Vermont State News http://feed.informer.com/digests/3K1PCXXR9X/feeder Vermont State News Respective post owners and feed distributors Sat, 12 Sep 2020 05:19:45 +0000 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Watch Live: Vermont bars get greenlight; lodgings full capacity https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/18/gov-scott-could-provide-tourism-update-during-pandemic-press-conference/ WCAX urn:uuid:126c9651-8e66-36af-5674-8a4322c04fe6 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:06:31 +0000 Governor Phil Scott Friday announced that Vermont bars will be allowed to open again after being closed for months, and that lodgings can go back to full capacity. <p>MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - Governor Phil Scott Friday announced that Vermont bars will be allowed to open again after being closed for months, and that lodgings can go back to full capacity.</p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/livestream/" target="_blank">Watch live at 11 a.m. on Channel 3 and WCAX.com. Click here to open a new browser window or watch above. </a></p><p>The governor said seating at bars is now allowed. That means food and drinks at the counter can resume effective immediately, but patrons must sit six-feet apart and there must be a barrier between guests and the bartender. </p><p>Scott also announced that hotels, motels, and other lodging facilities can now rent out all rooms, but quarantine rules remain in place for people coming from places where that’s required, as well as <a href="https://accd.vermont.gov/news/update-new-work-safe-additions-be-smart-stay-safe-order" target="_blank">standard safety precautions</a>.</p><p><a href="https://dfr.vermont.gov/document/covid-19-modeling-september-18-2020" target="_blank">DFR Commissioner Mike Pieciak presented an update on case modeling and the travel map.</a> He says that out-of-state visits were way down over the summer, so the timing for loosening hospitality restriction should help a bit as leaf peepers look to visit this fall. He says the number of people able to come here without a quarantine is now about 7.4 million -- up by about 2 million people -- even though there was an uptick in COVID cases in the Northeast, though still very low compared to the rest of the country.</p><p><a href="https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/small-business-recovery-technical-assistance-program" target="_blank">The governor says five organizations are now offering technical assistance for small businesses and nonprofits.</a> </p><p>As of Friday, Vermont health officials reported a total of 1,706 coronavirus cases in the state and 58 deaths. A total of 154,099 tests have been conducted, 464 travelers are being monitored, 8,489 have completed monitoring and 1,536 have recovered.</p><p>Those who died from the virus will again be honored with flags lowered Saturday, like they are on the 19th of every month. </p><p>After some positive tests at the Crossett Brook Middle School in Waterbury, the health commissioner says that many members of the community have been tested and all came back negative.</p><p>Vermont still has the lowest positivity rate in the country. </p><p>In a bit of comic relief, Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts responded to allegations raised at last week’s briefing that the Vermont creemee does not include milk products. After doing some modeling of his own, Tebbetts clarified that there is indeed cream in creemees, along with milk, sugar, and other ingredients. “That should put everyone at ease,” Gov. Scott added.</p><p><i>Copyright 2020 WCAX. All rights reserved.</i></p> Watch Live: Vermont bars get greenlight; lodgings full capacity https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/18/gov-scott-could-provide-tourism-update-during-pandemic-press-conference/ WCAX urn:uuid:12538681-80b5-be25-3465-79e4d715fe32 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:23:48 +0000 Governor Phil Scott Friday announced that Vermont bars will be allowed to open again after being closed for months, and that lodgings can go back to full capacity. <p>MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - Governor Phil Scott Friday announced that Vermont bars will be allowed to open again after being closed for months, and that lodgings can go back to full capacity. </p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/livestream/" target="_blank">Watch live at 11 a.m. on Channel 3 and WCAX.com. Click here to open a new browser window or watch above. </a></p><p>As long as the data supports it, Scott says the loosening of these restrictions is warranted to help the hospitality sector ahead of foliage season. Bars will have to use social-distancing protocols and a shield will need to separate bartenders and patrons. Lodgings can also reopen with <a href="https://accd.vermont.gov/news/update-new-work-safe-additions-be-smart-stay-safe-order" target="_blank">standard safety precautions</a>.</p><p><a href="https://dfr.vermont.gov/document/covid-19-modeling-september-18-2020" target="_blank">DFR Commissioner Mike Pieciak presented an update on case modeling and the travel map.</a></p><p>As of Friday, Vermont health officials reported a total of 1,706 coronavirus cases in the state and 58 deaths. A total of 154,099 tests have been conducted, 464 travelers are being monitored, 8,489 have completed monitoring and 1,536 have recovered.</p><p><i>Copyright 2020 WCAX. All rights reserved.</i></p> Photo of maskless Vermont high school football players prompts criticism https://www.news10.com/news/vt-news/photo-of-maskless-vermont-high-school-football-players-prompts-criticism/ Vermont News | NEWS10 ABC urn:uuid:ce6bbbe8-97e9-ba76-c049-c54843af7eda Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:19:59 +0000 A photo of the senior football players from a Vermont high school is prompting school officials to remind the players and others of the need to wear masks and maintain social distancing. <p>WESTMINSTER, Vt. (AP) — A photo of the senior football players from a Vermont high school is prompting school officials to remind the players and others of the need to wear masks and maintain social distancing.</p> <p>The Brattleboro Reformer reports the photo of the uniformed-players from the Bellows Falls Union High School senior was taken by the parent of one of the players.</p> <p>&#8220;We are asking people to wear masks and keep social distance,&#8221; School Board member Colin James said during a meeting this week. He said the football players were &#8220;stacked on top of each other, no masks were worn.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;To me, that is not okay,&#8221; James said.</p> <p>After seeing the photo, school Principal Christopher Hodsden sent out an email to coaches reminding them that if a student wears a school uniform he or she has to wear a mask and follow social distancing practices.</p> <p>School board member Jack Bryar said the students needed to be reminded that football is recreation.</p> <p>&#8220;This is serious business,&#8221; Bryar said. &#8220;It&#8217;s not trivial.&#8221;</p> <hr class="wp-block-separator has-text-color has-background has-vivid-cyan-blue-background-color has-vivid-cyan-blue-color is-style-dots"/> <p><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://nam03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.news10.com%2Fnews%2Ftracking-coronavirus-cases-by-county%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7CJRizzo%40news10.com%7C2454fbf059e242842c6108d7e0a85ffa%7C9e5488e2e83844f6886cc7608242767e%7C0%7C0%7C637224886070259902&amp;sdata=PqIqguCF2WiL4Ltl92hFkfpt1JOHgiQBYUeVtBdFI8k%3D&amp;reserved=0" target="_blank">County-by-county Coronavirus Tracker</a><br><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/important-links-for-coronavirus-information-and-assistance/">COVID-19 Resources</a><br><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.news10.com/news/new-york-state-reopening-resources/" target="_blank">Reopening New York</a><br><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.news10.com/news/coronavirus/" target="_blank">More Coronavirus Coverage from News10</a></p> <hr class="wp-block-separator has-text-color has-background has-vivid-cyan-blue-background-color has-vivid-cyan-blue-color is-style-dots"/> <h4>LATEST STORIES</h4> <ul class="wp-block-latest-posts wp-block-latest-posts__list"><li><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/technology/steps-you-can-take-to-maintain-your-septic-system/">Steps you can take to maintain your septic system</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/mass-news/student-led-black-lives-matter-rally-held-at-western-new-england-university/">Student-led Black Lives Matter rally held at Western New England University</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/ny-news/social-workers-speak-out-against-buffalo-mayors-plan-to-pair-them-with-police-officers/">Social workers speak out against Buffalo mayor&#8217;s plan to pair them with police officers</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/ny-news/will-kodak-get-its-765-million-loan-back-local-experts-weigh-in/">Will Kodak get its $765 million loan back? 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Physicians recommend that most every individual over six months old should receive a flu vaccine every year. “Getting vaccinated against the flu is more important [&#8230;] <p>BENNINGTON, VT (<a href="http://NEWS10.COM">NEWS10</a>) — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center released a schedule of flu vaccination opportunities region-wide in an effort to get as many people vaccinated before the 2020 Flu Season. Physicians recommend that most every individual over six months old should receive a flu vaccine every year. </p> <p>“Getting vaccinated against the flu is more important than ever before because of the emergence of COVID-19,” explained Trey Dobson, MD, SVMC’s chief medical officer. “Getting both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time, or within a short time apart, could be deadly. It is clear that vaccination is very safe and certainly one of the best measures to protect against the influenza virus. Equally as important, vaccination decreases the chance one will transmit the flu to others, particularly to those who are at risk such as the elderly or those with certain chronic illnesses.”</p> <p>There are no out-of-pocket costs to get the flu vaccine for those with most insurance plans.</p> <p>Drive-up clinics will be held in Bennington from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday, September 21, and Thursday, September 24. 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For Thetford Center writer Michael Fernandez, featured this week, the first adventure to prioritize is expanding his worldview with a headfirst dive into Indonesian culture, hot sauce and all. </em></p> <h2><strong>Bucket list</strong></h2> <p><strong>By Michael Fernandez, 15, Thetford Center</strong></p> <p class="has-drop-cap">When I was younger, I didn’t really have a bucket list. My dreams were of things that were all easily accessible, like doing well on a test or beating a certain video game. Now, as a 15-year-old, my bucket list has started expanding to include experiences and achievements that will take more preparation and effort. The older I get, the more I realize that there’s a huge world out there, and I’d like to see it. </p> <p>That’s why, last year, I decided to apply for a program called Where There Be Dragons. Where There Be Dragons is an organization that leads young people on summer trips to developing countries on all parts of the globe. I did a lot of thinking to decide between all the offerings. I thought about what places sounded the most interesting, but also what kinds of things I would get to learn about and experience in each place. Finally, after much thought and research, I decided my top choice was Indonesia.<br>     <br>Indonesia was my first choice for many reasons. First, growing up, I always heard my family talk about the Indonesian exchange student they had before I was born. Her name was Ori and she came to the U.S. when she was just 13 years old. She taught my family so many unique things about her culture. My family still laughs about the time she let my dad try the hot sauce she brought with her and it set his mouth on fire, and they still feel awkward about the time our dogs burst into the bedroom where she was doing her daily prayers. If our dogs had touched her, she told my family, she would have had to wash seven times – the last time in dirt! We still keep in touch with her today.      </p> <p>The stories I heard taught me that Indonesian culture is very different from ours, and that was the biggest reason I wanted to spend time there. It’s not very often that people get to travel so far from home and become completely immersed in another culture. I was excited to hear the language, try the food, and meet the people there. Finally, part of the trip was to stay with local families who live in villages of stilt houses that are built on top of the water. This sounded like something so unique that it would be a completely once-in-a-lifetime experience.<br>     <br>When I received my acceptance letter to the program, I was overjoyed. I started thinking about all the things I would need to do to prepare. Sadly, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the trip was canceled. This is why I have added visiting Indonesia to my bucket list. Almost all the money I earn goes into my bank account to save up for it. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to go with the program next summer, but even if I don’t, I know it’s something that I’m going to do someday no matter what!</p> <p>Read the story on VTDigger here: <a rel="nofollow" href="https://vtdigger.org/2020/09/18/ywp-bucket-list/">YWP: &#8216;Bucket list&#8217;</a>.</p> Burlington Councilor Paulino won’t run again, endorses a new Democratic candidate https://vtdigger.org/2020/09/18/burlington-councilor-paulino-wont-run-again-endorses-a-new-democratic-candidate/ VTDigger urn:uuid:516f4e1b-ff39-08cf-a0cb-16fbd0ba6b9d Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:59:14 +0000 <p>Councilor Franklin Paulino said he’s sitting out this race to achieve a better work-life balance. He’s endorsing Kerin Durfee, a member of the Burlington Police Commission</p> <p>Read the story on VTDigger here: <a rel="nofollow" href="https://vtdigger.org/2020/09/18/burlington-councilor-paulino-wont-run-again-endorses-a-new-democratic-candidate/">Burlington Councilor Paulino won’t run again, endorses a new Democratic candidate</a>.</p> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="aligncenter size-large is-resized"><img data-attachment-id="271947" data-permalink="https://vtdigger.org/20190401paulino1/" data-orig-file="https://vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/20190401PAULINO1.jpg" data-orig-size="2000,1339" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.8&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;GLENN RUSSELL&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;NIKON D750&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;Burlington City Councilor Franklin Paulino listens as Mayor Miro Weinberger speaks before the council on Monday, April 1, 2019. Photo by Glenn Russell\/VTDigger&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1554146896&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;GLENN RUSSELL&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;110&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;3200&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.0125&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;20190401PAULINO1&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="Franklin Paulino" data-image-description="&lt;p&gt;Burlington City Councilor Franklin Paulino listens as Mayor Miro Weinberger speaks before the council on Monday, April 1, 2019. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger&lt;/p&gt; " data-medium-file="https://vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/20190401PAULINO1-300x201.jpg" data-large-file="https://vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/20190401PAULINO1-610x408.jpg" src="https://vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/20190401PAULINO1-610x408.jpg" alt="Burlington City Councilor Franklin Paulino listens as Mayor Miro Weinberger speaks before the council." class="wp-image-271947" width="610" height="408" srcset="https://ja3ga476chj1nc6csy2j81c7-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/20190401PAULINO1-610x408.jpg 610w, https://ja3ga476chj1nc6csy2j81c7-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/20190401PAULINO1-125x84.jpg 125w, https://ja3ga476chj1nc6csy2j81c7-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/20190401PAULINO1-300x201.jpg 300w, https://ja3ga476chj1nc6csy2j81c7-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/20190401PAULINO1-768x514.jpg 768w, https://ja3ga476chj1nc6csy2j81c7-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/20190401PAULINO1.jpg 2000w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" /><figcaption>Burlington City Councilor Franklin Paulino at a council meeting last year. He&#8217;s not running for reelection. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger</figcaption></figure></div> <p class="has-drop-cap">Burlington City Councilor Franklin Paulino is not running for reelection in the city’s North District.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>He’s endorsing a new Democratic face to take his spot — Kerin Durfee, who’s on the Burlington Police Commission, which is a citizen oversight group, and is the director of earned revenue and guest services at ECHO, the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain.<br></p> <p>Paulino, a Democrat, said he’s sitting out this race to focus on his family and achieve a better work-life balance. Paulino said he has three young kids who need his full support going to virtual school.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>“Covid has really changed things for me as a parent,” he said. “You’re not just a parent anymore. You’re part schoolteacher, part parent.”&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Paulino said he thinks he’s achieved what he set out to do on the council — establish reasonable policies that can appeal to both Democrats and Republicans in his district, which is known to have a conservative tilt.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Specifically, he’s excited that his proposal to add full-time social workers to the Burlington Police Department is moving forward. Mayor Miro Weinberger is endorsing the idea and has a plan to allocate funding for two new positions.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Although he’s taking a break from Burlington politics, Paulino said he might return in the future. As for running for mayor? “Hard no,” Paulino said.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>He said there are people champing at the bit to run for City Council in his district, so he expects a competitive race when voters head to the polls in March. When Paulino ran in 2019, the North District was a <a href="https://vtdigger.org/2019/02/26/christianson-paulino-spirited-race-burlington-council-seat/">competitive seat between Progressives and Democrats</a>. He thinks Durfee is the best fit because she knows the Burlington community well.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>“She has that mindset,” Paulino said, “about being a voice of reason and wanting to get things done.”