Pat Bradley

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Governor Peter Shumlin delivers farewell speech January 2017
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont’s legislative session began Wednesday and one of the first orders of business was a farewell speech to legislators by outgoing Governor Peter Shumlin.

Governor Phil Scott delivers inaugural address 1-5-17
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The inaugural address by newly-installed Vermont Governor Phil Scott on Thursday emphasized fiscal stability and enhancing the economy with no new taxes or fees.  Reaction was mixed and followed partisan lines.

Border crossing between Champlain NY and Lacolle, Quebec
Andrei Tilin, Montreal, Quebec/Wikimedia Commons

The Champlain border crossing between New York and Quebec was closed today after Canadian officials received a threat.

Phil Scott takes the oath of office 1-5-17
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont’s 82nd governor was sworn in Thursday afternoon.  Republican Phil Scott delivered an inaugural address stressing affordability.

Vermont will soon begin a three-year study of the state’s moose herd by capturing the animals and placing radio-collars on them.
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife via Vermont Fish and Wildlife

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is starting a multi-year study to monitor moose.

Maggie Hassan
New Hampshire Governor's office

Democrat Maggie Hassan has been sworn in as a New Hampshire U.S. senator, becoming only the second woman to serve as a state's governor and senator in American history.

Picture of marijuana plant
wikipedia commons

192 Vermonters have been pardoned by out-going Governor Peter Shumlin for minor violations committed before the state decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The Burlington Electric Department confirmed Friday that it had found on one of its laptops a malware code the U.S. government says is used by Russian civilian and military intelligence services.  The announcement set off a firestorm of speculation that Russians were attempting to hack into the nation’s utility systems.  But officials at the utility say much of the furor over the incident is overblown.

Vermont Supreme Court building, Montpelier
Geared Bull/Wikipedia

The Vermont Supreme Court will hear arguments this afternoon in a case that challenges outgoing Governor Peter Shumlin’s ability to appoint a new justice months before the position is actually vacated.

A Vermont electric utility has confirmed it found on one of its laptops a malware code the U.S. government says is used by Russian hackers.

Downtown Woodstock, Vermont
Alexius Horatius/Wikimedia

A picturesque Vermont town that has provided a backdrop for early environmentalists, the Rockefellers and even the Budweiser Clydesdales is fighting to retain its charm.

Canadian flag
Pixabay/Public Domain

In the wake of the presidential election, more U.S. students are thinking about going to college in Canada.


A company that once used a chemical in a Vermont factory that has been found in local private water systems is now questioning whether it is responsible for the contamination.

Mayor James Calnon
Calnon for Mayor/Facebook

James Calnon has served in Plattsburgh city leadership positions since 2007 when he was appointed to the common council by then-Republican Mayor Donald Kasprzak.  Calnon, who is an independent with Republican endorsement, was elected mayor in 2013.  He lost his re-election bid this year to political newcomer Democrat Colin Read.  As he serves his last days in office, Calnon says he and the city are ready for the transition.

"The Oxford Companion to Cheese"  book cover
Oxford University Press

A new book edited by a Vermont professor says cheese is far more than something slapped on a sandwich or sprinkled on top of a pizza.

An official with the Planned Parenthood Chapter that serves Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine says the organization received a large boost in donations following the presidential election.

Burlington Police car
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Police in Burlington, Vermont say they're trying to better reflect the community's demographics with their most recent round of hires.

Plattsburgh Police Chief Desmond Racicot
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Plattsburgh’s long-time police chief announced recently that he will retire in January.  Desmond Racicot has been with the department since 1989, serving as chief for the last 14 years.  He tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he hadn’t planned to retire but a new opportunity arose.

Plattsburgh City Council 12/28/16
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Plattsburgh City Councilors received the mayor’s proposed budget in October and must finalize the fiscal plan by mid-January.  The six-member board is still considering amendments as they try to lower a tax levy that at one point looked like it could be as high as 22 percent. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the last meeting of 2016 last night.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
Governor-elect's transition office

The group hosting the inaugural gala for Vermont Governor-elect Phil Scott is extending the deadline to buy tickets.

Attorneys for a Vermont man facing a second federal death penalty trial want an appeals court to rule on the constitutionality of the death penalty.

Harwood Union School
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A doctor says the suspect in a wrong-way crash on an interstate highway that killed five Vermont teenagers is competent to stand trial.

Environmental Watch List logo
Vermont Law School

The Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Center has issued its seventh annual Top 10 Environmental Watch List.  The list offers short summaries of key legal points surrounding the most important environmental issues of 2016.

file picture of skiing in Vermont
John Atkinson/Ski Vermont

While there have been mild temperatures the last couple days, overall it’s been a cold and snowy start to the winter season.  Local ski areas are experiencing a much better start to the season than last year, when record low snowfall occurred. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at the importance of this holiday week for the region’s ski industry.

First Night Burlington Banner and Button
First Night Burlington

Burlington, Vermont is gearing up for its 34th First Night festival, the largest single-day arts festival in the state.

Letter received by Islamic Society of Vermont
Islamic Society of Vermont/Facebook

More than 200 faith leaders, clergy, and congregants from across Vermont gathered at the Islamic Society of Vermont on Friday to stand in solidarity after the group received a letter expressing intolerance for Islam.

Fire investigators say a fire in a dorm room at Vermont's Castleton University was caused by a computer that had been left on a bean bag chair.

Rail tracks
Tipiac-Alain Caraco/Wikimedia Commons

Opponents of a plan to replace two railroad bridges in downtown Middlebury with a tunnel say the old bridges can be replaced faster and for much less money than the project being promoted by the Vermont Transportation Agency.

Plan 2014 signing
International Joint Commission

The International Joint Commission, which monitors boundary waters between the U.S. and Canada, has signed an updated plan regulating water levels and flows in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.  Advocates of the plan in New York believe it will reverse decades of man-made damage and benefit the economy of the upstate region.

Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell
WAMC/Pat Bradley

In January, Vermont will have a new attorney general for the first time in a generation.  Incumbent Bill Sorrell announced in September 2015 that he would not seek reelection this year after serving in the post since 1997.  The longest-serving attorney general in the state’s history says that after nearly 20 years in the office it was time to let someone new take the post.