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    Jerry Garcia's guitar finds new life on Vermonter Zach Nugent's debut album

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2022 10:19

    The late Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead used to name his guitars, and one was known as "The Wolf." He switched to another after 1978, and The Wolf didn't appear on any recorded album since. But now it's back, as Vermont's Zach Nugent of the Nectar's house band Dead Set plays the old instrument on his debut album.

    This woman-run farm in Springfield raises some of the best beef cattle in the country

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2022 4:56

    Vermont Wagyu recently held its annual auction, where cattle ranchers from across the country purchased animals raised on the Vermont farm.

    Phil Scott on his win in the race for governor

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2022 8:09

    Republican Gov. Phil Scott handily won re-election to a fourth term yesterday, grabbing more than 71% of the vote to defeat Democratic activist Brenda Siegel's 24%. But the governor was not celebrating with the state's Republican party.

    David Zuckerman on his win for lieutenant governor

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2022 6:25

    David Zuckerman will be the second person in state history to serve non-consecutive terms as lieutenant governor. He defeated his Republican opponent, Joe Benning, by a margin of 54% to 43%.

    Becca Balint on her win in the race for U.S. House

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2022 11:28

    For the first time in the state's 231-year history, Vermont voters have elected a woman to represent them in the U.S. House of Representatives. Democrat Becca Balint served in Vermont's Legislature as the state Senate president, and before that was a middle school teacher. When she's inaugurated in January, she'll also be Vermont's first openly gay person to serve in Congress. Balint easily beat Republican nominee Liam Madden, a Marine veteran and a self-described independent looking to disrupt the two-party system.

    Vermont's next Legislature eyeing big-ticket programs 'to support families'

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2022 7:43

    Democrats will again have strong majorities in the House and Senate, and leaders are expected to consider major new expenditures on child care, paid family leave, and nutrition assistance.

    'What is the future going to be?': House race in NEK has voters pondering next steps for rural Vermont

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2022 12:29

    There are 150 seats in the Vermont House of Representatives up for grabs on Tuesday, but one race in the Northeast Kingdom could be especially consequential.As a result of legislative reapportionment, two incumbent lawmakers — one a Democrat, and one a Republican — are vying to represent Albany, Craftsbury, Glover and Greensboro in the Vermont Statehouse. And the race is raising some important questions about the future of rural Vermont.

    Vermont sees a record number of mail-in ballots for the 2022 midterm election

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2022 6:53

    A record number of mail-in ballots for a non-presidential election have already been received by town clerks across Vermont. It's estimated that as many as 50% of all votes cast for the midterm election will be done by mail this year. But what happens to these ballots when they're sent back to the clerk's office?

    Vermont turns to new vendor for more equitable school assessments

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2022 5:38

    Historically, standardized tests have not been considered equitable to all students. In Vermont, education officials are now partnering with a new vendor for statewide testing.

    There's a lot of 'promising jobs' in Vermont. But at least one tech center can't find enough trainees for them

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2022 6:42

    Rob Bahny creates training programs for Vermonters who are looking to earn a license and begin careers in health care and other sectors with a worker shortage. He says significant funding is available to pay for training, but certain barriers keep potential students from ever signing up for class.

    Decades after the last horse crossed the finish line, Pownal is haunted by an old racetrack

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2022 8:50

    The small town of Pownal is known for its horse racing track — even though it's been almost 50 years since the last thoroughbred crossed the finish line there. And even after years of watching it fall into ruin, some locals believe the property still has potential.

    Vermont's next governor will grapple with a workforce shortage. How much can they do to fix it?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2022 7:23

    There are about 20,000 fewer people working or seeking work in Vermont compared to the months before the pandemic, and the state's aging population could further strain the workforce in the coming years. So how might the two major party candidates running for governor tackle this issue? And how much power does a governor really have to grow the workforce?

    'Time out for turtles': Volunteers prepare Vermont beaches for spiny softshell hatchlings

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2022 5:38

    Earlier this month nearly 50 volunteers armed with rakes and large pruning tools gathered for the annual spiny softshell turtle beach clean up day. The conservation effort, organized by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, helps ready the beach for hatching baby turtles.

