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Sen. Bernie Sanders Statement on State of the Union

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement yesterday after President Barack Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress: “I welcome President Obama’s focus on reducing inequality and helping working families in America. The American economy is not sustainable when so few have so much… Keep Reading

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The 10 State Jobs You Didn’t Know Your Vermont Taxes Covered

By Yaël Ossowski | Vermont Watchdog In keeping with Vermont Watchdog‘s mission of keeping state government accountable, a quick peek at the state payroll is always important. The state of Vermont has 7,805 public employees, according to the Department of Human Resources, a number that has stayed relatively stable for a decade. The average state… Keep Reading

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Lyndon State College Hosts Chinese Journalism Students

LYNDON — Lyndon State College is playing host to five students from Beijing Foreign Studies University. The students, chosen by the university on the basis of interest and English ability, are all majoring in journalism. The three graduate students and two sophomores are attending classes at Lyndon’s award-winning Electronic Journalism Arts (EJA) program to observe… Keep Reading

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Dangerous Road Conditions Cause Two Accidents Yesterday

NEWPORT — Strong winds and blowing snow yesterday created dangerous road conditions in the area. Two accidents were reported. Yesterday at around 1 p.m. a Vermont Agency of Transportation highway maintenance truck was involved in a two vehicle crash on Vermont Route 105 in Newport. Jason Kerr, 38, of Newport, was traveling east at about… Keep Reading

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St. Johnsbury Academy Announces Dual-Enrollment Agreement with CCV

St. Johnsbury — St. Johnsbury Academy announced a dual-enrollment agreement with the Community College of Vermont (CCV). The deal is a step toward helping students prepare for higher education while gaining college credit in high school. “We are excited to add another partner in CCV to our dual-enrollment program, after finalizing the program this year… Keep Reading

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Armed Robbery at Circle K Gas Station in Barton

BARTON — Last night at 6:44 p.m. a lone male came into the Circle K gas station in Barton, demanding money from the clerk on duty. The perpetrator was waving a knife around, and wore a mask over his face. He was wearing: A dark colored hooded sweatshirt A Green baseball cap Gray sweatpants Sunglasses… Keep Reading

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Major Arrests Made: Two Fugitives Caught in Barton and Greensboro

BARTON — Yesterday, at 9:30 p.m. the Vermont State Police learned that two fugitives from the state of Connecticut, were eluding law enforcement with family members in Vermont. Jaheem Synpe, 19, of New Britain, CT was wanted for assault, criminal attempt to commit murder, assault on a police officer, and larceny in the second degree.… Keep Reading

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Grammy Nominated Teacher from Vermont Gets National Attention for Children’s Charity

WESTMINSTER — Kurn Hattin Homes for Children, a charitable Vermont residential school for disadvantaged children, gained national media attention recently after its Music Director, Lisa Bianconi, was named a top-ten finalist for the inaugural Grammy Music Educator award. Bianconi was featured on Monday night’s CBS Evening News. After viewing her story on WCAX in Burlington,… Keep Reading

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Local Photographer Makes Albany Fire Department Calendar

All photos by Jane Peters ALBANY — Jane Peters, a local photographer and freelance writer, has a strong connection with the Albany Fire Department. Donald Peters, Jane’s brother, is the fire chief. She also has a niece and a nephew on the department. As a photographer she has been documenting the department for years. On… Keep Reading

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Free Ice Fishing Day on Saturday, Jan. 25

NEWPORT — Always wanted to go ice fishing but couldn’t find a good excuse to get away? The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has found that excuse for you: a “free ice fishing day” on the fourth Saturday in January. Saturday, January 25, is Vermont’s new free ice fishing day. This will be a day… Keep Reading

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Vermont State Police Derby Weekly Recap for 1/13/14 – 1/20/14

In an effort to keep the citizens of Orleans County informed, the Vermont State Police, Derby Barracks, reports the following activity for the week of 01/13/14 – 01/20/14. ORLEANS COUNTY TOTAL CASES – 69 # PERSONS ARRESTED – 6 # CHARGES – 6 ALBANY BARTON/ORLEANS 911 Hang up – 1 Accident – 4 Alarm –… Keep Reading

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Possible Stolen Vehicle at Price Chopper in Derby

DERBY — The Vermont State Police were notified today of a possible stolen vehicle at the Price Chopper parking lot in Derby. Felicia Garfield, 22, of Island Pond, called to advise that she had her 1993 Ford Escort stolen from the Price Chopper in Derby. Garfield had left the vehicle abandoned in the parking lot… Keep Reading

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North Country Union High School to Present Falcapalooza Friday Night

NEWPORT — Move over Lollapalooza, this Friday night North Country Union High School is proud to present Falcapalooza. On January 28, starting at 6 p.m. inside the auditorium, seven local student bands will take the stage. One of the bands to perform will consist of North Country Union High School teachers. There is a $5… Keep Reading

