March 28, 2002 – News at a Glance

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American Skiing Company
News that the American Skiing Company has cancelled plans to sell a Colorado Ski Area to the owners of Okemo Mountain has taken the ski industry by surprise. The last minute announcement came as a group of investors led by Okemo’s Tim and Diane Mueller were preparing to close the deal. (VPR)

The Senate on Wednesday afternoon gave its unanimous preliminary approval to a new reapportionment map for the House. There was no debate over the bill but some opposition may emerge when the measure comes up for final approval on Thursday. (VPR)

Dairy Compact Resolution
A Vermont House resolution that calls on Congress to reauthorize the Northeast Dairy Compact has raised concerns among the congressional delegation in Washington. Staff for Senator Patrick Leahy in Washington are concerned the resolution could upset negotiations now taking place on the federal Farm Bill. (VPR)

Refugee Resettlement Program
Vermont’s Refugee Resettlement Program has a new director. Stacie Lee Blake of Hinesburg will assume the job at the end of April. (VPR)

ID Cards
Governor Howard Dean is promoting an ID card which would contain such information as age and blood type. Dean says the cards won’t necessarily betray personal privacy. (AP)

Church Child Abuse
Bishop Kenneth Angell will address the issue of child sexual abuse by priests in his Easter homily, according to church sources. (AP)

Boxcar Nuisance
Bennington County state senators are trying to force the railroads to move 300 boxcars parked in Bennington. The town says that the cars are unsightly. (AP)

Watercraft Pollution
Vermont will join other New England states in an effort to require quieter, less polluting motors on boats and jet skis. (AP)

Digital Television
Vermont broadcasters will miss a May 2002 deadline to establish digital television signals. The delay is due to tower work on Mt. Mansfield. (AP)

Okemo Owners
Tim Mueller of Okemo Mountain is going to Colorado to check on his legal options after American Skiing Company backed out of an agreement to sell the Steamboat resort. (AP)

Energy Efficiency Award
The non-profit Vermont Energy Investment Corp has won an award from the EPA for improving energy efficiency in Vermont homes. (AP)

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