UMass suspends informant program

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

AMHERST — A confidential informant program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that came under fire this week following the report of a student informant’s death from a drug overdose has been suspended indefinitely pending its full review, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy announced in an email to faculty and students Tuesday night. “The review will consider whether the program should be … 0

National road salt pinch felt in local prices

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New England, as elsewhere, is feeling the pinch from the past winter’s snowstorms in parts of the country usually untouched by the cold stuff. High … 0

Montague sewer rates likely to stay level

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Sewer rates won’t go up this year, a decision the Montague Board of Selectmen made largely in support of the last remaining … 0

Shelter dogs have their day

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Guests are encouraged to bring their dogs as dinner dates for a Saturday fundraiser. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Regional Dog Shelter will hold its first Festival of the Dogs from 11 a.m. to 5 … 0

Sunderland to hold Fall Festival this weekend

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Looking for fiddlers, food and fun? You can have it all Saturday afternoon in Sunderland. The 16th annual Sunderland Fall Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the ballfields behind Town Hall. According to Janet Conley, local bands will perform throughout the … 0

Leverett man denies injuring 2 Amherst cops

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — A Leverett man who allegedly injured two police officers in separate incidents Saturday has pleaded innocent to a half dozen charges in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown. Nikolai R. James, 21, of 253 Long Plain … 0

Regional Notebook

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Legislators, town officials to meet for breakfast in Conway on Friday CONWAY — Conway will host this year’s Massachusetts Municipal Association Legislative Breakfast for western Massachusetts on Friday, where local officials will have the chance to meet with state legislators and association staff and discuss important topics. The … 0

Forum to discuss increase of Munson Street traffic tonight

Monday, September 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — A community forum will be held tonight in Robbins Memorial Church at 55 Munson St. to discuss the fears some residents have about the increase in traffic along the street and the speeds at which some … 2

Conway garage project bid lower than last time

Monday, September 29, 2014

CONWAY — The Conway Selectboard has decided to seek voter approval to build a highway garage, but for slightly less than a plan rejected last June. Next Monday, Conway residents will be asked to approve the project during a special town meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Conway … 0

Athol Hospital nurses join union

Monday, September 29, 2014

ATHOL — Nurses at Athol Hospital have unionized. In an election held among the 47 registered nurses at Athol Hospital on Friday, RNs voted to join the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, the state’s largest union of RNs and health care professionals. The election was conducted at the … 0

A timeline for Vt. Yankee closing

Monday, September 29, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Entergy Nuclear should know by the end of next month how much it will cost to decommission the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. Michael Twomey, vice president of external affairs for Entergy, told the first … 0

New gun law mandates police in schools

Monday, September 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — As part of the new gun safety law passed this summer, local schools and police are deciding whether to bring on more full-time in-school resource officers. The new law requires every chief of police, in consultation with the superintendent, to assign at least one school resource … 0

UMass student who OD’d worked as informant

Monday, September 29, 2014

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts student recruited as a confidential informant after being caught selling drugs was able to keep his crime a secret from his family and remain in school, only to die last fall of a heroin overdose, according to an investigation by journalism students … 0