• Attorney General Donovan and Treasurer Pearce team up to promote credit awareness

    CONTACT:    Christopher CurtisChief, Public Protection802-828-3171DANVILLE – Attorney General T.J. Donovan and Treasurer Beth Pearce met with community members at the Pope Memorial Library in Danville to discuss the importance of managing credit and protecting yourself from financial scams. They highlighted that as financial products become more complex and data breaches affecting consumers become more frequent, it is more important than ever that Vermonters manage thei
  • EPA Healthy Communities grant to University of Vermont will help protect children’s health in local communities

    CONTACT:
    John Senn (News Media Only)
    senn.john@epa.gov
    (617) 918-1019BURLINGTON, Vt. (October 18, 2019) – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a $25,000 Healthy Communities Grant award to the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont.Announced during Children’s Health Month in October, the grant will help create a new partnership project between the University of Vermont, middle school and high school teachers and students, and community partner
  • Sen. Patrick Leahy announces USDA grants and celebrates farm to school month in St. Albans

    Contact Persons:Betsy Rosenbluth <brosenbluth@shelburnefarms.org> 802-355-5193Amy Shollenberger <amy@action-circles.com> 802-793-1114ST. ALBANS, VT — U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy visited the St. Albans Town Education Center (SATEC) on Thursday, October 10th, to celebrate National Farm to School month and announce USDA grants awarded for school districts in Vermont to expand Farm to School activities. The grants total $300,000 and will help schools in Franklin, Grand Isle, Ca
  • UVM to host lecture: The North Pole was here

    Contact: Joshua Brown, 802-656-3039, joshua.brown@uvm.eduUVM to host lecture and workshops on extreme climate—and the quest for communication impact on a warming planetAfter more than three decades writing about human-driven climate change and wider sustainability issues, former New York Times journalist Andrew Revkin has started building an initiative at Columbia University’s Earth Institute testing ways to make information matter on a fast-forward, noisy planet.He&rs
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  • Two-time stroke survivor lobbying for policy change

    Media Contacts:
    Rosie Kelly, Communications Director
    603.263.8320 (office) or 201-230-1774 (cell)
    Rosie.kelly@heart.orgJamie Heath went to Washington DC this week to meet with Vermont lawmakers on behalf of the American Heart Association.Burlington, VT, October 18, 2019 – Barre resident and stroke survivor Jamie Heath visited Washington DC this week to lobby on behalf of the American Heart Association. Jamie was joined by her mother, Joanne Leclerc, and Dr. Prospero Gogo of University of V
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and West Health to announce partnership to create first rural geriatric emergency department in Northern New England

    Media Contacts:Rick Adams, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health
    (603) 653-1910
    rick.adams@hitchcock.orgTim Ingersoll, West Health
    (619) 871-3769
    tpingersoll@westhealth.orgWhat: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH) and West Health—a California-based family of nonprofit and nonpartisan organizations dedicated to lowering health care costs to enable seniors to successfully age in place—will announce a research collaboration to create an innovative Geriatric Emergency Department (GED)
  • Aging in Vermont: Exploring solutions for social isolation

    Media Contact: Janet Hunt, janet@vermont4a.org, 802-578-7094The third annual conference on Aging in Vermont: Exploring Solutions for Social Isolation held on Friday, September 27th in Killington drew a crowd of nearly 300 attendees. Hosted by the Vermont Association of Area Agencies on Aging (V4A), this conference was a year in the making.
    Janet Hunt, Executive Director reports, “We base our annual theme on what our participants tell us they want and need for information in the conference
  • Bernie 2020 rolls out new slate of New York endorsements

    Sanders announces a slate of endorsements from elected officials in New York ahead of rallyOctober 19, 2019
    Contact: press@berniesanders.comWASHINGTON – Ahead of the “Bernie’s Back” Rally in Queensbridge Park, Bernie 2020 announced a slate of endorsements from elected officials in New York. New York State Senators Mike Gianaris, Jessica Ramos, and Luis Sepúlveda join New York City Councilman Rafael Espinal, State Senator Julia Salazar, State Senator James
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  • Vermont Women in Higher Education Announces 2019 Award Winners

    For more information:
    Shaylea Scribner
    sscribner@champlain.eduVermont Women in Higher Education (VWHE) is pleased to announce the 2019 annual award winners. This year we honor a leader for social justice in behavioral health and advocate for women in higher education; an emerging researcher and teacher in biology; and a long-time champion of students of color at the University of Vermont.These awards will be presented at the VWHE Fall Dinner on Tuesday, November 5th at the UVM Alumni House Silve
  • We'll be talking about this VPR - @VermontPBS Rural Life Survey today during the noon hour. The full survey are available to peruse here: http://projects.vpr.org/rural-life-survey-2019-vpr-vermont-pbs … Have a question about what you're seei

