Homeyer: Heat

Jul 31, 2015

So here I am, on one of the warmest days of the year, stacking wood. But I started early, before the real heat of the day kicked in.

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Saturday will be the last day that people in Bristol can take their trash to the town landfill. The unlined dump is shutting down after nearly 100 years of operation. 

The town was losing money on the landfill as residents recycle more of their refuse.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

It's just after 10 a.m. on a weekday and Monique Oxender is standing on a rocky bank next to the Winooski River with an empty beer can.

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The panel that oversees Vermont’s $4 billion pension fund rejected a proposal Tuesday to sell off its shares in oil and coal companies. But proponents of fossil fuel divestment say it’s past time for the state to sever financial ties with the industries they blame for climate change.


It's a big day at Lemon Fair Wildlife Management Area in Bridport and Cornwall. This morning the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is celebrating the addition of 330 acres to what it calls some of the most productive wildlife habitat in that part of the state.

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State officials missed a deadline required by law to notify the public about a sewage overflow in Rutland in which up to 10,000 gallons of untreated sewage and storm water flowed into East Creek.

Levin: Cooper's Hawks

Jul 24, 2015
Tig Tillinghast

My mother was one of eleven siblings, born to parents from Eastern Europe, neither of whom spoke much English when they arrived at Ellis Island.

The Department of Energy has released a long-awaited draft of its Environmental Impact Statement examining the Northern Pass project as well as alternatives including complete or partial burial.

The agency found that full burial of the power lines would have the smallest impact visually but would be about twice as expensive. However, the report said, burying the transmission lines would provide about 1,500 jobs, almost twice as many as putting them overhead.

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Last week, David Mears announced his departure from his position as commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation. Mears will be leaving the position he has held since 2011 to rejoin the faculty at Vermont Law School. Deputy Commissioner Alyssa Schuren will assume his role in early August.

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An underwater power line planned for Lake Champlain has won key support from two Vermont state agencies.