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In celebration of trails

This Saturday marks the 17th annual National Trails Day. It's an opportunity for the public and trail enthusiasts to explore and celebrate the nation's trail system. In the Cranberry Lake area this Saturday, volunteers will work on nine different trail projects, and the new "Cranberry Lake 50" loop trail around the lake will officially open. Jamie Savage is a local singer/songwriter who also teaches at the Ranger School in Wanakena. He told Todd Moe more about National Trails Day.  Go to full article

Cranberry Lake feud over trail rights

Snowmobile riders have complained for years that their trail network in the north country is fragile. It depends on a patchwork of agreements with local and state governments, as well as dozens of private landowners. In the northern Adirondacks, a snowmobile club is feuding with hunters over a trail that crosses land leased by the Cranberry Lake Fish & Game Club. Sledders with the Cranberry Lake Mountaineers have used the route for years to reach the lake, but it was closed this season following a dispute over money. Opposing club members Bill White and Tom Morley spoke about the simmering disagreement between the Fish & Game Club and the Mountaineers Snowmobile Club.  Go to full article
An island in Chair Rock Flow on the southern shore of Cranberry Lake (Phil Brown)
An island in Chair Rock Flow on the southern shore of Cranberry Lake (Phil Brown)

South of Cranberry Lake, Wild Mountain Meadows

The south shore of Cranberry Lake, near Wanakena, opens into some of the wildest country in the Adirondacks. Camps and cabins give way to miles of forest and sprawling meadows. Brian Mann and Adirondack Explorer editor Phil brown spent three days hiking the valleys around Chair Rock Creek. Brian sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Sledders Set for Prized Connector Trail

A long-awaited snowmobile trail is getting North Country sledders excited for winter. The Alice Brook trail connects extensive networks in St. Lawrence and Lewis Counties. As David Sommerstein reports, supporters hope it will draw more winter tourism to southern St. Lawrence County.  Go to full article
Two sides of Clifton-Fine: The new beach pavillion in Cranberry Lake...
Two sides of Clifton-Fine: The new beach pavillion in Cranberry Lake...

Clifton-Fine Fights for a Future, While a Mill Remains Shuttered

The shuttered Appleton Paper Mill in Newton Falls was on a list of regional impacts Congressman McHugh cited in his vote against CAFTA. Closure of the mill in 2000 only made matters worse for Star Lake, Cranberry Lake, and Newton Falls. They've struggled for years to reverse the impact chronic high unemployment has on their communities. People came together five years ago in a concerted effort to identify projects that would help. A follow-up round of revitalization meetings is wrapping up tonight in Wanakena. As David Sommerstein reports, many residents see a bright future. Many others can't forget the silent mill.  Go to full article

Preview: National Trails Day

Hundreds of outdoor enthusiasts in the North Country will spend tomorrow cleaning up, mending and clearing trails. Those who use trails in the region will help celebrate National Trails Day. Todd Moe talks with Jamie Savage, who's organizing the 3rd annual National Trails Day activities in the Clifton-Fine area.  Go to full article

Seasonal Resident Dies of Rare Brain Ailment

A summer resident of Cranberry Lake died earlier this month from a rare illness known as sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. Timothy Smith was sixty years old. The devastating brain ailment appears to occur randomly. But the disease is often confused with "mad cow," an illness spread by infected cattle. Smith was a part-time farmer who raised cattle. But as Brian Mann reports, health and agriculture officials say there's no indication that his herd was contaminated.  Go to full article

New Power Line to Connect St. Lawrence County, Tri-Lakes

Locals in Tupper Lake and Lake Placid hope to end electricity shortages by extending a power line from St. Lawrence County. State Senator Betty Little is supporting a plan that would build a new line from Newton Falls, down through Cranberry Lake, and on to Tupper Lake. As Chris Knight reports, organizers say more electricity would end black-outs that have plagued the area. They also say the line could boost economic development.  Go to full article

Sled Trail Raises Enforcement Concerns

Snowmobilers and local leaders praised Wednesday's announcement of $250,000 in state funding for a new snowmobile trail in the Five Ponds Wilderness Area. The Alice Brook trail will connect networks in St. Lawrence County and the Tug Hill Plateau. As David Sommerstein reports, environmentalists are most worried about what happens off the trail.  Go to full article

Trying to Save Clifton-Fine Hospital

Saving New York's smallest hospital. Communities in southern St. Lawrence county have been struggling since Appleton Papers closed its mill in Newton Falls last fall. Town leaders had worried that losing the mill could also mean the closure of the Clifton-Fine hospital. Brian Mann reports efforts to save the facility--and more than forty jobs--seem to be paying off.  Go to full article

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