Tuesday, August 14, 2018

What's The Story?

By Luke T. Bush

PLATTSBURGH CITY, NY - August 14, 2018

There's a problem when I get some of my news through podcasts and Facebook.

Case in point: local WPTZ-TV news anchor Stephanie Gorin and the state trooper incident.  

I heard about this through a podcast entitled "Stephanie Gorin Is Above The Law," Trashcast episode #11.  Provocateur Matt Hall and his cohort discuss local news stories with a usually irreverent tone.  This time they touched upon an incident they had heard about when Stephanie Gorin confronted a state trooper regarding the arrest of her husband.

Stephanie's husband is retired Plattsburgh City police chief Desmond Racicot.  The Press Republican had reported on its front page above the fold that Desmond had been arrest for an expired inspection sticker and DWI (online copy here.)

I haven't discovered the date when Stephanie confronted the trooper.  So far no mainstream local media have said anything about the incident except for News Director Dave Andrews at WIRY radio.  He talked about the situation in a commentary; a copy of it can be found here.

Dave Andrews explained Stephanie showed up at a the scene of an investigation by New York State Police into suspected meth lab materials. The news anchor asked for the trooper's name and allegedly became distraught when she recognized the trooper's name as the officer who had arrested her husband for DWI.  As the story goes she threatened the trooper for just doing his job, keeping dangerous drunk drivers off the road. Apparently the trooper had to call the TV station to have Stephanie removed from the scene.  Later the trooper received an inquiry from the Raybrook main station inquiring how the trooper had treated Stephanie.

Besides WIRY no other mainstream local media have covered this story.  So what did happen?  What are the facts?  The only discussion can be found on Facebook and Reddit.

The purpose of a news organization is to publish news, not sit on it.  If any details of this incident are incorrect then they should be evaluated by journalists and shared with the public.

In the meantime I'll have to get my news from Trashcast and Facebook.

Monday, August 13, 2018

A Renamed Jeep

A Posted Squirrel

Bee World

S. Booker Mural Celebration & Exhibit

For the rest of this month the Strand Center for the Arts is exhibiting the works of S. Booker.  In his memory SCA is selling his last paintings.

Previous to the exhibit's opening Plattsburgh Outside Art celebrated Booker's life and art with a special ceremony at the completed mural based on one of this works, the 4th of July.   Many friends and acquaintances gathered for the event on the corner of Durkee and Bridge streets.

The opening followed with a great turnout at the SCA.

Two of the mural artists, Amy Guglielmo [L] and principal artist Les Cosgrove.

Moustache fun.

Poring over S. Booker's sketchbooks.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

The Last Detail

PLATTSBURGH CITY, NY -- July 31, 2018

The ceramic garden mural on the Plattsburgh Public Library south wall is nearing completion.  The final addition is being installed, transparent tubing that will recycle blue orbs  -- "raindrops" -- representing nature's water cycle.  The Outdoor Art - Plattsburgh Public Art Project has installed other colorful murals in downtown Plattsburgh City.

(Click on each image to enlarge.)