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.

Starksboro wind power forum stirs things up

The Starksboro Conservation Commission held its “Wind Power Forum” to assess how the town might prepare for the potential of wind power development in the town.

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.

Vermont gets an A- for financial transparency from national consumer group + video

Gov. Peter Shumlin in January. Photo by Roger Crowley for VTDigger

“We need to be able to scrutinize agencies in the same way we scrutinize our own checkbooks,” Burn said at the governor’s press conference on Wednesday. “Checkbook level transparency is the standard.”

Leahy and Sanders on Vermont’s leadership on pay equity

While the U.S. Senate debates legislation that would ensure women receive equal pay for equal work, no state is faring better than Vermont in addressing wage gaps, according to the American Association of University Women.

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.

Sign up now for Governor’s Youth Turkey Hunt event

In an effort to promote youth hunting in Vermont, youth hunters are encouraged to sign up for the Second Annual Governor’s Youth Turkey Hunt this spring.

Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation and Norwich University present ‘What Ails Vermont – Is There a Cure to the Drug Epidemic?’

The Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation and Norwich University present, “What Ails Vermont – Is There a Cure to the Drug Epidemic?” a special event featuring Gov. Peter Shumlin, state leaders and Norwich faculty to kick off the Foundation’s national 2014 speaker series.

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.

Special Report: Charting implementation of the Affordable Care Act in New England

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VTDigger looks at how implementing the Affordable Care Act is going in the six New England states — four that are building their own exchanges and two that are using the federal website.

2014 County Health Rankings measure health inequalities among Vermonters

Vermont is consistently ranked among the healthiest states in the nation. But Vermonters are not equally healthy, as detailed again this year in the 2014 County Health Rankings released today.

FirstLight Fiber expands its Vermont data center

FirstLight Fiber, a facilities-based telecommunications service provider operating fiber optic networks in Upstate New York and Northern New England, announced today the expansion of its Vermont data center , located in Williston, Vermont.

Historic changes to structure of Vermont school system approved by House panel

House Education Committee Chairwoman Johannah Donovan, D-Burlington, said the State Board of Education would play an advisory role under the new structure. Photo by Josh Larkin.

If the legislation is successful (it has to pass the House and the Senate), it will be the first time the state’s home rule structure has changed since 1892.

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