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Crews search for hunters after snowstorm

Rescue crews continue their work in the Moose River Plains area of the western Adirondacks, freeing hunters stranded by deep snow and downed trees. As Brian Mann reports, one lost hunter was rescued yesterday by a state police helicopter.  Go to full article

Storm hits western Adirondacks hard

The towns of Webb and Inlet declared a state of emergency on Sunday, following high winds and a foot of lake-effect snow that fell in some areas. Some homes around Old Forge remain without power this morning. As Brian Mann reports, the storm also reportedly trapped hunters in the woods.  Go to full article

Adirondack Canoe Classic set for start

The 90-mile Adirondack Canoe Classic started this morning in Old Forge. It's a well-orgainzed but motley event -- everything from war cnoes to sleek solo canoes. Families, couples, professionals are all in for three straight days along one of the great canoe and carry routes in the counrty. Martha Foley talked with organizer Brian McDonnell at 7 this morning. The first question is always the weather.  Go to full article
<i>Inlet Cabins</i> by Lynn Wood
Inlet Cabins by Lynn Wood

Kingston artist finds beauty in the ordinary

Artist Lynn Woods says most of her inspiration comes from streets, buildings, and storefronts in cities and small towns. Woods lives and paints in Kingston, NY. Her artwork includes urban scenes such as neglected houses, factories and empty streets. Some of it's on display this month at the Old Forge Library where Ellen Rocco met up with her recently. Lynn Woods has vacationed in the Adirondacks with her family for years.  Go to full article

Firefighters stay sharp out West

Heavy rains this summer have meant few forest fires in the Adirondacks. North Country firefighters returned this month from keeping their skills sharp in the dry West. Adam Pickett was among a 19-person crew from New York that worked on the Bald and Rush forest fires in southern and northern California for two weeks. Pickett is a DEC forest ranger in the Old Forge-Herkimer County area. He told David Sommerstein he was part of a hand crew that fights wildfires on foot.  Go to full article
Miriam Kashiwa, Thendara, at her 1908 Steinway piano
Miriam Kashiwa, Thendara, at her 1908 Steinway piano

Pondering art in Old Forge

Organizers expect to break ground this year on a new arts and sciences center in Old Forge, and one of its biggest supporters couldn't be happier. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article
photo: NFCT website
photo: NFCT website

Four-State Canoe Trail Celebrates a New Beginning

A 740-mile water trail that connects four states in the Northeast gets a fresh start Saturday as volunteers celebrate a five-year effort to mark and map it. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will mark a new beginning for the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, which winds north from Old Forge to Maine. On National Trails Day, June 3rd, volunteers involved in revitalizing the historic canoe route will celebrate in the Adirondacks, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Quebec. Parties are planned in Saranac Lake; Newport, Vermont; Groveton, New Hampshire and Greenville, Maine. Kate Williams, Executive Director of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article
A train in the wilderness
A train in the wilderness

New Group Wants $20 Million for Adirondack Train

A powerful coalition of Republican lawmakers, chamber of commerce leaders, and local activists have unveiled plans to rebuild a railroad into the central Adirondacks. The passenger line would connect Utica and Old Forge in the south to tourism destinations in the Tri-Lakes area. The "Adirondack On Track Partnership" wants the state to spend at least twenty million dollars on the project. They hope it would add a new attraction, drawing visitors into the Adirondack Park. But as Brian Mann reports, some critics say reviving the railroad would be too expensive. They also question whether a tourist line is the best use of the historic travel corridor.  Go to full article
Snowmobilers on Racquette Lake
Snowmobilers on Racquette Lake

Pulling Another Vehicle Out of Racquette Lake

Unseasonably warm weather has made lake ice thinner than normal. The state has issued warnings across the region to snowmobilers and other vehicles should exercise extreme caution on the ice. There have been multiple reports of snowmobiles breaking through the ice.

On Friday, Dean Pohl, of Racquette Lake was heading out ice fishing with his daughter - they went through the ice. They escaped without injury, but the truck remained there all weekend. Yesterday afternoon the truck was excavated from the lake. Gregory Warner spoke with DEC officer Casey Kelly, who help supervise the excavation. It's not the first time he's had to do this, though he said this one had a particularly festive atmosphere.  Go to full article
John Briant
John Briant

Books: Adirondack Detective

The Jason Black Adirondack Detective series has garnered a regional and national following in the last few years. Author John Briant lives and writes about Black's crime solving adventures in Old Forge. He's working on the fifth book in the mystery series this winter. Like his protagonist in the novels, Briant is a retired state trooper and crime investigator. He told Todd Moe that writing is his third career.  Go to full article

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