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'Rutland' Filmmaker Viktor Witkowski Examines Syrian Refugee Debate

In September 2016, Viktor Witkowski began filming a documentary about then-mayor Chris Louras' plan to resettle 100 Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Rutland. Witkowski's film, as he envisioned it, would have documented the refugees' acclimation to a new life far from their war-torn homelands.


The 16th Annual Rutland Winter Fest continues though Sunday the 24th.

RUTLAND, Vt. - Truckload, after truckload of snow, was brought into Rutland City on Tuesday afternoon, dumping it onto a busy city road. So much snow, it meant the city's public works department had to shut down the road, but it's all for a good reason.


Maps: How much snow is forecast for New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont

Northern New England is in for another snowstorm, which will arrive late Wednesday evening and taper out by Thursday afternoon. It’s welcome news for skiers hoping to hit the slopes in the coming days.


Five Guys opens in Rutland

RUTLAND— Hyde Park Ventures, which owns two other Five Guys Burgers locations in Vermont, opened its third on North Main Street in Rutland on Wednesday, Feb.13. “We sold $16,000 worth of delicious food on Wednesday,” Store Manager Louella Prouty told the Mountain Times. “It was crazy in here. We did


Sanders taps new campaign manager, gets endorsements from top Vermont lawmakers

(CNN)Sen. Bernie Sanders has hired Faiz Shakir, a respected progressive operative who had been serving as the national political director for the American Civil Liberties Union, to manage his presidential campaign, an aide told CNN on Tuesday.


Snow trucked in for annual Rutland Winterfest

RUTLAND, Vt. (WCAX) Rutland is a winter wonderland! Crews from Casella Construction spent Tuesday afternoon unloading about 60 truckloads of snow on Center Street. It's part of the annual Rutland Winterfest, with a sledding track the length of a couple of football fields.


Jury finds man who was hiding under bed guilty of crimes

A jury found a New York man guilty on five of six counts in Rutland criminal court last week for an incident in which he hid under the bed of an Ira woman last year. Roy Kuhlmann, 51, of Johnsburg, New York, was found guilty of a felony charge of unlawful trespass into an occupied home, a felony cha


Lisa Ryan of Rutland appointed to Vermont Commission on Women

Vermont Business Magazine The Senate Committee on Committees has appointed Lisa Ryan of Rutland to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women. Lisa Ryan is the Program Manager of the Rutland County Community Justice Center at BROC Community Action, where she provides restorative justice practices, inc


Hobby Lobby to close in March

After about five years, Hobby Lobby is closing its Rutland store. A Hobby Lobby store manager said Tuesday, Feb. 19 that the store will close March 9. The store currently has about 20 employees. The manager said they have been offered jobs at nearby Hobby Lobby stores, but declined to say more.


Vermont lawmakers take first-ever implicit bias training

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Inside the Vermont statehouse, representatives learned about what it means to have implicit bias. "It's an unconscious bias,” said Bor Yang, executive director of Vermont's Human Rights Commission, who led the training Tuesday, "You can have an implicit bias and not be a racist, or


Ellington Man Killed In Vermont Skiing Accident: Report

ELLINGTON, CT/LUDLOW, VT — A report shows that an Ellington man was killed while skiing at a popular Vermont snow sports area earlier this month. The accident took place on Feb. 10 at Okemo Mountain Resort. Christian Hanlon, 39, of Ellington, was found by the Ski Patrol off an intermediate trail nea


Chuck Hughes becomes race pro

Thousands of kids who were born in Vermont and grew up in the Rutland Region learned to ski at nearby Pico or Killington. Many of them ended up working in the ski industry, most in far-flung states. A few actually ended up making their living working at Killington and/or Pico.


Hooked: How So Many Vermonters Got Addicted to Opioids

"Why are so many people addicted to heroin in Vermont?" The man who asked me this question was middle-aged, with a shaved head and eyes whose earnestness matched his query. We were in the produce department of a grocery store, each with a mostly empty basket slung over an arm. He'd seen my photo whe


Vermont State Police to hold community meeting

WILLIAMSTOWN, Vt. (WCAX) Vermont State Police officers are holding a meeting to talk about improving communication with community members. It's being held at the Williamstown High School Wednesday starting at 6:30 p.m.


Local work on substance abuse issues acknowledged

While local officials say there is still a lot of effort and resources being directed to substance abuse, it's not identified as one of the four priorities in the area, according to the results of Rutland Regional Medical Center's 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment.


Traffic stop turns up heroin and fentanyl

HARTLAND, Vt. (WCAX) Three people will be in court Wednesday after troopers say they found large amounts of heroin and fentanyl. Officers with the Royalton Barracks say they pulled over Randall Green for a traffic violation.


Southern Vermont College accreditation in jeopardy

Yet another small Vermont liberal arts college is in dire straits. The New England Commission of Higher Education is asking Southern Vermont College to make its case for keeping its accreditation. The commission, which serves as the federally recognized regional accreditor for the six-state region,


Police crackdown on traffic issues at New York/Vermont state line

Police agencies from New York and Vermont issued more than 100 traffic tickets during a cross-border crackdown Friday night at the state line in Hampton and Fair Haven, Vermont.


Hermitage Club founder accused of misrepresentation

RUTLAND — A new federal lawsuit alleges Hermitage Club founder Jim Barnes engaged in fraudulent activity by misrepresenting the health of his company before a real estate deal.


Man faces multiple charges after police pursuit

RUTLAND, Vt. — A Newport man is facing numerous charges after police say he led officers on chase. Police say Shane Goodell led them on a pursuit that ended on Butterfly Ave in Rutland City.