• Walt Amses: A slight glimmer?

    Walt Amses: A slight glimmer?
    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Walt Amses, a writer who lives in North Calais.With over a quarter million Americans gone, many needlessly, the country faces perhaps the darkest holiday season in any of our lives, still lacking the national leadership and consistency, missing since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic back in February. Ignorance and arrogance coupled with toxic politics at the federal level have trickled down to states and municipalities, setting the stage for a cat
  • Greg Guma: Coping with chaos in the post-modern age

    Greg Guma: Coping with chaos in the post-modern age
    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Greg Guma, the Vermont-based author of “Dons of Time,” “Uneasy Empire,” “Spirits of Desire,” Big Lies, and “The People’s Republic: Vermont and the Sanders Revolution.” His latest book is “Green Mountain Politics: Restless Spirits, Popular Movements.” He blogs at Greg Guma/Maverick Media.In the so-called modern world, things basically made sense. Despite some setbacks, technical glitches a
  • Steve Gladstone: How this Jewish dad learned to embrace Christmas

    Steve Gladstone: How this Jewish dad learned to embrace Christmas
    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Steve Gladstone, a businessman who lives in Hinesburg with his wife and two kids.  Growing up in a nominally Jewish house we never really did the Christmas thing.I know that when I was very young we did have a Christmas tree and gifts in wrapping paper and woke up early Christmas Day — but I know these things from looking at old photos. They are not deep inside my soul.With two older siblings the truth about Santa came very early. I don&
  • Vermont crosses 4,000 Covid case threshold; concerns over long-term care facilities

    Vermont crosses 4,000 Covid case threshold; concerns over long-term care facilities
    Gov. Phil Scott and Health Commissioner Mark Levine expressed concern about rising Covid cases at long-term care facilities. File photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDiggerVermont logged its 4,000th case of Covid-19 this week, officials said at Gov. Phil Scott’s press conference Friday, a figure they called a sobering landmark in the state’s fight against the virus that began in March.A significant number of Vermont’s cases have come in just the past three weeks: Over 44% of the state&rs
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  • Scott: Trump ‘bruised’ confidence in integrity of elections

    Scott: Trump ‘bruised’ confidence in integrity of elections
    Gov. Phil Scott said he believes Joe Biden won the presidential race and the government needs to focus on the coronavirus response. VTDigger photo illustration/Screenshots courtesy ORCA MediaPresident Donald Trump has bruised but not undermined the integrity of the nation’s electoral process by challenging the election results, Gov. Phil Scott said Friday.The governor said he was confident that Democrat Joe Biden was the legitimate winner.A recent Reuters poll found 52 percent of Republica
  • Medical Reserve Corps volunteers offer support when Covid strikes

    Medical Reserve Corps volunteers offer support when Covid strikes
    MRC volunteers train participate in first-aid training in 2019. Courtesy photo.RUTLAND — Richard “Mort” Wasserman had just retired from his faculty position at the Larner College of Medicine at University of Vermont when Covid-19 spread to the United States. “I retired last November, and when the pandemic hit, I was feeling like I wanted to help out in some way,” he said. So he reached out to a friend, Mark Levine, Vermont’s  health commissioner
  • Families grieve as Rutland Health & Rehab seeks to contain outbreak

    Families grieve as Rutland Health & Rehab seeks to contain outbreak
    Tom Canavan recently passed away from Covid while at the Rutland Health and Rehab Center. Courtesy photo.Tom Canavan lived alone in his Rutland home, defiantly independent, until Sept. 24. It was only when Canavan’s memory started faltering and he wandered from the house that his family persuaded the 94-year-old to move into Rutland Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, where his wife Mary spent her final years. His children dropped him off at the door, barred from enterin
  • Burlington Dems to ‘play defense’ in 2021 races, only one council seat is contested

    Burlington Dems to ‘play defense’ in 2021 races, only one council seat is contested
    Burlington City Councilor Perri Freeman holds one of the four seats up for reelection. Democrats say they are focusing on keeping Mayor Miro Weinberger in office. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDiggerWith the Progressive and Democratic caucuses weeks away, only one Burlington City Council seat is being contested. Incumbent Franklin Paulino, D-North, announced in September that he wouldn’t run again, prompting two candidates to vie for his spot on the Burlington City Council: Kerin Durfee an
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  • Vermont man sues Arizona Beverages, claiming rodent’s tail was in his canned iced tea

