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
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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VPR News
4:55 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Rutland Talent On Display In 'Les Miserables'

Paramount Theatre

Well-known Rutland area music director Rip Jackson says he’s pulling out all the stops for his upcoming production of Les Miserables, which opens Thursday night.

At a recent rehearsal at Rutland’s Grace Congregational Church, the eyes of 55 singers and 23 musicians were laser focused on Jackson, who’s directed scores of productions over the years, from early renaissance choral music and Leonard Bernstein’s Mass to Jesus Christ Superstar and Miss Saigon.

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VPR News
5:45 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Rutland Methadone Clinic Sees Success, But Also Some Tension With Other Agencies

Rutland's West Ridge Center for Addiction Recovery in Rutland is seeing 350 patients and hopes to reach 400 by the end of the year.
Nina Keck VPR

West Ridge Center for Addiction Recovery, more commonly known as Rutland’s methadone clinic, opened last November amid high hopes that it would help ease the city’s growing heroin problem. Clinic officials say they’re currently serving about 350 patients and should have no trouble meeting their goal of 400 by the end of the year.

Rutland Police Chief Jim Baker believes the clinic is part of the reason the city has seen a 24 percent drop in the calls for police services in the first six months of this year.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

New Interim Director At Rutland DCF Works To Restore Trust

Lynne Klamm is the new interim director of the Rutland district office of the Department for Children and Families.
Nina Keck VPR

The Rutland district office of the Department for Children and Families has come under intense scrutiny following the death of a Poultney toddler in February.

The office now has a new interim director, Lynne Klamm, who says keeping kids in the community safe is her number one priority. 

But with several investigations pending, she says providing stability to her staff and rebuilding trust within the community are also vital in moving the troubled agency forward. 

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VPR News
6:28 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Soccer Fans Savor World Cup On Big Screen At Rutland's Paramount

Brazil's World Cup team fills the huge high definition screen at Rutland's Paramount Theatre Tuesday. About 100 fans watched Germany rout Brazil 7-1 in a stunning semi-final.
Nina Keck VPR

While many soccer fans have been shouting at their televisions from the comfort of their living rooms, hundreds of World Cup enthusiasts have been watching recent matches in high definition on a 30-by-24 foot screen at Rutland’s Paramount Theatre.

Bruce Bouchard, director of the Paramount, said they installed their high definition projection equipment last year initially to show the Metropolitan Opera. 

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VPR News
6:10 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Rutland Awarded $1.25 Million To Clean Up Blight And Boost Homeownership

Demolition equipment tears down a vacant apartment building in Rutland's northwest neighborhood. City officials announced a new $1.25 million effort to remove blighted properties and replace them with single family homes and green space.
Nina Keck VPR

It’s not often that a press conference includes tearing down a building. But city and state officials gathered in Rutland Monday to demolish the first of a number of blighted properties in the city’s northwest neighborhood. The event kicks off a $1.25 million renewal project aimed at boosting property values, lowering crime and encouraging homeownership.

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VPR News
9:00 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Castleton Crackers Wins Top Food Award

Whitney Lamy, founder of Castleton Crackers and Ric Woods (l), Head Cheesemaker at Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company pose with Chef Dominique Ansel who hosted the sofi specialty food awards, June 30th in New York City.
photo provided

For an actor there are few honors bigger than the Oscar. For a gourmet salsa or fine chocolate, the “sofi” is the award that gets the red carpet treatment. Sofi stands for specialty outstanding food innovation and Castleton Crackers was one of several Vermont food products to win the coveted prize.

Whitney Lamy began selling her homemade crackers in hand lettered brown paper bags at the Rutland Farmer’s market in 2008.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Rutland Putting History A Click Away

Volunteers Mickey Kelly and Clifford Griffin scan original civil war documents at the Rutland Historical Sciety.
Nina Keck VPR

If you want to find out about your family history, there’s a lot of info on the web. But if the ancestral homestead or the great great grandparents you’re researching were in Vermont, chances are any photographs or documents will not be just a computer click away.

But a group of volunteers in Rutland is trying to change that and make their city’s history accessible anywhere.

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