The leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees have agreed to a one-year extension of the 2008 Farm Bill that expired in October, to head off a possible doubling of milk prices next month. But there is no vote scheduled yet on the House floor.
Governor Peter Shumlin says the rest of the country should look to Vermont on how to manage firearms, but he'll leave it to Congress to debate access to military-style assault weapons.
Shumlin says Vermont has a strong hunting culture and strong support for the right to own and use firearms. But he tolds The Burlington Free Press, "People don't use machines of war to shoot whitetail deer."
In the wake of the recent school shooting in Connecticut a city councilor in Vermont's largest city has drafted a proposed municipal charter change to ban ownership of assault weapons with high-capacity ammunition clips in the city.
Vermont's winter resorts are celebrating what's shaping up to be a terrific holiday week, thanks mainly to the weather
Jay Peak President Bill Stenger says his northern Vermont resort was already in good shape, with more than a foot of natural snow in recent days and excellent weather recently for making snow. With a big new storm hitting the state, Stenger says that's making for superb conditions as the New Year's weekend approaches.
Many Vermont resorts are reporting that most or all of their skiing and riding trails are open.