Wednesday February 20, 2013

Vermont wind debate might come before recommendation

ST. JOHNSBURY (AP) -- Some Vermont legislators pushing for moratorium on wind power projects believe a pending recommendation from a commission created to review the sites won’t come in time to influence debate on the bill.

The commission’s deadline is April 30, with a draft report expected by the end of March.

Sen. John Rodgers on the committee on Energy and Natural Resources says the panel will have already moved on the bill by then.

Rodgers tells the Caledonian-Record he and other senators want a moratorium to study health impacts of the projects and receive recommendations from the commission.

The five-member energy siting commission formed by Gov. Peter Shumlin conducted a site visit of the Lowell and Sheffield wind projects last week.

Vermont gas prices increasing slower
than elsewhere

BURLINGTON (AP) -- Gasoline prices are continuing to rise in Vermont, but not as fast as in other parts of the country.

AAA says gas prices have risen for 32 straight days.

Nationally, the average price has increased 42 cents a gallon. But in Vermont prices have gone up 27 cents a gallon over that same period.

Vermonters are still paying more for gas than most other Americans, an average of $3.84 a gallon, compared to a national average of $3.73.

22-year-old dies at Stockbridge cabin

STOCKBRIDGE (AP) -- Vermont State Police say a 22-year-old Maryland woman has died after consuming large amounts of alcohol while at a cabin with friends.

Police say Jenna Stone of California, Md., was found unresponsive in the cabin she had rented with friends for President’s Day weekend in Stockbridge.

No foul play is suspected. Police say there was no evidence of drug use or suspicious activity.

Authorities say when friends tried to wake her on Monday morning, she was unresponsive so they called 911.

Police say she was pronounced dead after an ambulance crew was unable to resuscitate her.

Fire crews battle gun shop fire in Rutland

RUTLAND (AP) -- Vermont firefighters are battling a blaze in a Rutland gun shop not far from the city’s downtown.

The fire at the Elm Street location was reported Tuesday morning.

Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras says firefighters are taking extra precautions because of the possibility the ammunition at the gun shop could ignite.

The gun shop is in a shed outside an Elm Street home.

Firefighters said a car and some items were badly damaged. The fire did not reach the home.

No injuries were reported.

New art gallery to open in Winooski

WINOOSKI (AP) -- A new art gallery is going to be opening in the Vermont city of Winooski.

On March 1, the Heron Dance Wild Nature Art Gallery will hold its grand opening.

The opening exhibit will feature Roderick MacIver’s original watercolors and acrylic ink paintings of wild nature.

Music for the event opening will be performed by The Hardscrabble Hounds & Helen Hummel.