Pat Bradley

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Dr. Peter Raven
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Renowned conservationist and former director of the Missouri Botanical Garden Dr. Peter Raven will speak at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, New York, this evening.

Governor Phil Scott (at podium) joins Burlington officials to announce new Burlington Telecom program
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Burlington Telecom and city officials have announced a new program to get high-speed internet access to more low-income city residents.

Union supporters fill Clinton County legislative chamber
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Clinton County legislators passed a resolution approving a Project Labor Agreement for work at the Plattsburgh International Airport.  The move at Wednesday’s meeting followed pleas by union members to approve the measure and an attempt to modify it.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik meets with Workforce Development Board
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New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik held a workforce forum with local business leaders on Monday.  Their key message is more funding is needed for worker training.

Torrey Hall fire damage
Ryan Wiklund, UVM Rescue

Last week, a fire broke out at the historic Torrey Hall on the University of Vermont campus.  The building houses the third-largest collection of botanical specimens in New England.  Scientists from across the world are praising the Burlington Fire Department for saving the majority of the collection.

The Vermont attorney general's office says a legal settlement with a group working to develop a 93-mile recreation trail across northern Vermont will help develop the trail faster.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
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Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos says he will not submit voter data after receiving a second request from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger at Festival of Fools
Festival of Fools/Burlington City Arts

The tenth annual Festival of Fools is being held this weekend in Burlington, Vermont.

Luke Cyphers addresses Plattsburgh City Council
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Last week, Plattsburgh city leaders approved eliminating four departments in an attempt to save more than a million dollars in the 2018 budget.  During this week’s meeting, the Common Council approved public hearings on city charter changes to remove those departments.

Hydrilla removed from watercraft
Jake Sporn

Boat stewards recently intercepted a vessel that had a fast-growing aquatic invasive species attached and prevented its incursion into an Adirondack lake.  While officials applaud the successful detection, the interception is also underscoring the need for more resources to prevent the spread of invasives across the region.

The field of Democrats running to unseat Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st district in 2018 expanded to five this week. The Republican incumbent also faces a challenger within her own party.

A former Vermont town clerk and treasurer under investigation for missing money says she threw away a computer thumb drive containing financial records.

Boat being inspected
Jake Sporn

Boat stewards intercepted a boat last weekend with a fast growing aquatic invasive species and prevented its incursion into an Adirondack lake.

farm tractor in field
WAMC/Pat Bradley

A recently released study by a University of Vermont researcher has found that the cost of health care and insurance is a risk to farm viability.

In a dramatic Senate vote, Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, went down last Friday. Now, a bipartisan group of 40 House members have written to Speaker Paul Ryan proposing four reforms.   Vermont Democrat Peter Welch says the defeat of the Republican bill is providing an opportunity to refocus and bring lawmakers to the table for practical discussions on how to repair and improve the Affordable Care Act.

The Green candidate who twice ran for northern New York’s congressional seat announced late Tuesday afternoon that he will not run a third campaign.

Speaker Carl Heastie at Bombardier in Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie was in the North Country today, touring transportation manufacturing plants that supply subway and bus cars to New York City.

Movie hopefuls fill the Strand Theatre in Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Two years after a prison break riveted the region, more than 1,000 people flocked to the Strand Theatre in Plattsburgh recently to audition for parts in a Showtime miniseries that will be filmed in the North Country.

Two of Vermont's top law enforcement officials say that under no circumstances is a police officer permitted to use force that is not reasonable or legally permissible.

Black bear in Vermont woods
Josh Rinehults

Green Mountain National Forest officials are warning hikers and campers to safely store all food and keep campsites clean following a spike in encounters with bears.

Data center

Vermont’s Attorney General is leading a bipartisan coalition of  33 states supporting the Department of Justice’s request that the U.S. Supreme Court decide whether email service providers can shield evidence of a crime from law enforcement by storing data outside the United States.


Vermont State Police are investigating the cause of a fire in Williamstown that led to the death of a 6-year old.

Colin Read at mayoral debate
Pat Bradley/WAMC

In a sometimes contentious session, Plattsburgh Common Councilors voted Thursday evening to abolish four city departments.

Ben Model at the piano
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The silent film era involved a pianist or organist playing along live to the action on the screen.  Today, film enthusiasts seeking a taste of the past can see stars like Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and Lillian Gish on digitized reels accompanied by live music. Movie historian Ben Model is the resident accompanist at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.  He plays at venues around the world and will be appearing in the Adirondacks on Sunday.   He says the technique engages viewers.

Plattsburgh City Hall
WAMC Photo

The New York state Financial Restructuring Board for Local Governments issued its review of the city of Plattsburgh’s finances on Thursday. It offers several recommendations to reverse the city’s fiscal downturn.

Air quality sign
Tony Webster/Flickr

The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation is in the initial stages of updating and tightening its air quality rules.  It’s part of the state’s compliance with federal air quality requirements.

Patrick Nelson
Nelson for NY/Facebook

Although the election is not until November 2018, four Democrats have already entered the race to challenge northern New York’s two-term Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik.  The first to announce began his campaign in January.  Patrick Nelson of Stillwater says  he started campaigning early for several reasons.

South Burlington School District

The South Burlington school district is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed by four South Burlington residents over the high school's mascot name change.

Lake Placid sign with snow
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Lake Placid has been chosen to host the 2019 International Children’s Games and the 2021 Bobsled and Skeleton World Championships.  New York’s governor made the formal announcement over the weekend during an annual summer event in the Adirondacks.

Bipartisan group of Vermont leaders meet at Statehouse in Montpelier to decry federal health care bill
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The razor-thin survival of the GOP health care bill became dire Monday night when two Republican senators declared they would not support the legislation.  Earlier in the day a bipartisan group of Vermont leaders had gathered at the Statehouse to decry the measure and what they call potential negative impacts on the state.