• David Flemming: Misjudging the impact of a $15 minimum wage

    Editor’s note: This commentary is by David Flemming, a policy analyst at the Ethan Allen Institute.Recently, Raise the Wage Coalition member Nathan Suter wrote a commentary entitled “Economic Evidence Points to Broad Benefits of a $15 Minimum Wage.” The commentary makes several dubious claims in support of Vermont raising the minimum wage to $15/hour. To make his case, Suter relies on four Berkeley studies, one of which was subjected to political interference by the pro-minimum
  • Haviland Smith: Crying terrorism to marshal public opinion

    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Haviland Smith, of Williston, who is a retired CIA station chief who served in East and West Europe as well as the Middle East. He was chief of the counterterrorism staff and executive assistant to the CIA’s deputy director. His other writings can be seen on rural-ruminations.com.
    In 1953, America participated in the overthrow of the only democratically elected government Iran has ever had by removing Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh from office
  • Welch seeks review of DEA opioid law after critical report

    Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., speaks surrounded by Gov. Phil Scott, left, and the rest of Vermont’s congressional delegation. File photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDiggerWASHINGTON — Vermont’s member of the U.S. House is calling for a review of a law he backed that some Drug Enforcement Agency officials believe has hindered efforts to fight the opioid epidemic.
    Rep. Peter Welch was one of three congressional Democrats to co-sponsor 2016 legislation that has come under fire for restricting
  • Vermont joins lawsuit to maintain Obamacare subsidies

    Attorney General TJ Donovan. File photo by Anne Galloway/VTDiggerVermont is one of more than a dozen states suing President Donald Trump over his decision to cut off federal health insurance subsidies designed to help low-income sick people.
    Attorney General TJ Donovan announced Vermont would be part of the lawsuit in a press release on Monday, just days after Trump announced he would no longer send federal subsidy money to health insurance companies.
    The other states participating are Californi
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  • Writers for Recovery #5: Anonymous

    Writers for Recovery is a series of writing workshops focused on stories of addiction and recovery. Participants write about their personal stories of struggle, perseverance, moments of doubt and inspiration and the slow but steady work of renewal and healing from addiction.
    In addition to holding workshops in recovery centers, Writers for Recovery convenes writing groups in correctional facilities across Vermont. This week’s author is currently held in the Vermont correctional
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  • McAllister given probation, no jail on prostitution conviction

    Former lawmaker Norm McAllister testifies during his July trial at Franklin County Superior Court in St. Albans. Pool file photo by Greg Lamereaux/County CourierST. ALBANS — Former state Sen. Norm McAllister will not serve jail time after being found guilty in August of prostituting a former tenant who worked on his farm.
    Franklin County Superior Court Judge Martin Maley sentenced McAllister on Tuesday to 25 days on a work crew and one year of probation. Maley also required that he undergo
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  • Vermont Department of Liquor Control launches rare Bourbon & rye sweepstakes

    News Release — Vermont Department of Liquor ControlOct. 13, 2017
    Contact:Theresa Barrows, Director of MarketingVermont Department of Liquor Control802-828-4932
    Vermont Department of Liquor Control Launches the 2017 Sazerac Antique Collection of Rare Bourbon & Rye Sweepstakes
    MONTPELIER, VT – October 13, 2107
    For the second year, the Vermont Department of Liquor Control (DLC) has launched the Sazerac Antique Collection of Rare Bourbon and Rye Sweepstake
  • Association of Vermont Independent Colleges expands semester exchange

    News Release — Association of Vermont Independent CollegesOctober 16, 2017
    Contact:Susan Stitely, President(802) 828-8826 / sstitley@vermont-icolleges.org
    MONTPELIER, VT – When Gabriel Antonucci came to Middlebury College from Massachusetts to major in biology and environmental studies, he didn’t expect to work in the fields of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom at Sterling College.
    Antonucci was able to combine these diverse learning experiences by par
  • Burlington Progressives say keep Burlington Telecom local

    News Release — Burlington City Progressive Steering CommitteeOctober 15, 2017
    Contact:Kelly Mangan, kellyannmangan@gmail.com, 802-324-6560
    Don Schramm, dlschramm@gmail.com, 802-399-2493
    KBTL offers the longest term value for Burlington citizens
    Burlington, VT – The Burlington City Progressive Steering Committee has voted unanimously to support Keep BT Local’s bid to purchase Burlington Telecom. Members cited numerous reasons for preferring KBTL over the other bidders.
    KBTL is t
  • First Call for Chittenden County distributes suicide prevention manual