    We'll be talking about this VPR - @VermontPBS Rural Life Survey today during the noon hour.The full survey are available to peruse here: http://projects.vpr.org/rural-life-survey-2019-vpr-vermont-pbs …Have a question about what you're seeing? Let us know on today's show page: https://www.vpr.org/post/monday-parsing-vermont-rural-life-survey-results …#VT #vtpolihttps://twitter.com/vprnet/status/1186225307465977857 …
  • Owen Milne: Recreation creates environmental stewards

    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Owen Milne, who is the executive director of the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center and resides in Burlington.There is this old saying in the world of forest conservation: “If you want to save a forest, build a trail.” A recent land use study conducted by the National Park Service of three rail trails — an urban trail in California, a suburban trail in Florida, and a rural trail in Iowa — found that trail use pumped bet
  • Chloe Learey: Arresting young children?

    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Chloe Learey, the executive director of Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development in Brattleboro. 
    Could a first grader be handcuffed and arrested from one of our local elementary schools? A horrifying thought. Yet this was a reality in Orlando, Florida, where it happened to two students last month. While the police officer was fired for not following department policy and any charges against the children will be dropped, this does not
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  • Invasive emerald ash borer infestation confirmed in Windham County

    Photo courtesy of Vermont Urban & Community Forestry ProgramEditor’s note: Caroline Slack is a reporter with Community News Service, a project of the University of Vermont’s Program in Reporting & Documentary Storytelling.
    State forestry officials have confirmed a new emerald ash borer infestation in Londonderry after receiving a report earlier this month. 
    The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation made that announcement in its recent update tracking the in
  • UVM scientists team up with high schoolers to test for lead

    Sandy Walser, a geology master’s student at the University of Vermont uses a portable X-ray fluorescence analyzer to examine a soil sample collected at Burlington High School as students look on. Photo by Lola Duffort/VTDiggerScientists at the University of Vermont will work with middle and high school students in the Burlington and Winooski school districts to test for lead in soil and water samples collected across the two cities.
    The pilot project, funded in part through a $25,000 grant
  • Satire: Governor aims to reduce prison population by building a new prison

    MONTPELIER – Vermont Governor Phil Scott has released a new plan this week to reduce the state’s prison population by building a new prison. The new 850-bed facility would be built in Franklin County and would dramatically increase the number of inmates in the state, thus reducing the prison population.“It’s really quite ingenious,” Gov. Scott told the press. “You see, we can’t reduce the number of prisoners, because people in prison
  • Rediscovered petroglyphs highlight local Native heritage

    An 1866 photograph shows the petroglyphs in Brattleboro which are now underwater because of construction of the Vernon Dam. Photo courtesy of the Vermont Historical Society.Editor’s note: This article is by Madeline Bodin.On an afternoon in October 2017, Annette Spaulding of Rockingham was 15 feet below the surface of the West River alone. Her scuba tank was nearly empty and her GoPro video camera battery was dead. She had dug three feet into the riverbed with a small fireplace shovel, the
  • Then Again: Civil War reached St. Albans during a Confederate raid

    Confederate soldiers pull guns on a bank teller during their bank robber spree in St. Albans in 1864. Courtesy of the Vermont Historical SocietyEditor’s note: Mark Bushnell is a Vermont journalist and historian. He is the author of “Hidden History of Vermont” and “It Happened in Vermont.” 
    People’s first thought might have been that the young man was joking, or else he was drunk or insane. Standing on the steps of the American House hotel in St. Albans, a
  • Jasper Hill Farm expands into goat cheese, with new partners

    Farmer Annie Rowden visits with young goats at Bridgman Hill Farm in Hardwick on Friday, October 11, 2019. Bridgman Hill sells their goat milk to Jasper Hill Farms, a cheesemaker in neighboring Greensboro. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDiggerHARDWICK — The baby goats craned their necks over green pen fencing as Annie Rowden walked by. 
    “This is future milk right here,” the 31-year-old said while the young goats — called kids — clambered to meet their visitor in
  • OneCare Vermont seeks approval of $1.36 billion budget

    Green Mountain Care Board at a meeting in Montpelier in July. The regulatory board will hear from OneCare on its budget proposal later this month. File photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDiggerThe state’s sole accountable care organization is asking regulators to approve a $1.36 billion budget. The spending proposal represents a 33% increase over last year.OneCare Vermont, which is jointly owned by the University of Vermont Medical Center and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, submitted the budget
  • Monday: Parsing The Vermont Rural Life Survey Results http://dlvr.it/RGb5lH pic.twitter.com/L87uczdrmc

    Monday: Parsing The Vermont Rural Life Survey Results http://dlvr.it/RGb5lH pic.twitter.com/L87uczdrmc
  • In remote Essex County, ATVs raise a question: peace and quiet or outdoor fun?

