Pat Bradley

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Saranac Lake welcome sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Two festivals in our region have announced they are ending: Saranac Lake’s spring Daffest and Burlington’s First Night.  Both indicate weather is a key factor.

Philip H. Hoff speaking at Marlboro College on October 12,  2004
© Jared C. Benedict/Redjar / Wikimedia Commons

Former Democratic Governor Philip Hoff, who's credited with starting Vermont's transition from one of the most Republican-entrenched states in the country to one of the most liberal, has died. He was 93.

Sawyer Released On Bail

Apr 27, 2018
Jack Sawyer
Vermont State Police

The 18-year-old charged with plotting, but not carrying out, a mass shooting at a Vermont high school has been released from jail.

Vermont Statehouse 2018
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Vermont House has failed to override Governor Phil Scott’s first veto of the legislative session. A bill intended to give Vermont more power to regulate children's and consumer products containing unsafe chemicals was drafted following the discovery of PFOA in Bennington water wells.   It was passed by the Legislature, but Governor Scott vetoed the measure on April 16th, saying it was duplicative and could make the state less competitive.

Draft plan cover page
courtesy NYS DEC

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued its draft invasive management plan. It includes eight objectives and new strategies to prevent or manage aquatic and terrestrial threats to the ecosystem.

Mirror Lake in Lake Placid
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Ausable River Association has issued its second annual report on Mirror Lake’s water quality.  It finds that the Adirondack lake continues to experience high levels of salt – a threat to aquatic life.


On Town Meeting Day in March, Burlington voters passed a resolution that asked city officials to request the cancelation of the basing of F-35 fighter jets at the Vermont Air National Guard base at the Burlington International Airport.   Although the mayor refused to sign it, the city council approved forwarding the resolution to the Secretary of the Air Force.  In the following weeks,  two other city councils passed similar resolutions.  On Tuesday, members of the business community were at the airport to warn of what they believe are the negative implications of losing the fighter jets.

Plattsburgh City Hall
WAMC Photo

In July 2016, the city of Plattsburgh was awarded $10 million through New York state’s Downtown Redevelopment Initiative.  Projects are still being planned. One of the most controversial is changing the city’s main parking lot.  Councilors held a public comment session last week on 14 recommendations offered by a consultant.  But some downtown business owners are skeptical about the plans.

A three-judge panel of the Vermont Supreme Court last week ruled that planning a crime is not the same as attempting one and bail should be granted to the teenager accused of plotting a mass shooting at the Fair Haven Union High School.  On Monday, the most serious charges against the teen were dropped.

New York State Police are investigating a shooting outside a bar in northern New York over the weekend that led to the death of a man.


The Vermont Attorney General’s office announced Monday that the state has received $58.9 million as part of on-going payments from a 1998 settlement with tobacco companies.

Jack Sawyer
Vermont State Police

Prosecutors have dismissed the most serious charges against a teenager accused of plotting to shoot up his former Vermont high school in a case that has led to changes in state gun laws.

Burlington International Airport sign
Niranjan Arminius/Flickr

Officials in South Burlington are reviewing plans for a hotel at Burlington International Airport.

Champlain College President Donald Laackman
Champlain College

Champlain College recently announced a new initiative to increase online enrollments. The college in Burlington, Vermont will halve tuition for its online learners.  President Donald Laackman says the initiative was created after the college assessed several online learning concerns expressed by potential students.

Picture of a judge's gavel

A judge is now open to considering a request to dismiss felony charges — including attempted aggravated murder — against a Vermont teen accused of planning to shoot up his former high school.

The woman who died on the Southwest Airlines flight that made an emergency landing this week was a Vermont native.

Picture of a Vermont School Bus
Jared C. Benedict/Wikimedia Commons

The Vermont Department of Public Safety has released a statewide safety assessment of schools ordered by Governor Phil Scott after an alleged shooting plot was discovered and a teen arrested.

Vermont Statehouse 2018
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Vermont Senate on Thursday overrode Governor Phil Scott’s first veto of the session.  On Monday, the Republican nixed a bill that would regulate toxic materials.  As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, Senate sponsors were rankled over the governor’s move, but industry lobbyists agreed with the governor that the bill is unnecessary.

Vermont Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe
Vermont Legislature

There are about three weeks left in the Vermont legislative session.  Vermont Senate Pro Tem Democrat/Progressive Tim Ashe notes that one of the latest items has come up in the wake of a teenager’s arrest for planning, but not implementing, a mass shooting at the Fair Haven Union High School.  Ashe says legislators are looking at whether they should revise criminal statutes to address when someone might attempt a felony. Ashe spoke with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Burlington Police car
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A report analyzing police traffic stops by race in Burlington, Vermont, finds that white and black drivers are just as likely to receive a warning instead of a ticket when stopped.

Cutout theft suspects
Burlington Police Department

Two women who took a life-sized cardboard cutout ad of a Vermont restaurant owner from an airport have sent a check to the bistro to pay for replacement costs.

Signs during Governor Phil Scott's gun bill signing 4-11-18
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, several gun dealers and a state rifle and pistol association have filed a lawsuit over Vermont's new gun law that bans high-capacity magazines.

Allegiant aircraft arrives at the Plattsburgh International Airport
Pat Bradley/WAMC

On Sunday, “60 Minutes” aired a scathing segment on the low-cost carrier Allegiant Air. The airline flies out of the Plattsburgh and Stewart International Airports.  Allegiant has been flying out of the Plattsburgh International Airport for 11 years.  With the expose on the national news magazine, you might think  local officials would be worried about one of the major carriers.  But those overseeing operations there say while they were taken aback by the report, it doesn’t reflect what officials and passengers in Plattsburgh have experienced.


In the wake of Burlington city voters approving a resolution asking that the U.S. Air Force cancel plans to base the F-35 fighter jet at the Vermont National Guard base, two nearby city councils this week passed similar resolutions to forward to military officials.

Vermont prosecutors say no criminal charges will be filed against police officers involved in the January fatal shooting of a bank robbery suspect on the grounds of a high school.

Jack Sawyer
Vermont State Police

A judge has set $100,000 bail for a Vermont teenager accused in a school shooting plot that led to changes in Vermont's gun laws.

Officials celebrate groundbreaking for Frontier Town redevelopment
Thom Hallock/MLPBS

State and regional officials were in North Hudson, New York last week for a groundbreaking marking new development at the former Frontier Town theme park.

Saranac Lake welcome sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Saranac Lake and the regional tourism office are working to create a unique marketing brand for the village in the center of the Adirondacks.  A meeting is planned this evening to update residents on the effort.

A Canada Lynx
Dorothy Fesche / University of New Hampshire

University of New Hampshire scientists have discovered a previously undiagnosed parasite transmitted by ticks and a virus in the Canada lynx.

Some gun shops in New Hampshire border towns say they have seen an uptick in business since Vermont passed restrictions on gun ownership.