July 22nd, 2012
NEWPORT - Three weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld most of President Barack Obamaâ€™s health care law, called the Affordable Care Act, one of the most anticipated and controversial decisions in many years. The new law, dubbed â€śObama Care,â€ť which includes many changes, prohibits insurance companies from withholding coverage based on a pre-existing condition, allows children to stay on their parentsâ€™ policy until the age of 26, and requires that all individuals will have health insurance coverage or faces a new tax.
What does this mean locally?
MONTPELIER â€“ William â€śBillâ€ť Sorrell, identified by Wikipedia as the longest serving attorney general in the history of the United States, hopes to retain his footprint in history. Gov. Howard Dean appointed Sorrell to the Attorney Generalâ€™s office in 1997 to replace Jeffrey Amestoy, who was appointed Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court.
Sorrell has won the race ever since.
NEWPORTâ€“No matter which way you looked at it, a Griffith was going to emerge as one half of the winning duo in this year's Newport Daily Express Member/Guest Tournament.
Sunday's final came down to brother versus brother as Dan Griffith and his partner Denis Fortin squared off against Dave Griffith and his partner Dan Barry.
Fortin and Griffith won the August National Flight, while Barry and Griffith topped out in the St. Andrews grouping.
ORLEANS, VT - A tractor trailer hauling a large base section of an industrial wind tower hit a snag Thursday on Interstate 91 South just before the Orleans exit, where the road is being resurfaced. The trailer tipped and the turbine part came to rest in the grass, twisting the trailer and leaving the wheels suspended in the air.
No injuries were reported. When contacted, a spokesperson for Green Mountain Power said the company was just learning of the incident, which had already gone viral on Facebook and made the WCAX-TV news less than an hour later.
WATERBURY, VT - The word is out: Gov. Peter Shumlin likes Camel's Hump more than Lowell Mountain, at least that's the way wind opponents are interpreting Shumlin's remarks on Wednesday's Mark Johnson Show on WDEV Radio in Waterbury.
Shumlin strongly defended his position to allow Green Mountain Power to construct wind turbine towers on the Lowell ridge tops, even though, at least legally, the governor doesn't get to "allow" or "prohibit" the construction of a wind project, the Vermont Public Service Board does.
ORLEANS COUNTY â€“ Concerns are growing in North America over plans for transporting crude oil derived from Canadian tar sands through pipelines - possibly through the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.
Energy transportation company Enbridge Inc., headquartered in Alberta, pipes tar sands crude oil from Alberta to Michigan, but has recently announced plans to send the heavy oil from Ontario to Montreal, through a pipe called Line 9.
NEWPORT, VT - A bridge construction worker took a long dive off a non-existent pier when he fell into Lake Memphremagog yesterday.
The Newport City Police Department, the Newport City Fire Department, and Newport Ambulance Service responded to Rail Road Square for a water rescue.
Fire officials said the worker, from Reed and Reed Construction, may have had a seizure before he fell 15 to 20 feet into the lake. Co-workers rescued the victim with a boat owned by the construction company and brought him to the boat launch on the Causeway.
Reed and Reed is working on the Long Bridge project.
NEWPORTâ€“Nine runs in the second inning sealed the fate for the Lake Region 2 team as the North Country Orioles picked up the 11-0 win on Wednesday in the opening round of the 14-U Babe Ruth League Championship.
The deck was stacked against LR as they played the entire game with only eight players, and sent Devin Royer, who up until this point had never pitched at the Babe Ruth level, to the mound.
Royer gave it his all, but the Oriole bats were just too much to handle.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The planning commission continues to support a central heating plant that would distribute heat via underground pipes to commercial, public and residential buildings. Local woodchips would power the plant.
BARTON - Three years after being appointed principal at Lake Region Union High School, Andy Messier, in an effort to improve math scores, launched an innovative summer school math program that will extend into the school year.
Responding to unsatisfactory test results in math based on statewide testing, Vermont's Department of Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca called earlier this year for schools to focus on ways to improve scores.