• Mount Snow says next pitch to foreign investors ‘imminent’

    Mount Snow resort in Dover. Photo by Rob Bossi/Courtesy of Mount Snow
    Having recently received federal permission to establish an EB-5 center for soliciting foreign investment, Mount Snow administrators are wasting no time putting it to work.
    The Great North Regional Center’s first investment offering will happen by the end of this month, and it will support development of more than 100 lodging units at the Dover resort, executives said Thursday.
    Meanwhile, the resort’s first EB-5 of
  • Mount Snow says next EB-5 offering ‘imminent’

    Mount Snow resort in Dover. Photo by Rob Bossi/Courtesy of Mount Snow
    Having recently received federal permission to establish an EB-5 center for soliciting foreign investment, Mount Snow administrators are wasting no time putting it to work.
    The Great North Regional Center’s first investment offering will happen by the end of this month. It will support development of more than 100 lodging units at the Dover resort, executives said Thursday.
    Meanwhile, the resort’s first EB-5 offeri
  • Peter Miller seeks to preserve ‘vanishing Vermonters’

    Waterbury photographer Peter Miller is author of the new book “Vanishing Vermonters: Loss of a Rural Culture.” Photo by Kevin O’Connor/VTDiggerWATERBURY — Peter Miller has traveled the world for periodicals‎ ranging from Smithsonian to Sports Illustrated, but most Vermonters know him for his iconic image of the late Tunbridge farmer turned “Man with a Plan” film star Fred Tuttle holding a picture of his father holding a picture of his father.
    “I set
  • Audit finds Burlington Uber drivers have clean records, cars

    BURLINGTON — A sample of the city’s Uber drivers received clean marks from city inspectors during the first round of audits required under a new local ordinance.About a year after the Burlington City Council mandated scrutiny of Uber drivers operating in the city, the resulting report shows the first batch of drivers audited had clean criminal histories, relatively new cars and adequate driving experience.Under the process, Uber — actually a subsidiary called Rasier LLC —
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  • Jules Rabin: A reflection in the time of Harvey Weinstein

    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Jules Rabin, who came to Vermont in 1968 to teach at Goddard College and 10 years later shifted to baking bread in a wood-fired oven. He lives in Plainfield.I live on a dirt road 10 miles from town, where cars pass at the rate of one in 20 to 30 minutes. I’m of an age to be retired from work, well retired, and have no regular reason to go to town. When I do drive in, once or twice a week, it’s an occasion for me.
    Situated as I am, I’ve
  • Michael Shank: Put a price on pollution

    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank, Ph.D., of Brandon, who is the communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. He writes in his personal capacity.
    Economists love it. Republicans love it. Democrats love it. Big multinational corporations love it. Even activists love it. What could possibly garner that much affection? A pragmatic piece of policy that puts a cost on carbon and a price on pollution. It’s c
  • Jon Glascoe: He tweeted what?

    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Jon Glascoe, of Randolph, who is a screenwriter, a filmmaker and a Democrat.
    What I hate most about this nightmare is that Trump lies so often, that he screws up so frequently, that the corruption of his entire administration is so blatant, that we never pause on a single scandal and say, wait, we need to stop the presses for this one. We need to take a close and immediate look — at this one. Trump, who is almost certainly guilty of conspiracy, ba
  • Developer drops troubled bid for power line under Lake Champlain

    Months after putting the project on hold, the backers of the Vermont Green Line have pulled the plug on their proposal for a power cable under Lake Champlain.The project’s sponsors last month quietly withdrew their permit application before the Public Utility Commission, ending National Grid’s quest to carry Canadian power through the cable to southern New England.
    The proposed route of the Vermont Green Line.The estimated $650 million project has been in stasis since the summer, whe
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  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock addresses hospital accreditation concerns

    The main entrance of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. Photo courtesy of Dartmouth-Hitchcock
    (This story by Nora Doyle-Burr was published by the Valley News on Dec. 9, 2017.)
    LEBANON, N.H. — Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital employees have been busy in recent weeks as they work to address several dozen citations made by a hospital accrediting organization during a November visit.
    In a phone interview last week, Dr. George Blike, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s c
  • Investors seek to enlist receiver in lawsuit against Jay Peak seller

