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Vermont Systems Monitoring Champlain Water for Algae

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Montpelier — The 22 water systems in Vermont that draw from Lake Champlain are participating in a program to regularly monitor for a potentially toxic blue-green algae that shut down service to 400,000 customers in Ohio last summer. While scientists say this summer is shaping up to be a bad year for blue-green algae on Lake Champlain, there have been a few reports of small amounts of the toxin detected …

Motorcycle Week Rally Posts 1st Loss Since ’07

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Laconia, N.H. (ap) — Laconia’s Motorcycle Week ended with the rally losing money for the first time since 2007. City Manager Scott Myers said staging the event cost almost $150,000 and made just over $146,000. Laconia typically uses a portion of the profits from the rally to purchase new items for the police and fire departments. Myers attributed the losses to an increase …

Carroll County Mulls Bankruptcy

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Ossipee, N.H. (ap) — Carroll County is considering filing for bankruptcy to close a budget shortfall of about $2 million. The county may freeze payments, raise taxes and cut funding to outside agencies. All of the county attorney’s assistant prosecutors have quit in the last two months after the budget passed in March. Commissioner Denny Miller also resigned Friday amid tensions between the …

Some Vt. Consumers Oppose Health Insurance Rate Increases

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Montpelier — Loren Mandell Wood, of Burlington, came into the world 11 days ago at an “out-of-pocket maximum” cost of as much as $5,100. On Wednesday, he did not appear prepared to pull that money out of his pocket. And his mom, who testified at a state hearing …

Drug Czar Funding Renewed

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Concord — Lawmakers agreed Wednesday to continue paying the state’s “drug czar” for six more months, even as some officials questioned whether he’s been effective in streamlining the state’s response to heroin and opioid abuse. Gov. Maggie Hassan hired Jack Wozmak as the senior director of substance abuse …

Language Guide Offends UNH President

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Concord — The president of the University of New Hampshire said Wednesday he is troubled and offended by many parts of a “bias-free language guide” posted on the school’s website, particularly a suggestion that using the word “American” is problematic because it fails to recognize South America. The …

Berning Down the House: Senator Grows Voter Support

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Penacook, n.h. — About 45 people introduced themselves to each other in a Penacook backyard Wednesday night. Despite the 90-degree heat, they had all turned out to a house party hosted for Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. The party in Penacook was among 37 others …

Vermont Panel Begins Solar Study

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Montpelier — A panel created by the Vermont Legislature to study the growth of solar power in the state and plan for its use sat down for its first meeting Tuesday and heard from both supporters and critics. The Solar Siting Task Force was charged with reviewing the …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Officials: Crash That Killed Three Teens In Unity in August Was Driver’s Fault Unity — A year-long investigation into a car accident that killed three Claremont teenagers shows that the driver was traveling down West Unity Road at more than twice the posted speed limit, according to a …

Sassy Owl Stares Down Officer

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Boulder, Colo. (ap) — A Boulder County sheriff’s deputy got into a face-off with an owl with an attitude, and the owl won. Deputy Sophie Berman came across the raptor on a dirt road on Tuesday as Berman …

Summer Journey: A Long Climb to the Summit of Mount Washington

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mount Washington is the tallest peak in the Northeast, at 6,288 feet. It holds the record for the highest sustained winds in our hemisphere, at 231 miles an hour, and is known for the quickly changing weather patterns …

ACLU Plans Lawsuit Over Spending Caps

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is threatening to sue the state over a variable cap on school spending that was enacted in the last legislative session. The nonprofit group is actively seeking plaintiffs for a lawsuit against the state. Allen Gilbert, executive …

Bulger’s Bid for New Trial in Appeals Court

Monday, July 27, 2015

Boston — During his 2013 racketeering trial, former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger called the proceeding a “sham” after he was barred from presenting the centerpiece of his defense: his claim that a federal prosecutor gave him …