DECEMBER 29 - MONTPELIER - The final segment of Vermont’s state highway system closed due to damage from Tropical Storm Irene reopened to traffic today. A celebration was held at Stockbridge Central School to commemorate the reopening of the “Last Mile,” actually just over seven miles of Vermont Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge. State and local officials joined with VTrans workers and representatives from the many groups that played a part in the reconstruction process to celebrate, remember and mark the beginning of the next phase of recovery for the hard-hit region.
DECEMBER 29 - MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced that Sue Minter, Deputy Secretary of the Agency of Transportation, will replace Neale Lunderville as Irene Recovery Officer. Minter will step into the new post on Jan. 6, as Lunderville returns to his job at Green Mountain Power.
DECEMBER 27 - MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin and legislative leaders announced today that the state would add $6.1 million to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP, to help ensure Vermonters can afford to heat their homes and stay warm this winter.
DECEMBER 21 - MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced that Mental Health Commissioner Christine Oliver and Deputy Secretary Patrick Flood will swap positions, with Oliver assuming the role of Deputy Secretary and Flood becoming Commissioner of Mental Health.
DECEMBER 16 - BURLINGTON – The Vermont Department of Health has banned the use, sale, possession or manufacture of many of the new designer drugs labeled “not for human consumption.” These drugs have been sold in head shops and over the Internet to get around regulations and laws in Vermont.
DECEMBER 15 - MONTPELIER – Today’s arrival of Porter Airlines Flight 987 at Burlington International Airport marks the first international commercial flight from Toronto to Vermont.
DECEMBER 15 - MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin, Public Service Commissioner Elizabeth Miller and other administration officials today released the final Comprehensive Energy Plan, which recommends that Vermont strive to obtain 90 percent of our total energy from renewable sources by 2050, largely eliminating Vermont’s reliance on fossil fuels by mid-century.
DECEMBER 12 - BURLINGTON – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced a $15 million, three-year partnership with Sandia National Laboratory to establish a joint Center for Energy Transformation and Innovation to be housed at the University of Vermont.
DECEMBER 9 - MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin and the Vermont State Employees Association announced today that they have reached tentative agreements on labor contracts covering three bargaining units: Corrections, Supervisory and Non-Management Units. These agreements are subject to ratification by the VSEA membership and cover a two-year period, from July 2012 to June 2014.
DECEMBER 9 - WARREN – Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today that Verizon Wireless recently activated a new cell site in Warren that expands wireless voice and 3G data coverage at Sugarbush Resort and the town of Warren, as well as the surrounding areas. The company invested in Washington County to continue to stay ahead of increasing demand for reliable voice and mobile Internet access, moving the state closer to the Governor’s goal of statewide service by the end of 2013.