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Slush and Mud?But Spring Skiing's Great!

A forecast of high winds, rain and fog is enough to deter most of us from stepping into cross-country skis. But Emily Tyner, who lives in the Lake Clear-Paul Smiths area, says this is her favorite season for skiing. She spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article

ATV Death On Lake George

An ice fisherman from Vermont died on Lake George Tuesday morning after his 4-wheeled ATV broke through the ice. State police say the 72-year-old from Rutland, who hasn't been identified, planned to go ice fishing. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Bob Martin scales ice in the Adirondacks
Bob Martin scales ice in the Adirondacks

Climbing Through Ice & Wind in the Adirondacks

On a winter drive through Cascade Pass or Wilmington Notch in the Adirondacks, you can find climbers perched on the side of waterfalls or clinging to frozen cliff faces. For those willing to brave single-digit temperatures and sometimes harsh conditions, ice climbing offers another way to experience the mountains. Bob Martin from Saranac Lake scaled a popular route recently near Wilmington. He sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Fresh Flowers on a Cold Day

Martha Foley and horticulturist Amy Ivy talk about fresh cut flowers, miniature roses and visits to the florist this time of year.  Go to full article

Getting Reacquainted With Winter

Most winter getaway traffic flows toward the tropics. At least to the Carolinas. But freelancer Lucy Martin convinced her Mom, Martha, to travel against the grain this month. Martha Martin was born in Hawaii 73 years ago, and except for four years shivering at a New England college, has lived in the islands all her life. So what's the natural way to get re-acquainted with winter? A neighborly skate on the local creek, with the help of a plastic chair as a pairs partner. The family outing started with layering up:  Go to full article

Four Die in North Country Snowmobile Accidents

Four more snowmobile riders died over the weekend in the north country. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article
A male Common Redpoll.  (photo: Larry Master, Lake Placid)
A male Common Redpoll. (photo: Larry Master, Lake Placid)

Backyard Bird Count Begins This Weekend

The 9th annual "Great Backyard Bird Count" gets underway this weekend. The National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology are encouraging everyone to count birds in their backyards, public lands, school yards and local parks. The annual bird count - which begins Friday and continues through Monday -- helps create a snapshot of winter bird numbers, species and distribution across North America. Todd Moe recently caught up with avid North Country birder Joan Collins. She lives in Potsdam and Long Lake and is vice president of the St. Lawrence-Adirondack Audubon chapter. Todd wanted to know more about bird watching and went along for a ski outing on a little known path along the southern edge of St. Lawrence county. The Leonard Pond trail is near routes 3 and 56 in the northern Adirondacks.  Go to full article
The ice palace from a previous year
The ice palace from a previous year

The Ice Palace Lives

Something was missing from the opening of the Saranac Lake winter carnival last weekend. Namely the ice palace that's the traditional centerpiece of the 109-year-old event. The ground was pretty much bare, and there was just a pile of snow where the ice palace should have been. All that changed this week when the temperatures plunged and several inches of snow fell. Volunteers are now busy cutting ice blocks from the lake and stacking them into walls that form the palace. Last week, ice carver Ed Sharmer wasn't too hopeful. Yesterday, he told Gregory Warner the palace will be ready.  Go to full article

Snow Returns to the North Country

The view outside Jim Carroll's living room window in Tupper Lake changed overnight. Carroll helps the state tourism office keep track of fall foliage in the northern Adirondacks. He joins us from time to time during the 8 O'Clock Hour for a chat about the weather. After what has been a relatively snowless winter, Carroll told Todd Moe he's glad to see more snow.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Respond to High Heating Costs

State lawmakers have been responding to the high cost of energy for New York residents. Senate Republicans unveiled a plan for tax credits and rebate checks; the Assembly held hearings on how to better use the HEAP program to help the poorest New Yorkers pay their heating bills. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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