    Gov. Phil Scott says protecting public safety is a core tenet. But some say he has a mixed record

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2022 6:58

    Legal experts, lawmakers and advocates say that Gov. Phil Scott, who's often lauded as being a moderate Republican, takes a more traditionally conservative view on criminal justice issues.

    Vt.'s housing health & safety system didn't protect farmworkers, so they created their own program

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2022 8:47

    According to a recent study, more than half of Vermont's farmworker housing units are in need of repairs, including for health and safety issues.But even though on-farm housing is technically state-regulated in Vermont, farmworkers do not rely on state agencies for help. Instead, farmworkers use a program they built themselves.

    Behind the scenes at one of Vermont's largest haunted houses

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2022 4:43

    Nightmare Vermont is one of the largest haunted houses in the state. Since opening in Essex Junction in 2004, this all-volunteer Halloween event has provided classic jump scares and an immersive theater experience. And Vermont Public's Marlon Hyde got a behind-the-scenes walkthrough.

    A Vermont Steelband wants to bring awareness to the dwindling bee population

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2022 4:08

    A number of pollinating bees are either endangered or threatened in Vermont, and a group of steelpan drummers wants to bring awareness to the dwindling pollinator populations. As Vermont Public's Marlon Hyde reports this group is using music that originates from the Caribbean to make a difference.

    Outraged by Dobbs decision, Vermont neighbors host bike ride for reproductive liberty amendment

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2022 5:34

    This November, Vermonters will vote on whether to enshrine the right to abortion in the state Constitution. The overturning of Roe v. Wade helped spur some voters to advocate for the measure, including a group of friends who hosted a bike ride to fundraise for the campaign.

    Modeling the 'human' in human-caused climate change

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 7:05

    In essence, University of Vermont scientist Brian Beckage and his team created a model that says as the climate changes, so will human behavior — for the better.

    Vermont ultra-marathoner completes Long Trail in record-setting time

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 7:05

    Richmond native Ben Feinson didn't just hike the Long Trail from the Vermont-Massachusetts border up to Canada — he ran it. And he did it in record time. Learn about his incredible journey and the documentary that recorded his history-making run.

    A 500-million-year-old fossil was recently found by a Vermont fly fishing guide

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2022 5:44

    A fly fishing guide in Bennington County found a rare fossil while teaching a client.

    Meet the parasitoid wasps scientists hope will save (some) of Vermont's ash trees

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2022 6:41

    Can these parasitoid wasps give Vermont's young ash trees a fighting chance against the invasive emerald ash borer? Scientists sure hope so.

    Highlights from Vermont lieutenant governor debate with Joe Benning and David Zuckerman

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2022 7:25

    Vermont Edition host Connor Cyrus moderated a debate between Republican Joe Benning and Progressive/Democrat David Zuckerman on Thursday, Oct. 20. Here are the highlights.

    In high-profile & politicized murder case in Burlington, the alleged killer's mental state is on trial

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2022 6:58

    Five years after Aita Gurung allegedly killed his wife and attacked his mother-in-law, a jury will decide whether he was insane at the time, or whether he should be sent to prison. All the mental health experts who examined Gurung, including one hired by prosecutors, determined he was legally insane, which led Chittenden County State's Attorney Sarah George to dismiss the case in 2019. The attorney general's office refiled the case after a request from Gov. Phil Scott.

    Where Vermont's lieutenant governor candidates stand on climate, health care and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2022 12:43

    A number of political observers think the race for lieutenant governor this year might turn out to be the most competitive of Vermont's eight statewide contests.

    Highlights from Vermont governor debate with Phil Scott and Brenda Siegel

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2022 6:08

    Vermont Edition host Mikaela Lefrak moderated a debate between Republican Phil Scott and Democrat Brenda Siegel on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Here are the highlights.

    State replaces drinking taps after elevated lead levels found in Vt. child care centers, schools

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2022 7:27

    A release from the Vermont Department of Health last month showed 98% of Vermont schools and child care facilities have completed testing and remediation for lead in their drinking water. And the results showed that one in five taps had lead levels at or above recommended state levels.

