VPR News Blog http://digital.vpr.net en New PAC To Boost Pro-Business Candidates http://digital.vpr.net/post/new-pac-boost-pro-business-candidates <p>Two state representatives have launched a new political action committee that will try to play a decisive role in local House and Senate races this fall.</p><p>Stowe Republican Heidi Scheuermann and Middlebury Democrat Paul Ralston say their group, called <a href="http://v2avt.org/">Vision to Action Vermont</a>, will lend financial support to the campaigns of candidates who vow to push for economic development initiatives in Montpelier.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:59:20 +0000 Peter Hirschfeld 30618 at http://digital.vpr.net Where Are Vermont’s Turkeys? Officials Seek Public Help In Survey http://digital.vpr.net/post/where-are-vermont-s-turkeys-officials-seek-public-help-survey <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to conduct a turkey brood survey during the month of August, and officials are asking for help from </span>Vermonters<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> who see the birds around the state.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Data gathered from the survey will help establish long-term trends in turkey reproductive success and recruitment,” said state turkey biologist Amy </span>Alfieri<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:09:44 +0000 Taylor Dobbs 30611 at http://digital.vpr.net Pipeline Opponents Say Project Is No Longer Economically Justifiable http://digital.vpr.net/post/pipeline-opponents-say-project-no-longer-economically-justifiable <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of opponents of the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline say the cost of Vermont Gas Systems’ pipeline from Colchester to Addison County is no longer justifiable in light of a recently announced cost increase.</span></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:55:01 +0000 Taylor Dobbs 30610 at http://digital.vpr.net Union Says Majority Favors FairPoint Strike Authorization http://digital.vpr.net/post/union-says-majority-favors-fairpoint-strike-authorization <p>There have been further delays in the final tally of voting by FairPoint Communications employees on whether to give their unions the authority to call a strike, but union officials say its clear the majority of workers&nbsp; have voted for the authorization.</p><p>The voting is taking place in the three New England states served by FairPoint.</p><p>Mike Spillane with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Vermont says voting has been completed in Vermont and Maine, but delays persist in New Hampshire.</p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:52:42 +0000 Steve Zind 30604 at http://digital.vpr.net Public Post: Nude Campground Fine, Open Meeting Law, Citizen Police Academy http://digital.vpr.net/post/public-post-nude-campground-fine-open-meeting-law-citizen-police-academy <p>Public Post looks at an Environmental Court settlement between the State and Maple Glen campground in Sheldon, that includes a $28,750 fine and permitting requirements. Towns are employing a few different different tactics in an effort to comply with the online posting mandates of the revised Vermont Open Meeting Law. And the Hartford Police Department is offering citizens a chance to learn more about law enforcement through a 10-week course this fall.</p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:24:09 +0000 Amy Kolb Noyes 30596 at http://digital.vpr.net Unemployment Rises For The First Time In 10 Months http://digital.vpr.net/post/unemployment-rises-first-time-10-months <p>Vermont's unemployment rate was up in June for the first time in ten months, according to a new report from the state&nbsp;Department of Labor. The state’s 3.5 percent unemployment rate is still well below the national average of 6.1 percent.</p><p>Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan said in a release that the uptick is consistent with data from previous years.</p><p>“If historical patterns hold,” she said, “this temporary period of adjustment should be present for the next month or two before returning to the recent downward trend.”</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:16:33 +0000 Taylor Dobbs 30602 at http://digital.vpr.net Unemployment Rises For The First Time In 10 Months Ratepayer Advocates Back Burlington Telecom Settlement, Urge Approval http://digital.vpr.net/post/ratepayer-advocates-back-burlington-telecom-settlement-urge-approval <p>The state’s ratepayer advocates are in strong support of Burlington Telecom’s settlement with Citibank over past financial problems, and they are very optimistic about the potential sale of the public telecom to a private entity.</p><p>“The settlement that’s been reached with the city and Citibank, and the bridge financing agreement really offers the first realistic opportunity to move beyond the problems that have been plaguing Burlington Telecom and the city,” said Jim Porter, the senior policy and telecommunications director at the Department of Public Service.</p><p></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:36:40 +0000 Taylor Dobbs 30591 at http://digital.vpr.net Hartford Offers Police Academy For The Public http://digital.vpr.net/post/hartford-offers-police-academy-public <p>Ever wonder what it takes to be a police officer? This fall you can give it a shot, at least in the classroom, at Hartford's annual <a href="http://www.hartford-vt.org/content/citizenpoliceacademy/">Citizen Police Academy</a>.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:49:49 +0000 Amy Kolb Noyes 30587 at http://digital.vpr.net St. Albans Looks To Become More Bike & Pedestrian Friendly http://digital.vpr.net/post/st-albans-looks-become-more-bike-pedestrian-friendly <p>The select board in the town of St. Albans is considering several ways to make getting around town easier for cyclists and pedestrians. The town's top priority is to provide alternate routes for cyclists and pedestrians of all ages, but especially school children, between the town Education Center and the Collins Perley Recreation Center.</p><p>A select board-appointed steering committee has been working with consultants to study bike and pedestrian path alternatives. The committee recently presented the following recommendations to the board:</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:40:07 +0000 Amy Kolb Noyes 30570 at http://digital.vpr.net St. Albans Looks To Become More Bike & Pedestrian Friendly Graphs: Here's What This Week's Campaign Finance Filings Tell Us http://digital.vpr.net/post/graphs-heres-what-weeks-campaign-finance-filings-tell-us <p>Progressive Dean Corren has a hefty financial advantage over incumbent Republican Lt. Gov.&nbsp;Phil Scott. In down-ticket races, incumbents face few challenges - but that doesn't mean they're not spending thousands to campaign.</p><p>Here's what we learned this week, as candidates reported campaign income and spending for the first time since election season began to heat up this summer:</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="2908" scrolling="no" src="//e.infogr.am/campaign-finance-highlights-july-2014" style="border:none;" width="550"></iframe></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:42:01 +0000 Taylor Dobbs 30568 at http://digital.vpr.net