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Lebanon Names Superintendent

Friday, December 19, 2014

Lebanon — After turnover of top leadership earlier this year in School Administration Unit 88, the Lebanon School Board appears to have found some stability in the Upper Valley educator who has been serving as interim superintendent since the summer. The School Board announced that interim Superintendent Joanne Roberts is the sole finalist for the permanent superintendent post at its …

Life at an Impasse: FairPoint Worker Misses Job But Supports Strike

Friday, December 19, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — In a sense, the job of a telephone line worker begins with what industry insiders call the “pole test.” That’s the exhilarating …

Cornish Considers Its Options

Friday, December 19, 2014

Cornish — The committee charged with studying the possibility of withdrawing from the town’s current school administrative unit has asked neighboring Plainfield’s superintendent to crunch …

Thousands Remain Without Power in Vermont

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Chelsea — Several thousand residents in Orange and Windsor counties remained without power Friday evening as utility crews spent a fourth day trying to restore downed power lines throughout the state. Green Mountain Power said crews are conducting a “massive restoration effort,” but that some outages “will last …

John Gregg: Ready for Elizabeth Warren?

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Watch out, Bernie Sanders. Supporters of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., are encouraging the progressive former Harvard Law School professor to run for president in 2016. A “Ready for Warren” website with a letter signed by former mid-tier members of the Obama campaign launched on Friday. “We are …

Vt. Trooper Hurt in Accident

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Windsor — Two Vermont highway accidents this week involved public vehicles. One injured a police officer and the other damaged a fire truck. A Vermont State Police cruiser was struck by a passing motorist while assisting with an accident on Interstate 91 in Windsor, between Exit 8 and …

Vt. Health Connect Continues Struggles

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Montpelier — The back-end manual processes that underpin Vermont’s health care exchange continue to cause problems, according to customers, state officials and an internal memo. Those processes are also driving up spending that could add to the budget deficit next year, which is already pegged at roughly $100 …

New Owners Race to Put Speedway Back on Track

Friday, December 12, 2014

Claremont — Start your engines: The Twin State Speedway will boast a full slate of racing — and new ownership — when it opens next season. Early this week, Claremont Speedway LLC bought the landmark racetrack for $518,000 …

Lebanon School Board Delays Final Budget Vote

Friday, December 12, 2014

Lebanon — The School Board made cuts, but delayed a final vote on the proposed $39 million budget for the 2015-2016 school year at its meeting on Thursday night. Before voting on the budget, board member Hank Tenney said he wanted to know what increases to expect in …

Judge Rules Against Lawmaker on Single-Payer Documents

Friday, December 12, 2014

Montpelier — A Superior Court judge ruled against a state representative this week, affirming that records she requested relating to the governor’s single-payer financing plan are privileged, not public. Rep. Cynthia Browning, D-Arlington, made an open records request for “reports or memos or other work products related to …

Large Vt. Employers Wary of Single-Payer

Friday, December 12, 2014

Montpelier — Some of the state’s largest employers are on edge over the Shumlin administration’s plan to lure them into a single-payer health care system. Meanwhile, business officials worry that new taxes on those companies could drive them out of state. Gov. Peter Shumlin won’t unveil his single-payer …

Jasper Picks Committee Heads

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Concord — House Speaker Shawn Jasper named committee chairmen and vice chairmen yesterday, putting some of the finishing touches on his leadership team that he says represents Republicans from across the caucus. “I was looking for experience,” the Hudson representative said. Weare Rep. Neal Kurk will lead the …

Vt. Residents Cope With Power Outages

Friday, December 12, 2014

South Strafford — Vermont officials are warning that tens of thousands of households that have lost power in recent days could see outages continue into the weekend as workers struggle to keep up with the ongoing problems caused …