WVTK Local & State News – April 13, 2018

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for this weekend.  From 8 am tomorrow till 8 pm on Sunday, we can expect a mix of rain and snow. Total snow and sleet accumulations of 1 to 3 inches, with localized amounts up to 5 inches, and ice accumulations up to one quarter of an inch are expected.  


Green Mountain Power is preparing for possible outages this weekend as a storm moves into the area.  Forecasters say some of the worst weather could be in parts of the state hardest hit by the wind storm last week.  GMP is making preparations with line crews and tree crews so they can move swiftly and safely to get the lights back on if outages occur. The company is encouraging customers to prepare for possible outages and to stay well away from any downed lines.


A State Police review of the handling of critical incidents is complete, and a series of recommendations are being put into place.  State Police are increasing the number of paid administrative days for an incident involving lethal force from three to five. When the member returns to work, the person will spend some time on administrative duty before returning to full duty.  In addition, State Police plan to better address the mental health needs of members involved in critical incidents.


Governor Phil Scott is coming out in support of the proposed sale of the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.  Scott is praising a recent memorandum of understanding that spells out the sale agreement. Plant owner Entergy wants to sell it to the NorthStar Group, which specializes in clean up and remediation of large industrial sites.  Scott says the sale could shave decades off the decommissioning of the shuttered nuclear plant in Vernon.


The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce will hit the road for its 8th-annual Chamber Day on Tuesday.  TACC staff, board members, ambassadors and volunteers will be hand delivering the chamber membership plaques to members.  Chamber Day gives the Chamber of Commerce an opportunity to directly connect with members as well as thank them for their continued support and dedication to the chamber and the community as a whole.


Vermont’s traditional trout fishing season is set to open tomorrow, and despite recent cold weather and lingering snow cover across the state, officials from Vermont Fish & Wildlife say anglers can be successful early in the season.  Trout will often hold close to the bottom in the deeper areas of streams during high flow conditions to conserve energy. Vermont is known for its excellent and diverse fishing opportunities for wild trout.