Vermont Water Cooler aggregates top news headlines from all over Vermont in one easy-to-find place.

Lawmakers face bleak fiscal reality (but it could be worse) - VPR

Lawmakers learned yesterday the state government revenue gap isn’t as wide as feared. That’s the good news…..

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Vermonters cut Thanksgiving travel in half - Brattleboro Reformer

After hearing all the sturm and drang about no multi-household gatherings and students finking on parents about Thanksgiving, Vermonters cut their out-of-state holiday travel by more than in half.

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Global Warming Solutions Act constitutional, Attorney General says - VT Digger

Vermont’s Democratic Attorney General and possible governor-in-waiting, TJ Donovan, sent Gov. Phil Scott a letter this week saying the law giving 23 unelected appointees power to create carbon reduction policies passes constitutional muster. But Gov. Phil Scott isn’t so sure.

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Pandemic creates financial winners and losers, lawmakers told - True North Reports

If you play the market, work in the tech field, sell rural real estate, or run a business that was doing okay but still received federal recovery $$, the pandemic has meant good times. But if you’re a single mom with kids who can’t even go to school much anymore - meh, not so much.

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New electric car will charge the grid, GMP says - VT Biz

Green Mountain Power this week unveiled an electric car that can give electricity back to the grid - especially at “peak demand” in the morning and evening. Crowd-sourced, grid-scale battery power gamechanger, or flash in the pan?

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Tracy wins Progressive nod for mayor - Seven Days

Incumbent Mayor Miro Weinberger will face a known Prog at the City Meeting in March: 33 year-old, eight-year City Council veteran Max Tracy, seen as a Progressive hardliner who if elected will make major structural changes to city government.

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Thousands petition against humanities cuts at UVM - VT Digger

What in the name of Senator Charles W. Waterman does UVM think it’s doing, cutting all of those liberal arts programs? Students, staff, professors, and presumably family members thereof have petitioned for relief from the budget-cutting scalpel. At least they’re finally getting rid of the DWM (Dead White Men) subjects: religion, classics, Latin, Greek. Au courant subjects like ethnic and women’s studies seem to have survived intact.

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New brewery opens - Rutland Herald

The owners of new Mt. Holly Beer Company like their adopted Rutland County hometown because it’s so “Vermont-ish.” And they’re into grow-your-own - hops, that is.

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Bullhead tumors in Memphremagog discussed Dec. 9 - Newport Dispatch

Tumors on fish are like the dying canary in the mineshaft - bad for the animal but a sign of environmental trouble for all other living things, including humans. State environmental officials will hold a Zoom public hearing next week.

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Young dog-walkers gave $100 each to 35 non-kill shelters, despite pandemic - WCAX

A two year Incredible Journey is over - two Vermont youths have earned enough money walking dogs to donate $100 each to 35 non-kill pet shelters. But they’ll keep walking dogs.

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GOP re-elects House leadership

The Vermont House Republican Caucus unanimously re-elected its leadership on Monday. Representative Pattie McCoy (R-Poultney) will return as House Minority Leader, while Representative Rob LeClair (R-Barre Town) will return as House Assistant Minority Leader.

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State must protect renters from substandard housing

Submitted for your approval, three news stories on a common theme: What happens when government isn’t up to the task?

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Covid up in Burlington wastewater, mayor predicts tough weeks ahead

The first readings from the City of Burlington’s Covid-19 Wastewater Monitoring Program since the Thanksgiving holiday show a significantly higher prevalence of the virus in Burlington, Mayor Miro Weinberger said Thursday.

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BLM: Black Lives Matter, or Be Like Marx?

In towns, cities, and school districts near my home in Northfield, governing boards are being given a choice: raise the BLM flag or be branded as complicit with hatred. I raise my voice in moral opposition to this civic arm-twisting.

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Mother charged with killing month-old son - WCAX

A one-month-old boy died from a brain hemorrhage as a result of an assault by his mother.

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Nine percent property tax hike expected - WCAX

Property tax owners will pay the bill for the pandemic lockdown that slashed business taxable revenue in 2020 and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

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Teachers protest police in schools- Shelburne News

The Hinesburg school’s “Equity Group” says having a cop on school premises does more harm that good. They would prefer funding a social worker trained to deal with trauma.

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Barre goes remote learning until January - The Bridge

Barre - an epicenter of the Washington County Covid outbreak - suspended in-person learning Nov. 11 and will remain so until into the new year.

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Condos links Trump to Secretary of State death threats - Seven Days

State police are investigating threatening messages left for Vermont Secretary of State staff in connection with the election. Secretary of State Jim Condos linked this event to a State of Georgia official blaming similar activity there on Pres. Donald Trump.

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Health Dept. investigating Covid at St. Albans funeral - St. Albans Messenger

Someone with Covid attended a funeral at Holy Angels Catholic Church in St. Albans last month, Health Dept. contact tracers say.

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