&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Durfee said she’s concerned about the divisiveness that’s emerged between Progressives and Democrats in the city. She said she’s not sure she can cure that on her own, but if elected, she wants to bring more unity to the council, specifically over issues of racial justice.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>“We should be able to agree on racial justice, and then move forward. We should be able to agree on policing policy and move forward,” Durfee said. “What I’m saying is, we’re stuck.”&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Durfee has been involved in the Burlington community for years, with organizations such as Women Helping Battered Women (now called Steps to End Domestic Violence), the Burlington Partnership for a Health Community, and the NAACP.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>“It sounds so cliche, but I’m looking to unify. I can talk to a lot of different groups of people,” Durfee said. “As a Black woman, that certainly is a privilege. And I want to use that privilege to bring folks together.” <br></p> <p>Read the story on VTDigger here: <a rel="nofollow" href="https://vtdigger.org/2020/09/18/burlington-councilor-paulino-wont-run-again-endorses-a-new-democratic-candidate/">Burlington Councilor Paulino won’t run again, endorses a new Democratic candidate</a>.</p> Latest coronavirus numbers -- WCAX continuing coverage https://www.wcax.com/content/news/What-you-need-to-know-about-COVID-19-568630341.html WCAX urn:uuid:2c63339f-db41-c4de-45ca-63ae32bc8986 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:58:09 +0000 The latest numbers on the coronavirus in our region and other important information. <p>•As of Thursday, Vermont health officials reported a total of 1,705 coronavirus cases in the state and 58 deaths. A total of 153,195 tests have been conducted, 453 travelers are being monitored, 8,465 have completed monitoring and 1,533 have recovered.</p><p>•As of Thursday, New Hampshire health officials reported a total of 7,814 coronavirus cases in the state and 438 deaths.</p><p>•As of Thursday, Clinton County, New York, has 155 confirmed cases and four deaths.</p><p>•As of Thursday, Essex County, New York, has 193 confirmed cases and 10 deaths.</p><p>•As of Thursday, Franklin County, New York, has 58 confirmed cases.</p><p> </p><p>View the COVID-19 Stat Center graphs full screen by clicking on the upper-right of the graph (the shaded button with three dots), then choose the icon which looks like a monitor. For mobile users, just pinch to zoom in.</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="450" src="https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6" style="border:0px;" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>This map is best viewed on a desktop. <a href="https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6" target="_blank">Tap/click for a bigger view</a> from Johns Hopkins University. <a href="https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/85320e2ea5424dfaaa75ae62e5c06e61" target="_blank">Tap/click here</a> for a mobile-friendly version.</p><p><b>IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS/CONTACTS:</b></p><p>If you are sick and have questions call your primary care physician. If you do not have one, call 211.</p><p>Vt. Department of Health: 802-863-7240</p><p>NH Division of Public Health Services: 603-271-4496</p><p>NY Novel Coronavirus Hotline 1-888-364-3065</p><p><b>FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE VIRUS AND STEPS TO TAKE TO PREVENT ITS SPREAD, SEE THE LINKS BELOW:</b></p><p><a href="https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/infectious-disease/2019-novel-coronavirus" target="_blank">More information from the Vermont Department of Health</a></p><p><a href="https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/2019-ncov.htm" target="_blank">More information from the New Hampshire Department of Health</a></p><p><a href="https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/" target="_blank">More information from the NY Department of Health</a></p><p><a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html" target="_blank">More information from the CDC</a></p><p><b>UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS/SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE</b></p><p><a href="https://labor.vermont.gov/" target="_blank">Vermont unemployment claims</a></p><p><a href="https://accd.vermont.gov/about-us/disaster-planning/covid-19-guidance-vermont-businesses" target="_blank">Vermont information for small businesses</a></p><p>Vt. Agency of Commerce and Community Development small business disaster hotline: 802-461-5143</p><p><a href="https://www.nhes.nh.gov/services/claimants/file.htm" target="_blank">New Hampshire unemployment claims</a></p><p><a href="https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/" target="_blank">Small Business Administration</a></p><p><a href="https://www.ny.gov/services/get-unemployment-assistance" target="_blank">New York unemployment claims</a></p><p><b>REGIONAL COVID-19 TIMELINE (AS OF 5/8)</b></p><p>March 2 -- first Upper Valley NH case confirmed</p><p>March 7 -- first Vermont case confirmed in Bennington county</p><p>March 11 -- VT activates emergency operations center, first Chittenden County case confirmed</p><p>March 13 -- state of emergency declared, began restricting size of gatherings, restricted visitors to long-term care facilities</p><p>March 15 -- schools closed</p><p>March 16 -- reduced gathering sizes more, closed bars and restaurants</p><p>March 17 -- child care closures</p><p>March 18 -- in-person DMV restricted, first nursing home case</p><p>March 19 -- first VT deaths from coronavirus</p><p>March 20 -- elective surgeries suspended</p><p>March 22 -- closure of close-contact biz, limited gatherings to 10 or fewer people</p><p>March 23 -- telecommuting ordered</p><p>March 24 -- stay home stay safe order issued, closure directed of in-person operations for non-essential biz the next day (March 25)</p><p>March 26 -- schools closed for rest of school year. NH orders residents to stay home &amp; non-essential biz to close</p><p>March 30 -- all coming in from out-of-state have to quarantine at home for two weeks</p><p>--------</p><p>April 10 -- extended stay at home order through May 15</p><p>April 17 -- announced phased restart with five areas of focus</p><p>April 20 -- first biz reopen (outdoor work, small groups of 2 or fewer)</p><p>April 24 -- expands work crews to 5 or fewer, adds manufacturing reopening, greenhouse sales allowed with 10 person limit, mandates masks and safety training for biz</p><p>--------</p><p>May 4 -- Crews of 10 or fewer in manufacturing/construction/distribution, outpatient elective procedures can resume</p><p>May 6 -- limited social gatherings (10 or fewer, preferably outdoors) may resume, "trusted households" -- high-risk &amp; seniors have to stay home still</p><p>May 7 -- some outdoor recreation may resume (golf, guided hikes, skate parks, etc.)</p><p>May 8 -- Ed agency announces traditional in-person large graduations are not allowed</p><p>May 11 -- Full/normal operations for manufacturing/construction/distribution</p><p>May 13 -- antibody testing group update (expected)</p><p>May 15 -- state of emergency expires but is extended to June 15</p><p>May 18 -- child cares can start bringing staff back, some nonessential businesses can reopen under guidelines</p><p>May 22 -- In-patient medical procedures, dentists, and most other one-on-one health visits reopen with guidelines; restaurants, lodgings, marinas reopen under guidelines</p><p>May 29 -- Salons and barbershops can reopen</p><p>May 29 -- NH stay-at-home order extended to June 15</p><p>--------</p><p>June 1 -- child cares reopen as able &amp; with changes based on health dept. guidance; museums, gyms, spas, massage therapists, nail salons, cleaning services, and similar "interior maintenance" businesses can reopen</p><p>June 5 -- New Hampshire lodgings can resume with guidelines</p><p>June 8 -- Interstate travel to and from New England and New York counties with 400 or fewer active COVID-19 cases per million is permitted.</p><p>June 8 -- Vt. Indoor dining will be permitted with 25% occupancy limits and social distancing and health and safety protocols.</p><p>June 15 -- Vt. emergency order extended to July 15</p><p>June 15 -- NH stay-at-home order ends</p><p>June 15 -- Vt. lodging reservations start again. Travelers may complete quarantine requirements in their home state. Lodging operations may also increase occupancy limits to 50% or a total of 25 guests and staff, whichever is greater.</p><p>June 19 -- Vermont long-term care residential facilities can allow up to two visitors per resident, per day. Visits must be outdoors.</p><p>June 22 -- NH day camps allowed to open with guidelines.</p><p>June 25 -- Vermont State Parks camping allowed</p><p>June 28 -- NH overnight camps allowed to open (guidelines in development)</p><p>July 7 -- Gov. Scott says he will likely extend the emergency order that's set to expire on July 15 for another month</p><p>July 15 -- Vt. emergency order is extended to August 15</p><p>July 17 -- Agriculture Assistance Program applications open</p><p>August 1 -- Vt. mask mandate begins</p><p>August 14 -- Vt. emergency order extended to September 15</p><p>August 26 -- Deadline for <a href="https://dcf.vermont.gov/covid19-relief-grants">Operational Relief Grant Program</a> to help child care programs offset pandemic-related expenses and losses.</p><p>September 8 -- Vermont statewide return to school date</p><p>September 15 -- Vt. emergency order expires and is extended to October 15</p><p>September 21 -- Vt. school sports can begin inter-team scrimmages</p><p>October 1 -- Deadline for Agriculture Assistance Program</p><p>October 15 -- Vt. emergency order expires; Guidelines for Vt. school winter sports to be released</p><p><b>WCAX CORONAVIRUS CONTINUING COVERAGE:</b></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/18/nh-speaker-of-the-house-apologizes-to-unh/">NH House speaker apologizes to UNH for lawmakers' beer-drinking, maskless behavior</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/18/vt-ag-responds-after-us-judge-blocks-usps-changes-that-slowed-mail/">Vt. 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href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/17/relay-for-life-moves-to-thunder-road/">Relay for Life moves to Thunder Road</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/17/middlebury-college-moves-into-phase-2-of-covid-response/">Middlebury College moves into phase 2 of COVID response</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/16/kids-take-a-break-from-online-learning/">Kids take a break from online learning</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/17/new-york-fall-youth-sports-still-in-question/">New York fall youth sports still in question</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/16/students-turning-gap-year-into-fishing-adventure-stop-in-vermont/">Students turning gap year into fishing adventure stop in Vermont</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/16/tips-on-how-to-avoid-maskne-skin-irritation/">Tips on how to avoid ‘maskne’ skin irritation</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/16/a-look-at-how-suny-plattsburghs-covid-19-pool-testing-works/">A look at how SUNY Plattsburgh’s COVID-19 pool testing works</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/16/covid-prompts-st-jay-to-cancel-halloween-parade/">COVID prompts St. Jay to cancel Halloween parade</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/16/vt-poll-workers-wanted-for-november-election/">Vt. poll workers wanted for November election</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/15/ny-lowers-coronavirus-threshold-for-nursing-home-visits/">NY lowers coronavirus threshold for nursing home visits</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/16/school-buses-cleaned-at-least-2-3-times-a-day-in-barre/">Sanitized school buses the new normal across region</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/16/salvation-army-will-gather-donations-early-due-to-virus/">Salvation Army will gather donations early due to virus</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/15/should-vermonts-mask-mandate-be-lifted/">Should Vermont’s mask mandate be lifted?</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/16/new-york-extends-special-uninsured-enrollment-through-2020/">New York extends special uninsured enrollment through 2020</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/16/state-leaders-arent-canceling-trick-or-treating-this-year/">State leaders aren’t canceling trick-or-treating this year</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/16/flag-football-team-fined-for-bringing-in-out-of-state-teams/">Flag football league fined for bringing in out-of-state teams</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/15/gov-scott-to-provide-covid-19-briefing-with-dr-fauci-could-ease-restrictions/">Fauci congratulates Vermonters on success of slowing spread of COVID</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/15/burlington-community-center-creates-space-for-remote-learners/">Burlington community center creates space for remote learners</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/14/two-more-vermont-schools-with-covid-19-cases/">Two more Vermont schools with COVID-19 cases</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/14/federal-lawsuit-seeks-to-halt-vt-vote-by-mail-plan/">Federal lawsuit seeks to halt Vt. vote-by-mail plan</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/14/preparing-to-pick-up-for-the-fall-season/">Preparing to pick up for the fall season</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/14/navigating-remote-learning/">Navigating remote learning</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/14/advice-for-families-with-loved-ones-in-long-term-care-during-pandemic/">Advice for families with loved ones in long-term care during pandemic</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/14/surprise-gifts-help-keep-spirits-up-for-make-a-wish-kids/">Surprise gifts help keep spirits up for Make-A-Wish kids</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/14/fauci-to-speak-at-vermont-covid-19-briefing-tuesday/">Fauci to speak at Vermont COVID-19 briefing Tuesday</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/14/vermont-agritourism-moves-online/">Vermont agritourism moves online</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/14/pandemic-isnt-stopping-longtime-essex-junction-crossing-guard/">Pandemic isn’t stopping longtime Essex Junction crossing guard</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/14/nh-fall-visitors-encouraged-to-research-leave-no-trace/">NH fall visitors encouraged to research, ‘Leave No Trace’</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/13/pride-vermont-puts-on-virtual-event-in-place-of-parade/">Pride Vermont puts on virtual event in place of parade</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/13/hartford-high-school-comes-down-with-case-of-covid19/">Hartford High School comes down with case of COVID-19</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/14/crossett-brook-middle-school-closes-due-to-covid-cases/">Crossett Brook Middle School closes due to COVID cases</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/13/hundreds-compete-in-race-vermonts-first-event-since-pandemic/">Hundreds compete in Race Vermont’s first event since pandemic</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/11/uvm-medical-trial-examines-benefits-of-blood-thinners-in-covid-treatment/">UVM medical trial examines benefits of blood thinners in COVID treatment</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/11/2-dartmouth-undergrads-test-positive-for-covid-19/">2 Dartmouth undergrads test positive for Covid-19</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/11/scott-to-hold-pandemic-briefing/" target="_blank">Scott extends COVID emergency order to mid-October</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/11/superintendent-warns-of-possible-covid-19-exposure-in-stowe-schools/" target="_blank">Superintendent warns of possible COVID-19 exposure in Stowe schools</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/11/expert-explains-how-parents-can-ease-students-back-to-school-concerns/" target="_blank">Expert explains how parents can ease students' back to school concerns</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/11/airline-coronavirus-contractions-leave-vermont-travelers-with-fewer-options/" target="_blank">Airline coronavirus contractions leave Vermont travelers with fewer options</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/11/quebec-to-require-masks-starting-saturday/" target="_blank">Quebec to impose mask fines starting Saturday</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/10/will-fall-foliage-season-salvage-covid-losses/" target="_blank">Will fall foliage season salvage COVID tourism losses?</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/10/uvm-continues-to-see-low-number-of-positive-covid-test-among-student-body/" target="_blank">UVM continues to see low number of positive COVID test among student body</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/10/judge-trump-campaign-rnc-can-intervene-in-voting-lawsuit/" target="_blank">Judge: Trump campaign, RNC can intervene in NH voting lawsuit</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/10/ny-eases-restrictions-on-visits-at-assisted-living-homes/" target="_blank">NY eases restrictions on visits at assisted living homes</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/09/despite-hiccups-state-calls-shop-local-voucher-program-a-success/" target="_blank">Despite hiccups, state calls buy local voucher program a success</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/09/dartmouth-students-reprimanded-for-breaking-rules/" target="_blank">Dartmouth students reprimanded for breaking rules</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/09/the-new-vermonters-fleeing-covid-19-newcomers-find-temporary-or-permanent-refuge-in-the-green-mountains/" target="_blank">The New Vermonters: Fleeing COVID-19, newcomers find temporary — or permanent — refuge in the Green Mountains</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/09/remote-learning-in-the-rutland-northeast-supervisory-union/" target="_blank">A look at remote learning in the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/09/skeleton-scenes-bring-out-a-community-in-essex-junction/" target="_blank">Skeleton tableaus bring out a community in Essex Junction</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/09/sanders-presses-health-officials-on-vaccine-availability/" target="_blank">Sanders presses health officials on vaccine availability</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/08/vt-house-approves-5m-in-stimulus-payments-to-migrant-workers/" target="_blank">Vt. House approves $5M in stimulus payments to migrant workers</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/08/essex-junction-students-parents-excited-for-return-to-school/" target="_blank">Essex Junction students, parents excited for return to school</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/08/pride-week-perseveres-through-pandemic/" target="_blank">Vermont Pride Week perseveres through pandemic</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/08/leahy-gop-stimulus-attempt-woefully-inadequate/" target="_blank">Leahy: GOP stimulus attempt ‘woefully inadequate’</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/08/gov-scott-and-health-officials-to-provide-covid-19-briefing/" target="_blank">Vermont buy-local program sells out; Kinney Drugs to provide COVID testing</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/08/dartmouth-students-back-on-campus/" target="_blank">Dartmouth students back on campus</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/09/new-york-schools-to-report-covid-data-to-state/" target="_blank">New York schools to report COVID data to state</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/07/vermont-rolling-out-30-shop-local-program-tuesday-lawmakers-mulling-over-more-hazard-pay/">Vermont rolling out $30 ‘Shop Local’ program Tuesday, lawmakers mulling over more hazard pay</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/07/plattsburgh-community-reacts-to-suny-plattsburgh-suspensions/">Plattsburgh community reacts to SUNY Plattsburgh suspensions</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/07/will-there-be-a-stigma-surrounding-the-coronavirus-in-schools/">Will there be a stigma surrounding the coronavirus in schools?