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 »

Destructive emerald ash borer found in Grand Isle County

STAFF REPORT The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed that insects collected from ash trees in South Hero are larvae of the emerald ash borer, Vermont state officials announced this month. The location is about 50 miles from the closest confirmed emerald ash borer infestation in Vermont. First discovered… Read More »

Incentives offered to “Button Up” Vermont homes for winter

A coalition of Vermont organizations joined Congressman Peter Welch recently to kick off the 2018 Button Up Vermont campaign, designed to inspire Vermonters to make their homes more comfortable and more affordable ahead of the winter heating season. Vermont has a statewide goal of achieving 25 percent energy savings in at least 80,000 homes by… Read More »

Vermont switches to ultra-low sulfur oil

More than half of Vermont homes and businesses choose oil heat and all of Vermont oil customers will be heating with ultra-low sulfur heating oil this winter. As part of the 2011 Energy Act, the “Clean and Green Oilheat Initiative” mandated the use of ultra-low sulfur heating oil starting this winter. The rest of New… Read More »

Burlington Diocese releasing abuse victims from nondisclosure agreements

Burlington Diocese releasing abuse victims from nondisclosure agreements

By KEVIN O’CONNOR VTDIGGER.ORG Vermont’s Catholic bishop is releasing abuse victims from nondisclosure agreements signed with the state’s largest religious denomination. “Since 2002, the Diocese of Burlington has not required any NDA with survivors as part of a legal settlement,” the Most Rev. Christopher J. Coyne said Friday. “It is my hope that this past… Read More »

Republicans pick nominees for state races

Just ahead of the general election candidate filing deadline, the Vermont Republican Party selected five nominees last week for statewide and federal offices. In the Aug. 14 primary perennial contender H. Brooke Paige ran and won six GOP nominations and has withdrawn from all but the contest against Democrat Jim Condos for secretary of state.… Read More »

State board won’t delay UVM Medical Center budget review

By MIKE FAHER VTDIGGER.ORG The Green Mountain Care Board said it wouldn’t delay approval of University of Vermont Medical Center’s fiscal year 2019 budget despite ongoing labor strife at the hospital. The union representing 1,800 nurses at UVM Medical Center last week asked the board to not approve the hospital’s spending plan until they have… Read More »

‘I was doing what thousands of athletes have done’

‘I was doing what thousands of athletes have done’

By MARK JOHNSON VTDIGGER.ORG Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo remembers the front wheel on his custom-made racing bicycle violently wobbling. He checked his speed, 45 miles per hour, near the beginning of the four-mile-long steady descent through Cascade Pass, and tried to slow. He was 51 miles into a 56-mile training run in the… Read More »