The inaugural address by newly-installed Vermont Governor Phil Scott on Thursday emphasized fiscal stability and enhancing the economy with no new taxes or fees. Reaction was mixed and followed partisan lines.
The Burlington Electric Department confirmed Friday that it had found on one of its laptops a malware code the U.S. government says is used by Russian civilian and military intelligence services. The announcement set off a firestorm of speculation that Russians were attempting to hack into the nation’s utility systems. But officials at the utility say much of the furor over the incident is overblown.
The Vermont Supreme Court will hear arguments this afternoon in a case that challenges outgoing Governor Peter Shumlin’s ability to appoint a new justice months before the position is actually vacated.
James Calnon has served in Plattsburgh city leadership positions since 2007 when he was appointed to the common council by then-Republican Mayor Donald Kasprzak. Calnon, who is an independent with Republican endorsement, was elected mayor in 2013. He lost his re-election bid this year to political newcomer Democrat Colin Read. As he serves his last days in office, Calnon says he and the city are ready for the transition.
Extended conversation with Plattsburgh Police Chief Desmond Racicot
Plattsburgh’s long-time police chief announced recently that he will retire in January. Desmond Racicot has been with the department since 1989, serving as chief for the last 14 years. He tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he hadn’t planned to retire but a new opportunity arose.
Plattsburgh City Councilors received the mayor’s proposed budget in October and must finalize the fiscal plan by mid-January. The six-member board is still considering amendments as they try to lower a tax levy that at one point looked like it could be as high as 22 percent. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the last meeting of 2016 last night.
The Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Center has issued its seventh annual Top 10 Environmental Watch List. The list offers short summaries of key legal points surrounding the most important environmental issues of 2016.
While there have been mild temperatures the last couple days, overall it’s been a cold and snowy start to the winter season. Local ski areas are experiencing a much better start to the season than last year, when record low snowfall occurred. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at the importance of this holiday week for the region’s ski industry.
More than 200 faith leaders, clergy, and congregants from across Vermont gathered at the Islamic Society of Vermont on Friday to stand in solidarity after the group received a letter expressing intolerance for Islam.
Opponents of a plan to replace two railroad bridges in downtown Middlebury with a tunnel say the old bridges can be replaced faster and for much less money than the project being promoted by the Vermont Transportation Agency.
The International Joint Commission, which monitors boundary waters between the U.S. and Canada, has signed an updated plan regulating water levels and flows in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Advocates of the plan in New York believe it will reverse decades of man-made damage and benefit the economy of the upstate region.
In January, Vermont will have a new attorney general for the first time in a generation. Incumbent Bill Sorrell announced in September 2015 that he would not seek reelection this year after serving in the post since 1997. The longest-serving attorney general in the state’s history says that after nearly 20 years in the office it was time to let someone new take the post.