</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/07/no-labor-day-parade-but-one-northfield-tradition-went-on/">No Labor Day parade, but one Northfield tradition went on</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/07/nh-health-department-looks-into-possible-outbreak-tied-to-fraternity/">NH Health Department looks into possible outbreak tied to frat party</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/07/new-york-marks-a-month-of-fewer-than-1-virus-tests-positive/">New York marks a month of fewer than 1% virus tests positive</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/07/apple-orchards-expect-sweet-season-despite-pandemic/">Apple orchards expect sweet season despite pandemic</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/07/vermont-house-to-debate-state-budget-amid-virus-uncertainty/">Vermont House to debate state budget amid virus uncertainty</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/07/back-to-school-tour-shows-what-school-will-look-like-during-the-pandemic/">Back-to-school tour shows what school will look like during the pandemic</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/07/annual-connecticut-river-cleanup-a-monthlong-event-this-year/">Annual Connecticut River cleanup a monthlong event this year</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/06/local-businesses-get-boost-from-federal-covid-relief-funds/" target="_blank">Local businesses get boost from federal COVID relief funds</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/05/vermont-receives-nearly-200-covid-19-complaints-from-residents/" target="_blank">Vermont receives nearly 200 COVID-19 complaints from residents</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/05/gov-scott-urges-caution-this-labor-day-weekend/" target="_blank">Gov. Scott urges caution this Labor Day weekend</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/04/vt-health-officials-prepared-to-receive-vaccine-by-november-if-ready/" target="_blank">Vt. health officials prepared to receive vaccine by November if ready</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/04/state-and-schools-prepare-for-tuesday/" target="_blank">Vermont schools make final preparations for opening day Tuesday</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/04/scott-to-hold-friday-covid-briefing/" target="_blank">Vt. officials say return to college testing successful so far</a></ Watch Live: Scott COVID-19 briefing https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/18/gov-scott-could-provide-tourism-update-during-pandemic-press-conference/ WCAX urn:uuid:bb3733f3-05db-8569-a6f3-a56c9d62ad77 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:47:28 +0000 Governor Phil Scott is holding another pandemic press conference Friday. <p>MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - Governor Phil Scott is holding another pandemic press conference Friday and may further loosen COVID occupancy restrictions.</p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/livestream/" target="_blank">Watch live at 11 a.m. on Channel 3 and WCAX.com. Click here to open new browser window or watch above. </a></p><p>As long as the data still supports it, Scott has indicated he will turn the spigot again and allow increased capacity at hotels and restaurants to help the tourism sector of the economy for foliage season.</p><p>We also expect an update on case modeling, positive cases, and schools.</p><p>As of Thursday, Vermont health officials reported a total of 1,705 coronavirus cases in the state and 58 deaths. A total of 153,195 tests have been conducted, 453 travelers are being monitored, 8,465 have completed monitoring and 1,533 have recovered.</p><p><i>Copyright 2020 WCAX. All rights reserved.</i></p> SCOV Law Blog: Are furloughed inmates still ‘incarcerated’? https://vtdigger.org/2020/09/18/scov-law-blog-are-furloughed-inmates-still-incarcerated/ VTDigger urn:uuid:69aafc2e-1c03-7489-af97-3d920de5b6cd Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:45:00 +0000 <p>The Vermont Sex Offender Registry requires non-incarcerated individuals to notify it of their address. A man out on furlough argues that while he is out of prison, he is still incarcerated.</p> <p>Read the story on VTDigger here: <a rel="nofollow" href="https://vtdigger.org/2020/09/18/scov-law-blog-are-furloughed-inmates-still-incarcerated/">SCOV Law Blog: Are furloughed inmates still &#8216;incarcerated&#8217;?</a>.</p> <p><em>Editor&#8217;s note: This piece from the <a href="http://scovlegal.blogspot.com/">SCOV Law Blog</a> is by <a href="https://www.bpflegal.com/">Jacob Oblak</a>.<br></em></p> <h2>State v. Gauthier, <a href="https://www.vermontjudiciary.org/sites/default/files/documents/op19-233_0.pdf">2020 VT 66</a><br></h2> <p class="has-drop-cap">An appeal means a party or the parties disagree on a ruling or rulings by a lower court and want a second look from a higher authority to review it and make a final decision. A lot of appealed cases involve lawyers arguing about what really happened, picking apart the facts, and trying to get the Supreme Court justices to see it their way. This isn’t one of those cases. This is a purely legal disagreement about the definition of a single word.&nbsp;</p> <p>The facts are fairly simple: Gauthier was convicted in 2010 of a sex offense. That conviction comes with sex offender registry (SOR) requirements, one of which is that he notify the SOR of his home address every year. The Department of Corrections told him about the requirements. In April 2014, Gauthier was released on furlough, so he dutifully notified the SOR in 2015 of his new home address as required. He didn’t in 2016. SOR tried twice through the mail to get him to comply, but he didn’t. That’s a crime, so he was charged and convicted for failure to comply. Like I said, simple, right?&nbsp;</p> <p>Well, I have to explain what furlough is before we get to the disagreement between the State and Gauthier. Furlough is the ability to live in the community while your sentence is still ongoing (before your minimum release date). So furlough time counts as time spent towards your sentence. It is available to some incarcerated individuals based on certain statutory criteria, like helping get living arrangements situated for when they’re eventually released, or to get substance abuse treatment, etc.&nbsp;</p> <p>And there are lots of restrictions while you’re on furlough, because technically your sentence is being served while you live in the community. You can’t just move. You can’t just take a vacation out of state. You have to get DOC approval for almost anything like that.&nbsp;</p> <p>Everybody here agrees Gauthier was on furlough and still serving his sentence in 2015. The SOR notification requirements do not apply to people who are “incarcerated,” only to people who are not incarcerated, because the statute specifically says they apply “except during periods of incarceration.” So Gauthier argued he’s incarcerated for all intents and purposes, with only one difference, he can live in the community rather than in jail. The State disagreed, arguing furlough isn’t incarceration for SOR purposes.&nbsp;</p> <p>So, if furlough counts as incarceration, then the SOR requirements don’t apply. If furlough doesn’t count as incarceration, then Gauthier is guilty of failing to follow the SOR requirements.&nbsp;</p> <p>SCOV starts with their patented plain-statutory-language approach (yeah, yeah, I know lawyers can’t just toss around legal words like “patented” because it’s clearly not patented, but yes I can, I’m using it colloquially, so there). But it doesn’t help in this case, because the SOR notification statute doesn’t define “incarcerated.” So SCOV relies on the common person’s understanding of what “incarcerated” really means.&nbsp;</p> <p>In other words, what image pops into your mind when you hear that someone is “incarcerated?”&nbsp;</p> <p>You don’t think of sipping margaritas while socially-distanced in a friend’s backyard. You don’t think of working a 9-5 job and sleeping in mom’s basement. You don’t think of getting takeout, going shopping, or singing karaoke.&nbsp;</p> <p>You think behind bars. Like, in jail.&nbsp;</p> <p>SCOV points to a few dictionaries that support that view, too. Also, other laws usually mean “in jail” when they talk about incarceration. Also, DOC notified Gauthier that he had to follow the SOR requirements while he was released into the community on furlough, because the statute made them. Why would they have to notify him if it didn’t apply to him?&nbsp;</p> <p>In the end, SCOV acknowledges that there might be different contexts where they’ll have to treat furlough as a form of incarceration, but this isn’t one of them. For purposes of keeping the government updated on where you live, a sex offender has to do it whenever they’re not in jail, even when they’re on furlough. Gauthier should have notified SOR of his home address; he didn’t; so he’s guilty.&nbsp;</p> <p>One little word: incarcerated. Its definition was the difference between guilty and not guilty. The law is intricate like that.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Read the story on VTDigger here: <a rel="nofollow" href="https://vtdigger.org/2020/09/18/scov-law-blog-are-furloughed-inmates-still-incarcerated/">SCOV Law Blog: Are furloughed inmates still &#8216;incarcerated&#8217;?</a>.</p> F-35s performing night flights https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/18/f-35s-performing-night-flights/ WCAX urn:uuid:7d6977ae-52ca-1618-e647-9c236d127e64 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:44:03 +0000 Vermont Air National Guard F-35s arriving back to their airbase after performing night drills. <p>BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Vermont Air National Guard F-35s conducted night time training earlier this week and Thursday. </p><p>Channel 3′s Photographer Lance MacKenzie captured their return on camera Thursday night.</p><p>Pilots will also be flying at night next Tuesday and Thursday.</p><p>We’re told the goal is to make sure the Air National Guard is ready to do night operations to meet Air Force requirements and proficiencies.</p><p>Related Stories:</p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Why-do-Vermonts-F-35s-train-at-night--568599111.html" target="_blank">Why do Vermont’s F-35′s train at night?</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/content/news/F-35-flyover-on-Friday-to-honor-Vermonts-front-line-workers-570660041.html" target="_blank">F-35 flyover on Friday to honor Vermont’s front-line workers</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Will-Burlington-ask-the-governor-to-ground-F-35-training-569607521.html" target="_blank">Burlington City Council approves measure to ground F-35</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Burlington-City-Council-votes-to-formally-denounce-presence-of-F35-jets-538710571.html">Burlington City Council votes to oppose ‘nuclear-capable aircraft’ in Burlington</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Burlington-airport-gets-ready-to-submit-noise-exposure-map-to-FAA-for-federal-grants-565722371.html">Burlington airport to submit noise exposure map for federal grants</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Burlington-City-Council-to-vote-on-measure-to-ground-F-35s-569587761.html">Burlington City Council to vote on measure to ground F-35s</a></p><p><i>Copyright 2020 WCAX. All rights reserved.</i></p> First Lady visits New Hampshire https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/18/first-lady-visits-new-hampshire/ WCAX urn:uuid:17510158-5214-54e1-c310-48bf46eaf034 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:41:58 +0000 First lady Melania Trump used her first solo trip outside Washington since before the start of the pandemic to showcase a piece of her “Be Best” youth well-being initiative in New Hampshire Thursday. <p>CONCORD, N.H. (WCAX) - First lady Melania Trump used her first solo trip outside Washington since before the start of the pandemic to showcase a piece of her “Be Best” youth well-being initiative in New Hampshire Thursday.</p><p>The First Lady toured Concord Hospital in an effort to highlight the hospital’s treatment programs for babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome.</p><p>Mrs. Trump, who has focused many of her public efforts on health issues such as the nation’s opioid crisis, tweeted earlier in the day that the appearance was a nod to Recovery Month.</p><p>She also visited the Manchester Fire Department Central Station on Thursday.</p><p><i>Copyright 2020 WCAX. All rights reserved.</i></p> Groundbreaking Friday for Winooski River bike-pedestrian bridge; completes major link in Cross Vermont Trail https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/18/winooski-river-bridge-to-hold-groundbreaking-ceremony/ WCAX urn:uuid:1339e30c-6f5b-bfc8-1a2a-0ddf264c2a62 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:41:15 +0000 A groundbreaking ceremony is being held Friday for a multi-use bridge over the Winooski River between East Montpelier and Berlin. <p>EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - A groundbreaking ceremony is being held Friday for a multi-use bridge over the Winooski River between East Montpelier and Berlin.</p><p>The 200-foot long bridge is being pushed by the group <a href="https://www.crossvermont.org/" target="_blank">Cross Vermont Trail</a>. They got a large federal highway grant years ago, but it only covered 80% of the project. Since then, board members have been working to raise the rest of the money.</p><p>We’re told it will provide safe travel separated from busy Route 2, access to conserved natural areas along the river, and recreation. It’s part of a larger project to build a 90-mile path connecting towns across the state from Lake Champlain to the Connecticut River.</p><p><i>Copyright 2020 WCAX. All rights reserved.</i></p> First Lady visits New Hampshire https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/18/first-lady-visits-new-hampshire/ WCAX urn:uuid:b58be111-aead-12cd-f41b-cc2554a9e561 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:45:27 +0000 First Lady Melania Trump was in New Hampshire Thursday. <p>CONCORD, N.H. (WCAX) - First lady Melania Trump used her first solo trip outside Washington since before the start of the pandemic to showcase a piece of her “Be Best” youth well-being initiative in New Hampshire Thursday.</p><p>The First Lady toured Concord Hospital in an effort to highlight the hospital’s treatment programs for babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome. </p><p>Mrs. Trump, who has focused many of her public efforts on health issues such as the nation’s opioid crisis, tweeted earlier in the day that the appearance was a nod to Recovery Month.</p><p>She also visited the Manchester Fire Department Central Station on Thursday.</p><p><i>Copyright 2020 WCAX. All rights reserved.</i></p> Vermont landowners starting to plan for ‘three-acre rule’ https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/18/landowners-starting-to-plan-for-the-three-acre-rule/ WCAX urn:uuid:5fc20fe3-c28e-a892-6200-a6fc2be94069 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:27:03 +0000 New state rules for stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces go into effect later this winter and all Vermont landowners with over three acres will be required to comply by 2023. The effort, which has been in the works for several years, is aimed at improving water quality on Lake Champlain, but how much will this cost landowners? <p>BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - New state rules for stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces go into effect later this winter and all Vermont landowners with over three acres will be required to comply by 2023. The effort, which has been in the works for several years, is aimed at improving water quality on Lake Champlain, but how much will this cost landowners?</p><p>Peter Walke with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, says that <a href="https://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/stormwater/9050" target="_blank">the new rule</a> will create runoff systems on properties that are deemed to have a “significant” acreage of impervious surfaces. That includes roofs, cement, and asphalt to name a few.</p><p>“This is part of our overall effort to address water quality around the state," Walke said. "It’s actually a requirement that was put into law in 2015 as part of Vermont’s Clean Water Act. This component is to really look at, what about our existing built-lands, their areas we can address that will reduce runoff into the lake.”</p><p>One city that’s familiar with stormwater regulations is South Burlington, which has 49 properties that apply to the three-acre rule. Dave Wheeler, the city’s stormwater superintendent, says it might cost between $50,000 to $75,000 per impervious acre of land. “Of those 49, 36 already have some sort of stormwater treatment in place," Wheeler said. "A handful already meets the current regulations, while others may need to upgrade their systems.”</p><p>The South Burlington School District’s five buildings will all need to comply with the rule, and only one of them currently has a stormwater runoff system. Landowners like the South Burlington School District understand and agree with the rule, however, they are unsure of where they’re going to get the necessary funding to either create or upgrade their existing stormwater systems.</p><p>“The folks that are in this particular field say it’s important and needed to protect our waterways then, we understand, and we want to comply," said South Burlington Superintendent Dave Young. “However, we also want to make sure that we aren’t unable to do our work.”</p><p>Landowners hope the state will provide more clarity and pathways for financial assistance in the coming months. For now, they see it as a necessary obstacle for environmental preservation, but an obstacle nonetheless.</p><p>Related Stories:</p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/10/campaign-countdown-vt-candidates-for-governor-weigh-in-on-climate-and-clean-water/"> Campaign Countdown: Vt. candidates for governor weigh in on climate and clean water</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/07/15/us-epa-says-vermont-falling-behind-on-lake-champlain-cleanup/">US EPA says Vermont falling behind on Lake Champlain cleanup</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/content/news/EPA-says-Vermont-on-track-for-Lake-Champlain-cleanup-goals-570010281.html">EPA praises Vermont for Lake Champlain water quality efforts</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Vtofficials-say-Lake-Champlain-water-quality-efforts-on-track-567053701.html">Vt. officials say Lake Champlain water quality efforts on track</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/content/news/-New-Vt-stormwater-regulations-come-with-hefty-price-tag-564874102.html">New Vt. stormwater regulations come with hefty price tag</a></p><p><i>Copyright 2020 WCAX. All rights reserved.