Governor’s Marijuana Advisory Commission plans listening tour

The Governor’s Marijuana Advisory Commission will host a listening tour to give Vermonters an opportunity for public comment on the draft reports produced by the Commission’s Subcommittees on Roadway Safety, Education and Prevention, and Taxation and Regulation recently. The draft reports document the findings and recommendations of the subcommittees for review by the commission. The… Read More »

Vermont unemployment drops to 2.8 percent

The Vermont Department of Labor announced last week that the seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate for October was 2.8 percent, a drop of one-tenth of one percentage point from the revised September rate. That compares with the national rate in October of 3.7 percent.  As of the prior month’s preliminary data, the Burlington-South Burlington Metropolitan area… Read More »

State tool can help compare health plans

The state of Vermont has launched an updated online tool to help Vermonters weigh insurance options and choose the health plan that best fits their needs and budget. The 2019 Plan Comparison Tool is accessible online at and allows users to screen at least 26 health plan options. The comparison function should be helpful… Read More »

Wardens use ‘Operation Game Thief’ to help catch poacher

Wardens use ‘Operation Game Thief’ to help catch poacher

Vermont State Game Wardens are asking Vermonters with information about fish and wildlife crimes to submit them through the Operation Game Thief program, a joint nonprofit program sponsored by the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and administered by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. The program provides a way for people to help protect the… Read More »

Fair Haven school leader tells safety forum: ‘This threat has changed our culture’

By ALAN J. KEAYS VTDIGGER.ORG Brooke Olsen-Farrell says several months after a former student was arrested on charges of planning to shoot up a high school in Fair Haven, the after-effects continue to be felt. “This threat has changed our culture,” Olsen-Farrell, superintendent of the Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union that includes the high school in Fair… Read More »

State official brings drug prevention message to Rotary

State official brings drug prevention message to Rotary

By ROSALYN GRAHAM Broad community involvement will be key to reducing the serious opioid-addiction epidemic in our state and around the country. That was the message last Wednesday from Jolinda LaClair, director of Drug Prevention Policy with the Vermont Agency of Human Services, who addressed the Charlotte-Shelburne-Hinesburg Rotary. LaClair has oversight and management of Vermont’s… Read More »

Labor Department hosts annual job fair

Job seekers are invited to a Veteran and Community Job Fair on Friday, Nov. 16 at the DoubleTree by Hilton (formerly the Sheraton) at 70 Williston Road in South Burlington. The fair opens first to military veterans 10-11 a.m., and to the general public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair is a free… Read More »

Incumbents prevail: Vermonters stick with Sanders, Welch; Scott the lone statewide GOP winner

By SHELBURNE NEWS STAFF Mount Mansfield didn’t crumble, the law of gravity was not repealed, and there were no upsets in the race for Vermont’s major offices on Tuesday. Every incumbent won. Gov. Phil Scott was the lone Republican re-elected at the top of the ticket, easily outdistancing Democrat Christine Hallquist, vying to become the… Read More »

Vermont Wildlife Coalition releases review of wildlife legislation

The Vermont Wildlife Coalition published its first Review of Legislative Action on Wildlife, which reports on wildlife-related bills that appeared before the Vermont legislature this year. In addition to summarizing the bills, the report describes committee and legislative actions on them and provides status updates and legislator voting records. The review also includes summaries of… Read More »