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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

Judge Blocks Adirondack Mansion Near Old Forge

A state judge in Herkimer County says a mansion in the western Adirondacks will have to be torn down. In a ruling issued Wednesday, Judge Michael Dailey found that Timothy Noonan's 19,000 square foot house violated an Adirondack Park Agency permit. The permit required that the new house, built on the Fulton Chain of lakes near Inlet, be one-sixth that size. In a press release, attorney general Eliot Spitzer described the case as a "common sense enforcement action." He said that efforts to negotiate a settlement were rebuffed by Noonan, a prominent businessman who owns the Water Safari theme park in Old Forge. Noonan was appointed by Governor Pataki to sit on the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District board of directors, but stepped down earlier this year. He couldn't be reached for comment. Brian Mann spoke about the ruling with Park Agency spokesman Keith McKeever.  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

Arsonist Hits Adirondack Camps

Last month, an arsonist set fire to another historic hunting cabin owned by the Adirondack League Club in Old Forge. The Club owns more than fifty thousand acres in Hamilton and Herkimer Counties. The organization, with four hundred members, is seventh-largest landowner inside the blue line. Since 2000, six of their most remote cabins have burned mysteriously. The Club's general manager, Egan Willard, spoke with Brian Mann. He says there have been two attacks this year.

Anyone with information can call the state police in Herkimer at 315-866-7275. State police and the Department of Environmental Conservation are also investigating an unrelated case of possible arson in Franklin County, where two bridges were damaged on the former Champion timberlands.  Go to full article

Media Mogul Buys 3 Adirondack Radio Frequencies

A Kentucky-based radio conglomerate has purchased commercial broadcast frequencies in Saranac Lake, Dannemora, and Old Forge. Radioactive LLC bought the frequencies in December as part of an auction held by the Federal Communications Commission. As Brian Mann reports, the company is run by a media mogul who once controlled one of the biggest radio corporations in the U.S.  Go to full article

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