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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    State police consolidate troops and management roles

    Officials say the creation of two large troop areas to cover the entire state has freed up captains to undertake work on things like fair and impartial policing.

    Voters to reconsider Vernon school exit

    Vernon officials want to leave the regional school union due to Act 46 concerns, but they were blocked last month by Dummerston voters. A revote is scheduled for Feb. 21.

    Feds start review of Vermont Yankee sale

    A public meeting will be held at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. The agency has no plans to hold a meeting in Vermont.

    Defense contractor shuts Brattleboro plant

    L3 KEO said the closure eliminated 15 jobs. Brattleboro Development Credit Corp. owns the 24,000-square-foot building and will begin looking for a new tenant.

    Brattleboro hospital plans $22.7M expansion

    A $6 million gift from a longtime Brattleboro resident accelerated the project, which includes a new four-story building that will house expanded surgical services, medical offices and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. An application is pending before the state’s Green Mountain Care Board.

    Feds allege wrongdoing in sale of auto parts company

    The U.S. Department of Labor contends the 2011 transfer of Sonnax Industries in Bellows Falls to employee ownership was botched, resulting in overpayment of two executives and significant losses.

    AG’s office says Brattleboro Retreat probe wrapping up

    The lengthy investigation still has one issue unresolved and will conclude “as soon and as efficiently as possible,” an official said. A former Retreat employee alleged Medicaid fraud.

    Former state regulator now an Entergy ally

    Some activists are concerned that a former state commissioner could exert undue influence as an attorney supporting the sale of Vermont Yankee.

    Year in Review: Top Windham County stories of 2016

    A controversial wind turbine proposal and the continuing saga of Vermont Yankee decommissioning were among the county’s biggest news stories.

    Shumlin: Vermont better off without nuclear plant

    As he leaves office, Gov. Peter Shumlin says the state is successfully moving on from the Vermont Yankee era both in terms of economic development and energy policy. But some don’t see it that way.

    At Leland & Gray, new state enrollment rule leads to cuts

    The regional school is facing more than $200,000 in cuts as well as higher taxes due to enrollment regulation changes under Act 46. The board cut one teacher and other items.

    Vermont Yankee suitor discloses detailed plans

    NorthStar Group Services says it might be able to finish cleanup at the plant four years earlier than previously disclosed. The company also proposed a budget and new standards for site restoration.

    Hospital, college partner to fill medical staffing gaps

    Full scholarships and guaranteed jobs are features of a new venture between Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and Community College of Vermont. The first graduating class of medical assistants begins work next month.

    Vernon eyes data center for Vermont Yankee property

    A large facility housing servers for a technology company might be a good fit for the shutdown nuclear plant site, former Google executive Matt Dunne told the Vernon Planning Commission. Some town officials are optimistic, but many questions remain.