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Major addition to Fairbanks Museum to open to the public Saturday
02-17-2024 9:01 PM

By K. FIEGENBAUM

This Saturday, a Northeast Kingdom institution is set to unveil to the public a project long in the making: the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium’s new Tang Science Annex.The 6,500-square-foot, three-story addition comprises hands-on galleries...


Thousands of Vermonters applied for FEMA assistance after last summer’s floods. What became of them?
02-06-2024 5:49 PM

By PETER D’AURIA

Last month, Sue Minter, the executive director of the Barre-based nonprofit Capstone Community Action, explained to state lawmakers how many Vermonters are still facing the impacts of last summer’s floods.“Many are either displaced entirely or living...


‘There’s no rules or oversight’: New bill seeks to ease Vermont’s animal welfare ‘crisis’
01-26-2024 9:12 PM

By BABETTE STOLK

For months, maybe even years, people had raised concerns about two horses in Randolph who looked like they were neglected and starving. Time passed on, until finally the many calls reached the right destination. Together with law enforcement, a rescue...


Newbury, citizens group lose longshot bid for new review of secure juvenile facility case 
01-23-2024 8:37 PM

By ALAN J. KEAYS

The Vermont Supreme Court has quickly rejected bids by the town of Newbury and a citizens group to reconsider a ruling last month that cleared the way for the state to open a secure facility for youth involved in the criminal system.The town and the...


‘Unintended consequences’: Concern mounts in Montpelier about the newest changes to education finance
01-23-2024 2:08 AM

By ETHAN WEINSTEIN

In a letter directed toward school boards and superintendents on Friday, two leaders of legislative tax committees warned of the “unintended consequences” of the state’s newest education finance law, which, they suggested, could have districts trying...


As Vermont Town Meetings prepare to return to the floor, some COVID-19 changes remain
01-18-2024 6:53 PM

By KEVIN O’CONNOR

For the first time in four years, none of Vermont’s 247 municipalities have publicly announced plans to cancel in-person March Town Meetings due to COVID-19 concerns, according to a VTDigger survey, although many are permanently adopting such...


Vermont is racing to meet its own electric vehicle targets
01-16-2024 2:38 AM

By HABIB SABET

State transportation officials told legislators last week that Vermont’s electric vehicle transition has made substantial headway in recent years but still has a long way to go to meet its goals.Vermont currently leads the country in efforts toward...


State agency puts former Norwich police chief on paid administrative leave
01-11-2024 5:26 PM

By ALAN J. KEAYS

The director of enforcement and safety for the state Department of Motor Vehicles has been placed on paid administrative leave after less than six months on the job.Vermont Transportation Secretary Joseph Flynn, whose agency oversees the motor vehicle...


In unusual move, board votes to temporarily close Vt. school amid staffing challenges
12-19-2023 3:23 AM

By PETER D’AURIA

School board members have decided to temporarily shutter Windham Elementary School after administrators struggled to fill staffing positions at the tiny school.The three-person Windham School Board voted Thursday evening to close the 15-student school...


Despite objections, Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board moves ahead with new rules for hunting and trapping
12-16-2023 2:31 AM

By EMMA COTTON

On Thursday evening, members of the Fish & Wildlife Board voted unanimously to approve new rules for trapping and hunting. Recent laws required the board to create the rules, which were intended to make the activities safer for wildlife, pets and...


Vermont selects sports betting operators, allowing for pre-registration ahead of January launch
12-13-2023 11:34 PM

By SARAH MEARHOFF

With legal, regulated sports betting on track to launch in Vermont next month, the Scott administration has awarded state contracts to three vendors to host mobile sports wagering platforms.DraftKings, FanDuel and Fanatics Sportsbook were selected...


Bernie Sanders votes against Ukraine aid package, citing unconditional funding for Israel
12-08-2023 4:23 AM

By SARAH MEARHOFF

A major foreign aid package designed to support Ukraine’s fight against Russia and Israel’s fight against Hamas failed on a key procedural vote in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday as a united Republican caucus — joined by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. —...


Rutland jury finds former child care provider guilty of fatally medicating infant
12-06-2023 10:51 AM

By TIFFANY TAN

A former child care provider in Rutland was found guilty Friday of causing a child’s death by giving the infant a sedative, which the defendant denied doing when she took the stand earlier that day.A Rutland County jury found Stacey Vaillancourt...


Court sides with Woodstock defendant in defamation case over op-ed alleging sexual harassment
11-30-2023 6:59 PM

By ETHAN WEINSTEIN

A Vermont Superior Court judge this week sided with a man sued for defamation over an op-ed in a local paper, citing the state’s laws protecting against frivolous lawsuits against free speech. Devon Kurtz, a Woodstock resident, wrote a commentary in...


More young Vermonters at ER for drug overdoses since the pandemic
11-21-2023 2:56 AM

By TIFFANY TAN

The number of young Vermonters who visited an emergency room due to an accidental drug overdose has been rising since the coronavirus pandemic, with older teens involved in most of these nonfatal cases, according to a new state report.The report...


Vermont sues Meta, alleging that Instagram has harmed young Vermonters’ mental health
10-25-2023 10:42 PM

By SARAH MEARHOFF

Vermont is suing the tech giant Meta, alleging that the company designed its social media platform Instagram to be addictive and otherwise harmful to the mental health of young users.Standing before the Vermont Superior Court in Burlington on Tuesday...


Vermont State University president recommends cutting 10 degree programs and up to 33 faculty positions
10-04-2023 6:38 AM

BY PETER D’AURIA

Vermont State University should end 10 degree programs, including agriculture, music and school psychology, and lose around 20-33 faculty positions, Interim President Mike Smith said in a draft report issued on Monday.Smith’s report also recommends...


Education ‘snapshot’ a mixed bag for Vermont schools
09-13-2023 6:47 PM

By PETER D’AURIA

State educational data from 2022 showed mixed results for Vermont schools, with few gains in standardized test scores but improvements in discipline and educational opportunities.Troublingly, however, the data also showed a widening performance gap...


Xylazine strips will be added to state’s toolkit for opioid overdose prevention
09-05-2023 6:54 PM

By TIFFANY TAN

Strips that check for the presence of the animal tranquilizer xylazine in street drugs could soon become more available in Vermont. The state Department of Health is in the process of ordering the test strips for public distribution, as...


Central Vermont has received more than 20 inches of rain this summer. It’s the most in 75 years.
09-03-2023 5:14 AM

By ERIN PETENKO

Central Vermont has received upward of 20 inches of rain from June to August, putting it on track to have the rainiest summer since the National Weather Service began collecting data in the region.The Edward F. Knapp Airport in Berlin reported 22.7...

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