June 21, 2004 – News at a glance

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Advocacy group pushes universal health insurance
Southern Vermont health advocacy group hopes to see effective grass roots campaign for universal health insurance. (VPR)

Greenhouse gas reduction plan
A coalition of regional groups says Vermont isn’t making enough progress to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (VPR)

Vermont Yankee fire investigation
Officials at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant say the damage from last Friday’s fire was less serious than they originally feared. But the cause of the blaze remains a mystery and officials are still uncertain when the Vernon facility might be back up and running. (AP)

DNC delegates
A Vermont delegate to the Democratic National Convention who is pledged to former Governor Howard Dean is pushing for more grass-roots representation at the convention. Forty-nine-year-old Ken Dean of Montpelier has filed papers with the Democratic National Committee arguing that the way delegates were chosen violates the rules and favors party insiders over grass-roots activists. (AP)

Sanders graduation address
Congressman Bernie Sanders had a clear message for seniors at Harwood Union High School: make the world a better place. Sanders spoke at the school’s graduation in Duxbury on Saturday. The independent congressman told the class of 152 students to love this country and be a patriot in the highest way: to be a good citizen. (AP)

Green Mountain College degrees
A newly formed college program in Vermont held its first graduation. Green Mountain College gave out its first bachelor of science degrees in resort management Saturday. The school held the ceremony on top of the Killington ski area. Eight students received degrees. (AP)

Eagle chick takes flight
One of Vermont’s new bald eagle chicks has taken her first flight. The 14-week-old eagle lifted off a man-made perch and toured the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area in Addison on Friday morning. Eight chicks are being raised at the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area to try to restore a breeding bald eagle population to Vermont. (AP)

New England canoe trail
A Waitsfield nonprofit and a legion of volunteers are re-establishing a 740-mile water trail for recreation. The Northern Forest Canoe Trail flows from Old Forge in upstate New York to Fort Kent on Maine’s northern border. (AP)

Brattleboro mascot controversy
Former students want to reinstate the image of the Brattleboro Union High School’s mascot. School officials decided earlier this year to keep the name but drop the image of the mascot, a southern colonel that some found offensive. (AP)

Windsor town hall
Windsor’s old town hall has a new owner. Quechee developer Gary Neil took title of the building last week after months of discussion with town officials. (AP)

Methamphetamine concerns
Police are worried about a highly addictive illegal drug that is making its way into Vermont. Police say methamphetamine is dangerous, cheap and easy to make. Earlier this month police raided a methamphetamine lab in a remote area of Shrewsbury. (AP)

Museum vandalism still unsolved
An attack on a piece of artwork that was on display at the Fairbanks Museum four years ago remains a mystery. Police say they know who vandalized the Sacred Buffalo but don’t know why. James Boggs of Fairborn, Ohio, told police he and another man were hired to damage the art by a man who gave them a little traveling money and the promise of more than $1,000 in cash and marijuana. (AP)

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