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North Country Public Radio Features Outdoor Recreation, July 21-25 (7/16/03)

Getting outdoors is a way of life in the North Country, but it's also a fast-growing industry. From the boating waters of Lake Champlain and the St. Lawrence River to world-famous ice climbing routes in the High Peaks, the region has become a major tourism destination. On Monday, July 21, North Country Public Radio begins a weeklong series that explores the joys and the conflicts that come with living in an outdoor playground. Listeners will hear about the thrills and perils of competing in the Lake Placid Ironman; David Sommerstein examines the tension between motorboat owners who enjoy so-called "poker runs" and residents along the St. Lawrence River, and Brian Mann takes a tour of favorite swimming holes in the region.

The week of special features concludes with an hour-long call-in program on outdoor recreation, airing at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 25th. The show will be co-hosted by David Sommerstein, NCPR's St. Lawrence Valley reporter, and the station's Adirondack reporter Brian Mann. Sommerstein and Mann are award winning journalists whose reporting appears regularly on NPR's Only A Game, Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Guests for the call-in will include Brian McDonnell, a veteran guide and outfitter based in Lake Clear; and Bob Quinn, Executive Director of the Tug Hill Commission.

Throughout the week, listeners can find detailed information about outdoor recreation on-line at NCPR's website, www.ncpr.org/outdoor, including stories and photo-essays on winter camping in the High Peaks, snowmobiling, and wreck-diving in Lake Champlain.


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