• Raúl Grijalva & Michael Shank: The carbon footprint of wasted food

    Editor’s note: This commentary is by U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva and Michael Shank. Grijalva, D-Ariz., is the ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee. Shank, of Brandon, is the communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network.
    When it comes to tackling climate change, one of the greatest challenges we face is understanding the myriad factors that influence our warming planet. Addressing some while ignoring othe
  • David Kelley: A changing relationship with wildlife

    Editor’s note: This commentary is by David F. Kelley, who is an attorney and a co-founder of Project Harmony (now PH International) and a former member of the Hazen Union School Board.
    The Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “No man ever steps into the same river twice.” Rivers are a constant reminder that nothing is permanent except change. Today the digital and information revolution is changing our world at such breakneck speed that it can be easy to ignore even some of the m
  • Local officials: CLF suit unfairly targets wastewater treatment

    Editor’s note: This commentary was signed by Chad L. Whitehead, town manager, St. Johnsbury; James Sherrard, stormwater coordinator, Williston; Harry J. Shepard, PE, public works director/town engineer, Stowe; William Fraser, city manager, Montpelier; Dominic Cloud, city manager, St. Albans City; Chip Sawyer, director of planning & development, St. Albans City; James Jutras, water quality superintendent, Essex Junction; and Jeffrey Wennberg, public works commissioner, Rutland City.
  • H. Brooke Paige sweeps up 6 GOP nominations

    H. Brooke Paige at the Vermont History Expo in 2012. Creative Commons photo by Lee Wright via Flickr
    Political gadfly H. Brooke Paige rode a swell of Republican apathy on Tuesday to secure six nominations for statewide office, including the GOP’s spot in separate races against Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt.
    Four of the six races were uncontested, meaning Paige became the automatic Republican nominee by entering the contests for state auditor of accounts, treasurer,
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  • UVM nurses balk at hospital spending as filings disclose executive pay

    A new federal filing showing that the University of Vermont Medical Center paid two top executives more than $3 million in 2016 is likely to fan the flames of a labor dispute that’s centered around salary concerns.
    Hospital administrators and unionized nurses say they made progress during a marathon negotiating session that broke off just before midnight Wednesday. But there’s still no new contract.Get all of VTDigger's health care news.You'll never miss our health care coverage with
  • Battle brews over access to private prison records

    A national human rights organization has filed a lawsuit accusing one of the country’s largest private prison companies of ignoring public record requests about its housing of Vermont prisoners.
    The Washington, D.C.-based Human Rights Defense Center brought its suit in Washington County Superior Court against Geo Group Inc., a Florida company that ran the prison in Baldwin, Michigan.Get all of VTDigger's criminal justice news.You'll never miss our courts and criminal justice coverage with
  • VTDigger Minute: Primary wins for Hallquist and Scott, Welch and Sanders

    VTDigger Minute is a weekly news digest from Vermont PBS. Tune in every Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Thursday at 6:30 a.m. to hear about the week’s top stories.
    This week on the Minute:
    Hallquist celebrates historic victory, trains sights on Scott
    Primary election results are in. Christine Hallquist won the Democratic nomination for governor on Tuesday. The former utility executive earned over 40 percent of the vote to beat three other challengers, and made history by becoming the first o
  • Registration open for Vermont Conference on Recreation

    News Release — Vermont Recreation and Parks AssociationAug. 14, 2018
    Contact:Betsy Terry, Executive DirectorVermont Recreation and Parks Associationbetsy@vrpa.org
    REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the 75th Annual Vermont Conference on Recreation on Wednesday & Thursday, October 10 & 11, 2018 at Lake Morey Resort.
    In celebration of our 75th anniversary conference, this year’s theme is “Honoring the Past & Inspiring the Future.”
    The education program includes 29 sess
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  • 22 Downs Rachlin Martin attorneys in VT and NH listed in ‘Best Lawyers in America 2018’

    News Release — Downs Rachlin MartinAugust 15, 2018
    Contact:Joseph L. Choquette III, External Affairs Manager, 802-225-5510
    (Burlington, Vt.) Twenty two attorneys from the northern New England law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC have been selected by peer review for inclusion in the 2018 ranking of Best Lawyers in America ©. Five of those attorneys have also been named lawyers of the year in Vermont in their respective practice areas. The results are based on client, lawyer and law firm
  • Perchlik gains third Senate spot for Washington County

