Steelhead leap Willoughby Falls

One of the state’s premier wildlife watching opportunities is taking place in Vermont.  The steelhead rainbow trout have started their upstream migration, leaping up waterfalls in a spectacular display of determination on their way to their spawning grounds.

Dems gamble on pension fund – what will it mean for 2022?

The political credibility Progressives bought with labor leaders is not the only factor working in their favor. By delaying the pension issue to next year, Krowinski is not only kicking the can down the road, she’s setting it up for a time closer to the 2022 elections. This issue will be much more ripe in voters minds, and union members in particular will be more likely to recall whatever actions the Legislature takes next session.

Baby kidnapped

On April 8 at about 7 pm, state troopers were notified of multiple 911 calls about a male attempting to take a baby away from a female on the side of the road along VT-109 in Belvidere, police say.

Rob Wagman: the Sheppard in Heather

I have broken my wife’s heart before, so I know the depths of that cry that encapsulates the sound of unbearable pain.  When we got the news of Heather Sheppard’s passing, my wife’s cries started with the lip curling, but within minutes, that all too familiar bellow that a hug can only hold down, but not quiet.

Stella: other states ban ‘vaccine passports’

Meanwhile, here in Vermont, discrimination is being encouraged. Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has announced that vaccinated persons shall be free to travel in/out of Vermont, without government quarantine restrictions. He has also elaborated on how un-vaccinated persons should be treated differently, and how vaccinated persons do not need to be tested, or quarantine.

Marijuana abuse common thread in mass killings

Steven Bourgoin, found guilty of the largest mass criminal homicide in Vermont – the deaths of five high school students in an October, 2016 car crash – had in his bloodstream high concentrations of THC, the psychoactive ingredient of marijuana. His police toxicology report has something in common with the perpetrators of some of the worst mass killings in recent U.S. and world history: he abused marijuana.

CFV: Pension reform NOW

The reality is that reform has to happen this year. Our retirement liability has grown $1,000,000,000 in the last twelve months and it’s only going to grow more. This will require more draconian cuts from beneficiaries and a more burdensome tax increase on Vermonters.