Upper Valley Dispatch

Update at 5:30 p.m.: I-91 Northbound Near Ascutney Reopens

UPDATE AT 5:30 P.M.: This area has reopened. EARLIER: Ascutney — Interstate 91 northbound between Springfield, Vt., and Weathersfield has been shut down temporarily this afternoon because of a couple of weather-related accidents. One of the accidents has knocked an Agency of Transportation snow plow on its side. State Police are advising motorists to slow down and allow plenty of distance between vehicles. ∎ Posted online Monday at 2:50 p.m.

Valley Visual: From the Archive: Snowstorm in White River Junction

Traffic wends its way down Main Street in a snowstorm in White River Junction, Vt., circa. 1968. Valley News photograph ∎ Originally posted to the Valley Visual blog. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Amateur Photo Contest Now Accepting Entries

The Valley News Amateur Photography Contest, which has been been running for more than 20 years, is accepting entries until Feb. 27, 2015. A panel of Valley News judges will then look at all of the entries for the contest, narrowing the field to 24 finalists. The finalists will be displayed at the Valley News booth at the 37th Annual HomeLife Expo at Leverone Field House in Hanover from March 20-22, 2015. Visitors to the Expo will cast ballots for their favorite photo and the

Next Week in 'Valley Parents': Seniors Get Techie

Just this month, an older friend and I had a major communication breakthrough. He emailed me. He’s had an account for years but couldn’t quite get the hang of it. So, when a message appeared in his inbox, he’d print it out and go from there. Days later, his handwritten reply, bearing a Pennsylvania postmark, would show up in an actual mailbox. A devoted father and grandfather, his newfound ability to communicate online is a big improvement — finally, family in Australia, New Hampshire and

At Emergency Meeting This Morning, Hartford Selectboard Addresses Recycling, Delinquent Tax Penalty

Hanover — During an emergency meeting this morning, the Hartford Selectboard scuttled plans to pay for a municipal curbside recycling program with a 1-percent options tax on hospitality sales. Instead, Town Meeting voters will be asked whether they would like to add $180,000 to the current municipal budget to maintain the program. That funding was removed from the proposed budget. Town leaders removed funding for the program from the municipal budget because a new state law requires private haulers to begin accepting recyclables, which has

Hanlon’s Reforms at Dartmouth College Include Hard Alcohol Ban

Hanover — Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon this morning announced a wide range of policy reforms intended to curb high-risk behavior and improve academics and residential life on campus, including a partial ban on hard alcohol and a mandatory four-year education program on sexual violence. The extensive list of new policies calls for a residential college system similar to those at Yale and Harvard, and, in the academic realm, mandates for earlier classes and cutbacks in grade inflation. Under the changes he announced this morning,

Dartmouth President to Announce Reforms Thursday; Check ‘Valley News’ Website For Updates

Hanover — Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon on Thursday is scheduled to announce a number of reforms intended to curb high-risk behavior, increase diversity and improve academics at the college, the results of an nine-month study he commissioned last April. Check the Valley News website Thursday morning around 10 a.m. for up-to-date coverage of Hanlon’s speech, scheduled to take place that morning at the Hopkins Center’s Moore Theater. The full story will run in print on Friday. Following the president’s speech, I’ll be interested in

New Hampshire Liquor Outlets Closed Tuesday, And Other Reasons You Know This Storm Is Serious

West Lebanon — OK, everyone. Don’t panic, but ... the wicked snowstorm on the horizon means that several state government functions will be snarled on Tuesday, including — gasp — the New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet stores. Yes, you read that correctly. They will be closed for business due to the incoming Nor’Easter. In fact, the storm has already prompted New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan to declare a state of emergency. Officials at the state and local levels are already advising that folks stay

Reporter’s Notebook: More From Ferguson Leader Wilson’s Visit to Dartmouth College

Last week, the Rev. Starsky Wilson visited Dartmouth College campus to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr., engage with students and faculty, and to give an open lecture titled “Lessons Learned in Ferguson and Their Implications for the Country.” I wrote about his time on campus on Friday in an article published Saturday. However, Wilson covered quite a bit of ground in both the lecture and an interview a t the Hanover Inn earlier that day, so I thought it was worth following up with a

R.I.P. Daisy, the Snake-Sniffing Pooch Who (Pretty Much) Saved Dartmouth College

The Upper Valley lost a beloved local hero last week. Her name was Daisy, and she was a Jack Russell/dachshund mix who basically rescued the entire Dartmouth College campus two summers ago when she located a ball python in Hanover after it escaped from a co-ed fraternity house. Last Friday, Daisy ran away from her White River Junction home after dark. As her friends and family quickly mounted a search effort, they learned from police that she apparently had been struck by a car and