    Michael Goldberg, the court-appointed receiver in the EB-5 fraud case, speaks at a Statehouse news conference. File photo by Michael Dougherty/VTDiggerA lawsuit brought by EB-5 investors claiming that a Canadian company “aided and abetted” an alleged fraud scheme at Jay Peak Resort may be clearing a big hurdle.
    The investors say Saint-Sauveur Valley Resorts Inc. knowingly and improperly accepted $15 million in EB-5 funds from Miami businessman Ariel Quiros as payment for Jay Peak in
  • Smith: Pelham critics are asking the wrong questions

    Tom Pelham. File photo by Nat Rudarakanchana
    (Mike Smith is a regular columnist for VTDigger. He hosts the radio program “Open Mike with Mike Smith” on WDEV 550 AM and 96.1, 96.5, 98.3 and 101.9 FM and is a political analyst for WCAX-TV and WVMT radio. He was the secretary of administration and secretary of human services under former Gov. Jim Douglas.)
    The liberal advocacy group Rights and Democracy is calling on the Vermont Senate not to confirm Tom Pelham, Gov. Phil Scott’s
  • Then Again: A former governor’s shady railroad dealings

    Charles Paine, Vermont’s 15th governor, was involved with some questionable railroad ventures. Photo courtesy of Vermont Historical Society(“Then Again” is Mark Bushnell’s column on Vermont history.)
    Charles Paine was in trouble. Shareholders of the Vermont Central Railroad, of which he was president, were closing in on him. They accused him of mismanaging the railroad and their money, and enriching himself in the process.RELATED STORIESThen Again: A former governor&rsquo
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  • Officials, lawyers scramble after FirstNet document release

    John Quinn is secretary of the Agency of Digital Services. File photo by Erin Mansfield/VTDigger
    The public safety communications project known as FirstNet has been criticized — even by some of the officials closely involved with it — as being shrouded in too much secrecy.
    Now the leak of two consultants’ reviews of plans for the public safety broadband buildout has state officials and corporate lawyers scrambling to find the leaker and demand that the recipient of the leak ret
  • AT&T pushes lawmakers, state officials to block document release

    John Quinn is secretary of the Agency of Digital Services. File photo by Erin Mansfield/VTDigger
    The public safety communications project known as FirstNet has been criticized — even by some of the officials closely involved with it — as being shrouded in too much secrecy.
    Now the leak of two consultants’ reviews of plans for the public safety broadband buildout has state officials and corporate lawyers scrambling to find the leaker and demand that the recipient of the leak ret
  • Lack Of Financial Literacy 'Concerning For Every Single Citizen' Says Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

    Lack Of Financial Literacy 'Concerning For Every Single Citizen' Says Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
  • Why VTDigger needs your help today

    Dear Readers,
    VTDigger relies on your support. About half of our budget comes from readers like you.Time is running out to help us meet our budget goal of $350,000. We have $171,300 left to go by Dec. 31.Anne Galloway, founder of VTDigger. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDiggerOnly a tiny fraction of our readers give. If every one of our 55,000 monthly readers donated $5 a month, VTDigger could thrive for years to come. That’s why we are so very grateful to the more than 1,000 readers who have c
  • VTDigger needs your help today

    Dear Readers,
    VTDigger relies on your support. About half of our budget comes from readers like you.Time is running out to help us meet our budget goal of $350,000. We have $171,300 left to go by Dec. 31.Anne Galloway, founder of VTDigger. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDiggerOnly a tiny fraction of our readers give. If every one of our 55,000 monthly readers donated $5 a month, VTDigger could thrive for years to come. That’s why we are so very grateful to the more than 1,000 readers who have c
  • ICYMI — We spoke to #Rutland Mayor Dave Allaire on Thursday. Listen back to the online version of that conversation… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

    ICYMI — We spoke to #Rutland Mayor Dave Allaire on Thursday. Listen back to the online version of that conversation… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
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    Dear Readers,
    We are truly grateful to everyone who has contributed to our end-of-year fundraising so far. If you’ve been waiting to donate, we have just the thing for you!
    VTDigger hats are available in three colors. Choose your favorite as a thank you gift for your one-time $150 donation or for a new monthly donation at the $15 per month level.Just off the press are new VTDigger bumper stickers and reporters notebooks. Reporters notebooks, with the First Amendment printed on the cover,&n
  • Explosion at UTC Aerospace injures three people

