GOV. PHIL SCOTT and Brandon Town Manager Dave Atherton discuss the measures the town has taken to prevent damage from future floods during a press conference last Wednesday commemorating the 10th anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene, which tore through Brandon and other Vermont towns.
Independent photo/Steve James
BRANDON — On the 10th anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene, Brandon served as the symbolic poster child for towns from all across Vermont that suffered immense flood damage during that storm. Gov. Phil Scott held a press conference there last Wednesday, Aug. 25, to herald the progress made since the storm wreaked havoc throughout the state, including in Brandon.
“This is a somber anniversary as we reflect on the damage done, lost homes, and worst of all, the seven people who died during and in the immediate aftermath of the storm,” Gov. Scott said to a crowd of several dozen, television...
MIDDLEBURY — Saturday was indeed a day of giving thanks and congratulations in Middlebury, as residents and visitors alike hailed the newly minted Lazarus Park and a downtown transformed by a just-completed tunnel project.
Gov. Phil Scott praised those responsible for the improvements, but also asked Vermonters in general to take a bow for their collective actions in battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
During a brief speech at Lazarus Park amid oppressive heat and humidity, Scott acknowledged a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases, largely associated with the aggressive Delta variant of the virus. But...
The Vermont Department of Health reported on Monday that there were 1,553 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the state over the past two weeks, and that there were 33 people hospitalized with COVID, 13 of them in intensive care. The count of new cases and hospitalizations in Vermont is now the highest it has been since mid-April, when the percentage of Vermonters who had received at least one vaccine dose was just over 50%, compared with about 85% today.
The Department of Health also reported that, for the period from Aug. 8 through 14, 40% of the positive cases in Vermont — 288 of 725 — were...
A HOST OF dignitaries, including Gov. Phil Scott and Lt. Gov. Molly Gray, helped mark the launch of a massive anaerobic digester operation at Salisbury’s Goodrich Farm that will convert cow and manure waste into renewable natural gas. Middlebury College will be the main consumer of the natural gas produced at the farm.
Independent photo/Steve James
SALISBURY — The state’s top two elected officials on Wednesday helped Salisbury’s Goodrich Farm launch the Northeast’s largest farm-powered anaerobic digester, a facility that will convert cow manure, food and beverage waste into renewable natural gas.
Along with Gov. Phil Scott and Lt. Gov. Molly Gray, others participating in Wednesday’s launch included Vermont Agency of Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts, Vermont Gas Systems (VGS) officials and David Provost, executive vice president of finance and administration for Middlebury College. The college will buy most of the natural gas...
MONTPELIER — It’s been a week since Vermont lifted all COVID-19 restrictions — and the skies didn’t fall. On the contrary, as Gov. Phil Scott emphasized in Tuesday’s press conference, new case numbers continue to decrease throughout the state, Vermonters continue to get vaccinated and things just might be looking up.
COVID-19 cases fell under 5,000 in New England this week, the lowest since the beginning of the pandemic, despite all six states having fully reopened. Vermont saw only 38 new cases and has only recorded one COVID-related death in the past five weeks. Scott said he anticipates...
MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott last week signed an expansive $7.35 billion state budget that, buoyed by federal Covid-19 relief funds, invests heavily in broadband, affordable housing projects and measures to fight climate change.
This year’s spending package benefited from a financial windfall produced by the federal American Rescue Plan Act, providing the state with more than $1 billion and the flexibility to use the money to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and fund infrastructure projects.
The budget allocates $599 million of those federal funds, including $150 million for broadband...
Gov. Phil Scott this morning signs the order directing state agencies to end special COVID-19 restrictions now that more than 80% of Vermonters have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott this morning lifted all state COVID-19 restrictions.
The State of Emergency, in place since March 13, 2020, will expire at midnight tomorrow.
The order came after the announcement that Vermont yesterday became the first state to vaccinate over 80% of eligible residents, making it the global leader in COVID-19 vaccinations.
“Vermont has shown the world what’s possible,” Gov. Scott said in this morning’s press conference. “We are here only because of the unity of the people of Vermont, whose commitment to their neighbors and care for each other never wavered.”
Vermont’s Democratic Party has a bone to pick with the national news media: the national media, party officials allege, are giving Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, major kudos for leading an expansion of voting rights in Vermont. It’s a ripe story in the national press because most Republican governors are doing the opposite and passing restrictive laws that depress voter participation among people of color and favor the status quo.
Scott stands apart as a Republican governor championing progressive ideas.
Not so fast, Vermont Dems are saying.
Scott has jumped on the coattails of an effort led...
MONTPELIER — The full reopening of Vermont is slated for the coming weeks, but Gov. Phil Scott has jump-started one reopening measure: The lifting of a 10 p.m. curfew on Vermont businesses.
“We’ve gone from less than 30% to over 50% of the 18-to-29 age band vaccinated in the last month,” he said.
That means restaurants, bars and social clubs can operate under their normal business hours beginning Saturday, he said, unless local municipalities place additional restrictions on their area.
Scott has said he plans to drop almost all COVID restrictions when Vermont has 80% of the eligible...
Gov. Phil Scott announced at the Friday, May 21, press conference that when 80% of Vermont’s eligible population — those age 12 and older — have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the state will enter Step 4 of the Vermont Forward plan and remove its remaining health restrictions.
Vermont has held the top position for its rate of vaccination in the U.S. for weeks. As of Tuesday, May 25, 76.9% of eligible Vermonters have been vaccinated.
“This is exciting,” said Mike Smith, secretary of the Agency of Human Services, “but there is still much work to do.”
Vermont needs to reach...