Vt. Supreme Court: Private emails of public officials are fair game for public records

By Alan J. Keays and Anne Galloway VTDIGGER.ORG The Vermont Supreme Court last week ruled that the private email and text message accounts of public officials are subject to the state’s public records law, a decision hailed as a victory for advocates for government transparency. The high-court’s unanimous decision Friday reverses a lower court ruling earlier this year… Read More »

Natural Resources Secretary looks to slow spending on Lake Champlain cleanup

Natural Resources Secretary looks to slow spending on Lake Champlain cleanup

By Mike Polhamus VTDigger.org Vermont’s top environmental official is calling for the state to spend less money on phosphorus reduction efforts for Lake Champlain. Julie Moore, the secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources, wants to significantly reduce the amount Gov. Phil Scott’s administration originally planned to spend on cleanup efforts over the next several years… Read More »

Secretary Moore, Chittenden Senators to hold forum on water issues Tuesday in Shelburne

Chittenden County’s six-member delegation to the Vermont Senate visits Shelburne Tuesday at a special public forum to discuss water quality and water issues facing the region and Vermont. Sen. Chris Pearson, P/D, said the group plans several meetings this fall around the county to meet with constituents on a variety of issues. Joining the conversation… Read More »

Public Safety announces conditional approval of fifth marijuana dispensary

The Department of Public Safety has conditionally approved PhytoScience Institute, LLC as the fifth marijuana dispensary. This past legislative session, the General Assembly increased the number of authorized marijuana dispensaries from four to five with the passage of Act 65. PhytoScience Institute plans on operating dispensing sites in Bennington and St. Albans, two underserved areas… Read More »

Vermont Dept. of Mental Health awarded $9.9 million grant

The Vermont Department of Mental Health has been awarded a $9.9-million federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The grant, to be disbursed over a five-year period, will fund the Vermont Family Centered Healthcare Home Project as a comprehensive approach to mental, emotional, and physical health for children and their families.… Read More »

Gov. Scott fills Mad River Valley House seat

Gov. Scott fills Mad River Valley House seat

Gov. Phil Scott has appointed Fayston business owner Ed Read as representative for the Washington-7 House district serving the towns of Fayston, Duxbury, Moretown, Waitsfield, and Warren. Read, an Independent, will serve the two-seat district along with Rep. Maxine Grad, D-Moretown. Read takes the seat vacated by former Rep. Adam Greshin, I-Warren, who was recently… Read More »

Partners on patrol in The NE Kingdom

Partners on patrol in The NE Kingdom

Warden Jenna Reed of Newport and her German Shepherd K9 partner named Moose were recently certified as the state’s newest of four K9 game warden units. Reed and K9 Officer Moose are certified in tracking and evidence recovery. Moose will be deployed for everything from tracking a suspect who has run from law enforcement, to… Read More »

Vermont moose hunt auction nets $30,761 for wildlife education

Vermont’s annual auction of moose hunting permits brought in $30,761.50 last month from the five winning bids. The auction helps fund Fish & Wildlife Department educational programs, such as the Green Mountain Conservation Camps for youths. Bids do not include the cost of a hunting license ($26 for residents and $100 for nonresidents) and a… Read More »