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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 …

EPA Could Push Tougher Rules for Cleanup of Lake Champlain Cleanup

Monday, February 23, 2015

Montpelier — Reducing the amount of phosphorus in Lake Champlain could be the responsibility of the federal government if a plan being reviewed by the state falls through, a development that could mean big bills to upgrade sewage treatment plants. Vermont cities and towns could face more than …

N.H. Struggles With Workers’ Comp Costs

Monday, February 23, 2015

Concord — If a worker in New Hampshire gets hurt on the job, an anesthetic injection can cost $763 under a workers’ compensation claim, compared to $298 for non-work related injuries. Surgical treatment for tendinitis in the shoulder costs about $2,200 if the injury happened at work, compared …

Poll Finds Most Support Increasing Investment Taxes on Wealthy

Monday, February 23, 2015

Washington — The rich aren’t taxed enough and the middle class is taxed too much. As for your taxes, you probably think they’re too high as well. Those are the results of an Associated Press-GfK poll that found that most people in the United States support President Obama’s …

New Contract Ends Strike At FairPoint

Monday, February 23, 2015

Concord — The largest major work stoppage in the United States last year officially came to an end Sunday. Union members in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont ratified a collective bargaining agreement Sunday with their employer, FairPoint Communications, ending a strike that began in October. With 1,700 telecommunications …

Local & Regional Briefs for Monday, Feb. 23, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

Concord Breaks Cold Weather Record for Feb. 21 Concord — New Hampshire’s capitol city set a new cold weather record at minus-17 degrees. Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine say that temperature — recorded Saturday — is the coldest Feb. 21st on record in 146 …

Marijuana Forum Set In Hartland

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hartland — A free forum on the issue of legalizing marijuana in Vermont is set for Thursday, at 7 p.m., at Damon Hall. The forum, hosted by the Windsor County Democratic Committee, will present both sides of the question, which state legislators will consider this session. Speakers Matt …

More Cold Temps Coming as Another Storm Hits East Coast

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The latest in a seemingly unending parade of snowstorms moved over the East Coast on Saturday, dropping a wintry mix as far south as northern Georgia and potentially causing more headaches for snow-weary New England. The National Weather Service said the storm was expected to bring 6 inches …

Vt. Highway Spending Boosted by Disaster Funding

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Montpelier — Despite a decrease in real dollars that Vermont has received from the federal Highway Trust Fund over the past five years the state has increased spending on highway projects — reducing its backlog of structurally deficient bridges and catching up on much-needed paving projects. Federal statistics …

Unions, FairPoint Have Deal

Friday, February 20, 2015

Portland, Maine — Northern New England’s primary landline provider, FairPoint Communications, and two unions representing more than 1,700 workers have reached a tentative agreement to end a four-month strike, officials announced Thursday. A joint statement from the company and unions didn’t provide any details of the proposal that …

Lawyers Ask U.S. Appeals Court To Move Marathon Bombing Trial

Friday, February 20, 2015

Boston — In a federal appeals court Thursday, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s defense team argued that what the federal district court has been doing for 51/2 weeks — interviewing prospective jurors — is essentially meaningless. The saturation of media coverage …