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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

New Tourism Study Out

A new study is giving the region's tourism industry some facts and figures to chew on. Martha Foley talks with Laurie Marr, executive director of the Northern New York Travel and Tourism Research Center, about who comes to the North Country and what they spend their money on.  Go to full article
'Friends of Leishman Point' stand on the property they want to protect
'Friends of Leishman Point' stand on the property they want to protect

Waddington Residents to Decide Waterfront Plans

In Waddington, on the St. Lawrence River between Ogdensburg and Massena, residents will vote in the first contested town races since 1991. The political action has been sparked by disputes over development of the town's waterfront. Next week, the town will hold a special referendum on whether to build private homes on undeveloped riverside property. As David Sommerstein reports, the vote could be a preview for the general election.  Go to full article
Adirondack Regional Tourism Council Logo
Adirondack Regional Tourism Council Logo

Economy, Wet Weather Hurt Summer Tourism

It's been a tough summer for tourism businesses around the nation. Here in the North Country, the struggling economy conspired with cool, wet weather to keep summer travelers at home. Brian Mann spoke with Ann Melious, head of the Adirondack Regional Tourism Council.  Go to full article
On the trail...
On the trail...

Audio Postcard: On Horseback In The Laurentians

For many, the Labor Day weekend is a time for getting out on the road - but it's also a great time to get out on the trail. Brian Mann made a quick trip to the Laurentian Mountains north of Montreal, for a day of horse back riding. He sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Tourism Numbers Down In The High Peaks

There's no official count yet, but preliminary figures show that the number of visitors to the high peaks was down again this year. The decrease has been happening steadily since 1998. Jody Tosti spoke with the Adirondack Mountain Club's Director about why he thinks the number of campers and hikers is continuing to drop.  Go to full article

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