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Interim APA Chair Discusses Agency Challenges

Last week, Governor George Pataki named a new interim chairman to lead the Adirondack Park Agency. Rochester attorney Jim Townsend will take over at the June meeting. He says he's agreed to run the APA board until a permanent chairman is found. Townsend spoke with Brian Mann about the challenges facing the Agency.  Go to full article

Park Agency Interim Chairman Resigns Abruptly

The Adirondack Park Agency's interim chairman, Jim Frenette, announced his resignation Friday. The decision surprised commissioners and APA staff,coming just five months after the departure of veteran chairman Dick Lefebvre. Frenette, a Democrat from Tupper Lake, says nothing triggered his abrupt resignation. It was simply "time to move on."  Go to full article

Park Agency Considers Wilmington Development

The Adirondack Park Agency meets today and is expected to approve a plan to build a new housing development in Wilmington. The 21-lot development - called Whiteface Meadows - drew concern Thursday about open space protection. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Lake Placid: Private School Seeks New Campus On Farm Land

The National Sports Academy - a private high school in Lake Placid - is hoping to move its campus from the village center to a farm on the outskirts of town. The project has the support of local government leaders, but some residents say it will harm a rural neighborhood. As Brian Mann reports, the plan faces a final vote by the Adirondack Park Agency later this morning.  Go to full article

Budget Cuts Hit Environmental Protection Plan, APA

Pro-environmental groups say the governor's budget proposal would mean a "raid" on the state's Environmental Protection Fund. The fund is designed to help with land purchaces and stewartship. Also, the Adirondack Park Agency says it wil cut three positions from its staff to meet a $60,000 funding cut.  Go to full article

Float Planes Will Lose Access To Popular Adirondack Lake

The Adirondack Park Agency voted Friday to phase out the use of floatplanes on Lows Lake. The compromise is part of the "Bog River Unit Management Plan". As Brian Mann reports, the state has agreed to help tourism pilots find other lakes, where they can take their customers.  Go to full article

Lake George: Herbicide Use Rejected By Park Agency Committee

A key committee of the Adirondack Park Agency has rejected plans to use a chemical herbicide in Lake George. Meeting yesterday, the Agency effectively killed efforts to use SONAR to fight an invasive plant species. As Brian Mann reports, pro-environment groups praised the decision, while local residents reacted with fury.  Go to full article

Lake George: Bitter Debate Over Plan To Use Chemical

The Adirondack Park Agency has delayed a final vote on the use of a chemical herbicide in Lake George. Many locals hope the chemical "Sonar" will kill an invasive plant species called Eurasian watermilfoil. But Park Agency staff oppose the plan. As Brian Mann reports, the debate has turned ugly, with Lake George residents promising to lobby Governor Pataki.

Tuesday during regional news, we'll take the sonar question out onto the waters of Lake George, revisiting a summer trip to a bay that's infested with Eurasian watermilfoil.  Go to full article

Audio Postcard From Lake George, Where An Invasive Species Has Taken Root

The political debate is raging over the use of a chemical herbicide to slow the spread of an invasive plant on Lake George. Brian Mann revisits a summer trip on the lake, made with the Lake George Park Commission's Mike White in 2001.

Note: Story updated for broadcast.  Go to full article
Broken phones on I-87<br />Photo provided by APA
Broken phones on I-87
Photo provided by APA

Coming Soon: Emergency & Cell Phone Service on Northway

At its meeting today in Ray Brook, the Adirondack Park Agency is expected to approve a new emergency phone system on I-87. The old network hasn't functioned properly for years. As Brian Mann reports, the upgraded system will also mean better cell phone coverage in the remote area between Schroon Lake and Peru.  Go to full article

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