JAY PEAK, Vt. - When some skiers started heading down the mountain to end their cold day, the mountain soldiers were just getting started. Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry Regiment tested their resiliency with cold weather and mountaineering training at Jay Peak, Vt., when the temperature was 0 degrees and steadily falling.
â€śWe are the premiere mountain organization in the guard, so itâ€™s one of our primary missions to operate in the mountainous terrain, especially in the cold weather environment,â€™â€™ said Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Progen, sergeant of the 1st Platoon.
JAYâ€“North Country improved on their last performance against Stowe, adding an additional goal to their total, as they handed the Raider girls a 3-0 loss on Wednesday evening.
"I thought the first period was good as we set the pace. The second period, between all the penalties for both teams, I thought we never got into a rhythm, and in the third I thought we picked it back up," said NCU coach Claude Paul.
This is the second consecutive win over a team called the Raiders for North Country, as they disposed of the Rutland Red Raiders by an identical 3-0 score on Saturday.
North Country Girl's hockey team beats Stowe 3-0 while the boys tie Spaulding 3-3. UCA boys hoops fall short against Richford, plus results from the Crusader girls game in Friday's Express.
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DERBY - The race is on for the Derby Select Board this year. At Town Meeting time in March voters will decide if they want to keep long-time member Laura Dolgin or opt for a new person, Maureen Fountain.
Both Dolgin and Fountain are seeking a two-year seat. Long-time member Karen Jenne is not seeking re-election on the board and instead is vying for the town clerk and treasurer position.
Jenne is leaving a three-year seat open with two candidates, Grant Spates, and Vicky Farrand-Lewis hoping to win that seat on the board.
NEK â€“ Weather continues to be an issue as Vermontâ€™s notorioiusly harsh winters are on the decline. In 2010 we saw one of the warmest winters on record - until 2011. The trend continued in 2012 and, despite warnings that this winter would bite down harder, mild temperatures this week speak to another trend.
A flood watch has been in effect for parts of the Northeast Kingdom, New York and Northern Massachusetts through this morning. Wind, rain and even thunder was expected with temperatures unseasonably warm and in the 40s and 50s.
DERBY â€“ New development on the Derby-Newport Road, including the construction of a Walmart Super Center, raises the questions of whether or not a complete upgrade of Derby Road is required, which is anticipated to cost in excess of $32 million, and who is responsible to pay for the upgrade.
NEWPORTâ€“A much better looking North Country girls basketball team took to the court on Tuesday night to square off against the BFA Comets. Although they did not get the win, dropping the contest 57-45, it was a greatly improved showing from last week's match with CVU.
"I am really proud of the fight that the girls showed," said NCU coach Christiane Brown. "It is not like we are two fighters in the ring, but when someone throws that first punch, are you going to lay down or are you going to get up and say is that your best shot, and the girls stood up and I am proud of them."
North Country's girls played a much improved game against BFA St. Albans, but fell short in their goal, losing 57-45.
Also, the Lake Region boys defeated Peoples Academy 62-48. Now the question remains, who can stop them?
Details of the games in the next issue of the Newport Daily Express.
Part 1 of a 2 part story on Derby development.
DERBY - With years of ground work already done, including a 2006 traffic study, a public hearing and a proposal to locate a Walmart Super Center in downtown Newport, the recent announcement that a store will be sited between Shattuck Hill Road and US RT5 in Derby has been met with much anticipation for some. But long before the doors will open, the project must undergo a lengthy public review process that will involve several major players.
COVENTRY â€“ Officials from the stateâ€™s largest landfill are asking to increase the facilities tonnage from 2,500 tons to 5,000 tons a day, however the annual total tonnage would be limited to 600,000 tons.
The landfill is currently permitted to handle 370,000 tons.
â€śWeâ€™re not looking to expand the landfill itself,â€ť said John Gay, an engineer with New England Waste Services of Vermont (NEWS). â€śWeâ€™re looking to increase the tonnage that we take at the facility.â€ť