In the current issue of the nature writing magazine Orion, Robert Sullivan has an essay eulogizing the Eastern Hemlock.
This tree is being decimated by the hemlock wooly adelgid, a tiny but massively destructive pest. Sullivan says the hemlock has never been a particularly well-loved tree, but the experience of being in a dark, quiet, hemlock forest, where the falling pine needles create their own ambient sound would be enough to turn anyone into a fan.
The Chittenden County Transportation Authority and its drivers are locked in a bitter standoff, with both sides in disagreement publicly and privately on facts as basic as how long Saturday’s negotiation session lasted.
At a press conference Monday, Rob Slingerland, the spokesman for the drivers, said the CCTA’s release that came after the weekend negotiation session failed was marred with inaccuracies and half-truths.
The state’s last plan to reduce pollution in Lake Champlain was rejected by the Environmental Protection Agency. The plan, known as a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), did not take into account the effects of climate change, according to the EPA, and was not specific enough it its requirements.
David Mears, the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation has been working to release the final version of the TMDL by the end of March.
Addiction has the power to throw lives into chaos. Sometimes reaching across generations, it disrupts not only the addict but also the addict’s family. That’s the story told in the debut memoir by Winooski resident Jessica Hendry Nelson.
If Only You People Could Follow Directions is the story of her brother’s addiction, her father’s alcoholism, her mother’s attempt to hold the family together, and her own attempt to make a life out of chaos. She spoke with VPR's Peter Biello about her book.
Last year, the Vermont Legislature approved the use of medication called Narcan that can prevent drug users from dying of an overdose. The Health Department set up two pilot sites in Burlington and White River Junction. Now Narcan is becoming more widely available.
On a recent afternoon in his small office on the second floor of St. Johnsbury’s Police Department, Chief Clement Houde pulled a rectangular pink cardboard container out of his desk drawer. It’s about the size of a travel toothpaste box.
An environmental advocacy group is challenging how energy policy is coordinated by New England's six governors. The Conservation Law Foundation has submitted public records requests to the region's six states.
Seth Kaplan of the Conservation Law Foundation says since the six New England Governors announced in December that they would coordinate their plans for the region’s electric grid, those conversations have happened behind closed doors and the public has seen only signs that a plan is being carried out.
It's easy to find goat milk and goat cheese in Vermont. Goat meat, not so much.
That makes it hard for members of the state's refugee population. The city of Burlington is home to more than 6,000 Africans, South Asians and Central Europeans who are accustomed to eating goat on a regular basis.
But there's a movement afoot to meet the demand not only of refugees in Vermont, but of ethnic populations throughout New England and what may be a growing mainstream market for the meat.
Public Post reports on Vermont's Open Sugarhouse Weekend; the prevalence of potholes in many towns, including Warren; a public art project in Londonderry and the upcoming Town Officers Education Conferences.
Here's a sampling of the week's Public Post Twitter updates from Wilmington, Worcester, Warren, Derby and more:
Smokers in Vermont could soon be paying more for a pack of cigarettes, as House leaders eye a 50 cent per pack tax increase to help pay for several health care programs.
The cigarette tax increase is on the table as an alternative to a tax plan proposed by Gov. Peter Shumlin in January.
At the beginning of the session, Shumlin proposed doubling a tax on all health care claims as a way to help pay for the ongoing operations of the state’s new health care exchange and several other health related programs. This tax was expected to raise around $14 million.