June 18, 2019

Guest Column: Lawmakers can slow Vermont’s income inequality

By Stephanie Yu

Last December, the federal government passed a giant tax cut that mostly benefits corporations and those at the top. This new federal law will increase Vermont’s income inequality, which slows economic growth, increases poverty and reduces upward mobility. [Read more…]

Pipeline cost increases ruled not ‘substantial change’

Sections of pipe are encased in cement at Vermont Gas’ staging area in Williston. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

By Mike Polhamus

For VTDigger

A drastic increase in the cost of construction for a 41-mile Vermont Gas Systems natural gas pipeline — from an initial estimate of $87 million to the actual cost of $165 — did not amount to a “substantial change” to the project permit, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday. [Read more…]

A Catamount Community Forest Q&A

Observer courtesy photo
A view of Camel’s Hump from the planned future Catamount Community Forest.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was submitted by Williston Conservation Planner Melinda Scott.

Excitement has been building around the town’s planned acquisition of the McCullough property, aka Catamount, on Governor Chittenden Road. With this project, the Town of Williston, in partnership with the Trust for Public Land, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board and Vermont Land Trust, hope to acquire one of the largest contiguous open parcels in Williston, to be conserved in perpetuity as a town forest. What does this mean for Williston? Read on for answers to common questions. [Read more…]

Signs of spring slowly starting to show

Observer photos by Al Frey
Pussy willow buds and snow drops have finally made their debuts.

Boulanger promoted to planning and zoning director

Matt Boulanger

There was no need to search far and wide for a successor to retiring Williston Planning and Zoning Director Ken Belliveau. Williston’s Senior Planner of 10 years, Matt Boulanger, has been offered and has accepted the position. [Read more…]

Alternative school paves new roads

Observer photo by Jason Starr
Katie Palmer with a service-dog-in-training at Two Roads Academy in Williston on Tuesday.

By Jason Starr

Observer staff

As a Williston native, Katie Palmer grew up attending local public schools, graduating from Champlain Valley Union High School in 1988. She has now returned to town to offer students an alternative to public education. [Read more…]

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend

Observer photo by Al Frey
Redhawk Riley Canty delivers a pitch during CVU’s game in Colchester on Saturday. See page 15 for more from the game.

Bourgoin to seek change of venue

Steve Bourgoin appears in court in 2017

Trial delayed to September for wrong-way driver in fatal crash

By Jason Starr

Observer staff

A Williston driver accused of killing five teenagers in a 2016 car crash on Interstate 89 plans to seek a change of venue for his trial out of Chittenden County, State’s Attorney Sarah George said Monday.

[Read more…]

“Ready Player One”

It’s All a Game

2 & ½ popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

film critic [Read more…]

Scott administration opposes universal primary care

By Mike Faher

For VTDigger

Gov. Phil Scott’s administration is taking a firm stance against a legislative effort to create a universal primary health care system. [Read more…]