Northeast Kingdom

Attorney General TJ Donovan says a lawsuit filed against the state of Vermont, for its alleged role in EB-5 frauds in the Northeast Kingdom, is without merit.
Oliver Parini / VPR file

Attorney General TJ Donovan is asking a judge to dismiss a civil lawsuit that seeks to hold the state of Vermont liable for its failure to stop alleged EB-5 frauds in the Northeast Kingdom.

Beachgoers enjoy a summer day at Lake Willoughby's clothing-optional Southwest Cove. Many regulars here feel changes proposed by the state could spoil this secluded getaway.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation has some changes planned for the trails and beaches at the south end of Lake Willoughby. But not everyone believes those changes will be improvements.

The Tram Haus Lodge at Jay Peak was one project invested in by foreign investors through the EB-5 program. In an Aug. 14 letter, the federal government said it plans to shut down the "Vermont Regional Center" that oversees the EB-5 program.
Angela Evancie / VPR File

In June, the victims of one of the largest alleged frauds in state history filed a lawsuit against the state of Vermont. Last week, their case might have gotten a boost from an unlikely ally: the federal government.

Children and parents line up to place their orders at The Lunchbox, outside of the Barton Public Library.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

The Lunchbox isn't quite like other food trucks. Instead of simply setting up shop and selling food at different locations around the state like many commercial trucks do, The Lunchbox spends the summer months giving away freshly made, locally produced meals to kids under 18.

Prosecutors say a Canadian man has been extradited to Vermont to face charges that he was part of a conspiracy to smuggle guns over the U.S.-Canada border, through a Vermont library.

A long-running drama may be coming to a close in Coventry, where the town clerk who also serves as treasurer has been under an insurance and criminal investigation for how she's dealt with the town’s books.

A health care community that serves northern Vermont has been selected to join a national initiative that promotes holistic public health partnerships.

Rebecca Sananes / VPR

What happens to the Vermont dairy industry if migrant workers are deported? That was the question being answered at a community forum in Hardwick on Wednesday night.

Rainbow steelhead trout leaps out of the water.
Vermont Fish & Wildlife, Courtesy

Once a year, for about 10 days from mid-April through early May, nature offers a free show that provides viewers the chance to "oooh" and "aaah." It's the steelhead rainbow trout run, when the fish hurtle up the falls to get upstream to spawn.

Angela Evancie / VPR file

Ray Pronto’s story starts simple enough. He left his hometown of Newport and landed in Pennsylvania, in the Pittsburgh area, where he founded a business in title insurance and loan closings. The company grew — a lot.  

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

If you’re a gardener, there’s a good chance you’ve already started thinking about your garden. Maybe you’ve perused seed catalogs, or spent some time wandering around the seed racks at your local garden or hardware store. Or maybe you’ve been to the Barton Public Library.

Hilary Niles / VPR

The firm Raymond James & Associates has agreed to pay $150 million as part of a settlement announced by state officials late Thursday.

Rebecca Sananes / VPR

New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has been speaking out about the importance of the Northern Border Regional Commission.

Tony Sutton, an EB-5 investor, is suing the State of Vermont for being complicit in multi-million-dollar fraud allegedly perpetrated by those in charge of Jay Peak.
Lisa Rathke / AP

A year ago this week, a wide-reaching scandal was revealed in the Northeast Kingdom surrounding the federal EB-5 program. That damage from the alleged fraud is still unfolding, and new developments continue to surface, including a new lawsuit filed against Jay Peak's former parent company.

The Tram Haus Lodge at Jay Peak was one project invested in by foreign investors through the EB-5 program. In an Aug. 14 letter, the federal government said it plans to shut down the "Vermont Regional Center" that oversees the EB-5 program.
Angela Evancie / VPR File

This week marks the one year anniversary of federal and state fraud charges brought against Jay Peak. Now one of the resort’s original investors has added a new twist to the ongoing legal saga: He has filed charges against, Saint-Sauveur Valley Resorts, the owner of Jay Peak’s former parent company, Mont Saint-Sauveur International (MSSI).

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

A year after fraud allegations put development projects in the Northeast Kingdom funded by the federal EB-5 immigrant investor program into federal receivership, Newport is taking steps to revive at least one of the stalled projects.

Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Vermont's school district consolidation law is at a crossroads. Act 46 was set up in three phases, and the second phase ends July 1. After that, districts that haven't been able to get a merger plan approved by the voters have to put together a so-called alternative structure plan.

On Tuesday, state employees learned more about the contamination found in their St. Johnsbury offices.

courtesy of Newport Wireless Mesh

For many Vermonters, a broadband connection to the internet is an essential facet of 21st century life, and yet there are some who can't afford it. A group in Newport is organizing a wireless network that will offer high-speed internet access at a price that low-income residents of the city can afford.

A Northeast Kingdom helmet manufacturer expects to add up to 100 new jobs, thanks to a contract with the U.S. Army.

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