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DEC's Rob Davies, Colton's Hank Ford, and Sen. Ray Meier debate snowmobile plan
DEC's Rob Davies, Colton's Hank Ford, and Sen. Ray Meier debate snowmobile plan

Colton: Snowmobilers Call for Wider, Longer Trails

New York's Conservation department was expected to begin a series of public hearings next week, on a controversial snowmobile plan for the Adirondack Park. But yesterday, top DEC officials traveled from Albany to hold their first hearing in the town Colton, south of Potsdam. The session wasn't on the DEC's official schedule and the agency gave no public notice of the meeting. As Brian Mann reports, last night's hearing was actually hosted by a snowmobile advocacy group. Many of those who attended the three-hour session say snowmobile tourism is being stifled by an outdated network of trails--and by a state bureaucracy that's biased against their sport.  Go to full article

Controversial Article Ignites Snowmobile Politics

Last month, a former official with New York's conservation department outraged many snowmobile riders when he joked about killing people who drive their sleds on trails in the Adirondacks. The comments were published in the Adirondack Explorer newspaper. Now, snowmobile activists say they'll use the controversy to pressure officials in Albany. As Brian Mann reports, the sport's advocates want longer and wider trails.  Go to full article
<i>Miracle</i> debuts in Lake Placid Feb. 5
Miracle debuts in Lake Placid Feb. 5

Lake Placid Gets First Look At Miracle

A new movie about the 1980 Olympic hockey tournament in Lake Placid wasn't filmed in the Adirondacks, but the Walt Disney picture will have an early screening in the Olympic village early next month, featuring some of the game's biggest heroes. Martha Foley has details.  Go to full article
Bill Knoble shapes his clay
Bill Knoble shapes his clay

Pottery Made For Use, Captures The Eye

It's easy to think of art as a sort of passion - a divine madness. But for many creative people, the moment of truth is found in the work, in the process. For potter Bill Knoble, there's a science to taking clay and dust and giving it beauty and purpose. Brian Mann visited Knoble at his workshop in Chestertown and sends this profile.  Go to full article
4-wheeler damage in Adirondacks
4-wheeler damage in Adirondacks

APA Closes 3 Roads to 4-wheelers, Broad Ban Likely

On Thursday, the Adirondack Park Agency banned all-terrain vehicles from three roads that cross the forest preserve in Lewis County. Under pressure from recent court decisions and from pro-environment groups, state officials say they'll review the legal status of dozens of roads roads now open to 4-wheelers in the western Adirondacks. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article
Sup. JR Risley
Sup. JR Risley

Inlet: A Snowmobile Town that Offers Trails & Safety

With the Christmas holidays, the snowmobile season is underway in the North Country. It's a popular sport for many locals -- and it's also big business. Brian Mann spoke recently with JR Risley, supervisor in town of Inlet. Inlet sits on the edge of the Moose River Plains, one of the Adirondack Park's most popular snowmobile destinations.  Go to full article
Snowmobile Plan unveiled for Adirondack Park
Snowmobile Plan unveiled for Adirondack Park

Adirondack Snowmobile Plan: Quiet Release, Loud Response

Late yesterday, the Pataki administration released a landmark plan for snowmobiles in the Adirondacks. State conservation officials say the proposal would create a new snowmobile network, connecting towns and villages across the Park. Most of the revamped trail system would cross the forest preserve, though some routes would be shifted to private land. As Brian Mann reports, snowmobilers and environmentalists were quick to attack the draft plan. Both sides say the proposal offers too little information.  Go to full article
Freeskier goes airborne
Freeskier goes airborne

Lake Placid: Free Skiing, Part Hype, Part Grace

Lake Placid's "Ultimate Bumps & Jumps" competition aired Sunday afternoon on CBS Sports. The two-day competition held at Whiteface Mountain featured some of the best free skiers in the U-S. Brian Mann dropped by to watch some of the acrobatics and sends this postcard.  Go to full article
Retail storeowners brainstorm ways to boost winter business in Clayton
Retail storeowners brainstorm ways to boost winter business in Clayton

Clayton Tries to 'Extend the Season'

Every summer, the Thousand Islands bustles with tourists and seasonal residents, all boating, fishing, dining, shopping, and spending money. But the economic boom dries up after Labor Day, leaving local businesses to shut down or suffer through the long winter. The village of Clayton is trying to reverse that trend and keep downtown shops open longer. As David Sommerstein reports, the effort reflects a new political and demographic reality in town.  Go to full article
David Pamperin
David Pamperin

Blue Mt. Lake: Adirondack Museum Hires New Director

The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mt. Lake has hired a new director. David Pamperin will take over in mid-January. He comes from Wisconsin, where he ran a system of historical sites owned by the state's historical society. Pamperin will be the sixth director in the Adirondack Museum's history, taking over from John Collins, who led the museum for the last three years. Pamperin spoke with Brian Mann about his first impressions of the museum.  Go to full article

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