Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Vermont Moving Towards New Maple Labeling System

Credit WAMC

Vermont  lawmakers are considering dropping the state's traditional maple syrup-labeling system in favor of an international one.

The Vermont Senate has passed and sent to the House a resolution that supports the Agency of Agriculture’s proposal to adopt an administrative rule to implement international maple grading standards. Vermont Maple Sugarmakers’ Board Chair Jacques Couture explains that the international grading system is brand new.

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New England News
12:45 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

New Report Shows Importance of Outdoor Recreation Revenues

Dutton Brook on Ampersand Mountain in the Adirondacks
Credit Jarek Tuszynski via Wikipedia Commons

A national association has released a report assessing the economic importance of outdoor recreation to each state.  In New York and Vermont that sector of the economy translates to thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in revenues.

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North Country News
5:30 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

Vermont Utility Wants to Boost Electricity at Lowell

Vermont's Green Mountain Power wants permission to install equipment that will boost the amount of electricity that its turbines in the Lowell Mountain wind project can put out in the New England grid.

The Caledonian-Record reports that Lowell wind operators noticed Tuesday that three of the 21 turbines were not producing electricity. They said capacity has been curtailed by ISO-New England, which runs the New England grid.

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North Country News
10:30 am
Sat February 16, 2013

First Post-Irene Plan Set in Flood Ravaged Vermont Town

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The federal government is going to contribute $950,000 as part of a plan to build 27 units of affordable housing in a Vermont state office building in Waterbury made unusable by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene.

Governor Peter Shumlin and U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy on Friday announced the grant for the $6 million project on the building that fronts on Main Street.

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Vermont Senate Moves Modified Assisted Death Bill to House

Vermont Statehouse
Credit WAMC

The Vermont Senate has passed a physician-assisted suicide bill and moved it to the House chamber.  But the amended bill is substantially different than the original bill presented to lawmakers.

The Vermont Senate passed the “Patient Choice and Control at End of Life” bill late Thursday. It grants immunity from criminal or civil liability to health care professionals and family members when treating or helping a terminally ill patient who decides to end their own life.

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New York News
12:25 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Comprehensive Climate Change Legislation Introduced in U.S. Senate

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and California Senator Barbara Boxer have introduced legislation  to address climate change by imposing fees on carbon emissions and funding sustainable energy.

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North Country News
11:35 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Advocates Decry Vermont Reach Up Cuts

Vermont Statehouse
Credit WAMC

Advocates and beneficiaries say Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin's plan to cut a key welfare-to-work program, by limiting the amount of time people get benefits, will increase poverty and homelessness in Vermont.

Shumlin wants to put a three-year limit on the time someone can be getting public assistance while they try to go to school or get into the workforce. His plan would allow two later extensions of benefits to total five years over a person's lifetime.

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North Country News
9:45 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Plan Would Expand Dual Enrollment in Vermont

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Governor Peter Shumlin has unveiled a plan to get more Vermont students into college and to produce more skilled workers.

The proposal would expand the dual enrollment program to allow more high school juniors and seniors to attend college classes, for free. Students would be able to attend up to two classes at the Vermont State Colleges, the University of Vermont, and participating private institutions.

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North Country News
7:15 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Vermont Gets $18.25M More for More Irene Road Repairs

Damage in Bethel VT after Tropical Storm Irene on August 28, 2011
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region/Creative Commons

Vermont's congressional delegation says the state is going to get another $18.25 million to continue repairing roads damaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene and spring flooding in 2011.

The funding is part of $1.1 billion in new emergency relief funding approved by Congress. To get the federal funds Vermont will have to contribute about $4.26 million as a state match.

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North Country News
6:35 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Vermont City Researching Placing Surveillance Cameras in Private Neighborhoods

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Rutland, Vermont’s city council has asked a city committee to study the idea of placing security cameras in private neighborhoods.

Rutland landlord Cam Johnston asked  the Board of Aldermen to consider putting up surveillance cameras after one of his properties was the site of a home invasion. Alderman Christopher Robinson is not thrilled with the idea, but moved that the Public Safety Committee research the matter.

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