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Chairlift at Haystack. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/49727137@N03/4561305577/">Joseph Leotta</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Chairlift at Haystack. Photo: Joseph Leotta, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont ski area reopens as private resort

WILMINGTON, Vt. (AP) Vermont's former Haystack ski area in Wilmington has reopened as a private ski club.

The Hermitage Club is now a four-season private club that includes skiing on Haystack Mountain. It opened for the season last month.  Go to full article
Past flooding along the Salmon River  in Malone, NY. Photo: Franklin County Emergency Services
Past flooding along the Salmon River in Malone, NY. Photo: Franklin County Emergency Services

Upstate NY getting warm-up, rain after deep freeze

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The National Weather Service has issued flood watches for this weekend most of New York state as temperatures rise just days after some upstate areas received up to five feet of snow.  Go to full article
National Grid using my backyard as a fix-it shop. Photo: David Sommerstein.
National Grid using my backyard as a fix-it shop. Photo: David Sommerstein.

NY power grid meets new record electrical demand

RENSSLEAR, N.Y. (AP) The operators of New York state's power grid say the system has successfully met a new record peak winter demand for electricity resulting from this week's arctic weather conditions.

The New York Independent System Operator said Thursday that electricity demand hit a winter record high of 25,738 megawatts on Tuesday evening. The old record was 25,541 megawatts on Dec. 20, 2004.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50546088@N00/7212923168/">Chris Barker</a>, Creative Commons, Some rights reserved.
Photo: Chris Barker, Creative Commons, Some rights reserved.

NY school lunch yogurt pilot program expanded

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Based on the success of a three-month pilot program in New York and three other states, officials say the U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided to expand a program adding Greek yogurt to school lunches.

Sen. Charles Schumer on Thursday said participating schools in New York, Tennessee, Idaho and Arizona consumed 200,000 pounds of Chobani Greek yogurt during the three-month pilot program last fall. Chobani is made in New York, which leads the U.S. in Greek yogurt production.  Go to full article
North Congregational Church, St. Johnsbury, VT. Photo: <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/34674104@N02/504064943/">Dominic Labbe</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
North Congregational Church, St. Johnsbury, VT. Photo: Dominic Labbe, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont community discusses prescription drug abuse

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) Community members in the Vermont town of St. Johnsbury are holding a forum on prescription drug abuse.

The forum on Tuesday night is inspired by Barnet filmmaker Bess O'Brien's documentary "The Hungry Heart," which profiles recovering addicts in St. Albans.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/53627445@N06/6201657004/">West Annex News</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: West Annex News, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Toronto mayor backs pot decriminalization

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is weighing in on another hot topic. He told a U.S.-based radio talk show today that Canada's government should decriminalize marijuana but he doesn't think it will happen.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Karen DeWitt.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Karen DeWitt.

Cuomo wants tougher NY bribery law

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants to make it easier to convict public officials of bribery, as well as those who seek to buy their influence.

Under current law, prosecutors must prove the person paying the bribe and the official receiving it have an illicit agreement.  Go to full article
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Photo: epSos.de, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cuomo proposes tougher driving laws

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed two tough new measures intended to keep dangerous drivers off the road by taking their licenses.

In his State of the State address, the Cuomo said he wants a one-year license suspension for anyone under 21 caught texting while driving.  Go to full article
Photo: Carl Heilman, courtesy Adirondack Nature Conservancy
Photo: Carl Heilman, courtesy Adirondack Nature Conservancy

NY parks advocacy group applauds Cuomo's '14 plans

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The people who advocate for New York's system of parks and trails are liking what they heard during Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address.

The governor said during his speech Wednesday at the state Capitol that he'll make the revitalization of New York's park system a continuing priority to attract new visitors in 2014. Cuomo also unveiled the "I Love NY" tourism smartphone app that provides geographically targeted tourism, recreation, lodging and dining options in every region of the state.  Go to full article
Vermont Governor Peter SHumlin. Photo: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Peter_Shumlin_2010.jpg">Hokeful</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Vermont Governor Peter SHumlin. Photo: Hokeful, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont Gov. Shumlin offers responses to heroin threat

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says heroin and addiction to opium-based drugs has grown into a full-blown crisis in the state.

Shumlin said during his state-of-the state speech Wednesday that the number of people seeking heroin treatment in Vermont has grown 250 percent since 2000 and it's up 40 percent in the last year.  Go to full article

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