Going for a hike in the Adirondacks doesn't cost anything, but one elected official in the North Country thinks New York state should start charging for the privilege.
Crown Point Town Supervisor Charles Harrington tells the Press-Republican of Plattsburgh that he wants to explore the idea of charging a fee for using public hiking trails in the Adirondacks. He says the fees could generate significant revenue for the state.
Harrington says hikers could buy state-issued permits using an Internet-based payment system.
Health officials are investigating a case of the potentially deadly hantavirus. It was contracted by a Long Island man bitten by a mouse while camping in the Adirondacks.
Doctors treating Michael Vaughan of Stony Brook said preliminary tests indicated he contracted the viral illness. Samples have since been sent to state health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for confirmation. Results are expected next week.
A political action committee has taken down two online ads after learning that it is illegal to use the Vermont state seal in an advertisement.
The Burlington Free Press reports that the state elections director notified the Vermonters First PAC on Wednesday that violating the state law carries a penalty of up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine. The ads in question promoted Republican candidates Vince Illuzzi and Wendy Wilton, who are running for state auditor and treasurer, and showed images of the Vermont state flag, which carries the seal.
A group that provides emergency shelter and homeless prevention programs in Burlington is temporarily moving its daytime shelter to a church while it works to secure a permanent location.
The Committee on Temporary Shelter, or COTS, has been operating its Daystation out of temporary sites since July when its facility was was destroyed by a flood. Officials on Thursday announced that First United Methodist Church of Burlington has offered its parsonage for use this winter.
The Governor is traveling the state to assess the progress being made by each of the ten Regional Economic Development Councils. Both Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy were in Plattsburgh Wednesday to assess the programs and progress of the North Country’s Council.
With pomp and ceremony, E. Thomas Sullivan has been formally installed as the University of Vermont’s 26th President.
During the recent installation, Vermont’s largest college welcomed a number of prominent speakers, including the state’s Governor and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. Also attending was former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale.