Vermonter quarantined to test for Ebola

Tracy Dolan, acting Health Commissioner, joined Gov. Peter Shumlin on Tuesday at a news conference regarding a person who is under quarantine after returning from West Africa, where the deadly Ebola virus has claimed nearly 5,000 lives. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

A Rutland man who recently returned from Sierra Leone and Guinea in West Africa has agreed to be held in 21-day quarantine to monitor him for the deadly virus that has killed 5,000 people this year.

In This State: Progressive publisher Chelsea Green has found a novel way to success

Chelsea Green started out with one unlikely book back in 1984, an eco-fable called "The Man Who Planted Trees." Now co-founder Margo Baldwin has some 250 titles that cram the bookshelves at the publishing office in White River Junction. Photo by Andrew Nemethy

Vermont publisher Chelsea Green has been putting out books with a progressive view for 30 years now. After years of struggle to survive in its niche, today its books, practical to political, hot-button to how-to, are thriving and finding an eager audience.

Mayors back Shumlin’s re-election

Gov. Peter Shumlin received the endorsement of eight Vermont mayors at a news conference in Burlington on Tuesday, including Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger and St. Albans Mayor Liz Gamache. Courtesy photo

Gov. Peter Shumlin picked up the endorsement of all eight Vermont city mayors Tuesday. Seven of those mayors gathered at a Burlington news conference to praise Shumlin’s efforts on behalf of downtown development, according to a news release from the governor’s re-election campaign. Endorsing Shumlin were mayors Bill Benton of Vergennes; Liz Gamache of St. […]

Vermont’s Forest to Table event is Sept 27-28

On Saturday & Sunday, September 27 & 28, 2014 you are invited to the Union Arena on Route 4 in Woodstock, VT during Vermont’s beautiful foliage season.

Vermonters join 400,000 marchers in NYC climate march

NYC Climate march, Sept. 21, 2014. Photo by Don Hooper

More than 2,000 Vermonters participated, many riding the more than 20 full Saturday and Sunday buses from the Green Mountains.

Vermont among nation’s best for breastfeeding rates

For the second year in row, Vermont is one of only four states to exceed the Healthy People 2020 breastfeeding goals established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Unemployment ticked up to 3.7 percent in July

How to Survive Unemployment. Photo by Vernon Chen.

The national rate is 6.2 percent. Vermont is tied with South Dakota for the third lowest unemployment rates. North Dakota tops the list at 2.8 percent, followed by Nebraska at 3.6 percent.

Sen. James Jeffords dies at 80

Sen. Jim Jeffords, R-Vt.

Legendary Vermont senator left Republican Party in 2001 over funding for special education. Jeffords was a freshman congressman when he proposed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in 1975.

300 miles of modern architecture in Vermont

House II, designed by Peter Eisenman, is in Hardwick. Photo by Donald M. Kreis

The cool and sometimes quirky designs of modernist architects hide here and there around Vermont, sometimes in plain sight.

Leahy, Klobuchar introduce legislation to improve North Country Scenic Trail route

Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced legislation to improve the North Country Scenic Trail. The bill would extend the trail into Vermont, connecting it to the Appalachian Trail, allowing hikers to journey the entire 4,600 miles from North Dakota to Vermont.

Vermont is No. 2 in nation for inmate health care spending

John Perry, who retired last year as director of planning for the Vermont Department of Corrections, said sending hard-core drug addicts directly to treatment instead of prison could save the state’s taxpayers roughly $4 million a year. StockXchng illustration.

Cost per inmate from 2007 to 2011 grew $10,092 to $11,761, but officials say paying more to keep convicts healthy saves money in the long run.

By the numbers: Part-time work casts shadow over low unemployment rating


Vermont’s unemployment rate was 9.3 percent in 2013 when part-time and long-term unemployed workers are factored in. VTDigger’s Hilary Niles uses visualizations to show jobless rate data from 2003 to 2014.

Matt Fisken: Back to the Garden

Jack Kerouac Shrine at Phish IT Festival. Photo courtesy of Anderson Giles.

With tongue-in-cheek, Trey Anastasio scolded the crowd, “some of you aren’t getting the message …” and suggested they could read “The Book.”

Margolis: Despite the kvetching about Vermont being bad for business, the numbers don’t add up

The view from East Hill in Plainfield. VTD/Josh Larkin

Actual evidence, then, as opposed to impressionistic griping, shows that Vermont is about as good a place to start and run a business as any other state.

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