Author: Amanda Brooks

Vermonters benefit from land conservation

A new report from the Trust for Public Land reported that for every $1 invested in land conservation in Vermont, $9 is returned in natural goods and services. “This is the third highest return on investment we’ve seen among the dozen studies we’ve conducted in states across the country,” said Shelby Semmes, the TPL’s Vermont and New Hampshire state program director. The 900 percent return on investment in land conservation comes back to local municipalities in various forms of natural goods and services, the report said. The TPL report explained that conserving lands bolsters local economies directly in many...

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Loranger victorious in run-off election

Republican candidate Pam Loranger came out victorious in the runoff election held Monday for the Chittenden 9-2 House district seat. After the machine’s final tally of votes Monday night, Loranger had 303 votes, and John Nagle III had 29. “I think I feel relieved, I am glad,” Loranger said. “Now we can get on and talk about issues and talk about records and get to the meat of the real election.” Loranger said she’s excited to start campaigning for the general election in November alongside incumbent Republican Pat Brennan, a 16-year legislator and chairman of the House Transportation Committee....

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Departments begin preparing FY20 budgets

Budget planning has begun for the 2020 fiscal year. The selectboard provided its input for the budget planning process at last week’s meeting. This year, department heads were asked to try and keep budgets level, due to four prior commitments the town has to put resources toward. The first of these, according to a memo from town manager Aaron Frank, includes funding to support a grant to hire three extra weekday, daytime firefighters for the Colchester Center and Malletts Bay fire departments. These three positions were partially funded starting in March of this year with the last budget proposal,...

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UPDATE: Judge rules in favor of Loranger; primary race heads to runoff

Editor’s note: The following story went to press before a judge ruled on the election and has since been updated. A superior court judge ruled yesterday that a ballot referring to Pam Loranger by her maiden name was indeed intended for the republican candidate, resulting in a dead heat between she and fellow challenger John Nagle III in the Chittenden 9-2 District primary. The two candidates will now face off in a run-off election Sept. 10. Judge Robert Mello’s ruling comes a day after he presided over a hearing focused on a recount of the district’s Republican ballots. Nagle...

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State grant helps fund removal of dam

Kim Scofield has wanted to remove the dam from Indian Brook which runs alongside her property since she bought her house two years ago. Now, thanks to a grant from the Vt. Dept. of Environmental Conservation, she’s one step closer to achieving that goal. Scofield’s house is 165 years old and was once a sawmill that benefited from the power generated by the dam. Now that the sawmill is no longer in operation, the Mill Pond dam is not only useless, but also dangerous and expensive to keep up. “I can’t afford to take it out so I just...

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