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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    Hydro relicensing moving ahead, says dams’ new owner

    But the company says some environmental studies still aren’t done for the Connecticut River generating stations, and there’s a “long way to go” in the process.

    Companies complete sale of hydro dams

    Great River Hydro LLC, a subsidiary of a Boston firm, is the new owner of hydro dams that had been owned and operated by TransCanada Corp. since 2005.

    Vernon halts work toward municipal fiber optic network

    Advocates had seen such a system as one way to combat the loss of Vermont Yankee. But town officials have suspended the project, citing a lack of interest.

    Proposed Vermont Yankee cleanup company responds to concerns

    AREVA Nuclear Materials is defending the timing, cost and safety of a plan to accelerate the cleanup of Vermont Yankee.

    Windham County sheriff’s deputies get body cameras

    Sheriff Keith Clark said he believes the purchase of 30 cameras “protects the deputies and protects the public.” But storing large amounts of video presents challenges.

    Tests find radon issues at more Windham Central schools

    The NewBrook and Townshend elementary schools have readings above the federal “action level.” Mitigation steps are planned, but officials say there are no immediate health concerns.

    State: Brattleboro hospital failed to warn patient of tumor

    The state has cited Brattleboro Memorial, saying it didn’t tell a patient of a potential cancer in 2014, then failed to thoroughly investigate the incident. The hospital has a corrective plan.

    State approval clears way for sale of TransCanada dams

    The Vermont Public Service Board says Great River Hydro, a subsidiary of a Boston company, can buy 13 hydroelectric stations on the Connecticut and Deerfield rivers.

    In fight against opiates, advocates endorse honesty

    Drug abuse prevention and recovery workers stress the need for more open and frank discussions with young people – starting in elementary schools.

    Questions dominate Vermont Yankee sale discussion

    Many who spoke at a meeting in Vernon want the former nuclear plant site cleaned up quickly. But they’re not yet convinced that NorthStar – the proposed buyer – can do it right.

    Vermont Yankee shutdown ‘drastically changed’ river impact

    The state is seeking public comment on a permit allowing the nuclear plant to use the Connecticut River for cooling systems. Officials say that use has decreased greatly since the plant’s shutdown, leading to much less heated water being discharged into the river.

    Vermont Yankee water plan poses ‘minimal’ risks, feds say

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says a plan to send 200,000 gallons of Vermont Yankee’s radioactive wastewater to Idaho will not have significant environmental impacts. Entergy wants to use the facility as a backup disposal site.

    State extends deadline for Mount Snow project

    Due to previous EB-5 funding delays, a state deadline for Mount Snow’s 120 million gallon snowmaking project has been pushed to October 2018.

    Developer pushing ahead with big solar in Vermont

    The state recently approved an 88.5 acre solar array in Ludlow, clearing the path for Ranger Solar to pursue large-scale projects in four central and northern Vermont towns.