Steve Zind

Senior Reporter & Special Projects Producer

Steve has been with VPR since 1994, first serving as host of VPR’s public affairs program and then as a reporter, based in Central Vermont. Many VPR listeners recognize Steve for his special reports from Iran, providing a glimpse of this country that is usually hidden from the rest of the world. Prior to working with VPR, Steve served as program director for WNCS for 17 years, and also worked as news director for WCVR in Randolph. A graduate of Northern Arizona University, Steve also worked for stations in Phoenix and Tucson before moving to Vermont in 1972. Steve has been honored multiple times with national and regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for his VPR reporting, including a 2011 win for best documentary for his report, Afghanistan's Other War.

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We think of Town Meeting as a hallowed institution and a hallmark of local democracy in action, but the fact is fewer of us are participating.

Town meeting attendance continues to decline despite efforts to boost participation. 

What else can we do?

We talk with Susan Clark and Frank Bryan whose revised edition of All Those In Favor, a study of Vermont's Town Meeting tradition, has just been released.

Post your questions or comments here or email vermontedition@vpr.net.

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Most of FairPoint Communications' unionized workers return to their jobs today after a strike that lasted more than four months.

Last weekend, they ratified a new contract with the company, but unlike past negotiations with FairPoint and its predecessors, the new pact does not represent an improvement over the expired agreement.

The state is charging an exclusive private resort in southern Vermont with a series of permit violations.

The Vermont attorney general’s office says the resort, known as the Hermitage Inn and Club, failed to apply for Act 250 land use and water quality permits before starting construction projects.

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FairPoint Communications and striking workers have reached a tentative contract agreement.

The announcement comes after weeks of negotiations under the auspices of the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), which says FairPoint’s striking employees will return to work next Wednesday.

Plasan North America says it is closing its manufacturing plant in Bennington. The company has 62 employees in Vermont.

In a statement, Plasan North America President Keith Rayborn said, “Unfortunately, economic realities in the defense industry have forced us to consolidate our facility in Michigan.”

Plasan manufactures products for the defense applications, including armor for vehicles.

The company says the Vermont facility will close in July. It says employees will receive a severance package and extended health care.

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Many families who qualify for help with their fuel bills have exhausted their benefits as a result of the cold weather. 

The state’s home heating assistance program helps more than 25,000 Vermont households stay warm in the winter.

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One of the state’s largest manufacturers says it's challenging to expand in Vermont compared to other states where it operates.

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One of Vermont’s most unique manufacturing companies lies behind a nondescript red door in downtown Bethel.

Alpaca Guitars makes a musical instrument designed to go to some far-flung places.

The city of St. Albans will invest in a new downtown hotel.

The plans for the hotel will be formally announced Tuesday by city officials and a Winooski developer which intends to bring a national chain to downtown St. Albans.

The city has agreed to invest up to $1 million in the project.

City Manager Dominic Cloud says the investment is just part of an all-out effort to bring a major chain hotel downtown, a city priority for decades.

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Last week, the Federal Communications Commission significantly raised the bar on what constitutes high speed broadband. In doing so, it created an even greater challenge to delivering broadband to rural customers, including those in Vermont.

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