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Damon Greenberg
Damon Greenberg

A First Taste of Snow: Ski Tour Up Whiteface Mountain

For some in the North Country, the first days of snow can be a hard time. We say good-bye to our gardens and look forward to long months of scraping our car windows and shoveling sidewalks. But for those who love to ski, the first taste of snow is intoxicating. Brian Mann skied Whiteface Mountain's Memorial Highway over the weekend. He sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

APA: Controversial Hotel Approved in Lake George

On Wednesday (Oct. 30) the Adirondack Park Agency staff approved a permit for a new 97-room hotel in Lake George. The project has drawn criticism from pro-environment groups, who say it was given fast-track treatment because the developer is a former state official. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Tourism in the North Country, pt.2

For years tourism has been seen as an important part of the North Country's future. While mining, timber, and farming lost jobs, the government spent tens of millions of dollars to jump-start the region's visitor industry. In part two of a series on the region's tourism industry, Brian Mann looks at the quality of tourism work - an industry plagued by low pay and low benefits.  Go to full article

Tourism in the North Country, Part 1

For years, the tourism industry has been seen as the North Country's next economic engine. Ten of millions of dollars have been spent to polish the region's attractions, from tourist trains to ski slopes. But the last decade has seen little of the growth local leaders counted on. In this first of a two part series, Brian Mann reports many communities have struggled to find private investors willing to bank on North Country tourism.  Go to full article

State Grants for St. Lawrence River Tourism

Six towns along the St. Lawrence River will receive $475,000 from the state for community projects. David Sommerstein reports the grants are designed to promote tourism for the region.  Go to full article
Proposed Hotel in Lake George
Proposed Hotel in Lake George

APA: Hotel Controversy in Lake George

A six million dollar resort project in Lake George is sparking fierce controversy inside the Adirondack Park Agency. At a meeting Friday, commissioners agreed to fast track the permit process for a new hotel, proposed by former Park Agency chairman Bob Flacke. Agency staff describe the process as "responsive government". But one commissioner says the plan is "favoritism" for a political insider. Brian Mann has our report.  Go to full article

Lake George Hotel On Fast Track: APA Favoritism?

The Adirondack Park Agency meets today, to consider fast-track approval for a major new hotel on Lake George. The developer says a quick answer is necessary to save the project. But a pro-environment group claims that the Park Agency is showing favoritism to a former commissioner. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Ambassador to Canada Visits North Country

Paul Celucci, the U.S. Ambassador to Canada and former governor of Massachusetts, discussed cross-border issues with North Country leaders Tuesday in Potsdam. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Lake Placid: Sewer Woes Delay Development Projects

The village of Lake Placid is scrambling to raise ten million dollars needed to rebuild the sewage treatment plant. Local officials have already doubled water rates - a move that angered many hotel owners. Mayor Robi Politi now says major new development projects - and tourism events - will have to wait until the new plant comes on-line. As Brian Mann reports, some business leaders worry that the sewage bottleneck will derail Lake Placid's prosperity.  Go to full article

Re-Creating the Raquette

The Raquette River has seen several incarnations of economic development in the North Country: first fishing and logging, then sandstone mining and hydroelectric generation. A group of businesses and citizens want to start a new economic era for the state's second largest river based on tourism and recreation. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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