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Driving to work early one morning this week, I was thinking about our fundraiser and what magical thing I could say to finally convince every non-contributing listener to kick in some money. Well, instead of coming up with the abracadabra of...
As we've reported for quite a while here at NCPR, the Champlain Valley has become a hotspot in the North Country for young farmers trying to forge a new path for agriculture. The Adirondack Explorer traces the roots and future possibilities of that...
This week is Agricultural Literacy week in New York State, organized by Cornell's Agriculture in the Classroom program. Every year, Cornell extension agents and other volunteers head in to the classroom to read an Ag-related children's book. This...
It’s Academy Award season, the Hollywood gathering of decolletage and glitz, while we’re here in our long johns, bulky sweaters and hats with ear flaps. I say it’s time to set our own scene. Lay out the red carpet on a frozen lake,...
The annual Saranac Lake Winter Carnival opens January 31 this year. For more than a century, that has meant the construction of an Ice Palace, built out of blocks cut from the ice of Lake Flower. The job is now in progress. Last year, Saranac Lake...

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Andy Flynn uses the objects people make, use, and leave behind to tell stories about the life and times of the region.
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A Rink-Side Seat to History

David Sommerstein talks with Steve Yianoukos, associate athletic director at Clarkson University. He drove the zamboni at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics, including the "Miracle on Ice" game between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.  Go to full article
Mark Laycock, newly named Conductor of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta.

Lake Placid Sinfonietta Hires New Conductor

Maestro Mark Laycock was recently named Artistic Director and Conductor of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta. Laycock, a violist, trained under the Curtis String Quartet, and is a former winner of the Leopold Stokowski conducting competition. He lives in Princeton with his wife, also a violist, and two children. Laycock is currently Music Director of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. He began conducting high school musicals in St. Louis when he was 16 years old, and made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at 21. He told Todd Moe he loves all music, but doesn't listen to relax.  Go to full article
DEC's Rob Davies, Colton's Hank Ford, and Sen. Ray Meier debate snowmobile plan

Colton: Snowmobilers Call for Wider, Longer Trails

New York's Conservation department was expected to begin a series of public hearings next week, on a controversial snowmobile plan for the Adirondack Park. But yesterday, top DEC officials traveled from Albany to hold their first hearing in the town Colton, south of Potsdam. The session wasn't on the DEC's official schedule and the agency gave no public notice of the meeting. As Brian Mann reports, last night's hearing was actually hosted by a snowmobile advocacy group. Many of those who attended the three-hour session say snowmobile tourism is being stifled by an outdated network of trails--and by a state bureaucracy that's biased against their sport.  Go to full article

Lewis County Speedway Deal Under Investigation

State officials are looking into whether Lewis County properly transferred $500,000 of highway funds to an auto racetrack near Lowville. The speedway's owner was a large...  Go to full article

Market-based Approach to Mercury Reductions

For the first time, the U.S. government is preparing to regulate mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. Part of the administration's proposal is to use a...  Go to full article

Commentary: To Build (yet another) Fire

It may be no mystery to a Boy Scout or a Girl Scout, but commentator Fred Schneider, a recent transplant to the region, found that there is much to learn about making a good...  Go to full article

Controversial Article Ignites Snowmobile Politics

Last month, a former official with New York's conservation department outraged many snowmobile riders when he joked about killing people who drive their sleds on trails in...  Go to full article

Declining Enrollment May Close Some Area Schools

Parents filled the high school auditorium in Saranac last night. Many were angry over a new report that could lead to the closure of two of the district's elementary schools...  Go to full article

Rangers Say DEC Policies Jeopardize Public Safety

Forest rangers in the North Country say new Department of Environmental Conservation policies are making it harder for them to respond to emergencies. Rangers now need...  Go to full article

Adirondack Boosters Gleeful Over Mars Rock

NASA scientists are planning some serious trouble-shooting today, hoping to regain contact with the Mars rover "Spirit". It's been two days since we've heard from "Spirit",...  Go to full article

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