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Vermont regulator orders Vail Resorts not to refund money to Mt. Snow EB-5 investors

The Vermont Department of Financial Regulation has ordered Vail Resorts not to issue refunds to EB-5 investors, as it would violate securities law.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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Is the ice safe to walk on? What Vermonters should know about frozen lakes and ponds.

Vermonters should never assume ice is safe, but there are ways they can determine thickness and condition before venturing onto a frozen body of water.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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Vermont companies cope with a tight labor market brought on by the pandemic

The pandemic has tightened the labor market as people leave their jobs in droves, but some Vermont companies continue to hire everyone they need.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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Meet-and-greets encourage new Vermonters of color to stick with the state

A meet-and-greet for new arrivals to Vermont takes place last fall before the current spike in Covid-19 cases. Photo by Kevin O’Connor/VTDigger Curtiss Reed Jr. has spent the past two decades working to expand the palette of the nation’s second whitest state, as executive director of the Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity, founder of…

Linda Olson: Public higher education for the public good

This commentary is by Linda Olson, a professor at Castleton University and vice president of the higher education sector of the American Federation of Teachers-Vermont. I have been a faculty member at Castleton University and union officer for close to 30 years. During that time, I have witnessed a troubling legislative disinvestment in public higher…

Vicki Ward: Corporatization of health care has caused enormous damage

This commentary is by Vicki Ward of Barnard, who holds a master’s degree in family nursing and a post-master’s certificate in psychiatric and mental health nursing.  Vermont is a Doctor State. Like Colorado, Hawaii, with the desirable landscape and persisting regard from patients, physicians and their administrators maintain quiet control over the health care scene. …

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Don’t be like this driver: Why you can get a ticket in Vermont for ice on your windshield

The Vermont State Police posted a photo this week showing a vehicle with a small patch of ice and snow scraped off an otherwise coated windshield.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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Winooski is launching a housing fund. Here’s how residents can benefit.

Recent rapid change and an increasingly tight housing market are putting Winooski at risk for gentrification.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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Vermont H.S. sports scores for Friday, January 14: See how your favorite team fared

Vermont high school and college sports scores and results as reported to the Burlington Free Press sports department.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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Final Reading: More mask mandate chatter

Sen. Ginny Lyons, D-Chittenden, speaks in Burlington on Sept. 20. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger ‘LOOKIT’ A majority of Vermonters support a statewide mask mandate, but the state’s politicians have been less than eager to impose one. Gov. Phil Scott has vowed to veto such a measure. And certain top lawmakers have said they weren’t exactly…

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Vermont House set for hybrid return to the Statehouse next week

Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, speaks at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Jan. 4. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger The 150-member Vermont House is set to return to the Statehouse in a hybrid fashion next week. The chamber on Friday greenlit H.R.14, which will allow committees to return to in-person work until at least Feb. 1. Lawmakers…

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Vermont House advances multi-member district map despite concerns over representation and process

Rep. Heidi Scheuermann. Photo by Riley Robinson/VTDigger Legislators are moving forward with a plan to maintain Vermont’s multi-member House districts for the next 10 years — at least for now. By a 32-90 vote Friday, the House rejected an amendment to the reapportionment bill, H.589, that instead would have advanced a single-member map favored by…

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‘Dangerously cold’ wind chills and snow on tap for Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend

Planning a three-day weekend in Vermont? Here are some weather events to know about during Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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How Burlington will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The civil-rights leader who was assassinated in Memphis in 1968 will be honored with events including lectures and music in the coming days.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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Walking in a winter wonderland: Ice Castles New Hampshire opens for two month season

The popular – but fleeting – winter attraction Ice Castles New Hampshire opens Friday for its two month season. Online tickets just became available.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Laura Smith-Riva: Conscientious farmers have no need to kill wildlife

This commentary is by Laura Smith-Riva, a native Vermont livestock farmer residing in Montpelier.  Killing wildlife to protect livestock in Vermont is a myth perpetuated by those who apparently enjoy killing wildlife for sport or are too indifferent or ignorant to protect their livestock. This is often under the guise of “wildlife management.”  As a…

Liz Medina: Workers have been left behind in initial Climate Action Plan

This commentary is by Liz Medina, executive director of the Vermont State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, which is the state’s federation of labor unions.  Before the new year, the Vermont Climate Council hastily approved its “Initial Climate Action Plan.” There is undoubtedly a sense of relief that Act 153 — the Global Warming Solutions Act —…

Elayne Clift: Fascism is being normalized in America

This commentary is by Elayne Clift, who writes from Saxtons River. When my siblings and I were growing up and we did something untoward that got us into trouble, my mother would say, “Let that be a lesson to you!”  I’ve remembered that line whenever someone thinks I’m overreacting when I say the Trump administration…

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Vermont-via-Tigray woman organizes to stop genocide that threatens her family in Ethiopia

Burlington High School graduate Alex Segar-Reid organized a protest in December to stop a genocide that threatens her family in Tigray, Ethiopia.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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Beer brewer and coffee company team up to open new retail space in Jericho

Lucy and Howe Brewing, Brew House Coffee Co. to open combined shop this week at the former Jericho General Store on Vermont 15.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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UVM men’s basketball sets 3-point record, routs Stony Brook in America East clash

Five players reach double figures as Catamounts sink program record 19 3-pointers in 98-65 win over Stony Brook on Wednesday night at Stony Brook.        Top Featured Tags: – Vermont NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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Sen. Kesha Ram Hinsdale launches campaign for U.S. House

Sen. Kesha Ram Hinsdale, D-Chittenden, at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Monday, November 22, 2021. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger The Democratic field for Vermont’s 2022 U.S. House election now has a third candidate. Sen. Kesha Ram Hinsdale, D-Chittenden, formally launched her widely anticipated campaign Thursday. In an interview with VTDigger Thursday morning, Ram Hinsdale said…

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