On any given day, there are around 160 women in prison in Vermont. That’s a small percentage of the overall population, but the number of women in prison has been steadily increasing over the last few years.
On the next Vermont Edition, we’ll talk about the specific challenges faced by Vermont women in prison with Jill Evans, Director of Women and Family Services at the Department of Corrections. We'll also talk to Julie Brisson, coordinator of the Wellness Workforce Coalition at the Vermont Center for Independent Living, who served time in Swanton prison in 2009.
Love it or hate it, hunting is a big part of fall in Vermont. One of the annual autumn rituals is the naming of big game stations around the state. These are the places where hunters take bear, deer, turkey and moose to be weighed and reported.
Big game must be reported within 48 hours of a kill to the nearest game warden or a Vermont Fish & Wildlife reporting station. Below is a list, by county, of wardens and reporting stations for 2014, as well as their towns and phone numbers:
Bees are an essential to the ecology of food production, but for the better part of a decade, a devastating affliction has caused a precipitous drops in their populations.
The term ‘Colony Collapse Disorder’ has been attached to this phenomenon, but two leading bee experts say that CCD is just one part of a much wider problem affecting honey bees, butterflies, bats, and other pollinators. One focus of research to explain the larger problem is the role of pesticides in disrupting the live cycles of pollinators.
A team from the Vermont Division of Licensing and Protection is at the Brattleboro Retreat this week conducting an unannounced inspection.
The state inspectors are at the psychiatric hospital on behalf of the federal agency that governs Medicare and Medicaid. The Retreat stands to lose its federal funding if problems cited in two recent inspections haven’t been corrected.
Technology may prove the tallest hurdle in Gov. Peter Shumlin’s quest for single-payer health care. Problems with the state’s on-line insurance exchange have prompted new concerns among legislators about the next phase of health care reform.
Six weeks ago, analysts for the Vermont Legislature quietly released an issue brief that focused on the role of technology in the state’s push for a universal, publicly financed health care system
Vermont Gas Systems has federal approval for Phase II of the company’s pipeline from Addison County under Lake Champlain to an International Paper mill in New York.
The approval, which came from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), is the only federal permission needed for the three-phase pipeline project. For each of the three phases in Vermont (Chittenden County to Addison County, Addison County under the lake to New York, and Addison County to Rutland County), Vermont Gas will need a Certificate of Public Good from the Vermont Public Service Board.
Burlington Police today announced Tuesday that a rabid skunk bit a “reportedly homeless” man last week.
According to the police, the man went to the emergency room at Fletcher Allen Health Care and said he’d been bitten. The man “was able to kill the skunk and it was later brought to the Vermont Health Department for rabies testing.”