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Profile: Ross Whaley is Pataki's Choice to Lead APA

The Adirondack Park Agency is meeting this week in Saranac Lake. Governor Pataki has announced his choice for a new chairman for the agency. Ross Whaley is former President of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and also worked a researcher at the U.S. Forest Service. Whaley has a home on Upper Saranac Lake. He spoke with Brian Mann about his career and his hopes for the Park Agency.  Go to full article

Paul Smith's Conferees Link Phosphorous Pollution to Development

Scientists at a water quality conference at Paul Smith's College say phosphorous pollution is damaging lakes and rivers across the Adirondacks. Despite decades of environmental controls, pollution levels continue to rise, triggering algae blooms and threatening the region's sport fishery. As Brian Mann reports, critics say new regulations are needed on farms and for new home developments.  Go to full article
Barbara McMartin, Author, Activist

Barbara McMartin, Adirondack Historian, Guide & Activist

For 30 years, Barbara McMartin has been one of the Adirondacks' most prolific authors. From her home in the southern Adirondacks, McMartin has also played a leading role in the Park's political life, authoring histories and public policy reports, and serving on prominent committees. She's now in the final months of her tenure as chair of the Forest Preserve Advisory Committee, which offers advice to the Department of Environmental Conservation. McMartin sat down recently to talk with Brian Mann about her career and some of the issues facing the Adirondack Park.  Go to full article

State Task Force to Study Invasive Species

Governor Pataki has signed a law that sets up a task force to come up with a solution to curb zebra mussels and other invasive species. The plan is to not use any chemicals...  Go to full article

Paul Smith's Hosts Water Quality Conference

Paul Smith's College is hosting the first Adironrack Water Quality Conference in collaboration with the state and environmentalists. The conference will address the...  Go to full article
The Bartok cottage sits on a shady slope behind a large house on Riverside Drive in Saranac Lake

Hidden History: A Visit to the Bartok Cabin

Hungarian composer Bela Bartok and his wife, Ditta, spent three summers in the Adirondacks in the mid 1940's. During their visits to Saranac Lake he composed two...  Go to full article

NYS Firefighters Head West

New York state sent a crew west yesterday to help fight wildfires in Montana. Half of the 20 person team is made up of fire experts based in the north country. Brian Mann...  Go to full article

"Cloudy Water" Investigated on Lake George

Scientists on Lake George are investigating an enormous patch of discolored water that's been spotted in the northern end of the lake. Experts say the slick could be an algae...  Go to full article
Dark "freckles" southeast of Jupiter's Red Spot are stupendous impact craters from Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9.

Looking Up with Astronomer Dave Levy

David Levy has discovered 21 comets--8 from his own backyard. He's managed to turn a childhood fascination with science and the night-sky into a career as an author,...  Go to full article
Sarah Cohen, store manager Mike Wilcox, and Linda Cohen

New Book Offers Glimpse Into Old Forge's History

In the late 1890's Moses Cohen arrived in the west central Adirondacks with a peddler's pack, and in 1900 opened a hardware store in Old Forge at the foot of the Fulton Chain...  Go to full article

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