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Recent News Releases - Past 7 Days

January 28, 2015

Fish & Wildlife Board Votes on Proposed Deer Hunting Changes

Proposed changes in Vermont deer hunting regulations received a first vote by the Fish and Wildlife Board at their January 21 meeting in Montpelier. A series of public hearings, follow-up board meetings and two more board votes will be following in coming months before any changes can be adopted. Read more

January 28, 2015

Cynthia Stuart Named Deputy Commissioner of DFR Banking Division

Cynthia Stuart has been named deputy commissioner of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation's Banking Division, Commissioner Susan L. Donegan announced today. Stuart has more than 18 years of experience in both the retail and community aspects of banking and brings to the job a wealth of knowledge of current operations and senior management. Read more

January 28, 2015

Fish & Wildlife Dept Expands Two Addison County Wildlife Management Areas

Wildlife enthusiasts in northern Addison County have something to be excited about. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department recently closed on properties that will expand two popular wildlife management areas (WMAs). Read more

January 28, 2015

Gov. Shumlin to Congress: Act Quickly on Transportation Funding

WASHINGTON DC - January 28, 2015 – Testifying before a U.S. Senate Committee today, Gov. Peter Shumlin urged Congress to act quickly to replenish the Federal Highway Trust Fund so Vermont and other states can get to work repairing crumbling infrastructure. The Governor warned that in Vermont, projects relying on federal money need to go out to bid next month in order to begin construction in the spring. Failure of Congress to act could put at risk those badly needed projects and the jobs that go with them. read moreRead more

January 27, 2015

Gov. Shumlin Announces New Natural Resources Board Chair

MONTPELIER - January 27, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced that Chair of the Natural Resources Board (NRB) Ron Shems has decided to step down after four years on the Board. He will be replaced Jon Groveman, currently the general counsel for the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR). read moreRead more

January 26, 2015

Pre-Storm General Transportation Update

MONTPELIER — January 26, 2015 - Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) crews are preparing for being on the receiving end of at least a portion of the storm effecting the northeast over the next few days, Gov. Peter Shumlin and VTrans officials announced Monday evening. Crews will begin deploying overnight as needed, with the full complement of 250 plow trucks deployed, beginning at 4:00 AM as conditions warrant, for the morning commute. Motorists are encouraged to do their part by giving the trucks plenty of room to work and driving at appropriate speeds for conditions. read moreRead more

January 26, 2015

Vermont's Clean Water Initiative Moves Forward

State Leaders convened in St. Albans City Hall today to outline the new plan for addressing agricultural runoff in the Lake Champlain basin. New resources, deeper partnerships across state government, and new accountability tools have been established to improve water quality across Vermont. Read more

January 26, 2015

Vermont Prepared for Winter Storm Affecting Northeast

WATERBURY, Vt. – January 26, 2015 - Vermont is prepared for a significant snowstorm affecting the northeast that could dump more than a foot of snow on southern counties, Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today. The snow will start Monday afternoon and the heaviest snowfall is expected overnight Monday into Tuesday. read moreRead more

January 26, 2015

Agency of Ag Now Accepting 2015 Vendor Applications for The Vermont Building at "The Big E"

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is now accepting proposals from Vermont businesses and organizations for vending and exhibiting space in the Vermont Building at the Eastern States Exposition ("Big E") in West Springfield, Massachusetts. In 2015, the fair will be held from September 18th - October 4th. Nearly 1 million patrons passed through the Vermont Building during the 2014 fair, spending over $1.7 million on Vermont products. Read more

January 26, 2015

Vermont Captive Insurance Gross Written Premium Nears $30 Billion in 2014; Prolonged Soft Market Slows Formations

Vermont licensed 16 new captives in 2014, according to data released by the Vermont Captive Insurance Division. The new captives were made up of 10 pure captives, two sponsored, two special purpose financial insurers, one association and one Risk Retention Group. Two new captives were redomesticated from Bermuda and Delaware. Read more

January 26, 2015

Op-Ed: Housing is Fundamental to Affordability

As too many Vermonters struggle to make ends meet, affordability has rightly taken its place at the center of public debate. Often missing from the discussion, however, has been the cost of housing. If we are to succeed in closing the affordability gap, housing must be central to the conversation. Read more

January 26, 2015

Governor Shumlin Announces 18 State Historic Preservation Grants

Governor Peter Shumlin and the Vermont Advisory Council on Historic Preservation recently awarded 18 State Historic Preservation grants to municipalities and non-profit organizations for the rehabilitation of historic civic buildings, centerpieces in Vermont's landscape. Read more

January 23, 2015

Voluntary Timber Harvesting Guidelines Adopted

The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce that Commissioner Michael Snyder has adopted a set of voluntary harvesting guidelines for private landowners to help ensure long-term forest health and sustainability. Read more

January 23, 2015

Travelers to the Caribbean, Central and South America at Risk for Infection with Chikungunya

The Vermont Department of Health is reminding all people traveling to the Caribbean, and Central and South America and parts of Mexico to take precautions against chikungunya -- a virus spread through mosquito bites. Read more

January 23, 2015

Annual Vermont Farm Show Kicks-Off January 27

A cold and snowy January can mean only one thing -- it's time for the 2015 Vermont Farm Show! As the Champlain Valley Expo prepares to host the 83rd annual Vermont Farm Show, Tuesday January 27 through Thursday, January 29, organizers have announced an exciting line-up of exhibits and events. Read more

January 23, 2015

Gov. Peter Shumlin’s public appearance schedule

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January 23, 2015

Vermont requests federal disaster declaration

MONTPELIER - January 23, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin has made a formal request for federal disaster relief to help 10 of Vermont’s 14 counties pay for repairs to the power grid and other public infrastructure damaged in a severe winter storm last month. Addison, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington, and Windsor counties have shown damages that meet federal standards to qualify for a Public Assistance disaster declaration. read moreRead more

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