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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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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.
Colton town supervisor Henry "Hank" Ford displays the new group's logo
Colton town supervisor Henry "Hank" Ford displays the new group's logo

New Property, Recreation Rights Group Forms

Hunters, snowmobilers, ATV riders, and property rights activists in St. Lawrence County are forming a new advocacy group they say will give them a stronger voice in Albany. The move comes as a timber company is poised to sell thousands of acres of land in the southeast corner of the county. David Sommerstein reports on last night's inaugural meeting in Colton.  Go to full article

Senate Considers Acid Rain Legislation

The Adirondack Council will testify today before a U.S. Senate panel considering acid rain legislation introduced at the request of President Bush as his "Clear Skies Initiative". The Adirondack Council says the proposed emissions cuts would be sufficient to stop acid rain by the end of the decade. Martha Foley talks with Adirondack Council spokesman John Sheehan about the "Clear Skies" testimony and about a controversial land deal pending in St. Lawrence County.  Go to full article

Trout Season Opens

Whether it feels like spring or not, April 1st is the official start of trout fishing season in New York State. Some of the best trout streams are here in the North Country, and many anglers spent the month of March preparing their fishing gear in anticipation. But there are high water warnings today, and as the experts say, weather and water flow will best determine the outcome of the trout season. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

The DEC Warns Anglers on the Dangers of Ice Covered Waters

State officials are urging anglers to scout out locations before trekking to their favorite fishing spots on Tuesday - the opening day of trout season. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article
David Cyr (2nd from right) and party on Brandy Brook

Ice Fishing on the St. Lawrence

The long, cold winter has made for an extra long, if frigid, season for the St. Lawrence River's many ice fishermen. Saturday is the last day of the season on the river. So...  Go to full article
At the demonstration in Potsdam.

Trials of an Iditarod Hopeful

Tomorrow 56 men and women and their dogs will take off for the 1200 mile Iditarod sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. Organizers call it "the last great race on...  Go to full article

DEC Hosts Discussion of Grass River Unit Management Plan

The Department of Environmental Conservation is holding an open house tonight to talk about the Grass River unit management plan. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article
<i>Fusia</i>, sculpted by Chris, Mike and Bill Woodward

Snow Fantasies in St. Regis Falls

Despite freezing rain, sleet and snow over the weekend, nine teams from across the state showcased their talents by carving eight ton blocks of snow during the 18th annual...  Go to full article

Snowmobiles and Kids: Last of a 3 Part Series

Snowmobiles are a growing part of the north country's culture--a source of winter fun for locals and a powerful draw for tourists. But this season has seen a painful number...  Go to full article

Snowmobiles & Alcohol: part 2 of a 3-part series

This winter, more than twenty people have died in New York while riding snowmobiles. The North Country has seen a rash of serious accidents, sending dozens more people to...  Go to full article

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