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Vermont Declaration of State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19 and National Guard Call-Out

VT STRONG news - Montpelier, VT: Office of the Governor reports STATE OF VERMONT EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 01-20 Declaration of State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19 and National Guard Call-Out WHEREAS, since December 2019, Vermont has been working in close collaboration with the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and with the United States Health and Human Services Agency to…
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Coronavirus Outbreak – Ski Resort Kills Crowded Bar, Lodge Gatherings, Festivals & Conferences. Slopes Open as Awesome Spring Riding Conditions Prevail.

Single use of enclosed Gondolas and Covered Chairlifts Optional. VT STRONG news Killington, VT: Killington resort reports COVID-19 AT KILLINGTON/PICO March 13, 2020 Public Notice (12:30 ) As you are likely following the COVID-19 news we want to provide you with an update on our course of action. We are monitoring the dynamic situation and will continue to follow the advice and guidance of federal…
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CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK – GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT ORDERS ACTIVATION OF STATE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER

VT Strong news - Montpelier, VT: Office of the Governor reports To support the ongoing work of the Vermont Department of Health and expand the capacity of state government to coordinate the COVID-19 response, Governor Phil Scott today ordered additional state agencies and departments to activate through the Vermont State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC). The activation is in accordance with the State Emergency Management Plan…
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CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK – Attorney General and Business Leaders Team up to Provide Tips in the Age of COVID-19 Virus

VT STRONG news - Montpellier, VT: Office of the Attorney General reports Leaders Caution Against Hoarding, Warn Against Price Gouging and Scams Vermont Attorney General Donovan and local business leaders today called for consumers and businesses to remember their neighborliness in the face of the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Attorney General Donovan urged consumers to resist an urge to hoard and warned Vermonters to report any…
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VT State House Cancels Non Essential Gatherings

VT STRONG news - Montpellier, VT: State of Vermont reports On March 11th, the Joint Rules Committee voted to cancel all “non-essential” gatherings at the State House through March 31st. This is a significant action that they did not take lightly. The list of events we’ve canceled includes: non-legislative press conferences, outside bookings of State House rooms, Farmer’s Night events, school visits, card room presentations…
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SARS COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak Fly into Vermont

VT STRONG news - Montpellier, VT: Office of the Governor Health Vermont reports CURRENT STATUS IN VERMONT On March 11, 2020, health officials announced a second case of novel coronavirus COVID-19 in Vermont. This Chittenden County case is considered presumptive positive, pending confirmation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more. The first case, announced on March 7, is in Bennington County. NEW: As of March…
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Fair Haven VT Super Tuesday Elects Dog as Mayor

Fair Haven, VT: The Town of Fair Haven has elected a therapy dog named Murfee, a 3-year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel, as Mayor. Murfee beat incumbent goat Mayor Mara Lincoln by 25 votes. FAIR HAVEN MAYORAL RACE MAKES HEADLINESFair Haven Elementary School SLATE VALLEY UNIFIED reports: The pet mayoral race that made national news and late night television last year is back and bigger than…
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WATER DISASTERS – Catastrophic Failure Averted as Portion of RUTLAND’S DUNKLEE POND DAM Removed

VT Strong news - Montpelier, VT : DEC reports The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will hold a public meeting March 12, 2020 from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM in Rutland to discuss the removal of the Dunklee Pond Dam. At the meeting, a DEC engineer, the project manager, and the design consultant will give an update on the current condition of the dam, why it is being removed, summarize existing…
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STOCK MARKET CATCHES CORONAVIRUS – DFR REMINDS INVESTORS TO AVOID MAKING IMPULSIVE DECISIONS IN A VOLATILE FINANCIAL MARKET

VT Strong news - Montpelier, VT : State Dept. of Financial Regulation reports In light of the ongoing developments related to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and its impact on financial markets, the Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) is reminding investors in Vermont to have patience and use caution. While every investor must be prepared to live with a certain amount of risk and uncertainty,…
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Sanders Unveils Bill to Combat Corporate Polluters and Protect Drinking Water

VT STRONG news - Office of Vermont Senator Sanders reports WASHINGTON, January 29 – Today, Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the Prevent Future American Sickness (PFAS) Act to require the cleanup of a class of toxic, so-called “forever chemicals”—known by their acronym PFAS—from America’s drinking water. New laboratory testing found that PFAS—per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances—are prevalent in the tap…
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Unleashed Novel Coronavirus SARS COVID-19 to “take a foothold in the U.S.” CDC Warns.

