Champlain, NY, Dec 06, 2013 — Four years ago, state environmental officials made it illegal to burn trash and other waste anywhere in New York. That meant the end of the burn barrel, then a common sight across the countryside. Burn barrels were a major source of cancer-causing dioxin and other toxic chemicals in the air.
The burn ban also meant farmers could no longer burn the agricultural plastics that have become ubiquitous in farming. Trucking them to a landfill is the most common, but expensive, alternative. But more and more farmers are recycling them.
Our ongoing series, Story 2.0, checks back in on stories from the past. Go to full article
Dec 04, 2013 — The F-35, the Air Force's new, expensive fighter jet, has a new home: Burlington, Vermont. In 2020, 18 planes will come to the Vermont Air National Guard base at the Burlington Airport and replace the existing F-16s.
The debate over whether to bring the F-35 to town has divided people in Chittenden County for years. Opponents say noise levels from the plane will adversely affect people who live near the airport, including children and minority populations. Supporters say the plan will keep the Air Guard in the area, provide jobs and spur economic growth. Go to full article
Dec 02, 2013 — MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Vermont will be holding their first public meeting as part of an effort to seek public input on a recently released draft proposal to clean up Lake Champlain.
They first meetings are being held Monday in St. Albans and Swanton. Those meetings will be among six being held in December to discuss a draft proposal to reduce water pollution at the lake and its tributaries. Go to full article
Nov 18, 2013 — FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) _he union representing workers at an upstate New York General Electric plant slated for closure says the company has rejected its concessions. ... Go to full article
Nov 15, 2013 — Over 200 teachers, parents, students, and administrators gathered at SUNY Plattsburgh last night to talk about the new Common Core curriculum and testing in public school.... Go to full article
Nov 06, 2013 — The city of Plattsburgh has a new mayor this morning, with Republican James Calnon taking the seat that was vacated by Mayor Donald Kasprzak, who chose not to run again.... Go to full article
Nov 05, 2013 — Vermont farmer Eric Andrus just completed a major voyage. Andrus built a sail-powered, carbon-neutral cargo barge called the Ceres. He filled it with produce, and sailed it... Go to full article
Oct 31, 2013 — Songs for Halloween, murder ballads and gospel tunes will fill the Whallonsburg Grange Hall on Friday at 7:30 pm. Songs to Celebrate the Day of the Dead will feature... Go to full article