Skip Navigation
on:

NCPR is supported by:

News stories tagged with "orda"

A rail-trail bridge on the Katy Trail sy stem in Missouri.  Photo:  <a href-"http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Katy_Trail_bridge_and_bikers.jpg">Kbh3rd</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A rail-trail bridge on the Katy Trail sy stem in Missouri. Photo: Kbh3rd, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Adirondack Rail Trail plan leans on state agencies

This is the second part of a two-part series on the Adirondack Rail Trail. Hear the first part here.

State officials say they'll decide soon what to do with the controversial rail corridor that stretches from Old Forge to Lake Placid.

For more than two years, a growing group of activists and local government leaders in the Adirondacks have urged the Cuomo administration to end decades of financial support for the Adirondack Scenic Railroad.

The group called Adirondack Recreation Trail Advocates, also known as "ARTA," hopes to see the ninety-mile corridor converted into a year-round multi-use trail. They say a Rail Trail would provide a bigger tourism draw and could be built quickly with little additional financial support from taxpayers.

But a detailed review by North Country Public Radio in partnership with Adirondack Explorer magazine found that big questions remain about how the trail would be paid for and who would operate it.  Go to full article
Former Plattsburgh Assemblyman Chris Ortloff
Former Plattsburgh Assemblyman Chris Ortloff

ORDA removes plaque honoring disgraced official Ortloff

Chris Ortloff's plaque has been removed from the Lake Placid Hall of Fame.

Ortloff is a former state Assemblyman, reporter and state Parole Board member who was convicted of federal coercion and enticement charges in 2010 after he was arrested in a sting operation. Ortloff had arranged to meet who he thought were two underage girls at an Albany area hotel for a sexual tryst.

Ortloff was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998 for his contribution to the 1980 Olympic Games, which were held in Lake Placid. Up until last week, a plaque and a tribute on ORDA's website could still be viewed by the public.  Go to full article
State of the art snow making techniques help ORDA maintain venues even in warmer weather. Photo: ORDA
State of the art snow making techniques help ORDA maintain venues even in warmer weather. Photo: ORDA

Profile: Ted Blazer's ORDA anchors NY winter tourism

There's snow on the ground in the Adirondacks. The winter tourism industry in the region is hoping to bounce back this season after last year's disastrously warm weather.

But winter tourism in the region faces some big challenges going forward, including questions about climate change and competition from big venues and destinations in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Ted Blazer is head of the state-run Olympic Regional Development Authority, which is headquartered in Lake Placid. Much of the future of winter tourism in the region depends on him.  Go to full article
Belleayre Mountain Ski Center in the Catskills is part of ORDA's expanding purview.
Belleayre Mountain Ski Center in the Catskills is part of ORDA's expanding purview.

Summer visits help as ORDA rebounds from bad winter

The state Olympic Regional Development Authority continues to rebound from a bad winter, according to financial reports released last week.

As of July 31, ORDA's revenues were running about $600,000 ahead of 2011. ORDA President and CEO Ted Blazer said numbers for the 2012 summer season increased over last year by about a quarter of a million dollars. Visitation is up by about 11.6 percent, and revenue is up about 12.35 percent.

Meanwhile, ORDA has already made some investments at the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, located in Highmount in the Catskills. ORDA officials say they're ready for the upcoming ski season there.  Go to full article
Matt Murray, (center, red T-shirt) brought more than 60 veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their family members to Lake Placid for a tour of the area's Olympic venues. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy Adirondack Daily EnterpriseEnterprise
Matt Murray, (center, red T-shirt) brought more than 60 veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their family members to Lake Placid for a tour of the area's Olympic venues. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy Adirondack Daily EnterpriseEnterprise

Boy Scout leads Lake Placid Olympic tour

A 16-year-old from the Troy area helped bring a group of more than 60 people, including Armed Services veterans and their families, to Lake Placid last week to tour Olympic sites and dine at the local American Legion hall.

Matt Murray, of Brunswick, is a junior at Tamarac High School and a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 537. The Lake Placid trip was part of his Eagle Scout project, which he hopes to complete soon. Chris Morris caught up with the group and has our story.  Go to full article
The Conference Center at Lake Placid. Photo via meetingslakeplacid.com
The Conference Center at Lake Placid. Photo via meetingslakeplacid.com

Lake Placid Conference Center does well in first year

The Conference Center at Lake Placid held its grand opening about a year ago, and the people in charge of running it say the facility is doing well so far. The conference center is operated by the state Olympic Regional Development Authority and Lake Placid Convention and Visitors Bureau. Officials gave ORDA's Board of Directors an update on the venue's first year during a meeting in Lake Placid last week. As Chris Morris reports, the managers of the conference center believe it's just starting to live up to its potential.  Go to full article
Gore Mountain is an anchor for Warren County's winter economy. Photo: Gore Mountain website
Gore Mountain is an anchor for Warren County's winter economy. Photo: Gore Mountain website

Advocates worry Gore Mt. could get short-changed in ORDA transition

The Olympic Regional Development Authority will begin operating the Belleayre Mountain resort in the Catskills later this year. That's a huge change for the organization, which had focused exclusively on Adirondack venues, in Wilmington, Lake Placid and North Creek.

Once Belleayre is added to ORDA's list of venues, two new members from the Catskills will sit on the organization's board.

But currently, only one board member represents communities in Warren County and the North Creek area. As Andy Flynn reports, some Gore Mountain advocates say they want more representation on ORDA's board.  Go to full article
Lake Placid from Whiteface, February 2010. Photo: Susan Cameron
Lake Placid from Whiteface, February 2010. Photo: Susan Cameron

Lack of "white Christmas" could leave ski resorts in the red

For those in the skiing business, this year's relatively warm temperatures and lack of snow are spelling trouble. Ski areas typically open around Thanksgiving and when there's no snow on the ground, they make it.

But it's been too warm for snowmaking. Ideally, it should be about 10 degrees. So many areas in the northeast have been forced to delay opening. Others have been operating at reduced capacity. And that's hurting the bottom line.  Go to full article
ORDA CEO Ted Blazer (Photo:  Chris Morris)
ORDA CEO Ted Blazer (Photo: Chris Morris)

ORDA builds appeal despite state budget cuts

The state Olympic Regional Development Authority is having one of its best years ever. ORDA operates and maintains a variety of Olympic venues across the Lake Placid region, including ski centers at Whiteface and Gore Mountains. State officials say heavy snowfall and a strong Canadian dollar translated into financial success.

As Chris Morris reports, ORDA is looking to build off that success by getting creative with its marketing.  Go to full article
Photo: NYSDEC
Photo: NYSDEC

ORDA may take over Catskill ski center

The state Olympic Regional Development Authority may add a third downhill ski center to its venues before the winter season.

ORDA officials are reportedly in talks to take over operation of Belleayre Mountain Ski Center in the Catskills.

Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

1-10 of 81  next 10 »  last »