Burlington, Vermont has sourced 100% of its energy from renewables since 2014. In 2018, the city implemented a Net Zero Energy Plan to eliminate all fossil fuel use in its heating and ground transportation by 2030. A program that provides incentives for residents and businesses to switch to such renewable energy technologies has been extended.
New Hampshire National Guard members, who have helped manage food banks and administer COVID-19 tests and vaccines during the pandemic, are preparing for at least a nine-month deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Spartan Shield.
The U.S.-Canada border has been closed to non-essential travelers since late March 2020. One of the first executive orders signed by President Joe Biden directs the Secretaries of State, Homeland Security, Transportation, and Health and Human Services to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to begin discussions with their Mexican and Canadian counterparts and submit a plan that determines what public health measures and operational considerations are necessary to reopen travel across the border.
Updated at 5:40 p.m. on Jan. 29, 2021: Vermont State Police say an Underhill woman last seen Wednesday has been found safe out of state. Police say 18-year-old Leydi Lopez talked with investigators and said she left Vermont voluntarily and wanted to remain out of state. Police say members of the federal Homeland Security Investigations located her and that no criminal behavior is associated with her disappearance.
Burlington, Vermont voters will be asked on Town Meeting Day March 2nd whether Ranked Choice Voting should be used to select city councilors. The charter change question is controversial as advocates say it’s a fairer way to choose city leaders. But opponents point out the system has been used in the city in the past and discarded.
One of the executive orders signed by President Biden this week calls on federal agencies to begin discussions with Canada and Mexico on reopening the land borders from months of COVID-19 shutdowns. The North Country Chamber is praising the action.
Burlington voters will elect a mayor on Town Meeting Day, March 2nd. The incumbent Democrat and his challengers met recently for a virtual forum hosted by one of the city’s neighborhood planning assemblies.
On the eve of a sea change in Washington, Vermont Congressman Peter Welch held a telephone town hall with his constituents Tuesday evening. Most of the questions centered on accountability following the January 6th mob attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Vermont Governor Phil Scott delivered his latest COVID-19 update today. Among the topics was a review of economic aid available to businesses in the latest federal relief bill and a response to concerns about less supply of the vaccine than originally anticipated.