the chilly second day of Maple Weekend at Massey Ranch.

“Yesterday it was the rain and wind, today it’s the cold. But it’s been a full house every single day,” said Shawn Massey, owner of the 20605 Combs Road facility. [Read more…]

Stefanik: congressional delegation at Fort Drum reception shows ‘historic’ support

CLAYTON — Representatives from four upstate congressional districts showed their support for Fort Drum on Thursday during a reception at the Antique Boat Museum — a feat Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, called “historic.” [Read more…]

Potential Army cuts daunting for all military bases

As the north country prepares to argue against cuts at Fort Drum, the looming drawdown of troops has spurred responses at military communities nationwide. [Read more…]

Lawmakers in Albany stress importance of Fort Drum during military-themed event

ALBANY — With little certainty on the direction of potential personnel cuts at Fort Drum, words of support for the post came from state Senate lawmakers from beyond the north country. [Read more…]