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Vermont Statehouse (file)
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Vermont state economists are projecting revenues for fiscal years 2022 and 2023 will exceed earlier forecasts.

Damage to the Big Chair in front of the Tri State Federal Credit Union.
Bennington Police Department

A giant ladderback chair that stands outside a Vermont business has been damaged by vandals.

Plattsburgh City Hall (file)
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During a regular financial report Thursday, the head of Plattsburgh’s Municipal Lighting Department updated city leaders on shutoffs now occurring in the aftermath of COVID-19 and new fees that are expected to be added to utility bills.

City councilor Caitlin Bopp attends her first meeting after being sworn in
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Former Plattsburgh Ward 5 Common Councilor Patrick McFarlin resigned on July 2nd because he was moving to Albany. Mayor Chris Rosenquest announced this week his appointment to fill the vacancy, and the council ratified Caitlin Bopp Thursday to fill the seat until the end of the year. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at City Hall for the vote and then spoke to the city’s newest councilor.

New Plattsburgh city councilor Caitlin Bopp
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The Plattsburgh Common Council has ratified Mayor Chris Rosenquest’s appointment to fill the city’s vacant Ward 5 council seat.

Screenshot of the Vermont Climate Council virtual meeting
WAMC screenshot

The Vermont Climate Council met this week to hear strategy recommendations from its subcommittees to implement the state’s Climate Action Plan.

Canadian flag
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Earlier this month, Canadian officials announced that on August 9th fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents will be allowed to enter the country through its land borders. There are caveats: travelers must prove they have been vaccinated and need a negative pre-departure COVID test.  All of the information must be presented at the border and must also be pre-filed on an official Canadian website.  SUNY Plattsburgh Center for the Study of Canada Director Christopher Kirkey says the rules Canada is imposing are not simple but not overwhelmingly complex.

photo of Burlington Police logo on a podium
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The Burlington, Vermont Police Commission met at City Hall on Tuesday evening. Among the topics discussed was lower staffing levels and the resulting demoralization within the police department.

May 2021 file photo of Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott and members of his administration held their weekly briefing on Tuesday.  Continuing vaccinations against COVID-19 in the highest vaccinated state in the nation was their primary focus as cases rise in other areas of the country.

Vermont cliffs monitored by biologists and volunteers for nesting peregrine pairs this spring and summer are open August 1 for recreationists
Tom Rogers / Vermont Fish and Wildlife

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says hikers and rock climbers can return to cliffs Aug. 1 because the peregrine falcon nesting season is over.

Plattsburgh City Hall (file)
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Plattsburgh’s mayor has made a nomination to fill an empty seat on the common council.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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Vermont Gov. Phil Scott says the state is continuing to lead the country with the highest percentage of its eligible population vaccinated against COVID-19, but the state is not letting up.

UVM Medical Center main entrance
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A University of Vermont Health Network official says a cyberattack that crippled its computer systems last fall costing an estimated $50 million, mostly in lost revenue, happened after an employee opened a personal email on a company laptop while on vacation.

Clinton Community College President Ray DiPasquale (left) and Clarkson University President Tony Collins sign partnership agreement
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Clarkson University and Clinton Community College signed a new agreement Tuesday morning extending and expanding a partnership between the two colleges to advance engineering studies and workforce training.

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch (file)
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Since January, 48 states have introduced nearly 400 measures that would restrict the ability to vote. Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro and Vermont Congressman Peter Welch, both Democrats, are pressing for passage of the “For the People Act” and the “John Lewis Voting Rights Act” to protect voter rights. Welch and Castro recently held a virtual town hall to discuss what they see as voter suppression threats.

More than 50 employees at the People’s United Bank processing center in Brattleboro will be laid off.

Vermont’s first Black female police chief has been appointed in Brattleboro and will start her job this week.

Vermont State Police patch on the Williston barracks sign
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The state Medical Examiner is working to determine the cause of death of two Glover, Vermont residents whose bodies were found in Crystal Lake in Barton.

U.S. flag
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A Vermont town board is considering whether to revive the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance now that it is holding in-person meetings again.

A Vermont police chief has apologized to a Black man who was issued an assault citation following a neighborhood fight, and rescinded the citation.

The Marlboro Music Festival is working on a deal to purchase the campus of the now-closed Marlboro College in Vermont, ending a year of uncertainty over the future of the campus.

Ironman swim start
Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism

The Ironman Lake Placid Competition will return in 2022 but its future beyond that is uncertain.

City councilor Jennifer Tallon (left) asks Planner Ethan Vinson about the bike plan
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Plattsburgh’s Community Development Office has drafted a three-phase plan to enhance and expand the city’s bike infrastructure. A public meeting was held Thursday night to get feedback on the draft proposal.

Elizabeth Izzo (file)
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Last month, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise’s long-time managing editor Peter Crowley left after nearly 20 years to pursue a teaching career. Ogden Newspapers, which owns the Saranac Lake based newspaper, has named Elizabeth Izzo the Enterprise’s new managing editor. Izzo has been the paper’s health and Lake Placid reporter for the past two years. Prior to that she worked for the Sun newspapers in Plattsburgh.  She says she had an unconventional start to her journalism career.

Burlington Church Street Marketplace at night (file)
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The Burlington Business Association is forming a safety escort program for downtown workers leaving their jobs at night, following increased violent incidents in the city.

A man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he crashed a car into a house while driving drunk, injuring a Vermont couple who were sitting in their living room.

Adirondack Park sign
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The Adirondack Common Ground Alliance is a coalition of groups, municipalities and interests working to maintain the environmental and economic integrity of the Adirondack Park. The Alliance held its annual summer forum virtually on Wednesday.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan says the state will receive about $60 million from a proposed national settlement with companies that made and distributed opioid painkillers.

Shoreline accumulation of cyanobacteria
Vermont Department of Health

About a dozen beaches around Vermont, including several in Burlington, were closed Wednesday because of potentially toxic algae blooms.

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant
Courtesy NRC and Entergy Corp.

A committee of the advisory panel monitoring the decommissioning of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant held a meeting this week to get an update on federal nuclear waste policy and the potential ramifications for the Vermont plant.