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Bennington Museum widens scope, adds taste of Vermont modernism

The Bennington Museum's director since 2012, Robert Wolterstorff, is exploring new ways to show and grow the museum's collection. Photo courtesy Bennington Museum
Robert Wolterstorff, who was hired as the museum’s new director in 2012, was seeking a new challenge, and Vermont seemed the perfect place to realize it.


State’s housing market lags

Creative Commons photo by via Flickr
Vermont is the only state in the nation in which housing prices declined in the last year.


In This State: Vermont’s traditional swimming holes endangered

Liz Slayton of Montpelier, wife of the writer of this column, cools off on a hot day at the bank of Journey's End swimming hole in Johnson, which features 100 yards of waterfalls, pools and clear, cold water. Photo by Tom Slayton
The Vermont River Conservancy has a plan, and a bold one: to conserve for public use a swimming hole in every town in Vermont.


Margolis: Cutting teachers is quickest way to reduce school costs

First grade teacher Emily Wrigley works with students at Union Elementary in Montpelier. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger
There are only two ways to hold down school spending, and by all indications, most Vermonters don’t want to do either one.


Bed and breakfasts give way to Airbnb in Vermont

Sharon Myers says of Airbnb’ers staying at her home: “They want some kind of connection with real Vermonters.”
These days, the Internet hotel service Airbnb is deregulating the traditional B&B experience and perhaps ushering in a new era of Green Mountain hospitality.


New NRC rule supports indefinite storage of nuclear waste

Spent fuel rod storage containers, at Entergy Vermont Yankee. File photo by Zachary P. Stephens/Brattleboro Reformer
The five-member board that oversees the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Tuesday voted to end a two-year moratorium on issuing new power plant licenses.


Fiber advocates trash state’s 10-year Telecom Plan

Public Service Commissioner Chris Recchia (from left), telecommunications director Jim Porter and infrastructure specialist Corey Chase of the Department of Public Service listen as John Bloch gives testimony. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger
Critics of the proposed state telecommunications road map wrong to focus on getting all addresses up to 4 Mbps upload speed and 1 Mbps download speed by 2020. Proposal is obsolete from the start, they say.


FairPoint recruits workers as strike contingency

A Fairpoint Communications truck makes its way down State Street in Montpelier. VTD/Josh Larkin
Online advertisements seek qualified telecommunications workers willing to cross a picket line. Company, which halted union negotiations Wednesday night, says it needs to have backup workers in the event of a strike.


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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

A User's Guide to Vermont Health Connect

This special section explains how Vermont's health care exchange works for individuals and small businesses. The guide includes interactive subsidy graphs, a navigator map and detailed information about subsidies, penalties and tax ramifications. Visit project


Rob Roper: Vermonters support right to work — for good reasons

Over 85 percent of Vermonters agree that employees should have the right to decide, without force or penalty, whether to join or leave a labor union.

Elizabeth Macalaster: The passenger pigeon in the Connecticut River Valley

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Martha, the last passenger pigeon, who died at the Cincinnati Zoo on Sept. 1, 1914, at 1 p.m.

Telly Halkias: Citizen blogs – a chasm of standards

While some have anointed the casual blogger a citizen journalist, there still remains a chasm of standards between the two, most notably in the framework and the rigor with which…

Quote of the Day

“Many of them (elitist wealthy people) haven’t a clue what it is like to want to save money on gas and toilet paper or soap and moved here from San Francisco or Marin County or New Jersey and within a couple of years want their new town to look like a postcard when local working folks are just trying to save a buck. They don’t want any of those poor working folks who need to save money coming into their village centers. Maybe Bread and Puppet could occasionally satirize those folks.” — Alan Biederman, an attorney for Dollar General

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  • David Dempsey commented on Story and video: Burlington College President Christine Plunkett tells students ‘I resign’: Great report Laura. At least I thought it was (...)
  • Dave Bellini commented on Margolis: Cutting teachers is quickest way to reduce school costs: I agree with some suggestions put forward by (...)
  • Moshe Braner commented on State’s housing market lags: And why are lower housing prices a problem? D (...)
  • Dave Bellini commented on State’s housing market lags: Of course home values are in decline. You don (...)
  • Moshe Braner commented on Margolis: Cutting teachers is quickest way to reduce school costs: No, "income sensitivity" and "current use" ar (...)
  • Moshe Braner commented on Margolis: Cutting teachers is quickest way to reduce school costs: Thank you Mr. Salzman, you got it just right. (...)