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

Commentary: Trump refusal to accept defeat threatens US - VT Digger

VT Digger’s Jon Margolis is already writing the postmortem on the Trump presidency, and he’s showing no great respect for the (presumed) dead.

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The Whole Story: Want to reduce emissions? Grow trees, not corn (for ethanol) – Tom Evslin

Time to replace corn with trees.

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Scott congrats to Biden not premature, he says - Vermont Daily

Given the bias of the press that “called” the election Saturday, and the newness of mail-in voting and allegations of fraud, does Phil Scott think his congratulations Saturday to “President Elect” Biden premature? No, he does not.

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Voter turnout shatters record - Bennington Banner

Thanks to a highly contested national election and mailed ballots, voting was up 13.9%. But can you still call it "turnout?"

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"Segregated policing" selectman steps down as chair - Seven Days

Chris Viens resigned as Waterbury selectboard chair, but he's staying on the selectboard, despite a petition signed by 464 people.

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State tightens travel rules over Covid-19 outbreak- Seven Days

Non-essential inter-state travel now requires 14 day quarantine or seven day quarantine with negative test.

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Gun show or no gun show? Covid policies weighed - Times Argus

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At least one Barre city councilor worries that an upcoming gun show at the Aud could be a super-spreader.

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Solid waste district dumps ‘recycled’ glass - VPR

When it comes to mandatory recycling - who watches the watchmen?

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As mercury drops, state offers relief to ‘red-tagged’ fuel tank owners - True North Reports

1625 Vermont property owners have red tags on their fuel tanks, meaning they can’t be filled until repaired or replaced. The State has a few ways to keep them from freezing while they wait for busy contractors to come.

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State’s response “frustrates” fearful neighbors of Slate Ridge - VT Digger

Incipient violent militia movement? Or a bunch of folks who love to shoot guns? Another story by VT Digger sans byline about neighbors who don’t like the firearms training facility in Pownal.

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Burlington extends crowd limits to March - Seven Days

It will indeed be a dark winter for Burlington, at least socially, as the City has imposed private and public gathering restrictions until March. As goes Burlington, so goes Vermont?

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The Whole Story: Veterans’ home residents isolated by pandemic – you can help

Today, as Vermonters observe Veterans’ Day, the residents of the Vermont Veterans Home (VVH) in Bennington have only limited contact with loved ones due to the pandemic and staffing demands. But concerned Vermonters can take action to reduce their sense of isolation in the approaching holiday season.

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Three reps vie for House Speaker job - Times Argus

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With current House Speaker Mitzi Johnson seeking a recount and 18 more votes to win back the Grand Isle House seat she lost on Election Day, two Democratic caucus leaders and the rep from Woodstock all have thrown their hats into the ring. And another un-elected legislator - Cynthia Browning of Arlington - is considering it (see Whole Story, below.)

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Two announce plans to seek Prog nomination for Burlington mayor - Seven Days

IF he chooses to run, Democrat Mayor Miro Weinberger will have competition from a Progressive candidate.

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Anti-pot BLM critic defeats longtime Dem incumbent - WITHOUT Facebook - VT Daily

Art Peterson thinks BLM is a Marxist organization. He opposes the retail sale of marijuana. Sharing these strongly held views didn’t prevent him from beating a 15-year Democratic member of the Vermont House of Representatives. He tells the truth as he sees it - something voters seem to like.

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Hallelujah! A vaccine, stock markets say - WPTZ

With the post-election news of a 90% reliable vaccine ready by the end of this year, the stock market leapt in joy and anticipation.

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Woman to lead Derby barracks of State Police - Newport Dispatch

Orleans County now has women in its three top law enforcement jobs: of state’s attorney (Jennifer Barrett), sheriff (Jennifer Harlow) and local commander of state police (Sgt. Debra Munson).

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Gram out, Cengeri in as WDEV morning talk host - True North

Veteran reporter Dave Gram aired his last interview on WDEV Friday. He was abruptly terminated this weekend and replaced by Ric Cengeri, formerly of VPR and someone who knows a thing or two about sudden firings.

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300 hospital workers reassigned, furloughed over cyberattack - VT Digger

The loss of the patient computer records system due to cyberattack has caused massive job disruption at Vermont’s largest employer, the University of Vermont Medical Center.

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Buck season to look different during pandemic - WCAX

Deer hunters can still bring their kill to the reporting stations - but Fish & Wildlife would rather you report online. But state officials do want your help to protect the declining health of the deer herd, caused by crowded habitat.

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