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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.

Snowmobile Crash Kills 2 At Paul Smiths College

A Paul Smiths College student and his passenger were killed on Sunday when their snowmobile hit a rock on Lower St. Regis Lake. Twenty-year-old Joshua Rau and twenty-year-old Kristine Guest, were both pronounced dead at the scene by investigators. As Brian Mann reports, the fatal accident was the second to strike the college campus in a week.  Go to full article
No. 50 Bob Cowser, on the bench (above) and in the game.

Dream Season: St. Lawrence Professor Plays Semi-Pro Football

Superbowl weekend is upon us. For most football fans, this is a time for armchair quarterbacking in the purest sense of the word. We shout at the referees and the coaches and the players, but most of us have never worn a uniform or taken a hit from a 250-pound lineman. St. Lawrence University English professor Bob Cowser has written a book, called "Dream Season: A College Professor Joins America's Oldest Semi-professional Football Team" about his experience, returning to football in middle age. Cowser played defensive end in 2001 for the Watertown Red and Black, the oldest semi-pro team in the country, and a dominant force in the Empire Football League. After his season with the Watertown Red and Black, Cowser helped to co-found a new semi-pro team, the St. Lawrence Valley Trailblazers. He spoke with Brian Mann about the realities - and the subtleties - of playing a violent sport.  Go to full article

Statue In Park City Honors Lake Placid's Olympic Family

A statue has gone on display in Park City, Utah, honoring the Shea family of Lake Placid. Jimmy Shea Jr. won a gold medal in the skeleton sled race at the Salt Lake Olympic Games three years ago. The statue honors Shea, his father and grandfather. All three competed in Winter Olympics and they're considered the first family ever to send three generations of athletes to the Winter games. The sculpture was commissioned by Zions Bank for its Park City branch. Zions Bank CEO Scott Anderson told KSL TV that Jimmy Shea's skeleton win was "one of the highlights" of the Salt Lake competition. The statue, called "Three Generations", is now on display across the street from the Olympic Park where Jimmy Shea won his gold medal. Shea, who now divides his time between Lake Placid and Park City, took third place in last weekend's America's Cup skeleton race at Mount Van Hoevenberg. But he's taken much of the last two years off, in part because of lingering problems with blood flow to one of his legs. The condition required surgery in 2002. Shea spoke this week with Brian Mann about his future -- and his chances of competing in next year's Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, which begin on February 10th 2006.  Go to full article
Faisal Ghazi Faisal aims for 2006 Olympics

Olympic Dreams for an Iraqi Sled Racer

While millions of Iraqis were voting Sunday, one of their countrymen was competing in Lake Placid. Faisal Ghazi Faisal, who grew up in Baghdad, raced in the America's cup...  Go to full article
ORDA Board Chairman Charles Gargano (Source:  ESD)

State Audit Slams ORDA Board For Lax Oversight

New York's comptroller released an audit yesterday slamming the Olympic Regional Development Authority. ORDA manages Olympic Venues in Lake Placid and also operates ski...  Go to full article

Wilmington Town Vote On $7 Million Water Project

Voters in Wilmington will decide tomorrow whether to spend seven million dollars improving the local water system. The project would connect the town's water supply to the...  Go to full article
Workers unwrap a 12-ton block of snow at the start of the contest in Glens Falls.

Glens Falls Hosts 2005 Snow Sculpture Contest

Despite sub-zero temperatures this week, eight teams from across the state are busy carving 12-ton blocks of snow during a 72 hour sculpt-a-thon that began yesterday...  Go to full article

Higley Flow State Park Hosts Empire Games Qualifier

Higley Flow State Park in the St. Lawrence County town of Colton will host an Empire State Games Qualifier for cross country skiing on Saturday. It's sponsored by Friends of...  Go to full article

A Winter Without Snow

Despite the cold, there's little snow on the ground in much of the North Country. The Olympic Regional Development Authority has rescheduled the Lake Placid Loppet, an...  Go to full article
A view of Lower Ausable Lake

Audio Postcard: At Lower Ausable Lake, Searching For Winter

It's been a tough year for winter sports. Snowmobile riders, skiers, ice fishers, snow shoers -- they've all struggled with warm rainy weather. Another big thaw is expected...  Go to full article

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