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November 18th, 2013

Logger Ordered to Stop Damaging Natural Resources

November 18, 2013

ALBANY – It is against Vermont state law to cut more than 40 acres of trees without receiving approval from the state, and it is also against Vermont law to disrupt water flow or allow debris to enter steams within the state without a permit. The state has been working with an Orleans man for years over issues with his logging practices in Albany. Finally the state has a preliminary injunction to help force the man to comply with the laws.

Teen Drinking, Tobacco and Drug Use Discussion Tonight

November 18, 2013

NEWPORT CITY - A 2011 youth risk behavior study showed Vermont has one of the highest rates for underage drinking in the country, and Orleans County ranks one of the highest counties in the state.

November 17th

Court to Nelson Farms: Stop Polluting

November 17, 2013

NEWPORT – An Orleans County judge has ordered Nelson Farms to stop polluting nearby waterways with runoff. Judge Howard VanBenthuysen issued a preliminary injunction November 6 against Nelson Farms. The State of Vermont Agency of Agriculture and the Agency of Natural Resources took Nelson Farms to court over the problem. According to the Attorney General’s (AG) office, two of the Nelsons’ farms, Clydeside Farm in Derby Center and Crystal Brook Farm in Derby Line are discharging waste into the Clyde River and Crystal Brook.

UTG Finalizes Wind Survey

November 17, 2013

Ferdinand — For the second time in the same week, the Board of Governors for the Unified Towns and Gores of Essex County (UTG) scrutinized and modified a wind energy proposal from Seneca Mountain Wind (SMW) developers Eolian Wind Energy. Last Thursday evening, at their own log cabin municipal office building in Ferdinand, the five-member board closely considered and re-considered the exact wording and process for a proposal and non-binding survey vote regarding the future of industrial wind projects in the northern Essex County community.

Central Street Fire Considered Accidental

November 17, 2013

NEWPORT CITY - A fire that destroyed a three-unit apartment building and damaged a second seven-unit building on Central Street in Newport City has been deemed accidental by fire officials. Newport’s fire chief and state fire investigators say the cause was electrical.
The fire call came in about 1:16 p.m. Thursday. While en route, dispatch told the firefighters the house was fully engulfed and a neighboring seven-unit apartment building caught fire as well. Newport City Fire Chief Jamie LeClair called in mutual aid from the Newport Center Fire Department and Derby Line Fire Department.

Ten Newport Families Recovering After Fire

November 17, 2013

NEWPORT CITY - Elia Spates-Marquis of Memphremagog Rentals spent much of Friday dealing with donations from area residents who wanted to help the families who got displaced from their 118 Central Street apartment Thursday afternoon.
“We got tons and tons of generous donations,” said Spates-Marquis early Friday afternoon. “At this point we’ve asked people to stop and call first.”

November 14th

Newport City Fire Guts Home, Displaces Families

November 14, 2013

NEWPORT CITY - An apartment building fire on Central Street in Newport City Thursday displaced the three families that lived there. Firefighters from Newport City, Derby Line, and Newport Center responded to the blaze shortly after 1 p.m.
Newport City firefighter Steve Edgerley said he could see the smoke from the fire near Strawberry Acres in Newport Center.

Occupational Medicine: New Private Practice

November 14, 2013

NEWPORT - When North Country Hospital downsized over the summer, occupational medicine was an area that was let go.
Dr. Nelson Haas and his associates, who had worked at the hospital for years, decided that what they offered was essential to the community and went out on their own and opened a private practice. The clinic, called North Star Occupational Medicine, is located in the Wellness Center building on the Crawford Road, and adjacent to the Interstate 91 access road.

North Country Career Center Job Fair Thursday

November 14, 2013

NEWPORT CITY - Assistant Director Gwen Bailey-Rowe organized an Education and Job Fair at the NC Career Center with a new twist Thursday. The fair has been targeted to students at the career center and high school in years past. This year Bailey-Rowe decided to invite adults to participate as well.
Nineteen businesses and educational institutions were represented at the fair. Bailey-Rowe didn’t want to lose the opportunity for adults in the community who are seeking employment or additional education to take advantage of the fair.

NEKLS Transitions With New Growth

November 14, 2013

NEWPORT CITY- The recent job fair held at North Country Career Center allowed Northeast Kingdom Learning Services (NEKLS) a chance to connect with the public. NEKLS is well-known for providing tutorial instruction for individuals who take the GED test, as well as students who want to pursue a high school diploma.


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