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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...
Well, today we’re all hunkering down for yet another winter storm. But take heart, spring is around the corner. That’s why the National Capital Commission (NCC) closed the Rideau Canal yesterday, ending the 44th Skateway season And what...
Bias alert: I like winter. Maybe that’s because I’m not from these parts and haven’t had time to get sick of it yet. But I love the beauty, the way it changes all the time, all the winter sports, cosy sitting beside a crackling...
Public radio: it’s your go-to source for important, hard-hitting topics so often ignored by main-stream media. Such as the annual Christmas Bird Count, a popular event in environmental circles in the U.S. and Canada, as shown by this map of...
It’s been an eventful winter, weather-wise, so far. This time around the Ottawa region is not getting the big snowstorm that’s pummeling the U.S. northeast. But we’ve got the same cold temperatures. (It’s a frigid -27 C, or...


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.

Debate Over St. Lawrence Water Levels

The International Joint Commission is four years into a five-year, $20 million study of water flows in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. It's looking at how water levels affect everything on or in the water - from harbor drafts in Montreal to boaters in the Thousand Islands to muskee in the St. Lawrence to homeowners outside Rochester. The IJC is holding meetings in Massena tonight and Alexandria Bay tomorrow to gather public input. Dalton Foster, Massena, is president of the International Water Levels Coalition, a grassroots citizen group. He's the former chairman of the public input branch of the IJC study. He told David Sommerstein the St. Lawrence Seaway and Massena power dam forever altered the way water flows to the ocean.  Go to full article
British actor Tom Felton lands one on the St. Lawrence

Banking on a Carp Economy

A bright light is emerging for the North Country economy from an unlikely source. Carp--those bottom-feeders of the fish world--are luring anglers from all over the world to the St. Lawrence River between Ogdensburg and Massena. This Thursday in Waddington, the 2nd Annual St. Lawrence International Junior Carp Tournament will draw about a hundred young anglers and their families. One of the biggest carp boosters is St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce director Karen St. Hillaire. She told David Sommerstein initially she was skeptical carp could be an ingredient in economic development.  Go to full article

APA Approves Controversial Jay Bridge

On Friday, the Adirondack Park Agency approved a controversial plan to build a new bridge across the east branch of the Ausable River. The structure - in the town of Jay -- will sit just downstream from the old covered bridge, which will now serve as a foot and bicycle crossing. As Brian Mann reports, the 7-million dollar project is still dividing locals after years of debate.  Go to full article
"Sunday Drive" -- 2003 Best Of Show

Preview: Classic Boats on Lake Champlain

The 19th Annual Lake Champlain Antique and Classic Boat Society Show will be held at the Essex Marina on the New York side of the lake this Saturday. Dozens of historic,...  Go to full article

Critics Say State Aid Needed To Beat Milfoil

For a decade, Eurasian watermilfoil has spread across the north country, choking lakes and killing native plants. Critics say the Pataki administration hasn't done enough to...  Go to full article
Eurasian watermilfoil. Photo: Dr. Richard Handler

On an Adirondack Lake, a Private Crusade Against Watermilfoil

This summer, more than a dozen scuba divers have fanned out across Upper Saranac Lake, in the Adirondacks. They're searching for underwater beds of an invasive plant called...  Go to full article
Whiteface Mountain

State Drops Ski Hut Plan for Whiteface

State officials have dropped a plan to build private ski huts on Whiteface Mountain. The proposal drew fire from pro-environment groups. As Brian Mann reports, the Olympic...  Go to full article

Lake Placid Ironman: Cool Temps, New Records, New Champs

Perfect weather greeted nearly two thousand athletes yesterday in Lake Placid for the sixth annual Ironman competition. Britain's Simon Lessing and Australia's Kate Major...  Go to full article
From "The Privately Owned Adirondacks"

The Privately Owned Adirondacks Caps a Writing Career

For more than thirty years, Barbara McMartin has been one of the Adirondack Park's leading thinkers and conservationists. Though often controversial, McMartin is more than a...  Go to full article
Zebra mussels from Lake George Source: LGA

Zebra Mussels Found In Lake George

A pro-environment group says a new colony of invasive zebra mussels has been found in Lake George. Zebra mussels have already damaged ecosystems in Lake Champlain and the...  Go to full article

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