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Freestylers compete for $25,000 at Killington
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December 21, 2016

Freestylers compete for $25,000 at Killington

KILLINGTON—Snowy conditions prevailed this past Saturday afternoon and evening at Killington Resort as a full roster of skiers and snowboarders competed in the annual Rails 2 Riches rail jam. The competition took place on lower Bunny Buster with a $25,000 cash purse up for grabs….

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December 21, 2016

Executive order gives “green” biz preference in state bids

An Executive Order signed by Gov. Peter Shumlin that gives businesses fighting climate change preference in the state contracting process has been finalized. The new policy applies to any contract over $25,000, which captures at least 97 percent of state contracting dollars. The state of Vermont…

New lift starts spinning at Suicide Six
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December 21, 2016

New lift starts spinning at Suicide Six

By Evan Johnson

POMFRET — As skiers return to Suicide Six for the 2016-2017 ski season, they’ll be riding a newly installed Leitner-Poma chairlift to the top. On Monday, Dec. 19, longtime skiers and resort management gathered to cut a ribbon on the new lift…

Okemo shares game plan for holiday
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December 21, 2016

Okemo shares game plan for holiday

By Karen D. Lorentz

While Mother Nature has been kind of late with some steady small snowfalls, ski resorts don’t take anything for granted. Okemo has already received 30 inches of natural snow and, combined with round-the-clock snowmaking, had 60 trails on the main mountain,…

Snowguns anticipate Winter Solstice
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December 21, 2016

Snowguns anticipate Winter Solstice

By Karen Lorentz

In the days before climate change, the weather was colder and it snowed more before winter’s official opening date of Dec. 21. But for many years now, early-season temperatures have vacillated wildly and snowfalls have been anything but reliable, so ski areas…

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December 21, 2016

Vt. electors pick Clinton amid protests

By Erin Mansfield, VTDigger

Vermont’s three representatives to the Electoral College formally cast their votes Monday, Dec. 17, for Hillary Clinton to be president. Scores of protesters attended the event at the Statehouse. They oppose the nation’s Electoral College and say the U.S. president should…

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December 21, 2016

Tattersall reflects on 21 years downtown

By Julia Purdy

RUTLAND—The word is out: Tattersall’s Clothing & Accessories, 96 Merchants Row, will close its doors in mid-January after 21 years in its current location. Owner Christine Tattersall told the Mountain Times that she has tried to promote the sale of the business…

Barstow Memorial School caps year with holiday celebrations
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December 21, 2016

Barstow Memorial School caps year with holiday celebrations

CHITTENDEN—The holidays are a time for traditions, and at Barstow Memorial School, this holds fast. With one tradition added just last year, a thematic door decorating contest, students and staff are able to creatively express themselves, work within their classes to construct their works of…

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December 21, 2016

Fire damages dorm

CASTLETON—Firefighters from Castleton and Poultney responded to a reported structure fire at Castleton University in the Adams dormitory building located off South St. on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 15. Initial alarm activation in the building was followed up with 911 calls for an active fire on…

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December 21, 2016

Think tank measures Vermont’s tech economy

While policy discussions about technology and innovation issues often focus narrowly on iconic places like Silicon Valley, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) reported in a new study that high-tech innovation plays a large role in the Vermont economy. The Washington, D.C.-based think tank…