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VGS files 2.9 percent rate increase

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 4:43pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine VGS (Vermont Gas Systems) today filed an overall rate increase request of 2.9 percent beginning in November 2020. The proposal, which needs approval from the Public Utility Commission (PUC), would mean the average residential customer would pay just under $3 more per month. VGS' rates are approximately 6 percent lower than the New England average.

Bennington College fined for violations of hazardous waste management regulations

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 4:26pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Agency of Natural Resources Department of Environmental Conservation announced today that Bennington College Corporation will pay $15,750 for mismanaging hazardous waste on its Bennington campus in violation of Vermont’s Hazardous Waste Management Regulations. DEC inspected the Bennington College campus in May 2019 and observed violations of Vermont’s Hazardous Waste Management Regulations related to proper signage, storage and labeling of hazardous waste materials in different locations across campus.

‘Sunshine’ Guerrero gets 13 years in Franklin County drug and gun cases

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 1:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that John Guerrero (also known as “Sunshine” to his former drug customers in Franklin County) was sentenced today in federal court on one count of conspiring to distribute two hundred and eighty grams or more of cocaine base and one count of conspiring to possess firearms in furtherance of the drug trafficking crime.

Leahy, UVM announce re-establishment of Northern Forest Research initiative

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 11:13am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has announced new federal funding for research on the region’s forest ecosystem and economy. The Northeastern States Research Cooperative (NSRC), first created by Leahy in the 1998 Farm Bill, received $2 million in the fiscal year 2020 appropriations bill for research on the Northern Forest and its 26 million acres of working landscape.

VTP supports Heritage Aviation certifications and apprenticeships

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 9:59am -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine Heritage Aviation, an employee-owned aviation services company, was recently awarded over $13,000 through the Vermont Training Program (VTP). The grant funding will be used to support Heritage Aviation’s professional development program, grow its maintenance department, and promote safety. Those that are enrolled in its maintenance apprenticeship program (MAP) will be given the opportunity to obtain an airframe and powerplant (A&P) certification. This will provide a new career path for these employees and allows them to “learn and earn” the certification instead of going back to school.

University of Vermont Health Network confronts negative operating margin

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 3:39pm -- tim
UVMHN Takes Steps to Ensure Financial Stability in Face of National Challenges
Vermont Business Magazine In the quarter ending December 31, 2019, the UVM Health Network missed its budget target by 2.5 percent, or $14.6 million. The Network finished that quarter with a negative operating margin of 1.7 percent, or about $10 million. This comes after missing the margin target for last fiscal year, and the first-quarter performance means the Network may miss its margin target again this fiscal year.

VPR and Vermont PBS team up for 2020 election polls

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 3:14pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine What do Vermonters think about the coming election? What are the key issues on their minds? For the third consecutive year, VPR and Vermont PBS are collaborating on three statewide public opinion surveys that will provide valuable insight into the minds of Vermonters in the 2020 presidential election year. The results of the first poll will be released on February 18, two weeks ahead of Town Meeting Day, Vermont’s presidential primary and Super Tuesday, when 14 states and approximately one-third of the country’s voters participate in presidential primaries.

Risk for coronavirus in Vermont continues to be low

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 2:26pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor people who have returned from travel in China for symptoms of a novel coronavirus, now called COVID-19. The monitoring effort is for people who have returned from China in the past 14 days and who had no symptoms of respiratory illness when screened upon returning to the U.S.

Vermont Ski + Ride wins major award

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 1:19pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On February 8, in the final hours of an awards ceremony recognizing the best journalism and publications in the region, the New England Newspaper and Press Association awarded Vermont Ski + Ride its highest honor, naming the magazine the winner of General Excellence in Specialty Publications.

2020 Farm to School Program awards $110,000 in grants

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 11:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) hosted a celebration of the Vermont Farm to School and Childcare Grant Program at the Vermont State House Wednesday, recognizing 7 Vermont school communities and 2 early childcare organizations with $110,000 in important grants to support their local food programming.

Burlington: Full steam ahead for district energy system

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 10:41am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Creating a DES in Burlington would meet the long-held goal of recovering waste heat and additional steam from BED’s McNeil Generating Station, and using those sources to provide thermal energy to UVMMC via steam pipe. This system would reduce fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions in Burlington, and mark a significant step toward Burlington’s goal to become a Net Zero Energy city. DES also has the potential to make McNeil more efficient and to modestly diversify the market for the energy produced at the station.