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President Obama greets guests at the baseball hall of fame. Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO
President Obama greets guests at the baseball hall of fame. Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO

Obama pitches tourism in Cooperstown

President Barack Obama sees tourism as a valuable American export, and he wants to make it easier for foreigners to visit and spend money in the United States. He made his case during a visit to the baseball of fame in Cooperstown yesterday.  Go to full article
The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:National_Baseball_Hall_of_Fame_and_Museum.jpg">Beyond My Ken</a> via Wikimedia Commons
The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Photo: Beyond My Ken via Wikimedia Commons

President Obama highlights tourism at Baseball Hall of Fame

President Barack Obama is speaking this hour at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown to highlight the economic benefits of the tourism industry.  Go to full article
President Barack Obama practices his pitching in the Rose Garden. Official White House Photo: Pete Souza
President Barack Obama practices his pitching in the Rose Garden. Official White House Photo: Pete Souza

Cooperstown preps for visit from President Obama

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Call it a walk-off home run for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

President Barack Obama is traveling to New York on Thursday to stress how tourism can lead to good-paying jobs, and he's delivering his speech inside the baseball mecca in Cooperstown.  Go to full article

Lake George's tourism transformation

The summer tourism season is slowly coming awake across the North Country. One of the big hotspots will be Lake George, which is in the middle of a building boom. Community leaders hope to see a kind of growth that will extend the village's visitor economy into the fall and winter months.  Go to full article

This weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack looks at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks each weekend.

Rain through Sunday morning will exacerbate our already wet and muddy trail conditions and raise the levels of rivers and streams so that some crossing may not be accessible and trails near waterways may be flooded on Sunday morning before skies clear and winds - which are expected to be 10-15 miles per hour Friday and Saturday - begin to calm. Rains are expected to be heaviest on south and southestern slopes.  Go to full article

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

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