New England in Brief

Monday November 19, 2012

2 Vermont ski
resorts to open

STOWE (AP) -- It might not look like winter yet, but at least two Vermont ski resorts are opening this weekend.

Stowe Mountain Resort and Sugarbush plan to open on Saturday with limited trail offerings.

Killington is already operating. More resorts hope to start the season next week.

Smugglers’ Notch, Jay Peak, Bromley, Burke and Stratton all plan to open next week.

Sentencing set in same- sex custody dispute

MONTPELIER (AP) -- A sentencing date has been set in a Vermont court for a Mennonite pastor convicted of helping a woman and her daughter flee the U.S. rather than allow the girl to have regular visits with the woman’s former lesbian partner.

Kenneth Miller of Stuarts Draft, Va., faces up to three years in prison when he is sentenced in Burlington on March 4.

A civil lawsuit is also pending against Miller and others by the mother’s former civil union partner, Janet Jenkins of Fair Haven.

Miller’s attorneys are also continuing to fight a subpoena from federal prosecutors that he testify before a grand jury, presumably about other people involved in helping the woman, Lisa Miller, and her daughter travel to Nicaragua. The Millers are not related.

Vt. lawmakers to discuss ‘taxing the cloud’

MONTPELIER (AP) -- Whether to levy Vermont’s sales tax on so-called cloud computing will be up for discussion at the Vermont Statehouse.

Cloud computing happens most often when businesses, instead of buying software to run their processes, go on the Internet and pay to use software housed on computers located elsewhere.

Lawmakers this past spring passed a one-year moratorium and called for a study of whether the state should impose its sales tax on cloud computing services.

At a Statehouse session set for Monday afternoon, a special committee set to study the issue is to hear from state tax officials and analysts, as well as from a tax official from Washington state about that state’s experience with levying the tax.

Number of people flying out of Burlington down in October

SOUTH BURLINGTON (AP) -- Passengers flying out of Vermont’s largest airport were down in October by more than 10 percent from the same month a year earlier.

That’s according to statistics released by Burlington International Airport, which says 54,916 people boarded planes there in October. That was down from 61,092 in October of 2011.

The number of passengers flying out of Burlington has been in decline since peaking at more than 708,000 in 2009, with about 648,000 boarding planes at the airport last year.

Man, 22, charged with armed robbery at Keene State

KEENE, N.H. (AP) -- A 22-year-old New Hampshire man has been charged with armed robbery and reckless conduct at Keene State College.

The Keene Police Department says Justin Robinson, of Keene, was arrested Saturday on charges stemming from an incident on campus earlier in the day.

Robinson was taken to jail and being held without bail. He was in custody and couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

He is set to appear in court Monday.

N.H. seeks volunteer fishing instructors

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The deadline is approaching for New Hampshire fishing enthusiasts to sign up as volunteer instructors in the state’s "Let’s Go Fishing" program.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game division is offering free training and certification for volunteers. The deadline for applying to be a volunteer is Tuesday.

Those interested would have to attend a daylong overview training session Dec. 1 at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness.

Volunteers would then have to attend their choice of a basic fishing, fly fishing or ice fishing specialty session.

More information and application forms can be found at

N.H. hunter spared when buckshot hits backpack

PELHAM, N.H. (AP) -- A New Hampshire hunter escaped serious injury when buckshot fired by another hunter struck his backpack.

Police say 27-year-old Russell Raymond, of Derry, was hunting in a wooded area of Pelham on Friday afternoon when a 50-year-old hunter fired his 20-gauge shotgun, striking a backpack that Raymond was wearing.

Raymond suffered minor injuries and was able to walk out of the woods after calling 911. He was treated at Parkland Medical Center in Derry and released.

Stickers to help fund great blue heron survey in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- The Heron Observation Network of Maine says the sale of conservation stickers is going to help pay for a statewide aerial survey of nesting great blue herons.

The network is partnering with Burly Bird, a Maine-based conservation sticker company, to make available for purchase UV-coated vinyl stickers featuring a great blue heron that can be placed on cars, windows, water bottles, coffee mugs, laptops and anywhere else.

Proceeds from the sticker will go toward funding the next aerial survey scheduled for 2015, which will help find new heron colonies in the state.


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