State News & COVID-19 Updates

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COVID briefing. Some good news for a change


  by Joseph Gresser For the first time in a great while the news from Governor Phil Scott’s press briefing was largely positive on Tuesday morning.  A decline in the rate of cases of COVID in the region and the nation provides some reason for optimism, said Commissioner of Financial Regulation Michael Pieciak. In addition, new assistance programs could provide an infusion of cash to hard-pressed b... More »


Plenty of police, few protesters


  by Emmett Avery MONTPELIER — Walking up State Street toward the Capitol around noon Sunday, one might have reasonably thought the Vermont press corps was picketing the State House — under heavy police observation. But the s... More »

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Maybe there’s a silver lining


Editorial Maybe there’s a silver lining   The giant experiment of opening schools in the midst of a pandemic started this week.  While Orleans County has only 17 known cases of COVID to date, asymptomatic people who have not been tested can spread the disease.  And no one knows right now h... More »