    ATV riders make their way on an off-road trail. Central Vermont Quad Runners photoLess than 30 people live in Averill, an Essex County town where almost every housing unit in 2010 was seasonal or recreational.
    The remote community is the latest in the Northeast Kingdom to debate whether all-terrain vehicles should be allowed on municipal roads. 
    Property owners and residents have sent nearly 45 letters since August to the Unified Towns and Gores Board of Governors, the body representing Ave
  • As Trump campaign ramps up, 2016 Burlington bill remains unpaid

    Protestors gather outside the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts during a protest of Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s event Thursday, January 7, 2016 in Burlington, Vermont. Photo by Phoebe Sheehan/VTDiggerBURLINGTON — President Donald Trump’s reelection team triumphantly announced that it had raised $125 million in the third quarter of 2019 last month. 
    But the campaign continues to ignore a $8,400 bill from the city of Burlington for security costs as
  • 25,000 attend Bernie Sanders reboot in New York

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders’ in his run for the White House. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDiggerUPDATE: After this story was published, organizers said 25,000 people attended the Sanders rally.QUEENS, NEW YORK — A crowd of more than 25,000 roared in approval as Sen. Bernie Sanders boomed to a cheering crowd that he is ready to get back to work. 
    “To put it bluntly,” Sanders said. “I am back.”Sanders stru
  • 20,000 attend Bernie Sanders reboot in New York

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders’ in his run for the White House. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDiggerQUEENS, NEW YORK — A crowd of more than 20,000 roared in approval as Sen. Bernie Sanders boomed to a cheering crowd that he is ready to get back to work. 
    “To put it bluntly,” Sanders said. “I am back.”Sanders struck a triumphant tone as he returned to the campaign trail with a star-studded supporting cast of
  • It’s official: F-35s are at home in Vermont

    Airmen file in for a formal ceremony commemorating the arrival of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft to the 158th Fighter Wing at the Vermont Air National Guard base in South Burlington on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDiggerThe Hanaford’s Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps perform before the start of a formal ceremony commemorating the arrival of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft to the 158th Fighter Wing at the Vermont Air National Guard base in South Burlington on Saturday,
  • Two young boys perish in North Hero fire

    Updated as of 5:30 p.m. Saturday, October 19.
    Two young boys died in a fire at a single-family home in North Hero early Saturday morning, according to the Vermont State Police.
    The parents, Desiree and Mason Maltais, both age 30, of North Hero were unable to reach their sons before they were able to escape the flames, police said.A 911 caller alerted authorities at 1:08 a.m. Saturday. When fire fighters arrived at the house located on Bridge Road, the fire was fully involved.
    The remains of the
  • Two die in North Hero fire

    Vermont State Police are reporting that two people died in a
    fire at a single-family home in North Hero early Saturday morning.
    A 911 caller alerted authorities at 1:08 a.m. Saturday. When
    fire fighters arrived at the house located on Bridge Road, the fire was fully
    involved.
    Two people inside the home perished, according to an initial
    investigation.
    The Vermont State Police and the Department of Public Safety
    say the fire is not suspicious. The investigation of the cause of the fire is
    ongoing.
  • As Sanders returns to campaign, UVM students debate age limit for candidates

    UVM nursing students present their arguments for and against an age limit for presidential candidates. Photo by Kit Norton/VTDiggerBURLINGTON—As the 78-year-old Sen. Bernie Sanders returned to the campaign trail this week for the first time since suffering a heart attack, students in the University of Vermont’s nursing program were preparing to debate whether there should be an age limit for candidates running for president.The class of 93 argued for and against the hypothetical cons
  • As Sanders plans comeback tour, UVM students debate age limit for candidates

    UVM nursing students present their arguments for and against an age limit for presidential candidates. Photo by Kit Norton/VTDiggerBURLINGTON—As the 78-year-old Sen. Bernie Sanders returned to the campaign trail this week for the first time since suffering a heart attack, students in the University of Vermont’s nursing program debated whether there should be an age limit for candidates running for president.The class of 93 argued for and against the hypothetical constitutional amendm
  • $1 million artificial sports field riles Brattleboro residents as backers push ahead

