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Gavin Klinck, lead installation technician at ECFiber, trudges through deep snow to check the utility box at a home in Barnard, Vt., on Feb. 26, 2015.  (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

ECFiber Seeks ‘Street’ Cred

Sunday, March 1, 2015

South Royalton — After nearly seven years and 200 miles of cable, a central Vermont community-owned fiber-optic network is hoping to accelerate its build-out by again seeking investment from Wall Street. “We’re sort of on the cusp of being able to qualify to have the various things that … investors would be looking for,” said John Roy, of Vershire, treasurer …

Vt. House Approves Changes to Current Use

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont House on Thursday unanimously approved an increased penalty on landowners who choose to develop land enrolled in the state’s current use program. The current use program offers tax breaks to property owners who preserve their land for forestry or agricultural production. Municipalities are reimbursed by the state for the lost tax revenue, and no money is paid into the …

Youth Hockey Players Escape Rink Roof Collapse

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Canton, Mass. — A youth hockey team escaped without injury when part of a snow-weighted roof collapsed at a skating rink on Saturday morning, officials said. Police in Canton said the rear portion of the roof at the Metropolis Skating Rink began to fail as a Norwood youth team was inside, but they …

FairPoint Labor Pact Appealing to Buyers

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Portland, Maine — FairPoint Communications said it needed to bring costs and benefits into sync with competitors in the telecommunications industry. By doing just that in a new labor pact, the company has made itself more attractive to potential buyers, an analyst and workers say. Workers said during …

Federal Panel: Marathon Bombing Trial Will Stay in Boston

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Boston — Publicity hasn’t jeopardized Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s right to an impartial jury, a federal appeals panel says, and opening statements can proceed this week as scheduled in the city where the deadly explosions occurred almost two years ago. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of …

Conference Examines 1st-Generation Challenges

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Providence, R.I. — Brown University junior Stanley Stewart said he always knew going to college would be a way out of poverty. The second-youngest of six siblings, Stewart, 20, said when he got accepted to Brown, he felt …

Vt. House Speaker Builds Economic Development Panel

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Montpelier — A call by Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith for economic development proposals has generated more than 200 strategies from about 75 people and organizations. Now a panel of private sector officials is looking through the submissions and will help create new legislation. Smith said the exercise …

Welcome to Lake Winnipesaukee Airport

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Alton, N.H. — Winter on Lake Winnipesaukee means ice fishing, hockey tournaments and, if the ice is strong enough, airplanes. After being grounded by bad ice and worse weather for most of the winter, the Alton Bay Seaplane …

N.H. Fish and Game Working On 10-Year Management Plan

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Concord (ap) — New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are crafting their next 10-year game management plan and are seeking input from the public. The current plan expires at the end of this year. The goal of the plan is to set regional population goals for moose, deer, …

Vermont House Shows Support for Renewable Energy Package

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont House has advanced a wide-ranging bill that pushes utilities beyond electricity to help customers save on heat and could resolve criticism that the current state program to promote renewable energy double-counts its results. Supporters say the bill would move Vermont from the back of …

Windsor Prison on Cuts List

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Montpelier — Lawmakers and the Shumlin administration this week pieced together a list of suggestions — including closing the state prison in Windsor — for how the state could scrape up $29 million to fill another budget gap. The list aims to solve the latest financial hardship facing …

Yankee Official Quells Questions

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Montpelier — An executive with the owner of the mothballed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant sought to clarify comments that environmentalists interpreted as a possibility the company might shirk its responsibility for cleaning up the site decades from now. At a legislative hearing Feb. 11, Entergy Corp. Vice President …

Foley’s Parents Fear Another ISIS Killer

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Tucson, Ariz. — The parents of an American journalist beheaded by the Islamic State group say they are surprised a college-educated, London-raised man is the masked militant known as “Jihadi John” from the video of their son’s slaying, …