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The editor’s pick of some of the best stories of the week from the Barton Chronicle, a highly read weekly newspaper based in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom region.

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Hunters skeptical of state deer count

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by Paul Lefebvre LYNDON — A deer hearing at Lyndon State College last week may have been lightly attended, but it still attracted hunters willing to cross knives with the Department of Fish and Wildlife. “I think the deer herd has plummeted since the departmen... More »

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Lake Region rocks at Parker Pie

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copyright the Chronicle 5-22-13 WEST GLOVER — “It’s different on a lighted stage than on the gym floor,” Jared Wiggett observed Friday night. He was taking a breather on the deck at Parker Pie during a break in a concert called Lake Region Rocks. The stage he ... More »

Prisoners favor new anti-addiction drug

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by Joseph Gresser copyright the Chronicle  5-15-13 NEWPORT — Some inmates at Northern State Correctional Facility here are exploring new frontiers in prison contraband.  In the past month or so, several people have appeared in the Orleans Criminal Division of ... More »

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Lake Region ranked third among Vermont high schools

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by Tena Starr copyright the Chronicle 5-1-13 Lake Region Union High School has been named the third best public high school in Vermont for 2013 by U.S. News and World Report, which annually ranks high schools throughout the country.  Last year it ranked Lake R... More »

News analysis: The high cost of clean power

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by Chris Braithwaite copyright the Chronicle 4-17-2013 BARTON — Solar energy may come to town soon at the Barton Solar Farm at 1603 Glover Road.  A fairly large project at 1.8 megawatts (MW), it would produce the amount of power consumed, on average, by more t... More »

Climate, crime rate draw buyers to the Kingdom

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by Tena Starr copyright the Chronicle 4-10-2013 When Karl Hayden and Jenny Lauer decided to leave Colorado, one of the things they were looking for in a new home was water.  Mr. Hayden worked as supervisor at a pharmaceutical firm, and Ms. Lauer as an administ... More »

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IROC’s champion hasn’t given up hope

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by Tena Starr copyright the Chronicle 4-3-13 NEWPORT — Phil White, IROC’s most visible and stubborn defender, wasn’t particularly anxious to talk about the place on Monday morning.  The night before he’d succumbed to what was pretty much inevitable by then. Fo... More »

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Senate passes weakened wind power bill

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copyright the Chronicle  3-27-13 by Paul Lefebvre MONTPELIER — A legislative push to give towns and regional planning commissions more say in the siting of industrial wind towers appears to be dead, following a preliminary vote here Tuesday in the Senate. The ... More »

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News analysis: A detailed look at the promise of new jobs

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copyright the Chronicle 3-20-13 by Tena Starr The Northeast Kingdom has long been Vermont’s Cinderella stepchild — pretty and poor.  It’s the region with the consistently highest unemployment rates, lower than average wages, arguably best scenery, and a cultur... More »