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Whitewater rafters take a break at the confluence of the Indian and Hudson rivers Tuesday. This will be the finish line for Sunday's Adirondack Challenge whitewater rafting race on the Indian River.<br />Photo: <a href="http://adirondackdailyenterprise.com/page/content.detail/id/537944/Floating-at-the-finish-line.html?nav=5008">Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Chris Knight</a>
Whitewater rafters take a break at the confluence of the Indian and Hudson rivers Tuesday. This will be the finish line for Sunday's Adirondack Challenge whitewater rafting race on the Indian River.
Photo: Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Chris Knight

Rafters, paddlers and pols to face the Adirondack Challenge

A small Adirondack town will host a big event this weekend. The Adirondack Challenge, to be held in the town of Indian Lake, will feature a series of whitewater rafting and canoe and kayak races.

The event was first mentioned earlier this year by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State speech as a way to draw more visitors to the Adirondacks. Town officials and business owners hope it will provide both a short and long term boost to the local economy.

Chris Knight visited Indian Lake this week and filed this report.  Go to full article
Assemblyman Dan Stec says the Adirondack Park's dialogue has "evolved."  Photo: Brian Mann

In Adirondacks, maybe we really can get along

When the Adirondack Common Ground Alliance formed seven years ago, it seemed like a rare, small voice calling for a better dialogue.

Former Adirondack Park Agency chairman Ross Whaley once said that the political culture inside the blue line was so combative that people "would rather fight than win."

But even many skeptics now say the Common Ground Alliance -- which held their annual meeting Thursday in Newcomb -- has helped shift the conversation and even produced some tangible victories.  Go to full article
Brian Mann interviews Mike Carr, head of the Adirondack Nature Conservancy.  His group is devoting $500,000 to helping spark new economic projects in the Park near the former Finch Pruyn timberlands (NCPR file photo)

Adirondack Nature Conservancy offers $500,000 to boost jobs

The Adirondack Nature Conservancy says it will provide $500,000 in grant funds to help businesses and communities developing new projects around the former Finch Pruyn timberlands.

Tens of thousands of acres of land in Indian Lake, Minerva, and Newcomb are being added to the state forest preserve. Governor Andrew Cuomo has argued that the new lands will help boost the Park's tourism economy.

The Conservancy's Mike Carr says this grant fund is designed to help make that happen.  Go to full article
Chicks at Renee Smith's farm, DeKalb Junction, NY. Photo: Julie Grant

Local chicken processing gets USDA cerification

The North Country local food movement just got a big boost. The ribbon was cut Thursday on a new, USDA-certified, mobile poultry processing unit.

The project is...  Go to full article

This weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren, of the Adirondack Almanack, joins us Friday mornings with information about local outdoor and back-country conditions.  Go to full article
Marjorie Lansing Porter.  Photo: TAUNY

Saving the long-forgotten songs of the North Country

Traditional Arts in Upstate New York is spearheading a collaboration on a ground-breaking project to showcase and raise awareness of the folk music of the Adirondack North...  Go to full article