WVTK Local & State News – May 15, 2018

The Vermont Health Department is issuing a warning about the dangers of rabies after a stray cat in Charlotte tested positive for the disease.  The warning issued advises pet owners to keep an eye on their pets. They add that if you’ve come in contact with a possibly affected animal, you should get checked-out immediately.   You should also make sure your pets are up-to-date on their shots.


A new law seeking to protect bathroom access for transgender people in Vermont takes effect in July.  The measure requires all single-occupancy restrooms be designated as gender-free. The bill was passed by the state legislature this year and signed by Governor Phil Scott.  Supporters say this is a common-sense reform that will make bathrooms more convenient all over Vermont.


The Poor People’s Campaign is calling on the Vermont legislature to address poverty and other important issues.  The group held a rally outside the Statehouse in Montpelier yesterday. More than 20 people chanted and delivered speeches, then moved into State Street to block traffic out of protest.  The group plans to hold weekly protests for the next several weeks to bring attention to its agenda.


A Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist who studies lake sturgeon in Lake Champlain and some of its tributaries says the fish species appears to be doing better, but still needs protection.  The environmental group the Center for Biological Diversity asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday to list the lake sturgeon as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Vermont Biologist Chet Mackenzie says that in recent years the sturgeon, which can reach 8 feet and weigh up to 300 pounds, have become easier to find in Lake Champlain. He’s hearing from more anglers who catch them accidentally.


The Middlebury Selectboard will hold a public hearing on the bus stops on Main Street at the Post Office and St. Stephen’s Church.  In preparation for the meeting, officials from the Town and ACTR are working to identify potential alternatives on Main Street to lessen the impact to parking, while maintaining service to bus passengers.  The public hearing will take place during the regular selectboard meeting next Tuesday Night, starting at 7:15.


The Bristol Planning Commission Meets tonight.  The meeting starts at 7 o’clock at Holley Hall. During the meeting they will be reviewing three zoning permit applications.  The public will have a chance to comment on each of the proposed permit applications.