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Book review: "Nehasane Fire Observer"

In the early '40s, the superintendent of Nehasane Park, the vast preserve west of Long Lake asked Francis Boone to be the observer in the Park's fire tower. Nehasane Fire Observer, An Adirondack Woman's Summer of '42 is the first-hand account of that summer in the wilderness--a young woman finding her way in life alone in a fire tower, immersed in the outdoors, and coping with the ever present danger of living alone in the woods. Betsy Kepes and her family spend their summers at a fire tower in Idaho. She has this review.  Go to full article

School Budgets Up For Vote

It's been a rollercoaster ride this spring for New York's educators. Governor Pataki proposed a billion and half dollars in cuts to school aid. The state legislature passed a budget that restored much of the money. Pataki vetoed that budget. The legislature overrode the veto. School budget votes were delayed by two weeks to give the political wrangling time to run its course. Now people are readying to approve or reject their schools' spending plans next Tuesday. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Interim APA Chair Discusses Agency Challenges

Last week, Governor George Pataki named a new interim chairman to lead the Adirondack Park Agency. Rochester attorney Jim Townsend will take over at the June meeting. He says he's agreed to run the APA board until a permanent chairman is found. Townsend spoke with Brian Mann about the challenges facing the Agency.  Go to full article

Lake Placid Forum Draws Presidential Hopefuls

Organizers say four contenders for the Democratic party's presidential nomination will visit Lake Placid this week, for a two-day forum on rural issues. The event - which...  Go to full article

Adirondack Council Cuts Back

The tough economy is hitting one the region's most powerful environmental groups. The Adirondack Council has laid off nearly a quarter of its staff. Spokesman John Sheehan...  Go to full article
Camp Severance, ca. 1920. © 2003 The Adirondack Museum

Adirondack Kids Camps: Summer Through the Eyes of Children

The Adirondack Museum opens today for the summer season. A major new exhibition looks at the history of the region's summer camps. For millions of children, especially kids...  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Vertical Forests

Forests that grow on miles of steep-sloped land can be a bit different from those which grow on level or moderately-sloped land. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley discuss what...  Go to full article
Alleged ATV damage <br />Source:  Adirondack Council

New Bill Would Ban ATVs In The Adirondacks

Two state lawmakers are pushing to ban ATVs on what they describe as "sensitive" areas of state forestland. The new bill would sharply restrict use of four-wheelers in the...  Go to full article

Landmark Land Deal Preserves Southern High Peaks

New York state and a pro-environment group will buy nearly ten thousand acres of land on the southern border of the High Peaks. The landmark deal - announced Wednesday by...  Go to full article

A Whitewater Trip On the Living Hudson

Fifty miles from its source on Mt. Marcy, the Hudson is a rocky, alpine river. It's also one of the country's most popular stretches of whitewater, passing through seventeen...  Go to full article

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