    News Release — Howard CenterOctober 16, 2017
    Contact:Martie Majoros
    BURLINGTON, VT— Howard Center’s First Call for Chittenden County mobile crisis service recently released a new and expanded version of “Suicide Prevention Across the Lifespan,” a crucial resource for the entire community in learning more about identifying risks and accessing support to prevent suicide.
    The booklet was first produced and distrib
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  • ‘Whatever Happened to Integration’ event is Nov. 11 in Montpelier

    News Release — Transcultural Awareness InstituteOct. 16, 2017
    Contact:Offie Wortham, Coordinator802-479-3339
    On November 11, 2017 there will be an important dialogue on “Whatever Happened to Integration” at the Unitarian Church in Montpelier, Vt. from 9am to 4 pm. Suggested contribution is $10. Students admitted free. This will not be just another discussion about race and ethnic problems in Vermont and the nation, this dialogue will examine one of the major ca
  • Montpelier library calls for poems for PoemCity 2018

    News Release — Kellogg-Hubbard LibraryOctober 16, 2017
    Contact:Rachel Senechal, Director of PoemCity at Kellogg-Hubbard Library802 223-3338
    MONTPELIER, VT – The Kellogg Hubbard library is once again calling for poetry submissions for its ninth year of PoemCity, a city-wide event that displays poetry on local business storefronts as a way to celebrate National Poetry Month. In addition to the text display, PoemCity features poetry/art installations, poetry-related workshops, and readi
  • Ex-municipal attorney for Rutland doubles effort to get out of jail

    Christopher Sullivan, former city attorney in Rutland, appears in Rutland Superior Court in August for his sentencing in a fatal hit-and-run crash. Pool file photo by Robert L. Layman/for the Rutland Herald
    RUTLAND — A former attorney for the city of Rutland is taking a second legal avenue to challenge his conviction and prison sentence in a fatal hit-and-run crash.Christopher Sullivan, 57, acting as his own attorney, recently filed a petition for post-conviction relief in the civil divisi
  • NorthCountry Federal Credit Union opens branches in Barre and Montpelier

    News Release — NorthCountry Federal Credit UnionOctober 16, 2017
    Contact:Brian Jaffarian
    bjaffarian@northcountry.orgPhone: (802)264-6774
    South Burlington – NorthCountry Federal Credit Union’s two new branches are open for business at 328 North Main Street, Barre and 1 National Life Drive in Montpelier, former locations of Granite Hills Credit Union. At a special meeting on June 22, Granite Hills Credit Union members approved their Board of Directors’ recommendation to mer
  • DVHA launches tool to help Vermonters compare 2018 health plans

    News Release — Department of Vermont Health AccessOct. 17, 2017
    Contact:Seán Sheehan, Department of Vermont Health Access802-585-6339 / Sean.Sheehan@vermont.gov
    2018 Open Enrollment Runs from November 1st through December 15th
    WATERBURY, VT – On October 17th, state officials announced an online tool that they say will help Vermonters weigh health insurance options and choose the health plan that best fits their medical needs and budget. The 2018 Plan Comparison Tool allows ind
  • Greater Middlebury Climate Economy Initiative community meeting is Oct. 26

    News Release — Vermont Rural Development CouncilOctober 16, 2017
    Contact:Jon CopansPhone: (802) 225-6393
    Middlebury – How does a Vermont community become a national model by pioneering initiatives that increase economic opportunity and affordability while also tackling climate change? The citizens of Middlebury and surrounding towns will begin to answer that question on
  • Retired Navy Admiral and Tufts Dean James G. Stavridis to speak at 2018 Norwich commencement

    News Release — Norwich UniversityOct. 16, 2017
    Contact:Daphne Larkin802-485-2886
    dlarkin@norwich.eduOn Twitter @NorwichNews
    NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University is honored to announce that U.S. Navy Admiral (Ret.) and Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University James G. Stavridis will deliver the university’s 2018 Commencement address to graduating seniors on Saturday, May 12, 2018.
    Stavridis is a retired United States Navy admiral and the current dean
  • Most area troops welcome Boy Scouts’ new gender inclusivity

    (This story by Matt Hongoltz-Hetling was published in the Valley News on Oct. 13, 2017.
    Members of the Upper Valley’s scouting community say a national decision to open the Boy Scouts of America to more girls is bound to affect local troops of both Boy and Girl Scouts, though it’s too early to say who might benefit, and who might suffer.
    “When I first heard the news it was a little dizzying,” said Josh Gilman, who’s been involved with Troop 232 in White River Juncti
  • $3.7M in long-awaited checks sent to unpaid Burke contractors

