Charlotte Albright

Commentator

Charlotte Albright lives in Lyndonville and currently works in the Office of Communication at Dartmouth College. She was a VPR reporter from 2012 - 2015, covering the Upper Valley and the Northeast Kingdom. Prior to that she freelanced for VPR for several years.

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Newport Police report they took two suspects into custody after an armed standoff. Newport Police Chief Seth DiSanto said at a press conference that a 36-year-old Newport resident called 911 early this morning to report there were "over 400 police officers outside his residence attempting to attack him."

Updated 4:17 p.m.: Orleans County State's Attorney Alan Franklin said 36-year-old Derick Niles was the suspect on the roof of his garage earlier today.

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Vermont’s tourist industry is gearing up for the lucrative fall foliage season, and state officials are collaborating on new ways to help visitors plan color-filled vacations.

Not many states encourage a high level bureaucrat to leave his office and hit the dirt roads, looking for the first yellow and red leaves. But that’s how a blue-jeaned Mike Snyder, Commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation is spending some of these early autumn afternoons.

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A drug nicknamed “Molly” that has been showing up at music concerts and on college campuses this fall is also turning up locally.  

Short for “molecule,” “Molly” includes the ingredient found in the club drug Ecstasy, but it can also contain other substances that make a dangerous mix.

Users say it is easy to get, relatively cheap,  and makes them euphoric and energetic.

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The Vermont Legislature has a challenging assignment for schools this fall. By January, a working group of educators must decide how to implement a new law requiring secondary students to design “personal learning plans.” The aim is to match schooling  with a student’s career goals.

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A recent Vermont Superior Court ruling has raised questions about whether US Border Patrol agents may detain motorists without explanation while waiting for state or local law enforcers to arrive on the scene.

And it’s not the only case to test that authority.

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A plan to place a mixed-use development at the exit of Interstate 89 near Quechee has been rejected by a District Environmental Commission, but the developer says he will appeal that decision. The Commission’s ACT 250 ruling is at odds with approval granted by the town of Hartford.

Three people, including a Dartmouth student, have been arrested following a drug raid by the Hartford Police Department on September 2.

Police say they found a substantial amount of cocaine, mushrooms, LSD, ecstasy, marijuana, and evidence of drug manufacturing at a home on Sykes Mountain Avenue.

Dartmouth student 23-year-old Ebaa Abdelfadeel, originally from Amherst, New York, was arrested along with 23-year-old Daniel Roberts for possession of a felony amount of cocaine and intent to distribute.

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Labor Day weekend  is traditionally a season finale for drive-in movie theaters. But at least two in Vermont could close for good. The movie industry will stop distributing 35 millimeter  films in January, and move into digital production.  But the cost of digital projectors is through the roof for most small drive-ins, including the Fairlee Drive-In on Route 5.

At about six every night during  the summer, Peter Trapp drives from his farm in Piermont, New Hampshire to the Fairlee theater next to a motel he also owns.

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Staffers at Dog Mountain in St. Johnsbury, a gallery and chapel for dog lovers, have been  working hard all summer to keep the business going. It hasn’t been easy to carry on after the two founders took their own lives, but the future looks brighter now. 

Stephen Huneck, artist and founder of Dog Mountain, committed suicide in 2010, and his wife Gwen did the same earlier this summer. But visitors are still showing up at the pastoral compound,  many with dogs.

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Two years ago, as Tropical Storm Irene battered Vermont, scores of people gathered near Woodstock, at the Taftsville Bridge, hoping that the bridge would survive. It didn’t fall into the Ottauquechee River, but it was badly damaged. So were two other bridges in the Upper Valley, which was among the areas hardest hit by the storm.

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Reporters, including many who’ve been covering Vermont Yankee for decades, showed up at Tuesday’s press conference at company headquarters in Brattleboro with slightly stunned expressions.

The media room at the offices of Vermont Yankee on the outskirts of Brattleboro has seen hundreds of press conferences, but none—in 41 years—quite like this one.

Police cruisers were parked outside. The media door was locked until shortly before three serious top officials from the Entergy Corporation sat down at a nondescript table.

As more and more medical information is shared on mobile devices and cloud-based services, a research team from Dartmouth is researching ways to safeguard that personal data.

The state has decided to allow re-construction of a bridge in Lyndonville that is perilously close to falling into the Passumpsic River.

Barry Cahoon, River Engineer for the Agency of Natural Resources, visited the site Thursday morning to survey damage that’s been done to the Sanborn Bridge during decades of storms and deferred maintenance.

A former town manager of St. Johnsbury has a lost a major round in his battle to get his job back, but he plans to take his case to the Vermont Supreme Court.

St. Johnsbury hired Ralph Nelson, a former Major League Baseball executive, as town manager in August, 2010.

Less than two years later, the select board fired him, and took his laptop, which Nelson’s lawsuit says invaded his privacy. Nelson has been fighting to get his job back, relying on a state law setting out the terms for a town manager’s employment by a select board.

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Farmers from Vermont and New Hampshire spoke out today against  new food safety rules being implemented by the FDA. Many at the public hearing in Hanover told FDA officials that the rules are unnecessary and burdensome.

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The cash-strapped Woodstock Union Arena, a popular sports complex owned by the High School, has received a short term reprieve that will allow it to stay open. 

Woodstock resident Greg Camp says the arena, which includes a popular hockey rink, is a valuable magnet for families living in Woodstock, moving there, or tuitioning their children to its schools.

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In our series, “Burned Out, Vermont’s Apartment Fires,” we looked at some major fires that displaced tenants. We also learned how landlords are required, or, in some cases, merely advised, to make their buildings as fire-proof as possible.

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An historic covered bridge in Caledonia County is in such terrible shape that bridge experts fear it will soon collapse. The private owners have made repairs over the years but can’t afford to save it now, so a preservation group is hoping  to step in.

The iconic Sanborn bridge, once known as the Centre bridge,  stands at the intersection of Routes 5 and 114 near a welcome sign into Lyndonville, which calls itself “The Covered Bridge Capital of the Northeast Kingdom.”

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The problem of summer hunger is a vexing one for kids who rely on free school lunch program during the school year. One in five Vermont children are frequently hungry because their parents cannot afford enough food. At the same time, advocates say elderly Vermonters can also suffer from poor nutrition for lack of resources.

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Norwich residents who depend on the town water system are still being asked to conserve water until further notice, following a fire last week at the pump house.

The call about the blaze came to Norwich's water distribution manager, Sam Eaton, around 3 a.m. Wednesday, August 7.  He was a little skeptical at first.

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