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.

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    Nuclear dismantler touts safety, experience for Vermont job

    If Vermont Yankee is sold, Washington, D.C.-based AREVA Nuclear Materials will be in charge of cutting up, packaging and transporting the reactor to a disposal site in Texas.

    Windham Southeast gets info, but no Act 46 advice

    After the supervisory union asked for help with school merger talks, two state Agency of Education officials visited Wednesday. They answered numerous questions but declined to say how to proceed.

    Judge blocks $367 million sale of Vermont Yankee disposal firm

    Texas-based Waste Control Specialists, which handles radioactive waste disposal for the Vernon nuclear plant and was to be a major player in its decommissioning, can’t be sold because of antitrust concerns.

    Vermont Yankee buyer seeks ‘reasonable’ deal with state

    Though his company faces increasing skepticism, NorthStar Group Services CEO Scott State says it is still committed to purchasing and decommissioning the shut-down Vernon nuclear plant.

    New Vermont Public Service Board chair won’t hear Vermont Yankee case

    Anthony Roisman has recused himself from reviewing the Vernon plant’s proposed sale. Roisman recently represented the state in Vermont Yankee matters.

    State sees ‘significant risk’ in Vermont Yankee sale

    If the buyer runs out of money to decommission the plant, “this would place public health, safety and the environment at risk,” according to the Public Service Department and the attorney general’s office.

    Vermont Yankee offers safety assurances as fuel move starts

    A spokesman said experience, training, equipment and oversight will allow for the safe transfer of the plant’s spent fuel into more secure storage by the end of next year.

    Cell service comes to Grace Cottage Hospital

    TOWNSHEND – A Massachusetts company is boosting cellular service at Vermont’s smallest hospital. CoverageCo has installed equipment that allows for cell phone use at the hospital or in the vicinity – an area that has had little to no service until now. There are limitations: For instance, AT&T customers can’t access the new system. But […]

    Cell service comes to Grace Cottage Hospital

    A tiny southern Vermont hospital has joined the age of cellular telephones. Grace Cottage in Townshend is taking advantage of cell boosters offered by a Massachusetts company, ending what its CEO says was its status as the only hospital in Vermont without cell service.

    Voting mistake leads to Act 46 do-over in Dover

    State officials have discovered that the question put to residents in March included flawed language regarding school closures. A revote has been scheduled for July 11.

    Landmark Brattleboro steeple may become cell tower

    Verizon wants to place six antennas inside the steeple of Centre Congregational Church, a 174-year-old structure on the National Register of Historic Places. The antennas and other equipment will be “invisible,” the company says.

    Companies defend Vermont Yankee sale review process

    Entergy and NorthStar Group Services want the Vermont Public Service Board to dismiss an anti-nuclear group’s objections regarding the plant’s proposed sale.

    Entergy wants to shrink Vermont Yankee security zone

    The change would downsize the Vernon nuclear plant’s protected area from 10.5 acres to 1.3 acres and save at least $1.2 million a month, Entergy says. Federal and state regulators are reviewing the request.

    New owners plan upgrades at Magic Mountain resort

    The Londonderry ski area changed hands a little over six months ago, and the owners have submitted state applications for projects including new lifts and a big snow-making expansion.