From antelopes to zebras, vet gives the OK before they can cross the border

WELLESLEY ISLAND — Dr. Jeffrey J. Huse, 59, inspects all creatures, great and small, as a veterinarian at the Alexandria Bay Port of Entry.

“You wouldn’t believe the stuff he has to check here,” said Shawn P. Lewis, a Canadian trucker waiting for Dr. Huse to approve the load of cattle he was taking south on Thursday morning. [Read more…]

Dairy Queen project clears Jefferson County Planning Board

WATERTOWN — The Jefferson County Planning Board gave the proposed Dairy Queen in the town of LeRay its seal of approval Tuesday, recommending it as a project of “local concern,” which means it will go back to the town planning board for final approval later this week. [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…]

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…]

Jefferson County officials optimistic about airport as Philadelphia service starts today

Watertown International Airport Manager Grant W. Sussey leads a tour for county officials at the county-owned facility. Norm Johnston / NNY Business

Watertown International Airport Manager Grant W. Sussey leads a tour for county officials at the county-owned facility. Norm Johnston / NNY Business

The first Philadelphia-bound flight takes off from Watertown International Airport this afternoon.

And though the switch to the Philadelphia destination from Chicago has caused some controversy, Jefferson County officials said they are optimistic about the county-owned airport’s future.

“There are pluses and minuses,” said Jefferson County Legislator Philip N. Reed, R-Fishers Landing. “I think the pluses will outweigh the minuses in the end.” [Read more…]