    An explosion at the UTC Aerospace Systems in Vergennes Friday injured three people on Friday, according to the Vermont State Police.The injuries were non-life threatening, police say. The individuals were hospitalized at Porter Hospital in Middlebury and UVM Medical Center in Burlington. Two of the individuals have been released.
    All employees were evacuated from the plant.The Vergennes Fire Department and the fire investigative unit of the Department of Public Safety responded to the scene. The
  • DNA evidence remains under review in Arlington murder case

    Bennington County State’s Attorney Erica Marthage and Major Glenn Hall, commander of the Criminal Division of State Police, speak at a news conference after a murder charge was entered against Timothy Butler in an Arlington homicide. Photo by Holly Pelczynski/Bennington BannerEditor’s note: This story by Ed Damon first appeared in the Bennington Banner on Dec. 8.BENNINGTON — Forensic evidence in the case of a Sunderland man charged with the death of an elderly Arlington woman i
  • William Mathis: Dangers in the brave new world

    Editor’s note: This commentary is by William J. Mathis, who is vice chair of the Vermont State Board of Education and managing director of the National Education Policy Center. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of any group with which he is affiliated.
    Just as we were thinking that “The Matrix” and “The Terminator” were science fiction, the evening news shows us a different reality. We are being tracked by our own personal devices. Camera
  • Walt Amses: Surfing the Andes

    Editor’s note: Walt Amses is a writer and former educator who lives in Calais.
    I was convinced I was the only sane one on the bus, including the driver. We were on a seven-hour trip through the Central Andes headed for Cuenca Ecuador as it slowly dawned on me that the entire route included no straight flat sections of road and produced the kind of G forces common in alpine ski racing or NASA training. Everyone else seemed strangely calm in a Stepford Wives sort of way while I was as agitat
  • John Killacky: ‘The Nutcracker’ comes to the Flynn

    John Killacky with Vermont Ballet Theater dancers Eleanor Kinney and Lissome Hall who will be alternating as “Clara.” Courtesy photo by Frédéric SilbermanEditor’s note: This commentary is by John R. Killacky, executive director of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. It first aired on Vermont Public Radio.
    Growing up in a working-class family in Chicago, I did not experience a lot of culture — but a school trip to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater ch
  • The Deeper Dig: Who pays for clean water?

    Chris Kilian, Julie Moore and David Mears (left to right) at VTDigger’s panel on water quality. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger
    On Thursday, a VTDigger panel discussion tackled the debate around how to clean up waterways across Vermont. Toxic algae blooms led to closed beaches on Lake Champlain this summer, and other bodies of water, like Lake Carmi, have suffered the effects of phosphorous pollution.
    Environmental officials and conservationists have posed solutions, but the question
  • Critics question Moore’s call for patience on cleanup

    David Mears, Director of the Environmental Law Center at the Vermont Law School, at VTDigger’s panel on water quality. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDiggerBURLINGTON — Agency of Natural Resources chief Julie Moore gamely insisted that Vermont’s worsening water pollution, and the bacterial outbreaks caused by that pollution across the state, are difficult issues that will require time and patience.
    Speaking at a water quality forum at the Flynn Center Thursday evening, Moore’s
  • Vermont woman says imposter filed fake FCC comments

    Irene Racz of Montpelier says she favors maintaining current “net neutrality” rules allowing all web content equal access to the internet.
    But the Federal Communications Commission’s public comments website contains a statement from an Irene Racz of Montpelier, Vermont, saying she favors rolling back net neutrality rules put in place during the Obama administration.
    “Due to the grip of the utility-style regulations imposed under the previous Commission,” the comment
  • Sanders vows continued opposition to tax bill from conference committee seat

    Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at the annual Vermont Democrats fundraiser in Burlington on Nov. 9, 2017. Photo by Bob LoCicero/VTDigger
    WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders will sit on the congressional committee responsible for reconciling the differences between the House and Senate versions of the tax bill.
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Thursday that he selected the Vermont independent to be one of seven Senate Democrats on the tax bill conference committee.
    Sanders, the rankin
  • Vermont Yankee buyer makes financial case