</i></p> Vermont House OKs deal on bill to allow marijuana sale, tax https://www.news10.com/news/vt-news/vermont-house-oks-deal-on-bill-to-allow-marijuana-sale-tax/ Vermont News | NEWS10 ABC urn:uuid:08686ad3-ed58-de59-7cb7-b60f2777432c Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:13:40 +0000 The Vermont House of Representatives has approved a deal on a bill that would allow for the legal sale of marijuana, as well as taxation on those sales. <p>MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House of Representatives has approved a deal on a bill that would allow for the legal sale of marijuana, as well as taxation on those sales. </p> <p>The legislative conference committee report passed the House by a vote of 92-56 on Thursday. </p> <p>It now heads to the state Senate, where a vote is expected next week. </p> <p>House members of the conference committee had agreed to drop language that would have prevented advertising for cannabis-related businesses. They also gave up their insistence upon seat belt use becoming a primary reason for motor vehicle stops as part of the legislation.</p> <h4>LATEST STORIES</h4> <ul class="wp-block-latest-posts wp-block-latest-posts__list"><li><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/bilingual-newspaper-celebrates-heritage-keeps-latino-community-connected/">Bilingual newspaper celebrates heritage, keeps Latino community connected</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/cracker-barrel-set-to-add-these-alcoholic-drinks-to-its-menus/">Cracker Barrel set to add these alcoholic drinks to its menus</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/vt-news/vermont-house-oks-deal-on-bill-to-allow-marijuana-sale-tax/">Vermont House OKs deal on bill to allow marijuana sale, tax</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.news10.com/top-stories/us-to-ban-people-from-downloading-tiktok-or-wechat-apps-this-weekend/">US to ban people from downloading TikTok or WeChat apps this weekend</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/giving-on-10-highlighting-the-haraden-family-foundations-golf-tournament/">Giving on 10: Highlighting the Haraden Family Foundation&#8217;s golf tournament</a></li> </ul> NH House speaker apologizes to UNH for lawmakers' beer-drinking, maskless behavior https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/18/nh-speaker-of-the-house-apologizes-to-unh/ WCAX urn:uuid:92149e7d-a8cb-0454-e87e-758554157213 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:59:08 +0000 New Hampshire House Speaker Steve Shurtleff, D-Merrimack, is apologizing to the University of New Hampshire for how some lawmakers behaved on campus. <p>DURHAM, N.H. (WCAX) - New Hampshire’s House Speaker is apologizing to the University of New Hampshire for how some lawmakers behaved on campus.</p><p><a href="https://webpubcontent.gray.tv/wcax/docs/9.17.2020%20Letter%20to%20President%20Dean.pdf" target="_blank">In a letter UNH officials</a>, Rep. Steve Shurtleff, D-Merrimack, acknowledged that members were on campus drinking beer on Wednesday and not wearing masks, which is against UNH and the Town of Durham’s rules.</p><p>“It came to my attention that some of the members were drinking beer in the hall and that some members were outside of the Whittemore Center, without masks, against both UNH and Durham protocol and ordinances. Please know that the House takes decorum very seriously and the actions of a few do not represent the New Hampshire House of Representatives as a whole,” Shurtleff wrote.</p><p>No names were mentioned. Shurtleff also thanked the University for allowing them to meet on their campus since the Statehouse is too cramped for safe social-distancing.</p><p><i>Copyright 2020 WCAX. All rights reserved.</i></p> New Vermont Farm Walks Initiative Blends Agriculture with Recreation http://www.vermont.gov/node/135196 Vermont.gov - Freedom and Unity urn:uuid:2b56b7a8-95e6-5876-2cf5-676604ab9630 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:48:50 +0000 <span>New Vermont Farm Walks Initiative Blends Agriculture with Recreation</span> Agency of Commerce and Community Development Press Release <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span>Fri, 09/18/2020 - 08:48</span> <p><div class="field field-name-field-category field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"><br /> <div class="field-items"><br /> <div class="field-item even"><br /> <a href="/press-releases" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Press Releases</a> </div></p> <p> </div><br /> </div></p> <p><div class="field field-name-field-date field-type-datetime field-label-hidden"><br /> <div class="field-items"><br /> <div class="field-item even"><br /> <span class="date-display-single" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="2020-09-18T00:00:00-04:00">18 September 2020</span> </div></p> <p> </div><br /> </div></p> <p><div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text field-label-hidden"><br /> <div class="field-items"><br /> <div class="field-item even"><br /> <p>New Vermont Farm Walks Initiative Blends Agriculture with Recreation</p><br /> </div></p> <p> </div><br /> </div></p> <a href="https://accd.vermont.gov/press-releases/new-vermont-farm-walks-initiative-blends-agriculture-recreation">1964 at https://accd.vermont.gov</a> <time datetime="2020-09-18T12:00:00Z">Fri, 09/18/2020 - 12:00</time> Street through downtown Middlebury to reopen after project https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/18/street-through-downtown-middlebury-to-reopen-after-project/ WCAX urn:uuid:6dbade9f-3acc-1203-3691-0d179ecdb2dd Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:48:00 +0000 A major construction project through downtown Middlebury is taking a big step forward with traffic being restored through the heart of the community. <p>MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) - A major construction project through downtown Middlebury is taking a big step forward with traffic being restored through the heart of the community.</p><p>Vermont officials are planning a ribbon-cutting Friday to mark the reopening of traffic at Main and Merchant streets.</p><p>The area was closed to traffic for 10 weeks this summer while construction crews worked on a new rail tunnel beneath the center of Middlebury. The rail tunnel will be able to accommodate large freight cars and, it’s hoped, expanded Amtrak passenger rail service between Rutland and Burlington.</p><p>A special invitation-only passenger train will use the new tracks. Later Friday, two freight trains are scheduled to go through.</p><p>Related Stories:</p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/07/27/middlebury-big-dig-on-schedule/">Middlebury big dig on schedule</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Middlebury-construction-project-gets-underway-512060971.html">Middlebury construction project gets underway</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Neighbors-team-up-to-keep-Middlebury-moving-during-construction-510634091.html">Neighbors team up to keep Middlebury moving during construction</a></p><p><i>Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.</i></p> First Lady visits New Hampshire https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/18/first-lady-visits-new-hampshire/ WCAX urn:uuid:4eee81b6-d97e-66b7-70af-eb598b50b8c8 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:47:49 +0000 First Lady Melania Trump was in New Hampshire Thursday. <p>CONCORD, N.H. (WCAX) - First Lady Melania Trump was in New Hampshire Thursday.</p><p>She was participating in a round table in Concord, New Hampshire, in honor of Recovery Month as part of her Be Best Initiative.</p><p>She also visited the Manchester Fire Department Central Station on Thursday.</p><p><i>Copyright 2020 WCAX. All rights reserved.</i></p> Vt. AG responds after US judge blocks USPS changes that slowed mail https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/18/vt-ag-responds-after-us-judge-blocks-usps-changes-that-slowed-mail/ WCAX urn:uuid:56aa808e-91cf-d7f5-89a4-d81f788261c6 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:44:55 +0000 Local leaders are calling a court decision about the U.S. Postal Service a ‘major victory.’ <p>MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - Vermont’s attorney general is calling a court decision about the U.S. Postal Service a ‘major victory.’</p><p>Fourteen states sued the Trump administration and the U.S. Postal Service over changes that have slowed mail nationwide. The lawsuit challenged the so-called “leave mail behind” policy, where trucks have been leaving postal facilities on time regardless of whether there is more mail to load.</p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/17/us-judge-blocks-postal-service-changes-that-slowed-mail/" target="_blank">A judge issued a nationwide preliminary injunction </a><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/17/us-judge-blocks-postal-service-changes-that-slowed-mail/" target="_blank">Thursday</a> to stop the changes, calling them “a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service” before the November election.</p><p>Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan was one of the 14 state attorneys general to sue. “We need our postal service to be fully operational for the general election. I am pleased with the Court’s ruling. The stakes in this case are too high,” Donovan said in a statement.</p><p>Vermont was joined in the lawsuit by Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. </p><p><i>Copyright 2020 WCAX. All rights reserved.</i></p> Gov. Scott expected to provide tourism update during pandemic briefing https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/18/gov-scott-could-provide-tourism-update-during-pandemic-press-conference/ WCAX urn:uuid:c5d90d27-f2cf-d6fb-b9dc-b57d0371537a Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:39:36 +0000 Governor Phil Scott is holding another pandemic press conference Friday. <p>MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - Governor Phil Scott is holding another pandemic press conference Friday and may further loosen COVID occupancy restrictions.</p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/livestream/" target="_blank">Watch live at 11 a.m. on Channel 3 and WCAX.com. Click here to open new browser window or watch above. </a></p><p>As long as the data still supports it, Scott has indicated he will turn the spigot again and allow increased capacity at hotels and restaurants to help the tourism sector of the economy for foliage season.</p><p>We also expect an update on case modeling, positive cases, and schools.</p><p>As of Thursday, Vermont health officials reported a total of 1,705 coronavirus cases in the state and 58 deaths. A total of 153,195 tests have been conducted, 453 travelers are being monitored, 8,465 have completed monitoring and 1,533 have recovered.</p><p><i>Copyright 2020 WCAX. All rights reserved.</i></p> Gov. Scott expected to provide tourism update during pandemic briefing https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/18/gov-scott-could-provide-tourism-update-during-pandemic-press-conference/ WCAX urn:uuid:83423870-c92c-887f-ce44-a43789539d13 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:38:07 +0000 Governor Phil Scott is holding another pandemic press conference Friday. <p>MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - Governor Phil Scott is holding another pandemic press conference Friday and may further loosen COVID occupancy restrictions.</p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/livestream/" target="_blank">Watch live at 11 a.m. on Channel 3 and WCAX.com. Click here to open new browser window or watch above. </a></p><p>As long as the data still supports it, Scott has indicated he will turn the spigot again and allow increased capacity at hotels and restaurants to help the tourism sector of the economy for foliage season.</p><p>We also expect an update on case modeling, positive cases, and schools.</p><p>As of Thursday, Vermont health officials reported a total of 1,705 coronavirus cases in the state and 58 deaths. A total of 153,195 tests have been conducted, 453 travelers are being monitored, 8,465 have completed monitoring and 1,533 have recovered.</p><p><i>Copyright 2020 WCAX. All rights reserved.</i></p> F-35s performing night flights https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/18/f-35s-performing-night-flights/ WCAX urn:uuid:aa2eec76-b8c7-0075-bfe6-febae18cb777 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:16:33 +0000 Vermont Air National Guard F-35s arriving back to their airbase after performing night drills. <p>BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Vermont Air National Guard F-35s arriving back to their airbase after performing night drills.</p><p>The fighter jets did night time training earlier this week and Thursday.</p><p>Channel 3′s Photographer Lance MacKenzie captured their return on camera Thursday night.</p><p>Pilots will also be flying at night next Tuesday and Thursday.</p><p>We’re told the goal is to make sure the Air National Guard is ready to do night operations to meet Air Force requirements and proficiencies.</p><p>Related Stories:</p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Why-do-Vermonts-F-35s-train-at-night--568599111.html" target="_blank">Why do Vermont’s F-35′s train at night?</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/content/news/F-35-flyover-on-Friday-to-honor-Vermonts-front-line-workers-570660041.html" target="_blank">F-35 flyover on Friday to honor Vermont’s front-line workers</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Will-Burlington-ask-the-governor-to-ground-F-35-training-569607521.html" target="_blank">Burlington City Council approves measure to ground F-35</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Burlington-City-Council-votes-to-formally-denounce-presence-of-F35-jets-538710571.html">Burlington City Council votes to oppose ‘nuclear-capable aircraft’ in Burlington</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Burlington-airport-gets-ready-to-submit-noise-exposure-map-to-FAA-for-federal-grants-565722371.html">Burlington airport to submit noise exposure map for federal grants</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Burlington-City-Council-to-vote-on-measure-to-ground-F-35s-569587761.html">Burlington City Council to vote on measure to ground F-35s</a></p><p><i>Copyright 2020 WCAX. All rights reserved.</i></p> Winooski River bridge to hold groundbreaking ceremony https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/18/winooski-river-bridge-to-hold-groundbreaking-ceremony/ WCAX urn:uuid:7d609544-508e-c231-8cec-aa0a7ceaaf0b Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:02:24 +0000 A groundbreaking ceremony is being held for a bridge over the Winooski River Friday. <p>EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - A groundbreaking ceremony is being held for a bridge over the Winooski River Friday.</p><p>The project is being pushed by the group Cross Vermont Trail.</p><p>They got a large federal highway grant years ago, but it only covered 80 percent of the project.</p><p>Since then, board members have been working to raise the rest of the money.</p><p>The bridge is over the Winooski River between East Montpelier and Berlin. We’re told it will provide safe travel separated from busy Route 2, access to conserved natural areas along the river, and recreation.</p><p>It’s part of a larger project building miles of new trails.</p><p><i>Copyright 2020 WCAX. All rights reserved.</i></p> Gov. Scott could provide tourism update during pandemic press conference https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/18/gov-scott-could-provide-tourism-update-during-pandemic-press-conference/ WCAX urn:uuid:764ec2d4-52fc-1e9d-2f05-a8bc08c3a29d Fri, 18 Sep 2020 11:51:41 +0000 Governor Phil Scott is holding another pandemic press conference Friday. <p>MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - Governor Phil Scott is holding another pandemic press conference Friday.</p><p>As long as the numbers still support it, we expect the governor to turn the spigot again and allow more people in hotels and restaurants.</p><p>We also expect an update on case modeling, positive cases and schools.</p><p>The press conference starts at 11 a.m. and we’ll carry it live right here on Channel 3.</p><p><i>Copyright 2020 WCAX. All rights reserved.</i></p> Vt. fugitive arrested in Indiana https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/17/vt-fugitive-arrested-in-indiana/ WCAX urn:uuid:f354cf06-482e-64a0-1a08-43b7de9448a1 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 11:38:47 +0000 A man wanted for firing a gun outside a home in South Burlington last week has been arrested in Indiana. <p>BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - A man wanted for firing a gun outside a home in South Burlington last week has been arrested in Indiana.</p><p>Last Friday, police were searching for 36-year-old Malachi Buswell, of Burlington. They say he got in a fight at a home on Swift Street and fired a gun in the direction of other people at the residence. No one was hurt.</p><p>Police now tell us Buswell, along with Alexis Lesage, 22, of Colchester, were arrested after being found at a convenience store in a car stolen out of Indiana. </p><p>We’re told he had a gun on him that matches ballistic evidence found at the Vermont crime scene. </p><p>Another car, reported stolen from South Burlington, was found burned in Fort Wayne earlier in the day.</p><p>They’re both being held on charges in Indiana. </p><p>Buswell has had prior run-ins with the law. He was arrested in 2018 after making threats against the Vt. Department of Corrections, Probation and Parole office in Burlington and the Department for Children and Families office in Williston related to an earlier child custody issue.</p><p>Related Story:</p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/16/south-burlington-police-on-the-lookout-for-armed-man/">South Burlington Police on lookout for suspect in shooting incident</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Man-suspected-of-threatening-Vt-workers-arrested-488759321.html">Man suspected of threatening Vt. workers arrested</a></p><p><i>Copyright 2020 WCAX. All rights reserved.</i></p> F-35s performing night flights https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/18/f-35s-performing-night-flights/ WCAX urn:uuid:84e03e26-1ac6-db06-e2cc-c5ace97a332a Fri, 18 Sep 2020 11:28:02 +0000 Vermont Air National Guard F-35s arriving back to their airbase after performing night drills. <p>BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Vermont Air National Guard F-35s arriving back to their airbase after performing night drills.</p><p>The fighter jets did night time training earlier this week and Thursday.</p><p>Channel 3′s Photographer Lance MacKenzie captured their return on camera Thursday night. </p><p>Pilots will also be flying at night next Tuesday and Thursday.</p><p>We’re told the goal is to make sure the Air National Guard is ready to do night operations to meet Air Force requirements and proficiencies.</p><p>Related Stories:</p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Why-do-Vermonts-F-35s-train-at-night--568599111.html" target="_blank">Why do Vermont’s F-35′s train at night?