Anglers told to be on the lookout for non-native mosquitofish

Anglers told to be on the lookout for non-native mosquitofish

Anglers should check their bait for non-native mosquitofish. A keen-eyed angler spotted something unusual in his bait bucket that led to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department recently citing a Vermont baitfish wholesaler, Hog Island Wholesale Bait and Tackle in Swanton, for illegally importing unapproved fish species into the state. Non-native “mosquitofish” are native to… Read More »

Gov. Scott delivers low-key balanced-budget address

By Anne Galloway There are no “bells and whistles” in Gov. Phil Scott’s 2019 budget. As expected, there are no new taxes and no new fees. For the full text of Governor Scott’s address, click here. Nor have any big initiatives been proposed in the budget. Instead, the governor’s office gave the Legislature a… Read More »

Senate passes pot legalization; sends bill to governor

Shelburne Reps. Jessica Brumsted and Kate Webb discuss their split vote on the bill here. By Alan J. Keays A bill legalizing the recreational use of marijuana has cleared the last hurdle in the Vermont Legislature Wednesday afternoon on a voice vote in the Senate. The measure, H.511, now heads to the desk of… Read More »

Text of Gov. Scott’s State of the State address — Jan. 4

Madame Speaker, Mr. President, Mr. Chief Justice, members of the General Assembly, distinguished guests and fellow Vermonters: Since 1778, Vermonters, elected by their neighbors and bound by a common oath, have gathered to open the legislative session. They left farms, families and businesses, traveled over rugged mountain gaps and winding valley roads, from every corner… Read More »

State reps offer thoughts on State of the State

Editor’s note: State Reps. Jessica Brumsted and Kate Webb, both Shelburne Democrats, shared their thoughts after Gov. Phil Scott’s State of the State address and the start of the legislative session last week. From Rep. Jessica Brumsted Gov. Phil Scott stressed the importance of growing Vermont’s economy and noting that Vermont’s demographics (with the second-oldest… Read More »

Backcountry skiing, logging in new state plan for Camel’s Hump

By Mike Polhamus The state’s Department of Forests is asking Vermonters to weigh in on the first new plan in a quarter-century for the 26,000-acre management area that includes Camel’s Hump State Park. The plan as currently written would create new multi-use trails and backcountry skiing glades. The plan also includes 34 timber harvests over 3,800… Read More »

Beware of toxic toys

By Mike Polhamus Toxic toys are stocked on retailers’ shelves, along with dolls that violate children’s privacy and other playtime products that can block youngsters’ windpipes, according to a report by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group. The advocacy group, which issues a similar report every year, used the report’s release as an opportunity… Read More »

UVM’s fifth Legislative Summit focused on water topics

UVM’s fifth Legislative Summit focused on water topics

Nearly 50 state legislators took part in the fifth annual Legislative Summit at the University of Vermont last week. The theme of the event was “Water: How Will We Ensure That It Is Clean and Plentiful,” and the discussion was divided into three parts: groundwater contamination, causes and consequences of algal bloom, and Lake Champlain… Read More »

Vermont unemployment rate holds at 2.9 percent in October

Unemployment in Vermont held steady in October at a low of 2.9 percent, according to a Vermont Department of Labor’s announcement last week. The seasonally adjusted statewide rate was unchanged from the revised September rate. Nationally, unemployment stood at 4.1 percent in October. Based on the preliminary data, the Burlington-South Burlington metropolitan area was tied… Read More »