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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Robyn Farwell, of West Lebanon, makes sure that every Marley’s Doggie Bag has a bag of dog treats during a volunteer bag-stuffing event at the Kilton Public Library on Saturday. Marley’s Doggie Bags was founded by Tina Kebalka, of Lebanon, after she picked up her new puppy, Marley, from the P.E.T.S. LLC transport truck last year. “I realized that this …

Cottage Hospital Project On Track

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Woodsville — A 16,000-square-foot, $4.3 million building with clinical and administrative space is under construction at Cottage Hospital and on track to open by September, …

Richards Free Library Digitizes Newspaper Archive

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Newport — In the past, searching Richards Free Library’s newspaper archives meant queuing up rolls of decades-old microfilm and scrolling through pages one by one. …

6 Acres Scorched on Hartford Hill

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hartford — About 40 firefighters battled a fast-moving brush fire on Wednesday afternoon that left six acres of land off Jericho Street scorched. Hartford Fire Chief Steven Locke said the fire, which started outside Zachary and Martha Bryan’s …

Gun Rights Groups Cry Foul on Bill Changes

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Montpelier — The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill on Tuesday that puts new limits on gun ownership. The 7-4 vote broke along party lines with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed. The bill would make it a crime for people convicted of certain violent or drug-related offenses …

Blue Cross Could Bill Vt. Millions

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Montpelier — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont is prepared to bill Vermont Health Connect for millions of dollars in past-due premiums, according to a letter the company sent to state officials last month. Blue Cross Blue Shield, Vermont’s largest health insurer, has more than 90 percent of …

Bidder Buys Defunct Claremont Incinerator for $1.63 Million

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Claremont — The shuttered Wheelabrator incinerator on Grissom Lane was sold at auction Tuesday for $1.63 million, with the buyer saying he plans to use it to burn municipal waste. As several bidders stood outside the plant hoping …

Hartford Grapples With Ongoing Budget Woes

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hartford — It wasn’t supposed to go this way. When the Hartford Selectboard drafted a $15.7 million municipal budget two months ago, members saw it as the beginning of a two-step process that would first restore a handful of municipal staff positions that had been cut, to be …

No Raises For Geisel Workers

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hanover — Most non-union employees of Dartmouth College will receive a 1.5 percent pay increase for the upcoming school year but faculty and staff at the Geisel School of Medicine will have to settle instead for shots at one-time payments that would leave their base pay unchanged. “I …

Shumlin Supports Sick Leave Bill

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Montpelier — A more business-friendly version of a paid sick leave bill emerged Tuesday in the House, prompting Gov. Peter Shumlin to endorse the bill and a House committee to delay a vote on it. The version of the bill that came back to life last week included …

Vt. Eases Off School Mergers

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Montpelier — The Shumlin administration has reversed its position on the education reform bill. The legislation, which passed the House last month, was originally supported by the Vermont Agency of Education. On Friday, Bill Talbott, the deputy secretary, told lawmakers that the agency wanted to back away from …

New Hampshire Settles Liquor Contract Suits for $2.5 Million

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Concord — The state has agreed to pay Law Warehouses Inc. $2.5 million to terminate all pending litigation from the Nashua, N.H.-based company, which accused the state Liquor Commission of violating its bidding procedures by favoring an out-of-state competitor for a $200 million, 20-year liquor warehousing contract. The …

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Officials Propose Changes for Hartland Gun Range

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hartland — Vermont’s Fish & Wildlife Department has planned an estimated $20,000 worth of security and soundproofing upgrades to the Hammond Cove Shooting Range and is proposing to close it for three months each winter in an effort …