    Vermont man sues Arizona Beverages, claiming rodent’s tail was in his canned iced tea
    A Vermont man says he found a rat tail in this can of Arizona Beverages Arnold Palmer iced tea.A Vermont man who bought a can of Arizona Beverages Arnold Palmer iced tea says he opened the can, took a drink, and realized he had a rodent’s tail in his mouth. Now, he’s suing.“After feeling the rodent’s tail in his mouth and seeing what it was, plaintiff Rudy Gallo became sick and began vomiting,” says the lawsuit filed recently in federal court in Vermont. &ldquo
  • After five years of delays, Vermont State Police deploy body-worn cameras

    After five years of delays, Vermont State Police deploy body-worn cameras
    Trooper Justin Wagner of the Vermont State Police wears a new body camera at the Williston Barracks on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. Vermont State Police photoFive years after the Vermont State Police first said it was considering body-worn cameras, the force is finally deploying the technology.The rollout began this month, and is expected to be complete by early December. Troopers at four of the force’s 10 barracks are already wearing the cameras, Mike Manley, state police administrative service
  • YWP: ‘Survivor’

    YWP: ‘Survivor’
    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 Y
  • “There’s so much tradition here” : Giving thanks for the Tunbridge Fair

    “There’s so much tradition here” : Giving thanks for the Tunbridge Fair
    This story was written by Rose Terami of Tunbridge, a freshman studying virtually at Loyola University Maryland this fall, for VTDigger’s new platform for student journalism, the Underground Workshop.Reenactors gathered this year on Antique Hill.From left: Karla Klotz, Kathi Terami, Sue Cain, Dawn Hancy, Alice and Laura Craft, Emily Howe and John O’Brien. 
    On Sept. 20, several historical reenactors from the Tunbridge Fair’s “Antique Hill” exhibit gathered on th
  • Holding steady this Thanksgiving

    Holding steady this Thanksgiving
    Free food is given away at a distribution point run by the Vermont National Guard, the Vermont Foodbank and Vermont Emergency Management in Burlington on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Drivers queued up on the Beltline for a selection of non-perishable and fresh foods. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDiggerDear Reader,Last year, I wrote about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recall of 98,000 salmonella-laced turkeys. Way back then (in what seems like a lifetime ago), the CDC wasn’t
  • Vermont Conversation: Ted Kennedy and the liberal moment

    Vermont Conversation: Ted Kennedy and the liberal moment
    Sen. Ted Kennedy rode his brothers’ coattails into the Senate in 1962, but later became the leading voice of American liberalism, says author Neal Gabler.The Vermont Conversation with David Goodman is a VTDigger podcast that features in-depth interviews on local and national issues with politicians, activists, artists, changemakers and citizens who are making a difference. Listen below, and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or Spotify to hear more.S
  • Matt Krauss: Vermontsplaining ‘splained

    Matt Krauss: Vermontsplaining ‘splained
    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Matt Krauss, of Stowe, who is a happily retired state employee and a former Vermont legislator.“Vermontsplaining” is a relative of “mansplaining” and “momsplaining.” Vermontsplainers aren’t interested in focusing on their lives, but driven to focus on other people’s lives. They know what’s best for you. They encourage, then insist you change your opinions and ways. Ultimately they expect apologies an
  • Scheintaub, Hamilton, Pereira & Botin: To give and to receive

    Scheintaub, Hamilton, Pereira & Botin: To give and to receive
    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Leda Scheintaub, of Brattleboro, co-owner of Dosa Kitchen; Jean Hamilton, of Montpelier, state coordinator of Vermont Everyone Eats; Tara Pereira, of Richmond, executive director of Vermont Fresh Network; and Stephanie Bonin, of Brattleboro, director of Downtown Brattleboro Alliance & Everyone Eats Brattleboro Hub. Raisins in your stuffing. Running 3.2 miles at your town’s Turkey Trot. A shared Thanksgiving meal at your community church s
  • Biden signals that Sanders should stay in the Senate

    Biden signals that Sanders should stay in the Senate
    Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., defends his health care plan against criticism from former Vice President Joe Biden in September 2019 debate. ABC-TVPresident-elect Joe Biden signaled in an interview with NBC Wednesday that former rival Sen. Bernie Sanders is not a top pick for his cabinet. Biden said it would be a “really difficult decision” to tap Sanders or Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Biden signaled in an interview with NBC that Sanders is not a top pick for his cabinet. Imme
  • Amanda Witman: Local gifts should be on everyone’s list

    Amanda Witman: Local gifts should be on everyone’s list
    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Amanda Witman, a small business administrative consultant who has been spending the pandemic supporting local downtown businesses in association with the Downtown Brattleboro Alliance and the Center for Women and Entrepreneurship. Our local economy has been devastated by the pandemic, and to ensure that our beloved Vermont survives this economic crisis, we must keep our dollars local. Every dollar you spend locally is a positive double whammy &mdas
  • Should Vermonters throw turkey scraps in the backyard compost?

