Public Post
1:34 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

Public Post: LED Street Lights, Sign Thefts, The Mirror Theatre

Fair Haven is asking for public participation in a street light evaluation before making the switch to LED fixtures. Sign thefts and signing regulations have been a topic of discussion for several select boards. Greensboro's Development Review Board gives a green light to the Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency's plan to build the Mirror Theatre.

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The Frequency
5:55 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Donka At Odds With Welch, Climate Science

Mark Donka, a Republican running for Congress against Rep. Peter Welch, has views on climate change that are in conflict with widely-accepted science on the matter.

On Vermont Edition Friday, Donka confirmed that he believes climate change is real, but argued that humans aren’t necessarily the primary cause.

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The Frequency
5:50 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Regulators Delay Hearings On Phase 2 Of Vermont Gas Pipeline

State regulators are delaying their consideration of Phase 2 of the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline because the company has so far failed to get federal approval to bring gas to New York and because of ongoing concerns about cost overruns for Phase 1 of the pipeline.

The second phase of the pipeline would connect the planned Phase 1 terminus in Addison County to a paper mill owned by International Paper in Ticonderoga, N.Y.

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The Frequency
3:59 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Soon, Burlington Police Patrol Officers Will All Be Wearing Body Cameras

A police officer wears an on-body camera during a demonstration in Los Angeles in January. Burlington Police will be eqipping their entire patrol force over the next four months.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Burlington Police officers are getting new equipment that officials say will increase transparency and accountability in the department: body cameras.

The department has been using seven body-worn cameras for about two years, and Chief Michael Schirling announced today that the city has budgeted about $18,000 to expand the use of the cameras to include the entire patrol force of the department.

The purchase includes 60 of the cameras, which Schirling says have benefits even beyond increased transparency.

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VPR News
3:30 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Killington Spartan Race Not So Grueling For Local Businesses

More than 10,000 competitors from all over the world are expected in Killington this weekend for the third annual Spartan Race World Championship.  While the 15-mile obstacle course may be grueling for the racers, it’ll be a boon for local businesses.

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Vermont Edition
1:13 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Climate Change And Activism

In this file photo, leader Bill McKibben talks to Montpelier students in front of solar panels in 2007.
Toby Talbot AP

This weekend, some Vermonters are in New York City for a massive protest about climate change in the United States.  Meanwhile, new research from UVM has added more data to a picture of rising temperatures and less snow in the coming century. Monday on Vermont Edition, we’ll look at the impacts of climate change in our region.

Did you attend the climate march in New York this weekend? Join the conversation: post comments and questions below or write to

The Catch-Up
12:04 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

The Catch-Up: Vermont Beers

Vermont has a whole lot of craft breweries these days. Is there really a market for all this booze?

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

GOP Congressional Candidate Mark Donka

Mark Donka is the Republican candidate for the U.S. House.
Angela Evansie VPR

Mark Donka won a close three-way race in the Republican primary for Vermont’s lone congressional seat. He now faces Representative Peter Welch for the second consecutive time in the general election.

Donka outlines his positions on the bill to fund Syrian rebels fighting ISIS, the federal budget, the Affordable Care Act, immigration and other issues facing Congress.

Post your questions or comments for Mark Donka here or email them to

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Vermont Edition
9:27 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Say What? Lake Champlain Is Undergoing Turnover And Seiche

Underneath that calm surface, Lake Champlain is doing a lot of moving and shaking.

To the casual observer, Lake Champlain might seem pretty calm right now. But lake scientists know that it is kicking up a storm. It's undergoing turnover and seiche (sounds like saysh) as we speak.

What, exactly, are these phenomena? Breck Bowden, director of the Lake Champlain Sea Grant program, explains.

What's turnover?

Turnover is "one of the most unusual and least-known properties of water," Bowden says. It starts with the lake's stratification; the warmer water sits on top, and the cooler water sinks to the bottom.

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Regional Report
6:17 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Regional Report: Does Montpelier Need A Parking Garage?

Some think a bringing a parking garage to Montpelier is critical to the city's economic development.
Sean Marshall Creative Commons

Mayor John Hollar thinks the city’s parking requirements for businesses wishing to locate in the city are too onerous and may be discouraging development.

He raised the issue at a recent meeting of the City Council, in an agenda item that sought to determine whether parking requirements in the city’s zoning ordinance should be reduced or eliminated in the downtown district.

Hollar indicated he thinks the requirements are unfair compared with what existing businesses have had to do.

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