REP. AMY SHELDON (D-Middlebury) and five other members of the Vermont Legislature’s Climate Solutions Caucus convened a climate policy forum at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society in Middlebury on Thursday evening. The Climate Caucus has been working since last May to develop legislative solutions to the climate crisis and are traveling the state to report on their progress.
Independent photo/Christopher Ross
MIDDLEBURY — Members of the Vermont Legislature’s Climate Solutions Caucus are organizing a series of climate policy forums all over the state to share their legislative priorities for 2020 and bring more Vermonters into the climate conversation.
On a snowy Thursday evening, six caucus members convened at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society in Middlebury to share their work.
“Climate work is all improvised on some level,” said Sen. Chris Pearson (P-Burlington). “Nobody has shown us what to do. We have snippets all around the world that we can draw from, and some right here in...
I am astounded and horrified to hear that confiscated guns are being sold back into society in Vermont.
We have an immediate and serious problem with guns, and the government is selling them! The article in the Oct. 30 Seven Days newspaper states that one of the reasons for these sales is a concern that law enforcement officials will hesitate to confiscate guns from those cited or arrested for domestic abuse because there isn’t anywhere to put them. (This action is possible because of a recently passed law.) In order to make space for confiscated guns to be stored, we are selling guns to gun...
SALISBURY — Residents of the Addison-2 Legislative District (Cornwall, Goshen, Hancock, Leicester, Ripton and Salisbury) are invited to join Rep. Peter Conlon for a look at how the Legislative process works in Vermont, from idea, to bill, to law, and how citizens can be involved.
This non-political talk will be held at the Salisbury Public Library (right in the village) on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 7-9 p.m. Come learn how the Vermont process differs from the “I’m Just a Bill” lessons we all learned on TV, and how Vermont’s small size means that citizens can play big roles in it.
'QUEEN MOTHER,' BY Will Kasso
Looking for an artist in Vermont? Easy, check any home studio, any shared collaborative space, look on the stages, and in the workshops and sheds that cluster in the “artsy areas” of Vermont towns, or out behind some bucolic farmhouse. They’re there — the violinmakers, dancers, painters, musicians, potters, thespians, glass blowers, metal workers… they’re everywhere. But when you stop to try and identify who a Vermont artist is, suddenly the task isn’t so easy.
The Vermont Arts Council’s Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier is attempting to shed a little light on who artists in Vermont are these...
Closing a town’s elementary school was as tough as predicted: In the town of Addison, voters on Tuesday rejected the Addison Northwest School District’s suggestion to voluntarily close its school by a three-to-one margin: 373 opposed to 123 in favor. Ferrisburgh voters rejected a similar recommendation by a five-to-one margin, 884 opposed and 160 in favor.
No surprise in either instance.
Town residents sent a clear message on several fronts: 1) they wanted to keep their schools open; 2) as a community, they wanted be in driver’s seat when it came to making the decision to keep their schools...
STATE WILDLIFE OFFICIALS will show off specimens in their Operation Game Thief trailer when it stops in Middlebury on Nov. 10.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont State Game Wardens are inviting the public, and especially young hunters, to visit their Operation Game Thief mobile exhibit from noon to 3 p.m. at G. Stone Motors on Route 7 in Middlebury on Sunday, Nov. 10 – the second day of Vermont’s youth deer hunting weekend.
G. Stone Motors and Vermont Field Sports, as well as other local businesses, are hosting a youth hunting celebration at that time with some lifetime hunting licenses, hats, shirts, and other items plus a free meal for kids.
Operation Game Thief (OGT) is a joint nonprofit program sponsored by the Vermont...
The recent passing of Paul Bruhn, a champion of preservation and community development for more than 40 years, is a blow to the heritage conservation movement. Much like the vacant lots and storefronts in the historic town centers that Paul spent his life defending, his loss has left many of us feeling like something is missing.
Since 1980, Paul’s Preservation Trust of Vermont has served as the stalwart organization supporting communities in maintaining Vermont’s small-town aesthetic and in fighting off the type of development that threatens to change the very nature of our state.
VERMONT — The 251 Club of Vermont is proud to announce Stephanie Young as its new Executive Director, effective January 1, 2020. Young is a 2005 Vermont Law School graduate. She spent eight years in Washington, DC in environmental policy with the Marine Conservation Biology Institute and the Partnership Project.
“While my family and I enjoyed our time in the Washington, D.C. area, our intent was always to return to live permanently in Vermont, and in 2013 we moved back.” Stephanie now lives in Burlington with her family, and is an environmental policy and law adjunct professor with Purdue...
The next general election in Vermont will be just over a year away. While the presidential election will be one of the most high-intensity campaigns the nation and the state will have ever seen, there may not be many closely-contested races at the statewide level.
For one thing, there will be no U.S. Senate campaign in Vermont in 2020. Sen. Patrick Leahy’s term runs until 2022, and Sen. Bernard Sanders’ until 2024.
The last presidential election year in which there was no U.S. Senate race in Vermont was 2008. In that year, Barack Obama defeated John McCain in Vermont by a popular vote margin...
Vermonters shouldn’t have to pay for access to their government’s public records. Government transparency is far too important to be revoked by government agencies when they feel inconvenienced.
Generous access to public records is rooted in the Vermont Constitution, and comes from Vermont statutes:
“It is the policy of this subchapter to provide for free and open examination of records consistent with Chapter I, Article 6 of the Vermont Constitution. Officers of government are trustees and servants of the people and it is in the public interest to enable any person to review and criticize...