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 »

Local realtor Chris Mattos to represent Milton in Vermont House

Local realtor Chris Mattos to represent Milton in Vermont House

Gov. Phil Scott has appointed Republican Chris Mattos to represent Milton in the Vermont House of Representatives. Mattos will serve alongside House Minority Leader Don Turner, R-Milton. Mattos succeeds Rep. Ron Hubert, who resigned. Mattos is a senior financial specialist at the University of Vermont Medical Center and a real estate agent at Century 21… Read More »

State sells bonds to finance capital projects for buildings, IT, housing

Vermont has sold $106.1 million in bonds in two separate offerings, generating proceeds of $117 million — including a premium of $10.9 million — to finance improvements to state buildings and grounds, investments in IT infrastructure, and dollars for housing and conservation initiatives. Vermont bonds have the highest bond ratings of any Northeastern state, said… Read More »