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January’s Third Thursday Open Mic in Newport

NEWPORT — The word is out. Newport has an open mic, and there is no shortage of talent in the area. It was the first Third Thursday Open Mic of 2014 at Montgomery Cafe, and the monthly event continues to draw a crowd. “I marvel at the talent that such a small area produces,” Beth… Keep Reading

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Shumlin’s Spending Proposal Outpaces Vermont’s Economic Growth Rate

By Jon Street | MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin wants a 5-percent hike in the upcoming budget while Vermont’s economy is growing at just 1.2 percent annually. The governor’s proposal for fiscal year 2014-15 came Wednesday during a joint-session of the Vermont Legislature, during which he delivered his annual budget address. Shumlin said his… Keep Reading

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Vermont Requests Federal Disaster Declaration

MONTPELIER – On Friday Gov. Peter Shumlin made a formal request for a federal disaster declaration for Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, and Orleans counties for public infrastructure damage suffered in December’s ice storm. The Public Assistance disaster declaration, if granted, would allow communities and public utilities in those counties to receive at… Keep Reading

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Stanstead College Employee Charged with $1.3 Million Worth of Cocaine

STANSTEAD, QC — Sylvain Bergeron, the director of security at Stanstead College, just across the border from Derby Line, was arrested last Friday on charges connected to cocaine possession. Illinois state police stopped Bergeron, 42, for a traffic violation on Interstate 355, outside Chicago. The Herald News, based in Joliet, IL, reported that when troopers… Keep Reading

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Car Overturns on VT Route 105 in Newport Center Thursday

NEWPORT — At 7:40 a.m. Joseph Tito of Lancaster, NH was operating a 2007 Subaru Outback west on VT Route 105 in Newport Center. Tito lost control of his vehicle on the snow covered roadway when attempting to negotiate a curve. The Subaru traveled off the south side of the highway where it overturned. Tito… Keep Reading

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Despite Expert Claims, Shumlin Denies Spike in Health Coverage Premiums

By Jon Street | BURLINGTON — Leading experts say health care costs in the Green Mountain State are climbing to new heights, but Gov. Peter Shumlin denies it. “If it were true, we wouldn’t be doing it,” he told Vermont Watchdog at an annual legislative breakfast at the Sheraton Hotel Conference Center in South… Keep Reading

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NSA Director Does Not Rule Out Collecting Intelligence on Members of Congress

WASHINGTON — Responding to an inquiry by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, The National Security Agency director did not rule out collecting intelligence on members of Congress. “In recent months, the American people have learned that a record of virtually every telephone call made in the United States is placed in an NSA database, that… Keep Reading

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Flavored Mints Claiming to be a “Vermont” Product Actually Made in Canada Will Pay the State $30,000 Fine

NEWPORT — The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has settled a lawsuit alleging that VerMints, Inc., violated the law by labeling its flavored mints as “Vermont” products when in fact they were made in Canada, from out-of-state ingredients. The settlement requires VerMints and its President, Gary Rinkus of Braintree, Massachusetts, to donate $35,000 to the Vermont… Keep Reading

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$21 Million Military Contract to Bring 43 Jobs to Newport

NEWPORT — In October, Revision Military laid off 35 its 57 workers in Newport when it didn’t get the government contract that company official had counted on. On Monday, the company announced that they had won a new contract worth $21 million, that will bring 43 jobs back to Newport. The contract is to supply… Keep Reading

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Vermont State Police Derby Weekly Recap for 01/06/14 – 01/13/14.

In an effort to keep the citizens of Orleans County informed, the Vermont State Police, Derby Barracks, reports the following activity for the week of 01/06/14 – 01/13/14. ORLEANS COUNTY TOTAL CASES – 70 # PERSONS ARRESTED – 3 # CHARGES – 3 ALBANY 911 Hang up – 2 Agency Assist – 1 BARTON/ORLEANS Alarm… Keep Reading

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Pressure Mounts for Vermont Lieutenant Governor to Take Single-Payer Position

By Jon Street | BURLINGTON — Prominent members of his own party wonder why, after more than 2 1/2 years, Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott refuses to take a position on the state’s single-payer health-care law. Scott said he remains “skeptical.” In an interview with Vermont Watchdog, that’s the best Scott could offer as… Keep Reading

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Leahy Reintroduces Personal Data Privacy and Security Act to Protect Americans In Digital Age

WASHINGTON — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) reintroduced sweeping legislation to protect Americans’ personal information and ensure their privacy. Leahy also announced the issue of data privacy would be the subject of a committee hearing early in the new Senate session. Leahy’s bill comes just weeks after the department store chain, Target, suffered… Keep Reading