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Adirondack Scenic Railroad train in Old Forge. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/72644361@N06/8183206757/">Brad O'Brien</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Adirondack Scenic Railroad train in Old Forge. Photo: Brad O'Brien, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

As rail debate simmers, big questions for Scenic Railroad

For more than twenty years, the Adirondack Scenic Railroad has struggled to create an excursion train from Utica to Lake Placid, an attraction that advocates hope will one day serve as a major draw for tourists, carrying passengers through some of the most rugged and scenic terrain in the East. "We view an asset like that as something you would never want to rip up," Bill Branson, the ASR board president, said in an interview last year.

But a nearly month-long investigation by the North Country Public Radio and the Adirondack Explorer has revealed stark and long-lingering questions about the non-profit railroad's financial stability, its professional staff, and its ability to scale up what remains a largely shoestring operation that still carries passengers over only short stretches of the historic corridor.  Go to full article
A rail-trail bridge on the Katy Trail sy stem in Missouri.  Photo:  <a href-"http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Katy_Trail_bridge_and_bikers.jpg">Kbh3rd</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A rail-trail bridge on the Katy Trail sy stem in Missouri. Photo: Kbh3rd, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Adirondack Rail Trail plan leans on state agencies

This is the second part of a two-part series on the Adirondack Rail Trail. Hear the first part here.

State officials say they'll decide soon what to do with the controversial rail corridor that stretches from Old Forge to Lake Placid.

For more than two years, a growing group of activists and local government leaders in the Adirondacks have urged the Cuomo administration to end decades of financial support for the Adirondack Scenic Railroad.

The group called Adirondack Recreation Trail Advocates, also known as "ARTA," hopes to see the ninety-mile corridor converted into a year-round multi-use trail. They say a Rail Trail would provide a bigger tourism draw and could be built quickly with little additional financial support from taxpayers.

But a detailed review by North Country Public Radio in partnership with Adirondack Explorer magazine found that big questions remain about how the trail would be paid for and who would operate it.  Go to full article
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
Governor Andrew Cuomo sleds in Franklin County on Sunday as part of his Adirondack Winter Challenge.  Photo provided by NYS Governor's office
Governor Andrew Cuomo sleds in Franklin County on Sunday as part of his Adirondack Winter Challenge. Photo provided by NYS Governor's office

Cuomo cheerleads Adirondack, Lake Placid tourism

Gov. Andrew Cuomo led a group of lawmakers on a day-long visit to the Adirondack Park yesterday.

The Adirondack Winter Challenge is part of his administration's $60 million effort, launched last year, to boost upstate tourism. The event was also designed to build support in Albany for state-run tourism sites that cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars a year to operate.  Go to full article
A housing unit at Camp Gabriels. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise
A housing unit at Camp Gabriels. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Camp Gabriels prison buyer hopes to open summer camp this year

A plan is in the works to turn Camp Gabriels, a former medium-security prison in the Adirondack town of Brighton, into a private group camp and retreat center.

The former prison in Franklin County has been closed since 2009. The state put the property up for auction in October; Adam Fine of New York City is in process of buying it. He reportedly wants to get it up and running as a summer camp this year.  Go to full article

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival opens

Saranac Lake's Winter Carnival got underway yesterday with events throughout the village -- including a practice fry-pan tossing session at North Country Community College.

The ten-day festival has been held in the village since 1887.  Go to full article
Jack Burke won't be traveling to Sochi to watch Olympic competitions. Instead, he spent time in Europe watching his son Tim compete on the World Cup circuit. Photo: Brian Mann
Jack Burke won't be traveling to Sochi to watch Olympic competitions. Instead, he spent time in Europe watching his son Tim compete on the World Cup circuit. Photo: Brian Mann

For Olympic families, anxiety about Sochi

In these final weeks before the Winter Olympics in Sochi, there's growing of anxiety about safety and the threat of terrorism in Russia. The state department has issued a travel advisory for Americans traveling to the games. Some athletes in the US have been urging family members to say home.

Safety fears are only the latest complication for North Country families debating whether to make the trip to Sochi.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/18432549@N00/33268860/">Peg</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Peg, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY selling joys of upstate winter at Super Bowl

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) In an effort to make Super Bowl fans learn to love upstate New York in the dead of winter, tourism officials are planning a half-dozen exhibits and events encouraging that crowd to eat its foods, drink its beverages and play in its ice and snow.

While the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks play football Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium at the New Jersey Meadowlands, the spillover will far exceed 82,000 holders of high-priced ticket.  Go to full article
DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. Photo: Matt Ryan for Innovation Trail
DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. Photo: Matt Ryan for Innovation Trail

Critics see red over Cuomo's green budget

Governor Cuomo was joined on the stage yesterday by state Conservation commissioner Joe Martens. But the spending plan for green projects that Martens outlined in the high profile presentation is already facing sharp criticism from across the political spectrum.

In part, that's because it slashes nearly five percent from the DEC's operating budget at a time when Conservation workers are being asked to do far more in the Adirondack North Country.  Go to full article
China's Zhongqing Liu defies gravity with the Adirondack Mountains in the background.  China dominated the aerial competition in Lake Placid, taking four out of six medals including both golds. Photo: Nancie Battaglia, NCPR Winter Olympics correspondent
China's Zhongqing Liu defies gravity with the Adirondack Mountains in the background. China dominated the aerial competition in Lake Placid, taking four out of six medals including both golds. Photo: Nancie Battaglia, NCPR Winter Olympics correspondent

Freestyle aerial jumps graceful, bone-crunching

With the Sochi Winter Olympics now less than three weeks away, it was a huge pre-Olympics weekend in Lake Placid.

Skiers from all over the world gathered for the World Cup freestyle championships, which included mogul competition at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington and aerial jumping at the Olympic complex in Lake Placid.  Go to full article

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