    GlobalFoundries is getting $30 million to upgrade its Vermont plant, and hopes more federal money is on the way

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2022 4:44

    GlobalFoundries will use the money to manufacture a new type of semiconductor at its facility in Essex Junction. If the company gets its way, there could soon be much more government money infused into the 65-year-old computer chip plant.

    Democratic candidate for governor Brenda Siegel says Vermont needs a new kind of leader

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2022 8:10

    Brenda Siegel says she'll make government work better for the low- and middle-income Vermonters who are struggling to get by.

    Randolph holds community forum following high school locker room incident

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2022 6:21

    Students, staff and community are reeling after the community of nearly 5,000 received national attention. That's after a local media outlet reported on a 14-year-old Randolph Union High School trans student and her use of the girls locker room.

    Highlights from U.S. Senate debate with Gerald Malloy and Peter Welch

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2022 5:19

    Vermont Edition host Mikaela Lefrak moderated a debate between Republican Gerald Malloy and Democrat Peter Welch on Thursday, Oct. 13. Here are the highlights.

    Hinesburg, Vt. author recounts how she and her family embarked on a cross-country motorcycle road trip

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2022 6:49

    Hinesburg resident and author Jane Taylor's new book Spirit Traffic tells the story of her 10,000-mile family motorcycle road trip across the country.

    Highlights from U.S. House debate with Becca Balint and Liam Madden

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2022 7:22

    Vermont Edition host Connor Cyrus moderated a debate between Democrat Becca Balint and Republican Liam Madden on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Here are the highlights.

    In an uphill race for the Senate, GOP candidate Gerald Malloy pitches limited government, business experience

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2022 6:24

    Gerald Malloy bills himself as a conservative Republican. The first-time political candidate won an upset victory in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate, beating moderate Christina Nolan, who was considered the front runner. His political positions revolve around a few themes: limited government, a conservative reading of the Constitution and free-market capitalism.

    Knit, purl... vote? Montpelier artist stitches democracy into knitting circles

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2022 6:11

    Eve Jacobs-Carnahan is a former election lawyer. She's also an artist. In her Knit Democracy Together workshops, she invites knitters and crafters to create 3D sculpture while discussing the democratic process.

    Murder and lost clock keys: Spending a shift with St. Johnsbury emergency dispatchers

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2022 7:46

    Reporter Erica Heilman stopped in to visit with dispatchers at the St. Johnsbury Police Department to find out what it takes to be the first stop in an emergency response.

    Vermont health official on why we're hearing about Legionnaires' disease, and what to watch for

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2022 5:22

    Vermont's Department of Health recently concluded an investigation into a cluster of cases of Legionnaires' disease in and around St. Albans in Franklin County.The state confirmed five cases, including one that resulted in death.

    Local evening newscast for Friday, Oct. 7

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2022 1:32

    Local evening newscast for Friday, Oct. 7

    Why drinking water fluoride levels were mysteriously low in the town of Richmond, Vermont

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2022 7:00

    People living in Richmond, Vermont were surprised to find out that fluoride levels in their drinking water had been dropping to less than half the recommended state levels. They discovered that a town worker had been responsible. Seven Days reporter Kevin McCallum breaks down what happened with Vermont Public's Mitch Wertlieb.

    When it comes to cutting emissions, Dartmouth looks to the ground

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 6:54

    The college is drilling test wells to expand access to geothermal energy to heat and cool buildings on campus. The systems collect thermal energy from below the earth's surface, then run it through heat pumps for air conditioning.

    In bid for U.S. House seat, Liam Madden is running against the system

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 7:10

    Liam Madden, a first-time political candidate who wants to succeed Rep. Peter Welch, says nothing less than a wholesale reordering of the U.S. political system will save the country from the "catastrophes" at its doorstep.

    Vermonter Melany Kahn captures the love of foraging in her new children's book

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2022 6:56

    Vermont has long been a kind of hunter's paradise. But beyond taking a bear, moose or wild turkey during their designated hunting seasons, a first-time children's book author has spun a tale about a kind of hunting — or more specifically, foraging — that can be done almost any time in Vermont's spring, summer or fall seasons.

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