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Stowe and Okemo resorts to open November 16

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 4:59pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A combination of world-class snowmaking and strong early-season snowfall will allow both Stowe and Okemo Mountain Resort to open earlier than in most prior years, on Friday, November 16. Vermont is expected to get upwards of a foot of new snow Thursday night. Stowe will offer top-to-bottom skiing and riding with over 2,000 vertical feet of continuous terrain off of the Four Runner Quad chairlift on Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak.

International Ski Federation gives green light to Killington World Cup race

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 12:06pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard resort in Eastern North America, has received a positive snow control announcement from FIS (Internal Ski Federation), the governing body of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup. This is no mere formality. Two years ago races were canceled in Colorado and Lake Louise, Canada, because of poor snow conditions about the same time Vermont celebrated the return of championship racing at Killington. The early date for these races does mean that weather conditions have to be conducive for making snow, which they easily have been this year in southern Vermont. Both Killington and Mount Snow (a record early start) have already opened for the season.

ANR launches 'Recycle Like You Live Here' campaign

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 11:36am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine To protect worker safety and improve the value of Vermont’s recyclables, the Agency of Natural Resources has launched a campaign to reduce recycling contamination. The Agency worked with Chittenden Solid Waste District and Casella Waste Systems to identify the top four contaminants at their recycling facilities and created advertisements to let people know these items don’t belong in blue recycling bins: plastic bags, batteries and electronics, food-contaminated recyclables, and scrap metal.

Senate Judiciary Committee advances nomination Brad LaRose to be Vermont’s next US Marshal

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 11:02am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday advanced the nomination of retired Essex Police Chief Brad LaRose to be Vermont’s next US Marshal. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Governor Phil Scott (R) had jointly recommended LaRose to President Trump in January to fill the vacancy, and the President nominated him in June.

Goddard College institutes carbon neutral plan with woodchip boiler

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 6:43am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine At a gathering to celebrate Goddard College’s new $2.5 million woodchip district heating plant, the Biomass Energy Research Center (BERC) and Renewable Energy Vermont (REV) released a report Wednesday called Expanded Use of Wood Heating in Vermont. With Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy Plan to meet 90 percent of the state’s energy needs through renewables, the organizations said in a statement that advancing wood heating is a critical part of meeting our climate commitments.

Subsurface tile drainage water quality rule filed

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 6:17am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Thursday, November 8, 2018, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) filed the adopted rule amendment to the Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) with the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR) and the Secretary of State (SOS).  The amendment includes requirements for reducing nutrient contributions to waters of the State from subsurface tile drainage on agricultural fields. The new rule will become effective November 23, 2018.

Vermont Evaporator challenges maple industry in charity campaign

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 5:52am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In honor of Native American Heritage month and in the spirit of Thanksgiving, Vermont Evaporator Company is challenging the Vermont maple industry to join it in making a difference for native New Englanders by donating a portion of November sales. Vermont Evaporator Company has identified its chosen beneficiary as the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts.

VSP Bomb Squad safely disposes of explosives found in Wallingford

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 5:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont State Police Bomb Squad safely disposed of commercial explosives including dynamite found in a private residence in Wallingford on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, according to a VSP press release. On Thursday, November 1, VSP-Rutland was contacted by an employee from an auction company regarding a suspected explosives magazine found at a property in Wallingford that was being prepared for sale. Information obtained by the auction company suggested explosives still were stored within the magazine.

Secretary of State Condos releases official results of the historic 2018 General Election

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 4:50pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos announced the official results of the Vermont 2018 General Election held on Tuesday, November 6. The 2018 General Election set a record for most votes cast in a Vermont midterm election, with 278,230 voters casting ballots out of 490,074 registered voters. Vermont’s number of registered voters is also at an all-time high.

Stowe auto repair shop sanctioned for failing to comply with court order

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 4:05pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Agency of Natural Resources Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that Willie Noyes, owner of Willie’s Village Auto in Stowe, agreed to sanctions for failing to comply with a July 2016 court order that required the removal of junk motor vehicles from his property. The order stemmed from violations of the Vermont salvage yard rules.

Moulton: Earning and learning, apprenticeships and access

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 3:47pm -- tim

by Patricia Moulton, President, Vermont Technical College Vermont has one of the highest high school graduation rates in the nation. We also have one of the lowest rates in the country for high school grads entering college. At a time when two-thirds of jobs will require some form of education after high school by 2020, Vermont needs to make sure that more than 60 percent of its high school students are getting more education. Perhaps even more important to improve, the rate of economically disadvantaged students going on to college is currently less than 40 percent.