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Richard Patterson nears the top of Tuckerman's Ravine on Mount Washington Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Richard, James Patterson's brother, agreed to accompany him on his long-standing goal of hiking the highest mountain in the northeast. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
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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 that form around it. In short, it is not to be approached lightly. Even so, I’m not sure why it took me …

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 director of the Vermont ACLU, told a state education panel on Friday that he believes …

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 immunity to commit crimes. Two years later, Bulger is hoping a federal appeals court will …

Hassan Offers a Compromise budget plan

Friday, July 24, 2015

Concord — Gov. Maggie Hassan said Thursday she’s willing to accept business tax cuts backed by Republicans in exchange for an increase in the cigarette tax and car registration fees, but GOP lawmakers were quick to dismiss her proposal as political gamesmanship. It’s been roughly a month since …

Wall Street Exec. Mulls Vt. Governor Bid

Friday, July 24, 2015

Montpelier — Retired Wall Street executive Bruce Lisman announced on Facebook last Friday that he is considering a run for governor. Lisman said the 2016 election could be the “right moment” for his gubernatorial bid. This isn’t the first time the Shelburne, Vt., resident has thought about jumping …

Outside Cash May Rule in Vt. Race

Friday, July 24, 2015

Montpelier — The 2016 election is still more than a year away. But political action committees are already lining up to get in on the action, and outside money could play an unprecedented role in determining who serves as the next governor of Vermont. Outside money isn’t anything …

Brattleboro Co-op Moving on From Unionization Fallout

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Brattleboro, Vt. — When the Brattleboro Food Co-op in southeastern Vermont’s largest town moved from its old Eisenhower-era shoebox of a building to a new $9 million, four-story block in 2012, everyone noticed the difference. But when co-op …

Shumlin Supports Ethics Panel

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Montpelier — Amid conflict-of-interest allegations among Vermont public officials, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday he supports the creation of a state ethics commission. “The governor would support an ethics commission,” the governor’s spokesman, Scott Coriell, said in an interview with The Associated Press. Coriell said the governor’s stance …

New Canadian Power Line Wins Support in Vermont

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Montpelier — A plan to run a 1,000-megawatt power line down Lake Champlain and across Vermont to bring Canadian power to southern New England is getting key support in the Green Mountain State. Vermont officials and TDI New England CEO Donald Jessome said Tuesday the company had reached …

Vermont’s EB-5 Director Departs

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Montpelier — The director of the EB-5 Vermont Regional Center has resigned to take a job overseeing an EB-5 program at Mount Snow, raising concerns from Gov. Peter Shumlin about the relationship between the now-former state employee and the business operations he was supposed to oversee. Brent Raymond …

Rocker Neil Young Offers Support to Vermont Food Label Law

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Montpeliert. — Rocker Neil Young is lending his support to the state’s efforts to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients. Young, who performed in concert Sunday at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, appeared earlier with Democratic …

Boston Olympics Bid Falters

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Somerville, Mass. — Organizers of Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics are in a sprint to the finish, scrambling to improve lackluster poll numbers ahead of a September deadline to formally throw the city’s name into the mix to hold the games. To help turn public opinion, …

Hassan Vetoes Biz Tax Change

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Concord — Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed a change to the state’s business tax structure that was originally sought by gym company Planet Fitness, but she said Monday she would consider the proposal as part of the ongoing state budget negotiations. “As long as the tax cut (the bill) …