Governor Supports New Marijuana Legislation

LYNDONVILLE - Governor Phil Scott is standing by his decision to support new legislation to legalize possesson of small ammounts of marijuana in Vermont. The bill passes the Senate this past summer and is currently waiting for debate on the House floor in Montpelier.

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Proposed Gun Legislation In Congress

LYNDONVILLE - The House of Respresentatives on Wednesday has passed a piece of legislation to change federal firearm laws. The bill includes a measure to expand the background check process on gun sales and eases restrictions on carrying firearms from one state to another.

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Winter Wonderland, Except for Drivers

Winter Story ThumbnailAROUND THE NEK- Tuesday marked the first major accumulation of snow in the Northeast Kingdom. And while skiers and snowboarders may have been rejoicing, drivers in the area were not. Vehicles have been having problems all day, from simple slips and slides to full on roll overs.

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Forest Economy In The Nek

loggingISLAND POND- Today at a public forum held at the Island Pond Welcome Center the topic of discussion was forest economy. The forum was led by Deputy Commissioner of Parks and Recreation Sam Lincoln and Director of Forests Steve Sinclair. The forum gave information on legislation and future plans regarding forest economy. While many may think a lot of things drive economy here in the northeast kingdom, forest economy may be the leader of all industries. This could be due to the fact that the kingdom is heavily forested. 

 

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Kingdom All-Stars Preperation

Kingdom-All-Stars-bass-drum-vpr-noyes-20170205St. JOHNSBURY - The Kingdom All-Stars are hard at work preparing for their big concert coming up on New Years Eve.

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RCT and GMT

RCT thumbnailLYNDON - The two shuttle bus companies, known as Rural Community Transportation and Green Mountain Transit are both developing new plans for their businesses to more efficiently serve their communities. It is not a coincidence that both companies are developing plans at the same time, both companies have a history of collaboration with one another in order to best serve their joined areas.

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New Office Space in Barnet

Barnet new officeBARNET- Barnet Select board held a public meeting in Mcindoes Falls Academy last night, the building committee got together and talked about the new changes of this building, it seems Barnet town will have a new office space soon.

Mcindoes Falls Academy began to have students in 1853, sine it closing, the town of Barnet has tried their best to keep the history of this building, and now is proposing an addition that would allow the structure to serve as a multiple purpose facility.

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Bird-feeder Safety Tips

Bird Feeder Safety ThumbnailAROUND THE NEK- With winter officially starting to set in, the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering some safety tips for bird-feeders. Their first tip is to make sure that you keep bird-feeders clean. They recommend cleaning them at least once a month to help keep them bacteria-free.

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Inheriting The Kingdom

NORTH EAST KINGDOM - Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans counties are known as the North East Kingdom. For those from the region it is as synonymous as saying one is from New England.

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An Age Of Need

nekonagingjpgST. JOHNSBURY- The Northeast Kingdom Council On Aging is in need of volunteers. But not how you might think. The council is entering an age of need to find not a quantity of volunteers as they have 335.They are looking for volunteers that pertain to certain needs of the people they tailor to.

This can be finding people for tasks that range from snow removal to a ride to Boston. 

 

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Peacham Residents Vote on ACT46

ACT 46 PEACHAM - The Peacham residents took the polls voted on ACT 46 yesterday form 7am to 7pm, which is make a decision to remain an independent school district.

 

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LI Girls Basketball Begins a New Journey

The Lyndon Institute Girls Basketball team begins their new journey today at 3 this afternoon for tryouts. Last year, the girls took home The Vermont State Division II Championship.

Calex Contract for Barnet

Calex Barnet ThunmbnailBarnet - The Barnet selectboard was one of two town select boards that reviewed a contract sent to them by the Calex Ambulatory Service Monday the 27th. This is the second time that they have reviewed the contract in the past six months, and with the town appropriation request deadline fast approaching, the members of Calex need an answer soon.

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Barnet School Gets Mechanical

ThumbnailTemplateDONOTSAVEOVER copy 4BARNET- One employee at the Barnet Elementary School decided to add a new addition to the school's program. Melissa Bushey, was inspired by her son to create a robotics program for her third and fourth grade students.