    The Burke Mountain Hotel and Conference Center under construction in July 2015. File photo by Amy Ash Nixon/VTDiggerContractors who helped build a $65 million hotel at the base of Burke Mountain recently received checks to cover bills as much as two years old totaling just under $3.7 million.
    The payments were sent out more than 10 days ago, according to the court-appointed receiver now overseeing the resort.But, as news of the checks and payments provide welcome financial relief to many, not al
  • Vermont Production Council aims to attract new film resources

    (This story by Cherise Madigan was published in the Bennington Banner on Oct. 14, 2017.)
    MANCHESTER — The newly formed Vermont Production Council has “Greenlit the Green Mountains” in its endeavor to promote resources from across the state, and connect those resources with content creators — such as experienced screenwriters, cinematographers and more — seeking locations.
    In doing so, the organization also hopes to bolster the state’s economy and encourage yo
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  • Southwestern Vermont Medical Center honored for nursing

    (This story by Greg Sukiennik was published in the Bennington Banner on Oct. 17, 2017.)
    BENNINGTON — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center‘s efforts to help high-risk, chronically ill patients make better decisions about their care and avoid hospitalization have been honored with one of a national nursing organization’s most prestigious honors.
    The hospital received the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Prize for its Accountable Communities for Health program at
  • Co-op survives next step in bidding process for Burlington Telecom

    Keep BT Local demonstrator. Photo by Bob LoCicero/VTDiggerBURLINGTON — A local co-op seeking to purchase Burlington Telecom will be among the two final bidders after a City Council vote Monday, much to the elation of supporters who packed City Hall.
    Burlington Telecom is currently owned by a holding company that leases its assets back to the city, an arrangement reached nearly a decade ago when the fiber network was in dire financial straits. The city improperly plowed $17 million of Burli
  • Wired for Safety: Why online hygiene matters

    Editor’s note: Wired for Safety is a weekly column on cybersecurity and other tech issues. Duane Dunston is an assistant professor of cybersecurity and networking at Champlain College. He received his bachelor’s and master’s of science from Pfeiffer College. From 2001 to 2011 he worked in cybersecurity for NOAA. He is a first-year doctoral student at Northeastern University. His other activities include “You Have A Voice,” a project to develop an electronic screenin
  • Health care providers see a future around one big table

    Dr. John Brumsted, chief executive officer of the University of Vermont Health Network and the UVM Medical Center. File photo by Erin Mansfield/VTDiggerBURLINGTON — When Dr. John Brumsted talks about health care reform, he describes trying to get all the health care providers in Vermont and New York to sit around the same dining room table.
    Brumsted, the CEO of the University of Vermont Health Network and the UVM Medical Center, says getting all the providers into one family, together at h
  • Looking to add substance abuse counselors, state eases licensing

    Gov. Phil Scott discusses regulatory reforms aimed at faster licensing of drug counselors Monday. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger
    In what he called a sign of progress in combating the opioid crisis, Gov. Phil Scott announced Monday that the state has moved to bolster the ranks of substance abuse counselors by paring back the licensing requirements.
    The move was spurred by legislators’ recommendations to the Office of Professional Regulation after hearing that the state’s arcane rule
  • Jacques Couture: Consider the farmer, not the farming

    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Jacques Couture, who milks a 70-cow herd in Westfield, about five miles from the Canadian border. When he’s not in the barn or out in the fields, he and his wife, Pauline, run Couture’s Maple Shop and a bed and breakfast at the farmhouse, which dates back to 1892.
    When it comes to organic or conventional dairy farming, I’ve been on both sides of the fence – literally and figuratively – so the current demand by some vocal Ve
  • Martha Allen: School boards, teachers not to blame for health insurance increases

    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Martha Allen, a K-12 librarian who serves as the president of Vermont-NEA. She lives in Canaan.
    Facts matter. As a 30-year school teacher, I could spot a mile away the students who didn’t do their homework despite the availability of resources they could have used to prove their points.
    Sadly, I can now spot politicians and others who obviously didn’t do their homework when they assert that proposed increases in the costs of health insurance
  • Dean Whitlock: Marijuana panel left some questions hanging

    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Dean Whitlock, of Thetford, a freelance writer who has been researching the issues surrounding marijuana legalization for years. A former supporter of legalization, he is now opposed. He is a member of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM-VT)
    The panel on marijuana legalization that was hosted on Sept. 18 by Burlington’s Howard Center presented some very interesting new information about the effects of legalization. The entire event has been archive
  • Sanders raises nearly $2M while still under presidential debt

