Gov. Scott names Dan French as Vermont’s new education secretary

Gov. Scott names Dan French as Vermont’s new education secretary

By LOLA DUFFORT VTDigger.org Gov. Phil Scott named Dan French, a veteran Vermont school superintendent, to be the state’s next education secretary. Scott has made cost containment his hallmark education priority, and during a press conference last week announcing French’s appointment, he reiterated the need to create an education system that’s “sustainable and affordable for… Read More »

Protect family, pets from algae danger

STAFF REPORT With summer swimming season in high gear, Vermont health officials want the public to know how to identify and avoid a cyanobacteria bloom, and what to do if people or pets come in contact with one. The tiny microorganisms more commonly known as blue-green algae can harm humans and animals and in large… Read More »

Vermont renews partnership with Japanese sister state

Vermont renews partnership with Japanese sister state

  By Mike Dougherty VTDigger.com Vermont and Tottori, Japan, are officially sister states. Govs. Phil Scott of Vermont and Shinji Hirai of the Tottori Prefecture signed a new interregional agreement last Wednesday. The document declares that both states share “strong bonds of friendship and trust” and aim to develop cultural and commercial exchanges. In remarks before… Read More »

New interstate exit numbering system in VT? Scott hopes not.

By Elizabeth Hewitt VTdigger.org For many Vermont businesses and attractions, their nearest interstate exit number is a key line in their advertising. But soon, those numbers may change. State transportation officials met last week with federal officials to discuss Vermont’s interstate signage. Under a standard set in 2009, all states are required to number exits on… Read More »

Burlington continues spilling wastewater into Lake Champlain

For more on Vermont’s water concerns, click this story: State asks Vermonters to weigh in on clean water funding The City of Burlington, the state’s largest polluter of Vermont waterways, says it dumped another unpermitted 3 million gallons of waste into Lake Champlain last week. The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources said Wednesday the spill has sparked… Read More »