    A Windham Southeast School District Board meeting Wednesday hears public comment on a plan to replace Brattleboro Union High School’s football field with artificial turf. Photo by Kevin O’Connor/VTDiggerBRATTLEBORO — A rising number of Windham County residents in and around this first town in the state to ban single-use plastic shopping bags are asking why Brattleboro Union High School leaders are pushing to replace their football field with a $1 million synthetic surface.
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  • $1 million artificial sports field riles Brattleboro as backers push ahead

    A Windham Southeast School District Board meeting Wednesday hears public comment on a plan to replace Brattleboro Union High School’s football field with artificial turf. Photo by Kevin O’Connor/VTDiggerBRATTLEBORO — Residents in the first town in the state to ban single-use plastic shopping bags are asking why Brattleboro Union High School leaders are pushing to replace their football field with a $1 million synthetic surface.
    “For a town like Brattleboro that did away w
  • $1 artificial sports field riles Brattleboro residents as backers push ahead

    A Windham Southeast School District Board meeting Wednesday hears public comment on a plan to replace Brattleboro Union High School’s football field with artificial turf. Photo by Kevin O’Connor/VTDiggerBRATTLEBORO — A rising number of Windham County residents in and around this first town in the state to ban single-use plastic shopping bags are asking why Brattleboro Union High School leaders are pushing to replace their football field with a $1 million synthetic surface.
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  • Walt Amses: Forest bathing in Groton

    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Walt Amses, a writer who lives in North Calais.
    Until this week’s leave-scouring nor’easter, fall around these parts, particularly the foliage, appears to have lasted exponentially longer than usual, benefitting, I surmise, from a steady stream of calm, sunny days, coupled with gentle, windless rain showers. Apparently, this was the precise combination necessary to extend the singular beauty of a Central Vermont autumn.  It’s
  • Karen Mittelman: Art and democracy

    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Karen Mittelman, who is the executive director of the Vermont Arts Council. She worked previously for 19 years for the federal government, most recently as director of the Division of Public Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities. She holds a doctorate in U.S. history, and recently published her first novel.
    Each year, the Vermont Arts Council and the governor’s office present awards to outstanding artists and individuals who have m
  • TJ Donovan: Taxpayers deserve a say in public records

    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan.Should Vermont taxpayer-funded government lawyers do free legal work for private law firms and companies? Or should the state be reimbursed for that work? Those are some of the questions that need to be asked after the recent Vermont Supreme Court decision, Doyle v. City of Burlington Police Department. The Vermont Attorney General’s Office is the State of Vermont’s lawyer. We receive a public records
  • Burlington High renovation plans come in $21 million over budget

    Burlington High School is still set for a major upgrade, though not at the scale that was initially envisioned. Photo by Alexandre Silberman/VTDiggerBURLINGTON — The city’s school board is scaling down a redesign of the Burlington High School after the initial plans came in $21 million over budget.
    The change in plans will push back the timeline of the project, which was initially slated to begin construction in 2020. Work on the new plan is expected to start June 2021. 
    Voters
  • Lawmakers pitch revamp of insanity plea laws after high profile cases

    Members of the Joint Legislative Justice Oversight Committee hear testimony on the relationship between the state’s criminal justice and mental health systems in July. File photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDiggerVermont lawmakers are poised to propose legislation that would lengthen the time alleged murderers who are found not guilty due to insanity must remain in the custody of the state.
    Under current law, those are found not guilty of murder or attempted murder because they were insane at the
  • The Deeper Dig: What the trade war with China is costing Vermont businesses

    A.N. Deringer President Jake Holzscheiter. Photo by Peng Chen/VTDiggerThe Deeper Dig is a weekly podcast from the VTDigger newsroom. Listen below, and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify or anywhere you listen to podcasts.
    A tentative trade deal announced this week could delay new tariffs on Chinese imports in exchange for China’s spending more on U.S. agricultural goods. But local experts say the jostling over trade policies has already cost Vermont
  • The Deeper Dig: How the trade war with China is costing Vermont businesses

    A.N. Deringer President Jake Holzscheiter. Photo by Peng Chen/VTDiggerThe Deeper Dig is a weekly podcast from the VTDigger newsroom. Listen below, and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify or anywhere you listen to podcasts.
    A tentative trade deal announced this week could delay new tariffs on Chinese imports in exchange for China’s spending more on U.S. agricultural goods. But local experts say the jostling over trade policies has already cost Vermont
  • Judge questions proposed settlement in Dartmouth lawsuit