    Democratic state Senate candidate Andrew Perchlik and his wife Marianne campaign outside the Barre City polling place. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger
    A Republican incumbent was pushed aside in Rutland County and a renewable energy advocate won the nomination in Washington County in two of the high-profile state Senate primaries Tuesday.
    In arguably the most hotly-contested primary contest, Andrew Perchlik came in third place in a six-way race, securing a spot on the ballot, along with incumben
  • Four Langrock Sperry & Wool attorneys named to ‘Lawyer Of The Year’ list

    News Release — Langrock Sperry & WoolAug. 15, 2018
    Contact:Ken Millmanken@spikeadvertising.com
    And 18 Langrock Attorneys Named to 2019 Best Lawyers in America® List
    BURLINGTON, August 15, 2018:
    Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP is pleased to announce that The Best Lawyers in America® — the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession — named four Langrock attorneys “2019 Lawyer of the Year”: Alison J. Bell for Employment Law &n
  • National Day of Civic Hacking devoted to affordable housing

    News Release — Code for BTVAug. 15, 2018
    Contact:Nick Floerschnick.floersch@codeforbtv.org
    Area software developers and web designers gathered Saturday to use their technical expertise to improve the availability of affordable housing in the Green Mountain State. Thanks to Code for BTV, Burlington joined over 35 cities across the country in bringing civic-minded, tech-savvy individuals together with housing organizations to help improve the flow of information about housing to the people w
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  • FEMA gives public notice of intent to provide disaster funds for May 4-5 storm

    News Release — FEMAAug. 15, 2018
    Contact:Jadon Carsonjadon.carson@fema.dhs.gov
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is giving public notice of its intent to provide financial assistance to the State of Vermont, local governments, and private nonprofit organizations under major disaster declaration FEMA-4380-DR-VT. FEMA is also giving public notice that, in some cases, it may p
  • Vermont Foodbank teams up with Allstate Foundation to fight hunger

    News Release — Allstate FoundationAug. 15, 2018
    Contact:Alyssa ShafferAlyssa.Shaffer@Allstate.com267-457-7659@AllstateNE
    Seven Vermont Allstate Agency Owners Collecting Donations from Now Until Sept. 15
    BARRE, VERMONT, Aug. 15, 2018 – Allstate Agency Owners are coming together to support the Vermont Foodbank by holding a donation drive in their agencies from now until Sept. 15. Agency owners are calling on residents to support local families and youth as they begin the new school yea
  • Rutland woman sentenced to 24 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute heroin

    News Release — United States Attorney District of VermontAugust 15, 2018
    Contact:United States Attorney District of VermontUnited States Courthouse and Federal BuildingPost Office Box 570Burlington, Vermont, 05401-0570(802) 951-6725Fax: (802) 951-6540
    The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated today that Megan Harpp, 26, of Rutland, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Geoffrey Crawford to 24 months imprisonment. Harpp previously pled guilty to conspi
  • NOFA-VT included in $4.6 million USDA grant

    News Release — NOFA-VTAug. 10, 2018
    Contact:Kim Mercer(802) 274-3043
    Richmond, VT — This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced a $4,628,765 grant awarded to the non-profit organization Farm Fresh RI, in partnership with NOFA-VT and other non-profits in New England states. The money will go towards expanding
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  • Author to share ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Recognizing Trees of the Northeast’

    News Release — Phoenix BooksAug. 15, 2018
    Contact:Kristen EatonPhoenix Books802.872.7111 (p)kristen@phoenixbooks.bizwww.phoenixbooks.biz
    Rutland, Vermont – August 15, 2018: Phoenix Books Rutland invites community members to get ready for fall with Mark Mikolas, who will guide attendees through A Beginner’s Guide to Recognizing Trees of the Northeast on Thursday, September 6th at 6:30pm.
    In this friendly and approachable field guide, writer and avid hiker Mark Mikolas shares a u
  • Margolis: Hallquist’s historic run may bump up against political realities

    Christine Hallquist, shown here at a victory party Tuesday night, is the first transgender person to win a major party nomination for high office.  Photo by Kit Norton/VTDigger
    As the votes were being counted that would show Christine Hallquist the Democratic nominee for governor, Rep. Selene Colburn, P-Burlington, told the Hallquist supporters crowded around the bar of Burlington’s Skinny Pancake Restaurant that this victory would be heard “across the country, across the world,
  • Center holds training for businesses working with Department of Defense

