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State To Poison Ponds, Restore Trout Fishery

The Department of Environmental Conservation plans to poison two ponds in Franklin County. The project approved Friday by the Adirondack Park Agency is part of a plan to re-introduce native species of rainbow and brook trout. As Brian Mann reports, some pro-environment groups say the project will do more harm than good.  Go to full article

Sports Illustrated: The Adirondacks Issue

It's been a banner winter for the Adirondacks. First NASA named a lumpy bit of rock on Mars after our state park. Then, last week, the Lake Placid Olympics were celebrated in a new Disney film about the legendary 1980 hockey tournament.
Now, the region is being featured in Sports Illustrated's new swimsuit issue, which appears on newsstands this week. The models and crew stayed at the Wawbeek Lodge on Upper Saranac Lake last summer. Owner Norman Howard talked about the experience with Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Environmentalists Slam Snowmobile Plan

Conservation groups are condemning a new snowmobile plan proposed for the Adirondack Park. At a hearing last night in Albany, environmentalists argued that the proposed corridor system would mean construction of new 12-foot-wide roads in the Park -- a violation the "forever wild" provision of the state constitution.
As Brian Mann reports, snowmobile advocates say this opposition from "green" groups reflects a growing bias against motorized recreation.  Go to full article
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 Many of those who attended the three-hour session say snowmobile tourism is being stifled by an outdated network of trails--and by a state bureaucracy that's biased against their sport.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

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