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 VTDigger.org 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 VTDigger.org 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 MissingMoney.Vermont.gov or by calling 1-800-642-3191. “Unclaimed property” describes assets… Read More »