VERMONT- Wild fire season has come early after a mild winter, which could leave the area at risk. St. Johnsbury Fire Chief Troy Ruggles explained that the lack of snow could make wild fires more dangerous than normal.
NORTHEAST KINGDOM- If you have a furry friend, then you need to renew their license. Dog licenses are due for every town in Vermont on April 1st, and if you wait untill after that date you will have pay more to license your dog.
SUTTON- The budget for the Sutton School has been set. Next year's school budget will be less than what it was last year by about $100,000. Principal Ken Hayes showed some concerns for Act 46 and how the bill would affect future budgets and Sutton taxpayers.
Peacham- When the Peacham Town Library started to raise money for their renovations, the goal was the reach $145,000. The community efforts helped them reach even more, a staggering $160,000. According the Library's Director, Becky Jenson this is a thrilling time for the library.
VERMONT- Allen Prue, the man convicted of murdering St. Johnsbury Academy teacher Melissa Jenkins four years ago, is fighting for his appeal. Two years ago, Prue was sentenced to life in prison for his part in the murder of Jenkins. He recently has filed for an appeal with the Supreme Court in an attempt to overturn his conviction.
Vermont - School buses are the one place where kids cannot wear a seat belt. This has been connected to the thought that buckling up would put a passenger at risk then if they are not buckled in. This idea is starting to make parents and lawmakers more nervous.
Lyndon- Budget concerns are forcing the Vermont State College System to make difficult decisions these days.
VERMONT- Bill H. 187, a bill which could require employers to give all employees a mandatory amount of paid sick hours, has been passed by the Vermont Senate. The bill was previously passed by the House late April of last year, and began review by the Senate early this month.
VERMONT- H. 187 is a bill currently being reviewed by the Senate that would give any employee a minimum mandatory number of hours of paid sick time. Furthermore, it would prohibit employers from penalizing those who use this time. The purpose of the act is the promotion of healthy work environments, according to legislators.
MONTPELIER-Marijuana could soon be legal to smoke in Vermont. On Friday, The Senate Judiciary committe voted 4-1 in favor of a bill that would make it legal for a person to have as much of an ounce of the drug in their possesion at any one time.
VERMONT - When it comes to protecting the environment, Vermont is known for being a leader amongst the United States. The state will be taking another step towards environmental safety in May involving the importation of firewood.
VERMONT - All too often, legislature that affects a community is hidden under bill names and docket numbers, leading to confusion and misinformation. In recent months, murmurs of “Act 46” have been creeping up during school and selectboard meetings, but what exactly is it? In its purest form, the legislation mandates that school districts with fewer than 900 students must consolidate with other districts.
VERMONT- State funding for higher education has been an issue especially among the Vermont state colleges.
VERMONT - For the first time in the states 224 year history, leaders in the Vermont State Senate are drafting a resolution to expel one of its members from office.
VERMONT – One aspect of Vermont that residents often take pride in is their wildlife. The new state Wildlife Action Plan was released this year, with the purpose of keeping the state’s nature thriving, so citizens can remain proud.
VERMONT – The third and last youth hunting weekend just finished up, allowing young hunters all over the state to take their shot at the sport, and maybe taking home a deer of their own.
VERMONT-- One of the most popular spots in the summer for people to unwind and relax while cooling off is Lake Willoughby, and soon it will become even more popular come next year when the south side of the lake gets a face lift.
SUTTON-- If you walk through Sutton Grade School, you might notice some students with water bottles that they are filling up via water jugs but that is not because they are being eco-friendly instead their water at the school is undrinkable.
VERMONT - Imagine walking out your door into a swarm of insects. Flies, mosquitos, and more, buzzing around your body. No matter how much you swat at them, there are too many to control. This nightmare could become a reality without our friend in Vermont, the bat.
UPDATE- The Vermont State College System has decided keep the name of the system as is. The VSC Board of Trustees was looking into the change when Castleton State College changed theirs to Castleton University after the addition of several graduate programs they hope will attract out-of-state and foreign students.
A survey was distributed to faculty, staff, and students that included the original name, three new names, and a section to create a new name. The majority of those who responded voted for the name to remain the same.
VERMONT- After 19 years of serving as Vermont's Attorney General, William Sorrell is stepping down from the position. Chittenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan is ready to fill the position. Donovan ran in 2012, hoping to get the democratic nomination but was unsuccessful, losing to Sorrell by 700 votes. He is attempting to once again receive the democratic nomination for the upcoming election.
LYNDON - Prepping for winter weather includes more than just buying a new coat and a pair of mittens, it means preparing your car for the season. There are many steps that you can take to ensure that your vehicle is ready for winter conditions.
VERMONT - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced his run for the 2016 presidential election early morning, May 1st. The self-declared independent- socialist is running for the Democratic nomination against favored opponent, Hillary Clinton.
VERMONT - The Affordable Care act was put in place to provide Americans with better health security, by lowering costs, expanding coverage, and guaranteeing more options. According to Senator Bernie Sanders, it has done just that.
VERMONT- Vermont State troopers and highway officials alike will soon be cracking down on drivers speeding and those who are not wearing their seat belt. This is part of the ‘New England Drive to Save Lives’ campaign, which began this week, and will run throughout the summer.