</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/content/news/F-35-flyover-on-Friday-to-honor-Vermonts-front-line-workers-570660041.html" target="_blank">F-35 flyover on Friday to honor Vermont’s front-line workers</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Will-Burlington-ask-the-governor-to-ground-F-35-training-569607521.html" target="_blank">Burlington City Council approves measure to ground F-35</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Burlington-City-Council-votes-to-formally-denounce-presence-of-F35-jets-538710571.html">Burlington City Council votes to oppose ‘nuclear-capable aircraft’ in Burlington</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Burlington-airport-gets-ready-to-submit-noise-exposure-map-to-FAA-for-federal-grants-565722371.html">Burlington airport to submit noise exposure map for federal grants</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Burlington-City-Council-to-vote-on-measure-to-ground-F-35s-569587761.html">Burlington City Council to vote on measure to ground F-35s</a></p><p><i>Copyright 2020 WCAX. All rights reserved.</i></p> Vt. AG responds after US judge blocks USPS changes that slowed mail https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/18/vt-ag-responds-after-us-judge-blocks-usps-changes-that-slowed-mail/ WCAX urn:uuid:2dea2e38-a22b-4fc6-c3cb-078178596023 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 10:31:21 +0000 Local leaders are calling a court decision about the U.S. Postal Service a ‘major victory.’ <p>MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - Local leaders are calling a court decision about the U.S. Postal Service a ‘major victory.’</p><p>14 states sued the Trump administration and the U.S. Postal Service over changes that have slowed mail nationwide.</p><p>The lawsuit challenged the so called “leave mail behind” policy, where trucks have been leaving postal facilities on time regardless of whether there is more mail to load. </p><p>A judge issued a nationwide preliminary injunction to stop the changes, calling them “a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service” before the November election.</p><p>Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan was one of the 14 state Attorneys General to sue.</p><p>“We need our Postal Service to be fully operational for the General Election. I am pleased with the Court’s ruling. The stakes in this case are too high,” said Donovan.</p><p><i>Copyright 2020 WCAX. All rights reserved.</i></p> Street through downtown Middlebury to reopen after project https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/18/street-through-downtown-middlebury-to-reopen-after-project/ WCAX urn:uuid:992a8d41-3d42-29a2-d222-3ada50577880 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 10:18:38 +0000 A major construction project through downtown Middlebury is taking a big step forward with traffic being restored through the heart of the community. <p>MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) - A major construction project through downtown Middlebury is taking a big step forward with traffic being restored through the heart of the community. </p><p>Vermont officials are planning a ribbon cutting Friday to mark the reopening of traffic at Main and Merchant streets. </p><p>The area was closed to traffic for 10 weeks this summer while construction crews worked on a new rail tunnel beneath the center of Middlebury. The rail tunnel will be able to accommodate large freight cars and, it’s hoped, expanded Amtrak passenger rail service between Rutland and Burlington. </p><p>A special invitation-only passenger train will use the new tracks. </p><p>Later Friday, two freight trains are scheduled to go through.</p><p><i>Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.</i></p> Battleboro woman arrested on fentanyl trafficking charges https://www.news10.com/news/battleboro-woman-arrested-on-fentanyl-trafficking-charges/ Vermont News | NEWS10 ABC urn:uuid:281fd865-2d29-1bb1-f961-3e194f38a718 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 09:31:15 +0000 BATTLEBORO, VT, (NEWS10) &#8211; A Battleboro woman has been arrested on fentanyl trafficking charges. Police claim 56-year-old Susan Yeates was the passenger in a vehicle that was stopped and siezed on Birge Street in August. Upon execution of a search warrant, the vehicle Yeates was traveling in was found to contain fentanyl. Yeates is set [&#8230;] <p>BATTLEBORO, VT, (<a href="https://www.news10.com/">NEWS10</a>) &#8211; A Battleboro woman has been arrested on fentanyl trafficking charges. Police claim 56-year-old Susan Yeates was the passenger in a vehicle that was stopped and siezed on Birge Street in August.</p> <p>Upon execution of a search warrant, the vehicle Yeates was traveling in was found to contain fentanyl. </p> <p>Yeates is set to appear in court on September 18 to answer the charges.</p> <h4>LATEST STORIES</h4> <ul class="wp-block-latest-posts wp-block-latest-posts__list"><li><a href="https://www.news10.com/forecast/09-18-2020-here-comes-the-sun-and-fall/">09/18/2020: Here comes the sun and fall</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/battleboro-woman-arrested-on-fentanyl-trafficking-charges/">Battleboro woman arrested on fentanyl trafficking charges</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.news10.com/video/organization-rescues-animals-of-all-sizes-from-wildfires-raging-across-the-west/">Organization rescues animals of all sizes from wildfires raging across the West</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.news10.com/washington/washington-dc/democratic-and-republican-leaders-express-willingness-to-work-together-on-stimulus-relief-bill/">Democratic and Republican leaders express willingness to work together on stimulus relief bill</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/local-pharmacies-now-administering-flu-shots/">Local pharmacies now administering flu shots</a></li> </ul> Landowners starting to plan for the three acre rule https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/18/landowners-starting-to-plan-for-the-three-acre-rule/ WCAX urn:uuid:a0c95121-b98a-3f71-2eba-f00b939cca24 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 04:31:09 +0000 Vermont has passed the Three Acre Rule which will call for all landowners with over three acres of land to implement or upgrade their storm water runoff system by 2023; but how much will this cost landowners? <p>BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Vermont has passed the Three Acre Rule which will call for all landowners with over three acres of land to implement or upgrade their stormwater runoff system by 2023; but how much will this cost landowners? Peter Walke, from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, says that this new rule will create runoff systems on properties that are deemed to have a “significant” acreage of impervious surfaces.</p><p>That includes roofs, cement, and ash fault to name a few.</p><p>“This is part of our overall effort to address water quality around the state," Walke said. "It’s actually a requirement that was put into law in 2015 as part of Vermont’s Clean Water Act. This component is to really look at, what about our existing built-lands, their areas we can address that will reduce runoff into the lake.”</p><p>One city that’s adept with stormwater regulations is the City of South Burlington, who has 49 properties that apply to the three-acre rule. Dave Wheeler, stormwater superintendent for the city, says it might cost between $50,000 to $75,000 per impervious acre of land.</p><p>“Of those forty-nine, thirty-six already have some sort of stormwater treatment in place," Wheeler said. "A handful already meets the current regulations while others may need to upgrade their systems.”</p><p>The South Burlington School District’s five buildings will all need to comply with the three-acre rule, and only one of them currently has a stormwater runoff system. Landowners like the South Burlington School District, understand and agree with the three-acre rule, however they are unsure of where they’re going to get the necessary funding to either create or upgrade their existing stormwater systems.</p><p>“The folks that are in this particular field say it’s important and needed to protect our waterways then, we understand, and we want to comply," Dave Young, Superintendent of the South Burlington School District, said. “However, we also want to make sure that we aren’t unable to do our work”</p><p>Landowners hope the state will provide more clarity, and pathways for financial assistance in the coming months. For now, they see it as a necessary obstacle for environmental preservation, but an obstacle nonetheless.</p><p><i>Copyright 2020 WCAX. All rights reserved.</i></p> N.H. Speaker of the House apologizes to UNH https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/18/nh-speaker-of-the-house-apologizes-to-unh/ WCAX urn:uuid:09026d4e-0894-3ab5-4bff-aeb019280f38 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 04:20:38 +0000 New Hampshire’s Speaker of the House Steve Shurtleff is apologizing to the University of New Hampshire for how some lawmakers behaved on campus. <p>DURHAM, N.H. (WCAX) - New Hampshire’s Speaker of the House Steve Shurtleff is apologizing to the University of New Hampshire for how some lawmakers behaved on campus.</p><p>In the letter, no names were mentioned, but Shurtleff acknowledged that members were on campus drinking beer on Wednesday, and not wearing masks, which is against UNH and the Town of Durham rules. </p><p>He also says those lawmakers do not represent the entire House of Representatives. </p><p>Shurtleff also thanked the University for allowing them to meet on their campus since the statehouse is too cramped for safe social distancing.</p><p><i>Copyright 2020 WCAX. All rights reserved.</i></p> Investigation continues into ‘suspicious’ fire at Green Mountain Race Track https://www.news10.com/news/vt-news/investigation-continues-into-suspicious-fire-at-green-mountain-race-track/ Vermont News | NEWS10 ABC urn:uuid:26594de9-7702-9d77-d465-648134ccfa0d Fri, 18 Sep 2020 02:53:45 +0000 POWNAL, Vt. (NEWS10) &#8212; Thirteen different fire crews worked to put out a massive blaze at the former Green Mountain Race Track Wednesday night, and some crews remained there on Thursday. Jim Winchester owns Winchester Deli on Route 7. He has dedicated part of his store wall to show historic photos of the Green Mountain [&#8230;] <p>POWNAL, Vt. (<a href="https://www.news10.com/news/multiple-crews-battle-fire-at-green-mountain-race-track/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">NEWS10</a>) &#8212; Thirteen different fire crews worked to put out a massive blaze at the <a href="https://www.news10.com/news/multiple-crews-battle-fire-at-green-mountain-race-track/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">former Green Mountain Race Track</a> Wednesday night, and some crews remained there on Thursday.</p> <p>Jim Winchester owns Winchester Deli on Route 7. He has dedicated part of his store wall to show historic photos of the Green Mountain Race Track. He has memories back from when he worked there.</p> <p>When the track closed in 1991, he, like many others, wondered what would replace it.</p> <p>&#8220;The race track is the most talked about the least done about,&#8221; he said. &#8220;Every day somebody talks about what are we going to do with it. I&#8217;m on the planning board. It&#8217;s one of the big talks at the end of most meetings.&#8221;</p> <p>He didn&#8217;t think much of it when he heard about another fire.</p> <p>&#8220;My wife was on Facebook, and she said, &#8216;Jim, the tracks are burning down,'&#8221; he recalled. &#8220;I said, &#8216;No, that can&#8217;t be,&#8217; you know. We knew they&#8217;ve been lighting fires in there. Somebody really got it hot today.&#8221;</p> <p>Fire crews were on the scene throughout the day Thursday. Pownal Fire Chief Keith Coon said it was the biggest fire he&#8217;s ever seen in his 40-year career.</p> <figure class="wp-block-embed-twitter aligncenter wp-block-embed is-type-rich is-provider-twitter"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Fire crews still on scene this evening at the former Green Mountain Race Track. The Pownal fire chief says in his 40 years on the job, this is the biggest fire he has ever seen. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WTEN?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WTEN</a> <a href="https://t.co/JOH3TYX8AD">pic.twitter.com/JOH3TYX8AD</a></p>&mdash; Jenn Seelig (@jennseeligtv) <a href="https://twitter.com/jennseeligtv/status/1306737887510245376?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 17, 2020</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </div></figure> <p>&#8220;We don&#8217;t know the cause of the fire, but we&#8217;ve had numerous calls in the past,&#8221; he said. &#8220;There&#8217;s been people inside the building partying, and there&#8217;s been some fires inside the building, so we&#8217;ve been here, like I said, numerous, numerous times.&#8221;</p> <p>The fire caused part of the roof to cave in. The building has been abandoned for decades, but Winchester said the memories will live on forever.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s sad; it really is sad,&#8221; he said. &#8220;Like a lot of things, you miss the people who come around. Knowing all the jockeys and trainers, the employees. It&#8217;s what would you miss.&#8221;</p> <p>The Vermont Arson Tip Award Program offers an award of up to $5,000 for any information that will lead to the arrest of anyone involved in the crime of arson.&nbsp; You may provide this information by calling The Vermont Arson Tip Award Program hotline at 1-800-322-7766, by contacting Det. Sgt. Steven Otis of the Vermont State Police at the Westminster Barracks at 802-722-4600, or by email at&nbsp;<a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="mailto:steven.otis@vermont.gov" target="_blank">steven.otis@vermont.gov</a>. </p> <p>Anyone having additional information or having witnessed the events prior to the fire are also encouraged to reach out as well.&nbsp;</p> <h4>LATEST STORIES</h4> <ul class="wp-block-latest-posts wp-block-latest-posts__list"><li><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/local-news/2-local-school-districts-offering-free-breakfast-lunch-for-fall-semester/">2 local school districts offering free breakfast, lunch for fall semester</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/vt-news/investigation-continues-into-suspicious-fire-at-green-mountain-race-track/">Investigation continues into &#8216;suspicious&#8217; fire at Green Mountain Race Track</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.news10.com/sports/buffalo-bills/bills-once-again-prepare-for-ryan-fitzpatrick-and-any-fitzmagic-he-might-throw-at-them/">Bills once again prepare for Ryan Fitzpatrick and any Fitzmagic he might throw at them</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.news10.com/news/local-news/two-indicted-for-involvement-in-alleged-murder/">Two indicted for alleged involvement in shooting death</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.news10.com/sports/local-sports/ron-john-selected-18th-overall-in-nll-draft/">Ron John selected 18th overall in NLL Draft</a></li> </ul> Latest coronavirus numbers -- WCAX continuing coverage https://www.wcax.com/content/news/What-you-need-to-know-about-COVID-19-568630341.html WCAX urn:uuid:ce0df73e-d914-bab9-a072-5cbf2aa20b71 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 00:30:43 +0000 The latest numbers on the coronavirus in our region and other important information. <p>•As of Thursday, Vermont health officials reported a total of 1,705 coronavirus cases in the state and 58 deaths. A total of 153,195 tests have been conducted, 453 travelers are being monitored, 8,465 have completed monitoring and 1,533 have recovered.</p><p>•As of Thursday, New Hampshire health officials reported a total of 7,814 coronavirus cases in the state and 438 deaths.</p><p>•As of Thursday, Clinton County, New York, has 155 confirmed cases and four deaths.</p><p>•As of Thursday, Essex County, New York, has 193 confirmed cases and 10 deaths.</p><p>•As of Thursday, Franklin County, New York, has 58 confirmed cases.</p><p> </p><p>View the COVID-19 Stat Center graphs full screen by clicking on the upper-right of the graph (the shaded button with three dots), then choose the icon which looks like a monitor. For mobile users, just pinch to zoom in.</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="450" src="https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6" style="border:0px;" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>This map is best viewed on a desktop. <a href="https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6" target="_blank">Tap/click for a bigger view</a> from Johns Hopkins University. <a href="https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/85320e2ea5424dfaaa75ae62e5c06e61" target="_blank">Tap/click here</a> for a mobile-friendly version.</p><p><b>IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS/CONTACTS:</b></p><p>If you are sick and have questions call your primary care physician. If you do not have one, call 211.</p><p>Vt. Department of Health: 802-863-7240</p><p>NH Division of Public Health Services: 603-271-4496</p><p>NY Novel Coronavirus Hotline 1-888-364-3065</p><p><b>FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE VIRUS AND STEPS TO TAKE TO PREVENT ITS SPREAD, SEE THE LINKS BELOW:</b></p><p><a href="https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/infectious-disease/2019-novel-coronavirus" target="_blank">More information from the Vermont Department of Health</a></p><p><a href="https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/2019-ncov.htm" target="_blank">More information from the New Hampshire Department of Health</a></p><p><a href="https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/" target="_blank">More information from the NY Department of Health</a></p><p><a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html" target="_blank">More information from the CDC</a></p><p><b>UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS/SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE</b></p><p><a href="https://labor.vermont.gov/" target="_blank">Vermont unemployment claims</a></p><p><a href="https://accd.vermont.gov/about-us/disaster-planning/covid-19-guidance-vermont-businesses" target="_blank">Vermont information for small businesses</a></p><p>Vt. Agency of Commerce and Community Development small business disaster hotline: 802-461-5143</p><p><a href="https://www.nhes.nh.gov/services/claimants/file.htm" target="_blank">New Hampshire unemployment claims</a></p><p><a href="https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/" target="_blank">Small Business Administration</a></p><p><a href="https://www.ny.gov/services/get-unemployment-assistance" target="_blank">New York unemployment claims</a></p><p><b>REGIONAL COVID-19 TIMELINE (AS OF 5/8)</b></p><p>March 2 -- first Upper Valley NH case confirmed</p><p>March 7 -- first Vermont case confirmed in Bennington county</p><p>March 11 -- VT activates emergency operations center, first Chittenden County case confirmed</p><p>March 13 -- state of emergency declared, began restricting size of gatherings, restricted visitors to long-term care facilities</p><p>March 15 -- schools closed</p><p>March 16 -- reduced gathering sizes more, closed bars and restaurants</p><p>March 17 -- child care closures</p><p>March 18 -- in-person DMV restricted, first nursing home case</p><p>March 19 -- first VT deaths from coronavirus</p><p>March 20 -- elective surgeries suspended</p><p>March 22 -- closure of close-contact biz, limited gatherings to 10 or fewer people</p><p>March 23 -- telecommuting ordered</p><p>March 24 -- stay home stay safe order issued, closure directed of in-person operations for non-essential biz the next day (March 25)</p><p>March 26 -- schools closed for rest of school year. NH orders residents to stay home &amp; non-essential biz to close</p><p>March 30 -- all coming in from out-of-state have to quarantine at home for two weeks</p><p>--------</p><p>April 10 -- extended stay at home order through May 15</p><p>April 17 -- announced phased restart with five areas of focus</p><p>April 20 -- first biz reopen (outdoor work, small groups of 2 or fewer)</p><p>April 24 -- expands work crews to 5 or fewer, adds manufacturing reopening, greenhouse sales allowed with 10 person limit, mandates masks and safety training for biz</p><p>--------</p><p>May 4 -- Crews of 10 or fewer in manufacturing/construction/distribution, outpatient elective procedures can resume</p><p>May 6 -- limited social gatherings (10 or fewer, preferably outdoors) may resume, "trusted households" -- high-risk &amp; seniors have to stay home still</p><p>May 7 -- some outdoor recreation may resume (golf, guided hikes, skate parks, etc.)