September 23rd, 2013
BRISTOL — Chris Casey of Bristol returned to Addison County on Sept. 10 after fighting wildfires in Colorado and Montana. Casey spent a total of 50 days out West this summer, fighting four different wildfires.
When he’s not battling wildfires, Casey works for the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes division of the U.S. Forest Service as a silviculturist, a specialist in forest management.
This week’s writer is Patrick Berry, commissioner of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.
To understand Vermonters’ concerns with the proposed shoreline protection bill, H.526 as passed by the House this past session, you have to answer just one question: Do you trust the Agency of Natural Resources to create the rules and administer it in a way that doesn’t create an unreasonable burden?
To most shoreline homeowners the answer is no.
BRISTOL — Bristol police have arrested a man they say was selling drugs. Terrence Devon Diggs, 33, was arrested on Thursday, Sept. 19, and is accused of the selling heroin.
MIDDLEBURY — The Green Mountain Care Board has OK’d Porter Hospital’s request for a fiscal year 2014 budget of $69,809,477.
That spending requires a 1.4-percent increase in net revenues and a 6-percent bump in gross charges.
The budget provides further evidence of a substantial turnaround in Porter Hospital’s financial health, falls well below the state’s recommended 3-percent revenue cap, and will not force any job cuts, hospital officials said.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday heard for the first time a resident question whether the city should support the proposed Vermont Gas Systems pipeline through Addison County.
Resident Jeff Margolis asked aldermen to rescind their support of the proposed natural gas pipeline, which came in the form of a 2011 letter backing Vermont Gas’s application to the Public Service Board seeking to use a reserve fund to pay for the pipeline extension from Chittenden County.
SHOREHAM — As if an usually wet start to the summer and the threat of early frost weren’t enough, Vermont’s raspberry crop has another foe to contend with — an invasive species from Asia that has crept its way into the state.
Bob Douglas of Douglas Orchards in Shoreham said his raspberry crop has suffered the last two years.