The Burlington Free Press reports that Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne and campaign manager Brent Burns have parted ways after just two months working together.
"I resigned Friday," Burns confirmed Monday. "For the last six years, I have been working in super high stress jobs. I needed to take a step back," Burns explained when asked why. "All the rest is between Scott and I."
Dean Corren, Lieutenant Governor candidate for both the Progressive and Democratic parties, joined Attorney General Bill Sorrell for a campaign stop at a gas station in Burlington Monday morning, but they weren’t filling up.
The pair were hoping to bring attention to the discrepancy in gas prices between northwestern Vermont and other areas of the state, like Rutland. In photos taken Sunday, a gas station in Rutland showed a price of $3.39 for regular while a Burlington station was charging $3.58 – a 19 cent difference.
The town of Craftsbury expects to cover about a third of its municipal energy needs with a new solar tracker. The 20-kilowatt panel recently installed at the town garage was funded by a payment made to the town by Green Mountain Power, which placed 21 turbines atop nearby Lowell Mountain. The select board opposed that wind project.
Craftsbury installs a solar tracker using money from the Kingdom Community Wind project. Essex and Rutland hold cleanup events to reduce stormwater runoff pollution. Library Trustees in Waitsfield consider renovations after the town office relocates to a new building.
The Vermont Supreme Court has granted a request from the state Public Service Board that will allow the board to reconsider its December 2013 ruling that approved Phase 1 of the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline for construction.
The project in question is planned to extend Vermont Gas' network south from Chittenden County to the Middlebury area. It is the first phase of a three-phase project that is ultimately planned to bring Vermont Gas service to Rutland.
There will soon be new sewer and water lines between West Rutland and Rutland Town. The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded $2,007,100 in grants and loans to expand municipal sewer and drinking water to parts of West Rutland.
"These upgrades will have environmental, health and economic impacts for hundreds of Vermonters in and around West Rutland," USDA Rural Development Vermont and New Hampshire State Director Ted Brady said in a press release.