    News Release — VT Procurement Technical Assistance CenterWednesday, August 15, 2018
    Contact:Joanne SpauldingDirectorVT Procurement Technical Assistance CenterVermont Department of Economic DevelopmentJoanne.Spaulding@vermont.gov802-522-9135http://ptac.vermont.gov
    Training for DoD Wide Area Workflow (WAWF)
    Are you doing business with the Department of Defense (DoD)?
    MONTPELIER, VT – The Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center (VT PTAC) invites Vermont businesses to join them a
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  • To head off mergers, some communities consider shuttering schools

    A sign outside the Groton Community Building reminded people to vote on a non-binding, advisory vote to close their high school in the event of a forced merger under Act 46. Photo by Lola Duffort/VTDigger
    GROTON — Even in the mid-afternoon, voters arrived at a steady clip at the Groton Community Building on Tuesday to cast their ballots.
    But by most accounts, no particular candidate in the state’s primary – which typically sees dismal turnout statewide – animated t
  • State awards $4 million in school safety grants

    Burlington High School. Photo by Alexandre Silberman/VTDigger
    The state has awarded 239 Vermont schools safety grants totalling $4 million.
    The money will help pay for 560 separate projects, Gov. Phil Scott’s office announced Wednesday, and fund upgrades including new interior and outdoor door locks and new public address systems.The grants were proposed by Scott and passed by the Legislature after a Poultney teenager, Jack Sawyer, confessed to police he had planned a mass shooting at Fair
  • Incumbent prosecutors sweat out election night as one goes down

    Vince Illuzzi, the state’s attorney in Essex County, when he was also a senator in 2011. VTD file/Josh Larkin
    Incumbent state’s attorneys facing primary challengers in Vermont had a nerve-wracking Tuesday night as election results came in.Two incumbent state’s attorneys appeared to win narrow primary victories while a third incumbent went down handily in defeat. Get all of VTDigger's political news.You'll never miss a political story with our weekly headlines in your inbox.Dail
  • Hallquist celebrates historic victory, trains sights on Scott

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist speaks to supporters Tuesday evening at her victory party at The Skinny Pancake in Burlington. Photo by Kit Norton/VTDigger
    Christine Hallquist, a former utilities executive, became the first transgender candidate in the nation to be nominated by a major party in a governor’s race, scoring a clear win over three Democratic challengers in primaries on Tuesday.
    “We made history,” Hallquist told reporters after the Associated
  • Scott wins Republican race, but Stern takes 32 percent of the vote

    Gov. Phil Scott says he expected the margins in the Republican primary to be even closer than they were. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDiggerKeith Stern left his own primary watch party early on Tuesday night. It was clear that he had lost to incumbent Gov. Phil Scott, and the Springfield grocer had to get up at 1 a.m. Wednesday to pick up a load of produce in Boston to bring back to his store on the Vermont-New Hampshire border.Gov. Phil Scott will also be going back to work Wednesday morning, but
  • Margolis: Could there be more surprises ahead?

    Democratic nominee for governor Christine Hallquist speaks with a supporter Tuesday night as election returns come in. Photo by Kit Norton/VTDigger
    Well, that turned out to be a little more interesting than expected.
    After a desultory primary campaign, a respectable number of Vermont Democrats went to the polls and delivered a decisive victory for Christine Hallquist.Get all of VTDigger's political news.You'll never miss a political story with our weekly headlines in your inbox.Daily
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  • Sanders and Welch easily win renomination

    Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., center, and Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., second from right, won their Democratic primary elections Tuesday. File photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger
    Incumbents Bernie Sanders and Peter Welch easily captured the Democratic nomination in Tuesday’s congressional primaries, with the Associated Press calling Sanders the Senate winner at 8:07 p.m. and Welch the victor in the House at 8:36 p.m.
    With nearly two-thirds of the state’s 275 voting districts reporting, Sand
  • Scott vs. Hallquist: stage set for governor’s race

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist speaks to supporters Tuesday evening. Photo by Kit Norton/VTDigger
    Gov. Phil Scott won the Republican Party nomination, but not without taking a pounding in the polls Tuesday night. The Associated Press called the race for Scott a little after 9 p.m.
    Within a few minutes of announcing Scott’s win, the news service also called the Democratic primary for Christine Hallquist, making her the first transgender gubernatorial candidate in the
  • 5th Annual Fill the Window Food Drive Aug. 21-26

