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The South African team dissects boilies on the St. Lawrence.
The South African team dissects boilies on the St. Lawrence.

World's Anglers Try to Reel in Million Dollar Carp

British carp fishermen Tim Paisley and Steve Briggs are lapping the competition at the World Carp Championship on the St. Lawrence River. They've hauled in more than 1000 pounds of carp, triple their next closest challengers. No one's caught the million dollar record-breaking carp yet, though. An American, Ed Gilstrap, has caught the biggest so far at 38 pounds, 14 ounces. David Sommerstein was on the shoreline earlier this week to sample the sporting and economic dimensions of carp fishing.  Go to full article

A Floatplane Flock Gathers In Speculator

Dozens of floatplanes from all over the country flocked to Speculator this weekend for the Federal Aviation Administration's annual floatplane safety seminar. The gathering is meant to offer pilots new training and information. But it's also a chance for floatplane hobbyists to show off their lovingly restored planes and to test their skills on the water. Brian Mann was in the crowd on Saturday and sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence Ready for World Carp Event

Communities along the St. Lawrence River are preparing to host what organizers call "the Olympics of carp fishing". More than 120 teams from all over the world will compete. The top prize is a million dollars. As David Sommerstein reports, the World Carp Championship could be an economic boost for a part of the river that struggles to attract tourists.  Go to full article

Preview: National Trails Day

Hundreds of outdoor enthusiasts in the North Country will spend tomorrow cleaning up, mending and clearing trails. Those who use trails in the region will help celebrate...  Go to full article

Anglers' Repose on the St. Lawrence

Hundreds of anglers are converging on the St. Lawrence River between Ogdensburg and Massena for the 2005 World Carp Championship. Competitors will represent more than 20...  Go to full article

ATVs, Freedom & Controversy: A Talk With Judy Wendt

In the North Country, the debate over motorized recreation - ATVs, snowmobiles, motorboats and jetskis - has hardened. The issue marks a bitter dividing line between...  Go to full article

APA Hears Opposition To "Primitive" Tag for State Land

The Adirondack Park Agency held a public hearing in Saranac Lake on Friday to discuss management of state forests in Franklin County.  Go to full article
Sean Manning with a 30 lb carp. (source: American Carp Society)  <i>To volunteer at the tournament in Waddington, call : 315-764-5654, or 310-488-8205.</i>

World Carp Championship Coming to Waddington

The 2005 World Carp Championship, the largest and most prestigious carp sporting event in the world will be held on the St. Lawrence River in Waddington, June 4th through the...  Go to full article
Camping on Sacandaga (Source: NYS DEC)

Despite Rain, Campgrounds Expected To Fill Up

Despite the rainy forecast, traffic is expected to be heavy this weekend at north country campgrounds. Earlier this spring, five of the region's campgrounds made a list of...  Go to full article
ORDA Board Chairman Charles Gargano (Source:  ESD)

Appeal Rejected in ORDA Contract Dispute

A state appeals court has once again ruled in favor of the Olympic Regional Development Authority. ORDA was sued over the awarding of a lucrative food services contract for...  Go to full article

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