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Are you ready to raft? I said, ARE YOU READY TO RAFT? Sorry. Anyway, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office has just now announced details of this year’s Adirondack Challenge, a daylong event to be held this Sunday to promote Adirondack tourism. You...
I’ve been writing a lot recently about tourism in the Adirondacks and the North Country region more broadly.   What I’m finding is kind of a tale of two cities, or rather two very different types of small town.  Some...
Good news for North Country wine lovers this afternoon, as a bill to create the St. Lawrence Wine Trail (here’s a full list of the state’s wine trails) has now passed both houses. North Country Sens. Patty Ritchie, Joe Griffo and Betty...
Campers, hikers, nature lovers: do you go to wild places to get away from modernity? Or do you see value in “having it all?” Here’s why I’m asking. According to the Montréal Gazette (4/29) and other...
With sympathy for the majority of folks who are seriously tired of winter, it has been a fabulous season for skiing. I’m strictly cross country so I can’t speak to downhill conditions. But I imagine those have been good...


Special Reports

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Slideshow
Fishing on the St. Lawrence
Walleye and northern pike season opened the first Saturday in May. David Sommerstein spent a morning with two veteran guides.
Audio Slideshow
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.
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.
Photo/Audio Essay
Inside Dark Island's Castle
On the St. Lawrence River near Chippewa Bay, a representative for the buyers of Dark Island and its historic castle gave David Sommerstein a peek of what visitors could see as early as next summer.
Audio Slideshow
A Journey to Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
In the US Senate debate over the country's energy plan, New York's senators oppose plans to drill for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Brian Mann spent a month in the Alaskan wilderness to research this half-hour documentary report.
Photo Audio Essay
A Hike Up the Red Sandstone Trail
David Sommerstein hikes a new trail under construction along the Raquette River near Potsdam.
Photo Audio Essay
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.
Photo Audio Essay
Snow Art in St. Regis Falls
A team from Dickinson Center won the 2002 New York State Snow Sculpting Competition in St. Regis Falls yesterday. Jody Tosti, an NCPR Team sculptor, spoke with some of her rivals.
Photo Audio Essay
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.
Audio Slideshow
Ellen in Canyonland
NCPR Station Manager Ellen says there's nothing like fear to get her attention as she reports on what she did on her summer vacation.
Photo Audio Essay
Lake Champlain Maritime History, pt. 1
Wreck diving off Burlington with Brian Mann.
Photo Audio Essay
37th Annual Clayton Antique Boat Show
Thousands of people visited Clayton for the 37th annual Antique Boat show and auctiona chance to view St. Lawrence skiffs, launches and runabouts.
Photo Audio Essay
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.

A Rainy Paddle in the Ausable Marsh

The Ausable River flows from the Adirondack Mountains down into Lake Champlain. At its mouth, the river divides into winding channels. The Ausable Marsh, just south of Plattsburgh, is one of the wildest places on the lake. Brian Mann went on a solo paddle on a rainy Saturday and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Adk Wind Project Inches Forward

Developers of an industrial wind project near Gore Mountain in the Adirondacks won a small victory yesterday. The Adirondack Park Agency's board agreed that a new tower, designed to test wind strength, might be allowed to go forward. As Brian Mann reports, the APA staff and some environmental groups want the developers to submit a basic outline of the entire project.  Go to full article
Terri Stanley, under his wife's umbrella at the finish line. Photo by Michael Crowe.

Heard Up North: He Came, He Ran, He Conquered

Marathon runners gathered in Canton on Saturday for the third annual Canton-St Lawrence University Race weekend. And the runner who had come from farthest away was also the winner. He was there, in the rain, to extend a 28 year record... Gregory Warner was there at the finish line.  Go to full article

Farmers, Parents Demand Stricter ATV Laws

Environmentalists, farmers and concerned parents have gotten together to demand stricter laws against the use of All Terrain Vehicles in New York State. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Town of Horicon Loses ATV Fight

ATV riders suffered another setback this week in the Adirondacks. A state supreme court judge ruled Tuesday that the Warren County town of Horicon can't allow 4-wheeler...  Go to full article
Paul Smiths College students pull sample from Adirondack peat bog.  (Source:  Curt Stager, PSC)

Heard Up North: 7,000 Years Inside a Peat Bog

Dr. Curt Stager talks with Martha Foley every week about the natural world -- on Natural Selections. This week, Brian Mann caught Dr. Curt at his day job - and brought...  Go to full article
Researcher Heather Root goes to work (Source: H. Root)

Researcher Finds New Mite Species in Adks

A researcher from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has discovered a brand new species living in the Adirondacks. Heather Root, who grew up in Essex,...  Go to full article

State Curtails Search Near Indian Lake

After more than a week, DEC officials say they're phasing out a search for a man believed missing in the Indian Lake area. George LaForest was last seen on April 21st. His...  Go to full article

Lake Placid to Host 2007 Women's Frozen Four

Lake Placid will host the 2007 NCAA women's hockey championships. The annual Frozen Four competition - the final four of the women's college hockey world - will be at the...  Go to full article

Preview: Upper Hudson Whitewater Derby

Canoeists and kayakers of all skill levels will gather in the Town of Johnsburg this weekend for the 49th Annual Upper Hudson River Whitewater Derby. The event included the...  Go to full article

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