Maverick Chronicles: The mayor and the connector

Mayor Gordon Paquette

Paquette was supposed to be a “strong mayor,” the reputed boss of the city for more than a decade. But he sounded powerless, weak.

On video: Burlington’s trio of top CEOs meet for confab

Kings of the Hill: From left, UVM's Tom Sullivan, Fletcher Allen CEO John Brumsted and Mayor Miro Weinberger had their photo snapped. Photo by Greg Guma

Mayor Miro Weinberger met for the first time with both Thomas Sullivan, the new President of the University of Vermont, and John Brumsted M.D., President of Fletcher Allen Health Care. UVM and the hospital, closely linked institutions, are the largest employers in the state.

Protesters block conferee buses; Burlington police fire pepper balls at activists VIDEO

A peaceful protest turned violent on Sunday evening when a group of 40-50 activists attempted to block buses that arrived to pick up conference dignitaries for a dinner at Shelburne Farms. The confrontation between protesters and the Burlington Police Department escalated. Police say they fired pepper spray into the crowd to defend themselves. The protesters […]

FBI agents try to interview activists about Burlington protests


“It’s not pretty remarkable,” said Ben, an organizer being sought last Thursday for an FBI interview. “It doesn’t blow my mind. But it does get my goat that it’s not unusual.”

Burlington, 31 other cities, call for reductions in greenhouse gas pollution

The city council’s resolution states that the effects of climate change are already evident, including record-high temperatures in the last decade and increased frequency and severity of hurricanes, droughts, and flooding.

Leas: Air Force official admits Burlington got top score for F-35 based on flawed data

The Air Force EIS revealed–for the first time–that even with just the current F-16 fighter, 1578 households and 3812 people were already within the average 65 decibel DNL zone.

Cray: No factual data to support that military flight operations at the airport have negatively affected local property values

The F-35 will be somewhat louder during take-off for approximately six minutes a day, four days a week. Given the alternative, I feel that most Vermonters would agree that this is reasonable.

Weinberger calls for formation of airport strategic planning committee, appoints Richards as interim director of aviation

Weinberger asked the City Council both to approve a resolution creating the Airport Strategic Planning Committee and to confirm his appointment of Richards at its July 16, 2012 meeting.

Environmental groups organize walk along oil pipeline, tar sands protest

Organizers expect between 50 to 75 people for the walk next week, which will follow an oil pipeline built in the 1950s through the Northeast Kingdom, starting from West Burke and ending in Irasburg.

Weinberger taps Blackwood for Burlington city attorney

If at first you don’t succeed, apologize and try again. Miro Weinberger, mayor of Burlington, made a second run at filling a key position — city attorney — on Monday. He appointed Eileen Blackwood, a lawyer with 25 years in private practice, who is a founding partner of Hinesburg firm Kohn, Rath Blackwood and Danon. […]

Moran plant decision doesn’t settle Burlington waterfront redevelopment debate


Grand plans for the derelict power plant on Burlington’s waterfront have come and gone. This time the idea is to attract a private developer with TIF-funded infrastructure improvements.

FTC numbers spur Sanders allegation that big gas station owners are gouging customers


Sanders says four companies own 58 percent of the gas stations in the Burlington market and hints this might be the reason for the discrepancy in prices.

Community Sailing Center supports Weinberger’s decision to drop city involvement in Moran Plant development

The Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center (LCCSC) stands in full support of Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger’s public announcement to create an open RFP process for the redevelopment of the Moran Building site on the northern part of Burlington’s waterfront.

Burlington mayor says no to Moran, proposes TIF funding for bike path

Weinberger: “I will not risk Moran becoming another Burlington Telecom.”

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