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New England wild turkey 
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Wild Turkeys Become More Elusive With Winter Weather

Monday, November 24, 2014

By late October, with the summer birds long gone, I find myself growing ever more appreciative of the birds that stick around, including wild turkeys. With their leathery necks and odd gaits, they are reliably entertaining and interesting subjects. There are six subspecies of wild turkeys found in North America, with the eastern subspecies, Meleagris gallopavo silvestris, being the most prolific. In Vermont there are an estimated 40,000 to 60,000 birds, while in New Hampshire the figure is about 40,000. Despite their numbers and year-round presence, they aren’t always easy to see. The onset of fall brings about behavioral changes in the birds and, sadly …

Marijuana Advocates Focus on Maine

Monday, November 24, 2014

South Portland, Maine — Marijuana advocates want to finally take their legalization drive — thus far the province of western states — to the Northeast, and they say the first state to do it here might be Maine. The Pine Tree State has a long history with cannabis — Maine voters approved medical …

Plan for Northeast Kingdom Finalized

Monday, November 24, 2014

Montpelier — New management plans for a vast section of Vermont’s remote Northeast Kingdom — an area that was the focus of a protracted and bitter dispute after a timber company put 132,000 acres of land up for sale in 1998 — includes management strategies for returning wildlife and makes adaptions for climate change. The management plan by the Vermont Agency of Natural …

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 …

UNH System Seeks $52 Million More

Friday, November 14, 2014

Concord — New Hampshire’s state universities want an additional $52 million next year to maintain a tuition freeze, give more scholarships to science and math students and lower tuition for some community-college transfer students. Representatives from the University System of New Hampshire presented the request to Gov. Maggie …

Records: N.H. Teen Waited to ID Alleged Captor

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Concord — A New Hampshire teen who was kidnapped in October 2013 waited until a week after she was home to reveal her alleged captor’s identity, according to court papers released Wednesday. The documents also said Abigail Hernandez …

Milne Won’t Seek Recount Vs. Shumlin Win

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Montpelier — While official election results released Wednesday confirm that Gov. Peter Shumlin won a plurality in last week’s election, the Democrat is hoping to hold on to the office in January when legislators could decide the race. …

Vt. Health Exchange Website Set to Relaunch

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont’s health insurance exchange is ready for the new open-enrollment period that begins Saturday, officials said. Lawrence Miller, director of health care reform for the administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin, told reporters Wednesday that the security and functionality problems that have plagued the health insurance purchasing …

Tsarnaev Lawyers Want Evidence on Earlier Triple Killing

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Boston — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev urged a judge Wednesday to order federal prosecutors to turn over any evidence they have about his brother’s participation in a 2011 triple killing or to consider postponing …

Vt. GOP to Renew Single-Payer Debate

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Montpelier — Health care was already going to be a big issue in the upcoming Vermont legislative session, with the Shumlin administration overdue to present its financing plan for universal coverage. But now, some older battles may be fought anew as Republicans prepare to question the path the …

Hassan to Nominate Public Utilities Commission Head

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Gov. Maggie Hassan will nominate Martin Honigberg to chair the state’s Public Utilities Commission at today’s Executive Council meeting. Honigberg is one of two commissioners on the panel. He was appointed to that post in January. If approved by the council, Honigberg will succeed former PUC chairwoman Amy …