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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.
ORDA Board Chairman Charles Gargano (Source:  ESD)
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 centers at Whiteface and Gore Mountain. According to the report, ORDA suffers from weak oversight from the organization's board of directors. The audit also described lax procedures for accounting and for bidding out lucrative contracts. As Brian Mann reports, the audit comes at a time when ORDA is being sued over a food service contract worth millions of dollars.  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 ski area at Whiteface Mountain. Town supervisor Jeannie Ashworth spoke with Brian Mann. An informational meeting will be held tonight at 7 pm at Wilmington's town hall. Voting at the town hall takes place on Saturday.  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 afternoon in Glens Falls and wraps up Sunday afternoon. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the New York State Snow Sculpting Contest. Teams include groups of friends, families, and co-workers from Manhattan, Rochester and throughout the North Country. Todd Moe talks with event organizer Michael Robbins.  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

Snowmobile Racer Dies In Malone

Malone village police say a snowmobile racer died on Saturday from "multiple internal injuries, consistent with a motor vehicle accident". 39-year-old Douglas Bellinger,...  Go to full article
Regulating District Manages Great Sacandaga Lake

Troubled North Country River Agency Loses Board Members

Governor Pataki says he wants to clean up the state's massive network of public corporations and authorities. But a north country agency that manages many of the region's...  Go to full article
Big Simon Hunting & Fishing Club

Tupper Lake: New Resort Development Will Close Historic Hunting Club

A historic sportsmen's club in Tupper Lake is expected to lose access to more than two thousand acres of forest land. Local members have been hunting and fishing on the land...  Go to full article

Books: Breaking Trail

After digging through archives and articles, and recovering pieces of women's history, Peggy Lynn and Sandra Weber have joined together to present stories of remarkable...  Go to full article

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