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 »

Founder of GunSense Vermont steps down for other interests

GunSense Vermont founder and gun violence prevention advocate Ann Braden has announced that she will be step down from her leadership role with the organization to publish a book and to run for public office. Braden has been accepted into the Emerge Vermont program which trains Democratic women candidates, and she is planning to run… Read More »

Picture-perfect #FarmLeafie

Picture-perfect #FarmLeafie

Tara Schatz from Bennington captured the most popular fall farm photo in the recent #FarmLeafie contest by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets and the Vermont Cheese Council. The image is a portrait of Randall cattle grazing on an iconic Vermont farm with a pink dusk sky glowing on the Green Mountains in… Read More »

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 »