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St. Lawrence County Trail Coordinator Deb Christy introduces the meeting with the history of the committee's efforts to create the trail. Photo: Claire Woodcock
St. Lawrence County Trail Coordinator Deb Christy introduces the meeting with the history of the committee's efforts to create the trail. Photo: Claire Woodcock

A first look at the SLC Multi-Use Trail System

The St. Lawrence County Recreational Trails Advisory Board has been working for some time to create a sustainable community-linking system throughout the county. Last week, community members had their first look at maps of the trail route.  Go to full article

State reopens two roads for ATV riders in Jefferson, Oswego Counties

New York state is reopening two roads for all-terrain vehicle traffic, including a route in Jefferson County. The move will help re-establish a popular 4-wheeler trail system. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Sportsmen's rights advocate exits political stage

One of the North Country's most vocal leaders in local government stepped down unexpectedly last week. Colton town supervisor Hank Ford was known for his combative style and ardent support for private land, snowmobilers, and ATV riders in the Adirondacks. Ford was supervisor for almost 10 years. He's also the regional leader of the Conservative Party. He says he resigned due to health problems and to spend more time with his two grandsons. But Ford's critics have speculated that the reason's more than personal. Ford took heat when Colton dropped its two-year-old veto of the state's purchase of land owned by International Paper. Two months later, Colton got a million dollar state grant to improve parks and athletic fields. Some residents suggested the two were linked. Ford told David sommerstein the town lifted the veto because Albany agreed to drop a challenge to Colton's assessment of state land.  Go to full article

DEC releases snowmobile plan

The state DEC has released their long-awaited snowmobile plan for the Adirondack Park. Environmentalists have raised concerns. Gregory Warner has more.  Go to full article

Environmental group sues over ATVs

The Adirondack Council and a group of local residents are suing Lewis County's legislature, hoping to block ATV access to county-owned public forest land. Four-wheel riding is a popular sport in the western Adirondacks, but environmental groups say the vehicles destroy trails and plant life. Brian Mann has more.  Go to full article

Mixed messages on four-wheelers

There's been a lot of news lately about ATVs in the North Country. The state wants to close trails in some places and build new ones in others. Governor Pataki even sent an unsolicited $500,000 to St. Lawrence County for an ATV trail. Meanwhile, towns are striking laws that allow four-wheelers on the roads. David Sommerstein sorts through the mixed messages about ATVs' role in outdoor recreation.  Go to full article

Griffo, Julian face off for 47th Senate District

Two Republicans are vying for their party's support to replace departing State Senator Ray Meier for the 47th District. Joseph Griffo faces off against Timothy Julian in tomorrow's primary. The race pits a well-endorsed political veteran against a relative newcomer. Gregory Warner reports. The Democratic primary for the 47th State Senate district also features two Utica-area candidates. Attorney Leon Koziol is a former Utica city councilman. John Murad is a retired state Supreme Court Judge. Koziol has the endorsements of Democratic Commitees in Oneida and St. Lawrence County. He'll also appear on the Working Families party line. According to the Watertown Daily Times, Koziol has called the North Country "the neglected part of the district". He's pushing for better health care for farmers. And he wants the New York Power Authority to transfer to private hands more land along the St. Lawrence River. Murad will only appear on the Democratic line. He's called for reform in Albany, including an overhaul of New York's workers' compensation system. Murad also wants to boost funding for tourism in Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.  Go to full article

Farmers, Parents Demand Stricter ATV Laws

Environmentalists, farmers and concerned parents have gotten together to demand stricter laws against the use of All Terrain Vehicles in New York State. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Town of Horicon Loses ATV Fight

ATV riders suffered another setback this week in the Adirondacks. A state supreme court judge ruled Tuesday that the Warren County town of Horicon can't allow 4-wheeler traffic on roads that pass through the forest preserve. The town had been sued by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

ATV Riders Want Trails For Their Buck

A possible ban on ATV trails in the Adirondack Park is at the heart of a budget dispute in Albany. The legislature stripped an ATV trail fund from the budget. As David Sommerstein reports, one lawmaker wants the state to stop charging a registration fee until trails are built.  Go to full article

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