Jim Kenyon

Jim Kenyon: Of Tokers and Troopers

Common sense would seem to dictate that if Vermont had fewer drug laws to enforce, cops would have less to do. Maybe the state could even get by with a few less state troopers. No chance. In fact, it’s shaping up to be just the opposite. Tucked inside a 63-page bill in the Legislature that would legalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana is a plan to add 25 state troopers over the next three years. Seventeen would be added to the state payroll

Jim Kenyon: The Chosen and The Unchosen* in Co-op Election

Other than the price of Chilean sea bass soaring to $33 a pound in the seafood department, the Hanover Co-op’s 21,000 active members don’t have a lot to complain about these days. The $5.3 million makeover of the Co-op’s flagship store in Hanover is now complete. The adjacent service station, which management wanted to close a few years ago, seems to be holding its own. And later this year, the Co-op will celebrate its 80th anniversary, a testament to the member-owned organization’s staying power in

Jim Kenyon: Dartmouth’s Telling Label

“I have friends who would be upset if they knew I was talking to you about this,” a Dartmouth College freshman told me after I cornered her at lunchtime on Monday in Baker-Berry Library. We laughed. Then I agreed not to use her name. Some stories are so sensitive that many people will only talk to reporters on the condition that they can remain anonymous. Canada Goose is one of those stories. Never heard of it? Neither had I, until last week. Then again, my

Jim Kenyon: Earl Sweet Was a Union Man to the End

Connie Davis earned $12 an hour working as a home health aide for a private company. In 2014, Davis landed a custodian’s job at Dartmouth College. Neither job is easy; both require a lot of elbow grease. But there’s a big difference. Her starting pay at Dartmouth: $18.10 per hour. “Without Earl, there wouldn’t be an $18.10,” Davis said. That’s Earl, as in Earl Sweet, longtime president of the labor union that represents more than 500 blue-collar Dartmouth workers. If not for the union —

Jim Kenyon: Man, Animals Loved ‘Doc’

Doc Blaisdell was something of a legend in the northern tier of the Upper Valley for his commitment to all creatures great and small and his willingness to care for them at all times of day and night. His patients ranged from pet skunks to a water-skiing elephant. And if the critter or beast couldn’t be brought to the animal hospital that Blaisdell and his wife, Kay, operated behind their home in North Haverhill, he’d go to them. “He was an old-time vet, the kind

Jim Kenyon: In Bethel, UCC Works in Mysterious Ways

When Tom Harty became pastor at the 200-year-old United Church of Bethel a decade or so ago, he needed to rally the troops. Turnout on Sunday mornings had dwindled to less than a dozen regulars. Several pastors had come and gone. Financially, and spiritually, the church was struggling. “People had given up,” Harty said. “They were tired.” Harty started small. At a Sunday service, he asked people to stand up and shake hands with their fellow churchgoers. He encouraged them to exchange a few words.

Jim Kenyon: Kid DJ Rocks Radio

Harrison Hinman, a jock at 99 Rock, was in the Dartmouth College radio station’s production studio on Monday afternoon, working on his ’90s show — all music that first hit the airwaves before he was born. Hinman is only 15. But he already has a three-hour daily gig, Monday through Friday, at arguably the Upper Valley’s leading rock station. “That was the Red Hot Chili Peppers,” Hinman booms to listeners. “We have more rock on the way as we dig deeper into your ‘Lunch Crunch.’

Jim Kenyon: Matinee Remodel

I took in a matinee a few days ago at the Lebanon Six on Miracle Mile. The movie was Concussion, which seemed apropos. From what I had heard, anyone foolish enough to venture inside the “Sticky Six,” as the multiplex’s critics call it, might need to have their head examined. Conditions at Lebanon’s only movie house had deteriorated to the point that patrons’ online Yelp reviews over the last few years approached a PG-13 rating. “This place is literally the worst theater I’ve been to,”

Part 3 of 3: Vermont Finds Reasons to Keep Inmates Beyond Minimum

At a small college in Iowa last month, Sen. Bernie Sanders pledged to go where few top-tier presidential candidates have dared in recent campaigns. “I don’t make a lot of promises,” Sanders told supporters, “but here is one that I will make to you: If elected president, by the time I end my first term, this country will not have more people in jail than any other country. “We spend $80 billion a year locking people up. In my view, it makes a lot more

Part 2 of 3: Vermont Prison System Out of Step With the Rest of New England

Baldwin, Mich. — Strange as it may sound, Adam Corliss, who was sentenced to 50 years to life for first-degree murder in 1995, is among the more fortunate Vermont inmates at the North Lake Correctional Facility here. In Vermont’s criminal justice system, the amount of time offenders spend behind bars for committing the same crime can vary drastically. A lot depends on when the offense occurred. Twenty years ago when a jury found the teenaged Corliss guilty of fatally stabbing a young woman in Springfield