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Fish for free without a license on Saturday in Vermont

Jun. 12, 2021 08:34 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Don't have a fishing license in Vermont? No problem. On Saturday, anglers can fish for free without a license in the state's lakes and rivers during Vermont's annual free fishing day. Saturday is also the start of the bass...

Some Vermont towns cancel July Fourth celebrations

Jun. 07, 2021 12:29 PM EDT

ROCKINGHAM, Vt. (AP) — As Vermont comes out of the pandemic, some towns think it's still too soon to gather for July Fourth celebrations. That’s even as Gov. Phil Scott has said he will lift all pandemic precautions in Vermont by the Fourth of July or sooner if 80%...

Scott vetoes noncitizen voting on local matters in 2 cities

Jun. 02, 2021 08:45 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Gov. Phil Scott has vetoed two bills that would have approved charter amendments in Montpelier and Winooski to allow noncitizen residents to vote in their local elections, saying while well-intentioned the measures would lead to inconsistency in election policy. ...

Massachusetts vaccinations up; Montpelier to lift mask rule

May. 30, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Coronavirus developments around New England: MASSACHUSETTS More than half the population of Massachusetts is now fully vaccinated from COVID-19, according to public health data released Saturday. Nearly 7.8 million...

Walk-in clinics held at fairgrounds, schools, mall on Monday

May. 24, 2021 12:28 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Various walk-in clinics were being held around Vermont on Monday at schools, the Berlin mall and fairgrounds in Essex . Mount Mansfield Union High School in Jericho was holding a clinic from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Crossett Brook Middle...

Vermont preparing to offer COVID vaccines to young teens

May. 11, 2021 14:05 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont will be ready to begin providing the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to adolescents between the ages of 12 to 15 within days of its use being authorized by the federal government, officials said Tuesday. On Monday, federal regulators...

Vermont gets $12M in COVID relief for drug abuse programs

May. 06, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont is getting $12 million in COVID-19 relief funds so communities can strengthen substance abuse programs, officials announced Thursday. In announcing the funds on the Statehouse steps in Montpelier, Democratic U.S. Sen. Patrick...

Vermont secretary of state to conduct 2020 election audit

Apr. 24, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos will be performing a post-election audit of the 2020 Vermont General Election results, his office said. The audit, which is routine, will take place on Wednesday in Montpelier. Every...

Vermont tourism industry down an estimated $700 million

Apr. 22, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — More than a year into the coronavirus pandemic, Vermont's tourism industry is estimated to be down about $700 million to date, according to the state Department of Tourism. Losses to the ski industry make up about a seventh of that loss in...

Vermont unemployment rate drops to 2.9% in March

Apr. 16, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of percentage point in March to 2.9%, the state Labor Department announced Friday. Nationally, the March rate was 6%, down two-tenths of a percentage point from February. There...