WVTK Local & State News – February 15, 2017

Members of the Vermont Air National Guard will returning soon to the Green Mountain State after serving three months in the Middle East.  Guard officials did not give a specific date, but said they would return at the end of the month.  Captain Tracy Morris, spokesperson for the Air Guard, said the mission went smoothly, and there were no reported injuries.  The 158th Fighter Wing was deployed as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, a U.S. led effort against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.  While overseas, members helped with air-to-ground attacks.


Vermont Fish & Wildlife is reminding ice fisherman that there is just over a month left before ice fishing shanties need to be removed from the ice.  Officials say the shanties need to be removed before the ice becomes unsafe or by March 26, whichever comes first.  There is a fine of $1,000 if you leave your shanty out past the removal date.  Officials say the name and owner should be on the ice shanty, and all content, debris, and supports must be removed from the ice when taking your shanty back to shore.  If you have any questions contact your district game warden.


With F-35 fighter jets arriving at Vermont’s largest airport in 2019 and a voluntary home buyout underway due to airport noise, the Federal Aviation Administration, airport and Air National Guard are meeting with airport neighbors to discuss noise issues. The meeting is planned for Thursday evening.


The judge who will be hearing the second death penalty of a man charged with abducting and killing a Rutland supermarket worker in 2000 says jury selection in the case could take four weeks. U.S. District Court Judge Geoffrey Crawford’s comments were contained in a document filed in the case of Donald Fell, who is charged abducting Terry King when she arrived for work and later killing her.


A holding company specializing in nuclear plant shutdowns is moving forward with plans to purchase the Vermont Yankee plant.  NorthStar Group Holdings has filed paperwork with federal regulators to obtain the license for the shuttered plant.  The request was filed jointly with plant owner Entergy, which stopped producing electricity at Vermont Yankee two years ago.  NorthStar buying the plant is expected to speed up the cleanup process by decades.