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Photo: Snocade Committee, used by permission
Photo: Snocade Committee, used by permission

Indian Lake Snocade fest embraces winter with outdoor and indoor fun

Indian Lake has been celebrating snowmobiling and winter activities for nearly 30 years: snowmobile rides, skiing, snowshoe softball and winter hikes.

The Adirondack town at the hub of miles of snowmobile trails will kick off its inaugural "SnoCade" on Friday, Feb. 14, to run through the 23rd. Organizer Sally Stanton talks with Todd Moe about how seriously Indian Lake residents take winter fun, of both the outdoor and indoor varieties.  Go to full article
The Tug Hill Commission is one of those government agencies that actually work.

Efforts to save Tug Hill Commission

Local leaders are scrambling to save a state agency that supports the isolated communities of the Tug Hill Plateau. Governor Cuomo wants to dissolve the Tug Hill Commission in next year's budget. 15 people would lose their jobs.

The Commission serves more than 60 towns and villages in rural Lewis, Jefferson, Oswego, and Oneida counties, helping with economic development, planning, and natural resource protection. David Sommerstein reports on efforts to save the agency.  Go to full article

APA action expected on Big Tupper, snowmobile trails

A plan to reopen a chairlift and ski trails at the defunct Big Tupper Ski Area is expected to win final Adirondack Park Agency approval today. The permit was approved by an APA committee yesterday.

Big Tupper has been closed since 1999. A group of volunteers in Tupper Lake has been raising funds and working to reopen chair 2 and possibly the rope tow at the ski center. The effort comes as developer Michael Foxman's plans to reopen the ski center and build a large resort development around the mountain are headed to an adjudicatory hearing, possibly early next year.

Guidelines for construction and maintenance of snowmobile trails on state land in the Adirondacks are expected to come to a final vote today at the APA meeting in Ray Brook. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Snowmobile trails debate continues

State environment officials are backing away from a plan to boost the number and length of snowmobile trail miles in the Adirondacks. DEC commissioner Pete Grannis had called for scrapping a hard cap on snowmobile trail miles in the Park established a quarter century ago.
Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

NY Pledges Money to Snowmobiling

With the first serious snow finally hitting parts of the North Country, New York State says it will spend just under $6 million this winter maintaining snowmobile trails and aiding local law enforcement efforts. Brian Mann has that story.  Go to full article

Insurance Deal Reopens Snowmobile Trails to Clubs

New York state's 9,000 miles of snowmobile trails won't be shut down like they were last winter, when an insurance crisis kept many snowmobilers home. Governor Pataki and the New York State Snowmobiling Association announced yesterday that a new insurance policy will cover individual snowmobile clubs this winter. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

Tug Hill Gets Protection

New York State has joined with the Nature Conservancy and a timber company to preserve almost 45,000 acres of land on the Tug Hill Plateau. David Sommerstein reports the public-private partnership prevents the land from being subdivided.  Go to full article

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