January 20, 2017

Reduce risk to radon exposure

Think your lungs are safe because you stopped smoking? Think again. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer and is a naturally occurring radioactive gas found in high levels in one out of every 15 homes, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. [Read more…]

Treasurer: State can afford two years of lake cleanup

Observer photo courtesy of Flickr, by Don Shall Algae blooms appear near the Lake Champlain boathouse.

Observer photo courtesy of Flickr, by Don Shall
Algae blooms appear near the Lake Champlain boathouse.

By Mike Polhamus

For Vermont Digger

Vermont can meet federal requirements for cutting pollution in Lake Champlain over the next two years without raising new revenue, State Treasurer Beth Pearce told legislators last week. [Read more…]

Scrap the surprise stop sign sites, town says

Observer photo by Jess Wisloski A stop sign halts traffic headed east on Zephyr Road at Day Lane.

Observer photo by Jess Wisloski
A stop sign halts traffic headed east on Zephyr Road at Day Lane.

Board resists undoing strangely situated intersections

By Jess Wisloski

Observer staff

Ever been driving around Williston and have that strange feeling a stop sign just jumped out at you? It may be that you encountered one of two sets of stop sign intersections that were put in, basically, all wrong. [Read more…]

Williston’s membership in parks district questioned

Observer file photo Conservation interns worked on the decaying wooden walkway at Mud Pond this past summer.

Observer file photo
Conservation interns worked on the decaying wooden walkway at Mud Pond this past summer.

By Jess Wisloski

Observer staff

Citing an outdated membership fee structure and unnecessary or underprovided services, town leaders are considering pulling the plug on a long-held membership in a regional parks district to save nearly $32,000. [Read more…]

Merged school board approves $74M budget

Only Williston gets tax hike

By Jess Wisloski

Observer staff

For the first time as a united leadership body, the 12 elected members of the Champlain Valley School District’s new board approved a school budget on Tuesday night, at Williston Central School. [Read more…]