Is a Saturated Medical System Prepared to Handle a Widespread Epidemic ? CDC reports Situation and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19. More cases are likely to be identified in the coming days, including more cases in the United States. It’s also likely that…
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JUMP-START LOCAL INNOVATION AND VITALITY

VT Strong news - Montpellier, VT: Office of the Gov reports Berlin, Vt – Governor Phil Scott today announced $468,552 in Municipal Planning Grant awards at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. Of the 51 municipalities that applied, 31 towns and cities will receive planning grants to develop solutions that address local community issues. The Governor highlighted three planning grants awarded within in Washington County:…
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John Guerrero Sentenced to 155 Months for Drug Distribution and Firearms Conspiracies

VT Strong news - Burlington, VT: US DOJ Dist. of Vermont ATF reports The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that John Guerrero (also known as “Sunshine” to his former drug customers in Franklin County) was sentenced today in federal court on one count of conspiring to distribute two hundred and eighty grams or more of cocaine base and…
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Vermont Second Amendment Sanctuary Communities Resolution Against Further Government Restrictions on Firearms

VT STRONG news - The town selectboards in Arlington, Clarendon, Concord, Derby, Holland, Irasburg, Morgan, Searsburg, Stamford, Pittsford, Poultney, and Pownal have signed resolutions supporting the following Resolution. A Resolution for the defense of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. The township of hereby declares itself to be a Second Amendment and Article Sixteen, Constitutional Gun Owner township as defined herein – The town…
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Chinese Telecommunications Conglomerate Huawei and Subsidiaries Charged in Racketeering Conspiracy and Conspiracy to Steal Trade Secrets

US STRONG news – Washington, DC: US DOJ reports Charges also Reveal Huawei’s Business in North Korea and Assistance to the Government of Iran in Performing Domestic Surveillance. A superseding indictment was returned yesterday in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, charging Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. (Huawei), the world’s largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer, and two subsidiaries with conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt…
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First Responders Strike Vermont Gold Au to Fund Rescue Squad

VT STRONG news from THE GOLD RUSH TIMES news – Arlington, VT: Arlington Vermont Lion Club reports The Arlington Vermont Lions Club will host a Gold (Au) Panning Event on Saturday April 4, 2020 at the Paul LaFountain Post 69 on Legion Road to benefit the Arlington Rescue Squad. The Arlington Rescue Squad is made up of everyday local heroes. Arlington Rescue provides lifesaving emergency care 24…
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Moose Rescued from Black River Railroad Bridge near Ludlow Mines

VT STRONG news - Ludlow, V: Vermont Fish & Wildlife report On Wednesday morning it was reported to Vermont Fish and Wildlife that a moose was stuck in an active railroad trestle bridge next to Route 103 in the Ludlow/Cavendish area. Vermont game wardens and wildlife biologists with assistance from the Springfield Fire Department and a crew from the Vermont Rail System were able to…
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Vail Corp MTN Traders to eliminate hundreds of wilderness jobs beyond Colorado Destabling NE Homesteads. “An entire administrative floor has been ‘gutted’ and even some employees with more than a decade of employment at the mountain will lose their jobs, endangering the basic financial stability of many families in the valley just before the holidays.”

VT STRONG news - Mountain Merger Layoffs Continue. Hundreds of foreign workers filling seasonal jobs. Chris Mays, Brattleboro Reformer reports WEST DOVER — Some Mount Snow employees will lose their jobs as a result of a merger with Vail Resorts. Mount Snow's parent company Peak Resorts was acquired by Vail Resorts this summer. "As part of the acquisition and integration of our 17 new resorts…
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