    Should Vermonters throw turkey scraps in the backyard compost?
    Before properly disposing the turkey carcass, boil it up for soup stock. Photo by Cate Chant/VTDiggerThe Universal Recycling Law says Vermonters should compost food scraps to keep them away from the landfill. When it comes to turkey leftovers, however, experts say only experienced composters should consider tossing bones and scraps in their backyard. “Backyard piles don’t usually have enough decomposition happening to get hot enough to reach a temperature threshold that breaks e
  • ‘Ideologue’ vs. ‘bridge builder’: What kind of Progressives are Pine and Tracy?

    ‘Ideologue’ vs. ‘bridge builder’: What kind of Progressives are Pine and Tracy?
    Burlington mayoral candidates Brian Pine, left, and Max Tracy are shown on the Progressive Party website.On paper, Max Tracy and Brian Pine look like very similar mayoral candidates. The two progressive city councilors support many of the same policies and closely adhere to the Progressive Party’s platform. But to those who have known both men for years and observed them in the Queen City’s political sphere, they have distinct leadership styles and priorities that would shape th
  • As cases surge around Barre, locals and businesses weather the storm

    As cases surge around Barre, locals and businesses weather the storm
    Covid-19 cases in both Barre City and Barre Town have doubled in just a week. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDiggerIf a Montpelier ice rink is where the latest wave of the Covid pandemic in Vermont took off, Barre is where it has landed. Cases in both Barre City and Barre Town have doubled in just a week, rising more than almost any other place in the state, according to Department of Health data. Barre City, the 14th-most-populous community in the state, now has the second-highest total nu
  • Vermont officials defend gathering ban after N.Y. Times story doubts data

    Vermont officials defend gathering ban after N.Y. Times story doubts data
    Gov. Phil Scott listens as Health Commissioner Mark Levine delivers an update on the COVID-19 outbreak during a press briefing earlier this year. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDiggerGov. Phil Scott and Health Commissioner Mark Levine defended Vermont’s ban on multi-household gatherings Tuesday after a New York Times article voiced doubts about the policy’s efficacy.In an article published Monday, Apoorva Mandavilli, who covers Covid-19 for The Times, spoke to public health experts who sa
  • Few passengers at Burlington airport on what’s normally a bustling travel day

    Few passengers at Burlington airport on what’s normally a bustling travel day
    The main concourse of the Burlington International Airport in South Burlington on Wednesday morning. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDiggerOn what is typically the busiest travel day of the year, Burlington International Airport sat relatively quiet Wednesday, with a small stream of masked passengers making their way to and from underbooked flights, as most Vermonters simply stayed home for the holiday.Throughout the week, the airport is on track to see 2,700 travelers, according to Gene Richards, dire
  • The art of resilience: A Thanksgiving story

    The art of resilience: A Thanksgiving story
    Brattleboro’s Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts gallery upon its opening a year ago. Photo by Kevin O’Connor/VTDiggerBRATTLEBORO — A year ago last November, artists Petria Mitchell and Jim Giddings were set to debut a new Main Street gallery when builders hit a sprinkler that flooded the drywall and the wooden floor.“What’s next?” Mitchell asked the local media. “Locusts?”The couple didn’t foresee the global coronavirus pandemic that closed the bus
  • Lawmakers, administration plan to tackle perennial problem: affordable housing

    Lawmakers, administration plan to tackle perennial problem: affordable housing
    Erhard Mahnke of the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition, right, speaks with Rep. David Yacavone, D-Johnson, at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Feb. 28.Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDiggerWhen the Vermont Legislature convenes in early January, lawmakers will continue to tackle the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and begin to craft a plan for the state’s economic recovery.The Legislature and the Scott administration will also look to build on what they did this year to make sure vulnerable Ver
  • Vermont reports 81 new cases as state heads into Thanksgiving

