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South Lake cleanup plan is coming together

Posted on January 4, 2018 |
By Gaen Murphree



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ADDISON COUNTY — State water quality experts are nearing completion of their game plan for improving water quality in the South Lake Champlain basin, one of 15 designated watersheds statewide.

The plan’s key principle: “Protect the best, and restore the rest.”

“That’s a really easy way to look at the scope of work. Protect the best. Maintain, restore, enhance the rest. The basin plans try to identify those opportunities,” said Ethan Swift of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

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Bristol lumber company adopts a high-tech vision

Posted on January 1, 2018 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — Statewide renewable energy mandates that kicked in this year are helping an important local industry — production milling of trees — upgrade its energy infrastructure so that it can modernize equipment and increase capacity.

“Technology is playing a more and more important part in our industry,” said A. Johnson Lumber Co. General Manager Ken Johnson. “If you’re  going to be competing in the production (milling) industry it’s kind of a technological arms race.”

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Dairy farms face labor struggle; foreign works pose unique challenges

Posted on December 21, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MIDDLEBURY — The Dec. 2 visit to Middlebury from the Mexican consulate in Boston gave Mexicans laboring on Addison County farms an opportunity to get important documents, get informed about legal rights, exchange ideas and experiences, and access various kinds of support.

It also brought area farmers together with Consul General Emilio Rabasa to hear the farmer side of the equation.

Chief among dairy farmer concerns? The continued lack of federal immigration policy that supports the labor needs of dairy farms.

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Vote on Mount Abe bond scheduled for Town Meeting Day: Committee asks architects for two proposals cheaper than $30M

Posted on December 11, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — Five-town voters will get to cast their ballots on a third bond proposal to renovate the 50-year-old Mount Abraham Union High School facility on Town Meeting Day, and the amount requested will likely be under $30 million.

The Mount Abe Renovation Committee approved the March 6, 2018, vote at a meeting this past Wednesday.

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Bristol residents question need for natural gas pipeline

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — Concerns, questions, support for and objections to the anticipated extension of the Addison Natural Gas Project pipeline to Bristol took up a good part of Monday night’s selectboard meeting.

The meeting also brought to light some townspeople’s concerns about how the selectboard has both made and communicated its Vermont Gas-related decisions.

Early in the meeting, Bristol resident Sally Burrell gave voice to some of those concerns.

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Diplomat offers hope to Mexican dairy farm labor

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MIDDLEBURY — Microphone in hand, Consul General Emilio Rabasa addressed Mexican nationals at a mobile consulate event in Middlebury last Saturday, exhorting an assortment of Mexican dairy farm workers to know their rights — rights guaranteed by federal law and the U.S. Constitution.

Later that afternoon he stood in a Middlebury barn chatting with two local dairy workers about their lives both at home and here in Vermont.

Both workers, as it turns out, were from the state of Chiapas — near where Rabasa himself grew up.

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Pseudo-journalist O'Keefe visits Middlebury

Posted on December 4, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MIDDLEBURY — Angling for a speaker spot at Middlebury College, right wing provocateur James O’Keefe ended up at the Courtyard by Marriott this past Thursday evening.

His appearance in town came the same week that O’Keefe and Project Veritas, the organization he founded, were under fire for trying to plant what they admit is fake news in a prominent national newspaper.

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Vermont Green Line short-circuits

Posted on November 30, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



NEW HAVEN — It could be the end of the road for the Vermont Green Line.

The companies that wanted to run an electric power transmission line through Ferrisburgh, Waltham and New Haven earlier this month withdrew their request for a permit to build the project.

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Community input, brainstorming focus of Mt. Abe facilities meeting

Posted on November 30, 2017 |
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BRISTOL — Close to 60 five-town residents gathered at Monday night’s meeting of the reinstated Mount Abraham Renovation Committee. It was overwhelmingly the largest draw of residents on the subject of what to do with the 49-year-old facility that houses Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School.

Although no final decisions were made — the evening was devoted to public input and collective brainstorming — there was one insistent takeaway for those who participated in the three hours of discussion:

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