VERMONT

Coverage of Vermont from New England Public Radio, NPR, and other NPR stations.

Many Vermonters support a pending ban on food waste from landfills. But a new University of Vermont study found few people want to pay for curbside pick-up of their food scraps.

With the New Hampshire presidential primary less than three weeks away, a new WBUR poll suggests Bernie Sanders might be peaking at just the right time. The survey of more than 426 likely Democratic primary voters finds Sanders in the lead, running well ahead of his three closest competitors: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and Elizabeth Warren.

In an interview Sunday with NHPR, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders declined to elaborate on a dispute with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren that kicked off a broader debate this week over gender and electability. But Sanders did weigh in on the obstacles facing female candidates.

Towns and cities across northern Vermont are trying to increase traffic from all-terrain vehicles, commonly called ATVs, to boost business in a region suffering from declining population and a sluggish economy. But proposals to open public roads to ATVs frequently spark debates and divide communities.

When the town of Brattleboro put up a Civil War monument more than a hundred years ago, it didn’t include the black soldiers who served in that war. Now some local students want to change that.

With the Iowa Caucus less than three weeks away, and the New Hampshire Primary a week after that, Bernie Sanders is surging. He is raising more money than any of his Democratic competitors, and is at or near the top in several recent polls.

“I just feel that he is the one who can beat Trump by a wide margin,” said Diane St. Germain, of Bedford, New Hampshire, who supported Sanders in 2016 and has been knocking on doors for him over the past three months.

There was tension heading into the final Democratic debate before the first voters go cast their votes in Iowa.

It came on the heels of Elizabeth Warren confirming a report that Bernie Sanders told her a woman could not win the presidency in 2020 — a report Sanders denied Tuesday night, saying in fact, he had made room for Warren to run five years ago.

Warren and Sanders, as well as the other candidates on the stage, largely held their fire toward each other and focused instead on trying to make the case to voters that they can beat President Trump.

The Brattleboro Retreat says it doesn't have enough money to finish a 12-bed expansion that's underway. The recent announcement that the state won't add any more funding to the project is putting more pressure on the financially-strapped hospital.

Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin in 2017.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Massachusetts is among 42 states that had fewer births recorded in 2019 than the year before.

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A three-month window that began with a heart attack ended as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' strongest fundraising quarter yet.

Sanders' campaign announced it raised $34.5 million in October, November and December — nearly $10 million more than he had raised in the previous quarter. According to the campaign, $18 million came in from 900,000 individual donations in December alone, as Sanders drew larger and larger crowds to rallies in early voting states such as Iowa and New Hampshire.

Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren talks with reporters outside her home in Cambridge after announcing that she is setting up an exploratory committee for a run for the presidency.
Robin Lubbock / WBUR

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Vermont's Bernie Sanders have been campaigning across the country ahead of the presidential primaries. That time on the trail means the senators missed hundreds of roll call votes in 2019.

Sen. Bernie Sanders may have suffered a heart attack in Las Vegas in October, but his campaign team says medical records unveiled Monday show the Democratic presidential candidate is “fit and ready to serve as president.”

The Brattleboro Museum and Art Center has an ambitious plan to try to raise $30 million for an expansion. The museum is partnering with developers who want to include 24 high-end apartments on the top floors of the new building.

All of this comes as online shopping continues to dig into local sales and challenge what a vibrant economy looks like.

Laurel Casey counts herself as a casualty of farm pollution.

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Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo has resigned, and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger has announced the city will hire an outside investigator to review the department's social media practices. 

At a press conference Monday, the mayor told reporters the chief submitted a letter of resignation Sunday night. This development comes after reports surfaced last week that del Pozo had used an anonymous Twitter account to heckle a civilian. 

Jake Burton Carpenter, who popularized the sport of snowboarding and founded the Burlington-based Burton Snowboards, has died at age 65.

Scott Wheeler was born and raised in what's known as the Northeast Kingdom, the rugged and beautiful countryside where Vermont abuts Canada. Even so, he didn't realize he was supposed to check in with Canadian immigration authorities when driving across the border recently.

Two polite, officious Mounties tell him to make a U-turn and follow them back to the port of entry where he's questioned about his intentions inside Quebec. He explains his mistake, and eventually, the Mounties return his identification and he's free to go.

Another Vermont ski resort is set to be acquired by a large ski conglomerate: Sugarbush Resort in Warren will be bought by Alterra Mountain Company, the companies announced Wednesday. Alterra already owns Stratton Mountain Resort in Vermont.

Marlboro College announced Wednesday it plans to close its southern Vermont campus this spring. The school says it is striking a deal with Emerson College, in Boston.

In exchange for Marlboro's $30 million endowment and $10 million in real estate holdings, Emerson plans to take on Marlboro's current students and its tenured and tenure-track faculty.

Vermont is gearing up for the next big influx of tourists: ski season. For resorts around the state, that means adding hundreds of seasonal employees, but Vermont's aging population and low unemployment rate are adding to the challenge. That's led some resorts to offer generous benefits — retirement plans, health insurance, ski passes, housing — for entry-level positions like lift operators and parking attendants.

At Lisa Carton's tiny house nestled in the hills of Bennington, there are a whole lot of rainbows. Wood panels painted purple, green, orange, yellow and blue frame Carton's front door. Inside, the main room is cushioned by a multi-hued, kaleidoscopic rug. Out the back door is a shed where, until a recent storm blew it down, a Pride flag flew.

Emerson Explores Merger With Vermont's Marlboro College

Nov 6, 2019

Emerson College is considering a merger with Marlboro College in Vermont.

The two schools are “exploring an alliance” that would transfer Marlboro’s academic programs to Boston, according to a video statement by Emerson President Lee Pelton.

Participating in the Iowa caucus can be more complicated than casting a ballot. So at Iowa State University on Wednesday night, about 20 students staged a mock caucus to practice the process. The names of each Democratic candidate were taped to chairs set up around a room in the student union. Students were instructed to huddle around the chair of their preferred candidate and make a brief pitch.

The company that's tearing down the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant hopes to use its experience to bid on similar jobs around the country.  To do that, it's got to get the decommissioning process right in Vermont. 

A registered grower plants hemp in a Vermont field in July 2019.
ELODIE REED / VPR

In Vermont, the number of farmers growing hemp has more than doubled since last year. 

Researchers at the University of Vermont are hoping to give nature a hand in fighting a deadly parasite devastating moose populations in Vermont.

The region's largest dairy cooperative will impose a new pricing system in January in an effort to curb excess milk production.

An advocacy group for Vermont migrant farmworkers is pressuring the Hannaford supermarket chain to join a program designed to get more money to dairy workers.

As Massachusetts considers changing the way it handles young criminal offenders, it is looking at what’s happening north — specifically, to Vermont.

Vermont is the first state to raise the age above 18 for when someone criminally charged goes to juvenile court, expanding what it’s doing in hundreds of lower level criminal cases now.

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is canceling presidential campaign events "until further" notice following a heart procedure, campaign senior adviser Jeff Weaver said Wednesday morning.

Weaver said in a brief written statement that Sanders "experienced some chest discomfort" during a Tuesday evening campaign event.

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