Department of Public Service asks state to expand gas pipeline investigation

By XANDER LANDEN VTDIGGER.ORG The Department of Public Service has joined opponents of a 41-mile natural gas pipeline in asking the state to expand its investigation of the line’s construction. In a motion filed with the Public Utility Commission last month, James Dumont, an attorney representing residents in Monkton and Hinesburg, asked the Public Utility… Read More »

Governor’s Marijuana Advisory Commission plans listening tour

The Governor’s Marijuana Advisory Commission will host a listening tour to give Vermonters an opportunity for public comment on the draft reports produced by the Commission’s Subcommittees on Roadway Safety, Education and Prevention, and Taxation and Regulation recently. The draft reports document the findings and recommendations of the subcommittees for review by the commission. The… Read More »

Vermont unemployment rate declines to 2.8 percent in October

The Vermont Department of Labor announced last week that the seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate for October was 2.8 percent, a drop of one-tenth of one percentage point from the revised September rate. That compares with the national rate in October of 3.7 percent. As of the prior month’s preliminary data, the Burlington-South Burlington Metropolitan area… Read More »

State tool can help compare health plans

The state of Vermont has launched an updated online tool to help Vermonters weigh insurance options and choose the health plan that best fits their needs and budget. The 2019 Plan Comparison Tool is accessible online at and allows users to screen at least 26 health plan options. The comparison function should be helpful… Read More »

Fair Haven school leader tells safety forum: ‘This threat has changed our culture’

By ALAN J. KEAYS VTDIGGER.ORG Brooke Olsen-Farrell says several months after a former student was arrested on charges of planning to shoot up a high school in Fair Haven, the after-effects continue to be felt. “This threat has changed our culture,” Olsen-Farrell, superintendent of the Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union that includes the high school in Fair… Read More »

State official shares drug prevention message

State official shares drug prevention message

By ROSALYN GRAHAM Broad community involvement will be key to reducing the serious opioid-addiction epidemic in our state and around the country. That was the message last Wednesday from Jolinda LaClair, director of Drug Prevention Policy with the Vermont Agency of Human Services, who addressed the Charlotte-Shelburne-Hinesburg Rotary. LaClair has oversight and management of Vermont’s… Read More »

Governor appoints two Hinesburg residents to state boards

Gov. Phil Scott appointed 33 people to various state boards and commissions in September, including two local residents. Kristin Haas of Hinesburg was named to the Animal Cruelty Investigations Advisory Board. Chittenden Superior Court Judge Robert Mello, also of Hinesburg, was appointed to the Governor’s Community Violence Prevention Task Force. Boards and commissions give Vermonters… Read More »

Incentives offered to “Button Up” Vermont homes for winter

A coalition of Vermont organizations joined Congressman Peter Welch recently to kick off the 2018 Button Up Vermont campaign, designed to inspire Vermonters to make their homes more comfortable and more affordable ahead of the winter heating season. Vermont has a statewide goal of achieving 25 percent energy savings in at least 80,000 homes by… Read More »