    The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon. Photo courtesy of the Nuclear Regulatory CommissionVERNON – A New York company is using words like “reasonable,” “reliable” and “adequate” in an effort to convince federal regulators that it has enough cash to buy and clean up Vermont Yankee.
    In answer to questions posed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NorthStar Group Services says it has a sound plan to pay for the long-term management of radioacti
  • LISTEN: House Speaker Johnson On Education Funding, State Carbon Tax And Paid Family Leave dlvr.it/Q523Qm https://t.co/WWr1zE86VD

    LISTEN: House Speaker Johnson On Education Funding, State Carbon Tax And Paid Family Leave dlvr.it/Q523Qm https://t.co/WWr1zE86VD
  • LISTEN: Lack Of Financial Literacy 'Concerning For Every Single Citizen' Says Vt. Treasurer dlvr.it/Q51yNg https://t.co/gTyWY8k8x9

    LISTEN: Lack Of Financial Literacy 'Concerning For Every Single Citizen' Says Vt. Treasurer dlvr.it/Q51yNg https://t.co/gTyWY8k8x9
  • High School Sports Programs Adjust To Fewer Students And Changing Attitudes dlvr.it/Q51scG https://t.co/phWPIGTYSh

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  • Former Maple Leaf psychologist denies harassment claims

    A psychologist who was recently fired by the state is denying allegations contained in charges brought against him by the Office of Professional Regulation.
    Investigators for OPR allege that Dr. Charles Simonds created a hostile environment at his previous workplace through a pattern of intimidation, verbal abuse and sexual harassment.
    Simonds was the clinical director for Maple Leaf Treatment Associates Inc., from May 2016 until the company closed unexpectedly in February, leaving state officia
  • Activists urge Town Meeting votes on Vermont climate agenda

    Vermonters gathered at the Statehouse in April to advocate for climate justice. Photo by Michael Dougherty/VTDigger(This story byMatt Hongoltz-Hetling was published in the Valley News on Dec. 8, 2017.)
    HARTFORD — Environmentalists are asking communities throughout the Upper Valley to put articles on their Town Meeting warnings that urge the Vermont state government to be more aggressive in combating climate change.
    Saying Vermont has made “insufficient progress” toward renewabl
  • Fox News says FBI’s Burlington College probe ongoing

    Jane O’Meara Sanders, former president of Burlington College, celebrated her husband’s presidential campaign kickoff at Waterfront Park in Burlington, May 27, 2015. File photo by John Herrick/VTDiggerBURLINGTON — The federal probe into a 2010 land deal orchestrated by former Burlington College president Jane Sanders, wife of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., may still be ongoing, a news report suggests.
    Sanders was forced out as president of Burlington College the following year
  • Lack Of Financial Literacy 'Concerning For Every Single Citizen' Says Vt. Treasurer dlvr.it/Q518qD https://t.co/PcSbtpoENg

    Lack Of Financial Literacy 'Concerning For Every Single Citizen' Says Vt. Treasurer dlvr.it/Q518qD https://t.co/PcSbtpoENg
  • YWP: ‘Interest in the Pig Snorts’

    Young Writers Project, an independent nonprofit based in Burlington, engages young people to write and use digital media to express themselves with clarity and power, and to gain confidence and skills for school, the workplace and life.Check out the most recent issue of The Voice, Young Writers Project’s monthly digital magazine. Click here.Each week, VTDigger features a writing submission – an essay, poem, fiction or nonfiction – accompanied by a photo or illustration from Yo
  • SCOV Law Blog: Parental rights termination ruling appealed to Supreme Court

    Creative Commons photo by walknboston via FlickrEditor’s note: This piece from the SCOV Law Blog is by Elizabeth Kruska.In re B.K., 2017 VT 105
    Between basically the dawn of time and 2015, the Vermont Supreme Court didn’t overturn any termination of parental rights orders from the lower courts. Since then they’ve overturned several, including the one here.RELATED STORIESSCOV Law Blog: Parental rights termination ruling appealed to Supreme CourtSCOV Law Blog: Trial court re
  • Burlington winter temperatures rise 7 degrees

    Winters in Burlington have warmed more over the past four decades than in any major US city, according to data compiled by a Washington, D.C.-based science organization.
    Average winter temperatures in the Queen City rose seven degrees Fahrenheit since 1970 — from 18 degrees to 25 degrees, a group called Climate Central reported last week.Climate Central culled these figures from measurements taken by two federal agencies on instruments located in the 244 Nielsen media markets across the co
  • Sen. Leahy calls for continuing resolution to avoid government shutdown

