Thursday marked the first of several waves of evictions planned for this spring and summer, as the state winds down pandemic-era programs that have sheltered an estimated 80% of Vermont’s unhoused population in motels.
Author: Emma Cotton
Cooling locations mapped: Officials urge caution during record-setting heat wave in Vermont
The National Weather Service expects that temperatures will set records on June 1, the same day Vermont’s motel voucher program is ending for roughly 800 people.
Slate Ridge owner sues Pawlet and judge as enforcement looms
The federal lawsuit comes days after a court-issued deadline that required Banyai to move several buildings from his property, and it accuses town officials and Judge Thomas Durkin of attempting “to infringe on protected constitutional and state law activity by way of local zoning regulations.”
State invites public to comment on proposed regulations for coyote hunting and wildlife trapping
Hunters and wildlife advocates have been at odds over the rule changes, which were required by legislation passed in 2022.
Housing meets climate: Officials laud new microgrid community in South Burlington
More than 150 new homes will feature rooftop solar panels, in-home Tesla Powerwall batteries for storage, onsite utility-scale battery storage, induction stoves, electric vehicle chargers and interconnected smart electrical panels.
Vermont begins process to find and remove lead lines from public drinking water
Officials with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation have asked people who use community water sources to keep an eye out for messages about scheduling a water line check.
Clean heat bill clears final hurdle as House overrides Phil Scott’s veto
With Thursday’s vote, the House avoided a repeat of last year’s episode, during which it failed to override Gov. Phil Scott’s veto of the clean heat standard by only one vote.
Senate votes to override Gov. Phil Scott’s veto of the clean heat bill
The body needed a two-thirds majority to overcome Scott’s veto, and senators cleared that threshold with a 20-10 vote Tuesday morning. The House is expected to hold its own override vote Thursday.
Gov. Phil Scott signs bill that prohibits paramilitary training camps
“We're in a different world than we were in even five or 10 years ago, and there are forces looking to destabilize civil society. We can't deny it anymore,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Baruth. “So this bill is a way of saying, ‘not now, not here, not ever.’”
Small acts with impact: How to help the environment this spring
Many environmental projects in Vermont rely on volunteers, including the Vermont Butterfly Atlas, which is “pretty much entirely powered by volunteer butterfly enthusiasts across the state,” said Nathaniel Sharp, an ecologist with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies.