Jay Peak tram won’t be repaired until next spring

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copyright the Chronicle June 8, 2016

by Joseph Gresser

The state has ordered that the tram at Jay Peak be shut down until critical repairs are made. And the only company that can do the work has said Jay must wait until April of next year for the upgrade work.

The area’s main lift needs immediate attention, and that means lots of money, Michael Goldberg, the receiver for Jay Peak Resort, Burke Mountain Resort, and the other businesses owned and run by Ariel Quiros, told U.S. District Judge Darrin Gayles in a ten-page motion on June 1.

Judge Gayles, who appointed Mr. Goldberg, is presiding over a civil suit filed against Mr. Quiros, Bill Stenger, former president of Jay Peak, and their associated network of companies. The suit was filed by the federal Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in U.S. Court…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Mayor’s veto of free test water meters is overridden

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copyright the Chronicle June 8, 2016

by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT — Mayor Paul Monette vetoed a city council decision Monday not to charge 100 or so residents for water meters installed by the city in 2010 as a test of usage levels. Aldermen Jacques Roberge, Steven Vincent, and Neil Morrissette voted in favor of a new policy of giving meters to the test group at the council’s May 16 meeting.

They confirmed their decision after some testy argument by overriding the mayor’s veto at Monday’s council meeting. As he did in the first vote, Alderman John Wilson cast his vote against the policy.

Mr. Roberge brought up the proposal at the May 16 meeting and told council members he had done considerable research…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Quiros allowed $15,000 a month for expenses

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copyright the Chronicle June 1, 2016

by Joseph Gresser

U.S. District Court Judge Darrin Gayles granted, in part, Ariel Quiros’ request for money to pay legal fees and living expenses last week. The same day Mr. Quiros, the owner of Jay Peak and Burke Mountain resorts, and the federal Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) appeared to argue whether his assets and companies should be placed under a receivership.

Mr. Quiros’ assets were frozen and placed under the control of a receiver in April after he and Bill Stenger, former president of Jay Peak, were charged by the SEC with civil offenses including mishandling, comingling, and, in the case of Mr. Quiros, misappropriating about $200-million.

The money was invested in hotels and other projects at Jay Peak and Burke Mountain and in a biomedical facility in Newport by foreigners who hoped to gain permanent residency status through the federal EB-5 visa program…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Two killed in West Charleston car crash

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copyright the Chronicle June 1, 2016

Two people were killed in a car crash in West Charleston Sunday
afternoon.

Esperanza Robles, 29, of Derby Line and Ryan Coulter, 26, of Newport were thrown from a 1994 Honda Prelude operated by Joshua Cole, 30, of Derby when the car hit a big tree, State Police said.

A press release from Sergeant Sean Selby says that both speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in the accident, which occurred at about 4:40 p.m.

No one was wearing a seatbelt, and all three passengers were thrown out of the vehicle.

The Honda was westbound on Route 105 at the intersection with the Fontaine Road. After exiting a sharp corner, it went off the north side of Route 105, Sergeant Selby said.

Mr. Cole suffered head injuries, police said, and Amanda Letourneau, 27, of East Charleston suffered serious head and leg injuries.…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Dairy Air plans single turbine wind project

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copyright the Chronicle June 1, 2016

by Elizabeth Trail

HOLLAND — The Public Service Board awarded Dairy Air Wind, LLC, in Holland a long-term contract on May 27 to sell about 6,000,000 kilowatt hours of power a year to Vermont utilities.

That puts dairy farmer Brian Champney a step closer to his longstanding hope of producing wind power on a hayfield on his 600-acre farm north of the school and town clerk’s office here.

That’s enough to power 2,000 to 2,500 homes, Mr. Champney said.

The power will be produced by a single 2.2-megawatt wind turbine in the center of the Champney family farm.

Mr. Champney’s house is about 2,000 to 2,500 feet from where the turbine will stand, he said. It’s right in the center of the family farm, on land belonging to his mother, Linda Champney.

