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Alissa Johnson<br />(Courtesy:  Women's Ski Jumping USA)
Alissa Johnson
(Courtesy: Women's Ski Jumping USA)

In Lake Placid Women Jump For a Shot at Olympics

Hundreds of athletes are getting ready for this Winter's Olympic games in Torino, Italy. But around the world, a small group of women ski jumpers are busy preparing for the next Olympics, which will be held in Vancouver, Canada, in 2010. The challenge for these women isn't making the team. The real test will be convincing international ski officials and Olympic organizers that their sport deserves a place on the schedule. As Brian Mann reports, women competed recently in Lake Placid, hoping to prove that they have enough experienced athletes to qualify for Vancouver.  Go to full article

ORDA President Takes New Job

The top official at the state-run Olympic Regional Development Authority is stepping down after nine-and-a-half years on the job.  Go to full article
ORDA Board Chairman Charles Gargano (Source:  ESD)
ORDA Board Chairman Charles Gargano (Source: ESD)

Appeal Rejected in ORDA Contract Dispute

A state appeals court has once again ruled in favor of the Olympic Regional Development Authority. ORDA was sued over the awarding of a lucrative food services contract for ski centers at Gore and Whiteface Mountains. Boston Culinary Group claimed that ORDA awarded the contract to a competitor after an unfair bidding process. As Chris Knight reports, the State Supreme court upheld a decision yesterday to dismiss the lawsuit.  Go to full article
Lake Placid Olympic Torch<br />Source:  Erica & David Henry
Lake Placid Olympic Torch
Source: Erica & David Henry

Olympic Torch Extinguished in Lake Placid, No Money for Fuel

The Olympic Torch in Lake Placid was relit last weekend as part of the 25th anniversary of the 1980 Winter Games. But officials at the Olympic Regional Development Authority say the flame had to be extinguished because there wasn't enough money to pay for the fuel needed to keep it burning. Chris Knight has our story.  Go to full article
ORDA Board Chairman Charles Gargano (Source:  ESD)
ORDA Board Chairman Charles Gargano (Source: ESD)

State Audit Slams ORDA Board For Lax Oversight

New York's comptroller released an audit yesterday slamming the Olympic Regional Development Authority. ORDA manages Olympic Venues in Lake Placid and also operates ski centers at Whiteface and Gore Mountain. According to the report, ORDA suffers from weak oversight from the organization's board of directors. The audit also described lax procedures for accounting and for bidding out lucrative contracts. As Brian Mann reports, the audit comes at a time when ORDA is being sued over a food service contract worth millions of dollars.  Go to full article

Wilmington Town Vote On $7 Million Water Project

Voters in Wilmington will decide tomorrow whether to spend seven million dollars improving the local water system. The project would connect the town's water supply to the ski area at Whiteface Mountain. Town supervisor Jeannie Ashworth spoke with Brian Mann. An informational meeting will be held tonight at 7 pm at Wilmington's town hall. Voting at the town hall takes place on Saturday.  Go to full article
NYRA's Saratoga Springs track
NYRA's Saratoga Springs track

New York Racing Authority, ORDA Face Audits

Another of Governor Pataki's state authorities has come under fire for poor management and inappopriate spending. In an audit released yesterday, state comptroller Alan Hevesi slammed the New York Racing Association for wasting more than a million dollars. As Brian Mann reports, the comptroller's office has also begun an audit of the Olympic Regional Development Authority.  Go to full article
Brad Capelli bears a ski scar
Brad Capelli bears a ski scar

After Four Deaths, NY Ski Resorts Talk Safety

Four people have died this winter while downhill skiing at resorts in the Adirondacks and the Catskill Mountains. A fifth skier remains hospitalized in Burlington weeks after he was seriously injured on Whiteface Mountain. Industry leaders say their sport is safe, if people ski responsibly. But some critics say ski downhill resorts should do more to avoid serious accidents. As Brian Mann reports, a half-dozen bills in Albay would require skiers to use helmets.  Go to full article

Adirondack Climate Change Called "Reality"

This week, scientists, government and business leaders, and pro-environment groups are meeting in Raquette Lake. They're talking about global warming caused by human pollution and the impact on our region. The latest research suggests that the north country's climate has already begun to shift. Temperatures are rising subtly. Other human impacts--like acid rain and the spread of invasive species--may be accelerating the pace of change. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Wildfires Require More Resources: Johnsburg Blaze at 170 Acres

Wildfires continued to grow on Tuesday, with forest rangers and volunteer fire crews battling a major blaze in the town of Johnsburg. The state continued to build its fire-fighting forces, adding army helicopters and re-enforcements from out of state. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

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