    News Release — Vermont Progressive PartyAug. 13, 2018
    Contact:Josh WronskiDirector, Vermont Progressive Party(518) 810-6978josh@progressiveparty.org
    Rutland, VT – The Progressive Rutland Senate District Committee nominated a slate of candidates for Rutland County Senate on Sunday. The Committee nominated Greg Cox, Cheryl Hooker, and Scott Garran to run for the three seat State Senate district.
    “I am excited to be running to represent Rutland County as a State Senator.” Sa
  • Lake Champlain Basin Program offers grants to preserve and interpret cultural heritage

    News Release — Champlain Valley National Heritage PartnershipAugust 13, 2018
    Contact:James Brangan,CVNHP Coordinator(802) 372-3213
    Grand Isle, VT – The Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP) seeks proposals for projects to protect, restore, interpret, and showcase the historical resources and cultural heritage of the Champlain Valley.
    The CVNHP anticipates awarding over $100,000 across four grant categories:
    · Conservation & Community Grants of up to $7,500
  • World championships bring professional disc golfers to Smugglers’ Notch

    News Release — Smugglers’ NotchAug. 13, 2018
    Contact:Mike ChaitSmugglers’ Notch PR802-644-8572mediarelations@smuggs.com
    JEFFERSONVILLE, VT– Smugglers’ Notch Disc Golf Center hosts the 2018 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships on September 2-9, 2018. Welcoming pros from 10 countries and 40 different states, Smugglers’ opens its two world-class courses to the highest ranked players in the United States and beyond. The event comes just one month after
  • Gifford, Randolph Union High School partner on athletic training

    News Release — Gifford Medical CenterAug. 14, 2018
    Contact:Maryellen ApelquistMApelquist@giffordmed.org
    RANDOLPH, Vt.—This month, as student athletes and their coaches prepare for the fall season, Gifford Health Care and Randolph Union High School (RUHS) make official an agreement to provide athletic training in the coming year for all high school and Vermont Principals’ Association (VPA)-required middle school sports. Per the agreement, a Gifford athletic trainer will cover RU
  • Aug. 22 is Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day

    News Release — Vermont Veterinary Medical AssociationAug. 14, 2018
    Contact:Kathy Finnie, Executive Director802-878-6888Kathy@vtvets.org
    By Dr. Erin ForbesMountain View Animal Hospital
    Cats need preventative care examinations at least once a year when they are young and at least twice a year when they become senior citizens. At routine visits, your veterinarian will discuss nutrition, lifestyle changes, environmental enrichment, disease prevention, parasite prevention, and behavior issues.
  • Mary Sullivan: Vermont needs action on energy goals

    Editor’s note: This commentary is by state Rep. Mary Sullivan, of Burlington, a Democrat who represents Chittenden District 6-5 (South End/Hill Section of Burlington) in the Vermont House of Representatives.Because I strongly believe that climate change is – by far – the most pressing global issue we are dealing with I believe it is incumbent on us, especially our political leaders, to do everything we can to reduce emissions. It will take all of us doing our parts, and it will
  • Care board cuts Blue Cross rate request

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont headquarters in Berlin. File photo by Andrew Stein/VTDigger
    The state’s largest insurer must reduce its proposed rate hike for Vermont Health Connect customers, state regulators have decided.
    The Green Mountain Care Board on Tuesday ruled that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont can enact an average 5.8 percent premium increase for 2019. The company had asked for a 9.6 percent increase.Get all of VTDigger's health care news.You'll never miss our heal
  • Sarah Kaeck: Reliable child care key to strong workforce

    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Sarah Kaeck, of New Haven, who is the owner and founder of Bee’s Wrap, a business in Bristol.
    This summer, we saw two studies about Vermont that appeared in contrast: One rated Vermont as one of the best places to live. The other paints Vermont as a hard place to find employees and run a business. As a business owner and employer, I know both are true, but I believe a crucial piece of the conversation is missing: Why is it hard to recruit employee
  • Phil Holland: Remembering the Battle of Bennington

    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Phil Holland, who lives in Shaftsbury and is the author of “A Guide to the Battle of Bennington and the Bennington Monument.”
    Bennington Battle Day is a commemoration, an event designed to enable a group of people to share a public memory. The day of the battle has been commemorated in Bennington since its first anniversary in 1778, in the form of speeches, poems, parades, banquets, barbecues and occasional re-enactments, and Aug. 16 been a
  • ‘Muscle’ in fatal crime spree gets almost 20 years

