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Final public forum for working group on law enforcement community interaction Tuesday

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 12:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General Bill Sorrell reminds Vermonters that the working group on law enforcement–community interaction will be holding its final public forum on Tuesday evening. Sorrell convened the working group to gather perspectives on the role that implicit bias has played in interactions between the community and law enforcement. The goal of gathering this feedback is to inform ongoing efforts to strengthen law enforcement training and enhance community trust in law enforcement in Vermont.

Unpermitted commercial waste hauler fined $8,375

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 12:06pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Delmolino & Sons, Inc. an out-of-state commercial waste hauler, is now required to pay a penalty of $8,375 after operating for a year in Vermont without a solid waste transporter permit. The Agency of Natural Resources announced today the issuance of a Final Order against Delmolino & Sons, Inc for commercially hauling solid waste in Vermont without a permit.

Carris Reels acquires Lone Star Reel of Texas

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 11:26am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Proctor-based Carris Reels has announced the purchased the Texas firm Lone Star Reel from Mike Pawlish and Larry Beal. Lone Star Reel is a manufacturer of plywood reels and nailed wood reels, serving wire and cable customers’ through-out the Southern United States for approximately 20 years. Pawlish and Beal started the company in McKinney, Texas, in 1997, and expanded to Bonham, Texas, five years later. Today nailed wood reels are produced in the Bonham plant and plywood reels from McKinney.

Smith: Our choices for president

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 3:33am -- tim

by Mike Smith We find ourselves in an interesting predicament as we consider candidates for president in the closing weeks of what has been anything but an ordinary campaign. The majority of Americans dislike and distrust the nominees of both major political parties. Polls have consistently found that if voters had the opportunity to vote for either Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump or “neither,” they would choose, “neither.” So, why do we lack enthusiasm for the two major party presidential candidates? Much of the blame can be directed at both Clinton and Trump.

PAI: Jobs increase, but educational and digital divides persist

Sun, 10/23/2016 - 4:39pm -- tim

Public Assets Institute Unemployment rates in New England are mostly lower than in the US as a whole. But job growth in the region is mixed. This year through September, Vermont saw a 1.2 percent increase in private sector jobs—the same as the national average. Massachusetts and New Hampshire have been adding jobs faster than the US and the remaining New England states have lagged behind the national rate.

Rare lynx spotted in Southern Vermont

Sun, 10/23/2016 - 9:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A lone Canada lynx was photographed in the southern Vermont town of Londonderry this June, marking the first confirmed evidence of lynx in Vermont outside the Northeast Kingdom in decades. Lynx are listed as ‘threatened’ under the federal Endangered Species Act and ‘endangered’ in the state of Vermont. The lynx was photographed in the back yard of a rural Londonderry home. Biologists with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department confirmed the identification of the animal from the photos and visited the site to confirm the location of the photos.

Ethan Allen comments on business in advance of Tuesday's Q1 2017 financial report

Sun, 10/23/2016 - 5:26am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Ethan Allen Interiors Inc (NYSE:ETH) commented today, in advance of its Fall Investor Meeting, on its financial results for the fiscal 2017 first quarter, which ended on September 30, 2016. Results will be reported October 25 and investor meeting will be held on October 26. With expanded offerings and advertising, both expenses and sales have increased. Ethan Allen has a major manufacturing plant in Orleans.

VPR Poll: Minter-Scott dead heat; trust high, except journalists

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 5:14am -- tim

Vermont Public Radio Who leads the race for president and the key statewide offices in Vermont? What are the top issues on voters' minds and how much do they trust some of Vermont's institutions? VPR has once again partnered with The Castleton Polling Institute to ask Vermonters what they think about the big issues facing our state and the choices voters face on November 8.

Supreme Court reverses lower court, denies Exit 1 development

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 6:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Supreme Court has reversed a lower court and denied an Act 250 permit for a proposed large commercial and retail development at the I-89 Exit 1 interchange near Quechee. The Vermont Natural Resources Board, together with the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission, appealed the lower court’s ruling. In its decision earlier today, a unanimous Court agreed with the Board and the Regional Commission that the proposed development conflicts with the regional plan.

Vermont revises rules for maintaining water quality on logging jobs

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 3:50pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine An improved set of practices designed to protect water quality on logging jobs goes into effect as a revised rule tomorrow, October 22. The Acceptable Management Practices for Maintaining Water Quality on Logging Jobs in Vermont, or AMPs, are a set of practices designed to protect water quality by minimizing soil erosion and runoff during and after logging activity. The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation revised the AMP rule as a requirement of Act 64, an act passed in 2015 to improve the quality of State waters.

Vermont jobless rate stays at 3.3 percent for September

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 11:17am -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston The unemployment rate was unchanged last month, but the key indicators were all slightly worse, as the labor force and employment both fell, while the number of jobless increased. The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for September was 3.3 percent, the same as the revised August rate. The national rate in September was 5.0 percent, up one tenth.