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Volume 44, Number 02
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a year in Review: 2014
The Mountain Times reviews the past 52 weeks by highlighting some of the most important news stories of the year, locally and nationally.
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Frigid days and
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day barely getting out of the teens, and most nights reach- ing only single digits. There is a chance of snow on Friday.
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legislative votes for governor,
Thursday
By Anne Galloway, VTDigger.org
On Thursday, Jan. 8, lawmak- ers will cast secret ballots to elect the new governor. Neither Scott Milne, the Republican candidate, nor incumbent governor Shumlin received more than 50 percent of the vote on Election Day, and under the Vermont constitution, the Legislature must now decide.
Legislators have traditionally supported the top vote-getter, Shumlin said. But he says he is not lobbying lawmakers to vote for him on Jan. 8.
Milne has said he hopes the overwhelmingly Democratic Legislature will support his bid for governor.
Milne’s supporters an- nounced on Monday, Dec.
29, that they are launching television ads and a grassroots campaign to urge lawmakers to support the Republican can- didate. Shumlin beat Milne by fewer than 2,400 votes. Milne did not ask for a recount, nor has he conceded the race.
A new advocacy group, Vermonters for Honest Gov- ernment, led by Bill Round, a retired U.S. Navy captain, hopes to persuade lawmakers to
vote for Milne because he says Shumlin is not fit to continue in office.
Round is running television ads on WPTZ, WCAX and Local 22. He is also organizing vol- unteers who will be pressuring lawmakers to vote for Milne.
Round says legislators should vote against Shumlin because “he’s promised a lot and failed to deliver.” The issues the retired Newport Center resi- dent is most exercised about include “skyrocketing” property taxes, “out of control” educa- tion spending and state budget deficits.
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The K1 Gondola at Killington Resort carries skiers and riders to the peak. outdoor enthusiasts are en- couraged to bundle up as temperatures stay well below freezing this week.
Precautions urged in the extreme cold
The National Weather Service is warning of extremely cold tem- peratures for much of this week. Wind chills will be below zero at times and could be colder than 20 degrees below zero Wednesday night into Thursday. Those temperatures have the potential to pose a danger to health and property, police report.
Some steps to take to keep yourself, your family, your pets, and any elderly or homebound neighbors safe during cold weather include: monitoring weather reports; checking with elderly or disabled relatives, neighbors, and friends to ensure their safety; minimizing outside activities for people and pets; and dressing in several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, rather than a single layer of heavy clothing. Experts recommend outer garments be tightly woven and water repellent. Wear a hat, mittens and sturdy waterproof boots, protecting your extremities. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs, they say.
Excessive exposure can lead to frostbite, which is damaging to body tissue that is frozen. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and a pale appearance in extremities, such as fingers, toes, ear lobes or the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, seek medical help immediately. Slowly warm the affected areas as you await medical assistance.
Hypothermia can occur in extreme cases. The warning signs are
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Photo by Paul Holmes
Be prepared: state officials recommend creating a winter emergency kit
Kits are especially impor- tant when driving in rural areas. State officials recom- mend keeping the following basics in the trunk of your car:
• Blankets
• Extra clothing
• Flashlight with extra
batteries
• A can and waterproof
matches (to melt snow
for drinking water)
• Non-perishable foods
• Windshield scraper
and brush
• Shovel
• Sand
• Tow rope
• Jumper cables
• Emergency contacts
Vermont minimum wage increased January 1
weather:
makes $18,150 a year. The minimum wage rate increase boosts annual wages by $900 in 2015. The phased-in rate increases over the next three years amount to a $3,100 annual raise.
Tippedrestaurantworkerswillalsoseea 35 cent raise, bringing their hourly wage up to $4.58 per hour.
About 18,000 Vermonters earn minimum wage, and the higher 2015 rate will gener-
ate an estimated $4.3 million in consumer spending, according to the Economic Policy Institute.
Vermont is one of 20 states that raised the minimumwagein2015.
The federal minimum wage rate has not kept pace with inflation. The current level na- tionally is $7.25 per hour. The rate for tipped wage earners is $2.13 an hour.
By Anne Galloway, VTDigger.org
The minimum wage in Vermont went up by 42 cents from $8.73 per hour to $9.15 per hour on Jan. 1.
The rate is set to increase again in 2016 to $9.60anhour,to$10anhourin2017and to $10.50 an hour in 2018. In subsequent years, the minimum wage will go up by the rate of inflation, based on the consumer price index.
A full time minimum wage worker now
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