Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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WAMC News
5:15 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Vermont Village Gets Grant to Conserve Flood Plain

The Vermont village of Jeffersonville has received a $125,000 grant to help buy and conserve four acres of land in a flood plain that had been slated for development.

The land had been picked as a site for a 16-pump gas station and convenience store.

The grant Vermont Housing and Conservation Board grant will help the community buy the parcel for $402,500 to prevent the proposed development.

Village officials say the site is near the confluence of the Brewster and Lamoille rivers and had major flooding in April 2011.

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WAMC News
6:20 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Comptroller Proposes System to Rank Local Government Fiscal Health

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is proposing an early warning system that would rank New York's local governments based on fiscal stability.

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WAMC News
5:50 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Vermont Town Deciding Fate of Former School

A Vermont town is holding a meeting to discuss the future of a now-vacant school.

Options for the Perkinsville School include stabilizing a portion built in 1879 and demolishing additions, and rehabilitating one addition for lease to a private school.

The Eagle Times reports the costs for the proposals range from $570,000 to $1.35 million.

The Weathersfield Selectboard is hosting the meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Martin Memorial Hall in Ascutney. It has to decide on a proposal by Oct. 1 so residents can vote on it on Nov. 6.

WAMC News
5:40 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

New Executive Director at Vermont Commission on Women

The Vermont Commission on Women has a new executive director.

Cary Brown of Montpelier most recently served as internship coordinator for Norwich University. Previously, she served as interim executive director of Turtle Island Children's Center and the director of girls' programs for Vermont Works for Women, a nonprofit that supports training and work in non-traditional fields for girls. She also directed the Women in Technology Project, a summer technology camp for girls at Vermont Technical College.

Brown joins the commission at the end of October.

WAMC News
5:20 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Funding Continues for Vermont Veteran's Home

Governor Peter Shumlin says the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will continue funding the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington.

The administrator of the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington says the staff pulled together and worked until the last minute to pass a federal inspection that will allow the facility to keep its federal Medicare funding.

The home had faced a loss of $10 million in federal funding after inspectors found a series of deficiencies in care.

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WAMC News
5:10 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Vermont Begins Shipping Radioactive Waste to Texas

Nearly 20 years after the Vermont and Texas Legislatures first agreed to have Vermont ship low-level radioactive waste to the Lone Star State, the first shipment of waste has been made.

The Texas-Vermont Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact Commission was created by the two states in 1993. Then it took years for a disposal site in West Texas to win state licensing there.

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New York News
12:20 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Public Hearing Held on City of Plattsburgh Redistricting Plan

Plattsburgh Election Ward Changes 2012
WAMC

The City of Plattsburgh Redistricting Committee held its public hearing on the plan to change the city’s wards last night.

Restricting Committee Chair Peter Ensel called the meeting to order, read the rules and called for comments.

And they waited.

But no resident came to City Hall to comment on the new ward structure that the committee spent months re-mapping. Chair Peter Ensel was surprised that no one showed up.

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WAMC News
6:20 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Senators Request Review of Dairy Pricing System

Dairy Cows
WAMC

Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is joining his colleagues from Maine, New York and Minnesota in calling for a review of federal dairy price supports.

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WAMC News
5:40 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Vermont Town Creates Community Forest

The Vermont town of Canaan has taken ownership of 424 acres to create a community forest.

Vermont Public Radio reports town officials say the property will be used for a variety of economic, educational, recreational and conservation purposes. For example, it will generate income through sustainable timber harvests and provide an outdoor classroom for local schools.

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Burlington Makes Bid for Hydro Plant

Burlington, VT City Hall
WAMC

Burlington's City Council has voted to reserve first-option rights on the purchase of a hydro plant on the Winooski River.

The Burlington Free Press reports that means the city's Electric Department will pay a $100,000 deposit to the private owners of the 7.3 megawatt Winooski One plant.

That deposit would either apply to the purchase price, or be returned if city voters don't authorize funds for the deal.

The full price of the three-turbine facility hasn't been determined.

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