    Jonathan Zampieri was sentenced Tuesday. 2006 Vermont State Police photo
    BURLINGTON — A man who authorities said with the “inadvertent flick” of his lighter set a blaze that killed a woman and seriously injured another person has been sentenced to nearly two decades behind bars.
    Jonathan Zampieri, 36, wearing a green prison uniform, stood up in court Tuesday and apologized for his actions leading to the death of 22-year-old Brittany Burt and leaving her boyfriend, Efren Serrano
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  • ‘Bellwether’ Bethel strikes a moderate tone

    A bell tower in the bellwether town of Bethel, whose gubernatorial ballot totals have matched statewide results in 21 of the last 22 general elections. Photo by Kevin O’Connor/VTDigger
    BETHEL — Gubernatorial voting in this Windsor County town has matched Vermont results in 21 of the last 22 general elections. So when 63-year-old therapist David Pellegrino cast the first local ballot in Tuesday’s state primary, one might have wondered if he was speaking for more than himself.
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Ranked #1 Hospital in New Hampshire by US News & World Report

    For Immediate ReleaseTuesday, August 14, 2018
    Contact: Rick Adams
    (603) 653-1910rick.adams@hitchcock.org
    Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Ranked #1 Hospital in New Hampshire by US News & World Report
    DHMC nationally ranked in Gynecology; cited for excellence in 14 clinical programs
    LEBANON, NH – Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) has been once again ranked as New Hampshire’s Best Hospital for 2018-19 by U.S. News & World Report.
    DHMC was also nationally ranked in the
  • Governors and premiers promote electric vehicle revolution

    Panelists at a conference in Stowe on Monday discussed the need for electric vehicles to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets. Photo by Elizabeth Griboff/VTDigger.
    STOWE — Despite recent rocky trade tensions, New England governors and eastern Canadian premiers pledged Monday to continue to collaborate on the region’s climate change commitments and energy supply.
    Geoff MacLellan, a legislator in Nova Scotia, said during the closing remarks of the annual meeting of the governors and p
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  • VTrans to hear about Bennington tanker car storage

    The storage of rail tanker cars holding propane during the winter in North Bennington led to protests from residents and lawmakers. Bennington Banner file photo
    BENNINGTON — Area residents will have a chance to weigh in on local transportation needs and voice their concerns during a meeting next week at Bennington College.
    Sen. Brian Campion, D-Bennington, said Monday that top Agency of Transportation officials will attend an informational meeting on Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Center for th
  • Vermont hospital budgets go before the public

    The Green Mountain Care Board has scheduled four public hearings on hospital budgets over the next two weeks. File photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger
    In a series of public hearings starting next Monday, Vermont hospital administrators will make their case for proposed budgets that include a combined $2.6 billion in patient revenue.
    The Green Mountain Care Board has scheduled four hearings in Montpelier, Burlington and Castleton over the last two weeks in August to review fiscal year 2019 budg
  • Castleton University Professor Awarded $300,000 Research Grant

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    For more information contact: jeff.weld@castleton.edu
    Castleton University Professor Awarded $300,000 Research Grant
    National Science Foundation to fund Dr. Preston P. Garcia’s research through 2021
    CASTLETON, VT (08/14/2018) Castleton University Associate Professor of Biology and Biology Program Coordinator, Dr. Preston P. Garcia, has secured a competitive research grant through the National Science Foundation (NSF) which will fund his research until 2021.
  • Sanders challenger files complaint over election tactic

    Folasade Adeluola is challenging Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in the Democratic primary. Photo by Kit Norton/VTDigger
    Folasade Adeluola said she’s running to stop Sen. Bernie Sanders from “waging war” with the Democratic Party.
    The newcomer to politics is a self-described “Obamacrat activist” and is facing Sanders in Tuesday’s the Vermont Democratic primary. She’s a single mother who is self-employed in accounting and lives in BurlingtonGet all of VTDigge
  • Green Mountain Power uses Tesla Power Walls to reduce electricity demand

    Media Contact:
    Kristin Kelly, (802) 318-0872
    More Powerwalls Deployed Means GMP Could Offset More Than $600,000 in Customer Costs
    COLCHESTER, Vt. – Green Mountain Power’s commitment to innovation delivered bigger savings to customers as New England hit a new yearly peak for power demand last week. GMP’s growing network of stored energy reduced dem

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