Geer and Smith join The Nature Conservancy’s board

Geer and Smith join The Nature Conservancy’s board

The Nature Conservancy in Vermont announced two new additions to its Board of Trustees: Judy Geer of Morrisville and Win Smith of Shelburne and Warren. Geer and her husband Dick Dreissigacker direct the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, a nonprofit outdoor recreational and training facility that hosts Nordic skiing, rowing, running, and cycling activities while promoting sustainability… Read More »

State sitting on a record $80 million of unclaimed property

The Vermont State Treasurer’s Office paid Vermonters a record number of unclaimed financial property last year and Treasurer Beth Pearce wants you to check today to see if any of the remaining $80 million waiting to be claimed belongs to you. Search the state unclaimed property database at or by calling 1-800-642-3191. “Unclaimed property” describes assets… Read More »

CLF appeals wastewater permits as violating lake cleanup order

By Mike Polhamus Evironmentalists are taking the state to court over several sewage-treatment-plant permits they say would allow too much pollution into Lake Champlain. The Conservation Law Foundation filed an appeal last month with the state’s environmental court to block five-year permits the Agency of Natural Resources recently issued for facilities in Shelburne, South Burlington,… Read More »

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 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 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 »