October 14th, 2010
MIDDLEBURY — Calculators, pens, pencils and computers are common tools of the trade among auditors.
Vermont State Auditor Thomas Salmon said he uses an extra, figurative tool in his arsenal: A spotlight.
“You’ve got to have a guy like me that wants to facilitate turning the lights on,” Salmon, who is running for re-election this Nov. 2, said during a Monday interview at the Addison Independent.
The 47-year-old Republican from St. Johnsbury faces opposition from Doug Hoffer of Burlington, who defeated former state Auditor Ed Flanagan in a Democratic primary contest in August.
MIDDLEBURY — Doug Hoffer, Democratic candidate for state auditor, has based his campaign on two principles: asking tough questions of government and state policies, and making sure the numbers cited in studies and reports — as well as those used by the Legislature and political leaders — contain the full picture of any issue, not just a slice of the pie to favor one political perspective over the other.
BRISTOL — The Bristol Planning Commission is gearing up to start another round of attempted revisions to the town’s zoning regulations over the course of the next eight weeks.
At their next meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 19, and at those following, members of the planning commission will review the five downtown zones — Village Business, Village Mixed, General Business, Village Residential 3 and Village Residential 2. Members of the commission will also address the Conservation Zone, in as far as it relates to gravel extraction and to the area where this particular zone nudges the downtown.
LEICESTER — In front of a group of his peers on Tuesday morning, third-grader Noah Witt’s hair was standing on end.
This wasn’t just some kind of pre-Halloween trick. Standing in the National Science Center Mobile Discovery Unit — an 18-wheeler — Witt was feeling the effects of static electricity being pumped through his body by a Van de Graaf generator.
Students from Leicester Central School, Whiting Elementary School and Sudbury Country School gathered in Leicester on Tuesday to spend an hour inside the semi-trailer truck equipped with a full array of science gadgets.
VERGENNES — Vergennes officials and the owner of the Grist Mill Island in the Otter Creek Falls have reached a deal that both sides hope will end both an ongoing Development Review Board permit process and Environmental Court case that together have lingered for more than two years.
The reactions by the two leading candidates for governor on the latest news from Vermont Yankee speaks volumes about each candidate’s approach to leadership — and each has its pros and cons.
Democrat Peter Shumlin, a long-time proponent of Vermont Yankee until shortly after it was purchased by Entergy, came out swinging and is more convinced than ever that a tough approach needs to be taken by the state to avoid sticking Vermont taxpayers with unforeseen costs down the road as a consequence of the tritium leaks.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College’s Wright Theater will undergo a makeover next week as a large-scale mural of Vermont artist Sabra Field’s “Cosmic Geometry” is painted onto it’s backside.
Local school board members and school officials are in the midst of finding out just how tough it is to cut 2 percent out of the budget. For the UD-3 board, which oversees the Middlebury Union Middle School and High School, that 2 percent amounts to $341,565 out of a $15,445,919 budget. But, as UD-3 Supt. Lee Sease said, the cuts really amount to closer to 4 percent because of the added cost of inflation.
That $341,565 reduction in expenses, therefore, becomes $661,000 — and that’s not small change.