State / Region

Vermont Panel Begins Solar Study

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Montpelier — A panel created by the Vermont Legislature to study the growth of solar power in the state and plan for its use sat down for its first meeting Tuesday and heard from both supporters and critics. The Solar Siting Task Force was charged with reviewing the design, location and regulation of solar electric generation facilities and is to report back to lawmakers in January with recommendations. “You know …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Officials: Crash That Killed Three Teens In Unity in August Was Driver’s Fault Unity — A year-long investigation into a car accident that killed three Claremont teenagers shows that the driver was traveling down West Unity Road at more than twice the posted speed limit, according to a news release from the Sullivan County Attorney’s Office. Jonathan Varnum, 18, was driving the vehicle …

Sassy Owl Stares Down Officer

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Boulder, Colo. (ap) — A Boulder County sheriff’s deputy got into a face-off with an owl with an attitude, and the owl won. Deputy Sophie Berman came across the raptor on a dirt road on Tuesday as Berman patrolled an area near a campground west of Boulder. Berman crouched down to take video …

Mystery Remains After Girl’s Death

Friday, July 24, 2015

Concord — The grandmother of an 11-year-old girl found dead in a river four years ago says the mystery surrounding the child’s death gets harder and harder to deal with as the years drag on. Marcia Laro says she’s often asked if there have been any developments regarding …

Suit Aims To Halt Benefits Cuts

Friday, July 24, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont Legal Aid filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday seeking to stop implementation of a $125 reduction in the monthly Reach Up benefit for hundreds of Vermont families. The Department for Children and Families recently sent notices to 860 Reach Up households saying they would …

Poll: Guinta’s Support Plummets Amid Campaign Financing Scandal

Friday, July 24, 2015

Concord — Support for U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta is eroding according to a new poll that showed that more than 40 percent think he should resign amid his campaign finance troubles and only 5 percent say they would back his re-election bid next year. Guinta insists the $355,000 …

Hassan Offers a Compromise budget plan

Friday, July 24, 2015

Concord — Gov. Maggie Hassan said Thursday she’s willing to accept business tax cuts backed by Republicans in exchange for an increase in the cigarette tax and car registration fees, but GOP lawmakers were quick to dismiss her proposal as political gamesmanship. It’s been roughly a month since …

Wall Street Exec. Mulls Vt. Governor Bid

Friday, July 24, 2015

Montpelier — Retired Wall Street executive Bruce Lisman announced on Facebook last Friday that he is considering a run for governor. Lisman said the 2016 election could be the “right moment” for his gubernatorial bid. This isn’t the first time the Shelburne, Vt., resident has thought about jumping …

Outside Cash May Rule in Vt. Race

Friday, July 24, 2015

Montpelier — The 2016 election is still more than a year away. But political action committees are already lining up to get in on the action, and outside money could play an unprecedented role in determining who serves as the next governor of Vermont. Outside money isn’t anything …

Brattleboro Co-op Moving on From Unionization Fallout

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Brattleboro, Vt. — When the Brattleboro Food Co-op in southeastern Vermont’s largest town moved from its old Eisenhower-era shoebox of a building to a new $9 million, four-story block in 2012, everyone noticed the difference. But when co-op …

Shumlin Supports Ethics Panel

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Montpelier — Amid conflict-of-interest allegations among Vermont public officials, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday he supports the creation of a state ethics commission. “The governor would support an ethics commission,” the governor’s spokesman, Scott Coriell, said in an interview with The Associated Press. Coriell said the governor’s stance …

New Canadian Power Line Wins Support in Vermont

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Montpelier — A plan to run a 1,000-megawatt power line down Lake Champlain and across Vermont to bring Canadian power to southern New England is getting key support in the Green Mountain State. Vermont officials and TDI New England CEO Donald Jessome said Tuesday the company had reached …

Vermont’s EB-5 Director Departs

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Montpelier — The director of the EB-5 Vermont Regional Center has resigned to take a job overseeing an EB-5 program at Mount Snow, raising concerns from Gov. Peter Shumlin about the relationship between the now-former state employee and the business operations he was supposed to oversee. Brent Raymond …