Saturday, May 25 2013 6:56 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:56:57 GMT
It wasn't exactly barbecuing weather today as Memorial Day weekend got off to a rainy and chilly start. And it's no surprise the rain put a damper on holiday activities. Saturday of Memorial Day weekendMore >>
It wasn't exactly barbecuing weather today as Memorial Day weekend got off to a rainy and chilly start. And it's no surprise the rain put a damper on holiday activities.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:54 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:54:42 GMT
An Au Sable Forks, New York theater is one of ten in the North Country doing what it can to stay open. "We'll be dark. There will be no movies shown in these theaters and you'll have toMore >>
After being denied a state grant, a number of North Country theaters could go dark by the end of the year. That's because Hollywood is getting rid of film movies, which is what those theaters rely on. But they're not giving up yet.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:51 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:51:11 GMT
A couple has lost their home to floods twice in just three years. Last night's storm washed out a road in Underhill, and nearly everything in its path. Governor Shumlin was at the site of the hardestMore >>
A couple has lost their home to floods twice in just three years. Last night's storm washed out a road in Underhill, and nearly everything in its path.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:25:36 GMT
Beansie's Bus is situated right along the start and finish of the race so they're looking to get swamped by hungry customers Sunday but rain too. "Unfortunately the weather might not cooperate," Beansie'sMore >>
VCM organizers making sure they have cold/rainy weather equipment for runners.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:21 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:21:38 GMT
Damaged homes, washed out roads, and now major clean-up.In just a few hours heavy rains flooded much of Northern Vermont. Hardest hit were Essex, Jericho, and Underhill.The torrential rains Thursday nightMore >>
Damaged homes, washed out roads, and now major clean-up.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 2:15 PM EDT2013-05-24 18:15:28 GMT
The Vermont Agency of Transportation released a list of road closures and times for the Vermont City Marathon. A press release says that if possible, motorists should avoid downtown Burlington on Sunday,More >>
The Vermont Agency of Transportation released a list of road closures and times for the Vermont City Marathon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 1:07 PM EDT2013-05-24 17:07:11 GMT
The Thunder Road Memorial Classic has been postponed until Monday. Officials say they are postponing due to the upcoming inclement weather expected this weekend. Here's the updated schedule of events:7:30amMore >>
The Thunder Road Memorial Classic has been postponed until Monday.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 12:26 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:26:27 GMT
The Essex Memorial Day Parade has been canceled due to inclement weather predictions. According to Essex Memorial Day Parade Committee, the parade has been postponed one week to Saturday June 1 at 10 a.m.More >>
The Essex Memorial Day Parade has been postponed due to inclement weather predictions.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:31 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:31:32 GMT
The Burlington Police Department arrested two people for pick-pocketing two men at a local night club in Burlington, Vt. on Friday, May 17.Police say Stephanie Rivers, 24, and Victoria Hammond, 23, bothMore >>
The Burlington Police Department arrested two people for pick-pocketing two men at a local night club in Burlington, Vt. on Friday, May 17.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:29 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:29:26 GMT
If the prices at the pump are giving you second thoughts about traveling this holiday weekend, these suggestions might help. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has some recommendationsMore >>
If the prices at the pump are giving you second thoughts about traveling this holiday weekend, these suggestions might help.More >>
KILLINGTON, Vt. -
People skiing out of bounds are draining Vermont State Police of their time and money. More than 40 have gotten lost so far this season. Police say every one of those search and rescues were avoidable.
I first reported on this Monday... since then, there have been even more skiers lost on Killington Mountain. We asked what changes will be made to prevent this.
"It's frustrating," Captain Robert Evans said.
Vermont State Police are fed up with people who intentionally ski out of bounds, get lost and then have to call for help to get out of the woods.
"It's just individuals making bad decisions," Captain Evans said.
Because there have been so many out of bound skiers already this season, I asked Captain Evans what actions they can take immediately. They're starting with a new code. Troopers who respond to these search and rescue missions will write that on their time sheet, so that the number of hours and your tax payer dollars can be tracked.
"If we see a spike this year, then we need to get together with our partners and see how we can do things differently," Captain Evans said.
Because when troopers are on the mountain, they're not on the streets, which means it's going to take longer for them to respond to your call.
"That's just one less trooper that we have out on the road to respond to a burglary, complaint or an accident," the Captain said.
Almost every single out of bounds skier has been from out of state, so educating everyone on the dangers of potentially being stranded in the wilderness could be part of the future prevention plan. But police say what already exists is obvious.
"They're spending thousands of dollars on ropes and signage and those kinds of things, the problem is the people ski right by the signs, they go right underneath the ropes and they're in the back country," Captain Evans said.
Skiing out of bounds is technically illegal, but people are rarely charged because police don't want anyone to fear calling if they're in danger.
We reached out to law makers to see if the legislature plans to take up the topic this session, and find a way to be compensated financially by the lost skiers, but we did not hear back yet.
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