Latest Vermont state government News

Lamoille River treated for sea lamprey control

Oct. 27, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Lamoille River was being treated on Tuesday with a pesticide to control sea lamprey that prey on native trout, land-locked Atlantic salmon and other species in Lake Champlain, federal wildlife officials said Tuesday. Controlling sea lamprey in the lake has been a more than...

Vermont officials: gatherings, travel bring new COVID cases

Oct. 27, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

Vermont's top officials said Tuesday that small gatherings and out-of-state travel by people who do not quarantine on their return appear to be the source of COVID-19 infections that are increasing across the state. During his regular Tuesday virus briefing, Republican Gov. Phil Scott said the outbreak that began...

Corrections officials: Inmate assaulted Vermont prison guard

Oct. 27, 2020 8:35 AM EDT

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — An inmate assaulted a prison guard at the Northwest State Correctional Facility in St. Albans last week, the Vermont Corrections Department said Monday. The correctional officer was taken the hospital and released with a concussion and bruises, officials said. Other inmates...

VT Fish & Wildlife has extra antlerless deer hunting permits

Oct. 24, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says it has extra permits for antlerless deer hunting for the upcoming muzzleloading seasons. The permits are for use in some of the state’s wildlife management units. The unallocated permits are available because not enough people...

Hockey outbreak spreads to 43: Vermont submits vaccine plan

Oct. 23, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A coronavirus outbreak connected to recreational hockey and broomball at an indoor ice rink in Montpelier has grown to 43 cases, including cases at seven schools in various counties, seven workplaces, two colleges and two hospitals, Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine said...

More economic relief for businesses; hockey outbreak at 35

Oct. 21, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — An additional $76 million in federal relief is available to Vermont businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. State officials announced the expansion of the state's economic recovery grants on Tuesday during Gov. Phil Scott's biweekly virus briefing. Scott said the pandemic has...

'Deer jacking' ruling could change VT game warden searches

Oct. 20, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is going to be looking at how its game wardens conduct searches after three U.S. Supreme Court justices questioned the actions of some wardens in an illegal hunting case, the department's top official said Tuesday. But Commissioner Louis Porter said Tuesday the full...

Virus outbreak linked to hockey rink grows to 30 cases

Oct. 19, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The outbreak of people infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 traced to a Montpelier hockey rink has expanded to 30, the Vermont Health Department said Monday. The cases are linked to adult and youth hockey leagues and an adult broomball league at the Central Vermont Memorial...

New England college enrollment down because of pandemic

Oct. 17, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Here is a look at pandemic-related developments around New England: MASSACHUSETTS Enrollment declines at many New England colleges during the pandemic are putting further pressure on financially struggling institutions. The number of full-time graduate and undergraduate students plummeted by...

Police: Postcards urging lawmakers' arrest pose no threat

Oct. 17, 2020 1:20 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A series of suspicious postcards don't represent any danger for a group of targeted lawmakers, the Vermont Capitol Police Department concluded. House Speaker Mitzi Johnson, D-South Hero, and about six other lawmakers received the postcards last week accusing them of engaging in...