Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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New York News
5:20 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

New York Official Raises Idea of Charging Hiking Fee

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.

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New York News
5:10 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

New York State Probes Case of Hantavirus in Adirondacks

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.

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WAMC News
12:20 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Company Plans to Truck Natural Gas to Vermont Industries

Rendering of NG Advantage Compressor Site
Courtesy NG Advantage

A new company has broken ground on the first facility in Vermont that will truck natural gas to businesses across Vermont that are unable to tap into pipelines carrying the fuel.

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New England News
5:45 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Ads Pulled Over Illegal Use of Vermont State Seal

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.

WAMC News
5:30 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Burlington Day Shelter Moving to Church for Winter

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.

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New England News
5:15 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Brock Hits Shumlin on Time Out of State

Vermont Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Brock is criticizing incumbent Governor Peter Shumlin for what Brock says is too much time away from the office.

A Shumlin aide confirms Brock's assertion that Shumlin was out of state and turned the reins of government over to Lt. Gov. Phil Scott for 119 days during his first 21 months in office.

The lieutenant governor becomes acting governor any time the governor is outside Vermont's borders.

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New York News
12:20 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Governor Assesses North Country Regional Economic Development Council Projects

Governor Cuomo Tours Bombardier Plant in Plattsburgh
WAMC

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.

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WAMC News
5:45 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Lake Placid sliding track to open Friday

Winter is coming to Lake Placid, three days ahead of schedule.  The sliding track at Mt. Van Hoevenberg is expected to open for on-ice training Friday.

USA Luge will get the ice first, starting around 9 a.m., followed by the U.S. skeleton team later that morning and the U.S. bobsled team in the evening.

Sliding will continue Saturday, barring any unforeseen changes in conditions, then resume Monday — the originally planned opening date.

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Vermont Senator Criticizes Cuts in Food Program

Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders says cuts in a federal emergency hunger program have resulted in a 50 percent reduction in food supplies from that program for the Vermont Foodbank.

Sanders, who calls the situation "unconscionable," appeared Tuesday with representatives from the Vermont Foodbank and Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf to highlight the issue.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program provides food at no cost to low-income Americans in need of short-term hunger relief, through organizations like the Vermont Foodbank.

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WAMC News
12:20 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

University of Vermont Formally Installs New President

UVM President E. Thomas Sullivan
University of Vermont

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.

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