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Ruling Clears way for Mega Adirondack Resort: In a unanimous decision, the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court strongly rebuked a challenge to the Adirondack Club and Resort in Tupper Lake by two environmental groups, siding with the Adirondack Park Agency which approved the project in 2012. The ruling clears the way for the long-proposed Big Tupper resort, the largest development of its kind ever in the Adirondack Park. Developers plan to construct 700 luxury homes and reopen the Big Tupper ski area, creating an estimated 500 jobs.
Rails to Trail Debate: After years of contentious debate, the state decides to move ahead and consider turning a portion of a state-owned rail corridor that runs through the heart of the Adirondacks into a multi-use trail. The state is looking at converting the rail line from Tupper Lake to Lake Placid into a recreation trail, while keeping, or even expanding the remainder of the 119-mile corridor for trains.
Somber Anniversary: On the one-year anniversary of the deadly oil train derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, groups stage a demonstration in Plattsburgh to protest the millions of gallons of crude oil being shipped by rail along the shore of Lake Champlain.
Tornado Kills 4: Wild weather hammers upstate New York, a tornado hits the small hamlet of Smithfield between Syracuse and Utica, killing 4 including a mother and her 4-month old daughter.
New Bridge Design: Canada unveils the design for the new Champlain Bridge set to open in 2018. The new bridge may be getting a new name. Watch Transport Canada video showing new design by clicking here.
Medical Marijuana: New York becomes the 23rd state to allow patients suffering from several severe illnesses and health conditions to use marijuana as medicine.
Walk on the Wild Side: Jack LaDuke shows us a new way visitors to The Wild Center will get to experience the wonders of the Adirondacks. Watch Story by clicking here.
Le Festival de Lanaudiere: Canada’s largest classical music festival runs for the next month in Joliette, Quebec. The festival’s Artistic Director, Alex Benjamin, joins us to share the highlights and headliners for this year’s event. For schedule/ticket info visit lanaudiere.org or call 1-800-561-4343.
Missing Monarchs: An expert on Monarch butterflies visits The Wild Center and explains what needs to be done to save the Monarchs that are vanishing by the millions. To learn more and/or follow monarch migrations visit the Monarch Watch website at monarchwatch.org, the Journey North website at learner.org/jnorth, and the Adirondack Action Saving Monarch Butterflies website at adkaction.org.
Fishing Lesson: The Lake Champlain Chapter of Trout Unlimited hosts a one-of-a-kind school teaches students how to fly fish. Their classroom is the Saranac River. To learn more click here.