    Vermont reports 81 new cases as state heads into Thanksgiving
    A ticket agent assists a passenger at the Burlington International Airport in on Wednesday morning. Recent data suggests that Vermonters are heeding the recommendation that they avoid traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDiggerVermont reported 81 cases of Covid Wednesday, a drop from recent record-setting days but still higher than the daily average only weeks ago, according to Department of Health data.Chittenden County, the state’s most populous, had the most
  • Vermonters, in a time of Covid, prepare for a solitary Thanksgiving

    Vermonters, in a time of Covid, prepare for a solitary Thanksgiving
    Phil Nguyen’s dad doing chef-like things, Thanksgiving 2019. Courtesy photoIt was the prospect of the leftovers that made Covid Thanksgiving feel more somber and more imminent to 23-year-old Ariel Murphy. Chief among her concerns: What to do with all that extra turkey? The Montpelier resident sought help from her neighbors on Front Porch Forum. “Does the thought of only buying a single turkey breast to ‘celebrate’ fill you with despair?” she wrote, asking for s
  • AG’s office clears Rutland officer in shooting that wounded man in drug probe

    AG’s office clears Rutland officer in shooting that wounded man in drug probe
    Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan’s office has cleared a police officer of wrongdoing that left a man wounded. File photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDiggerThe Vermont Attorney General’s Office has cleared a Rutland police officer of criminal wrongdoing after he shot eight times and wounded a man during a chaotic scene in a parking lot that stemmed from a drug investigation.Attorney General TJ Donovan announced the findings into the July 8 shooting late Tuesday afternoon. The shooting
  • Maryellen Griffin & Mairead O’Reilly: Pandemic offers lessons in reducing evictions

    Maryellen Griffin & Mairead O’Reilly: Pandemic offers lessons in reducing evictions
    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Maryellen Griffin and Mairead O’Reilly, who are staff attorneys at Vermont Legal Aid. In an effort to stop the spread of Covid-19, our state and federal  governments have issued eviction moratoriums. These orders to halt most evictions were made to ensure that more people can “stay safe and stay home,” a mandate that is impossible to comply with for those without a home. An eviction is a civil legal process that forces a pers
  • Norman Arthur Fischer: Windsor School Board’s disdain of the First Amendment

    Norman Arthur Fischer: Windsor School Board’s disdain of the First Amendment
    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Norman Arthur Fischer, a retired professor of philosophy from Kent State University who has lived in Burlington since 2015. He is the author of “Marxist Ethics within Western Political Theory: A Dialogue with Republicanism, Communitarianism, and Liberalism.”The Windsor School Board has made it clear that they disdain the First Amendment.The VTDigger article “Board terminates Windsor High School principal over Facebook post“ conce
  • Online sales tax revenues double in Vermont, reflecting e-commerce boom

    Online sales tax revenues double in Vermont, reflecting e-commerce boom
    Tax Commissioner Craig Bolio, left, Secretary of Administration Susanne Young and Finance Commissioner Adam Greshin are shown at a press conference last January. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDiggerAs more Vermonters shop online during the Covid-19 pandemic, revenues from state taxes on internet sales have doubled in recent months. Between March and September, about 10% of the state’s sales tax revenue — around $27 million — came from internet sales, according to the Vermont D
  • Moats: It takes more than words to resist the new authoritarian minority

    Moats: It takes more than words to resist the new authoritarian minority
    As a boy in the 1960s, Mac Cox, now of Ripton, traveled to visit relatives in rural Georgia who held openly supremacist views . Courtesy photo by Thad CoxEditor’s note: David Moats, an author and journalist who lives in Salisbury, is a regular columnist for VTDigger. He is editorial page editor emeritus of the Rutland Herald, where he won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for a series of editorials on Vermont’s civil union law.It was a year ago when an old friend told me about the visits he pa
  • Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger urges caution as weekly cases rise

    Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger urges caution as weekly cases rise
    Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger speaks at a downtown press conference last July. Photo by Aidan Quigley/VTDiggerMayor Miro Weinberger urged Burlington residents Tuesday to exercise caution heading into Thanksgiving, and asked that they keep local vendors in mind as they shop for the holidays. Though Chittenden County saw a dip in its seven-day rolling average of new cases in recent days, Burlington itself recorded 67 new positives the week prior to Nov. 18, a new graphic on the city’
  • Pot prosecution of paralyzed NEK man raises policy concerns

