Nina Keck

Reporter

Nina has been reporting for VPR since 1996, primarily focusing on the Rutland area. An experienced journalist, Nina covered international and national news for seven years with the Voice of America. She has also served as a foreign correspondent in Germany, for both the VOA and Marketplace. She began her career at Wisconsin Public Radio. Nina has been honored with two national Edward R. Murrow Awards.  In 2006, she won for her investigative reporting on VPR and in 2009 she won for her use of sound.

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VPR News
5:01 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Vermont Sees Case Of Unusual Hantavirus

The deer mouse helps spread Hantavirus to humans.
John Good National Park Service

The State Health Department is reporting that someone contracted Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome while visiting Vermont last month.

The out-of-state resident who became ill was most likely exposed to mice droppings while cleaning up a seasonal home. The person, who was not named, has since recovered.

Hantavirus is a serious respiratory disease that causes fatigue, fever, headaches, muscle aches, coughing and shortness of breath. Roughly one third of people who get the virus die from it.

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Arts & Culture
5:30 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Flowers, Whales And Brilliant Blues: New Murals Color Rutland Skyline

Kathryn Palmer-Wiegers' mural adds brilliant color to the side of Green Mountain Power's Energy Innovation Center.
Courtesy

It’s hard to miss a painting that’s more than three stories high. In Rutland, a growing number of over-sized murals are coloring the downtown skyline.

Persi Narvaez’s painted his first Rutland mural, a bright yellow splash of food and flowers, two years ago. He just finished his second, even larger work this month.  This one in brilliant blue highlights the city’s architecture.    

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VPR News
5:30 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Family Says Foster Child Trashed Their Home Yet State Won't Pay For Repairs

Rutland Attoreny Karl Anderson holds letters and emails that he says show Vermont's Department for Children and Families failed to adequately reimburse his client, Debra Stewart, for more than $90,000 worth of damage allegedly caused by a foster child.
Nina Keck VPR

A foster family in the Northeast Kingdom says Vermont’s Department for Children and Families didn’t adequately warn them about the violent and destructive nature of a child they took into their home. The family says the boy caused more than $90,000 in damages over a ten month period, yet they allege the state reneged on its promise to pay for repairs.

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VPR News
3:28 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Concert To Raise Money To Fight Drug Addiction

A group of Vermonters trying to combat the negative impact of drug addiction is putting on a benefit concert at the Vermont State Fair Sunday to raise money for three organizations tackling addiction head on.

They call themselves Vermonters for Vermonters, and about two dozen volunteer members met recently at a Rutland church to work out last minute details for Sunday’s concert.  

Quechee singer and songwriter Joey Leone founded the group and will be one of several musicians performing.   

Other acts include: Jeremy Graham, Ashley Buchart and Bow Thayer.

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VPR News
10:01 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Three Years After Irene, Brandon Residents Want Town Office And Park Fixed

The spot where the Brandon House of Pizza used to be is now barricaded and many say the concrete-enclosed gap is an eyesore that's taking too long to fix.
Nina Keck VPR

In downtown Brandon, the Neshobe River flows over a waterfall and under several historic buildings, including the town office. During Tropical Storm Irene the river raged up and through those buildings.

Three years later, several flooded businesses have come back stronger than ever. Yet the town office and nearby park remain closed, frustrating many in the community.

Inside the Brandon House of Pizza, the exhaust fans hum as owner Sheila Gearwar slides a just-assembled pie into the oven. 

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VPR News
5:30 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Brandon Hopes Fifth Times A Charm With Budget Vote

Brandon's town office sits closed and empty. Flooded during Irene, the building has been closed ever since. Costs from the storm have helped create Brandon's current budget impasse. Residents will vote on their budget for the 5th time Tuesday.
Nina Keck VPR

For Brandon residents Tuesday’s budget vote may feel like déjà vu all over again. While the town’s school budget passed after only two votes, tomorrow will be the fifth time townspeople weigh in on Brandon's municipal budget. 

Sheila Gearwar owns a local restaurant and says being the only town in Vermont without a budget is not a title she likes. “I am frustrated. I believe we’re making the cuts in the wrong places.”

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VPR News
6:14 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Thanks, Jim - Vermont Says Goodbye To Jim Jeffords

Former Governor Jim Douglas speaks at funeral Friday for Senator Jim Jeffords.
Nina Keck VPR

Hundreds gathered at Rutland’s Grace Congregational Church today to say goodbye to Jim Jeffords, who died Monday at age 80.

Vermont’s Congressional delegation stood alongside family, friends and neighbors to celebrate Jeffords' political contributions, his military service and what nearly all described an extraordinary life of service.

Jeffords' flag draped coffin stood just in front of the altar surrounded by flowers and the voices of the Grace Church choir.

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VPR News
9:16 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Snow Gun Exchange Expected To Save Vermont Ski Resorts Millions

Dave Lacombe, head of snowmaking at Killington, says new more efficient snowguns, lik the one he's standing under, will help the resort save hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in utility costs.
Nina Keck VPR

This summer Vermont ski resorts are investing millions to upgrade their snowmaking equipment, thanks in part to an innovative rebate offer from Efficiency Vermont. The snow gun exchange program is expected to help the state’s ski industry reduce carbon emissions and save $2 million a year in energy costs.

Killington is one of about 15 participating resorts. 

On a recent visit, the resort's snow making control center was quiet. But in a few months, foreman Steve Reynolds pointed to a bank of computer screens he said would be humming.

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The Frequency
11:11 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Former Senator Jim Jeffords Dead At 80

In 2001, Jim Jeffords separated from the Republican party, taking away the GOP majority in the Senate.
Toby Talbot AP File Photo

Former Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords has died. A lifelong moderate Republican, Jeffords earned national fame in May 2001 when he abandoned his party and became an independent, single-handedly shifting the balance of power in the Senate.

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VPR News
5:57 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Innovative Solar Farm To Be Built On Rutland Landfill

Green Mountain Power President Mary Powell stands with Governor Peter Shumlin, Rutland Mayor Chris Louras and others to announce the groundbreaking of a new $10 million solar farm being constructed on a Rutland landfill.
Nina Keck

Green Mountain Power broke ground in Rutland Tuesday on a new $10 million solar project that the utility says will not only generate clean energy, but also provide emergency back up power to parts of the city when needed.

Solar arrays are sprouting up all over Rutland County and some of the larger ones have generated a fair amount of controversy and criticism.

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