Author: Amanda Brooks

No room in budget for nuisance mosquito control

Some Colchester residents have asked the town to consider spraying to tamp down the mosquito population, logging about a dozen complaints about the pests already this season. But the town government released a statement reminding residents it can’t spray for what are defined as nuisance mosquitos, and more aggressive control isn’t in the budget. Colchester would have to create its own mosquito control district and would be responsible for all parts of the process, including applying for permits, hiring workers, implementing pest management practices and more, a memo to the selectboard reads. There are currently only two mosquito control...

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State project encourages good land stewardship

Tom Rogers began his lecture Thursday night by explaining the sobering facts of global climate change and its negative impacts on wildlife. “Even if we get our act together and dramatically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, based on what’s already happened, they’re projecting that our climate by 2090 will look more like northern West Virginia,” he explained. “Under the high emissions scenario, they’re predicting it to be more like the Smokey Mountain Range.” Rogers’ lecture, titled “Vermont’s Wildlife in a Changing Climate,” was part of an outreach program for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department to promote habitat protection...

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Town to plow some private roads after all

Upon further review of its policy, the Colchester Selectboard has released a set of exceptions for plowing private roads in town. Due to legal contracts and public safety concerns, the selectboard agreed this month to amend the policy and plow 2.3 miles of private roads indefinitely. The update comes after a contentious debate over whether the town should continue plowing 15 of 44 miles of private roads in town. Members voted in April to discontinue the practice completely after two public hearings and countless logged public comments. The exceptions were released on June 9 and updated June 13 and...

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Colchester woman to champion organ donation at Miss America

Julia Crane is not your average 22-year-old graduate student. While writing her thesis for her masters in public health at the University of Vermont, the Colchester native has been juggling radio and newspaper interviews, conducting goat races, running with dogs for the humane society and speaking with young women about leadership all around Vermont. Why is she so busy? On May 25, Crane was crowned Miss Vermont 2018. The next day, Crane was launched into her “year of service” as Miss Vermont, a full-time job as a spokeswoman, advocate and community leader. Crane is already hard at work promoting...

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