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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 …

Apprehension Lingers About N.H. Medicaid

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Concord — The schedule for the next phase of New Hampshire’s transition to Medicaid managed care is set for some, but not all, of the remaining groups of people who still have to transition into the program. And as the state moves forward on this and other elements …

Hiker Who Activated Beacon Found Dead in White Mountains

Monday, February 16, 2015

Concord — At 5 a.m. Sunday, 32-year-old Kate Matrosova set out alone to hike several peaks in the Presidential Range. A day later, after an extensive search of the area between Mount Adams and Mount Madison, Matrosova, of New York City, was found dead. She appeared to have …

Naturally Curious: Flocks of Winter Visitors; Cedar Waxwings Are Fun to Watch as the Flocks Swoop Down on Fruit Trees

Monday, February 16, 2015

One of the delights of winter in the Northeast is the sudden appearance of cedar waxwings. A sea of gleaming black masks, waxy red feather tips and lemon-yellow bellies flutter down from the sky to settle on the …

Will the Snow Ever Stop?

Monday, February 16, 2015

Boston — A storm brought a new round of wind-whipped snow to New England on Sunday, accompanied by near-whiteout conditions and lightning strikes in coastal areas as people contended with a fourth winter onslaught in less than a …

Hassan Could Challenge Ayotte in 2016

Monday, February 16, 2015

Concord — Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan’s budget address Thursday outlined a plan that acknowledged New Hampshire’s tight revenues, the need to pay off costly lawsuits and the fact that there simply isn’t enough money to make everyone happy. But the unspoken undercurrent of her address, and every major …

UNH on Top 20 List Of University Farms

Monday, February 16, 2015

Durham, n.h. (ap) — The University of New Hampshire has made a top-20 list of university farms in the country for its teaching and research. UNH was ranked No. 20 in the list published by Best College Reviews. It was noted for having an academically centered farming operation. …

With Budgets Being Cut, Technology Keeps Foreign Language in Classrooms

Monday, February 16, 2015

Montpelier — Schools across the nation, including in Vermont, are not teaching as much foreign language as they used to. When budgets are tight, those courses are often cut. Some schools are filling the gap with technology. But principals readily concede online language learning cannot replace — and …

Fear of Filing: Groups Offer Help With Income Tax Returns

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Carole Grant has something in common with about 148 million other people this time of year. She’s not thrilled with the prospect of filing her federal income tax return, and could use a little help. The White River …

Conn. Pushes Rich to Stay

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Hartford, Conn. — If you’re a billionaire living in Connecticut, chances are the tax department is keeping an eye on you. In a state home to some of the richest Americans, tax officials go to some lengths to …

Winter White-Out: Retail Blues

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Boston — New England is waist-deep in the white stuff and neck-deep in the red. Historic snowfalls are costing state and local governments millions in plowing and other inclement weather expenses. They’re also exacting a heavy toll on the regional economy. And that’s before yet another storm that …