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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

All Terrain Vehicles: More Popular and Problematic Than Ever

The popularity of 4-wheeled all-terrain vehicles is booming in New York state. A new study published this week by the Wildlife Conservation Society found that ATV registrations jumped from thirteen thousand to nearly a hundred thousand in the last decade. As Brian Mann reports, thousands of 4-wheelers are being sold here in the North Country, but there are few places where people can ride the machines legally.  Go to full article
Jumping far and looking good...
Jumping far and looking good...

Hoof Dreams: Lake Placid Hosts Annual Horse Competition

For two weeks every summer, Lake Placid's top athletes run and jump on four legs. The I Love New York Horse Show wrapped up over the weekend. The annual competition offers locals a chance to see some of the world's most beautiful horses - and to watch some of the world's most graceful riders. Brian Mann sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Black Bear Woes in Blue Mountain Lake

At least one very aggressive black bear has been plaguing the residents of Blue Mountain Lake. The Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed reports that the animal has broken into several homes in search of food. The bear reportedly ate a goat owned by a local and has also been seen in popular campgrounds. With the busy holiday weekend underway, DEC spokesman Mike Frazier says state officials will try to trap the animal and move it out of the area. In the meantime, Frazier has some advice for people who want to keep bears away from their door.  Go to full article
Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh
Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh

Film Forum Focus: An Actress, A Writer, A Daughter, A Mother

The Lake Placid Film Forum filled movie theaters over the weekend. But the real focus of the gathering was the intimate encounters between film-makers and actors and their audiences. On Sunday, actress Jennifer Jason Leigh joined her mother, screenwriter Barbara Turner, for a public conversation about their work and their collaboration. As Brian Mann reports, the women hope to make a film in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article

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