Governor appoints Little and Retchin

Gov. Phil Scott recently appointed 103 Vermonters to state boards and commissions. Among those appointed are Linda Retchin and Thomas Little of Shelburne. Retchin, a practicing dental hygienist in Vermont for 31 years, was appointed to the Board of Radiologic Technology. In addition, she works for the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments. “I have served… Read More »

Percentage of deaths involving fentanyl continue to increase

Newly released data from the Vermont Department of Health indicates that state and community efforts continue to slow the upward spiral of accidental opioid deaths. Preliminary data for 2018 shows that 110 Vermonters died from opioid overdoses, up two percent from 2017. However, the rate of increase in opioid-related deaths has dropped significantly over the… Read More »

State launches Infants in the Workplace program

Governor Phil Scott, Secretary of Administration Susanne Young, and Human Resources Commissioner Beth Fastiggi announced an “Infants in the Workplace” program for state employees. The policy allows a state employee the option to bring their infant children up to the age of six months to work. The program launched on February 1. The program is… Read More »

Vt. Highway deaths total 68 in 2018, down slightly: Lawmakers weighing preliminary numbers for pot-related driving offenses

By KIT NORTON VTDIGGER.ORG The number of highway deaths in Vermont was slightly down in 2018 compared to the year before, according to preliminary data from the Vermont Agency of Transportation Office of Highway Safety. In 2018, there were 60 crashes in which 68 people died on Vermont highways. The year before, 70 people died… Read More »

Federal shutdown puts Vermont welfare programs at risk

Federal shutdown puts Vermont welfare programs at risk

By KIT NORTON VTDIGGER If the federal government shutdown continues into March, Vermont could be on the hook for millions of dollars to fund welfare programs in the state, according to a briefing from the Joint Fiscal Office to the House Appropriations Committee on Friday. The briefing on the impact of the shutdown on Vermont… Read More »

Citizens group appeals Coventry landfill expansion

Citizens group appeals Coventry landfill expansion

By ELIZABETH GRIBKOFF VTDigger.org A citizens group is moving forward in opposing a 51-acre expansion of the Coventry landfill. In October, the state Agency of Natural Resources’ Department of Environmental Conservation issued a final certification approving a 10-year continuation of the existing landfill and an expansion to its south. Members of DUMP LLC — an acronym for Don’t… Read More »

Ceres rises

Ceres rises

The new statue of the Roman goddess of agriculture, Ceres, is raised to the re-gilded dome of the Vermont State House at a ceremony on Nov. 30.

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