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SUNY Plattsburgh sign
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The State University of New York at Plattsburgh is planning a series of small in-person graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2021.

Salmon smolt in pens at the Plattsburgh Boat Basin
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Scientists in northern New York are launching a complicated experiment this week, hoping to find out if salmon can be “reprogrammed” to consider Lake Champlain home. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation positioned aquatic cages and then stocked them with Atlantic salmon at the Plattsburgh Boat Basin this week. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, it’s a complex job to try to reestablish the fish in the lake.

Adirondack Park sign
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The Common Ground Alliance is a collaborative bringing together diverse groups that advocate for various Adirondack issues.  For the first time the Alliance held a winter meeting to discuss progress since their summer forum and hear ideas about how to attract more full-time residents to the Adirondacks.

Plattsburgh City Hall (file)
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Communities across New York were mandated to perform a review of their police departments and policing policies and submit a plan to the state by April 1st detailing reforms in procedures and community engagement.  The Plattsburgh Common Council approved the city’s recommended plan Wednesday night.

Adirondack Park sign
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A pilot reservation system is launching this spring for people who want to park at some trailheads leading to popular Adirondack High Peaks trails.

Jeremy Williams mugshot
Plattsburgh City Police Department

Plattsburgh Police arrested a Colonie man this weekend for transporting drugs after a traffic stop on the Adirondack Northway.

View of the Adirondacks from the Keene Valley area
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The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation is launching a pilot reservation system for parking access in one area of the Adirondacks this spring.

Lake Placid Speed Skating Oval (file)
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The Olympic Regional Development Authority has approved significant improvements to the speed skating oval and the snowmaking system at Whiteface Mountain in northern New York.

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The Institute on Quebec Studies at SUNY Plattsburgh invites experts from Quebec to speak on issues of cross-border interest.  This year the Distinguished Quebec Address focused on the province’s post-COVID international strategies.

Main Street, Lake Placid (file)
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Village of Lake Placid officials held a virtual information session Thursday evening on the upcoming major renovation of Main Street.  The overview included a review of plans, detours, impacts, and answered questions.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (file)
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The head of the North Country Chamber of Commerce has been holding a series of virtual conversations with New York’s elected officials. This week U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand discussed a number of issues of interest to the business community.

Main Street in Lake Placid overlooking Mirror Lake and the Adirondacks
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Lake Placid voters have elected deputy mayor Art Devlin as the village’s next mayor.

Lake Placid sign with snow
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Lake Placid voters will choose a new mayor Tuesday.

CVPH Medical Center
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A fully vaccinated resident of the Skilled Nursing Facility at the Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh has tested positive for COVID-19.

Lake Placid mayoral forum screenshot
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Lake Placid voters go to the polls Tuesday to choose new village leaders.  The two candidates vying for mayor recently participated in a virtual debate.

Rendering of Nova Bus LFSe+ bus to be manufactured for Milwaukee County Transit System
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Nova Bus in Plattsburgh has received its first order for electric buses to be produced at the northern New York facility.

NY Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul (right) discusses economic issues with North Country Chamber President Garry Douglas
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New York’s Lieutenant Governor met virtually with members of the North Country Chamber on Wednesday afternoon. She discussed economic issues and bypassed any mention of scandals swirling in Albany political circles.

Screenshot of North County Chamber's 2021 virtual legislative forum
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The North Country Chamber recently held its annual legislative breakfast forum with the region’s three New York state representatives. Two are relatively new to their legislative positions, and all discussed the implications of the proposed state budget for the area.

Chris Rosenquest observes absentee ballot count
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Plattsburgh’s mayor is quarantining after his son was exposed to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19.

Saranac Lake welcome sign
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Last June, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an Executive Order that required all local governments and stakeholders to review their police departments and develop a plan to improve operations.  The plan must be adopted by April 1st and filed with the state. The village of Saranac Lake is holding public hearings on its proposed Police Reform Plan as it prepares to finalize the document.

Plattsburgh City Hall
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The Plattsburgh Common Council had a number of items on its agenda Thursday evening, including rescinding an action it took last year.

CVPH Medical Center
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The medical center in Plattsburgh is reporting a multi-million dollar operating loss in the first quarter of 2021.

New York Senator Charles Schumer (left) and Vermont Congressman Peter Welch
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Congressional representatives have been meeting virtually with constituent groups as a new COVID relief package is negotiated in Washington.  In northern New York business interests recently heard from Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, while Vermont’s Congressman spoke to business interests in the Rutland region.

Plattsburgh City Hall
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The city of Plattsburgh, New York is investigating resident complaints that their water smells odd.

marijuana
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A northern New York man has been sentenced to five years in jail for attempting to distribute marijuana in the North Country.

SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras discusses COVID testing on campuses during visit to SUNY Plattsburgh
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The Chancellor of the SUNY system was in New York’s North Country on Monday. Chancellor Jim Malatras visited SUNY Plattsburgh’s COVID-19 testing site and discussed requirements that have been put in place to stem the spread of the virus on campuses.

SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras discusses COVID testing on campuses during visit to SUNY Plattsburgh
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The Chancellor of the SUNY system visited three northern New York campuses Monday as students begin to return for in-person classes.

dairy cow
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Farm Credit East is a lender that provides financial resources to the agricultural industry.  It recently hosted a webinar with a Cornell University dairy expert who talked about the impact of the pandemic on the dairy economics and provided an outlook for the upcoming year.

From left: Mayor Chris Rosenquest, Legislature Chair Mark Henry, Supervisor Michael Cashman
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This is the time of year when political leaders provide status updates on their municipalities. For several years the North Country Chamber has hosted joint State of the County, Town and City addresses. This year due to the pandemic the event was held virtually.

North Country Chamber President Garry Douglas discusses 2020 Business Confidence Index and issues survey
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The North Country Chamber has released the results of its annual survey of businesses assessing which issues are of greatest importance.

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