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Bohjalian's 17th novel takes on sex trafficking

Posted on January 7, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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LINCOLN — In his latest novel, which hit bookstores this week, Lincoln writer Chris Bohjalian takes on the devastating impact of sex trafficking and examines how one moment of weakness can send a man’s well-ordered life spiraling out of control.

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Local author ponders fishing in arid lands

Posted on January 7, 2016 |
By JULIA JOHN



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We tend to think of deserts as bleak, inhospitable expanses of parched sand beneath a sweltering sun. Matthew Dickerson’s latest book, “Trout in the Desert: On Fly Fishing, Human Habits, and the Cold Waters of the Arid Southwest,” however, tells the intriguing story of cold-water fish in streams that animate this landscape.

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The Independent's top 10 stories of 2015

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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At the end of each year, the Independent editorial staff pores through all of the issues to pick the 10 stories most important to life in Addison County. The top 10 stories for 2015 span a variety of topics, from the Vermont Gas pipeline to school district consolidation under Act 46, from the expansion of solar projects to the continued toll of opiate addiction countywide, especially on children.

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Vermont Gas proceeds with final hearings for Phase I pipeline

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



MONKTON — Three landowners now stand between Vermont Gas Systems and the 164 property easements it needs to proceed with Phase I of the Addison County pipeline project — if, that is, the Public Service Board decides in Vermont Gas’s favor when it issues a decision in its reexamination of the project’s 2013 Certificate of Public Good.

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Mild weather allows town crews to catch up, but savings unclear

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
By JULIA JOHN



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ADDISON COUNTY — A Christmas Eve almost as warm as the night of the Fourth of July, the temperatures even higher in some parts of Vermont than those in the subtropics. Streets, rooftops, branches, fields and hills barren and snowless until the last few days of December.

Most people have been enjoying the unseasonably balmy weather, even if it seemed a little strange. One group that really welcomed the late start to winter were those Vermonters responsible for Addison County roads.

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New ambulance arrives for Middlebury first responders

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Officials at the ambulance service that operates in the Middlebury area are usually cool, calm and collected. It’s important for them to impart a composed demeanor when handling emergency medical situations.

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Shumlin looks ahead to to 2016; weighs in on Middlebury rail project, solar siting

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin said he will quietly meet with stakeholders in the massive Middlebury rail bridges project in hopes of defusing, and settling, a growing dispute between the town and Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) officials regarding the size and duration of the estimated $40 million construction plan.

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Lawmakers to revisit Act 46 per-pupil spending limits

Posted on December 30, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — Area school districts struggling to draft budgets that comply with the new per-pupil spending guidelines prescribed by Act 46 might get an 11th-hour reprieve. The Legislature next month will consider amendments to Act 46 that might relax — or postpone — the spending restrictions that are part of the new school governance consolidation law.

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ANwSU unification articles nearly done; tax savings, benefits seen

Posted on December 30, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Act 46 Study Committee was set to meet on Dec. 30 to finish its final unification report, including proposed Articles of Agreement, thus setting the stage for a March 1 vote on whether to transform ANwSU into a Unified District under the governance of one board.

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