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Vermont's solar sprawl set to erase no-billboards tourism appeal

Vermont Watchdog Report

When Ted Riehle won his crusade to end the scourge of billboards in the 1960s, the former state lawmaker helped create the Vermont brand

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Lisman to run for Vermont governor

Vermont-native Bruce Lisman announced his candidacy for governor of the State of Vermont, pledging to lead the state toward "a brighter future and work to make Vermont an even better place to live, work and raise a family."

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From the editor: Downtown shadows

Please don’t call this Monday morning quarterbacking since my comments had been voiced in an editorial—about building the new Middlebury municipal building in the now jam-packed downtown corridor—more than a year ago.

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New Haven officials discuss proposed HVDC project

On Aug, 24, members of the New Haven Select Board discussed a proposed HDVC converter station project that, if built, will forever alter the rural landscape of New Haven.

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Paid Sick Days Bill gains supporters in Vermont

Several Vermont business and political leaders called for the Paid Sick Days Bill to become law in 2016 in Burlington, Aug. 26. The group gathered to celebrate Women’s Equality Day and set a priority to take a step closer to women’s equality with the Paid Sick Days Bill.

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In age of Uber, “right to work” makes more sense than ever

Ethan Allen Institute Report

Vermont is a tougher than average place to make a living. No secret there. One of the first questions you get from folks you meet is, “You live here full time? How do you make it work?” Some of the answers are necessarily creative.

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From the editor: The rain in Spain

I recently read a World Wide Fund for Nature news item about climate change effects in Spain. Gabriel Pascal’s famous phonetic exercise, “The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain,” may not be true in the future.

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Town protests renewable energy credits for Mass., Conn.

Vermont Watchdog Report

The Vermont town of Strafford has changed its tune on approving a 4.9 megawatt solar array at the Elizabeth Mine, saying approval of the project is now contingent on Vermont—not other states— recognition for reducing its carbon footprint.

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Retired Middlebury couple: “(President) Bernie Sanders is going to hurt Vermont”

Vermont Watchdog Report

Vermont is famous for dairy farms, covered bridges, mountains and maple syrup. But for baby boomers deciding whether or not to retire in the Green Mountain State, it’s the state’s majestically high taxes that are making a lasting impression.

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HVDC project will impact New Haven, Ferrisburgh, lake

Town of New Haven officials are gearing up for what promises to be a spirited public meeting about yet another local, alternative-energy project. The meeting will be held, tentatively, at the town office building on Monday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m.

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Green vs. green in Vermont

Vermont Watchdog Report

It’s green versus green in the Green Mountain State. Tensions have flared in Vermont, home to legislators and policy groups who like touting their environmental bona fides.

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New coordinator hired at PEGTV

Officials of PEGTV, Rutland County’s public access television station, announced the addition of Chelsea Tice as the government Channel 21 coordinator. Tice will be managing the channel, scheduling programming and showcasing new shows for the countywide channel.

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From the editor: Getting the nuclear option back on track

You’d be wrong if you think that we can run a competitive, 21st-century industrial nation like the USA entirely on alternative energy sources. Any superpower needs to produce and consume energy—lots of it, in the form of mixed sources of everything from oil and gas (Earth’s original biofuels) to solar and wind, among a few others.

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Leaving Vermont

Vermont Watchdog Report

Vermonters have different reasons for leaving the state, but for retirees, the decision to leave the Green Mountains and retire elsewhere often comes down to property taxes and the cost of living.

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Repeal Vermont’s “certificate of need” laws

Ethan Allen Institute Report

We need to lower the cost of health care in Vermont, and the state, dealing with a structural budget deficit, doesn’t have the capacity to raise more taxes. So, what can we do? One simple, cost-free solution is to repeal Vermont’s Certificate of Need (CON) laws.

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