    Pot prosecution of paralyzed NEK man raises policy concerns
    Bruce Prosper Jr., known as B.J., has been charged with illegal growing of marijuana, which he says he uses to treat medical issues from a diving accident in 1990 that left him paralyzed from the chest down. Courtesy photoBruce Prosper Jr., in his words, wasn’t being sneaky.This fall, behind his house by the Bloomfield town hall, he had been growing 15 marijuana plants. The 48-year-old, who goes by B.J., has been  paralyzed since 1990, when a diving accident left him unable to control
  • Peter Smith: Community capitalism would strengthen both markets and people

    Peter Smith: Community capitalism would strengthen both markets and people
    Editor’s note: This commentary is by former Vermont Congressman Peter Smith, who lives in Santa Fe, where he enjoys VTDigger daily.Pope Francis recently wrote that “market capitalism” was out of control and that the world needed an alternative. In the United States, we are well aware of the burgeoning economic gap between the top 1% and everyone else that has erupted over the last 30 years. There are multiple contributors to that gap, including discriminatory tax codes tha
  • Community capitalism would strengthen both markets and people

    Community capitalism would strengthen both markets and people
    Former Vermont congressman Peter Smith lives in Santa Fe, where he enjoys VTDigger daily.Pope Francis recently wrote that “market capitalism” was out of control and that the world needed an alternative. In the United States, we are well aware of the burgeoning economic gap between the top 1% and everyone else that has erupted over the last 30 years. There are multiple contributors to that gap, including discriminatory tax codes that favor the very wealthy and corporate tax looph
  • Vermont gets small shipment of experimental Covid drug; officials warn against its use

    Vermont gets small shipment of experimental Covid drug; officials warn against its use
    Courtesy National Cancer InstituteAn experimental treatment for Covid-19 has been sent to all 50 states, and while Vermont got a small shipment, state officials are warning against its use.Early scientific trials showed that the Bamlanivimab monoclonal antibody treatment could reduce hospitalization rates for the virus. The treatment uses laboratory-made proteins that mimic the immune system’s ability to fight off the virus. The drug is designed to block the virus’ attachment and ent
  • After Thanksgiving, schools will require students who attend multi-household gatherings to quarantine

    After Thanksgiving, schools will require students who attend multi-household gatherings to quarantine
    Renée DeVore, the principal at Montpelier High School, takes senior Maple Perchlik’s temperature during a daily health check at the school’s entrance on the first day of school, Sept. 8. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDiggerStudents who attend multi-household gatherings over Thanksgiving break will need to quarantine for a minimum of seven days.Officials announced the new policy just two days ahead of the holiday. In response to a record-breaking rise in cases, Gov. Phil Scott bann
  • Thanksgiving dinners could double Vermont infections if people keep their plans, officials say

    Thanksgiving dinners could double Vermont infections if people keep their plans, officials say
    “If you want to keep working, your kids to stay in school, to prevent more people from potentially dying from Covid-19, follow the governor’s orders,” said Dr. Mark Levine, state health commissioner. File photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDiggerIf people follow through with their reported plans to hold gatherings on Thanksgiving, Vermont could face 3,200 to 3,800 new infections from those meetings alone, officials said at a press conference Tuesday.Those new infections would effectivel
  • Burlington City Council directs retirement fund divestment to begin

    Burlington City Council directs retirement fund divestment to begin
    Burlington City Councilor Jane Stromberg was the primary sponsor the fossil fuel divestment proposal. Here she peaks at a press conference in August.Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDiggerBurlington’s Employee Retirement System will soon begin drawing up a plan to divest its portfolio from fossil fuel companies, as directed by the Burlington City Council in a resolution it passed unanimously at its Monday night meeting. The council also chose to table a resolution that would ask voters on Tow
  • A month after cyberattack, UVM Medical Center restores access to electronic records

    A month after cyberattack, UVM Medical Center restores access to electronic records
    Al Gobeille, vice president of operations at UVM Medical Center, pictured here in 2019 when he was secretary of the Agency of Human Service. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDiggerThe University of Medical Center’s electronic medical records system is up and running nearly a month after the hospital fell victim to a cyberattack. Over the weekend, the hospital tech team restored Epic health records system, giving doctors and nurses full access to patient medical history, appointments, and medi
  • Paul Dame: Green Mountain Care Board fails to ‘do no harm’

    Paul Dame: Green Mountain Care Board fails to ‘do no harm’
    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Paul Dame, a former state rep for Essex Junction who served on the Human Services Committee.Nearly 10 years ago Vermont was plunged into an experiment in health care that ended up failing. The Green Mountain Care Board was originally set up to be the bureaucratic decision makers about what kinds of health care Vermonters were allowed to get under Gov. Peter Shumlin’s experimental single payer health care system. Thankfully Shumlin did the math and
  • Haley Frechette: A proud first-generation college grad

