Pentagon Grounds F-35 Fleet

By Kirk Carapezza The entire F-35 fighter jet fleet has been grounded after a crack was found on an engine blade. The Defense Department announced late Friday afternoon that inspectors discovered the crack during a routine inspection of a jet at Edwards Air Force Base in California. It said the grounding is precautionary while F-35s [...]

EPA: Vermont’s Efforts Will Be Recognized In Lake Cleanup Plan

By Kirk Carapezza The Environmental Protection Agency is urging the Vermont Legislature to set tougher limits for the main pollutant that harms Lake Champlain. The culprit is phosphorus – a nutrient that has fueled the toxic algae blooms that have plagued the lake in recent years. The EPA’s advice to lawmakers comes as the federal [...]

Hartford to Get Tough on Guns This Town Meeting?

By Amy Kolb Noyes Some of Vermont’ s Town Meetings will focus on national issues this year. Town Meeting voters in Hartford are being asked to send a unified message to lawmakers regarding tougher gun laws. Hartford holds town meeting balloting throughout the day on Tuesday, March 5, in addition to holding an annual town [...]

Monkton Town Meeting Voters to Consider Natural Gas Pipeline Restrictions

By Amy Kolb Noyes The Monkton Selectboard will be looking to voters on Town Meeting Day for support in standing up against a natural gas  pipeline proposed in Addison County. Vermont Gas is seeking regulatory approval for its Addison Natural Gas Project. The project consists of approximately 43 miles of new transmission pipeline, five miles [...]

Legislators Elect New Leader of Vermont National Guard

By Kirk Carapezza The Vermont National Guard has a new leader. Brig. Gen. Steven Cray of Essex Junction has been elected as the next adjutant general to lead members of the Vermont Army and Air National Guard. Cray defeated three other candidates: Col. Michael Bullock, Col. Darryl Ducharme and South Burlington attorney and F-35 critic [...]

Fewer Towns Mailing Annual Reports

By Amy Kolb Noyes Seed catalogs and the annual town report – those are the signs of spring I receive in my mailbox toward the end of every winter. There are others – bathing suit catalogs, Valentines Day cards, and my semi-annual car insurance bill – but it’s the seed catalogs and the town report [...]

Legislature to Elect Vermont National Guard Leader

By Kirk Carapezza As defense cuts loom large in Washington, the Legislature on Thursday will elect the next senior uniformed officer of the Vermont National Guard. The Vermont House and Senate will meet in joint session beginning at 10:30 Thursday morning to vote on the adjutant general responsible for training and equipping members of the [...]

Keeping Main Street Relevant

By Steve Zind A piece by Kaid Benfield of the Natural Resources Defense Council titled “Are Main Streets A Thing Of The Past?  Is That OK? has prompted some discussion among people concerned with the vitality of downtowns. Benfield observes that, “a lot of once-thriving, literal Main Streets are now dead or hanging by a [...]

Warning Watch Part III: Town Meeting Day 2013

Vermont’s town meetings get underway in just a couple of weeks. VPR has been watching the warnings to find important, interesting, and sometimes quirky local issues being raised in Vermont communities. Find them on Twitter using #publicpost from Amy Kolb Noyes on Twitter. And tweet any interesting items coming up at your town meeting @AmyKolbNoyes. [...]

Report Says 76% Of Vt. Small Businesses Have No Employees

According to a new report from the Small Business Administration the vast majority of the state’s business are operated and staffed by a single owner. The largest concentration of these businesses is in the construction trades, followed by professional, scientific and technical services. Most of the businesses have fewer than 20 employees, but a ‘small [...]