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Snowmobile Crossing. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/amsd2dth/3413819666">amsd2dsh</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Snowmobile Crossing. Photo: amsd2dsh, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

A tough winter, even for snowmobile clubs

It's been a tough winter, with lots of cold weather in the North Country but not much snow, especially in January and February. That makes for a very tough season for businesses in the region that rely on winter sports, especially snowmobiling.

Dom Jacangelo, head of the New York State Snowmobile Association, was in the Adirondacks over the weekend. He says that trail conditions have been poor for many sledding clubs.  Go to full article
Snowmobile track, Longford, Ontario. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbs/4351889564/">Robert Snache - Spririthands.net</a>, cc <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
Snowmobile track, Longford, Ontario. Photo: Robert Snache - Spririthands.net, cc some rights reserved

With better snow comes spate of sled deaths

Snow conditions have been improving in parts of the North Country the last two weeks and that means more sledders out on the trail. But there have also been five snowmobile deaths across the region.  Go to full article
Some overzealous patrols have had an effect on the local economy

Snowmobilers say they're being harassed by law enforcement

A coalition of leaders from the North Country's snowmobile tourism industry is complaining that law enforcement officials are harassing sledders.

They say sticker inspections and multiple trail stops are discouraging visitors from visiting the area.

But as Brian Mann reports, these concerns come as law enforcement agencies are grappling with a growing number of snowmobile injuries and deaths.  Go to full article
All of these issues that they seek to now have clarified were thoroughly argued, litigated, and explored in the administrative proceedings.

State reopens dispute over old road, part of Jackrabbit trail

On Friday, the state Department of Environmental Conservation filed court documents reopening a dispute involving an old road that runs between Lake Placid and Keene.

The controversial case involves a section of the route which is now used as part of the Jackrabbit ski trail.

Green groups say the outcome of the dispute will set a precedent for how road-closures are handled throughout the Adirondack Park.

But as Chris Morris reports, snowmobile activists and town leaders say the case has already been settled.  Go to full article

State considers expansion of Adirondack snowmobile trails

State environmental officials are moving to scrap the decades-old cap on snowmobile trail miles in the Adirondack Park. DEC commissioner Pete Grannis says the change means there will be more sled trails inside the blue line. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Sportsmen's rights advocate exits political stage

One of the North Country's most vocal leaders in local government stepped down unexpectedly last week. Colton town supervisor Hank Ford was known for his combative style and ardent support for private land, snowmobilers, and ATV riders in the Adirondacks. Ford was supervisor for almost 10 years. He's also the regional leader of the Conservative Party. He says he resigned due to health problems and to spend more time with his two grandsons. But Ford's critics have speculated that the reason's more than personal. Ford took heat when Colton dropped its two-year-old veto of the state's purchase of land owned by International Paper. Two months later, Colton got a million dollar state grant to improve parks and athletic fields. Some residents suggested the two were linked. Ford told David sommerstein the town lifted the veto because Albany agreed to drop a challenge to Colton's assessment of state land.  Go to full article

Cranberry Lake feud over trail rights

Snowmobile riders have complained for years that their trail network in the north country is fragile. It depends on a patchwork of agreements with local and state governments, as well as dozens of private landowners. In the northern Adirondacks, a snowmobile club is feuding with hunters over a trail that crosses land leased by the Cranberry Lake Fish & Game Club. Sledders with the Cranberry Lake Mountaineers have used the route for years to reach the lake, but it was closed this season following a dispute over money. Opposing club members Bill White and Tom Morley spoke about the simmering disagreement between the Fish & Game Club and the Mountaineers Snowmobile Club.  Go to full article

In Cranberry Lake, a feud over trail rights

Snowmobile riders have complained for years that their trail network in the North Country is fragile. It depends on a patchwork of agreements with local and state governments, as well as dozens of private landowners.

In the northern Adirondacks, a snowmobile club is feuding with hunters over a trail that crosses land leased by the Cranberry Lake Fish & Game Club.

Sledders with the Cranberry Lake Mountaineers have used the route for years to reach the lake. But it was closed this season following a dispute over money.

We talked about the simmering disagreement with a member of each club, Bill White and Tom Morley - who reads from a prepared statement.  Go to full article

DEC releases snowmobile plan

The state DEC has released their long-awaited snowmobile plan for the Adirondack Park. Environmentalists have raised concerns. Gregory Warner has more.  Go to full article

Snowmobile Riders Die In Crashes

State police say two north country men died in separate snowmobile accidents over the weekend. One fell through the ice on Saturday and the other collided with a tree Saturday night. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

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