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New session, same old story on farm bill

Posted on January 16, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



WASHINGTON, D.C. — After reconvening for the new session, lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have found themselves again gridlocked over a new federal farm bill.

When Congress got back to business Jan. 6, some members expressed a belief that a new bill could be sent to President Obama before the Martin Luther King Jr. Day break. But those hopes were dashed as a new bill will not make it out of the 41-member conference committee to the floors of the House and Senate before members head home at the end of this week.

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Legislative Breakfast series returns in 2014

Posted on January 9, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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ADDISON COUNTY — Bridport Grange No. 303 and the Addison County Farm Bureau have organized a series of breakfasts and lunches at which local lawmakers and residents can discuss what is going on in Montpelier during the legislative session.

The 2014 Legislative Breakfast series will debut on Monday, Feb. 3, and include a March 24 session with Gov. Peter Shumlin.

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FULL TEXT: Gov. Shumlin's State of the State address

Posted on January 8, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



Below is the full text of Gov. Shumlin's Jan. 8 State of the State address to the legislature.

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Readers have their own Top 10 stories on the Web

Posted on January 6, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



The Top 10 catalogs what the news staff of the Addison Independent chose as the most important stories of 2013, but readers have their own opinions about what interested them most last year. To get one indication of that, we look at the top 10 stories on our website. Here are the headlines for the most-read stories of 2013 on addisonindependent.com, with their page views according to Google Analytics (note: This does not include a period in May when analysis was not working). 

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Addison Independent top 10 stories of 2013

Posted on January 6, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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Looking back on 2013, the staff of the Addison Independent found that it was particularly busy covering news on the proposed natural gas pipeline through the county and on the proposed new town office and town gym. Those two stories grabbed plenty of headlines, but there were logs of other important stories, too. Read our roundup of the top 10 stories of the year just passed, as well as some of the others that caught our eye.

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Local lawmakers size up priorities for 2014

Posted on January 2, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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ADDISON COUNTY — State and local lawmakers are preparing for a 2014 legislative session that they said will include the familiar task of dealing with a sizeable general fund budget shortfall, as well as ironing out the kinks in the state’s transition to universal access health care, exploring education finance reform, helping citizens deal with drug addiction, and confronting pollution and nuisance aquatic weeds in Vermont’s waterways.

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Inaction in Congress hurts local dairy farmers, future milk prices uncertain

Posted on January 2, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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ADDISON COUNTY — As a new year dawns across the bleak Vermont landscape, dairy farmers have yet another worry to contend with.

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Police plan patrols for New Year's Eve

Posted on December 27, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Police Department, in cooperation with other Addison County law enforcement agencies, will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint, as well as saturation patrols, on New Year’s Eve, Chief George Merkel announced on Friday. This initiative is in support of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s Holiday Safety campaign.

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State gives OK for natural gas pipeline through Addison County

Posted on December 24, 2013 |
By John Flowers and Zach Despart



MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Public Service Board on Monday gave its conditional approval to, and issued a Certificate of Public Good for, Vermont Gas Systems’ proposed 41-mile natural gas pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes.

The $86 million project could be delivering natural gas to businesses along Middlebury’s Exchange Street by late next year, followed by service to other areas of Middlebury and Vergennes, as well as pockets of consumers in Monkton, Ferrisburgh, New Haven, Bristol and East Middlebury.

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County's final deer kill decreases as muzzleloader and bow counts drop

Posted on December 24, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — Relatively low numbers for fall and December archery and muzzleloader deer seasons left the overall 2013 Addison County hunting success rate short of that in most recent years.

The total number of deer weighed at the county’s nine weigh stations ended at 807, down by almost 8 percent from last year’s total of 875.

The breakdown for this year was:

•  Bow season: 132.

•  Youth Hunting Weekend: 109.

•  Rifle season: 421.

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