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Saratoga and North Creek Railway sold

One of the Adirondack Park's two tourism railroads has been sold, according to a report in the Adirondack Journal newspaper. Iowa Pacific Rail, which operates the Saratoga and North Creek Railway, is selling an 80 percent interest to a company called Chai Trust Company and EGI Fund Investors.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo paddling on Boreas Pond in North Hudson, in Essex County. NCPR file photo: Brian Mann
Gov. Andrew Cuomo paddling on Boreas Pond in North Hudson, in Essex County. NCPR file photo: Brian Mann

Will the Finch land deal really boost the Adk economy?

Two years ago, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo revived the massive Finch, Pruyn land deal, first engineered by the Adirondack Nature Conservancy in 2007, he shifted the terms of a long-running debate over big land conservation projects in the park.

Funding for open space conservation had been under attack in Albany for years, including a moratorium on new spending. Even many Democrats were questioning the value to taxpayers of protecting more "forever wild" land in the park.

The governor turned that debate on its head, arguing that vast tracts of new public lands would be a boon to the state's tourism economy, rather than a costly burden, and would give struggling Adirondack towns a long-needed boost.  Go to full article
Trail markers like this one are popping up across the Champlain Valley.
Trail markers like this one are popping up across the Champlain Valley.

First-ever "Grand Hike" sets off in Champlain Valley

A trail-building group in the Champlain Valley is holdings its first-ever town-to-town hike on Saturday, with dozens of people planning to trek between Westport and Essex. "Champlain Area Trails' mission is to create trails that link our communities," said Chris Maron, head of CATS, based in Westport. "We've been working away on trails that go between Westport and Essex and even though they're not all in place between those two towns, we figured it was time to have a hike."  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/evanblaser/8655954187/">Evan Blaser</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Evan Blaser, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

22 upstate casino proposals submitted in NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Contenders hoping to win the right to open a casino in upstate New York include hometown business owners as well as gambling giants like Caesars, Genting Group and Foxwoods.

A state gambling panel on Thursday released the names of organizations pitching 22 different casino proposals. Wednesday was the deadline for interested parties to pay a $1 million application fee.  Go to full article
The new Center for Working Landscapes will be housed at the Paul Smith's VIC. Photo: Nora Flaherty
The new Center for Working Landscapes will be housed at the Paul Smith's VIC. Photo: Nora Flaherty

The Adirondack North Country: a "working landscape"

People across the North Country are grappling with big questions about sustainability and the future of the region. Today The Adirondack Center for Working Landscapes, a new collaboration between Paul Smiths College and Cornell Cooperative Extension, is hosting a symposium in search of some answers.  Go to full article
Saranac Lake village Mayor Clyde Rabideau is pushing hard to see two new hotels built in his community. Photo:  Brian Mann
Saranac Lake village Mayor Clyde Rabideau is pushing hard to see two new hotels built in his community. Photo: Brian Mann

Rabideau's second term Saranac Lake bucket list

Clyde Rabideau has been a political fixture in the North Country for decades, first as the long-time mayor of Plattsburgh, and for the last four years as mayor of Saranac Lake. As he begins his second term as village mayor, Rabideau says he has a long list of projects he hopes to push to completion in the next four years.

Topping the list are two new hotels and a parking garage proposed for the downtown area. One of those hotels, on the shore of Lake Flower, has sparked questions about the size and the environmental impact, as well as concerns that the project might lie inside the Saranac River's flood plain.

Rabideau sat down this week with Brian Mann to talk about those challenges.  Go to full article
"Lighthouse Rock Island" Rock Island Lighthouse, Thousand Islands, New York. Photo: Ted Van Pelt
"Lighthouse Rock Island" Rock Island Lighthouse, Thousand Islands, New York. Photo: Ted Van Pelt

Are the Thousand Islands scenic...enough?

The ice is out along much of the St. Lawrence River and the colors, sounds, and movement of Spring in the Thousand Islands region are on their way.

But here's a question: is the Thousand Islands--the fifty mile archipelago with its constellation of villages, castles, cottages, and parks--scenic enough? And what's more: is it significant? That's what around 60 people from the community gathered late last month to figure out.  Go to full article
Chris LaBarge describes an architectural rendering of his proposed 90-room hotel on Lake Flower at a Saranac Lake planning board meeting. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
Chris LaBarge describes an architectural rendering of his proposed 90-room hotel on Lake Flower at a Saranac Lake planning board meeting. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Saranac Lake hotel stumbles over flood zone regs

A Malone developer's plan to build a 90-room, four-story hotel in the Village of Saranac Lake has hit a major stumbling block.

Unless the federal government agrees to revise the designated flood zone around Lake Flower, the hotel that's been proposed on the lake's shoreline could be going nowhere.

Planning has ground to a halt as developer Chris LaBarge awaits a decision on whether the flood zone map for the lake can be revised.  Go to full article
Raquette Lake could be near the end of a century-old land dispute with New York state.  Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Raquette_Lake,_New_York.jpg">DzikieKwiaty</a>, public domain
Raquette Lake could be near the end of a century-old land dispute with New York state. Photo: DzikieKwiaty, public domain

Settlement to century-old Adk land dispute in the mail

New York state is sending hundreds of letters to homeowners in Long Lake offering to settle land claims as part of the "Township 40" deal approved by voters last November.

The move is part of an effort to resolve boundary disputes around the tiny community of Raquette Lake that date back to the 1800s.

In all, more than 1,000 acres of land around Raquette Lake are affected by the boundary dispute, which was sparked originally by conflicting title claims, decades of lawsuits, and poor survey maps.  Go to full article
The Adirondack Scenic Railroad. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/39017545@N02/">Matt Johnson</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
The Adirondack Scenic Railroad. Photo: Matt Johnson, CC some rights reserved

Understanding the Adirondack Scenic Railroad controversy

This week, North Country Public Radio has been looking in-depth at the fierce debate over the future of the 90-mile rail corridor that stretches from Old Forge to Lake Placid. Train boosters hope to see the state of New York invest millions of dollars reviving the entire line into a world-class seasonal tourism railroad, likely operated by the Utica-based non-profit Adirondack Scenic Railroad.

But a growing number of critics, including many local government leaders in the Park, want the state to consider reinventing the corridor as a year-round multi-use "rail-to-trail" destination.

Brian Mann and Martha Foley spoke about where all this goes next.  Go to full article

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