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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

Second Home Market, Land Conservation Squeeze Locals

Affordable housing has become a hot button issue in the Adirondack Park. The problem is most severe in resort towns like Lake George, North Creek, Lake Placid and Old Forge. But a booming vacation home market is squeezing middle class families across the park, pushing average home prices past the $200,000 mark.  Go to full article

After A Summer Of Rain, Tourism Dips

It's been a soggy summer. Through July and August the National Weather service in Burlington recorded more than fifteen inches of rain. That's three times the amount that fell during the same period last year. The clouds had a dampening affect on farmers. But as Brian Mann reports, the weather also hurt hundreds of small businesses that rely on summer tourism.  Go to full article

Adirondack Canoe Classic Underway from Old Forge to Saranac Lake

The Adirondack Canoe Classic got underway this morning. It's three-day, 90-mile marathon along a linkage of lakes, rivers and portages from Old Forge to Saranac Lake. It looks long and challenging on paper, which is where Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann saw it during his first weeks here at NCPR. He got a much closer look at the route that September. He entered. As a solo paddler.  Go to full article

Morale High at the Adk Canoe Classic Starting Line

Todd Moe talks with Celia Evans and Martha Pickard, two of the more than 200 paddlers taking part in the 2004 Adirondack Canoe Classic from Old Forge to Saranac Lake. They're teammates in the same canoe, and spoke with Todd from the starting line this morning.  Go to full article

Pataki Taps Old Forge Resident For APA Board

Governor Pataki has named an Old Forge resident to the Adirondack Park Agency's Board of Commissioners. Lani Ulrich, who heads a non-profit planning group, will fill one of four seats designated for members who live inside the Park Boundaries. Brian Mann spoke with Ulrich Thursday morning.  Go to full article

School Budgets That Cut to the Barest Bone

The impasse in Albany has made an already tough budgeting year even tougher for local school districts. School boards had to estimate the amount of state aid they expect to receive next year. Still, budgets passed in most districts. But a handful failed. Those districts will have to make contingency budgets, and that means cutting thousands of dollars in programs, services, and in some cases, people. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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