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The organization that oversees the electric grid in the Northeastern U.S. and Canada expects there will be adequate supplies of the power this summer.

Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall begins Rail Trail meeting
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About two dozen people filled the meeting room in the North Elba Town Hall in Lake Placid Thursday evening to hear about and ask questions about the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s plan for an Adirondack rail-trail plan.

Adirondack Park sign
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A number of issues affecting the Adirondacks are pending in New York state agencies. Other will be affected by the recently passed budget.  Environmental and municipal advocates discuss key priorities they say need to be addressed.

Despite a flurry of activity and work remaining on a number of bills, the Vermont Legislature is targeting adjournment by the end of this week.

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The Northeast ski season, for the most part, has ended and people are now focused on planting gardens and swimming.  The season began strong, tapered off and then saw a resurgence of natural snowfall. Looking back, experts say the ski season appears to have been better than average for the region’s resorts.

May Day protesters gather at federal building in Burlington
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Marchers in Burlington demonstrated against the White House’s immigration policies during a May Day March for Dignity yesterday.  The protesters gathered at the Federal Building.

Protesters in front of Ben & Jerry's scoop shop in Burlington
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A coalition of groups came together on May Day in Burlington to demand that ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s implement an agreement guaranteeing dairy farm workers’ rights.

Vermont's largest electric utility wants to increase rates by nearly 5 percent.

Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott's office says his proposal to have teachers negotiate their health care benefits with the state, rather than their local school district can still become law despite being rejected by the Democrat-controlled Senate.

Adirondack Park sign
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Every 20 years, New Yorkers are given the opportunity for a constitutional convention. A referendum will be on the ballot in November asking voters if one should be held.  Groups are lining up on each side.  Several environmental organizations are opposed to the convention because they are concerned that a key protection for the Adirondacks and Catskills could be eliminated.

Students at poster session during UVM Student Research Conference
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The University of Vermont held its ninth Student Research Conference on Thursday, showcasing the work of students through poster sessions, oral presentations and creative presentations.

Former Taft School will  be renovated as UVM's integrated center for the creative arts
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The University of Vermont Foundation, which manages private support for the college, announced a donation Thursday that will create an integrated center for the creative arts.

View of Lake Champlain from Plattsburgh southeast towards Vermont
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A report issued this month assesses the changing salinity of freshwater lakes.  It finds increased sodium chloride in the North American lakes studied, most likely caused by using salt to de-ice roadways.

Adirondack Experience Executive Director David Kahn
Adirondack Experience The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake

This will be the 60th year that a museum in Blue Mountain Lake opens its doors to showcase Adirondack history.  Now, as it begins its sixth decade, the Adirondack Museum is being rebranded with a new name, logo and a new 19,000-square foot interactive exhibition.  Executive Director David Kahn explains why the museum’s new name is the “Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake.”

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The Vermont Senate has voted down a proposal to raise the smoking age in the state to 21.

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Vermont's Republican Governor Phil Scott is proposing that Vermont's teachers negotiate their health benefits directly with the state, instead of their local school boards.

Little Brown Bat with White Nose Syndrome in Greeley Mine, VT
Joel Flewelling/Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking for volunteers to help monitor colonies of little brown bats this summer.

Dr. Robert Larner
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The man for whom the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine is named has died at age 99 in California.  Officials at the UVM Larner College of Medicine are remembering Dr. Robert Larner as a humble and generous benefactor who wanted students to benefit from his philanthropy.

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SPARCC, or Substance Abuse and Recovery of Clinton County, was formed in 2016 to raise public awareness and enhance opioid addiction prevention efforts in the North Country.  The group is now seeking volunteers to tell their addiction stories in hopes of getting more people into recovery and eliminating stigma.

Bishop Christopher Coyne
Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington

The leader of Vermont's Roman Catholic church is planning to convene the first synod to be held in the state in more than half a century to seek ways to get more Catholics involved with their church.

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A former Vermont assistant judge has been banned from holding a judicial office for life by Vermont's Judicial Conduct Board.

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Vermont state police are warning residents of a computer virus scam that drains the bank accounts of victims.

Vermont Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman
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This past week, Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott celebrated his 100th day in office and outlined his accomplishments so far.  Vermonters elect the governor and lieutenant governor separately. David Zuckerman is a Progressive/Democrat in his first term as Lieutenant Governor.  During a break in Senate sessions, he told WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that during his first 100 days he’s worked to get more people, especially youth, involved in the political process.

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Vermont health care regulators say two of the state's hospitals must use $11.6 million in surplus revenue from last year to reduce commercial insurance rates.

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A legal marijuana plan has suddenly resurfaced and passed the Vermont Senate on a 21-9 vote, though it's highly unlikely the House will move on the bill this year.

March for Science button designed by student Mason Martin
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Students at Clinton Community College are organizing a March for Science this weekend, one of thousands occurring Saturday across the nation.

Plattsburgh International Airport new concourse
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Officials from across Clinton County and the North Country toured the newly completed terminal renovations at the Plattsburgh International Airport this week.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott (left), Secretary of Human Services Al Gobeille (center) and legal counsel Jaye Pershing Johnson (right)
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A paperwork glitch is threatening the appointment of a regulator by Vermont’s previous governor to the state’s health care regulating board.

Students attend environmental trade fair at Clinton Community College
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Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh hosted an Environmental Trade Fair Wednesday to show students how businesses impact the environment — and how they could offer potential clean and green jobs.

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Businesses in Vermont are struggling to deal with a lack of seasonal workers due to the congressional cap on the number of H-2B work visas made available annually.

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