 

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Free Meals for Students

lunchline copy 4Around the NEK - Schools in the Northeast Kingdom are providing free meals to their students. Anyone who has attended school knows of "hot lunches" and the fact that hot lunches cost money; but recently, some schools have changed the hot lunch dynamic of payment.

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Winter Ban on Manure Spreading

AROUND THE NEK— The holidays may still be a few weeks away, however for farms in Vermont the middle of December means one thing, the annual manure ban going back into place. This year the ban will begin on December 15th.

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STJ PD Search Nears An End

stjpdST. JOHNSBURY - The search for a new chief of police in St. Johnsbury is nearing an end. Former Vermont State Trooper and Groton resident, Tim Page, had a second interview on Wednesday for the vacant position.

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One Year Later: Revisiting Opioids Discussion

opioidsWELLS RIVER — In November of 2016, the community of Wells River held a meeting discussing the opioid problem in their community. The area revisited that discussion on Thursday evening, in an effort to work towards a solution. Officials from law enforcement, health care, and prevention technicians were just some of the people speaking at the forum.

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Barnet School Feels the Beat

Barnet Drumming ThumbnailBARNET- If you walk by the gymnasium at the Barnet School on a typical day, you might hear kids laughing, gym teacher Eric Bogie running an activity, or the cafeteria workers prepping for lunch. But this week, you might hear something different. Loud banging, shouting in a foreign language, and if you're lucky, some pretty interesting music.

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Concord Plays With An Idea Of A New Playground

playgroundCONCORD - A former teacher in the town of Concord has left a lasting impression on residents. Some residents hope to make that impression permanent in the town with the construction of a new town playground. The town hopes to provide a fun and safe space for kids while also remembering a former teacher that knew how important children were for the town.

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Preparations for Rifle Hunting Season

hunting season previewEAST BURKE — Rifle hunting season is set to begin in Vermont starting on Saturday, November 11th. And many in the area are gearing up for the two-week season. According to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Harvest Report from 2016, Vermonters killed 16,220 deer which resulted in over 3.2 million meals for hunters. Vermont saw an uptick in deer kills over 2015 by 27%.

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School Choice and Act 46

Peacham SchoolPEACHAM - While schools in the Caledonia area continue to consolidate their school districts under Act 46, there are a few that remain independent. One of these schools is the Peacham K-6 school district, which has been able to maintain its independence by working alongside the unified districts of Barnet, Walden and Waterford.

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Constructing Roads While Deconstructing Stereotypes

men at work HARDWICK— Sara Skinner works as a Traffic Coordinator for Pike Industries, and is an example of how gender stereotypes within certain professions aren't how we may perceive them. "I think it's more seen and known that women are out here," she said.

Her every-day job is all about managing people. "You basically take care of the flaggers. You make sure we have enough flaggers each day. You put up all your sign packages. You put out any of your milling packages anything like that, any of these beautiful orange signs you see—that's me."

Currently, Skinner is working on a project on Route 15 between Danville and Hardwick.

However, it is not unusual for Skinner to do other things on a site. "Last season I ran roller behind a paving crew. I've run the brooms. I've run the skid steers. It just depends on what needs to be done and learning it."

Skinner started to learn to be a Traffic Coordinator last year in a program called On the Job Training.

"A lot of people come into the OTJ and are like, 'this isn't what I thought it was'," said Skinner. "You work the same hours as a Traffic Coordinator, you are on the job doing the same things they are."

According to Skinner, it doesn't matter if you are a man or a woman, just that you do your job well.

"I think if people say they're being treated differently, its because they're not doing their job."

Skinner says the most important thing at the end of the day is that she is proud of what she does.

 

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Sheffield Power Outages

sheffieldmeeting SHEFFIELD - During Wednesday's Select Board meeting, members of the Sheffield Select Board discussed the impact the town received from the devastatings storms that occured this past weekend. 

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Children's Health Insurance Program

LYNDONVILLE – During Congress’s latest attempt at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act they failed to reauthorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).CHIP covers nearly nine million children nation wide.

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What's Coming Up At 5:30

What's Coming Up Tonight at 5:30

RCT Hearing

Find out how they will continue to add new routes. 

 

New England Snow

Find out tonight about the the incoming snow showers.

 

Winter Firefighting 

See how Fire fighters are fighting fires this winter and how you can help to prevent them tonight at 5:30.