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Demolition Permit Issued to AnC Bio Vermont

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NEWPORT — A land use permit to start demolishing part of the old Bogner plant was issued to AnC Bio on Monday. The permit, issued by the District 7 Environmental Commission to Jay Peak Biomedical Park, also known as AnC Bio Vermont, came six days after being issued municipal permits by Newport’s development review board.…

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Airport Expansion Will Impact 38 Acres of Forested Wetlands in Coventry

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NEWPORT — Under the Clean Water Act, The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) needs an Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) permit to move forward with the proposed construction at Newport State Airport. The construction involves a runway extension and several new buildings and facilities being built. Public comment on the issue is being sought by…

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Construction of AnC Bio Could Start by June

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NEWPORT — The Jay Peak Biomedical Park, also known as AnC Bio, was issued municipal permits by Newport’s development review board. If not appealed within the next 30 day, the next step will be the Act 250 process. The development review board stated that developer Bill Stenger, along with his team working on the project,…

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Catastrophic Exercise Drill to be Held in Newport

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NEWPORT — It’s a frightening scenario. An illness spreads across the state of Vermont, or a catastrophic disaster occurs, causing mass amounts of people to seek emergency treatment at their local hospital. The hospital will be overwhelmed, and forced to open up a medical surge site. At the same time, there will be people showing…

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Newport Man Faces Felony Charge After Offering to Help Police

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NEWPORT — “I could give you a hard time if I wanted to, but I’m not,” Trevor Smith is reported to have said on March 12, following a strange incident that landed him in front of a judge, facing a felony charge. Smith, 32, of Newport, was arrested after he repeatedly offered to help police…

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Bald Eagles Slowly Recovering in Vermont

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Photo by John Hall, Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. NEWPORT — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is asking bird-watchers to give nesting bald eagles a hand this spring by enjoying them from a safe distance. Bald eagles are slowly recovering in Vermont after being absent in the state for decades. Their nests are mostly…

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Seymour Lake Association Planning to Sue State of Vermont

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MORGAN — The Seymour Lake Association’s (SLA) Board of directors announced that they plan to file suit this week against the State of Vermont, Agency of Natural Resources (ANR). The lawsuit is the culmination of six years of what SLA characterizes as “fruitless discussions and inaction by ANR, resulting in continued water quality degradation, property…

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Rasputitsa Bike Race A Big Success in Newport

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NEWPORT — “Rasputitsa,” is Russian for “the mud season.” The first annual Rasputitsa Spring Classic, a gravel road bicycle race, came to Newport on Saturday. The race covers 47 miles, 31 of which are gravel. The event raises money for the Mary E. Wright Halo Foundation, which helps people in Orleans county struggling with the…

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Representative Kilmartin Receives Apology for Accusations of Racism

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NEWPORT — Newport City representative Duncan Kilmartin received an apology on Friday after being accused of using racist language on the House floor during a debate last Wednesday. The apology came from Rep. Jean O’Sullivan of Burlington, who had responded to Kilmartin’s statements while debating on a bill regarding education. According to an account by…

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Burglary at Rite Way Sports Shop: Guns Stolen

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HARDWICK — Another gun shop was robbed last night. Rite Way Sports in Hardwick became the second gun shop in the area to be burglarized in the month of April. Hardwick Police are working with Federal Authorities in the investigation. Several handguns were stolen from the store during the burglary. The late night break-in showed…

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Car Accident Friday Morning in Derby Line

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DERBY LINE — Four people were taken to North Country Hospital on Friday morning following a car accident on U.S. Route 5 in Derby Line. Lisa Dingman, 53, of Newport, was driving a 2009 Toyota Corolla, and was exiting a private driveway located off Route 5 at around 9:30 a.m. Monique Higginson, 35, of Derby,…

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Party in Irasburg Turns Violent: Four Arrested

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IRASBURG — A wild party last night in Irasburg became a crime scene after a large fight broke out inside. A home next door to the party was also vandalized in the process, leaving Vermont State Police calling for backup from the U.S. Border Patrol. Many were underage, and four were arrested. On Friday, April…

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Police Launch Traffic Operation Between Vermont and Quebec

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DERBY LINE — If you thought you noticed an increase in law enforcement and border patrol in the area this morning, you did. The Vermont State Police, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, and the Quebec Provincial Police, are announcing that they will be working together over the holiday weekend in a joint traffic enforcement initiative…

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Car Stolen in Newport

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NEWPORT — A car was reported stolen from Newport Center sometime early this morning, and whoever made off with the vehicle did not have to work too hard. The keys were left inside the vehicle. The police are saying that at 8:05 a.m. Thursday, April 17, they received a call that a car had been…

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Police Looking for Missing Runaway From Saint Johnsbury

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ST. JOHNSBURY — The search continues for runaway Lauren Blackmon, now age 17. During the early morning hours of October 9, 2012, Blackmon, ran away from her residence on Moose River Drive in St. Johnsbury. Blackmon, who was living with a friend’s family, was facing relocation out of state. It is believed she intentionally ran…

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Derby Line Credit Union Manager Gets 3 Years for Defrauding Over $633,000

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DERBY LINE — Debra Kinney, 59, of Derby Line, was sentenced to three years imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, after pleading guilty of defrauding Border Lodge Credit Union accountholders of over $633,000. According to court papers, Kinney’s acts of embezzlement occurred over a period of years. Kinney was the manager of the…

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Woman Rescued From Flood Waters in Montgomery

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MONTGOMERY — A woman was rescued in Montgomery on Tuesday at around 5:30 p.m., after being stuck in rising flood waters on Longley Bridge Road. Police and a local resident, using a large farm tractor, were able to pull the woman out of her vehicle to safety. Vermont State Police received the call that a…

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3 Families in Barton Temporarily Displaced by Flooding

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BARTON — Three families needed to seek temporary shelter last night as the power was shut off at their apartment building at 66 Glover Road in Barton, as the water level rose in the building’s basement. The Red Cross is reporting that volunteers supported the displaced residents in Barton, as well as Lyndonville last night…

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Ice Out on Memphremagog: Colby the Winner

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NEWPORT — The Gardner Park Restoration project has an extra $860 to work with, and John Colby of Newport has an extra $431, thanks to the conclusion of the Lake Memphremagog ICE OUT Contest. Tuesday morning, at exactly 1:01 a.m., the ice went out on Lake Memphremagog, officially ending the contest. Residents and visitors to…

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Sherbrooke Woman Processed for Suspicion of DUI at U.S. Border

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DERBY LINE — The police are saying that a 25-year-old woman from Sherbrooke, Quebec, was taken into custody at the U.S. border in Derby Line on Thursday, after she was believed to be intoxicated. Customs officers became suspicious when the woman tried to enter a closed entry lane, and ran over several cones. The woman…

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