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Books: Ice Palace

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, the oldest winter festival in the eastern U.S., celebrates its 107th anniversary when it returns the week of February 6th. The theme for 2004 is "Carnival Time". Author Deborah Blumenthal has written a children's book that focuses on the seasonal tradition in Saranac Lake. Ice Palace celebrates winter, art and community. It's the story of a giant ice castle created out of the frozen landscape from the point of view of a young girl. A work crew that includes people from the village and men from a nearby prison cuts and transports huge blocks of ice and builds them into the ice palace. Deborah Blumenthal, who grew up in New York City, now lives in Texas. But for years she and her family vacationed in the Adirondacks. She spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article

DEC Adirondack Snowmobile Plan: More Details

Last week, New York's Department of Environmental Conservation released its draft comprehensive snowmobile plan for the Adirondack Park. If approved, the plan would reshape one of the region's most popular sports - and affect the North Country's booming snowmobile tourism industry. Marth Foley talks with Brian Mann, who's been covering this story, about the plan.  Go to full article
Sup. JR Risley

Inlet: A Snowmobile Town that Offers Trails & Safety

With the Christmas holidays, the snowmobile season is underway in the North Country. It's a popular sport for many locals -- and it's also big business. Brian Mann spoke recently with JR Risley, supervisor in town of Inlet. Inlet sits on the edge of the Moose River Plains, one of the Adirondack Park's most popular snowmobile destinations.  Go to full article
Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine (D-Cape Vincent)

Aubertine Against Sales Tax Hike

Facing skyrocketing Medicaid and pension costs, county governments are mulling raising the sales tax to boost revenue next year. One North Country lawmaker who would have to...  Go to full article

Commentary: First Christmas in the Adirondacks

Fred Schneider knew the transition from the big city to his family's new home in the mountains wouldn't be too easy. But nothing made the disconnect more evident than his...  Go to full article
Snowmobile Plan unveiled for Adirondack Park

Adirondack Snowmobile Plan: Quiet Release, Loud Response

Late yesterday, the Pataki administration released a landmark plan for snowmobiles in the Adirondacks. State conservation officials say the proposal would create a new...  Go to full article

Counties Survive Budget Crunch Until Next Year

This fall, county governments across the North Country faced what many called 'a perfect storm' of financial distress. Increased pension and health care costs and...  Go to full article

State Prison Officials Say Counties Paying Less

State prison officials say they're doing their part to save counties money -- by cutting the number of "state ready" inmates sitting in local jails. The number of prisoners...  Go to full article

New Research: Adirondack Wetlands Holding Steady

The Adirondack Park Agency has completed a survey of wetlands in the Park, based on analysis of aerial photographs. In other parts of the country, wetlands have been overrun...  Go to full article
Freeskier goes airborne

Lake Placid: Free Skiing, Part Hype, Part Grace

Lake Placid's "Ultimate Bumps & Jumps" competition aired Sunday afternoon on CBS Sports. The two-day competition held at Whiteface Mountain featured some of the best free...  Go to full article

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