Windham County

Nuclear dismantler touts safety, experience for Vermont job

If Vermont Yankee is sold, Washington, D.C.-based AREVA Nuclear Materials will be in charge of cutting up, packaging and transporting the reactor to a disposal site in Texas.

Windham Southeast gets info, but no Act 46 advice

After the supervisory union asked for help with school merger talks, two state Agency of Education officials visited Wednesday. They answered numerous questions but declined to say how to proceed.

Vermont Yankee buyer seeks ‘reasonable’ deal with state

Though his company faces increasing skepticism, NorthStar Group Services CEO Scott State says it is still committed to purchasing and decommissioning the shut-down Vernon nuclear plant.

Trespass charge dropped against Vermont Yankee activist

Clay Turnbull says he wasn’t doing anything wrong. “If I was trying to pull one over on them, would I have brought my Chihuahua-corgi with me to run around chasing mice?” he says.

Vermont Yankee offers safety assurances as fuel move starts

A spokesman said experience, training, equipment and oversight will allow for the safe transfer of the plant’s spent fuel into more secure storage by the end of next year.

Voting mistake leads to Act 46 do-over in Dover

State officials have discovered that the question put to residents in March included flawed language regarding school closures. A revote has been scheduled for July 11.

New book on Vermont commune links the past and present

Peter Gould’s “Horse-Drawn Yogurt: Stories from Total Loss Farm” aims to reflect timeless truths in an era of “alternative facts.”

Entergy wants to shrink Vermont Yankee security zone

The change would downsize the Vernon nuclear plant’s protected area from 10.5 acres to 1.3 acres and save at least $1.2 million a month, Entergy says. Federal and state regulators are reviewing the request.

New owners plan upgrades at Magic Mountain resort

The Londonderry ski area changed hands a little over six months ago, and the owners have submitted state applications for projects including new lifts and a big snow-making expansion.

Vermont Yankee fuel move into more-secure storage is delayed

Transfer of the plant’s radioactive spent fuel into casks did not begin in April, as had been planned. The move is critical to the plant’s eventual sale.

Historic covered bridge in Townshend reopens after $2.35 million repair

The 147-year-old Scott Covered Bridge still cannot handle vehicular traffic. But it’s open to pedestrians and bikes, and officials say the rehabilitation project saved it from falling into the West River.

Economic summit: Windham and Bennington counties pursue regional cooperation

Bill Colvin, of the Bennington County Regional Commission, who led the panel, said he doesn’t want to wait for a detailed plan to begin implementing regional approaches.

Strolling of the Heifers changes course to aid economic growth

The annual Brattleboro event will supplement jaywalking cows with a free Slow Living Summit on “Entrepreneur to Table: Growing Your Conscious Food and Ag Business.”

Experts offer analysis of southern Vermont economic issues

Two economists said the region’s workforce and demographic problems are shared by rural areas nationwide. But some believe regional cooperation could be a solution.