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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

trophy fish
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.
Transferred land (left of photo) as seen from Thomas Mtn.
Transferred land (left of photo) as seen from Thomas Mtn.

Lake George: State Protects 1300 Acres

New York state will pay roughly 900 thousand dollars to preserve a big chunk of open space in the Lake George basin. The deal announced Tuesday will protect thirteen hundred acres around Northwest Bay, in the town of Bolton. The land is adjacent to the Pharoah Lake Wilderness Area. There are already three miles of hiking trails on the property, including a path to Pole Hill Pond, a pristine spring-fed lake. Gov. George Patki said the conservation effort would improve the health of the Lake George eco-system. The deal was brokered by the Lake George Land Conservancy. Brian Mann spoke with Lynn Schuman, the Conservancy's executive director.  Go to full article
APA Chairman Ross Whaley

Critics Say Park Agency Missing Important Issues

The Adirondack Park Agency held its monthly meeting last week in Lake Placid. The two-day session drew little attention, in part because very little happened. The agenda was so light that APA chairman Ross Whaley raised the idea of shortening some future meetings to a single day. As Brian Mann reports, some critics say too many issues are being handled by the Park Agency's staff, without public review by commissioners.  Go to full article

Commentary: A Walk in the Woods

The landscape now is a bare collage of browns, purples and grays; no blazing orange or lush canopies of green. But there's still plenty to see if you look. Commentator Susie Woods found reason for thanksgiving one Saturday not long ago.  Go to full article
Whiteface Mountain

Winter Season Opens In Adirondacks

After days of frosty temperatures and steady snowfall, the Adirondack ski season opens in earnest this weekend. Whiteface and Gore Mountain will be open; so will the Verizon...  Go to full article

Fuel Truck Recovered After Ausable River Crash

State police say a propane-delivery truck has been pulled from the icy Ausable River near Lake Placid. An accident yesterday afternoon forced officials to shut down Rt. 86...  Go to full article

Tupper Lake Hunter's Body Found

The body 42-year-old David Dupuis, from Tupper Lake, was found Sunday afternoon in Herkimer County. Dupuis had been hunting with his nephews near a private camp where he...  Go to full article
Sarah Councell on the wall

Climbing Gyms: The Joy of Grabbing Rock Indoors

This time of year, when the weather turns gray and damp, it can be tough getting outdoors. For more and more rock climbers, that means a trip to the gym, where indoor walls...  Go to full article
SLU researchers check weight, gender and then tag mice living on the local golf course

SLU Biologists Hit the Links to Study Wildlife Habitat

Golf is booming - even in the North Country. New courses are being built, and in urban areas they can be valuable green space. When landscaped sensibly, golf courses can be...  Go to full article

Park Agency Restricts Wilderness Recreation

The Adirondack Park Agency has approved new restrictions on outdoor recreation in the Dix and Giant Mountain wilderness areas. The plan is designed to cut over-use in one of...  Go to full article

Peru HS Football Wins Quarterfinal Comeback

The Peru Indians are one of the North Country's most powerful high school football teams. They won the state championship two years ago. On Saturday, Peru performed another...  Go to full article

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