Vt. Supreme Court: Private emails of public officials are fair game

By Alan J. Keays and Anne Galloway VTDIGGER.ORG The Vermont Supreme Court last week ruled that the private email and text message accounts of public officials are subject to the state’s public records law, a decision hailed as a victory for advocates for government transparency. The high-court’s unanimous decision Friday reverses a lower court ruling earlier this year… Read More »

Minter to head Special Olympics Vt.

By Erin Mansfield VTDigger.org Former Democratic nominee for governor Sue Minter has landed a new role as president and CEO of Special Olympics Vermont. Minter will succeed Lisa DeNatale, who is retiring after running the South Burlington-based nonprofit for six years. Minter, who nearly a year ago lost her bid for governor to Republican Gov.… Read More »

Natural Resources secretary looks to slow spending on Lake Champlain cleanup

Natural Resources secretary looks to slow spending on Lake Champlain cleanup

By Mike Polhamus VTDigger.org Vermont’s top environmental official is calling for the state to spend less money on phosphorus reduction efforts for Lake Champlain. Julie Moore, the secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources, wants to significantly reduce the amount Gov. Phil Scott’s administration originally planned to spend on cleanup efforts over the next several years… Read More »

Public Safety conditionally approves PhytoScience Institute as fifth Vermont marijuana dispensary

The Department of Public Safety has conditionally approved PhytoScience Institute, LLC as the fifth marijuana dispensary. This past legislative session, the General Assembly increased the number of authorized marijuana dispensaries from four to five with the passage of Act 65. PhytoScience Institute plans on operating dispensing sites in Bennington and St. Albans, two underserved areas… Read More »

Baiting or feeding deer, bear is prohibited

Baiting or feeding deer, bear is prohibited

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department reminds us that baiting or feeding deer and bear is prohibited at all times in Vermont. “People are telling us they are seeing bags of grain labelled as deer food in some Vermont stores and they want to know if it is legal to put it out for deer,”… Read More »

Partners on patrol in The NE Kingdom

Partners on patrol in The NE Kingdom

Warden Jenna Reed of Newport and her German Shepherd K9 partner named Moose were recently certified as the state’s newest of four K9 game warden units. Reed and K9 Officer Moose are certified in tracking and evidence recovery. Moose will be deployed for everything from tracking a suspect who has run from law enforcement, to… Read More »