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Governor announces $500,000 in Clean & Clear grants

Tue, 09/08/2009 - 9:14am -- tim

Governor Jim Douglas has announced that $500,000 in Clear & Clear grants is available for ecosystem restoration projects. The Center for Clean and Clear is accepting one-page project pre-proposals until September 30. Through a competitive process, Vermont municipalities, local or regional governmental agencies, nonprofits and citizen groups can apply for the grants.

Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire regulatory boards to meet with FairPoint

Tue, 09/08/2009 - 8:32am -- intern

Executives from FairPoint Communications Inc. will meet with the utility regulatory boards from Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire tomorrow all at the same time. In a highly irregular development, all three states will hold a joint conference with the troubled telecommunications company as part of an ongoing effort to learn how the company plans to stabilize itself.

State hospitals request $1.8 billion, a 6.6 percent increase

Tue, 09/08/2009 - 8:28am -- intern

Vermont's hospitals have finishing filing their budget requests with state officials and are asking for $1.8 billion, an increase of approximately 6.6 percent from this year. 13 hospitals in total submitted their requests, which come to a combined amount of $1,804105,066, about $122 million more than the current hospital budgets.

Vermont Auditor Tom Salmon switches to Republican Party

Tue, 09/08/2009 - 7:15am -- tim

Vermont Auditor of Accounts Tom Salmon, who was rebuffed by the Democratic leadership last spring, announced today that he was switching parties and will join the Republican Party. Salmon won the position of state auditor as a Democrat in 2006 when he beat one-term incumbent Republican Randy Brock. That race saw Brock apparently win re-election in a very tight race, before a re-count gave the race to Salmon by 102 votes. Salmon cited the lack of fiscal responsibility among legislative leaders during the debate over the state budget.

Pink Floyd radio show 'Floydian Slip' returns to Vermont's WBKM

Tue, 09/08/2009 - 6:18am -- tim

Burlington's WBKM ( has signed on as the first affiliate station of the "Floydian Slip" radio show. "Floydian Slip," an hour of Pink Floyd hosted by Craig Bailey, will resume production Sept. 19 with Show #702. WBKM, which stands for "Burlington's Kinda Music," will carry the show 10 p.m. Saturdays.
"Floydian Slip" went off the air June 7 after a more than 13-year run on Champ 101.3 in Burlington. Bailey had produced the show for other stations prior to Champ, going back to his senior year of college in 1989.

Vermont Chamber hosts business leader delegation from China

Fri, 09/04/2009 - 8:35am -- tim

A 14-member delegation of small and medium business owners and government officials from Shanghai will visit Vermont over the Labor Day weekend (September 6 to September 8). Hosted by the Vermont Chamber through its Shanghai Trade Office, the group will tour Vermont attractions and develop business partnerships with Vermont companies.

Governor announces 14 climate change grants

Fri, 09/04/2009 - 7:02am -- tim

Governor Jim Douglas today announced that another 14 energy efficiency projects have been selected to receive almost $150,000 in funding from the Vermont Community Climate Change Grant Program. All told, these projects will reduce about 100 tons of greenhouse emissions – the equivalent of taking 16 cars off the road or not burning more than 10,000 galloons of gas, the Governor said.

PETA presents Price Chopper with a Compassionate Action Award

Thu, 09/03/2009 - 11:54am -- tim

PETA is presenting Price Chopper CEO Neil Golub with a Compassionate Action Award for pulling the supermarket chain's funding for the Nerger Lion and Tiger Show's appearance at the Champlain Valley Fair. Golub pulled the company's sponsorship after receiving complaints from Burlington residents who pointed out that the show is exploitive and inhumane. Golub claims that fair officials misled him about what Price Chopper would be sponsoring and that Price Chopper would never voluntarily support any form of animal abuse.

Vermont Chamber of Commerce names Ed Colodny Citizen of the Year

Thu, 09/03/2009 - 7:31am -- tim

For nearly five decades, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce has annually awarded an individual who has gone above and beyond his or her daily requirements to better the state of Vermont through self-sacrifice, service and volunteerism.  In the crowded field of awards given to Vermont community members, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award is one of the most prestigious. This year, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce proudly presents the Citizen of the Year Award to Mr. Edwin Colodny of Burlington. 

Four Vermont projects to receive grants to reduce energy consumption

Thu, 09/03/2009 - 5:41am -- tim

Four Vermont projects will receive grants or loans from the USDA to help reduce energy consumption. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the department is making available $13.04 million in loans and grants for 233 renewable energy projects in 38 states under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).