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The idea that a private property right that's been in the family since 1851 becomes a public nuisance is a huge leap to the left.

NY Attorney General wades into Adirondack paddler vs. property rights case

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is suing private landowners in the Adirondacks in an effort to force them to open a stretch of water that the state says is navigable.

Schneiderman announced yesterday that the state is intervening in a case that has pitted canoers and paddlers against property rights advocates. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Christopher Kelson and Owen Brown with the rare Anomalocaris fossil they unearthed in Nevada.
Christopher Kelson and Owen Brown with the rare Anomalocaris fossil they unearthed in Nevada.

A summer field trip and a rare fossil

A SUNY Potsdam student found a rare fossil during a geology field trip out west this summer. Owen Brown, a senior from Beekmantown, was one of seven students studying the Great Basin in Utah and Nevada. They visited caves, mining operations and studied geologic formations. Todd Moe spoke with Owen and his mentor, Dr. Chris Kelson, an assistant professor of geology at SUNY Potsdam, about the trip and the fossil. They say it's a rare fossil of a 500-million year old invertebrate called Anomalocaris, a long-extinct marine species that fed on ancient trilobites. It was a lucky find.  Go to full article
Activist Martha Swan from Westport and historian Andrew Buchanan from Whallonsburg
Activist Martha Swan from Westport and historian Andrew Buchanan from Whallonsburg

Fight to save "sacred ground" of John Brown's farm and burial site

Protesters will gather in Albany tomorrow to try to save dozens of New York state parks and historic sites. Governor David Paterson wants to close the parks this spring as part of an effort to cut an $8.2-billion budget deficit. At least nine parks in the North Country are targeted. Historians and civil rights activists are especially furious over the plan to shut down John Browns Farm in Lake Placid. As Brian Mann reports, the burial site of the famous Civil War-era abolitionist has been a pilgrimage site and a symbol of freedom for more than 150 years.  Go to full article

NCCC picks new president

The North Country Community College Board of Trustees has picked a new college president. Dr. Carol Brown was appointed to the position at a special meeting Saturday morning. As Chris Knight reports, the decision came after an extensive search that included the rejection of an initial pool of finalists.  Go to full article
The Toll Road starts off with lots of scrapes and bumps...
The Toll Road starts off with lots of scrapes and bumps...

First big snow brings first Adk ski

A sizable snowstorm smacked much of the North Country on Thursday, dropping five inches in some parts of the Adirondacks.
That means snow shovels and window scrapers, not to mention a few fender-benders. But it also means a first chance to dust off those cross-country skis that have been sitting in the garage all summer. Brian Mann took the afternoon off to enjoy the weather and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Book review: "Bob Marshall in the Adirondacks"

Phil Brown, editor of the Adirondack Explorer, recently published a new book. Betsy Kepes reviews Bob Marshall in the Adirondacks, Writings of a Pioneering Peak-Bagger, Pond-Hopper and Wilderness Preservationist.  Go to full article
New book explores an Adirondack icon
New book explores an Adirondack icon

The Adirondack roots of an American environmentalist

A new book published this fall explores the Adirondack roots of one of America's most important environmentalists. Bob Marshall, who died in 1939, founded the Wilderness Society and helped to popularize the idea that remote wilderness areas should be protected. Marshall spent summers as a boy on Lower Saranac Lake. He learned his love for the outdoors hiking and climbing here in the North Country. Now PHil Brown, editor of the Adirondack Explorer magazine, has collected Marshall's writing about the Adirondacks into a single volume. Brown told Brian Mann that the book is part of an effort to establish more wilderness in the Adirondack Park.  Go to full article
Chester Gillette, convicted of Grace Brown's murder.
Chester Gillette, convicted of Grace Brown's murder.

On Big Moose Lake, Adirondack Murder & American Myth

One of the most controversial events in Adirondack history is back in the news this week. In July of 1906, a handsome young man named Chester Gillette was accused of drowning his pregnant girlfriend, Grace Brown, in a secluded cove at Big Moose Lake. Gillette was the nephew of a mill-owner in Cortland, New York. Brown was one of the company's workers. Gillette's trial and execution made headlines around the world. The story is the basis for Theodore Dreiser's classic novel An American Tragedy.

In the hundred years since, the murder inspired other novels, plays, and two Hollywood movies -- including the classic film A Place In the Sun. Tomorrow, a new opera based on the murder and Theodore Dreiser's novel will premier at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Brian Mann spoke with Charles Adams, who's been a summer resident of Big Moose Lake since the 1930s. Adams drives a tour boat on the lake and is part of the Grace Brown Committee that is commemorating the anniversary of her murder.  Go to full article
Grace Brown
Grace Brown

Grace Brown's Last Love Letter

At Chester Gillette's trial in Herkimer, the prosecution read from Grace Brown's love letters. The last of those letters was written a week before her murder. The letter is read by Jennifer Donnelly, who grew up in Lewis County. She's the author of a novel about the murder called A Northern Light, the 2006 selection of North Country Reads--a one-book, one community program--and is tonight's guest on Readers & Writers at 7 pm.  Go to full article

Michigan Town Grieves After Lake George Tragedy

Many of the passengers board the Ethan Allen were visiting Lake George as part of a leaf-peeping tour. They were elderly men and women, mostly from Michigan. Brian Mann spoke with Gerald Brown, the mayor of Trenton, Michigan, where at least three of the victims lived. Mayor Brown says his town is in mourning.  Go to full article

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