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Photo © Susan C. Morse
Photo © Susan C. Morse

Citizen "trackers" wanted for Adk field work

Susan Morse is a lifelong "tracker." She has more than 35 years experience monitoring wildlife and interpreting wildlife habitat use. Her research has focused on cougar, bobcat, black bear, and Canada lynx.

She's done extensive research nationally, and decades of conservation work in the Champlain basin. Sixteen years ago, Morse founded Keeping Track, an organization devoted to training professional biologists and citizen scientists alike in wildlife monitoring skills.

On Jan. 21 and 22, she'll bring her expertise to the Adirondack Wild Center in Tupper Lake. Friday night, she'll give a talk and slideshow. On Saturday, she'll take Wild Center staff and others interested in joining her cadre of citizen scientists out into the field for a hands-on tracking workshop.
She spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article
This is real religion. This is connecting with a higher being...and connecting with other people through music.

Hallelujah! A sing-along in Tupper Lake

NCPR is media sponsor for a Messiah community sing-along in Tupper Lake on Sunday. Handel's holiday choral masterpiece is a Tri-Lakes tradition and is being presented this year by the High Peaks Opera Studio, the Tri-Lakes Community Orchestra and the Tupper Lake Arts Council. Todd Moe spoke with Dorit Gaedtke, founder and manager of the Tri-Lakes Community Orchestra, who invites everyone, singers and non-singers, to Holy Name Catholic Church on Sunday (5 pm).  Go to full article
State Senator Betty Little (R-Queensbury)
State Senator Betty Little (R-Queensbury)

After state jobs, is there a Plan B for North Country economy?

As Monday's special session was winding down, state Senator Betty Little spoke with Brian Mann by telephone from Albany.

She says the huge deficits still looming this year can still be tackled after newly elected Governor Andrew Cuomo takes office.

She also spoke about the fears that many North Country communities face, as the legislature tries to cut next year's $9 billion deficit.  Go to full article

Adirondack and Finnish communities to share ideas on environment, economics

A new partnership between The Wild Center in Tupper Lake and teachers and environmentalists from Finland begins next week. The exchange will include conversations about climate change, saving energy and winter recreation. The goal is building international collaborations and communities in the Adirondacks learning from the Finns. Wild Center Executive Director Stephanie Ratcliffe says communities around the northern world are starting to notice climate changes that may affect winter cultures and economies. She told Todd Moe that teams from the Adirondacks, including the Wild Center, and the Science Center in Vantaa, Finland, will visit each other starting next week.  Go to full article

Strange legal battle pits Nature Conservancy against Tupper developers

A strange kind of local trial is underway this week in Tupper Lake. Developer Michael Foxman and his partners are hoping to build the Adirondack Club and Resort on property that includes the old Big Tupper ski area.

But to gain permanent road access to more than 1200 acres of the resort property, the company needs legal rights to cross a small parcel of land owned by a neighbor. It turns out that neighbor is the Adirondack Nature Conservancy, which owns the Follensby Pond tract. The group hopes to sell the land to the state of New York to be added to the state forest preserve.

The Conservancy has said publicly that it doesn't want to sell or give away the access rights. So Foxman and his partners have begun a legal proceeding that could force the Conservancy to allow access to the road. The issue has sparked protests and an angry exchange in the Tupper Lake Free Press.

Brian Mann was in Tupper Lake yesterday and spoke about the case with Martha Foley.  Go to full article
Big Tupper resort could revitalize the popular ski area (File photo)
Big Tupper resort could revitalize the popular ski area (File photo)

Big Tupper resort debate enters final phase, with supporters energized

Six years after developers proposed building a massive new resort in Tupper Lake, the project appears to be back on track.

The Adirondack Park Agency has begun its final review of the environmental impacts of the ski-and-second-home development.

Some green groups say they're more comfortable with the scaled-back design, which still includes more than six hundred new homes, condos and mansions.

The Adirondack Club and Resort would also reopen Big Tupper as a commercial ski area.

Brian Mann attended a community meeting held last night by local boosters of the project. He has this update.  Go to full article
Chris Rdzanek, manager of museum facilities at The Wild Center, shows off the new boiler (PHOTO:  Brian Mann)
Chris Rdzanek, manager of museum facilities at The Wild Center, shows off the new boiler (PHOTO: Brian Mann)

As outdoor wood boilers draw fire, a new generation of wood heat comes on line

While the debate rages over pollution of outdoor wood boilers, a new generation of wood heat systems is already being rolled out.

Scientists and manufacturers say so-called "wood gasification" boilers burn much more efficiently with far less smoke and ash. A new, state-of-the-art boiler is now on-line at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, burning wood pellets produced in Massena.

As Brian Mann reports, the manufacturer hopes to sell similar systems to businesses and government offices across the North Country.  Go to full article

Adirondack postcard: Raquette Falls, with no bugs and no mud

After last week's blast of snow, it's finally starting to feel really summery outside. Brian Mann went for a hike near Tupper Lake, looking for spring flowers. He sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Long-running Adk enforcement case settled

What may be the longest-running legal battle in the history of the Adirondack Park Agency quietly came to an end last month. Tim Jones signed a settlement agreement with the APA in March and was given an after-the-fact permit for a small cabin he built next to the Raquette River in the town of Tupper Lake 18 years ago. Jones had previously refused to acknowledge the APA's jurisdiction, and the Park Agency continued to pursue the case until, according to Jones, the governor's office stepped in. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

Small ski areas thrive in sluggish season

As ski center managers in the Adirondacks close the books on another winter season, some are reporting an increase in skier visits and revenue. Others say they've had about the same or fewer numbers of visitors compared to last year. Chris Knight looks back on the winter of 2009-2010, including one of the biggest success stories of the winter - the reopening of two smaller, community-centered ski areas.  Go to full article

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