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In This State: The marten makes a comeback, and Chris Bernier is hot on its tail

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From weasels to bears, Chris Bernier oversees the state’s fur-bearing animals for the Fish & Wildlife Department. He’s happy to report he’s got a new/old creature to look out, the American marten, a long-vanished species that is making a comeback — and he’s got the photos to prove it.

YWP: Living on Ink

Artwork by Erin Bundock, a sophomore at Champlain Valley Union High School.

This week’s Young Writers Project entry, “Living on Ink,” is by Erin Bundock, a sophomore at Champlain Valley Union High School.

In This State: Vermont’s Tibetan community share their cherished culture

Mingmar Tsering, president of the Tibetan Association of Vermont, plays a traditional flute at a recent celebration of Tibetan culture at the Fleming Museum. Photo by Tom Slayton

Two themes – protesting the Chinese takeover of their homeland yet somehow preserving Tibet’s traditional culture – are woven through much of the daily life and art of Vermont’s Tibetan community.

A short field guide to Vermont’s vernal season

Spotted salamander. Photo by Bryan Pfeiffer

Now is the time to enjoy Vermont’s early spring flora and fauna — spring beauties and trout lilies, wood ducks, bluebirds, salamanders and mourning cloak butterflies.

George Shumlin, father of Gov. Peter Shumlin, dies at 88

George Shumlin, father of Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, died April 10, 2014. Courtesy photo

George Shumlin, the father of Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, died Thursday at his home in Westminster West. He was 88. Gov. Shumlin issued the following statement: “Yesterday afternoon, my dad George Shumlin passed away surrounded by all of his kids and our mother, Kitty, his wife of 62 years. We will miss him terribly but […]

YWP: Asphalt Stars

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This week’s entry from the Young Writers Project is “Asphalt Stars,” by Carly Booth, a junior at Rutland High School.

Rescued bald eagle returns to the sky in Thetford

VINS Wildlife Services Manager Sara Eisenhauer (right) and intern Maddy Jacobs release a rehabilitated bald eagle along the Connecticut River in North Thetford on April 8, 2014. Photo by  Jennifer Hauck/Valley News

The young raptor was hit by a car and rehabilitated by VINS. Eagle population in Vermont continues to rebound after near extinction.

In This State: The ever-present and everlasting Sen. Bill Doyle

Sen. William Doyle holding up a copy of this year’s “Doyle Poll,” a survey he has been presenting to voters since 1969. Photo by Dirk Van Susteren

He first sat in his Senate seat the year Neil Armstrong first stepped on the moon. Vermont’s longest-serving lawmaker, Bill Doyle, has no plans to retire.

Landscape Confidential: Harbingers of spring

Red-winged blackbird at Lake Woodruff. Photo by Andrea Westmoreland via Flickr

In Vermont, it’s not the robin that tells us spring is on its way, but the blackbird.

YWP: Autumn Eastman ‘Senior Year’

Autumn Eastman is a senior at Champlain Valley Union High School. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is by Autumn Eastman, a senior at Champlain Valley Union High School. A top distance runner, Autumn has been keeping a journal of her busy life.

Vermonters claim Vilas Bridge over Connecticut River

Emily Peyton (right), Mike Smith and Torin Brooks (left) stand on a barricade before reciting a declaration claiming the Vilas Bridge for the state of Vermont on Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Kayla Rice/BrattleboroReformer

Group says abandoned bridge now belongs to Vermont under arcane New Hampshire law.

In This State: Veteran Gilbert Lucier embodied Vermont’s deep passion for the Civil War

A section of Julian Scott's "The Battle of Cedar Creek." Photo courtesy of Vermont State Curator's Office.

When Gilbert Lucier succumbed to apoplexy in the Orleans County Memorial Hospital in 1944, he was the last of Vermont’s 34,238 Civil War soldiers to die.

YWP: A Letter

Frêdêric Chopin's Ballade #1 in g Minor is performed by Aliza Silverstein of Hyde Park. Courtesy photo

This week’s entry from the Young Writers Project is “A Letter,” by Aliza Silverstein, a home-schooled senior.

ORCA video: Vermont Senate Spotlight featuring Sen. Claire Ayer

Editor’s note: ”Vermont Senate Spotlight” is a production of ORCA, Montpelier’s local access TV station. The program is produced by Michael Abadi. His third guest was Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Addison, chair of the Health and Welfare Committee. Ayer discussed health care reform, crossover, and involuntary medication of psychiatric patients.

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