</p><p>May 8 -- Ed agency announces traditional in-person large graduations are not allowed</p><p>May 11 -- Full/normal operations for manufacturing/construction/distribution</p><p>May 13 -- antibody testing group update (expected)</p><p>May 15 -- state of emergency expires but is extended to June 15</p><p>May 18 -- child cares can start bringing staff back, some nonessential businesses can reopen under guidelines</p><p>May 22 -- In-patient medical procedures, dentists, and most other one-on-one health visits reopen with guidelines; restaurants, lodgings, marinas reopen under guidelines</p><p>May 29 -- Salons and barbershops can reopen</p><p>May 29 -- NH stay-at-home order extended to June 15</p><p>--------</p><p>June 1 -- child cares reopen as able &amp; with changes based on health dept. guidance; museums, gyms, spas, massage therapists, nail salons, cleaning services, and similar "interior maintenance" businesses can reopen</p><p>June 5 -- New Hampshire lodgings can resume with guidelines</p><p>June 8 -- Interstate travel to and from New England and New York counties with 400 or fewer active COVID-19 cases per million is permitted.</p><p>June 8 -- Vt. Indoor dining will be permitted with 25% occupancy limits and social distancing and health and safety protocols.</p><p>June 15 -- Vt. emergency order extended to July 15</p><p>June 15 -- NH stay-at-home order ends</p><p>June 15 -- Vt. lodging reservations start again. Travelers may complete quarantine requirements in their home state. Lodging operations may also increase occupancy limits to 50% or a total of 25 guests and staff, whichever is greater.</p><p>June 19 -- Vermont long-term care residential facilities can allow up to two visitors per resident, per day. Visits must be outdoors.</p><p>June 22 -- NH day camps allowed to open with guidelines.</p><p>June 25 -- Vermont State Parks camping allowed</p><p>June 28 -- NH overnight camps allowed to open (guidelines in development)</p><p>July 7 -- Gov. Scott says he will likely extend the emergency order that's set to expire on July 15 for another month</p><p>July 15 -- Vt. emergency order is extended to August 15</p><p>July 17 -- Agriculture Assistance Program applications open</p><p>August 1 -- Vt. mask mandate begins</p><p>August 14 -- Vt. emergency order extended to September 15</p><p>August 26 -- Deadline for <a href="https://dcf.vermont.gov/covid19-relief-grants">Operational Relief Grant Program</a> to help child care programs offset pandemic-related expenses and losses.</p><p>September 8 -- Vermont statewide return to school date</p><p>September 15 -- Vt. emergency order expires and is extended to October 15</p><p>September 21 -- Vt. school sports can begin inter-team scrimmages</p><p>October 1 -- Deadline for Agriculture Assistance Program</p><p>October 15 -- Vt. emergency order expires; Guidelines for Vt. school winter sports to be released</p><p><b>WCAX CORONAVIRUS CONTINUING COVERAGE:</b></p><p><a 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href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/16/flag-football-team-fined-for-bringing-in-out-of-state-teams/">Flag football league fined for bringing in out-of-state teams</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/15/gov-scott-to-provide-covid-19-briefing-with-dr-fauci-could-ease-restrictions/">Fauci congratulates Vermonters on success of slowing spread of COVID</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/15/burlington-community-center-creates-space-for-remote-learners/">Burlington community center creates space for remote learners</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/14/two-more-vermont-schools-with-covid-19-cases/">Two more Vermont schools with COVID-19 cases</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/14/federal-lawsuit-seeks-to-halt-vt-vote-by-mail-plan/">Federal lawsuit seeks to halt Vt. vote-by-mail plan</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/14/preparing-to-pick-up-for-the-fall-season/">Preparing to pick up for the fall season</a></p><p><a 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href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/11/quebec-to-require-masks-starting-saturday/" target="_blank">Quebec to impose mask fines starting Saturday</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/10/will-fall-foliage-season-salvage-covid-losses/" target="_blank">Will fall foliage season salvage COVID tourism losses?</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/10/uvm-continues-to-see-low-number-of-positive-covid-test-among-student-body/" target="_blank">UVM continues to see low number of positive COVID test among student body</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/10/judge-trump-campaign-rnc-can-intervene-in-voting-lawsuit/" target="_blank">Judge: Trump campaign, RNC can intervene in NH voting lawsuit</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/10/ny-eases-restrictions-on-visits-at-assisted-living-homes/" target="_blank">NY eases restrictions on visits at assisted living homes</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/09/despite-hiccups-state-calls-shop-local-voucher-program-a-success/" target="_blank">Despite hiccups, state calls buy local voucher program a success</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/09/dartmouth-students-reprimanded-for-breaking-rules/" target="_blank">Dartmouth students reprimanded for breaking rules</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/09/the-new-vermonters-fleeing-covid-19-newcomers-find-temporary-or-permanent-refuge-in-the-green-mountains/" target="_blank">The New Vermonters: Fleeing COVID-19, newcomers find temporary — or permanent — refuge in the Green Mountains</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/09/remote-learning-in-the-rutland-northeast-supervisory-union/" target="_blank">A look at remote learning in the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/09/skeleton-scenes-bring-out-a-community-in-essex-junction/" target="_blank">Skeleton tableaus bring out a community in Essex Junction</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/09/sanders-presses-health-officials-on-vaccine-availability/" target="_blank">Sanders presses health officials on vaccine availability</a></p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/08/vt-house-approves-5m-in-stimulus-payments-to-migrant-workers/" target="_blank">Vt. 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(WCAX) - The Vermont U.S. Attorney’s office played a crucial role in bringing charges this week in the long-running Michael Pimental murder investigation.</p><p>A federal grand jury Tuesday indicted Krystal Whitcomb, John Welch, and Michael Hayes on charges of carrying and discharging a firearm during a drug trafficking crime with death resulting.</p><p>“When there is a murder in Vermont where state and local law enforcement is investigating that murder, we will assist them. And if there is a federal law we can charge, particularly if there are strategic reasons to do so and assist state and local law enforcement, we will investigate thoroughly and charge that federal law,” Nolan said.</p><p>Nolan says her office prioritizes prosecuting violent offenders in connection with the drug trade. 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All rights reserved.</i></p> Suspicious fire destroys Green Mountain Racetrack https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/17/suspicious-fire-at-green-mountain-racetrack/ WCAX urn:uuid:4bc296cb-b66a-adce-7d78-f97cf1a5b53e Thu, 17 Sep 2020 23:48:49 +0000 The Green Mountain Racetrack in Pownal is considered a total loss after a suspicious fire. <p>POWNAL, Vt. (WCAX) -The grandstand of a Southern Vermont track once known for its horse and greyhound racing is now considered a total loss. A fire that started around 10:45 p.m. Wednesday quickly spread throughout the entire building.</p><p>Investigators say the fire was most likely set by someone. It’s unknown if it was an accident or intentional, but there has been a lot of vandalism and small fires reported on the property this summer. The backside of the building has been boarded up multiple times, but police say people continue to break in and young adults have been caught skateboarding and riding ATVs inside.</p><p>Detective Sgt. Steven Otis with the Vermont State Police said, “We aren’t really sure why this one started either. We really can’t tell, the building really is so unstable and unsafe for us to go into to look at.”</p><p>Barbara Roan is happy no one was hurt. She lives in Pownal and has wanted the building gone for years.</p><p>“I wanted a demolition party! Hire some professionals. Set it up. The whole community would come around. Have some beers and the building would go, fold in,” said Roan.</p><p>Sam Riordan or North Adams, Massachusetts, said it is, “Definitely a shame, it was a cool spot.” Riordan likes taking photos in abandoned buildings. He’s been confused by the use of the property because there was usually someone there, like families out for a jog and kids on dirt bikes or hanging out.</p><p>“It’s kind of a beautiful ending to a kind of screwed up past though. I think, greyhound racing is a little morally ambiguous, so I think it is a little poetic,” said Riordan.</p><p>Edith Durham of Williamstown, Massachusetts, stopped by after hearing about the fire.</p><p>She said, “Personally, I don’t have a history with it, but I know that a lot of people in the area worked here and have fond memories.”</p><p>Cars pulled into an old entrance to the racetrack every few minutes Thursday with curious people looking to see the damage. Some people actually climbed the fence to see how far they could get in. Vermont State Police are worried someone may enter the building to look around and get seriously hurt.</p><p>Otis said, “Will someone go inside and become trapped or hurt, and it’s a really high probability someone is going to come back and look at this.”</p><p>It’s now the owner’s responsibility to decide which steps to take to keep it safe. They can demolish the building, board it up again or have someone watching it for trespassers.</p><p>THE TRACK’S COLORFUL HISTORY</p><p>The Green Mountain Racetrack has a long, colorful history dating back nearly 60 years.</p><p>It was billed as America’s newest and most modern racetrack when Green Mountain Park opened in 1963. The Southern Vermont community borders both Massachusetts and New York, and reports say upward of 4,000 people showed up for the opening day, far more than was expected.</p><p>But it became a challenge to fill the stands throughout the years. The track had both harness and thoroughbred racing, but competing with the established race track at Saratoga -- just 42 miles away -- proved to be difficult.</p><p>In 1968, Green Mountain was the only race track that had Sunday racing, helping push up the numbers betting on the ponies. But it would be short-lived when other states allowed Sunday racing.</p><p>In 1972, the sons of Art Rooney bought the track. Rooney, the owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, reportedly thought it was a bad investment, saying the town had more cows than people.</p><p>Eventually, the Rooneys sold the track and in the mid-1970s, the horses went away and it went to the dogs. A greyhound track was built, and for 15 years the racing continued until animal rights activists put pressure on the state to ban the racing. The park permanently closed in 1992.</p><p>In 1995, a developer named Eric Nelson wanted to bring a casino to the sight. That never happened and the property languished for years, much of it falling into disrepair.</p><p>It showed signs of life again in 1996 when rock music and thousands filled the stands for the Lollapalooza festival.</p><p>More recently, the stables and paddocks were torn down to make way for a solar farm close to Route 7 and there have been other attempts to redevelop the property.</p><figure><video controls height="1080" poster="" width="1920"><source src="https://d1l66zlxaqpl1u.cloudfront.net/wp-gray/20200917/5f63da18c9e77c0001bf68e1/file_1920x1080-5400-v4/file_1920x1080-5400-v4.mp4"/></video><figcaption></figcaption></figure><p>Related Story:</p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/17/crews-battle-flames-at-abandoned-race-track-in-pownal/">Crews battle suspicious fire at abandoned Pownal race track</a></p><p><i>Copyright 2020 WCAX. All rights reserved.</i></p> Relay for Life moves to Thunder Road https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/17/relay-for-life-moves-to-thunder-road/ WCAX urn:uuid:89e9f058-97de-8a39-0482-ed45b02658e0 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 23:46:59 +0000 There's a new spin this year on an annual event in Central Vermont. Thanks to Thunder Road, a community organization is going into overdrive to make sure its annual fundraising event is a success. Our Scott Fleishman shows you how the Nation's Site of Excitement changed gears to help the Relay for Life. <p>BARRE, Vt. (WCAX) - “At first we weren’t even sure if we were going to have it. Typically we have it at one of the local high schools,” said Cara Gorman, an event leader for the Relay for Life.</p><p>After postponing its annual Relay for Life event this summer, the committee at the American Cancer Society, Central Vermont shifted gears.</p><p>“It’s amazing how many moving pieces when you start to start to think about the logistics,” Gorman said.</p><p>Gorman was one of the committee members who reached out to Thunder Road. The Nation’s Site of Excitement has hosted premiere events before, but nothing quite like this.</p><p>“Now is when we really need to step up and when we can do things safely and responsibly, we should be doing those things to help give back to the community,” Gorman said.</p><p>“I would say that this is our toughest challenge,” said Richard Swenson, a volunteer for the American Cancer Society.</p><p>The Relay for Life has special meaning for Swenson. A two-time cancer survivor, Swenson says Thunder Road’s willingness to get on board is exactly what was needed for the organization’s mission to move forward.</p><p>“Having that ease of comfort, that the accommodations have been great, will really help this event succeed this year,” he said.</p><p>The relay begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 26, with people taking a walk around the race track. Luminaria bags will line the infield honoring those who are battling or lost their lives to cancer. Those names will then be read throughout the track and stands.</p><p>“Hearing the people close to you, having their names read aloud so everyone can hear it, is just very touching,” Swenson said.</p><p>After the luminaria ceremony, people are invited to get out on the track in their cars and take a few laps.</p><p>“Being able to walk out on the track, even drive it with a car, people are going to love that,” Swenson said. “I’ve lost some really good friends to cancer, who were younger than I was and I’m trying to make that difference and help others make that difference in our community.”</p><p>So many people driven to honor those affected by cancer, now, they can actually get behind the wheel to do it.</p><p>Swenson has been helping out with the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life for 26 years.</p><p><a href="//www.relayforlife.org/centralvt" target="_blank">Luminaria bags are $5. Click here for more information.</a></p><p><i>Copyright 2020 WCAX. All rights reserved.</i></p> War of 1812 soldier’s remains unearthed in Burlington https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/17/war-of-1812-soldiers-remains-unearthed-in-burlington/ WCAX urn:uuid:9ee92547-64bc-f5ac-79a1-053f5282ec63 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 23:29:57 +0000 Archaeologists have been digging for a few days now at a site in Burlington where construction crews doing a home improvement project discovered what appeared to be bones. <p>BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Human remains discovered in Burlington have been identified as some of Vermont’s first war veterans.</p><p>Archaeologists have been digging for a few days now at a site in Burlington where construction crews doing a home improvement project discovered what appeared to be bones.</p><p>The team UVM team has now identified the remains of one body, a soldier from the War of 1812, and officials say they could easily find up to a half-dozen more.</p><p>John Crock, a UVM archeology professor and director of the UVM Consulting Archaeology Program, says the discovery will lead to a greater understanding of Vermont’s role in the three-year-long conflict between Great Britain and the U.S., and the lives of those who came -- and fought -- before us.</p><p>“Our goal is to -- as quickly as possible -- exhume the remains, documenting where they were found and what was included with them, and then study them briefly. And ultimately, they will be re-buried,” Crock said.</p><p>Crock says additional information, including where the remains were found, will be shared with the public once excavation operations have ended.</p><p>Remains of War of 1812 dead have previously been found in 2002 and 2006 in Burlington’s Old North End.</p><p><i>Copyright 2020 WCAX. All rights reserved.</i></p> Relay for Life moves to Thunder Road https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/17/relay-for-life-moves-to-thunder-road/ WCAX urn:uuid:ddb10b8f-e131-9e78-9e70-5ba62f7326b3 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 23:17:06 +0000 There's a new spin this year on an annual event in Central Vermont. Thanks to Thunder Road, a community organization is going into overdrive to make sure its annual fundraising event is a success. Our Scott Fleishman shows you how the Nation's Site of Excitement changed gears to help the Relay for Life. <p>BARRE, Vt. (WCAX) - “At first we weren’t even sure if we were going to have it. Typically we have it at one of the local high schools,” said Cara Gorman, an event leader for the Relay for Life.</p><p>After postponing its annual Relay for Life event this summer, the committee at the American Cancer Society, Central Vermont shifted gears.</p><p>“It’s amazing how many moving pieces when you start to start to think about the logistics,” Gorman said.</p><p>Gorman was one of the committee members who reached out to Thunder Road. The Nation’s Site of Excitement has hosted premiere events before, but nothing quite like this.</p><p>“Now is when we really need to step up and when we can do things safely and responsibly, we should be doing those things to help give back to the community,” Gorman said.</p><p>“I would say that this is our toughest challenge,” said Richard Swenson, a volunteer for the American Cancer Society.</p><p>The Relay for Life has special meaning for Swenson. A two-time cancer survivor, Swenson says Thunder Road’s willingness to get on board is exactly what was needed for the organization’s mission to move forward.