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Every athlete has a dream school. Michaila Raby’s no different in that sense. She just competes in a sport not usually associated with high school athletics. Basketball players may envision themselves playing at Syracuse, or volleyball players at Penn State. But what about cowgirls? Michaila has her mind set on earning a rodeo scholarship to Montana State Uni…

A Niagara Falls man was stopped by State Police at 9:56 a.m. Saturday on Tuscarora Road in the Town of Niagara and charged with drunken driving. Troopers said someone called 911 to report a possible intoxicated driver. Police stopped the suspect, Ruben Flores, 50, and he was taken into custody. A breath test revealed a blood alcohol level of 0.28 percent, which three an…

The City of Lockport was approved earlier this week for a $470,000 state grant that Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey said would pay for new computer hardware and software, including more efficient payroll and water and sewer billing systems. Finance Director Scott A. Schrader said there also will be connections to the Niagara County Information Technology Department two blocks f…

City of Lockport firefighters accepted the privatization of city ambulance service in a new contract ratified this week. The city will pay 33 union members $6,000 each in exchange for the union's decision to drop litigation over the 2014 privatization. However, in July, the Fire Department will resume offering paramedic service on major rescue calls, union president S…

Don Paul says a high-tech interactive weather science center would be a boost to Niagara Falls. But his chances of getting city funding for a feasibility study? The forecast isn't promising. Paul, the veteran meteorologist now working for WKBW-TV, is vice president of a group seeking to construct a World Weather Center in downtown Niagara Falls. The center would…

They had dreamed of seeing Niagara Falls since they were children in Zimbabwe, on the other side of the Atlantic. Last week, while visiting friends in Ohio, James and Sta Maodzwa decided they would make the trip to Niagara. [PHOTO GALLERY: Niagara Falls at dawn] Accompanied by their nephew Tongai and their 12-year-old son Ngoni, they booked a room at the Holiday Inn …

Canalside has become the center of the summer outdoor fitness craze in Western New York, but those who don’t often frequent the downtown Buffalo waterfront won’t be left in the cold in the coming weeks. Independent Health will continue to sponsor Fitness in the Parks group fitness classes in several counties. State parks have a slate of hikes, kayaks and other event…

Shirley Carnall’s family wasn’t sure what to make of it five years ago when she joined the Buffalo Outdoor Meetup group. “My dad put it this way: ‘You’re meeting people online and going into the woods with them?’” Carnell was in her late 40s when she clicked on Meetup.com and gained access to dozens of groups for hundreds of outings. It was a welcome…

A Wilson man said Friday that he was under the influence of marijuana when he caused a fatal crash last summer in Porter. Michael A. Buchalski II, 22, of Randall Road, pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and driving while impaired by drugs, in exchange for a two-year sentence - one year on each count - in the Niagara County Jail. State Supreme Court …

A Lockport lawyer accused of stealing more than $63,000 from the proceeds of a real estate sale told an investigator that he spent the money on his 26-year-old son's dental work. "It went in my kid's mouth," Edward R. Thiel told Investigator William Thomson of the Niagara County District Attorney's Office, according to court papers. Thomson interviewed Thiel at Thie…

A Lockport woman who is accused of selling opioids has been indicted on drug charges by a federal grand jury, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Colette Arne, 66, was charged Thursday with distribution of oxymorphone and maintaining a drug-involved premises. Arne faces a maximum possible sentence of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine if convicted. Accordi…

Krista Wander of Lockport and her father drove to the Niagara County SPCA to look for a dog to adopt. She soon wished they hadn't. "The second we walked into the dog adoption center it was filthy, reeked and the dogs were overwhelmingly barking and growling and throwing themselves against their cages," said Wander, who had never been in the Wheatfield shelter before. …

The U.S.-Canadian agency that controls flows of water out of Lake Ontario decided this week to continue the highest outflows ever. For the second consecutive week, the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board allowed nearly 2.75 million gallons per second to flow out of the lake and into the St. Lawrence. The water level in the lake has fallen 4.3 inches sin…

A Canadian company plans to build a new liquor distillery in a Wheatfield industrial park with the aim of reducing costs as he focuses on U.S. customers. Leon Safir of Anat Inc. said he intends to produce as much as a truckload of whiskey and vodka per day, creating five new jobs, at a site his company has purchased in the industrial park off Lockport Road. "For me, …

A downtown Niagara Falls hotel will unveil the results of a six-month-long makeover of its top floor Thursday. The Days Inn at the Falls, 443 Main St., will show off four Diamond Sky Suites and 16 premium guest rooms on the eighth floor, in space that previously was a banquet room. The new rooms and suites increase the Days Inn's room total to 188, said Maggie Barnett,…