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Environmentalists Slam Snowmobile Plan

Conservation groups are condemning a new snowmobile plan proposed for the Adirondack Park. At a hearing last night in Albany, environmentalists argued that the proposed corridor system would mean construction of new 12-foot-wide roads in the Park -- a violation the "forever wild" provision of the state constitution.
As Brian Mann reports, snowmobile advocates say this opposition from "green" groups reflects a growing bias against motorized recreation.  Go to full article

NY Farms Fare Better in New Census

The hemorrhaging of farms and farmland in New York is slowing down, according to new data from the agriculture census. Large farms are growing, and a small, niche market farm is emerging as a strong force. Still, almost half of the state's farmers rely on other jobs to make ends meet. David Sommerstein has details.  Go to full article

Nat'l Guard Families Braced for Send-Off

Some 2000 family members and friends filled Fort Drum's McGrath Gymnasium Saturday for an emotional farewell to 700 New York National Guardsmen. The soldiers, many from the North Country, are in the final preparations for a year-long mission in Iraq.
They will soon become the first New York National Guard infantry unit sent into combat since World War Two. They'll replace an active duty combat force serving in Iraq. The 108th's roots date back to 1898 when it was created as a voluntary infantry unit. Today, its members come from all across upstate New York and western Vermont. As David Sommerstein reports, families are bracing themselves for a difficult year ahead.  Go to full article
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A Rink-Side Seat to History

David Sommerstein talks with Steve Yianoukos, associate athletic director at Clarkson University. He drove the zamboni at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics, including the...  Go to full article
Mark Laycock, newly named Conductor of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta.

Lake Placid Sinfonietta Hires New Conductor

Maestro Mark Laycock was recently named Artistic Director and Conductor of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta. Laycock, a violist, trained under the Curtis String Quartet, and is a...  Go to full article
DEC's Rob Davies, Colton's Hank Ford, and Sen. Ray Meier debate snowmobile plan

Colton: Snowmobilers Call for Wider, Longer Trails

New York's Conservation department was expected to begin a series of public hearings next week, on a controversial snowmobile plan for the Adirondack Park. But yesterday,...  Go to full article

Lewis County Speedway Deal Under Investigation

State officials are looking into whether Lewis County properly transferred $500,000 of highway funds to an auto racetrack near Lowville. The speedway's owner was a large...  Go to full article

Commentary: To Build (yet another) Fire

It may be no mystery to a Boy Scout or a Girl Scout, but commentator Fred Schneider, a recent transplant to the region, found that there is much to learn about making a good...  Go to full article

Market-based Approach to Mercury Reductions

For the first time, the U.S. government is preparing to regulate mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. Part of the administration's proposal is to use a...  Go to full article

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...  Go to full article

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