</p><p>“Having that ease of comfort, that the accommodations have been great, will really help this event succeed this year,” he said.</p><p>The relay begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 26, with people taking a walk around the race track. Luminaria bags will line the infield honoring those who are battling or lost their lives to cancer. Those names will then be read throughout the track and stands.</p><p>“Hearing the people close to you, having their names read aloud so everyone can hear it, is just very touching,” Swenson said.</p><p>After the luminaria ceremony, people are invited to get out on the track in their cars and take a few laps.</p><p>“Being able to walk out on the track, even drive it with a car, people are going to love that,” Swenson said. “I’ve lost some really good friends to cancer, who were younger than I was and I’m trying to make that difference and help others make that difference in our community.”</p><p>So many people driven to honor those affected by cancer, now, they can actually get behind the wheel to do it.</p><p>Swenson has been helping out with the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life for 26 years.</p><p><a href="https://barre%2C%20vt.%20%28wcax%29%20-/" target="_blank">Luminaria bags are $5. Click here for more information.</a></p><p><i>Copyright 2020 WCAX. All rights reserved.</i></p> Eric Trump makes appearances in NH, Maine on father’s behalf https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/17/eric-trump-campaigning-in-nh-maine-thursday/ WCAX urn:uuid:3d95a29d-fc61-b665-5b74-56ed47fb4403 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 23:14:34 +0000 Eric Trump was paying visits Thursday to the Trump campaign field office in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. <p>PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - One of President Donald Trump’s sons headed to New England to campaign on his behalf.</p><p>Eric Trump drew an enthusiastic crowd Thursday at the Trump campaign field office in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, before heading to the Camp Ellis Pier in Saco, Maine, for an event titled, “Fighting for Maine Lobster with Eric Trump.”</p><p>In Maine, he was joined by Paul LePage, the firebrand former GOP governor.</p><p>Eric Trump was in Georgia earlier in the week before making the trek to New England.</p><p>On Friday, he’ll be appearing on his dad’s behalf in Pennsylvania. </p><p>(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.)</p> Suspicious fire destroys Green Mountain Racetrack https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/17/suspicious-fire-at-green-mountain-racetrack/ WCAX urn:uuid:23850ccb-6096-a477-0156-2373186539e7 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 23:12:09 +0000 The Green Mountain Racetrack in Pownal is considered a total loss after a suspicious fire. <p>POWNAL, Vt. (WCAX) -The grandstand of a Southern Vermont track once known for its horse and greyhound racing is now considered a total loss. A fire that started around 10:45 p.m. Wednesday quickly spread throughout the entire building.</p><p>Investigators say the fire was most likely set by someone. It’s unknown if it was an accident or intentional, but there has been a lot of vandalism and small fires reported on the property this summer. The backside of the building has been boarded up multiple times, but police say people continue to break in and young adults have been caught skateboarding and riding ATVs inside.</p><p>Detective Sgt. Steven Otis with the Vermont State Police said, “We aren’t really sure why this one started either. We really can’t tell, the building really is so unstable and unsafe for us to go into to look at.”</p><p>Barbara Roan is happy no one was hurt. She lives in Pownal and has wanted the building gone for years.</p><p>“I wanted a demolition party! Hire some professionals. Set it up. The whole community would come around. Have some beers and the building would go, fold in,” said Roan.</p><p>Sam Riordan or North Adams, Massachusetts, said it is, “Definitely a shame, it was a cool spot.” Riordan likes taking photos in abandoned buildings. He’s been confused by the use of the property because there was usually someone there, like families out for a jog and kids on dirt bikes or hanging out.</p><p>“It’s kind of a beautiful ending to a kind of screwed up past though. I think, greyhound racing is a little morally ambiguous, so I think it is a little poetic,” said Riordan.</p><p>Edith Durham of Williamstown, Massachusetts, stopped by after hearing about the fire.</p><p>She said, “Personally, I don’t have a history with it, but I know that a lot of people in the area worked here and have fond memories.”</p><p>Cars pulled into an old entrance to the racetrack every few minutes Thursday with curious people looking to see the damage. Some people actually climbed the fence to see how far they could get in. Vermont State Police are worried someone may enter the building to look around and get seriously hurt.</p><p>Otis said, “Will someone go inside and become trapped or hurt, and it’s a really high probability someone is going to come back and look at this.”</p><p>It’s now the owner’s responsibility to decide which steps to take to keep it safe. They can demolish the building, board it up again or have someone watching it for trespassers.</p><p>THE TRACK’S COLORFUL HISTORY</p><p>The Green Mountain Racetrack has a long, colorful history dating back nearly 60 years. </p><p>It was billed as America’s newest and most modern racetrack when Green Mountain Park opened in 1963. The Southern Vermont community borders both Massachusetts and New York, and reports say upward of 4,000 people showed up for the opening day, far more than was expected.</p><p>But it became a challenge to fill the stands throughout the years. The track had both harness and thoroughbred racing, but competing with the established race track at Saratoga -- just 42 miles away -- proved to be difficult. </p><p>In 1968, Green Mountain was the only race track that had Sunday racing, helping push up the numbers betting on the ponies. But it would be short-lived when other states allowed Sunday racing. </p><p>In 1972, the sons of Art Rooney bought the track. Rooney, the owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, reportedly thought it was a bad investment, saying the town had more cows than people. </p><p>Eventually, the Rooneys sold the track and in the mid-1970s, the horses went away and it went to the dogs. A greyhound track was built, and for 15 years the racing continued until animal rights activists put pressure on the state to ban the racing. The park permanently closed in 1992.</p><p>In 1995, a developer named Eric Nelson wanted to bring a casino to the sight. That never happened and the property languished for years, much of it falling into disrepair.</p><p>It showed signs of life again in 1996 when rock music and thousands filled the stands for the Lollapalooza festival.</p><p>More recently, the stables and paddocks were torn down to make way for a solar farm close to Route 7 and there have been other attempts to redevelop the property. </p><figure><video controls height="1080" poster="" width="1920"><source src="https://d1l66zlxaqpl1u.cloudfront.net/wp-gray/20200917/5f63da18c9e77c0001bf68e1/file_1920x1080-5400-v4/file_1920x1080-5400-v4.mp4"/></video><figcaption></figcaption></figure><p>Related Story:</p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/17/crews-battle-flames-at-abandoned-race-track-in-pownal/">Crews battle suspicious fire at abandoned Pownal race track</a></p><p><i>Copyright 2020 WCAX. All rights reserved.</i></p> War of 1812 soldier’s remains unearthed in Burlington https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/17/war-of-1812-soldiers-remains-unearthed-in-burlington/ WCAX urn:uuid:d40b593b-6735-c987-2002-11390f22c9d4 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 23:07:03 +0000 Archaeologists have been digging for a few days now at a site in Burlington where construction crews doing a home improvement project discovered what appeared to be bones. <p>BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Human remains discovered in Burlington have been identified as some of Vermont’s first war veterans.</p><p>Archaeologists have been digging for a few days now at a site in Burlington where construction crews doing a home improvement project discovered what appeared to be bones.</p><p>The team UVM team has now identified the remains of one body, a soldier from the War of 1812, and officials say they could easily find up to a half-dozen more.</p><p>John Crock, a UVM archeology professor and director of the UVM Consulting Archaeology Program, says the discovery will lead to a greater understanding of Vermont’s role in the three-year-long conflict between Great Britain and the U.S., and the lives of those who came -- and fought -- before us.</p><p>“Our goal is to -- as quickly as possible -- exhume the remains, documenting where they were found and what was included with them, and then study them briefly. And ultimately, they will be re-buried,” Crock said.</p><p>Crock says additional information, including where the remains were found, will be shared with the public once excavation operations have ended.</p><p>Remains of War of 1812 dead have previously been found in 2002 and 2006 in Burlington’s Old North End.</p><p><i>Copyright 2020 WCAX. All rights reserved.</i></p> Julie Moore: We need real solutions on climate https://vtdigger.org/2020/09/17/julie-moore-we-need-real-solutions-on-climate/ VTDigger urn:uuid:57b3d5b4-32f5-b2db-6d3f-988b16f222a3 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 23:05:53 +0000 <p>Intentionally or not, the Global Warming Solutions Act sets the state up to fail. </p> <p>Read the story on VTDigger here: <a rel="nofollow" href="https://vtdigger.org/2020/09/17/julie-moore-we-need-real-solutions-on-climate/">Julie Moore: We need real solutions on climate</a>.</p> <p><em>Editor&#8217;s note: This commentary is by Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore.</em><br></p> <p class="has-drop-cap">The Legislature’s Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) has been a centerpiece of the legislative session. It has become something of a rallying cry, an outlet even, for our collective concern and well-founded worry about our changing climate. Legislators have presented this bill as solving the climate crisis. Sadly, the bill provides little in the way of solutions.</p> <p>Personally, the impacts of the changing climate have never been more front-of-mind, and I expect that is true for many Vermonters. The news is filled with examples, from the wildfires raging out west, to articles about the accelerated melting of the Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets, to record numbers of tropical cyclones.</p> <p>There are also examples closer to home. Vermont is very “climate sensitive,” with some of the things that we are most famous for – maple sugaring and skiing chief among them – inextricably tied to our climate. And nearly every hunter, gardener or hiker has their own example of something they have seen change.</p> <p>The stated purpose of the GWSA is to create a system through which ordinary Vermonters can use the legal system to compel their state to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and to create a framework to establish strategies to mitigate climate risks and build resiliency to climate change. These are incredibly important goals and valuable work.</p> <p>But while the GWSA appears to reflect the sense of urgency so many of us feel, the actual process established is unwieldy and does not provide my agency – the Agency of Natural Resources – with the tools needed to accomplish the work.</p> <p>In fact, the most significant thing the bill does is to remove from lawmakers and the governor the responsibility to decide how we will address – and pay for – this greatest challenge of our time. The actual solutions necessary will be complicated, difficult, and require input from many voices &#8212; none more important than the people of Vermont. Cutting the elected representatives of the people out of the process violates the most fundamental principles of our democracy. That is one of the principal reasons the governor vetoed this bill.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Instead, the GWSA sets up a 23-person Climate Council, designed to represent a wide range of interests and sectors that are either being directly impacted by a changing climate or will bear significant responsibility in efforts to reduce emissions, or both. What the council is short on is direct expertise. It includes a representative of rural communities, one from small businesses, one from the fuel sector, one from the municipal sector, and these representatives will be asked to take on an enormous amount of work between now and December 2021.</p> <p>The Legislature has asked the council to develop a plan to comprehensively reduce Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions, providing only a staff of three, a budget of $200,000 and about 15 months to complete the work. This mismatch between the work needed to address our changing climate and the resources provided by the Legislature might be too much, even with the proper expertise on the panel.</p> <p>Equally concerning, is the decision by the Legislature to remove themselves and their successors from having to approve or disapprove what this un-elected council comes up with. That is a failure by lawmakers to do the job they are elected to do.</p> <p>My team spent considerable time engaging with legislative leaders over the last year in an effort to find a more workable approach to achieving our shared climate goals. Unfortunately, our input on how the work might be structured to make it more functional was largely ignored. Intentionally or not, the GWSA sets the state up to fail. And when we fail, the only solutions available will be litigation, delay, and ultimately actions which rely heavily on potentially costly regulatory tools.</p> <p>The moral imperative to do our piece in driving down greenhouse gas emissions is more real and more urgent than it has ever been. We need to accelerate our actions. We need to do so now. And we share the Legislature’s commitment to this work. But it is not enough simply to act. Our actions need to be solutions-oriented. They need to be intentional and effective and certain and sufficient. Unfortunately, the GWSA doesn’t offer much in this regard.<br></p> <p>Read the story on VTDigger here: <a rel="nofollow" href="https://vtdigger.org/2020/09/17/julie-moore-we-need-real-solutions-on-climate/">Julie Moore: We need real solutions on climate</a>.</p> Chloe Learey: Early childhood education and child care are not synonymous https://vtdigger.org/2020/09/17/chloe-learey-early-childhood-education-and-child-care-are-not-synonymous/ VTDigger urn:uuid:f8c88cf4-448d-5617-36c7-848b931a2f55 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 23:00:51 +0000 <p> What we have come to learn is that care is education in these early years, whether we are intentional about it or not.</p> <p>Read the story on VTDigger here: <a rel="nofollow" href="https://vtdigger.org/2020/09/17/chloe-learey-early-childhood-education-and-child-care-are-not-synonymous/">Chloe Learey: Early childhood education and child care are not synonymous</a>.</p> <p><em>Editor’s note: This commentary is by Chloe Learey, who is the executive director of</em><a href="http://winstonprouty.org/"><em> Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development</em></a><em> in Brattleboro and who serves on the Building Bright Futures State Advisory Council.</em><br></p> <p class="has-drop-cap">The Covid-19 pandemic has magnified many issues that were already a challenge in our everyday lives and child care is no exception. Children of all ages and their families are struggling to deal with a world full of uncertainty related to in-person education and care, making it difficult to juggle the demands of work and home.<br></p> <p>The move to hybrid or remote learning for grades K-12 has thrown the issue of care vs. education into the forefront. I hear families ask, “How can I go to work if my kid can’t go to school?” and teachers say, “We aren’t babysitters, this is education, not care!” The structure of our economic system makes it impossible to make this distinction fully, and it can be helpful to understand how education and care are important to consider together across the age continuum as we strive to create high-quality learning environments.<br></p> <p>Early childhood education and child care are not synonymous although we use the words interchangeably. They are connected, however. We understand there is a need for working parents to find care for their children who are not old enough to go to elementary school, and thus the search for “daycare” and “child care” begins. The baseline is safety and anything beyond that is considered a bonus. What we have come to learn is that care is education in these early years, whether we are intentional about it or not. The brain is 80% developed by age 3, and 90% by age 5 before children even get to kindergarten. The lessons learned during this time – understanding emotions and learning to regulate, how to communicate with others and build relationships, how to participate in groups – provide the foundation for what we consider more “academic education.”<br></p> <p>If children do not have the opportunity to develop these social-emotional skills they will not be as able to build their literacy, math, science, and critical thinking skills as they continue their “book learning.&#8221; A lot of effort goes into creating excellent learning environments for young children. These efforts recognize that it requires much more than being fed and kept safe. In addition, to care and nurturing, it involves understanding child development, what young children are learning, and how they are learning it. This means intentional teaching and not just planning activities to keep children busy all day. This is why the curriculum includes aspects such as developing and following routines, creating learning centers like a dramatic play area and a sensory table, and having circle time.<br></p> <p>Similarly, it is important to recognize that high-quality learning environments in the compulsory school setting also include elements of care and nurturing. This is true even if our economic system did not depend on some form of care for school-age children so that parents can work outside of the home. Students are whole people whose multi-faceted lives impact how they can show up as learners. The work that schools do to help address this, from providing meals to understanding there may not be a quiet place at home for them to do schoolwork, is a part of education because it helps students access learning. Schools and educators cannot fix all the problems, but we do provide a consistent, reliable resource that is one of the best spaces we have to support our children across contexts.<br></p> <p>What does quality look like in early education? It is not a replica of elementary school for the birth-to-5 group. And having toddlers or preschoolers start to do rote memorization of letters and numbers does not lead to optimal development. The work of a child is play, and teachers understanding that play and providing an early education paradigm and framework to it is what makes the difference between child care and early education. It is not a matter of simply changing the language and calling everything &#8220;early education.&#8221; Rather, it is a matter of clarifying what we mean and using the right language so that people understand the significance of high-quality early learning environments.