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Some environmental activists have continued to oppose the ACR project.  File photo
Some environmental activists have continued to oppose the ACR project. File photo

Nearly two years later, Big Tupper resort tangled in court

We reported yesterday that a volunteer group ARISE plans to reopen the Big Tupper ski area this winter. The group is hoping to keep the ski area active until the Adirondack Club and Resort project moves forward.

Many locals hope that developers will eventually reopen the mountain as a commercial ski center, helping to revitalize the village's economy.

The resort received the permits that it needs to build hundred of homes, condos and great camp mansions nearly two years ago from New York state.

But the project has been on hold ever since, because of a lawsuit filed by green groups. As Brian Mann reports, it now appears that a final decision could come early next year.  Go to full article
Peter Bauer will take over as executive director of Protect the Adirondacks this summer.
Peter Bauer will take over as executive director of Protect the Adirondacks this summer.

Bauer returns to Park-wide environmental debate with new post

One of the North Country's most outspoken environmental leaders is returning to the Park-wide debate in the Adirondacks.

Peter Bauer, who led the Residents Committee to Protect the Adirondacks, has spent the last five years working on conservation issues in the Lake George area. In that role, he's been far less visible and far less controversial.

But Bauer announced yesterday that he'll take over as executive director of Protect the Adirondacks, a group that formed in 2009. He spoke about the move with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Activist Peter Bauer shifts roles

Activist Peter Bauer is leaving the Residents Committee to Protect the Adirondacks. Bauer has emerged in recent years as one of the most influential and sometimes confrontational environmental leader. After thirteen years with the Residents Committee, Bauer will take over leadership of the Fund for Lake George. Bauer spoke yesterday with Brian Mann.  Go to full article
APA chairman Ross Whaley
APA chairman Ross Whaley

Spitzer considers reappointing APA chairman Whaley

An Albany newspaper reported on Sunday that Governor Spitzer is considering whether to reappoint Adirondack Park Agency chairman Ross Whaley to another term. The move comes after the Republican Senate rejected Spitzer's top choice for the influential post, which comes with an annual salary of $30,000. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Peter Bauer (Source:  RCPA)
Peter Bauer (Source: RCPA)

"Bauer's power" on environment angers local leaders

The headline in yesterday's Adirondack Daily Enterprise reads "Bauer's power." It's a reference to Peter Bauer, the sometimes controversial environmental activist who heads the Residents Committee to Protect the Adirondacks. Bauer, who lives in Blue Mt. Lake, is the only Adirondack resident named to governor-elect Eliot Spitzer's transition advisory committee. His inclusion on the Environment and Energy subcommittee has angered many local government leaders who have clashed with Bauer in the past. They worry that his influence could derail a regional snowmobile plan proposed by the Pataki Administration. They're also unhappy with Bauer's proposal to freeze all decisions affecting the Adirondack forest preserve until after Spitzer's environmental team is in place. Brian Mann spoke with Bauer about his role on Spitzer's committee.  Go to full article

Green Groups Disagree Over Tupper Lake Power Corridor

Two prominent environmental groups disagree about the best route for a new power line from St. Lawrence County to Tupper Lake.

The New York Power Authority is developing plans for the electric line, which will end power shortages and blackouts in the village. As Brian Mann reports, one group says a historic right-of-way might allow the line to cut through state forest preserve. But critics say the plan would violate the state constitution.  Go to full article

APA Cuts Violation Caseload, Drawing Praise and Concern

Over the last two years, the Adirondack Park Agency has worked to pare down a backlog of more than three thousand old enforcement cases. These are alleged violations of the Park's strict zoning and environmental laws. The APA now says ninety percent of those cases have been closed. But some critics worry that the Agency still lacks the staff and the legal clout needed to enforce its own rules. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
Whiteface Mountain
Whiteface Mountain

State Drops Ski Hut Plan for Whiteface

State officials have dropped a plan to build private ski huts on Whiteface Mountain. The proposal drew fire from pro-environment groups. As Brian Mann reports, the Olympic Regional Development Agency still hopes to move forward with a major expansion of the mountain.  Go to full article

A Talk With Residents Committee Director, Peter Bauer

A pro-environment group is suing New York state to stop 4-wheeler traffic on more than fifty roads in the western Adirondack Park. The Residents Committee to Protect the Adirondacks filed the suit on Monday. It would curtail ATV riding on state land in Lewis, Herkimer, Jefferson, and Hamilton Counties. Brian Mann spoke with RCPA director Peter Bauer.  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

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