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Controversial Article Ignites Snowmobile Politics

Last month, a former official with New York's conservation department outraged many snowmobile riders when he joked about killing people who drive their sleds on trails in the Adirondacks. The comments were published in the Adirondack Explorer newspaper. Now, snowmobile activists say they'll use the controversy to pressure officials in Albany. As Brian Mann reports, the sport's advocates want longer and wider trails.  Go to full article

Declining Enrollment May Close Some Area Schools

Parents filled the high school auditorium in Saranac last night. Many were angry over a new report that could lead to the closure of two of the district's elementary schools -- in Dannemora and Cadyville. District officials say a dwindling number of students has forced them to make changes. As Brian Mann reports, schools across the North Country face sharply declining enrollments...and some painful decisions.  Go to full article

Adirondack Boosters Gleeful Over Mars Rock

NASA scientists are planning some serious trouble-shooting today, hoping to regain contact with the Mars rover "Spirit". It's been two days since we've heard from "Spirit", other than a quick "hello" yesterday. But when we last had significant news from Mars, the rover was contemplating a rock named "Adirondack" by NASA. The name has this region's tourism officials pumped up. But why the name "Adirondack"? Martha Foley talks with Orlando newsman Pat Duggins, who reports on NASA news regularly for NPR.  Go to full article

Music: Old-time Banjo and Fiddle

Phen Canner (left) and Everett Smith (right) join Martha Foley and Todd Moe in the studio for old-time and Adirondack lumbercamp music on bango and fiddle.  Go to full article

Rangers Say DEC Policies Jeopardize Public Safety

Forest rangers in the North Country say new Department of Environmental Conservation policies are making it harder for them to respond to emergencies. Rangers now need...  Go to full article
Bill Knoble shapes his clay

Pottery Made For Use, Captures The Eye

It's easy to think of art as a sort of passion - a divine madness. But for many creative people, the moment of truth is found in the work, in the process. For potter Bill...  Go to full article
Martha Gallagher (left) and Sue Grimm.

Music: Martha Gallagher and Sue Grimm

It's music and conversation with Martha Gallagher and Sue Grimm. In a recording from last April, Martha Gallagher, the Adirondack Harper, and Sue Grimm celebrate spring with...  Go to full article
Saranac Lake artist Tim Fortune

Saranac Lake: A Village Where Art Happens

Many artists say they need a community of creative people to do their best work. That sense of passionate give-and-take can be hard to find in rural areas. But in Saranac...  Go to full article
4-wheeler damage in Adirondacks

APA Closes 3 Roads to 4-wheelers, Broad Ban Likely

On Thursday, the Adirondack Park Agency banned all-terrain vehicles from three roads that cross the forest preserve in Lewis County. Under pressure from recent court...  Go to full article

A Second Skier Dies on North Country Slopes

A skier died Monday at the West Mountain ski center outside of Glens Falls. The death was the second skiing fatality in a week to hit the region's slopes. Brian Mann has...  Go to full article

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