North Country News

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Thirty five years after the Miracle on Ice, the surviving members of the 1980 Team USA hockey team returned to Lake Placid to relive the event.

Team captain Mike Eruzione scored the winning goal against the Russian team. He said  the game endures because it touched the nation.

Ferry service between Charlotte, Vermont and Essex, New York, has been suspended because of heavy ice on Lake Champlain.

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A constitutional amendment approved by voters in November 2013 allows the NYCO Mining company to obtain 200 acres of Adirondack Forest Preserve land next to its mine in exchange for 1,500 acres.  Groups that had challenged test drilling on the land have decided not to appeal a judge’s ruling in favor of the mining company.

Olympic Regional Development Authority

It’s a game that still resonates across the sports world — arguably the biggest upset in history. Saturday night, the entire 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team will return to Lake Placid for a public celebration of what Sports Illustrated called “the greatest sports moment of the 20th century.”

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The State University of New York at Plattsburgh has successfully challenged a list that placed the campus at the top of the Most Dangerous Colleges in the country.

Olympic Regional Development Authority

On Saturday the 1980 Olympic Hockey team will return to Lake Placid for a special celebration.

Adirondack Council

In late January, the New York State Legislature began hearings reviewing Governor Cuomo's proposed budget. The first was on environmental funding.
The Adirondack Council was among the groups that testified. Today, Executive Director Willie Janeway talks with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley about their testimony and legislative issues affecting the Adirondacks.

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New York may be relatively late to the medical marijuana game, but city councilors in Plattsburgh are trying to get ahead when it comes to the nascent industry. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the city council passed a resolution last night supporting medical marijuana businesses in the city.

Lake Placid's Olympic Flame Cauldron is being lit again to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the 1980 Winter Games held in the Adirondack Mountain village.

The ceremony is slated for 6 p.m. on Friday, February 13th — 35 years to the day from the original opening ceremony.

1980 Lake Placid Olympic Organizing Committee President Rev. J. Bernard Fell's opening ceremony speech will be the centerpiece of the program.

Clinton County has received a quarter-million dollar grant to promote and develop healthy and active communities.

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Last year the Quebec elections resulted in the Liberal Party taking the helm of government following divisive campaigns that revived the debate over whether it should secede from Canada.  The sovereignty issue was among the topics that Quebec Minister of International Relations and Francophonie Christine St. Pierre discussed with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley during her visit to SUNY Plattsburgh on Thursday.

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The Quebec Minister of International Relations was on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus this afternoon to talk about the partnership between the Canadian province and New York State.

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Two Canadian hikers lost in the Adirondack High Peaks spent a frigid night in the snowy wilderness before being rescued by rangers.

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Though they were overshadowed by news of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s arrest, members of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s cabinet fanned out across the state to present his budget directly to community leaders today. In Plattsburgh this afternoon, the Director of Veterans Affairs outlined the budget’s North Country highlights. 

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Like many other cities in our region, Plattsburgh is taking a long look at how the city runs. A committee of city residents will assess Plattsburgh’s Charter and recommend changes to the more than 100-year-old document. They met for the first time Monday night.


The state Department of Environmental Conservation is taking public comments on plans to modify a dam on the Saranac River a few miles upstream from Lake Champlain.

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Republican Elise Stefanik, the youngest woman ever to serve in Congress at the age of 30, held a ceremonial swearing-in Saturday in her home district in northern New York.

U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik
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The youngest woman ever to serve in Congress held a ceremonial swearing in  Saturday in her home district in northern New York.

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The Essex County Board of Supervisors was sworn in on Monday and they chose Randy Douglas to chair the group for an unprecedented sixth time.

Mario Cuomo
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As New York mourns the 52nd governor, Mario Cuomo, who died Thursday at 82, people in the North Country are remembering his love of the Adirondacks and his efforts to protect the region.

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First-time officeholder New York Democrat Bill Owens entered Congress after winning a special election in November 2009 when his predecessor, Republican John McHugh, was appointed Secretary of the Army.  The 65-year old Owens was the first Democrat to represent the 16,000-square mile district since the Civil War era. Last January, he announced he would retire from his seat.  In this first part of a two-part series, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley talks with Owens about his House experience and future plans.

Plattsburgh City Hall
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Plattsburgh city councilors approved the 2015 budget last night. But first they debated whether a new job should be added to the recreation department.

Adirondack Park Agency

A lawsuit that delayed construction of the Adirondack Club and Resort Project in Tupper Lake was thrown out last week. The ruling removed the last legal barrier to beginning construction of the development in the central Adirondacks.

  The Peace Corps has revealed its enrollment numbers for 2014, and several areas in our region have ranked high on their lists of volunteer-producing locations. 

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Speaking after returning from Washington D.C. Friday, retiring Democratic Congressman Bill Owens of Northern New York said leaving his job is ‘bittersweet’ but that he would also like to stay engaged in the North Country.

“I think that from my perspective, I believe that I will be able to contribute by continuing to help in the economic development arena in particular, and I think that that is something that the North Country cries out for, whether you’re talking about Saratoga or you’re talking about Lewis County, and everything in between.”

Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh announced Friday that the Board of Trustees is expected to approve layoffs at a special meeting on Monday.

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A mine project in the Adirondacks can go forward. That’s the word from the New York State Supreme Court this week.

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For what is believed to be the first time, city councilors in Plattsburgh will allow religious displays in the city park during this holiday season — with some restrictions.

U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik
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U.S. Congresswoman-elect Elise Stefanik has been appointed to serve on two House committees. The Republican from New York’s north country’s 21st District was appointed to the Armed Services Committee and the Education and the Workforce Committee yesterday. Stefanik, 30, is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress after defeating Democrat Aaron Wolf and Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello in November. Stefanik is replacing the retiring Democrat Bill Owens.


A northern New York district attorney plans to buy body cameras for law enforcement agencies in his county before he leaves office at the end of the month. In the wake of recent high-profile grand jury decisions involving violent incidents with police, body cameras have been suggested as a possible solution.