    Sen. Bernie Sanders. File photo by Michael Dougherty/VTDiggerWASHINGTON — While Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Senate campaign coffers continue to grow, his 2016 presidential campaign still owes more than $300,000 to municipalities for security costs.
    Sanders, an independent, has not said whether he will run for a third term representing Vermont in the U.S. Senate. However, filings from the third quarter of the year show him continuing to amass money.
    Sanders’ Senate campaign had $5.9 mi
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  • Plaintiffs in PFOA suit must submit medical records

    The former ChemFab Corp. factory in North Bennington. Residents suing over PFOA contamination will have to provide some medical records, though not as much information as requested by the company. File photo by Jim Therrien/VTDiggerBENNINGTON — The judge in a proposed class-action suit over PFOA contamination of properties around former ChemFab Corp. plants is giving the defense access to plaintiffs’ medical records.
    However, District Judge Geoffrey Crawford termed the request from S
  • National Democratic figure Keith Ellison headlining state party event

    Keith Ellison at the Democratic National Committee forum in Baltimore in February. File photo by Jasper Craven/VTDiggerThe Minnesota congressman whom Sen. Bernie Sanders favored to be the chair of the Democratic National Committee is coming to Vermont.
    Rep. Keith Ellison, who became deputy national committee chair after losing his bid for the top spot early this year, will be speaking at a Vermont Democratic Party fundraising event Nov. 9.Vermont Democratic Party Chair Faisal Gill invited Elliso
  • Vermont inmate dies at Pennsylvania prison

    Block J at the Camp Hill prison in Pennsylvania, where Vermonters are housed. File photo by Jasper Craven/VTDiggerThe state is looking into the death of a Vermont inmate early Sunday at a prison in Pennsylvania.Roger Brown, 68, was pronounced dead about 5:45 a.m. of what appeared to be a medical issue, the Vermont Department of Corrections said Monday.He was being held at the SCI Camp Hill facility, which houses Vermont inmates under a contract with the state.
    In keeping with policy, the Vermont
  • Plea deal filed for South Burlington school threat suspect

    BURLINGTON — Josiah Leach, the teenager accused of making threats against fellow South Burlington High School students and teachers, has reached a plea agreement, court filings indicate.
    Leach was arrested in April after a series of escalating threats through a web of email accounts, Facebook and a phone call. The threats led to three days of lockdowns at the high school and a one-day cancellation of classes districtwide.A photo of Josiah Leach from his public Facebook page. He is charged
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  • Wheels for Warmth seeking used tire donations to help vulnerable Vermonters

    News Release — Capstone Community ActionOct. 16, 2017
    Contact:Yvonne Lory, Capstone Community ActionPhone: (802) 479-1053Email: ylory@capstonevt.org
    (BARRE, VT) – Wheels for Warmth starts its tire collection today at 11 locations around the state. Tires collected over the next two weeks will be either recycled or sold at affordable prices so Vermonters are safe on the road this winter. All proceeds from the event go to emergency heating assistance throughout Vermont provided by Capst
  • City Market announces recipients for local food projects

    News Release — City MarketOctober 16, 2017
    Contact:Allison Hope (Formerly Weinhagen)Director of Community Engagement, City Market802-861-9750
    $30,000 to be donated to support the Vermont food system
    Burlington, VT – City Market has announced the 2017 recipients of its Co-op Patronage Seedling Grants, a grants program to support the local food system. In 2016, the Co-op Patronage Seedling Grant recipients received over $56,000 in grant funding
  • Mayor Miro Weinberger’s public appearance schedule for Oct. 16-20, 2017

    News Release — Office of Mayor Miro WeinbergerOctober 16, 2017
    Contact:Katie Vane802.734.0617
    Mayor Miro Weinberger’s public appearance schedule for October 16 – 20, 2017:
    Monday, October 166:00 pm Board of Finance Meeting – Conference Room 12, City Hall7:00 pm City Council Meeting – Contois Auditorium, City Hall
    Tuesday, October 176:00 pm Innovation Week Keynote Event: Burlington Gigabit City – UVM Alumni House
    Wednesday, October 188:00 amMornings with Miro &
  • Longtime UVM professor Raul Hilberg subject of three-day conference in Berlin

    News Release — UVMOct. 13, 2017
    Contact:Jeff Wakefield, Jeffrey.Wakefield@uvm.edu, 802-578-8830
    On 10th Anniversary of his Death
    Raul Hilberg, a towering figure in the field of Holocaust Studies who taught political science at the University of Vermont for 36 years, will be the subject of a three-day academic conference October 18-20 in Berlin on the tenth anniversary of his death.
    UVM’s Miller Center for Holocaust Studies is one of the conference’s sponsors, along with the Uni
  • Gov. Phil Scott’s public schedule appearance schedule Oct. 14-20, 2017

