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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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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.

APA Withdraws Campground Regulation

The Adirondack Park Agency has withdrawn a proposed regulation that could have adversely affected owners of campgrounds and long-term campers in the Adirondacks. The decision, which was announced Thursday by Senator Betty Little, comes after a meeting last week between elected officials around the park, campground owners, the APA and other state officials. As Chris Knight reports, the agency was under intense political pressure to scrap the proposed regulation.  Go to full article

Pataki Seeks Tougher Boating Regulations

Officials say the Lake George tour boat that capsized this weekend killing 20 passengers was not appropriately certified to carry 48 passengers. The Ethan Allen was carrying 47 passengers and a captain when it capsized Sunday. National Transportation Safety Board acting chairman Mark Rosenker says a road test on the boat's twin sister yesterday found the boat started to become unstable after just three barrels, each weighing 477 pounds, were placed on its left side. The board was planning to test 12 barrels. 12 would have been the equivalent of 48 passengers. Rosenker also said passengers on the Ethan Allen did not receive a safety briefing before their trip. Such a safety briefing is not required by state law, however. Yesterday, Governor George Pataki says he'll propose new standards for tourboats in New York. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article

Coast Guard Looks at Passenger Weight Guidelines

The captain of the Ethan Allen, 74-year-old Richard Paris, gave a blood sample voluntarily earlier this week. Full results of yesterday's tests by the National Transportation Saftey Board won't be available for months. The preliminary report added to mounting evidence that the Ethan Allen may have been top-heavy before it capsized Sunday afternoon. Eyewitness Joyce Cloutier, from Loudonville, told an Albany TV station that the Ethan Allen appeared "extremely unstable" as Paris struggled to keep it upright while making a right-hand turn. Cloutier says passengers started toppling to one side of the boat, which then capsized. She watched the accident from another boat about fifty yards away. Cloutier's voice was heard on a 9-1-1 tape released Tuesday.

U.S. Coast guard officials say they've begun rethinking the weight calculations that determine how many passengers a boat can carry safely. The tour boat on Lake George isn't governed directly by the Coast Guard rules, but safety recommendations influence state guidelines. The rules would also affect boats operating on the St. Lawrence River and Lake Champlain. Brian Mann spoke with Coast Guard spokeswoman Angela McArdle, who says expanding waistlines may force a change in standards.  Go to full article

Michigan Town Grieves After Lake George Tragedy

Many of the passengers board the Ethan Allen were visiting Lake George as part of a leaf-peeping tour. They were elderly men and women, mostly from Michigan. Brian...  Go to full article

Playing With Fire

Some of us are more practiced at building fires than other. But sometimes all the practice in the world doesn't help. Commentator Betsy Kepes just got lucky.  Go to full article
The <i>Ethan Allen</i>.

Lake George Tourboat Accident Claims 21 Elderly Tourists

At least 21 elderly tourists died yesterday in on Lake George when their sightseeing boat capsized in a bay near Diamond Point. Many of the 49 passengers aboard were with a...  Go to full article

DEC Truck Crashes on Vandalized Bridge in Disputed Champion Lands

State officials are investigating the vandalism of two bridges in the Champion Easement lands near Santa Clara in the northern Adirondacks. One of the bridges collapsed...  Go to full article

In Potsdam, State Spreads Word on CWD

The Department of Environmental Conservation held a meeting on chronic wasting disease in Potsdam last night. It's one in a series around the state to inform hunters about...  Go to full article

Adk Boy Scouts Will Merge With Albany

The Boy Scout council that serves Clinton, Franklin and Essex counties faces growing financial difficulties. The group closed their summer camp near Malone in August. The...  Go to full article
Chasing the ball in Keene<br />Source: Bark Eater Inn

A Polo Ground Ringed by Peaks

Autumn is generally a time for football and maybe some last rounds of golf before the snow flies. In Keene, this is also the season for polo. The polo team sponsored by the...  Go to full article

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