    From left: Bill Kelley, Paul Whalen and Todd Heatherton, formerDartmouth College professors at the center of a $70 million lawsuit against the school.This story by Tim Camerato was published by the Valley News on Oct. 17.CONCORD — A federal judge on Thursday raised technical questions about a proposed settlement in a class-action lawsuit stemming from the alleged sexual misconduct of three former Dartmouth College professors.U.S. District Court Chief Judge Landya McCafferty said the&n
  • Vermont gas price fixing lawsuit ends in $1.5m deal

    The gas dealers denied any wrongdoing, but said settling was cheaper than continuing litigation over the lawsuit. File Photo by John Herrick/VTDiggerNorthwestern Vermont gas distributors have reached a $1.5 million settlement in a class action lawsuit over alleged price gouging. 
    The settlement, filed in Chittenden County Superior Court Thursday, was a fraction of the $100 million in illegal profits six northwestern Vermont residents say gas companies earned by using their collective market
  • Vermont gas price fixing lawsuit ends in $1.5 million settlement

    The gas dealers denied any wrongdoing, but said settling was cheaper than continuing litigation over the lawsuit. File Photo by John Herrick/VTDiggerNorthwestern Vermont gas distributors have reached a $1.5 million settlement in a class action lawsuit over alleged price gouging. 
    The settlement, filed in Chittenden County Superior Court Thursday, was a fraction of the $100 million in illegal profits six northwestern Vermont residents say gas companies earned by using their collective market
  • LISTEN: Local Historian Discusses October 19, 1864 And Vermont Women's Role In The Civil War http://dlvr.it/RGV3XW pic.twitter.com/NMBVWtM8YF

    LISTEN: Local Historian Discusses October 19, 1864 And Vermont Women's Role In The Civil War http://dlvr.it/RGV3XW pic.twitter.com/NMBVWtM8YF
  • Climate protesters camp on Statehouse lawn to demand action

    Malia Armstrong, a Middlebury College student from Seal Beach CA, erects her tent at the climate crisis encampment on the lawn of the Statehouse in Montpelier on Friday, October 18, 2019. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDiggerA coffin and an hourglass make up part of the climate crisis encampment on the lawn of the Statehouse in Montpelier on Friday, October 18, 2019. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDiggerJake Minter sings at the climate crisis encampment on the lawn of the Statehouse in Montpelier on Friday,
  • Climate protesters camp on Statehouse lawn and demand action

    Malia Armstrong, a Middlebury College student from Seal Beach CA, erects her tent at the climate crisis encampment on the lawn of the Statehouse in Montpelier on Friday, October 18, 2019. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDiggerA coffin and an hourglass make up part of the climate crisis encampment on the lawn of the Statehouse in Montpelier on Friday, October 18, 2019. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDiggerJake Minter sings at the climate crisis encampment on the lawn of the Statehouse in Montpelier on Friday,
  • Hospital group’s captive insurance company relocates to Vermont

    John Brumsted, president and CEO of the University of Vermont Health Network, in June. The UVM Health Network’s captive insurance company has moved from Bermuda to Vermont. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDiggerThe University of Vermont Health Network’s captive insurance company has moved from Bermuda to Vermont. 
    VMC Indemnity Company, which provides medical malpractice insurance to most of the network’s doctors and hospitals, had been based in the British isle since 1993. 
  • School employee health insurance rates up 14.7%

    Middle school students head back to class at the Coventry Village School on Thursday, September 5, 2019.Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDiggerSchool districts are bracing for double-digit health insurance premium increases as they begin to budget for next school year.
    The Vermont Education Health Initiative, a nonprofit group that provides health insurance to school employees, has filed proposed premium rate increases ranging from 12.9% to 14.7% with the state. The Vermont Department of Financial Regul
  • School employee health insurance rates set for hike of up to 14.7%

    Middle school students head back to class at the Coventry Village School on Thursday, September 5, 2019.Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDiggerSchool districts are bracing for double-digit health insurance premium increases as they begin to budget for next school year.
    The Vermont Education Health Initiative, a nonprofit group that provides health insurance to school employees, has filed proposed premium rate increases ranging from 12.9% to 14.7% with the state. The Vermont Department of Financial Regul
  • Advocates urge lawmakers to reform ‘dangerous’ child protection system

    Advocates say parents are not adequately resourced in Vermont’s child protective system. LibreShot photo
    Advocates are asking lawmakers to consider reforms to Vermont’s child protection system, criticizing what they say is a “dangerous” culture at the Department for Children and Families that leads to children being removed from their families without due process.
    In testimony to the Joint Legislative Child Protection Oversight Committee Thursday, Larry Crist, who heads t

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