<br></p> <p>The state of Vermont has been aware and supportive of the importance of child care during this pandemic, although some of the efforts do not hit the target. For example, the idea of the “regional child care hubs” being available to provide an alternative to children who are not attending school full time has created confusion. On the one hand, it cannot be “babysitting” or camp, on the other hand, the qualifications for people to work there seems to be “Do you need a job? Want to hang out with kids? Here’s a signing bonus!” This is a direct contradiction and undermines our ability to help people understand the importance of making sure programs are high quality. It is unclear what the demand is for these hubs or how long they will be needed since they were set up in direct response to hybrid school models. It is also unclear how they will be sustainable if needed. Child care was already a thin margin business. It is even more so given the current requirements for screening and cleaning. And full enrollment is not guaranteed since many families are not comfortable with sending their children to multiple locations or cannot afford the care.<br></p> <p>The future of child care and early education is very uncertain, with headlines like “COVID-19 Has Nearly Destroyed the Childcare Industry and It Might Be Too Late to Save It” (<a href="https://time.com/5886491/covid-childcare-daycare/">TIME Magazine</a>). Early childhood services are one of the most important investments we can make in the future of our children and in the future of our community. Children with a strong foundation are better prepared for school, more productive workers, and healthier adults. If we do not make a public investment in care for our youngest citizens, we will face negative education and economic impacts for years to come. We will all benefit if we collectively support the care and education of young children.</p> <p></p> <p>Read the story on VTDigger here: <a rel="nofollow" href="https://vtdigger.org/2020/09/17/chloe-learey-early-childhood-education-and-child-care-are-not-synonymous/">Chloe Learey: Early childhood education and child care are not synonymous</a>.</p> Super Senior: Hubert Schriebl https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/17/super-senior-hubert-schriebl/ WCAX urn:uuid:2072e109-ad0c-d55e-b35a-299659bdf152 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 22:56:34 +0000 At his house in South Londonderry, Super Senior Hubert Schriebl has a wall full of memories captured in photographs from a life of adventure. <p>SOUTH LONDONDERRY, Vt. (WCAX) - It’s time to shed some light on Hubert Schriebl’s life.</p><p>At his house in South Londonderry, Schriebl has a wall full of memories. “As you get older, you get a little bit more sentimental and you live for your memory a lot,” he said.</p><p>The 84-year-old has lived and photographed a life of adventure. From the Himalayas to the Winter Olympics and World Cups, Hubert is never without his camera.</p><p>Reporter Joe Carroll: Are you a curious person?</p><p>Hubert Schriebl: Very.</p><p>Stunning photographs that capture in a fraction of a second an everlasting moment, like one of a young girl in Nepal. “That baby now is 60, 70 years-old. Just want to picture people, what they would look like,” Schriebl said.</p><p>Hubert Schriebl: I can be by myself and get very emotional to see things.</p><p>Reporter Joe Carroll: Why?</p><p>Hubert Schriebl: Well, because it took so much effort and you can’t actually believe you did it.</p><p>He was only 24 when he first photographed the Himalayas. The native of Austria was a good mountain climber. Better yet, he could take on the elements. “There was nothing there. This was in October, November. That was the cold time there,” Schriebl said.</p><p>It took the expedition 16 days to get to where they wanted to camp.</p><p>Reporter Joe Carroll: You had to walk?</p><p>Hubert Schriebl: We had to walk. There was no other way. Up and down and up and down.</p><p>“This is Mount Everest,” he said, showing photographs of the tallest peak on Earth.</p><p>Elevated photographs, but also down to earth. “I like working hands,” he said.</p><p>Outside of his window is what drew him to Vermont. “It’s been good to me and I’ve been good to them,” Schriebl said.</p><p>He came to Stratton Mountain as a ski instructor. What kept him here is Wendy, his wife of 53 years.</p><p>The ride to the mountain takes less than 15 minutes. A journey he still takes almost every day. Schriebl was a longtime instructor and is still the go-to photographer for events. It’s a different mountain than the young Austrian came here in the early ’60s. “This was a parking lot. There were only three big buildings here,” he explained.</p><p>Much has changed, but Schriebl carries on. “Camera is always with me,” he said.</p><p>A snapshot of an inquisitive man who has seen the world, but calls Vermont home. “It’s wonderful, it’s beautiful here. We’re very lucky,” he said.</p><p><i>Copyright 2020 WCAX. All rights reserved.</i></p> John Greenberg: Richer countries must lead the way https://vtdigger.org/2020/09/17/john-greenberg-richer-countries-must-lead-the-way/ VTDigger urn:uuid:0fe4bce6-163f-fcfa-681b-2cc85ce34e3c Thu, 17 Sep 2020 22:55:26 +0000 <p>Editor&#8217;s note: This commentary is by John Greenberg, who owns and operates the Bear Bookshop in Marlboro and has been an energy activist for roughly 35 years. Jeff Dardozzi’s commentary “Carbon dioxide — the effluent of wealth” claims that “mainstream media and the dominant institutions of our society” wrongly suggest that “we all share equally [&#8230;]</p> <p>Read the story on VTDigger here: <a rel="nofollow" href="https://vtdigger.org/2020/09/17/john-greenberg-richer-countries-must-lead-the-way/">John Greenberg: Richer countries must lead the way</a>.</p> <p><em>Editor&#8217;s note: This commentary is by John Greenberg, who owns and operates the Bear Bookshop in Marlboro and has been an energy activist for roughly 35 years.</em><br></p> <p class="has-drop-cap">Jeff Dardozzi’s commentary “<a href="https://vtdigger.org/2020/09/11/jeff-dardozzi-carbon-dioxide-the-effluent-of-wealth/">Carbon dioxide — the effluent of wealth</a>” claims that “mainstream media and the dominant institutions of our society” wrongly suggest that “we all share equally in the responsibility for the climate crisis, and therefore we must all equally share in the burden of mitigating it.”<br></p> <p>His rebuttal suggests that the richest people in the world produce far more carbon than the poorest, but he simply ignores two facts: namely, that Americans are (among) the richest people in the world and that mainstream media are addressed at American audiences. Median global per capita income, according to <a href="https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/median-income-by-country">Gallup data</a>, is $9,733 while in the U.S., it’s $15,480, higher than every other country but the Scandinavian countries and Luxemburg.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Dardozzi is right: We don’t all share equally in the burden of mitigating climate change, because billions of Africans, Asians and Latin Americans do extremely little to add to it. They simply don’t have the resources either individually or collectively. But we do. It follows that the inhabitants of the richest countries – including ours – and of rapidly developing poorer countries must lead the way by doing more than just an equal share, because they produce more than their “fair” share of the problem.<br></p> <p>Dardozzi’s distinction between wealth production and consumption adds no useful insight: ultimately, wealth is produced in order to be consumed.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br></p> <p>For over a century, industrial societies decreased poverty and grew their middle classes by increasing energy consumption in a more or less one-to one ratio.&nbsp; But now the world must reverse that trend, because it is destroying our climate. Rich countries need to find ways to maintain living standards while using less energy, and poorer countries must find ways to end poverty without repeating historical mistakes.<br></p> <p>I absolutely agree that unequal wealth and income distribution are major problems that we must also confront as a nation and as a state. In seeking environmental solutions, it makes perfect sense to demand that those with an unequal share of the wealth and income bear an unequally greater share of the burden of combating climate change.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Fortunately, there is no dearth of ways that we can cut emissions while improving the lives of those among us with the scantest resources. For example, buildings are a major source of carbon emissions. Weatherizing and insulating don’t just improve energy efficiency, they make buildings more comfortable to live in. For those who can’t afford to improve their buildings, we should draw on the wealth of those who can. Remember: we all share this planet.<br></p> <p>Just as we can’t fight a pandemic by vaccinating only the wealthy and expect the virus to respect our social distinctions, so too we can’t fight a global environmental threat by retreating to our own little corners and pretending that the rest of the planet is on its own. We all need to do our share, however and wherever we can.</p> <p></p> <p>Read the story on VTDigger here: <a rel="nofollow" href="https://vtdigger.org/2020/09/17/john-greenberg-richer-countries-must-lead-the-way/">John Greenberg: Richer countries must lead the way</a>.</p> Suspicious fire at Green Mountain Racetrack https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/17/suspicious-fire-at-green-mountain-racetrack/ WCAX urn:uuid:4cd9c7cc-a627-7ba3-121f-905a724d730d Thu, 17 Sep 2020 22:42:31 +0000 Green Mountain Racetrack in Pownal Vermont is considered a total loss after a suspicious fire. <p>POWNAL, Vt. (WCAX) -The grandstand of a Southern Vermont track once known for its horse and greyhound racing is now considered a total loss. A fire beginning around 10:45 Wednesday night quickly spread throughout the entire building. Investigators say the fire was most likely set by someone. It’s unknown if it was an accident or intentional, but there has been a lot of vandalism and small fires reported on the property this summer. The backside of the building has been boarded up multiple times, but police say people continue to break in and young adults have been caught skateboarding and riding ATVs inside.</p><p>Detective Sgt. Steven Otis with the Vermont State Police says, “We aren’t really sure why this one started either. We really can’t tell, the building really is so unstable and unsafe for us to go into to look at.” </p><p>Barbara Roan is happy no one was hurt. She lives in Pownal and has wanted the building gone for years.</p><p>“I wanted a demolition party! Hire some professionals. Set it up. The whole community would come around. Have some beers and the building would go, fold in,” says Roan. </p><p>Sam Riordan or North Adams, Massachusetts says it is, “Definitely a shame, it was a cool spot.” Riordan likes taking photos in abandoned buildings. He’s been confused by the use of the property because there was usually someone there, like families out for a jog and kids on dirt bikes or hanging out.</p><p>“It’s kind of a beautiful ending to a kind of screwed up past though. I think, greyhound racing is a little morally ambiguous, so I think it is a little poetic,” says Riordan. </p><p>Edith Durham of Williamstown, Massachusetts stopped by after hearing about the fire. She says, “Personally, I don’t have a history with it, but I know that a lot of people in the area worked here and have fond memories.”</p><p>Cars would pull in to an old entrance to the racetrack every few minutes with curious people looking to see the damage. Some people actually climbed the fence to see how far they could get in. Vermont State Police are worried someone may enter the building to look around and get seriously hurt.</p><p>Detective Sgt. Otis says, “Will someone go inside and become trapped, or hurt, and it’s a really high probability someone is going to come back and look at this.” </p><p>It’s now the owner’s responsibility to decide which steps to take to keep it safe. They can demolish the building, board it up again, or have someone watching it for trespassers.</p><p><i>Copyright 2020 WCAX. All rights reserved.</i></p> More testing leads to slight increase in NH coronavirus numbers https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/17/more-testing-leads-to-slight-increase-in-nh-coronavirus-numbers/ WCAX urn:uuid:0aa4c644-b491-595e-26b5-0f9e34007197 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 22:40:07 +0000 The state epidemiologist says there’s been a slight increase in coronavirus infections over the past two weeks, mainly due to more testing in colleges, universities and school districts. <p>CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The state epidemiologist says there’s been a slight increase in coronavirus infections over the past two weeks, mainly due to more testing in colleges, universities and school districts. </p><p>Dr. Ben Chan says the test positivity rate remains stable and low, as are hospitalizations. He says New Hampshire isn’t seeing a surge. But he adds that now is not the time to relax social distancing and other measures to stay safe. </p><p>Gov. Chris Sununu said the state has been testing an average of well over 3,000 people a day, and at the University of New Hampshire, testing is averaging between 7,000 and 8,000 people per day.</p><p>(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.)</p> After record turnout in NH primary, focus shifts to general election https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/17/after-record-turnout-in-nh-primary-focus-shifts-to-general-election/ WCAX urn:uuid:41d62f0b-f89c-a26c-52dc-75ce21bdd89e Thu, 17 Sep 2020 22:36:01 +0000 It was a record turnout in New Hampshire for last week’s primary election. The perennial battleground state could have a big impact on the upcoming presidential election and the man in charge of making sure everything goes off without a hitch says he’s as confident as ever heading into November. <p>CONCORD, N.H. (WCAX) - It was a record turnout in New Hampshire for last week’s primary election. The perennial battleground state could have a big impact on the upcoming presidential election and the man in charge of making sure everything goes off without a hitch says he’s as confident as ever heading into November.</p><p>“By far the record,” said Secretary of State Bill Gardner, D-New Hampshire.</p><p>More than 304,000 voters cast ballots in New Hampshire’s September 8th primary. Almost 30% of them-- thanks to COVID-19-- were absentee ballots. “The highest number of ballots we’ve ever cast in a September primary was a little over 9,000. We had over 90,000,” Gardner said.</p><p>Gardner has been New Hampshire’s Secretary of State for more than four decades. He attributes the high turnout, in part, to the pandemic inspiring Americans to do their civic duty. “I think there are certain times in our history that patriotism gets felt in a stronger way,” he said. And he says election officials in both small towns and big cities deserve a lot of credit. “They were prepared for it. They were calm the week before because they were prepared.”</p><p>New Hampshire, with its four electoral votes, is considered a swing state that’s up for grabs in the general election. Donald Trump narrowly lost the state to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. Trump claimed he lost because of widespread voter fraud. Gardner says that did not happen, though a handful of cases were investigated by the state attorney general’s office. “There is no evidence that there is widespread voter fraud,” Gardner said.</p><p>Like the primary, anyone can request an absentee ballot for the upcoming general election. However, in order for them to count, they must be mailed back, or hand-delivered, on or before November 3rd. “The clerk has to receive it on Election Day, and that is in our constitution,” Gardner said.</p><p>More than 100,000 voters in New Hampshire have already requested ballots for the general election. Those ballots will begin being mailed out to cities and towns across the state next week.</p><p><i>Copyright 2020 WCAX. All rights reserved.</i></p> Campaign Countdown: Where the candidates for governor stand on regulated cannabis https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/17/campaign-countdown-where-the-candidates-for-governor-stand-on-regulated-cannabis/ WCAX urn:uuid:54ac89e2-6ebf-67f2-7299-2ef1be1f665c Thu, 17 Sep 2020 22:30:13 +0000 A taxed and regulated market for cannabis in Vermont is a key issue for campaign 2020. Both Governor Phil Scott and his Democratic challenger, Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman support the sale of the new commodity, but their vision of how the market would look are worlds apart. <p>BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - A taxed and regulated market for cannabis in Vermont is a key issue for campaign 2020. Both Governor Phil Scott and his Democratic challenger, Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman support the sale of the new commodity, but their vision of how the market would look are worlds apart.</p><p>For the past several years, as the regulated cannabis issue gained traction, Governor Scott has insisted that any legislation focus on roadway safety and keeping impaired drivers off the road. “I’ve never been philosophically opposed to a retail market, I just have concerns about that,” Scott said.</p><p>He wants police to be able to test saliva for THC without a warrant, but critics say this opens the door to numerous civil lawsuits because saliva tests only show the presence of THC, not impairment.</p><p>Two years ago, Scott signed off on a pot bill. And before the pandemic broke out, he proposed funneling cannabis tax revenue toward a universal afterschool program.</p><p>He says his administration would put an emphasis on education and prevention when a retail market comes online. “To make sure we’re doing this the right way with our eyes wide open and that we’re protecting the citizens of Vermont,” Scott said.</p><p>Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman for years has been one of the leading advocates of bringing a legal market to the state. The Hinesburg organic farmer and longtime lawmaker says that equal opportunities for creating a farm or business are a must. He also says Vermont needs a rigid regulatory framework to make sure what hits the shelves is safe.</p><p><a href="https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/17/farming-racial-justice-coalition-opposing-regulated-cannabis-bill/">Farming, racial justice coalition opposing regulated cannabis bill</a></p><p>“I’d want to make sure it’s a clean product and that it’s well regulated, as far as who has access to it and the purchase and sale. Part of the goal here is to make sure it’s an adult-use market, it’s not a youth market,” Zuckerman said</p><p>He says he’s generally against roadside saliva tests because of privacy concerns, but he says he supports testing with a warrant. “The hybrid that they’ve found to allow it, just like they do with a blood test with a warrant at the barracks. With a warrant doesn’t cross the line for me,” Zuckerman said.</p><p>Even as lawmakers make progress on setting up a taxed and regulated market for pot, Vermont is still years away from it hitting the shelves.</p><p>Whoever wins in November will govern over the new market and oversee how it’s rolled out.</p><p><i>Copyright 2020 WCAX. All rights reserved.</i></p>