Archive - News Article
January 30th, 2013
NEK â€“ Weather continues to be an issue as Vermontâ€™s notorioiusly harsh winters are on the decline. In 2010 we saw one of the warmest winters on record - until 2011. The trend continued in 2012 and, despite warnings that this winter would bite down harder, mild temperatures this week speak to another trend.
A flood watch has been in effect for parts of the Northeast Kingdom, New York and Northern Massachusetts through this morning. Wind, rain and even thunder was expected with temperatures unseasonably warm and in the 40s and 50s.
DERBY â€“ New development on the Derby-Newport Road, including the construction of a Walmart Super Center, raises the questions of whether or not a complete upgrade of Derby Road is required, which is anticipated to cost in excess of $32 million, and who is responsible to pay for the upgrade.
Part 1 of a 2 part story on Derby development.
DERBY - With years of ground work already done, including a 2006 traffic study, a public hearing and a proposal to locate a Walmart Super Center in downtown Newport, the recent announcement that a store will be sited between Shattuck Hill Road and US RT5 in Derby has been met with much anticipation for some. But long before the doors will open, the project must undergo a lengthy public review process that will involve several major players.
COVENTRY â€“ Officials from the stateâ€™s largest landfill are asking to increase the facilities tonnage from 2,500 tons to 5,000 tons a day, however the annual total tonnage would be limited to 600,000 tons.
The landfill is currently permitted to handle 370,000 tons.
â€śWeâ€™re not looking to expand the landfill itself,â€ť said John Gay, an engineer with New England Waste Services of Vermont (NEWS). â€śWeâ€™re looking to increase the tonnage that we take at the facility.â€ť
BURLINGTON, VT â€“ Carl Coker, 37, of Island Pond, was sentenced to 100 months imprisonment for conspiracy to manufacture five grams or more of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance. He was one of 13 Northeast Kingdom residents indicted for methamphetamine-related crimes.
United States District Judge William K. Sessions, III, also ordered that Coker serve four years supervised release after his incarceration ends.
DERBY, VT â€“ A tractor trailer rolled over on Interstate-91 at the Derby exit around 3 p.m. Monday.
The truck, which belonged to Transport Bernieres of Quebec, was hauling large rolls of newsprint paper valued between $600 and $800 a roll. There were no injuries in the crash.
The Vermont State Police, Orleans County Sheriff, the Derby Line Fire Department, Newport Ambulance Service and others responded to the scene. The roads were slippery with ice and snow at the time. No other information was available as of press time.
NEWPORT CENTER â€“ Fire officials are crediting the owners of Guay General Repair in Newport Center for saving their own property from disaster Monday. Firefighters responded to the business on Route 100 at about 12:30 p.m.
Dan Guay said that he used fire extinguishers and a high pressure washer to knock down the fire.
DERBY CENTER - North Country Union Junior High School Board member Richard Nelson asked board members and school administrators last week what the policy is on having faculty and staff be immunized from the flu.
â€śI can't believe the number of people who don't get the flu shot.â€ť Nelson observed. â€śWith the number of people employed here â€“ and with all the students â€“ these schools are incubators for education and disease.â€ť
GLOVER â€“ Fire destroyed a century-old landmark on Route 16 in Glover early Saturday morning.
Firefighters responded to a structure fire at the Conley Mill, formally known as the Green Mountain Fence Company, around 4:15 a.m. Upon arrival, they found part of a house fully engulfed. No one was in the building when the blaze broke out....
DERBY - Nine years ago, motivated by a family member's idea, Ron Wright decided to start an ice fishing derby with a goal of attracting 100 entries.
â€śIt first started with no sponsorships; I gave away prizes and did all of the advertising,â€ť Wright recalls. â€śWe got 76 entries the first year.... I had no idea it would take off like this.â€ť
â€śThisâ€ť refers to the 900-plus entries received last year, with Wright anticipating 1,000 participants this year.