    News release — Sen. Patrick LeahyDec. 7, 2017
    Contact:David Carle(202) 224-3693
    The current spending caps set in place by law will not responsibly fund the government or alleviate the consequences of sequestration on our domestic priorities or our military readiness. Since March, I have constantly repeated that we must reach a bipartisan budget deal that is based on parity, free of poison pill riders and not waste taxpayer dollars on President Trump’s useless border wall.But with the
  • Cambridge Greenway Trail Bridge opening in Jeffersonville

    News release — Lamoille County Planning Commission
    Contact:Tasha WallisExecutive DirectorLamoille County Planning Commission802-760- 7466
    On December 8th at 11 am, Senator Richard Westman of Lamoille County and Larry Wyckoff Chair of the Cambridge Selectboard will join State and Federal officials in celebrating the opening of the Cambridge Greenway Trail Bridge in Jeffersonville, VT.
    The new bridge over the Brewster River replaces an older bridge which had a low elevation and as a result w
  • State seeks public input on Camel’s Hump plan

    News release — Agency of Natural resourcesDec. 7, 2017
    Contact:Jason NerenbergDistrict Stewardship ForesterDepartment of Forests, Parks & RecreationAgency of Natural Resources(802) 498-4342
    Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is extending the opportunity to provide public comments on a draft plan for a group of conserved lands in the Camel’s Hump area of central Vermont. An additional public meeting has been scheduled for December 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Crossett Brook M
  • Vermont House Speaker @MitziJohnsonVT is talking live with @VPRKinzel on the program today. What questions do you h… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

    Vermont House Speaker @MitziJohnsonVT is talking live with @VPRKinzel on the program today. What questions do you h… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
  • Infinite Culcleasure: Redemption in an oppressive racist culture

    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Infinite Culcleasure, an independent candidate for Burlington mayor.I am running for mayor because Burlington is a community that not only believes in accountability, but also in the possibility of transformation and the power of redemption, of hope and of giving people a second chance.
    I was 11 years old the first time I was taken into police custody in Brooklyn, because I share the same skin color with a man who had robbed a local store. When I moved
  • Culcleasure: Redemption in an oppressive racist culture

    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Infinite Culcleasure, an independent candidate for Burlington mayor.
    I am running for mayor because Burlington is a community that not only believes in accountability, but also in the possibility of transformation and the power of redemption, of hope and of giving people a second chance.
    I was 11 years old the first time I was taken into police custody in Brooklyn, because I share the same skin color with a man who had robbed a local store. When I moved
  • Rights groups say proposed changes weaken police anti-bias policy

    Jay Diaz is a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont.
    A proposed update to Vermont’s policy on fair and impartial policing is drawing criticism from advocacy groups that work with unauthorized immigrants.The groups, including the Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, Migrant Justice, and Justice for All, issued a joint statement Thursday saying the proposed changes result in a “significantly weakened” policy.
    Jay Diaz, an ACLU staff attorney,
  • City overbilled University of Vermont $2M for water

    BURLINGTON — The University of Vermont has been shelling out extra for water.Because of an issue with a water meter at UVM’s University Heights dorms, the school has overpaid the city of Burlington about $2 million in water costs over about a decade.
    Burlington Public Works Director Chapin Spencer. File photoA UVM physical plant worker recently noticed an uptick in water costs and notified the city, said Joe Speidel, the college’s director of local government and community rela
  • Vermont delegation splits over resolution to avoid shutdown

    Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. File photo by Erin Mansfield/VTDiggerWASHINGTON — Congress averted a federal shutdown Thursday evening by passing a spending bill that will keep government open for two more weeks.
    The three members of Vermont’s delegation were divided over the temporary fix, which came one day before the government would have run out of funds.
    Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., was in favor of the short-term continuing resolution. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I
  • Bob Orleck: Scott marijuana statement not new news

    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Bob Orleck, of Randolph, who is a retired pharmacist and lawyer. He served as an assistant attorney general under Vermont Attorney General Jerome Diamond.
    Most of the story “Governor says he’ll sign legislation allowing marijuana possession” was based on Bob Kinsel’s interview with Gov. Phil Scott and two online stories from VPR that reported on the discussions in that interview.
    One VPR story included a 37-second audio clip with

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