December 27, 2004 – News at a glance

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Good news for southern Vermont dairy farm
Last June, VPR reported on a Vermont farm near the Massachusetts border that wanted to sell organic milk. The problem was that the farmers couldn’t find an organic milk hauler willing to travel far into southern Vermont to collect the milk. But things have taken a turn for the family and their dairy herd. (VPR)

Moose hunting applications being accepted
The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is taking applications for next year’s moose hunting lottery. A person may only apply once. There’s a $10 application fee for residents, and $25 for non-residents. This year the department issued 850 permits for the six-day season in October. In this year’s hunt 539 moose were taken. (AP)

Tickets on sale for the Governors inaugural ball
Tickets are currently on sale for the Governor’s Inaugural Ball. The event celebrating Governor James Douglas’ second inauguration will be held January 8, the Saturday after he’s sworn into his second term. (AP)

Barre granite works to be featured on HBO
The Rock of Ages granite manufacturer is getting some Hollywood publicity. The company that is based in Barre and Concord, New Hampshire, has been asked for material that will be used as props in the television series Six Feet Under. (AP)

War’s impact voted top AP story of the year
The impact of the war in Iraq — both with the deployments of Vermont troops to Iraq and the deaths of Vermonters in Iraq — has been voted the top story of the year in the annual balloting by The Associated Press. The impact of the war edged out the collapse of Howard Dean’s presidential campaign as the top story of 2004. (AP)

Dept. of Health wants public input on new state health policy
The Vermont Department of Health wants the public’s input on its new state health policy. The draft plan has been posted on the Health Department’s web site. It addresses public health and health care delivery and incorporates community-based programs, consumer participation and health care provider practice. (Read the draft plan here.) (AP)

Rural economic partnership zone renewed
A special rural economic partnership zone for Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom has been reauthorized for another five years. Senators James Jeffords and Patrick Leahy say the partnership was due to expire at the end of the 2005 budget year. Officials say the partnership has pumped $34 million into Caledonia, Essex and Orleans counties since it was established in 2001. (AP)

International conservation projects generate millions for Vermont
Vermonters’ contributions to international conservation projects have generated $1.5 million for the state, thanks to a Nature Conservancy challenge grant from philanthropist Robert Wilson. He matches major donations made to Nature Conservancy projects outside Vermont. His donations then are used in the state. (AP)

Snowfall totals around the state
The snow has returned. Snowfall totals around the state ranged from a couple of inches to close to ten inches, with the higher amounts in the western sections. That’s a big boost for the state ski areas, which are trying to rebound from last week’s rains. (AP)

Fire destroys Lyndonville Agway
Firefighters in Lyndonville are cleaning up after an early morning fire destroyed the Agway store on Route 5. The alarm went out just before 3 A.M. for a report of a structure fire at the landmark business. There were no injuries, and there is no word on what caused the fire. (AP)

Brattleboro land preserved for skiers and hikers
A 31-acre parcel of land in the heart of Brattleboro is being preserved so people can continue to hike and ski on the trails there. The land is known to have plenty of deer, birds and some aquatic life. Organizers worked for 15 months on the deal. (AP)

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