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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
Placing bets in Saratoga Springs...
Placing bets in Saratoga Springs...

Saratoga Horse Racing More Popular, More Scandalous

Updated: 1:21 pm Friday

Horse racing fans in Saratoga Springs won't see the widely anticipated rematch Saturday, between Funny Cide and Empire Maker. Both horses were pulled from the one million dollar Travers stakes because of health problems. This is just the latest bad news for New York's three billion dollar horse racing industry, which faces allegations of corruption and money laundering. As North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann reports, the growing scandal threatens to derail a new hundred million dollar casino.  Go to full article
Carp angler Kevin Cox launches a boilie.
Carp angler Kevin Cox launches a boilie.

The Thrill of Carp Fishing

Carp are largely considered the mucky, ugly bottom-feeders of the fish world in this country. But in Great Britain and Europe, they're prized fighters and millions of anglers fish day and night to haul in a trophy catch. This week, a hundred young carp anglers and their families descend on the North Country for the inaugural St. Lawrence International Junior Carp Tournament. Organizers hope the event will make the St. Lawrence a premier fishing destination. David Sommerstein recently spent time with a carp guide and a British angler to find out what carp fishing's all about.  Go to full article

Saratoga Track More Popular and More Troubled Than Ever

In a year when the Saratoga Race Course is enjoying new popularity - thanks to Funny Cide and the new Seabiscuit movie - the track's parent company is facing a drum beat of allegations and fines. As Brian Mann reports, the New York Racing Association was fined ten thousand dollars on Thursday.  Go to full article
Swimming through pain...
Swimming through pain...

Lake Placid Ironman Presses on Through Storms

Canadian Heather Fuhr won her fourth Lake Placid Ironman on Sunday. Last year's men's leader, Ryan Bolton from Colorado, lost to Kirill Litovtsenko, a newcomer from Estonia. The top finishers each claimed a $20,000 prize. Lake Placid's Jeff Hunt and Kim Loeffler from Essex Junction, Vermont, were the North Country's top finishers.

Brian Mann followed the race through a long day of pouring rain and booming winds. He sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Focus On Outdoor Recreation: Mountain Biking

The Adirondack Park Mountain Biking Initiative holds its summer meeting this Thursday in Newcomb. The group - headed by Lee and Judi Borland of Lake Placid - is working to develop new trails and to develop the kind of infrastructure that will allow the sport to blossom. Lee Borland spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article
The Shoebox, a classic Adirondack swimming hole
The Shoebox, a classic Adirondack swimming hole

A Swimming Hole Connoisseur Explores The Adirondacks

The North Country is famous for its pristine lakes and stunning rivers. A new guidebook is showcasing some of the best places to swim--from the Adirondacks to the Green Mountains. Brian Mann joined the book's author for a trek along the Boquet River, in search of the perfect swimming hole.

Directions to "The Shoebox": Travel north on State Route 73 from the intersection with US 9 North. Go 1.4 miles to the bridge over the Boquet River. Park carefully on pull-out. Follow trail west along river. (Courtesy of Pancho Doll)  Go to full article
North Country Tourism In Need of Private Investment<br />Photo:  Courtesy of CAST
North Country Tourism In Need of Private Investment
Photo: Courtesy of CAST

New Investment Fund Hopes To Promote Tourism Industry

A regional bank announced yesterday that it has formed a ten million dollar investment fund, designed to spur tourism development in the North Country. The new program--funded by Adirondack Bank--was created in partnership with the Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Tourism. As Brian Mann reports, supporters say the loan program will help end a drought in private sector investment.  Go to full article

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