Congress returns for the lame duck session this week with a number of issues to resolve. North Country Congressman Bill Owens talks about specific items that he says must be resolved before the end of the year.
The fiscal cliff is the cloud over Congress as its lame duck session begins. While that is a priority issue for Congressman Bill Owens, it’s not the only matter of importance that he says needs to be addressed.
A contractor that had hoped to have a key Vermont bridge fully renovated by year's end says the structure is going to stay closed a bit longer.
The contractor says it ran into unexpected problems recently involving the support structure and soil at the Veterans Memorial Long Bridge in Newport.
The bridge over Lake Memphremagog closed in 2010 for repairs. The closing meant lost access from Newport to a major east-west truck route. It connects to Western Avenue and the Interstate 91 access road.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders says cuts to Social Security should not be a part of any deficit reduction package used to avoid what's being called the looming "fiscal cliff" of automatic spending cuts and tax increases slated to take effect January first.
Sanders is a member of the Senate Budget Committee. He renewed his calls Monday for the wealthy to pay their fair share toward deficit reduction.
An ox that lived on a Vermont college's farm has been put down despite an outcry over that decision. School officials have also decided that meat from the ox will be not used for food.
Green Mountain College says that because the animal was receiving medication for an injury, the meat was not fit for human consumption.
The 11-year-old ox, named Lou, and another ox were retired this summer from the college's farm. The school had planned to turn them into beef to be served in the college dining hall in keeping with the school's emphasis on sustainable agriculture.
Most people have never heard of the "Chained CPI", a proposal in Congress that would, if approved, reduce benefits to veterans, federal retirees and Social Security recipients. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and numerous groups discussed their efforts to stop the Chained CPI during a conference call Friday.
Joseph Sargent, a co-founder of Vermont's Killington ski area has died, 56 years after he helped begin the process that led to the opening of the resort that is now the largest ski area in the eastern United States.
Sargent died Wednesday in West Hartford, Conn. He was 83. The cause of death was not released.
In 1956 Sargent worked with Preston Leete Smith to found the Sherburne Corp., which carved the resort out of the Calvin Coolidge State Forest in what was then the town of Sherburne.