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Rainfalls Spike Throughout Summer, But Relief Is In Sight

Farmers aren't the only ones who've struggled with this year's wet, chilly summer. Tourist businesses across the north country are suffering through a tough season. So are parents with kids who like to go swimming. Brian Mann spoke with Brooke Taber, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service In Burlington, who says we will get a last gasp of real summer.  Go to full article

APA Approves Controversial Jay Bridge

On Friday, the Adirondack Park Agency approved a controversial plan to build a new bridge across the east branch of the Ausable River. The structure - in the town of Jay -- will sit just downstream from the old covered bridge, which will now serve as a foot and bicycle crossing. As Brian Mann reports, the 7-million dollar project is still dividing locals after years of debate.  Go to full article
Whiteface Mountain
Whiteface Mountain

State Drops Ski Hut Plan for Whiteface

State officials have dropped a plan to build private ski huts on Whiteface Mountain. The proposal drew fire from pro-environment groups. As Brian Mann reports, the Olympic Regional Development Agency still hopes to move forward with a major expansion of the mountain.  Go to full article

Remembering Irish Sacrifice on the Rideau Canal

The 47 locks and 18 dams of the Rideau Canal are a giant draw for boaters and tourists in the summer months. The system connects Montreal with Kingston, Ontario via Ottawa. The British built the canal after the War of 1812 to allow boats to travel inland rather than risking a potentially dangerous transit along the border waters of the St. Lawrence River. The project was the largest of its kind in the British Empire at the time, and mostly Irish immigrants worked on it. Hundreds died. On Sunday in Ottawa, Canadian officials will unveil a Celtic Cross memorial in honor of the fallen canal workers. David Sommerstein spoke with Ken Clavette, a member of the Rideau Canal Celtic Cross Committee. He says it's hard to pin down how many people died building the canal system.  Go to full article
IP land around Loon Lake Mtn.
IP land around Loon Lake Mtn.

Looking At IP Land Deal, From On High

In April, International Paper announced that the corporation will sell development and recreation rights on a quarter-million acres in the Adirondack Mountains. Logging will continue on much of the land, but the easement with the state of New York is expected to open vast new areas to hikers and snowmobile riders. The purchase could cost taxpayers as much as twenty million dollars. Phil Brown is editor with the Adirondack Explorer, a magazine that covers recreation issues in the Park. He spoke with Brian Mann about the deal, while sitting on a peak that could be a popular new destination.  Go to full article

Schumer Visits Adirondack Gov't Leaders

Senator Chuck Schumer was in Lake Placid on Friday to outline a number of North Country issues at a government affairs breakfast. New York's senior senator discussed the economy, tourism, acid rain and rising fuel prices with leaders from across the region. Later, Schumer met with officials in Tupper Lake. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

ATVs, 4-wheelers "Banned" In Adirondack Park

State officials say they'll close more than fifty roads in the western Adirondacks to all-terrain vehicles. The move affects popular 4-wheeler routes in St. Lawrence, Herkimer, and Lewis counties. As Brian Mann reports, environmental groups are describing the move as a "virtual ban" on ATVs in the Adirondack Park.  Go to full article

Labor Protest Could Mean Long Lines at Border

A labor dispute is expected to mean serious traffic delays this weekend at border crossings. Customs workers on the Canadian side are staging work slowdowns as the summer travel season get underway. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Farm Advocates In Adirondacks Say the Future is Local

On Wednesday, a group of farmers and local leaders from the Adirondacks traveled to Quebec. They made the trip to learn about strategies for developing and marketing local produce, everything from organic wheat to apple wine. Tom Both is supervisor in the town of Keene and heads a group called Adirondack Harvest. He spoke with Brian Mann about what he describes as a renaissance for the region's farms and orchards.  Go to full article
<i>Adirondac</i> on the road
Adirondac on the road

UPDATE: Cruise Ship Adirondac left High and Dry en route to Lake George

UPDATE: The 'Adirondac' spent a second day on the road Thursday, but is expected to reach Lake George some time Friday morning.

A massive new tour boat bound for Lake George was becalmed yesterday near Ticonderoga. Work crews hoped to drag the 115-foot Adirondac four miles overland from Lake Champlain to Lake George in a single day. As Brian Mann reports, the project didn't go as planned.  Go to full article

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