News Director Reen Cook brings you the latest local and regional news report live from the CKON News Center.

is Ottawa's Trans Mountain insurance raises hopes in the oilpatch, but plenty of challenges remain

Tony Seskus, Kyle Bakx · CBC News

In the corridors of Alberta's legislature and around the oilpatch, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau's commitment to backstop construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline project was greeted with optimism Wednesday.

For a project that's been devoid of much hope recently, this was no small feat.

But Ottawa's promise of financial indemnity, which is basically a big insurance policy if Kinder Morgan has to pay for delays caused by the B.C. government, is not a silver bullet for the challenges still confronting the project. Nor is it a guarantee Kinder Morgan will decide by month's end to break ground on the $7.4-billion pipeline that would ship heavy oil to the West Coast.

Not yet, anyway.

Mohawk Gaming Enterprises, LLC Selects New General Manager

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

AKWESASNE — The Mohawk Gaming Enterprises, LLC, is pleased to announce the selection of Todd Papineau as the new General Manager of the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort (AMCR). Papineau takes over the AMCR leadership role following the departure of former-General Manager Shannon Keel in October 2017. In making the announcement, appreciation was expressed to Assistant General Manager Emily Lauzon for serving as the Acting-General Manager while a search was conducted for Keel’s replacement.  

Tribal Election Board Announces Unofficial Candidates for 2018

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

Akwesasne, NY - The following is the unofficial roster of candidates who have accepted their nominations by close of business on Wednesday, Onerahtohkó:wa /May 9, 2018 in no particular order:

Tribal Clerk 

Betty Roundpoint 

Summer Bero

Corleen Jackson


Cory Tarbell 

Benjamin Herne 

Phillip Tarbell 

Marjorie Skidders

Tribe’s Elders Benefit Pilot Program Receives First Applicant

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

On Onerahtohkó:wa/May 12, 2018, Saint Regis Mohawk Senior Club President and Elders Benefit Working Group Member Lois Thomas became the first applicant (#0001) for the Elders Benefit Pilot Program, a new tribal program created to provide financial assistance to tribal elders. Beginning on Ohiarihkó:wa/July 15th, tribal elders 68-years old or more who reside in or within the 15-radius of the Tribe’s jurisdiction will receive quarterly disbursements of $600 ($200 each month). Funding for the new pilot program is from new revenue sources that do not affect services that tribal members and the overall community currently receive. To be eligible, tribal elders need to complete an application in-person with the Tribe’s Compliance Department, located in the Community Building at 412 State Route 37 in Akwesasne, New York. Those requiring assistance can arrange for a home visit to apply by calling (518) 358-2272. The deadline to submit an application for the first disbursement of $600 is Ohiarí:ha/June 12th.

Thousands still without power in Hudson Valley; 2 tornadoes confirmed

May 17--The mid-Hudson's death toll from Tuesday's storm rose to two, and the region on Wednesday continued to deal with thousands of power outages, and roads blocked by felled trees, utility poles and power lines.

Parts of Sullivan County and all of the City of Newburgh remained under states of emergency.

Wednesday afternoon, Town of Newburgh police confirmed that a 58-year-old woman was killed about 5 p.m. Tuesday when her parked car was struck by a tree on the grounds of Mount Saint Mary College's Desmond Campus off Albany Post Road in the Town of Newburgh.

Couple accused of faking son's cancer plead not guilty, released without bail

Stephen Bailey -

Montezuma, N.Y. -- A Port Byron couple accused of soliciting donations under the guise that their 10-year-old son had cancer pleaded not guilty to multiple charges Wednesday evening.

Martin and Jolene LaFrance entered not guilty pleas on charges of scheme to defraud, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, at Montezuma Town Court. If found guilty, they could face up to five years in prison and $6,000 in fines.

Both were released without bail by Judge Cary Eldridge.

AG’s office seeks to stop Watertown pet store from selling animals

- Watertown Daily Times

WATERTOWN — The state attorney general’s office has filed a lawsuit seeking to permanently prevent the operators of a Watertown pet store from selling dogs or other pets.

The office filed state Supreme Court action Tuesday at the Jefferson County clerk’s office against Bell Pet Co. LLC, which does business as The Pet Zone in the Salmon Run Mall, as well as at three other locations within the state.

Potsdam school board approves funding for armed school resource officer

- Massena Daily Courier

POTSDAM — Starting next school year, a retired police officer will be working at the Potsdam Central School District as an armed school resource officer.

During a special April 9 budget meeting, the school board agreed to allocate $30,000 in the proposed 2018-19 school budget for the 10-month SRO position.

The decision to pursue hiring a retired police officer in partnership with the Potsdam Village Police Department was made at the May 8 school board meeting.