    News Release — Gov. Phil ScottOct. 13, 2017
    Contact:Ethan T. LatourAsst. Director of Policy and Communications802.828.3333
    Governor Phil Scott’s Public Schedule: 10/14/17 – 10/20/17
    Saturday, October 14
    No public events scheduled
    Sunday, October 15
    No public events scheduled
    Monday, October 16
    12:30 PMPress Conference with Secretary of State Jim CondosOn Addressing Substance Use Disorder WorkforceGovernor’s Ceremonial Office,
  • Vermont PBS celebrates 50th anniversary

    News Release — Vermont PBSOct. 13, 2017
    Contact:Julia Andrews, Vermont PBS
    jandrews@vermontpbs.org / 802.655.4891
    Station Thanks Viewers with Birthday Events and a Look Back “From the Archives”
    Colchester, Vt. – October 6, 2017 – On October 16, Vermont PBS proudly celebrates 50 years of serving the people of Vermont and its surrounding regions with a week of commemorative events and special programming chronicling the station’s half century
  • Social impact firm invests in tech start-up

    Press Release — Vermont WorksOctober 13, 2017
    Contact:Robert Zulkoski, Vermont Works
    Mark Naud, Vermont Innovation Commons
    Benjamin Boas, Burlington Code Academy
    Kevin Ellis, Ellis-Mills Public Affairs802.371.8112; Kevin@Ellis-Mills.com
    Burlington, VT — Vermont Works Management Company, LLC, announced today a major investment in Burlington Code Academy, a boot-camp style educational organization that helps Ve
  • VSAC scholarship season opens Nov. 1

    News Release — VSACOct. 12, 2017
    Media Contact:Sabina Haskell802-542-2240
    More than 126 scholarships worth $5.7 million to be awarded
    WINOOSKI (Oct. 12, 2017)—Vermont Student Assistance Corp.’s annual publication, Scholarships for Vermonters, is now available with information on more than 126 programs for eligible Vermonters looking to finance their education and training after high school.
    Scholarships—like grants—are financial aid that you do not
  • Community College of Vermont faculty overwhelmingly vote yes to union

    News Release — CCV:October 12, 2017
    Contacts:Emily Casey 802.338.2436
    Matt McGrath 802.373.0133
    MONTPELIER, VT — Ballots from 435 Community College of Vermont (CCV) faculty were counted Thursday at the Vermont Labor Relations Board. CCV faculty voted by mail on the question of whether to join the AFT Vermont union. 300 CCV faculty voted yes to join AFT Vermont (70% of ballots cast) in order to negotiate for an improved CCV for fa
  • Essex High School Teacher named 2018 Vermont Teacher of the Year

    News Release — Vermont Agency of EducationOctober 12, 2017
    Contact:Haley Jones, (802) 479-1111
    Rebecca Gile, (802) 479-1718
    Barre, VT. – The Vermont Agency of Education today honored Linda Cloutier-Namdar, M.Ed., an Essex High School (EHS) English teacher, as the 2018 Vermont Teacher of the Year during the 2017 University of Vermont (UVM) Outstanding Teacher Day event.
    Also recognized were:2018 Vermont Teacher of the Year Alternate Sara Doncaster, M.F.A., Music Director at Lake Regio
  • Vermont National Guard medical team returns from Virgin Islands recovery effort

    News Release — Vermont National GuardFriday, 13 Oct 2017
    Contact:POC: MAJ Chris GookinPHONE: (802) 338-3478BB: (802) 338-0929
    “I would like to welcome home our Vermont Soldiers and Airmen that provided  medical support to the recovery efforts in the US Virgin Islands,” said Maj. Gen. Steven Cray, the adjutant general, Vermont National Guard.
    A team of 19 Soldiers and Airmen consisting of a variety of medical specialties; nurses, physician assistants, medical admi
  • Vermont Department of Labor recognizes Vermont businesses for exemplary workplace safety

    News Release — Vermont Department of LaborOctober 13, 2017
    Contact:Stephen MonahanVermont Department of Labor
    Suggested Tweet: #VDOL and @GovPhilScott recognize businesses for having safe and healthy workplaces. #vtjobs #thinkvtjobs #vt
    South Burlington, VT – The Vermont Department of Labor and Governor Phil Scott recognized several Vermont businesses Friday for their strong commitment to providing safe, healthy and effective workplac

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