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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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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.
Kevin Pricket circles Valcour Island
Kevin Pricket circles Valcour Island

A Spring Paddle Around Valcour Island, By Kayak

After our long winter, spring has finally arrived in the North Country. The ice has left most of the lakes. Loons and herons are returning to their nests. This week, Brian Mann ventured out in his kayak, visiting Valcour Island on Lake Champlain. He sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Environmentalists Praise New Land Deal

John Sheehan, with the Adirondack Council, tells Martha Foley why this new International Paper land deal is important.  Go to full article

Boquet River Conservation Deal Protects 110 Acres

The Adirondack Nature Conservancy has bought more than a hundred acres of forest and wetland near the mouth of the Boquet River on Lake Champlain. The deal will prevent development along more than a half-mile of shoreline. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Suit Would Close 4-wheeler roads in Adirondack Park

A pro-environment group is suing New York state over dozens of roads in the western Adirondacks that have been opened to 4-wheeled all terrain vehicles. The Residents...  Go to full article

A Talk With Residents Committee Director, Peter Bauer

A pro-environment group is suing New York state to stop 4-wheeler traffic on more than fifty roads in the western Adirondack Park. The Residents Committee to Protect the...  Go to full article

Cyclists Begin Tour de Burn Barrel

Concerned citizens and bicyclists will ride some 200 miles from St. Lawrence County to Albany this weekend to bring attention to the problem of backyard trash burning. Todd...  Go to full article

Alexandria Bay Seeks Customs Office

For thousands of summer boaters on the St. Lawrence River, traveling to or from Canada has become more of a challenge since September 11th, 2001. A proposal to re-open a...  Go to full article

Sled Trail Raises Enforcement Concerns

Snowmobilers and local leaders praised Wednesday's announcement of $250,000 in state funding for a new snowmobile trail in the Five Ponds Wilderness Area. The Alice Brook...  Go to full article

Non-toxic Alternatives for Waterfowl Hunters

The federal government is getting ready to approve new types of non-toxic ammunition for shooting ducks and geese, but the government isn't even thinking about tackling a...  Go to full article
Searchers Stephen Tucker and Peter Henry

Plane Crash Claims Tupper Lake Couple

A Tupper Lake couple died Friday night when their single-engine plane crashed near the airport in Lake Clear. Paul and Alice Grulich were returning home from Virginia, when...  Go to full article

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