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Wholeshare, an online grocery shopping website, makes debut in Vermont

Wholeshare screenshot
Whether the enterprise poses a threat or simply an alternative to the state's food co-operatives remains an open question.


Report shows no progress on Lake Champlain cleanup

The Lake Champlain basin as seen from Mount Philo. Photo courtesy Lake Champlain Basin Program
The report released last week finds that phosphorus levels in the lake since 1990 have continued to increase and, while small improvements have been made, they have yet to make a significant impact on the overall status of the lake.


Students get STEM lessons on the waters of Lake Champlain

Students taking part in a recent "floating classroom," on a sailboat on Lake Champlain. The Community Sailing Center has offered the program since 2008, with a focus on STEM, science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and this past school year served more than 900 students from Burlington and the region. Photo courtesy Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center
The Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center recently created a new program, Floating Classrooms, that gives more than 900 students a year an opportunity to apply their science and math knowledge as they sail across the lake.


Towns question the efficacy of new ‘pay as you go’ recycling plan

Stafford transfer station
Vermont’s new Universal Recycling Law, a radical rethinking of how solid waste is handled throughout the state, is expected to be particularly painful.


Guilford board questions solar developers

A solar panel and battery storage system at Northern Reliability’s test center in Waitsfield. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger
Three solar projects -- two by Soveren Inc. and one by GLC Powersmith Solar -- were presented to the Guilford Selectboard, which questioned the developers but did not oppose the projects.


Montpelier Fourth of July in photos

Montpelier Fourth of July
Photographer Roger Crowley captures the city's celebration.


VTDigger to hold economic forum in Manchester, Thursday, July 9

Manchester Village
The four-member panel, moderated by Wayne Granquist, a retired business executive from Weston, will offer perspectives on how to bolster economic growth in southern Vermont, with a focus on Bennington and Windham counties. The Journal and the Bennington Banner are media partners and sponsors of the event in conjunction with


Welch to use ‘Queen of the Hill’ tactic to end highway funding shortfalls

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., spoke at a news conference at the Fairmont Farms dairy farm in East Montpelier to promote a new dairy insurance program. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger
State officials may be facing a construction work stoppage this fall if federal funds that pay for most of Vermont’s transportation projects continue to dry up – which they will do if Congress fails to act by the end of the month.


Digger Projects

Cutting Class: A Special VTDigger Investigation

Declining enrollment in Vermont’s public schools is at a breaking point: The state’s student population has dropped by 21,000 since 1997, and population projections show continuing declines through at least 2030.

Declining enrollment, rising school spending: The data behind the crisis. An investigation by Amy Ash Nixon, Diane Zeigler and Hilary Niles. Visit project

2015 Legislative Guide

Your go-to resource for the 2015 Vermont legislative session . Visit project

2015 VTDigger/Castleton Institute Poll

The 2015 VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute survey of 700 Vermonters found support for Gov. Peter Shumlin flagging, but showed an interest in gun regulations and tax options. See the complete results here. Visit project

2014 Election Micro-Site

The 2014 midterm elections are here. Access our comprehensive coverage, including debate archives, candidate profiles, side-by-side comparisons, campaign finance connections, and more. Visit project

VTDigger's Legislator Lookup

Enter your address in VTDigger's Legislative Lookup to find your lawmakers and learn more about them, including biographical and contact information, sponsored bills, voting records, committee memberships and campaign finance details. Visit project

Campaign Finance Database

VTDigger's Campaign Finance Database allows you to find out who gives to political campaigns and how candidates raise money in Vermont.

For the first time, and at no cost to taxpayers, users can easily search for donors and candidates by name, quickly retrieve aggregated totals, and explore business and family connections between donors. Visit project

VTDigger / Castleton Institute Poll

The VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute poll is based on data from 682 interviews drawn from a random sample of registered voters in Vermont. Interviews were conducted by phone by from March 31 to April 7, 2014. Thirteen percent of interviews were conducted with registered voters on cellphones. The data reported are weighted based on estimations of the population of Vermont registered voters to account for differential in response rates among age groups. Visit project


Andrew Pond: Working with Act 46

Act 46 provides a great opportunity to take a step back and see if there are ways we can provide a better education for our children by joining together with…

Walt Amses: Vtel’s corporate divide and conquer

Vtel systematically destroys the aesthetics of neighborhood after neighborhood, inexorably marching toward their goal of 180 communications towers across the state before their corporate welfare dries up.

Barrie Dunsmore: The real news on weather disasters

If I were running a network, I would greatly expand the coverage of why we have such extreme weather.

Quote of the Day

“I deeply appreciate the outpouring of support I received from those who urged me to return home to run for governor as well as those who urged me to keep at it in Congress. While being governor would be a distinct honor, I believe I can best serve Vermonters by continuing the hard work of getting Congress back to work for Vermont and the nation.” — Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt.

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