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Klaus Ebeling and one of his snowsculpting tools.
Klaus Ebeling and one of his snowsculpting tools.

Of ice and snow: art for winter's sake

Snow sculptors love winter. And in terms of ideal conditions, they learn to make due with what they get from nature. Todd Moe talks with world class ice and snow sculptor Klaus Ebeling. The 75-year-old artist lives in Jefferson county. He's just published a book on 25 years of traveling the world in search of ice and snow. For more information, contact Klaus at: ebeling@twcny.rr.com, or PO Box 134, Adams Center, NY 13606.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 1/16/07

More updates on the recent blast of wintry weather... Feuding between hunters and snowmobilers over trail access... News from Albany... And the North Country gets the star treatment.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 1/15/07

Winter comes roaring in to the North Country... Power outtages, accidents across the region, Red Cross opening shelters... Also a look at the weather's effect on plants... Saranac Lake nears agreement over fire contracts.  Go to full article
Bob Andrews on a beautiful late winter day in 2006.
Bob Andrews on a beautiful late winter day in 2006.

Year on the Farm #3: farm management

Spend time around a dairy farm, and you'll learn a lot about the farmer who owns it. Some barnyards are muddy and chaotic, others immaculate and organized. Some farmers get obsessed with grazing, or breeding perfect heifers, or using bugs to fight disease on their fields. Some love big tractors, others hate 'em. Each Monday, we're revisiting David Sommerstein's year of stories on everyday dairy farming with Bob Andrews, who farms near Gouverneur. Bob's a manager. Here's the March episode of a Year on the Farm.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 1/11/07

Vocal debate over plans to build the 760-unit Adirondack Club & Resort in Tupper Lake... Property taxes in Albany's crosshairs... and a rural mail carrier talks about North Country winters in Heard Up North  Go to full article

All Before Five: 1/10/07

Saranac Lake's chief of police is fired over 'misconduct'... North Country weather: is it global warming? El Nino? or something else?... The St. Regis Mohawk tribe is eyeing a possible casino site an hour and a half from New York City... And plans are being presented today for the Adirondack Club and Resort, one of the largest developments in the Park's history.  Go to full article
The Olympic bobsled track in Lake Placid
The Olympic bobsled track in Lake Placid

Heard Up North: a breathtaking bobsled ride

Last weekend, NASCAR drivers brought their handling skills to the bobsled track in Lake Placid to raise money for the U.S. Bobsled Team. David Sommerstein covered the Geoff Bodine (bo-DYNE) Bobsled Challenge last year. And when the races were over, he got to take the piloting rings and his wife, Lisa Lazenby, handled the brakes. Today's Heard Up North is a wild bobsled ride.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 1/9/07

Remarkable for its near absence this year, snowfall today in the North Country is big news... Bipartisanship in Albany... and Dharma Bums are on the road from Potsdam to Denver, Colorado.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 1/8/07

New York State lawmakers look at public education funding... Governor Eliot Spitzer calls for lowering the cost of phone calls made by the state's prison inmates... States seek more scrutiny of ocean-going vessels' ballast water - it's blamed for importing invasive species throughout the St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes... And Heard Up North: Bombing down a bobsled run.  Go to full article
Bob Andrews milking in the barn.
Bob Andrews milking in the barn.

A Year on the Farm: breeding the herd

It's easy to forget that making milk is really about making baby cows. They don't call it "animal husbandry" for nothing. Each Monday, we're re-listening to David Sommerstein's series, A Year on the Farm, stories on the ins and outs of farm life. Today, dry and freshened cows, calving, and the reproductive business of a dairy farm.  Go to full article

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