Midday Newscast: April 1, 2008

The House has begun debating an expansion of the Catamount Health subsidized insurance program; abundant and frequent snow this winter has been welcome in the business offices of Vermont’s ski resorts; a new community center has opened in the city of Winooski, after five years of planning.

Nation’s ski industry hoping for record year

Forget baseball and spring flowers. The nation’s ski resorts are all about skiing and snowboarding even as April begins. A bountiful winter may lead to a record-setting season for the $6 billion industry this year. A year ago, resorts posted a 7 percent drop in visitors nationwide because of a fickle winter.

Killington considers local option tax

Killington residents will vote tomorrow on whether or not to create a 1% local option tax on rooms and meals, sales and alcohol. Proponents believe it will raise funds vital for economic development. But critics – including Killington ski resort – say the tax is misguided.

Middlebury senior crusades for slope safety

A Middlebury College senior who was paralyzed in a skiing accident two years ago is back on the slopes, and she’s hoping to improve safety conditions and awareness in ski racing so others can avoid suffering the same fate.