Mike Faher

Mike Faher

Mike Faher reports and writes for both VTDigger, and The Commons (commonsnews.org), a weekly newspaper based in Brattleboro covering Windham County. Faher has worked as a daily newspaper journalist for 16 years, most recently as lead reporter at the Brattleboro Reformer where he covered several towns and schools as well as the Vermont Legislature and Windham Superior Court. He previously worked for 13 years in his native Pennsylvania at The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat.

Email: mfaher@vtdigger.org

Twitter: @MikeFaher

    State grants tribes role in Vermont Yankee sale review

    The Elnu Abenaki and the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi can serve as intervenors in the Public Service Board’s review of the nuclear plant’s proposed sale.

    Auto parts company denies wrongdoing in sale to employees

    Sonnax Industries says there were “no actual economic losses” when its workers bought the company in 2011. Federal regulators allege the company violated the law.

    State, Entergy spar on contamination question

    Despite a detailed 2014 assessment of the Vermont Yankee site, state officials say they don’t have enough information about nonradiological contamination at the nuclear plant.

    School takes heat for past inaction on radon

    Concerned parents asked why school administrators didn’t act after 2009 tests showed elevated radon levels. Officials had few answers but said they are taking steps to fix the problem.

    Radon prompts concern at Leland & Gray school

    Officials say there’s no immediate health risk at the school in Townshend, and they’re planning a remediation project. But they say radon testing should have happened years ago.

    Windham County lawmakers fear effects of federal budget

    At a meeting Monday in Brattleboro, legislators discussed drastic impacts on health care, education and transportation if the president’s proposed budget is enacted.

    $44M bridge project starting on I-91

    Taken together, the Brattleboro and Rockingham I-91 bridge projects represent an investment of more than $100 million and more than seven years of work. The bridges at both sites date to the early 1960s, with similar designs.

    In community meetings, NorthStar makes its pitch

    The company’s CEO has been talking with Windham County leaders about plans to clean up Vermont Yankee.

    Public Service Department backs sale of TransCanada dams

    The department says Great River Hydro’s purchase of 13 hydroelectric stations on the Connecticut and Deerfield rivers “will promote the general good of the state.”

    Sovernet completes sale to regional fiber network owner

    The Bellows Falls telecommunications company will be merged with FirstLight Fiber, which says it doesn’t expect any loss of Vermont jobs.

    State cancels Vermont Yankee hearing, accepts intervenors

    VERNON – Because of the winter storm predicted for Tuesday, state officials have canceled a public hearing that day regarding the proposed sale of Vermont Yankee. The Public Service Board’s hearing, which had been scheduled for 7 p.m. at Vernon Elementary School, has not yet been rescheduled. Tuesday’s meeting would have been the first of […]

    Legislative task force may explore alimony reform

    While the state Judiciary has advised against a broad overhaul of Vermont’s alimony law, the Senate Judiciary Committee is calling for an in-depth study after lobbying by a reform group.

    Mount Snow to split with state, plans EB-5-fueled expansion

    The Dover resort is planning a $40 million EB-5 offering with up to 900 new residential units. Company officials intend to split off from the Vermont EB-5 Regional Center and start their own EB-5 center.

    Deen leaving longtime river advocacy post

    State Rep. David Deen, D-Westminster, is retiring this month from the Connecticut River Watershed Council after working almost 19 years as a river steward. Deen said he wants to devote more attention to his legislative work.