Report from Montpelier

By Tim Ashe I want to report on a few areas where ideas originating from constituent calls and e-mails passed into law in 2016. I’ve been contacted by many young Vermonters with a similar story. They graduate college, land a job, sow their oats, realize they want to plant roots and buy a home, then… Read More »

Legislative update: Vermont makes progress on opioids

By Senator Michael Sirotkin, Chittenden County Last November, on a cold weekday night, I was truly moved by the more than 100 Richmond residents who attended a community meeting on the growing heroin problem in their town. They were both troubled and angry at the increase in related crime in Richmond and Chittenden County, while… Read More »


We regret that last week, when we first published the Town Charter story  that was signed by Governor Shumlin we reported that the Town Clerk position in Shelburne would  now be appointed. This is incorrect. The Treasurer position now moves from elected to appointed. We apologize for our error.

Lenes not seeking reelection

Representative Joan Lenes, D-Shelburne, announced this week that she will not be seeking reelection to her seat in the Vermont House of Representatives in 2016. Lenes, who is currently serving her fifth term and tenth year in the House, said, “I have had the honor, privilege, and true pleasure of serving as your Representative in… Read More »

Vermont Rail’s controversial project abuts The Nature Conservancy

Vermont Rail’s controversial project abuts The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy in Shelburne borders land on Route 7 being developed by Vermont Rail System for transfer station operations that are slated to include salt and fuel storage. The conservancy filed a petition to be included in the proceedings for Vermont Rail’s Act 250 permit. The conservancy would like a cooperative solution that addresses… Read More »

Tail docking sparks heated debate

A group of animal advocates is fighting to urge Vermont lawmakers to pass bill S.22 that would prohibit the docking of cow tails. Tail docking removes a cow’s tail and is often practiced by conventional dairy farmers. Jenny Joczik, a member of the board of directors for the Green Mountain Animal Defenders, describes docking as… Read More »

Electronic device search provision tabled

Bryan O’Keefe, Political correspondent The House has set aside a controversial provision that would allow police officers to search through drivers’ electronic devices without a warrant. H.527, introduced by Rep. Martin LaLonde, D-South Burlington, would expand on Vermont’s 2014 law that banned the use of portable electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle. The new… Read More »

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