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Thursday, June 22, 2017

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Walters: Panel Ices Wind Rules Until October

Posted By on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 5:50 PM

Public Service Board utilities analyst Tom Knauer (left), PSB member Margaret Cheney and PSB staff attorney John Cotter testify before LCAR on Thursday. - JOHN WALTERS
  • John Walters
  • Public Service Board utilities analyst Tom Knauer (left), PSB member Margaret Cheney and PSB staff attorney John Cotter testify before LCAR on Thursday.
A committee of the Vermont legislature has postponed action on proposed noise rules for wind turbines until late October.

The Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules heard three hours of testimony Thursday morning. As the noon hour approached, members discussed postponing a vote until its next meeting on July 6. But two members — Sen. Joe Benning (R-Caledonia) and Rep. Linda Myers (R-Essex Junction) —will be taking long vacations this summer, and they requested postponement until the full committee can meet again. That's not until October 12.

This was the second delay in the process. LCAR heard testimony at its previous meeting on June 8, but decided another hearing was needed to give the matter its due.

The current rules are temporary and were set to expire on July 1; they will now remain in effect until at least October 26 unless the committee reaches a decision before then.

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A Vergennes Father Is Being Forced to Return to Mexico

Posted By on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 1:22 PM

Juan (left) and Kirsten (center) De La Cruz with their children - COURTESY: KIRSTEN DE LA CRUZ
  • Courtesy: Kirsten De La Cruz
  • Juan (left) and Kirsten (center) De La Cruz with their children
Juan De La Cruz runs his own farm in Vergennes, is involved in his community, works a full-time job and is raising a family with his wife, Kirsten.

But the undocumented immigrant, who has no criminal record, had previously been deported in 2005 after crossing into the United States from Mexico. Because of new enforcement orders from President Donald Trump’s administration, Juan must leave the country again, on July 6.

Though many people were deported during president Barack Obama’s terms, the removals targeted criminals, Juan’s attorney, Matthew Kolken, told Seven Days. That’s all changed under Trump, said Kolken, who is based in Buffalo, N.Y.

“When individuals are found inside the United States after having been previously removed — even if they’ve been here many, many years and have established substantial ties to the country — rather than giving them an opportunity to request relief from removal, they are just reinstating the previous deportation order … and basically destroying a family in the process,” Kolken said.

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