Brave Little State: How Is Climate Change Affecting Vermont Right Now?

Average annual precipitation in Vermont has increased nearly 6 inches since the early 20th century. Extreme rainfall events are projected to become more extreme and more frequent. And ice jams are increasing. All of this means more flooding for many Vermonters.

 
 
 

Vermont Public Radio: Officials, Businesses Concerned About Decline In Refugees

The Burlington area is a hub for refugees and immigrants in Vermont, but area officials and businesses are concerned about this population shrinking. Recent federal restrictions have limited the number of refugees coming to the state and there's another problem too.

 
 
 

Vermont Public Radio: One UVM Student’s Crusade To Have Sexual Assault Violations Put On College Transcripts

When a college student is found guilty of sexual assault, many schools won’t note it on their academic transcripts. One University of Vermont sophomore has launched a campaign to change this, and legislators are paying attention.

 
 
 

Vermont Public Radio: Vt. Synagogues Hold Interfaith Services On First Shabbat After Pittsburgh Shooting

Synagogues around the world invited Jewish people and those of other denominations to attend Jewish religious ceremonies this weekend. This came as part of the Show Up for Shabbat movement, a national campaign to show solidarity with the Jewish community after last week’s shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

 
 
 

Vermont Public Radio: Renowned Musician From Madagascar Makes His Home In Vermont

Mikahely, a well-known musician from Madagascar, recently made his home in Vermont. While he’s settling in to a new country, he’s also acclimating to smaller stages.

 
 
 

Vermont Public Radio: Ice Fishing Festival Draws Hundreds Onto Frozen Lake Champlain

More than 500 people walked onto frozen Lake Champlain for the sixth annual Ice Fishing Festival. During the annual event, held by Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, residents are allowed to fish without a license.

 
 
 

Transom & WCAI: The Last Kids Of Cuttyhunk Island

Cuttyhunk Island is 12 miles off the Massachusetts coast but it can feel worlds away. Only a dozen people live on the island year-round. Two of them are children: siblings Gwen and Carter Lynch, who are the last students at the last one-room schoolhouse in the state. What happens when they leave?

 
 
 

Marfa Public Radio: Blue Origin Sponsors Marfa ISD Class

The private space travel company, Blue Origin—which is owned by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos—hosted a rocket class at Marfa ISD. Over the past several months, middle school and high school students have been working with engineers to build their own rockets. I joined them for launch day.

 
 
 

Marfa Public Radio: Despite Expert Reassurance, Pecos Residents Are Concerned About Earthquakes

Earthquakes have been on the rise in Texas for almost a decade. A lot of scientific research links these tremors to oil and gas activity, specifically to injection wells where frack wastewater is disposed of deep below the earth’s surface. In Pecos, an oil-rich town in the Permian Basin, there have been 650 earthquakes in less than a year.

 
 
 

Marfa Public Radio: In Marfa, A Home Made Of Dirt Will Cost You Plenty

Adobe is one of the most humble building materials: it’s essentially mud, water and straw, shaped into brick and dried in the sun. However, it’s also gained cachet in and around the art mecca of Marfa. Owners of adobe homes there are now protesting a special class of property tax that singles out their traditional dwellings.

 
 
 

Marfa Public Radio: With Amtrak’s Budget Under Fire, Alpine Residents Fight For Their Train

The House Budget Committee is considering a Trump administration request that would eliminate subsidies for all long-distance Amtrak routes. This could mean the end of Amtrak service to more than 220 cities and towns across the country, including Alpine.