Monday November 12, 2012

Vt. college euthanizes retired farm ox

POULTNEY (AP) -- A Vermont college has euthanized one its farm oxen that have been at the center of an uproar following the college’s decision to process the animals into meat products following their retirement from the college’s farm.

Green Mountain College in Poultney said the ox, named Lou, was put down Sunday after a recurring injury to his hind leg continued to deteriorate.

Lou and another ox were retired this summer from the college’s working farm. The school planned to turn them into beef products to be served in the college dining hall.

That decision drew fire from animal rights activists who wanted the oxen spared and had found a sanctuary for them.

The college says Bill will stay at the school farm and receive care consistent with appropriate livestock practices.

Vt. minimum wage rises to $8.60 Jan. 1

MONTPELIER (AP) -- Vermont’s minimum wage is set to go up a bit on Jan. 1, from its current level of $8.46 to $8.60 per hour.

The wage is tied to inflation and increases automatically under a state law passed several years ago.

This year’s increase is a bit less than 2 percent.

Service and tipped employees -- who get some of their income in for form of tips -- will see their minimum wage go from its current $4.10 to $4 17.

N.H.gov-elect sets transition into gear

CONCORD, N.H.


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(AP) -- New Hampshire Gov.-elect Maggie Hassan has named Pamela Walsh as the gubernatorial transition director.

Walsh, of Concord, was deputy chief of staff for Gov. John Lynch and press secretary for former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen.

Walsh will manage Hassan’s efforts to reach out to New Hampshire residents about their ideas for state government.

Hassan said that an official transition office is scheduled to open Wednesday in Concord, and that she plans to move forward with building her transition team and steering committee as quickly as possible.

N.H. Bridges House reopening for tours

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire’s official executive residence has reopened after being closed for renovations.

The Styles Bridges House in Concord, which was built in 1835, is open for tours through Dec. 16.

Former Gov. and Sen. Styles Bridges and his family gave the house to the state in 1969, making it the official residence of the state’s governor.

Gov. John Lynch does not live at the house, but it serves as the setting for many official state functions held by the governor.

N.H. snow lovers recruiting people for snow dance

JACKSON, N.H. (AP) -- Some people in northern New Hampshire are so eager for snow that they’re hoping to set a record for the largest snow dance.

Crowds are being recruited by Black Mountain in Jackson and the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce to join fellow dancers and pay homage to the snow spirits on Saturday, Nov. 17 at Black Mountain.

There will be a bonfire and music to accompany the dancing to bring on the snow.

Skiers hit slopes at Maine ski mountains

NEWRY, Maine (AP) -- Skiers are hitting the slopes on a dozen trails at two Maine ski mountains for the early season start of ski season.

Nine trails are open at the Sunday River ski resort in Newry, while Sugarloaf in Carrabassett Valley is reporting three open trails.

Sunday River, which opened last Tuesday, says it’ll be scaling back to six trails on Monday.

Sugarloaf says it’ll be shutting down on Monday for additional snowmaking and grooming during the midweek, with plans to reopen on Friday.

Maine rejects 14-turbine wind farm

GRAND FALLS TOWNSHIP, Maine (AP) -- Maine’s environmental commissioner has accepted a recommendation to reject an application to build a 14-turbine wind farm on Passadumkeag Mountain in Penobscot County.

The Department of Environmental Protection said the proposed windmills would mar the region’s scenery.

The developer, Houston-based Quantum Utility Generation, may appeal the department’s decision within 30 days to either the Board of Environmental Protection or to Superior Court.