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Peep the duck will stay at East Montpelier home

MONTPELIER — The state has issued a possession permit to an East Montpelier woman to keep a wild wood duck at her home after the duck’s fate captured the attention of Vermonters and even lawmakers. Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter said the permit will allow Kim Stevens to keep the duck named Peep at her home. The Department of Fish and Wildlife sought to remove the duck in March after it came to the department’s attention that she was keeping the animal as a pet. Steven’s dog found Peep as a baby and brought it home. Stevens cared for the animal and it has been allowed to roam outside, but it always returns. Continue Reading →

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ATV use on state land rejected by legislative panel

MONTPELIER — A legislative panel has rejected a rule that would have allowed the limited use of all-terrain vehicles on some state lands. The Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules voted 5 to 3 Thursday to oppose a rule submitted by the Agency of Natural Resources to establish a connector trail on state-owned land in the town of Stockbridge. A majority of the committee agreed that the proposed rule is contrary to legislative intent, that ANR lacks the statutory authority to implement it and did not offer a complete economic impact study. The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources wrote a letter to LCAR questioning ANR’s authority to propose the rule under existing statute. Sen. Mark MacDonald, D-Orange, said relevant legislative committees should clarify statute before LCAR acts. Continue Reading →

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Louis Porter, formerly of this blog, takes high-profile gig in Shumlin administration

In late 2010, after a years-long hitch as chief of the Vermont Press Bureau, Louis Porter hung up his reporter’s gloves to join an environmental advocacy group. Today, Gov. Peter Shumlin announced that Porter will serve as his next secretary of civil and military affairs. Porter of course is no stranger to the Statehouse, and the Democratic governor cited his “respectful and collaborative relationship” with lawmakers as one top reason for the hire. The 37-year-old Adamant resident will play a key role in helping his new boss push controversial bills through the House and Senate. As lakekeeper for the Conservation Law Foundation, Porter has been a vocal critic of the Shumlin administration’s pollution remediation efforts in Lake Champlain, as well as of the river dredging that occurred immediately after Tropical Storm Irene. Continue Reading →

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