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Mount Ascutney from "50 Best Hikes in New England" by Marty Basch.

Outdoor Writer’s Book Explores Some of New England’s Best Hikes

Friday, November 21, 2014

Climb Mount Washington in the dead of winter? Barely more than a morning constitutional for Marty Basch. Pedal a gear-laden bicycle from Maine to Alaska, along the Arctic Circle through Scandinavia, or along the Continental Divide from Canada to Mexico? Just another day after day at the office for this New Hampshire-based veteran outdoor-adventure writer. Narrow down several score worth …

FairPoint Strike Rages On

Friday, November 21, 2014

Montpelier — About 200 striking FairPoint workers and their supporters rallied at the Vermont Statehouse on Thursday as many said they’re willing to stay on the picket line until they are offered a contract they consider fair. A series of speakers said FairPoint never lived up to the promises it made after it …

Vt. Health Officials Monitoring 2 for Ebola

Friday, November 21, 2014

virus, department officials have said. Vermont was recently able to purchase better protective gear for EMS workers with $250,000 in federal preparedness assistance, he said. The likelihood of an Ebola case in Vermont is still low, officials said, noting that there is currently no person in the U.S. being treated for the virus. A surgeon who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone who was …

N.H. Depts. Present Requests for Next Budget

Monday, November 17, 2014

Concord (ap) — New Hampshire state agencies — including the departments of justice, education and corrections — are preparing to present requests for increased funding in the next state budget. Agency heads will outline their requests today, ending a three-day process that kicks off the budget year. Gov. …

Local & Regional Briefs for Monday, Nov. 17, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

Vermont Highlights Expanded Fishing Opportunities Montpelier — If you thought Vermont’s trout season ended Oct. 31, here’s a reminder that the state recently expanded its fishing opportunities. Revised state rules that took effect in January allow catch-and-release trout fishing year-round on 11 river sections. The rules require that …

Protesters Rally to Help Stop Mass. Pipeline

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Fitchburg, Mass. — Several hundred people packed a high school auditorium Saturday to rally against a proposed pipeline that would carry high-pressure natural gas across northern Massachusetts. Protesters from Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York staged the “Stop …

Vt. Seeks Owners of Unclaimed Property

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Montpelier — The Vermont treasurer’s office is looking for the owners of more than $8 million in unclaimed financial property turned over to the state in the past year. The property includes misplaced savings or investments, forgotten insurance policies, abandoned security deposits, estates and uncashed tax refunds or …

Hearings Set on Champlain Cleanup

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Montpelier — Federal and state officials plan to hold public meetings in Vermont on efforts to clean up Lake Champlain. The sessions, starting Monday, are the next step in what some environmentalists say has been a long, drawn-out process of coming up with a plan to reduce the …

N.H. Dept. Seeks Millions More From State Budget

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Concord — Officials from the Department of Health and Human Services warned on Friday that it will become even harder to fund programs for New Hampshire’s most vulnerable without new money in the next state budget. Commissioner Nick …

Online Tool to Aid Vermonters

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Waterbury, Vt. — Efficiency Vermont will launch a new program next week about a new online tool consumers can use to save energy and money. Jim Merriam, director of the Burlington-based nonprofit, said Friday the agency will send …

Hassan Announces New Site Evaluation Committee Nominees

Friday, November 14, 2014

Concord — Gov. Maggie Hassan has switched up her nominations to a powerful committee in charge of permitting Northern Pass and any future wind or pipeline projects in the state. Hassan announced she was withdrawing the nominations of outgoing Republican state Sen. Bob Odell, R-New London, and Democratic …

Father Sues Vermont DCF in Toddler’s Death

Friday, November 14, 2014

Rutland — The father of a 2-year-old girl who died in state care filed a lawsuit Thursday against Vermont and its Department for Children and Families, saying they breached their duties to protect the child, whose stepfather is accused of killing her. Willis Sheldon, of Rutland, filed the …

Vermont Advocate Groups Push for Carbon Tax

Friday, November 14, 2014

Barre, Vt. — A coalition of environmental, business and low-income advocates called Thursday for Vermont to adopt a carbon tax as a way to encourage emission reductions and to use the money both for energy efficiency and for tax cuts elsewhere. Among the speakers at the event, held …