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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.
2002 gold medalist Tristan Gale (Source:  US Dept. Ed.)
2002 gold medalist Tristan Gale (Source: US Dept. Ed.)

Harrassment Charges Rock Olympic Sled Team

Just thirty-six days before the Winter Olympics open in Turin, Italy, the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation has suspended one of the team's top coaches. Female athletes have accused Lake Placid native Tim Nardiello of sexual harrassment. Nardiello has denied the charges and has called on the Federation to resolve the dispute quickly. As Brian Mann reports, the case has thrown into turmoil a program that accounted for a third of America's gold medals in the last Winter Olympics.  Go to full article
Skating on the Rideau Canal. Photo of the Day by Donna Kientz Matoes

Tips for the World's Longest Skateway

Ottawa's Rideau Canal is still not open for the season. But it won't be long before thousands of people hit the ice there -- businessmen with briefcases, moms with kids, tourists. The canal runs from the edge of the city, Dow's Lake, all the way downtown -- about five miles. While waiting for the ice to thicken, Lucy Martin spoke with Jasmin Simard, the owner of Figure Eight Skate Specialist, in Ottawa. With 30 years of experience in outfitting customers, he had some tips for a good skate -- when the green flags are flying.  Go to full article
The games in Italy draw North Country athletes

North Country Athletes Prepare for Olympics

The 2006 Winter Olympics get underway next month in Turin, Italy. A quarter century has passed since the last Winter Games were held in Lake Placid. But this region continues to cultivate a strong field of Olympians. At least nine athletes from northern New York will compete in Italy. Nancy Battaglia is a veteran photographer based in Lake Placid. She'll be North Country Public Radio's correspondent in Turin, checking in regularly and contributing pictures for our website. She told Brian Mann that Olympic dreams are still a strong part of Lake Placid culture.

Note: In addition to the athletes Nancy mentioned, there will also be ten New Yorkers competing for the men's and women's Olympic hockey teams. They include Clarkson alum Craig Conroy from Potsdam and Kathleen Kauth from Saratoga Springs.  Go to full article
James Anderson a month before his death (Source: C. Anderson)

Adult ATVs "Deadly" for Young Riders

The popularity of 4-wheeled all-terrain vehicles continues to grow. Nationwide sales in 2005 were expected to top nine hundred thousand machines. Here in the north country,...  Go to full article
Carolyn Anderson (Source: C. Anderson)

A Child, a 4-Wheeler and a Deadly Accident

There's a national debate underway over the best ways to prevent children from riding adult-sized ATVs. All sides agree on one thing. Kids under the age of sixteen should...  Go to full article
Tim Nardiello (Source: USBSF)

Lake Placid Olympic Coach Accused of Harrassment

National skeleton sled team coach Tim Nardiello has been accused of sexual harassment by several female team members. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Tupper Locals Urge Careful Review of Resort

Tupper Lake's town board held a public hearing last night to take comments on zoning changes proposed by developer Michael Foxman. Foxman hopes to build a seven hundred home...  Go to full article

Three Lakes, Two (Beaver) Dams, and a Carry: A Paddle Postcard

The end of the year is a time for looking back. And one major thing that happened this year at the station was that we got a new reporter, Gregory Warner. He had only been...  Go to full article
Marcus Pavon (Source:  ANC)

A Bronx Teen's First Taste of the North Woods

This week on the 8 O'Clock Hour we're featuring audio diaries - first hand glimpses of our world. This morning, a first experience of the Adirondack Mountains. The...  Go to full article
A misty bay on Lake Baikal

Audio Diary: From Keene Valley to Lake Baikal

Naj Wikoff, from Keene Valley, is spending eight months in Ulan Ade, in the Lake Baikal region of eastern Russia. Since August, Naj has been keeping a web-diary of his...  Go to full article

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