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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
By train through the wilderness
By train through the wilderness

Adirondack Rail: on the Old New York Central Line

In 1891, William Seward Webb began construction of a rail line that ran from Herkimer in the south up into the heart of the Adirondacks. The track cut through some of the region's deepest wilderness. For seventy years, the New York Central carried passengers to Malone and Lake Placid and points in between.
The old line is all but abandoned now. But trains still make the run a few times each year, bringing supplies and equipment to the tourist railroad in Lake Placid. Brian Mann made the trip this spring. He found that a small army of train buffs are fighting hard to keep the historic route alive.

The rail line described in this story is closed to passengers, but Adirondack tourist trains do run all summer long in Old Forge, Lake Placid, and North Creek. For more information, see the links below.  Go to full article
VIC bird expert Brian McAllister
VIC bird expert Brian McAllister

In Search of the Black-Backed Woodpecker

This weekend, birders from all over the country will gather at the Paul Smiths VIC for the Great Adirondack Birding Festival. It's a chance to show off some of the region's unique species--including a hard-to-find black-backed woodpecker that's nesting in the area. Brian Mann took a bird walk with the festival's organizer and sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Lake Placid Forum Draws Presidential Hopefuls

Organizers say four contenders for the Democratic party's presidential nomination will visit Lake Placid this week, for a two-day forum on rural issues. The event - which begins Friday evening - will include a banquet and a series of speakers, including top Democrats from New York state. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

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