Vermont voters make history, pick incumbents

Vermont voters make history, pick incumbents

By LISA SCAGLIOTTI Vermont made political history Tuesday by choosing Christine Hallquist as the Democratic nominee for governor. She now looks to unseat Republican Gov. Phil Scott in November. Hallquist, a Hyde Park resident and former CEO of Vermont Electric Cooperative, is the first transgender candidate in the nation to win a major party nomination… Read More »

Squirrel knocks out internet

By XANDER LANDEN and LOLA DUFFORT VTDigger.ORG A rodent brought down state government websites and interrupted internet service over a five-and-a-half-hour period last Wednesday, according to state officials. The next day, FirstLight, the state’s internet provider, explained that state government’s internet connection went dark after a squirrel chewed through a fiber optic cable, said John… Read More »

UVM nurses cut ties with credit union

By MIKE FAHER VTDigger.ORG Frustrated by the lack of a new contract, University of Vermont Medical Center’s unionized nurses are trying a different tactic – applying financial pressure. The union announced last week that its parent organization, AFT Vermont, is divesting its funds from New England Federal Credit Union because two hospital trustees also are… Read More »

Sex offender released into Burlington

Sex offender released into Burlington

The Vermont Department of Corrections announced that it on Wednesday was to release into the Burlington area a sex offender who has served a prison term for stalking a minor girl in 2014. Ryan Donald Aldrich, 46, will living at a Burlington motel, according to Department of Corrections personnel. The stalking offense was not his… Read More »

UVM hospital says strike won’t disrupt most patient services

UVM hospital says strike won’t disrupt most patient services

By Mike Faher VTDigger.org University of Vermont Medical Center leaders say they have a “comprehensive plan” that will keep most hospital services unaffected if unionized nurses go on a 48-hour strike starting today. The hospital has made some concessions for a work stoppage: Administrators say they’ve postponed 68 elective surgeries that had been scheduled for today and… Read More »

When tipsters call ICE, the phone rings in Vermont

When tipsters call ICE, the phone rings in Vermont

By Elizabeth Hewitt VTDigger.org The tipster called in to report his ex-girlfriend. For years, the man had known the woman was in the country without proper documentation. But the relationship had recently ended, and he decided to alert federal immigration authorities that his ex had overstayed a visa, and now was living and working in… Read More »

Vermont requests federal disaster declaration to address May storms

Gov. Phil Scott has made a formal request for federal disaster funds to assist communities and public utilities in five Vermont counties – including Chittenden County – in paying for repairs to public infrastructure damaged in wind and rainstorms on May 4 and 5. Communities and public utilities in Chittenden, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange, and Orleans counties… Read More »