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Special Reports

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Harold Weston: Remembering an Adirondack painter's "Wild Exuberance"
The Adirondack Museum features a Weston exhibition this summer: "Wild Exuberance." Brian Mann with curator Caroline Welsh.
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Researcher Finds New Mite Species In Adirondacks
Heather Root has found at least one new type of tiny tree mite at the Huntington Wildlife Forest near Newcomb. Root does her research while dangling in a harness high above the ground in the maple tree canopy, where she also found rare forms of lichen not seen in the Adirondacks for decades.
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A Look Inside Temple Beth Joseph, Tupper Lake
Beth Joseph Synagogue in Tupper Lake is the oldest synagogue in the Adirondacks. Built in 1905, its origins stem from the late 1800s, when Jewish immigrants from Russia and eastern Europe arrived in America. It had been closed up for decades when a summer resident asked to take a look inside. What she found was a national treasure.
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St. William's on Long Point
In the late 1800s, St. William's was the parish church for Raquette Lake and served many of the Irish and French-Canadian Catholics who were the early pioneers on the Lake. Today, it's a seasonal camp and cultural center, accessible only by boat. Todd Moe visited during restoration work.
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Skiing The Route of the Seven Carries
Over the weekend, temperatures in the Adirondacks topped sixty degrees. There's not much snow in the backcountry, but many lakes still have a solid layer of ice—and people are still getting outdoors. Brian Mann skied the Route of the Seven Carries—a traditional canoe route north of Saranac Lake.
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90 Miles by Canoe… in a Single Day
The 90-mile Adirondack Canoe Classic takes paddlers from Old Forge to Saranac Lake. Race organizer Brian McDonnell paddled the entire course in a single day—a journey he describes as the "90-mile cannonball."
Photo/Audio Essay
A Trek up Mt. Adams
A land deal will add thousands of acres to the state forest preserve, but it will almost certainly mean the removal of an antique fire tower that sits on Mt. Adams, near the town of Newcomb. Brian Mann made the climb.
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Adirondack Rail: on the Old New York Central Line
For seventy years, the New York Central carried passengers to Malone and Lake Placid and points in between. The old line is all but abandoned now. But trains still make the run a few times each year, bringing supplies and equipment to the tourist railroad in Lake Placid. Brian Mann made the trip this spring.
Photo Audio Essay
Children's Camps in the Adirondacks
The Adirondack Museum opens today for the summer season. A major new exhibition looks at the history of the region's summer camps.
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Gary Randorf: Wild Adirondack Photography
Gary Randorf is one of the region's veteran photographers. His new book is called The Adirondacks: Wild Island of Hope. Brian Mann talked with him on a shoot in the Dix Mountain Wilderness.
Photo Audio Essay
Summer at the Seagle Music Colony
For 87 years, the Seagle Music Colony in the eastern Adirondacks has offered talented young singers a secluded summer haven to polish their skills.
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Winter Camping in the Adirondack High Peaks
The Adirondacks' High Peaks can be a hard place to find peace and quiet during the busy summer months. Many people choose the winter to get their fix for solitude among New York's tallest mountains. Winter camping offers unique pleasures and sometimes, unexpected perils. Brian Mann and David Sommerstein got plenty of both on a late winter expedition to Lake Colden and Algonquin Peak.
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Rock Climbing in the Adirondacks
People climb looking for adventure and amazing views—and a deeper connection to the mountains. Brian Mann climbed Hurricane Crag during the peak of this year's leaf season.
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Discovering Adirondack Old Growth Forest
The Adirondacks are home to some of the East's largest Old Growth Forests. Martha Foley talks with a naturalist who spent part of this summer finding the towering trees.
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Preserving Adirondack Alpine Meadows
Adirondack Nature Conservancy program volunteers haul rocks up into the High Peaks to protect fragile ecosystem from erosion.
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A Barn-Raising in Upper Jay (Real 6:23)
These days, most new barns are built quickly with steel frames and sheet-metal siding. But some landowners are taking a little more time, using methods and materials passed down over hundreds of years.
APA Chairman Ross Whaley
APA Chairman Ross Whaley

Adks After Pataki, Pt. 3: The View From Inside

This week, we're talking with some of the politicians and activists who will shape the Adirondack Park Agency's future after Governor George Pataki leaves office in January. Three local government leaders who sit on the APA commission have left or are stepping down. The agency is also facing new criticism from North Country lawmakers, including state Senator Betty Little. They have called for sweeping changes to the environmental laws that make up Park Agency Act. Ross Whaley chairs the APA commission. He says the shifting tide in Albany has brought new scrutiny and tension to his agency.  Go to full article

ORDA Ski Weekend Scrutinized

An Assembly committee put Olympic Regional Development Authority President and CEO Ted Blazer under the microscope Tuesday over the Congressional Winter Challenge. The annual retreat has been held in Lake Placid since 1998. Supporters say it's a way to get support for federal aid to Lake Placid's Olympic venues. But, as Chris Knight reports, critics believe the event is a taxpayer funded vacation for lobbyists.  Go to full article
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Adks After Pataki, Pt. 2: Beef Up APA?

This week, we're talking with some of the politicians and activists who will shape the Adirondack Park Agency's future after Governor George Pataki leaves office in January.
Over the last year, state Senator Betty Little, a Republican from Queensbury, has called for the APA's power to be curtailed. A few local government leaders say the agency should be abolished. But with Democrat Eliot Spitzer leading the governor's race by a comfortable margin, some pro-environment groups see this as an opportunity to strengthen the APA regulations and enforcement power. Brian Mann spoke with the Adirondack Council's John Sheehan, who says the political vacuum created by Pataki's departure has triggered new tension. (Yesterday, Brian talked with state Senator Betty Little; tomorrow: Ross Whaley, chairman of the APA.)  Go to full article
State Sen. Betty Little

Adks After Pataki, Part One: Scrap the APA?

In their Sunday editorial, the editors of the Glens Falls Post Star suggested that the Adirondack Park Agency may have outlived its usefulness. A growing number of...  Go to full article

ORDA Claims Huge Economic Impact

The Olympic Regional Development Authority has released a new study showing that the state agency generated more than $320 million worth of economic impact in the North...  Go to full article

With Pipe and Book Closes in Lake Placid

One of the North Country's cultural landmarks is closing. With Pipe & Book, a popular used bookstore and tobacco shop in Lake Placid, will close its doors after 29 years. ...  Go to full article
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Whitewater Ramble: East Branch of the Ausable

Heavy rain this summer has been tough on farmers and on the North Country's tourism business. But the wet weather is great news for whitewater paddlers. Many streams that...  Go to full article

Books: The Couloir

Todd Moe talks with author Richard Manichello about his debut novel The Couloir. He reads from his book this afternoon (3 pm) at The Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid....  Go to full article
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In Tupper Lake, A Wild Beginning

Tupper Lake's new "Wild Center" opened yesterday. The $25 million natural history museum has been more than eight years in the making. The massive celebration was attended...  Go to full article

Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks: Opening Day

The Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks opened today in Tupper Lake. Brian Mann called in from a press tent in a makeshift village built to handle the crowds...he spoke...  Go to full article

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