New vehicle inspection rules raise concerns

Some mechanics say the state’s new regulations bring vehicle inspections into the 21st century; others contend the new system they’re being asked to adopt is too costly, gives them too little leeway and puts low-income Vermonters in a bind.

Young legislators have big plans for Vermont

At 23, Rep. Jay Hooper is the elder of two Randolph-area representatives elected last fall. He and Rep. Ben Jickling, 22, both of Brookfield, are eager to learn the ins and outs of Vermont Statehouse politics.

Hartford School Board balks at race committee

Members of the public who pushed for the Hartford Selectboard to formally address race relations in the community say they now plan to set their sights on the School Board, in part because the School Board has indicated it will not participate in the formal process.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock HR head announces exit

(This article by Rick Jurgens was first published in the Valley News on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017.) LEBANON — The exodus of top executives from Dartmouth-Hitchcock continues, with an announcement that today will be Chief Human Resources Officer John Malanowski’s last in that job. An emailed announcement on Thursday by D-H Chief Executive James Weinstein […]

Steinway piano shop totaled by fire

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Firefighters from around the Upper Valley worked well into Thursday night to battle a major fire at Frederick Johnson Pianos in White River Junction. The blaze was reported in the building’s basement shortly after 10 p.m. and slowly spread its way through the structure, illuminating the night sky and filling the […]

Conn. school eyes purchase of Randolph inn, land

Developer Sam Sammis might sell the Three Stallion Inn, the Morgan House and about 600 acres to his alma mater, the all-boys Brunswick School, which would use the property as a satellite campus, according to its headmaster.

Upper Valley educators, boards unsure how to comply with Scott’s school budget request

With the budget process well underway for a Town Meeting Day vote in most towns, many say the new governor had spoken up too late to make the sweeping changes he’s seeking.

AG won’t file charges against Hartford deputy chief

The Attorney General’s Office says there is probable cause for them to believe that Maj. Leonard Roberts physically assaulted his estranged wife, but not enough evidence for a jury conviction. The officer remains on administrative leave while the Hartford Police Department completes its investigation.

Randolph man charged with kidnapping, assault

Kristopher Locke allegedly duped a 17-year-old boy into thinking Locke was in danger and being threatened by a woman.

Suspect in Lebanon church arson rages in court

Suspected arsonist Anthony K. Boisvert, who is also charged with first-degree assault, had more than one disturbing outburst during his video arraignment on Tuesday, including threats to kill and cannibalize family members.

VA nurse from Quechee killed in I-91 crash

(Editor’s note: This article by Tim Camerato was first published in the Valley News on Jan. 4, 2017.) BARTON — Upper Valley nurses are mourning the loss of one of their own after a Quechee surgical nurse was killed in a car crash on Monday. Stacy Bissell, 45, began working in November at the Veterans […]

Shortfall hits $112 million at Dartmouth College

The college looks to trim payroll and boost revenues.

Group works to put anti-NewVista article on town meeting warrants

The Alliance for Vermont Communities was formed to oppose the plan of a Utah man who wants to establish a carbon-neutral, self-sustaining city on 5,000 acres in central Vermont.

Second recount comes out in Ainsworth’s favor by single vote

David Ainsworth, a Royalton Republican, said Rep. Sarah Buxton, D-Tunbridge, his four-time rival, congratulated him after the tally was announced and the two hugged.