Rutland

The town of Rutland says local government should have greater oversight in the siting of solar projects. The town’s attorney made the case to the Vermont Supreme Court Wednesday. The town and project neighbors appealed the Public Service Board’s Certificate of Public Good for a 15-acre solar project to be built by Rutland Renewable Energy, a subsidiary of groSolar.

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This fall, Wheels to Warmth will operate for the first time in Rutland and local community organizations are thrilled.

Wheels for Warmth was founded in 2005 by then-state senator Phil Scott. In the years since, the program has raised more than $253,000 for emergency fuel assistance and sold more than 12,500 safe donated tires. 

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The August shooting death of Lara Sobel shocked many Vermonters. For the Department for Children and Families, where Sobel worked as a social worker for many years, it was an especially difficult blow. 

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Despite freezing temperatures, about five hundred people gathered in Rutland Sunday for a walk to benefit the Rutland County Women’s Network and Shelter.

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Sunday, hundreds of people, many tottering on red high heels, are expected to take part in a special fundraising walk in downtown Rutland.

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The Department for Children and Families sent out a memo in August asking local housing advocates to come up with alternatives to using motels for emergency housing.

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If you want to know how often Rutland City Police officers use force in a given month; or how often they attend community meetings, that information is now just a mouse click away.

A new data portal the department has been preparing is now open to the public. It’s part of a nationwide effort to help police departments across the country boost transparency.

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Officials in Rutland say Schenectady Police Chief Brian Kilcullen is their top choice to head the Rutland City Police Department. 

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Tension between the Rutland City board of Aldermen and the City’s Police Commission is not new.  But a 2012 internal affairs investigation into alleged racial profiling and officer misconduct by two former Rutland city police officers have caused some city leaders to question the role of Rutland’s Police Commission.

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Green Mountain Power officials say its now official: Rutland is the solar generation capital of New England.

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Rutland’s Paramount Theatre will broadcast the second Republican primary debate live Wednesday evening, with two political analysts who’ll take part in discussions before and afterwards.

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The 170th Vermont State Fair got underway Friday in Rutland. After nearly two years of internal upheaval, debt, and last minute scramble to find a midway, organizers say just being able to open the gates was a huge accomplishment.

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Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras has called for a special joint meeting Thursday to bring local leaders up to speed on a 2013 civil suit involving the city that alleges racial profiling and cover-ups among former and current members of the Rutland City Police Department.

The mayor called together the Rutland Board of Aldermen, the city’s attorney and police commission, the panel that oversees the city's police department.

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Even as state and federal officials direct new money and staffing to water quality efforts across the state, the networks of pipes that bring water to and from Vermont homes and businesses are crumbling beneath their feet.

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An innovative program first launched by the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps in Richmond is expanding to other parts of Vermont to make it easier for needy families to get locally grown fruits and vegetables.

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The public is invited to a panel discussion on Wednesday evening at Rutland’s Paramount Theatre to brainstorm ways to turn the challenges of climate change into economic opportunities.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Vermont will receive a $3 million federal grant to expand treatment for opioid dependency in the state.

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The recent murder of DCF caseworker Lara Sobel has focused attention on the safety of counselors, social workers and others who deal with families in potentially volatile situations. 

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The Trust for Public Land, a national non-profit organization that creates parks and protects land for public use, says they are closing in on their goal to create a new state forest named in honor of former Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords.

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This week, Bedlam – recently named one of the best young theater companies in New York City by Backstage.com – will perform two nights at the Paramount Theatre, offering early glimpses of Pygmalion and a brand new play called New York Animals.

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