construction season gets under way, work is set to begin on the first phase of
the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. When
complete, the trail will stretch across the breadth of Vermont, between St. Johnsbury and Swanton. But project organizers fear they won’t have the money
to get very far.
The Vermont House is set to debate
legislation that would remove criminal penalties for possession of up to an
ounce of marijuana and replace them with a civil violation like a traffic
ticket and a $300 fine.
The Shumlin Administration
wants Vermont Yankee to pay more to help emergency officials respond to a
nuclear accident. The request for increased
funds draws on lessons learned from Tropical Storm Irene and the 2011 nuclear
accident in Fukushima, Japan.
In about a year, two new foreign companies expect to be
operating in Newport at the site of a former skiwear manufacturer. AnC
Bio, a Korean bio-tech firm, and Menck Windows, a German company, are the
centerpiece of a $600 million economic development initiative promising
to bring 10,000 jobs to the Northeast Kingdom.