Pat Bradley

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Dr. David Mastrianni
Mastrianni for Congress/Facebook

On January 22nd, Dr. David Mastrianni became the latest Democrat to join the crowded field hoping to challenge Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik in northern New York’s 21st district.  The oncologist recently retired from clinical work and is now a part-time Senior Vice President of the Saratoga Hospital Medical Group.  Mastrianni believes the region faces a crossroads.

Sara Idleman
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Another Democrat recently entered New York’s 21st Congressional district race.  Sara Idleman, who has been Town of Greenwich supervisor for nine years, officially announced her candidacy on January 6th.  She says she has always been interested in government and had a powerful reaction to last year’s election.

The vice president of a regional telecommunications group says the best way to ensure net neutrality is through "a clear and predictable national standard."

A bill that would increase the Vermont minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next six years has been given final approval in the state Senate.

Vermont legislators are still considering a bill that would require Airbnb users to register with the state.

(I) Carina Driscoll, (I) Infinite Culcleasure and (D) Miro Weinberger
Candidate websites

Just over two weeks before voters in Burlington, Vermont go to the polls on Town Meeting Day, the three candidates for mayor faced off in another forum Thursday evening.

Plattsburgh Common Council meeting 2-15-18
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A rash of retirements and resignations by department heads in Plattsburgh has some city residents concerned. But the mayor says it’s normal turnover for a city of this size.

(I) Carina Driscoll, (I) Infinite Culcleasure and (D) Miro Weinberger
Candidate websites

The union representing some Burlington city employees has endorsed independent Carina Driscoll, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders' stepdaughter, who is running for mayor of the city where Sanders got his start in politics.

Vermont State Game Warden Jason Dukette seized this dwarf caiman from a Westfield man
Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife

A Vermont man is facing fish and wildlife violations for illegally bringing two exotic reptiles into the state, both of which can grow very large.

Picture of a judge's gavel

Federal prosecutors have recommended that a teen who sent death threats to a Vermont high school be sentenced to probation despite his violation of court orders.

Constantinos "Danny" Philippidis
New York State Police

A skier reported missing last week on Whiteface Mountain was located this week in Sacramento, California.  New York State Police say the investigation continues as they attempt to determine how the man ended up nearly 3,000 miles away.

Police are distributing this flyer for more information.

New York State Police in Raybrook provided an update Wednesday afternoon on the Canadian man found in California after rescuers looked for him on Whiteface Mountain for more than five days. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports on Constantinos "Danny" Filippidis.

The New York Farm Bureau has released its national agricultural priorities for 2018.  The Farm Bill is key along with trade and regulatory reform.

The University of Vermont and St. Michael's College are taking steps to stop the possible spread of mumps on the campuses.

Railway workers in the Adirondacks have been trying to move a derailed locomotive that has been left running for a week.

Whiteface Mountain
Mwanner/Wikipedia Commons

A Toronto firefighter who was the subject of a massive six-day search involving eight government agencies at an Adirondack ski center has been located safe — in California.

Adirondack Park sign
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget plan includes a proposal to shift how the state pays property taxes to local communities on lands it owns in the Adirondacks.  Regional representatives, municipalities and conservation groups say it would be a bad idea to shift to a PILOT, or Payment in Lieu of Taxes, system.

Colonel Matthew Birmingham (center, tallest) leads press conference on officer-involved shooting
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Vermont State Police are reviewing policies and an officer is on administrative leave until all investigations are completed after an officer-involved fatal shooting of a Sheldon, Vermont man on Interstate 89 Sunday.

The mayor of Burlington, Vermont, is denouncing a white supremacist organization that gathered at a city park over the weekend.

Vermont State Police officials discuss officer involved shooting on Interstate 89
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont State Police have identified the officers involved in the fatal shooting of Benjamin Gregware on Interstate 89 Sunday. One of the officers has been part of four other officer-involved shootings.

The state of Vermont plans to spend about $37 million to help build or renovate between 550 and 650 affordable homes in the state.

Becky Kasper
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A Plattsburgh city councilor resigned at the end of Thursday night’s Common Council meeting, further exposing rifts between some city leaders and the mayor.

Tony Pomerleau, a Vermont man who rose from humble roots to become one of the state's major business figures and a prominent philanthropist, has died at age 100.

Burlington's "Everyone Loves a Parade" mural
Michelle Maria/Wikimedia Commons

A 124-foot long mural near Burlington’s downtown shopping mall has become a controversial subject. At the most recent city council meeting, a resolution was put forward to remove the artwork, arguing it does not reflect the city’s diversity.

Photo by R. Zajchowski / University of Vermont

A new paper from scientists in the Northeast finds that tree species are increasingly stressed by the changing climate. The paper is titled  “New England and Northern New York Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis: A Report from the New England Climate Change Response Framework Project.” According to the report, habitat conditions for current species like the sugar maple, northern white cedar and balsam fir will deteriorate and those species will likely be replaced by those found south of New England such as black cherry, yellow poplar and hickory.  University of Vermont Associate Professor and Director of the Forestry Program at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources Tony D’Amato was the second author on the USDA paper.  He says the study is an expansion of similar work he was involved with while in Minnesota several years ago.

Burlington High School, Burlington, Vermont
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Students at a second Vermont high school hope to raise a Black Lives Matter flag.

Bart Everson/Flickr

A Vermont Senate committee has voted to approve increasing the state minimum wage to $15 an hour.


At its most recent meeting, the Burlington City Council debated a citizen resolution for the Town Meeting Day ballot that would ask residents if the F-35 fighter jets should be based in Vermont’s largest city.  Their primary concern is the resolution’s wording.

Vermont Blueprint for Health Hub and Spoke diagram
Vermont Department of Health

Vermont Governor Phil Scott and the state’s Secretary of Human Services were in Washington Tuesday to testify before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health.  Their focus was on the state’s “Hub and Spoke” treatment model that is getting more people into treatment for addiction.

The Vermont Health Department says the state's chief medical examiner has been reinstated after being placed on leave amid a human resources investigation.