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View of Lake Champlain from Split Rock area
View of Lake Champlain from Split Rock area

APA Approves Plans For Lake Champlain, Indian Lake

The Adirondack Park Agency approved two new management plans last week. The documents will shape public recreation in the Siamese Ponds wilderness area, near Indian Lake, and along a popular shoreline of Lake Champlain. As Brian Mann reports, pro-environment groups won major concessions during last-minute negotiations.  Go to full article

Record High Gas Prices Punish Working Families

Gas prices continue to rise around the U.S., hitting an average of two dollars and twenty-two cents a gallon. That's a new record. Here in the north country, prices are even higher -- close to two dollars and forty cents a gallon. As Brian Mann reports, low-income workers are taking a hit from pump prices, especially those who face a long commute.  Go to full article

Passport Rules Chill Tourism

The Bush administration said this week that Americans re-entering the U.S will need to show a passport by 2008. It's part of ongoing efforts to tighten border security. Administration officials also say Canadians will have to show a passport to enter the U-S. They have been the only foreigners allowed to come into the country with just a driver's license. Yesterday, Canadian officials say they are now considering a tit-for-tat requirement for Americans. The passport rules will change a long tradition for people living in what are called "near border communities". Gary DeYoung is director of tourism at the Thousand Islands Tourism Council. The council is based at one of the North Country's busiest border crossings - the Thousand Islands Bridge in Alexandria Bay. He talked with Martha Foley.  Go to full article
Lake Placid Film Festival ends run
Lake Placid Film Festival ends run

Lake Placid Film Festival Fades To Black After 5-Year Run

The Lake Placid Film Festival won't go on this summer. The event lost twenty thousand dollars last year. Ticket sales were flat, despite an appearance by legendary director Martin Scorcese. As Chris Knight reports, organizers say there wasn't enough sponsorship support to stage a quality festival.  Go to full article

$4 Million Worker Housing Project Planned For North Creek

A non-profit group called Comlinks plans to build 20 affordable apartments and townhouses in North Creek. Senator Hillary Rodham-Clinton unveiled the $4 million development yesterday at a ceremony in Glens Falls. As Brian Mann reports, local leaders say a shortage of worker housing in the region threatens to push out young families and stifle economic development.

State Senator Betty Little will hold an affordable housing symposium April 15th in Lake Placid.  Go to full article

Mandatory Passports May Hurt Tourism

The Department of Homeland Security is weighing a new proposal for border crossings. It could require everyone to show a valid passport to enter the U.S. The possibility shocked tourism officials along the St. Lawrence River. They market the region as binational, with attractions in both New York and Canada. As David Sommerstein reports, they fear a passport requirement could hurt the local economy.  Go to full article
Remote village of Raquette Lake
Remote village of Raquette Lake

Elementary School Closes In Raquette Lake

Voters in Raquette Lake have decided to bus the village's three elementary school students to another district. The kids are expected to join middle and high school students who already travel every day to Indian Lake. The decision means children will no longer attend public school in the village. Brian Mann spoke with Liz Forsell.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence Aquarium Plan Scaled Back

Nationwide, aquariums have increased 50% in the last 10 years. But the "aquarium boom" will not be coming to the North Country - officials at the St. Lawrence River Aquarium and Ecological Center announced last week that, after almost 20 years of discussion and fundraising, they don't have enough financial backing for the project. Instead they're proposing a more modest plan for a discovery center.  Go to full article
State Senator Betty Little (R-Queensbury)
State Senator Betty Little (R-Queensbury)

North Country Senator Introduces "Local Housing" Bill

In the Adirondack Mountains, housing costs continue to shoot up, driven by state land purchases and by vacation-home buyers. Average homes now sell for more than two hundred thousand dollars, pricing many locals out of the market. State Senator Betty Little, a Republican from Queensbury, has introduced a new bill that would help locals in the Park buy or build homes by offering tax relief. The program would be paid for with a statewide sales tax on homes that cost more than a million dollars. Senator Little spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Lake George 2nd Home Development Alarms Enviros, Local Officials

Nearly 1500 acres acres of timberland on the south shore of Lake George could be the site of the next big housing subdivision in the Adirondack Park. The property, which sits near Prospect Mountain, could be developed with more than 100 new vacation homes. As Brian Mann reports, pro-environment groups and a local government official hope to block the project.  Go to full article

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