Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Reporting in 2022 you won’t find anywhere else

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As we reach the end of 2022, we’re taking a moment to reflect on the stories and projects that had the biggest impact on the Adirondacks. Stories published online and in the Adirondack Explorer magazine this year laid out challenges and potential solutions to longstanding issues facing the park, from the workforce-suppressing lack of housing to the increased visitor use of the High Peaks region. (Click here for a look at the top 10 stories from the past year.)

The Explorer’s full-time reporters also dug deeply into two issues of significant importance to the Adirondacks in 2022: a plan in the works for 12 years to build a power line from Quebec to Queens that is set to begin this year; and an accounting of the spending of the $1.75 billion borrowed in 1996 for the Clean Air/Clean Water Bond Act.

In other reporting, the Explorer, as part of its ongoing coverage of the changing climate, provided explanatory stories on the expansion of green energy projects into the Adirondacks, where those projects make the most sense and how communities can be more proactive in the climate fight.

We have plans just as big as this for 2023. Will you help us do more reporting with impact? Click here to make a donation.

Through December 31, we are asking our loyal friends and readers, such as yourself, to help us reach a $50,000 challenge, made possible by our Explorer board members and supported by Newsmatch, a national fundraising effort for nonprofit newsrooms.

Your donation, in any amount, will be matched dollar for dollar, sending a message that you value independent, trusted journalism that is solely focused on the Adirondack Park.

And right now, get a choice of one of the Adirondack Explorer’s “12 Short Hikes” guidebooks for any donation over $100. And if you commit to a monthly donation, in any amount, you’ll get a free one-year subscription to the digital version of the magazine for you or a friend. Click here for donation options.

By committing to a monthly contribution, you’ll help us know the resources are there to keep putting out the high quality journalism you’ve come to expect. Ongoing donations allow the Adirondack Explorer to plan ahead and count on maintaining our crucial editorial staff — and adding more.

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Melissa is a journalist with experience as a reporter and editor with the Burlington Free Press, Ithaca Journal and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. She worked as a communications specialist for the Adirondack North Country Association and is currently digital editor for Adirondack Explorer, overseeing both the Explorer's website and its community forum the Adirondack Almanack. She enjoys hiking, camping and other outdoors activities, and spending time with her husband, their twin daughters, and rescue animals -- two dogs and two cats.

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