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Lawmakers to revisit fossil fuel divestment

Sen. Anthony Pollina, file photo by Josh Larkin.
In 2014, a bid to divest state retirement funds from fossil fuel industries failed in the legislature. Activists plan a new push in the new year, and one state senator promises to reintroduce divestment legislation. State Treasurer Beth Pearce opposes the move, saying she prefers to have “a seat at the table” with the industry.

 

Interim Burlington school administrators jointly resign

Burlington School District clerk Liz Curry and chair Patrick Halladay called an emergency news conference Friday afternoon to respond to the joint resignation of the entire interim administrative leadership team. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger
The three-person interim leadership team of Burlington School District have announced their resignations. They said continued disrespect by school board members makes it impossible to accomplish their goals. The three had taken the reins of the district after the resignation of the former superintendent earlier this year.

 

Opiate treatment center to open in Bennington

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced an opiate addiction center in Bennington on Friday. Photo courtesy of Bennington Office of Economic and Community Development
Southwest Vermont will get a new opiate treatment center next year. A public-private partnership will provide services that are currently available an hour’s drive away. The new initiative was unveiled at a news conference Friday with Gov. Shumlin, state and local officials, and caregivers.

 

VSEA makes offer to buy Montpelier Elks Club

The Montpelier Elks Club.
The Vermont State Employees Association is looking to buy the 133-acre Montpelier Elks Country Club. Members of the Elks Lodge #924 are expected to vote on the offer next week.

 

Republican Milne: ‘I Think I’ve Got a Shot’

Republican candidate for governor Scott Milne speaks with editors at the Valley News in West Lebanon, N.H., on October 22, 2014. Photo by Sarah Priestap/Valley News
In an interview with the Valley News editorial board, Scott Milne outlined his policy proposals and his differences with incumbent Gov. Peter Shumlin; and commented on his prospects in the campaign for Governor. He also discussed his involvement in a controversial development plan in Hartford, Vermont.

 

SCOV Law Blog: A subdivision dispute wends its way through the courts

Creative Commons photo by walknboston via Flickr
A landowner wishes to add an apartment to a single-family home in Burlington, as well as subdivide the property into two lots. Predictably, lots of folks get upset about it.

 

YWP: Gone Spacewalking

Zoe Riell is a senior who is homeschooled in Poultney. Courtesy photo
This week's entry from the Young Writers Project is "Gone Spacewalking" by Zoe Riell, a home-schooled senior from Poultney.

 

A call for action on Vermont endangered species

Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, gave the keynote address at the a symposium to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act at the ECHO Center in Burlington on Thursday. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger
At a forum celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, experts said that some progress has been made, but new threats must be addressed. Chief among them are climate change and forest fragmentation.

 

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Commentary

Ron Pulcer: Candidate websites – the good, the OK and the non-existent

How well do their websites or social media sites perform or provide useful information to voters and constituents?

Cyrus Patten: A vote for reform is a vote for our public education system

The buzz is building around the need to reform Vermont’s education system and for good reason.

Kevin Mullin: A pipeline to a bridge fuel

The discovery of vast gas fields in Pennsylvania over the past decade gives us a rich source for gas less than 400 miles from many points in our state. But…

Quote of the Day

“I think we should feel comforted we have a company in this business that wants to be in it.” – Gov. Peter Shumlin on GlobalFoundries takeover of IBM’s chip-making business.

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