“I’m going to be the closest one,” he said Tuesday…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Coventry Select Board — Cats are out of the community center

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copyright the Chronicle June 1, 2016

by Elizabeth Trail

The cats are gone from the upstairs of the Coventry Community Center.

While touring the building to plan repairs and maintenance during the regular select board meeting on May 23, board members discovered cats living in an unused room upstairs in the community center building.

Town Clerk and Treasurer Cynthia Diaz was given until the weekend to get rid of the cats. A special meeting was called for Thursday, May 26, to discuss the
condition of the building and make a list of repairs.

The cats were strays that she had rescued, Ms. Diaz said…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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At NCUHS: Board won’t hire a principal

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copyright the Chronicle May 25, 2016 

by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT — North Country Union High School will do without a principal next year. The board decided not to hire its most recent candidate, Chris Smith, after a lengthy meeting held in executive session Monday evening.

According to North Country Supervisory Union Superintendent John Castle, the board had come up with an option it could put in place if a new principal could not be found by the end of the current school year.

It calls for assistant principals Anita Mayhew and Bob Davis and Director of Special Programs Jessica Puckett to share responsibility for the day-to-day management of the school during the 2016-2017 school year, Mr. Castle said. They will assume their new roles on July 1.

Mr. Castle said he and the board members will work together before the board’s June meeting to define each administrator’s job.

Before making their decision, the board and several parents met Chris Smith, a finalist…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Meth lab discovered in Barton

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copyright the Chronicle May 25, 2016

by Tena Starr

BARTON — Police were taking no chances Saturday at a meth lab found at a Barton home on Cottage Lane between the Crystal Lake state beach and St. Paul’s school. A hazardous materials unit, as well as a clandestine lab team, were at the scene, with both Barton Ambulance and the Barton Fire Department standing by in case of an accident. For much of the afternoon, workers in bulky hazmat suits cleared the building of the volatile chemicals used in making methamphetamine.

On Monday, Terry A. Parson Jr., 33, was charged with both possession and sale of meth, the latter a felony. He pled innocent in the Criminal Division of Orleans County Superior Court and is being held on $100,000 bail.

The Northern Vermont Drug Task Force started an investigation into the distribution of meth in Orleans County late this month. The target was Mr. Parson, court records say. The investigation involved what police call a “source of information” and a “cooperating individual,”…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Fletcher sentenced to 15 months for ambulance embezzlement

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copyright the Chronicle May 25, 2016 

by Joseph Gresser

In June of last year, Amy C. Fletcher, 45, of Derby Line admitted to embezzling almost $290,000 from the Derby Line Ambulance (DLA). The former secretary, treasurer, and bookkeeper of the emergency squad pled guilty to wire fraud and tax evasion in U.S. District Court in Burlington.

On May 19 of this year federal Judge Garvan Murtha sentenced Ms. Fletcher to serve a 15-month prison term and pay $289,864 in restitution to the ambulance corps.

David Sleigh, Ms. Fletcher’s lawyer, tried to persuade Judge Murtha to impose a sentence that did not include time behind bars, a press release…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Barton Village Trustees: Water rates come up again

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copyright the Chronicle May 25, 2016

by Elizabeth Trail

BARTON — Water rates at the nonprofit Barton Chambers Apartments have gone up an average of 48 percent, said Gary Marcotte, the manager of the four apartment buildings.

Mr. Marcotte paid a visit to the Barton Village Trustees at their Monday night meeting to show them a chart he had prepared comparing water usage and water costs for the apartments between last year and this year.

“The rate concept is flawed,” Mr. Marcotte said.

The Barton Chambers Apartments are for low-income and senior citizens. Rents are set by Rural Development, based on income, and utilities are paid by Rural Development rather than by individual residents.

Rural Development set its rates last fall before Barton Village raised its water and electric rates, Mr. Marcotte said.

Between water and electricity, which also went up by 18 percent in December, Mr. Marcotte expects it to cost about $15,000 extra…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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