    Haley Frechette: A proud first-generation college grad
    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Haley Frechette, who is a doctor of pharmacy candidate at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and a graduate of Northern Vermont University-Johnson.In all the chaos of the election, it would be easy to lose track of the fact that Nov. 8 was National First-Generation Student Day. This day was meant to highlight and celebrate those who are the first in their family to attend college. I am proud to be one of those Vermonters. And I feel comp
  • Vicki Harrison: Health care continues as cash cow

    Vicki Harrison: Health care continues as cash cow
    Editor’s note: This commentary is by Vicki Harrison, MSN, of Barnard, retired from 45 years in social work and community health nursing, with a subspecialty in mental health and substance abuse.Reading about the nonprofit Bennington hospital system buying a neighboring property for $3.2 million, reinforces the lost path of U.S. health care. Hospitals are not real estate nonprofits. Hospitals are mandated to provide health care and receive substantial tax breaks for doing this. Sixty percen
  • State halts plan to back-permit Chittenden Solid Waste District glass dumping

    State halts plan to back-permit Chittenden Solid Waste District glass dumping
    This pile of glass is estimated to be 80 feet wide, 40 feet tall, and 100 feet long. According to the state investigation, it contains about 11,538 tons of glass, or 15,000 cubic yards. The Chittenden Solid Waste District maintains that this glass was used for embankment stabilization. ANR photoA plan to issue permits retroactively for improper glass disposal by the Chittenden Solid Waste District has been put on hold until the Attorney General’s Office closes the enforcement case.The deci
  • Police probe shooting death of man found in Rutland motel room

    Police probe shooting death of man found in Rutland motel room
    Vermont State Police say the death of a Massachusetts man found in a Rutland hotel room over the weekend has been ruled a homicide.Jonathon Houghton, 35, of Holyoke was identified Monday as the victim following an autopsy at the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington. His body was found in a room at the Quality Inn Sunday morning. The cause of death, according to police, was a gunshot wound to his torso. As for the manner of death, police said it has been determined to be a hom
  • Dorothy Day’s Vermont granddaughter off to prison for nuclear break-in

    Dorothy Day’s Vermont granddaughter off to prison for nuclear break-in
    Vermonter Martha Hennessy and supporters prepare for sentencing in the former bedroom of her grandmother, Dorothy Day, at the Catholic Worker Maryhouse in New York City. Courtesy photo
    A Vermont granddaughter of the late, legendary Catholic activist Dorothy Day has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for breaking into a Georgia naval base to protest its stockpile of nuclear weapons.Martha Hennessy, 65, of Weathersfield and six other pacifists known as the “Kings Bay Plowshares 7” h
  • Senate Republicans pick Franklin District’s Randy Brock as next leader

    Senate Republicans pick Franklin District’s Randy Brock as next leader
    Sen. RandyBrock, R-Franklin, right, confers with Sen. Michael Sirotkin, D-Chittenden, in a Senate Finance Committee meeting in 2019. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDiggerSenate Republicans have named Randy Brock of the Franklin District as  minority leader, giving the upper chamber a nearly complete crop of new faces in positions of power as the 2021 legislative session approaches.The seven-member Republican caucus decided unanimously Sunday on Brock after Joe Benning of Caledonia said he would b
  • Burlington wine maker sought investors, but didn’t have a liquor license

    Burlington wine maker sought investors, but didn’t have a liquor license
    The state has ordered a cease-and-desist order against Zafa Wines LLC, a Burlington wine maker, for actively seeking investments while failing to disclose its lack of a proper liquor license.The order was filed against owner Krista Scruggs, requiring that Scruggs immediately stop the selling or offering of securities in her company, said Michael Pieciak, commissioner of the Department of Financial Regulation.Because Zafa was openly manufacturing, bottling, selling and distributing wine, a reason
  • Covid-19 case count remains in 80s; state breaks daily test record

    Covid-19 case count remains in 80s; state breaks daily test record
    Vermont reported 85 new Covid cases Monday, in line with the data during the weekend, as the state combats the latest wave of the pandemic.The state had 86 cases Sunday and 86 cases Saturday, according to the state Department of Health, bringing the total number of cases up to 3,714. Another death was added for Rutland County during the weekend, bringing the total up to 63. On Friday, officials had reported three deaths in Rutland County nursing homes that were connected to the virus.Eighte

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