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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
Lake Placid's 25th Anniversary of the 1980 Games (Source:  ORDA)
Lake Placid's 25th Anniversary of the 1980 Games (Source: ORDA)

Lake Placid Remembered as the Last Small Town Winter Olympics

Over the last two weeks, Lake Placid has been celebrating the 25th anniversary of the 1980 Winter Olympics. The Lake Placid games are remembered for amazing sports moments -- Eric Heiden's five gold medals for speedskating. America's hockey win over the Russians. But the Lake Placid games are also remembered as one of the last small-town games. As Brian Mann reports, there's deep nostalgia for an Olympic era before big money and television changed sports forever.  Go to full article
Lake Placid Olympic Torch<br />Source:  Erica & David Henry
Lake Placid Olympic Torch
Source: Erica & David Henry

Olympic Torch Extinguished in Lake Placid, No Money for Fuel

The Olympic Torch in Lake Placid was relit last weekend as part of the 25th anniversary of the 1980 Winter Games. But officials at the Olympic Regional Development Authority say the flame had to be extinguished because there wasn't enough money to pay for the fuel needed to keep it burning. Chris Knight has our story.  Go to full article

Snow Drought "A Disaster" For North Country Tourism

Rain fell again yesterday across much of the North Country. The shortage of snow this winter has been brutal for anyone in the north country who likes to ski or snowmobile. The season has been even more painful for business owners who rely on winter tourists. One group of tourism advocates now say the "snow drought" could qualify the region for economic disaster relief. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Environment Impacts of "Exurban Development" Like Big Tupper Poorly Understood

The Big Tupper resort development is widely seen as the first big crest of a development wave that's hitting privately owned forestland across the Adirondack Park. Brian Mann spoke with Heidi Kretser, a graduate student at Cornell University who's studying the impact of "exurban" development on northeastern forests. She says a lot of questions are still unanswered.  Go to full article
JR Risley Inlet Supervisor & AATV
JR Risley Inlet Supervisor & AATV

Local Government Group Calls Middle Class Housing "A Crisis"

Last month, the Association of Adirondack Towns and Villages passed a resolution supporting legislation designed to promote affordable housing for middle income families. JR Risley -- who heads the AATV and serves as town supervisor in Inlet -- spoke this week with Brian Mann. Risley says the booming second home market is crippling some communities in the Park.  Go to full article

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