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March 19th, 2013


March 19, 2013

NEWPORT CITY – Monday evening the city council decided to ask the planning commission to write a zoning bylaw that prohibits a medical marijuana dispensary in city limits. The planning commission will write the bylaw; the council has to approve it.
Last year the Vermont legislature passed a bill allowing four marijuana dispensaries in the state. The bill states, "Nothing shall prevent a municipality from prohibiting the establishment of a dispensary within its boundaries or from regulating the time, place, and manner of a dispensary operation through zoning or other local ordinances."

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March 19, 2013

COVENTRY, VT – This Poulin Grain truck went off Route 5 in Coventry around 5 p.m. yesterday. The Vermont State Police responded to the incident. Damage appeared to be minimal. Roads were snow covered and icy. The road was temporarily closed while the truck was removed from the ditch. No other information was available as of press time.


March 19, 2013

ORLEANS COUNTY – Even with the big snow storm, spring has arrived, and once the days start going above the 32 degree mark, it's a special time for many.
Sugar makers across the state are opening their doors to the public this weekend to give everyone an opportunity to see how Vermont’s coveted product is made. The event is the annual Vermont Maple Open House weekend.

March 18th


March 18, 2013

NEWPORT CITY – If everything goes through, Vermonters are looking at a $102 million tax increase. That was the message Rep. Mike Marcotte of Coventry brought to Monday's Legislative Breakfast.
According to Sen. Robert Starr of North Troy, one of the proposed taxes would have been on bottled beverages. A two-liter bottle of soda that sold for a $1.25 would have had a 60-cent tax. But, according to Marcotte, lawmakers replaced the law with a six percent sales tax.


March 18, 2013

NEWPORT, VT - A winter storm warning was issued for the region from Monday at midnight through 8 a.m. Wednesday. The warning is for Eastern Adirondack Mountains, Champlain Valley, and all of Central and Northern Vermont.
The National Weather Service predicts the storm will drop 10 to 14 inches of snow with one to two inches per hour.
"A difficult morning and evening commute is expected today," states the National Weather Service. "Gusty southeast winds combined with heavy wet snow could bring down tree limbs and produce scattered power outages."


March 18, 2013

DERBY – An Orleans Superior Court judge has denied IROC’s request for more time to get its financing in order before taking the property.
Attorney Phil White, the Executive Director of IROC (Indoor Recreation of Orleans Country), had filed a motion with the court asking for an extension of the redemption period to get financing before losing the facility.


March 18, 2013

NEWPORT – For three years Jon Somes has brought his creative style to Newport, offering hair styling, basic cuts, and skin care. Now, he's offering something more – his own, specialized line of products.
Somes moved to San Francisco from the east coast years ago to study his craft. He then traveled to Paris for a time to apprentice with master cutters.


March 18, 2013


Our reporters are out there working on these stories now:

Legislators are predicting that all the new proposed taxes could cost Vermonters $102 million.
The clock is ticking on IROC. Update.
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March 17th


March 17, 2013

DERBY – The local Ducks Unlimited Chapter held its 37th annual banquet and fundraiser at the Elks Club in Derby Saturday night with more than 150 supporters in attendance. The event combines a variety of fundraising activities, an update of legislation under consideration by the Vermont House and Senate, and a fellowship dinner that brought together supporters of Ducks Unlimited's mission.


March 17, 2013

NEWPORT – Students across the Northeast Kingdom are getting ready for the annual NEK History Day event. A group of sixth grade students from Brighton Elementary School are working on a breast cancer exhibit and presentation that will go on display at IROC.
The theme of this year's competition is Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events. The group is focusing on how cancer awareness, particularly breast cancer, has changed the world.


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