Steve Zind

Steve has been with VPR since 1994, first serving as host of VPR’s public affairs program and then as a reporter, based in Central Vermont. Many VPR listeners recognize Steve for his special reports from Iran, providing a glimpse of this country that is usually hidden from the rest of the world. Prior to working with VPR, Steve served as program director for WNCS for 17 years, and also worked as news director for WCVR in Randolph. A graduate of Northern Arizona University, Steve also worked for stations in Phoenix and Tucson before moving to Vermont in 1972. Steve has been honored multiple times with national and regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for his VPR reporting, including a 2011 win for best documentary for his report, Afghanistan's Other War.

This year the Northern Forest Canoe Trail marked the 10th anniversary of its official opening.

A committee charged with addressing bias in the state police is taking its first steps to respond to the racial discrepancies revealed in data on traffic stops.

There are two key ways in which businesses find the money they need to start up or grow. One is by taking out a loan. The other is finding investors willing to buy a share of the business.

The Utah man who wants to build a unique project in Central Vermont says he is poised to purchase an additional 500 acres of land.

The Montpelier Police Department will work more closely with local agencies to get people it apprehends for drug offenses directly into treatment.

A 1987 recording made by then Burlington mayor Bernie Sanders is finding a new audience thanks to Sen. Sanders’ presidential aspirations.

A significant hurdle to the resumption of Amtrak rail service through Vermont to Montreal was cleared Monday when the United States and Canada signed an agreement allowing the creation of a U.S. Customs facility in Montreal.

Most of FairPoint Communications' unionized workers return to their jobs today after a strike that lasted more than four months. Last weekend, they ratified a new contract with the company, but unlike past negotiations with FairPoint and its predecessors, the new pact does not represent an improvement over the expired agreement.

Emily Corwin / NHPR

For nearly two months, more than 1,700 workers in northern New England have been off the job at Fairpoint Communications. The strike, they say, will continue until Fairpoint offers them a better contract. Fairpoint says the workers are the ones who need to compromise further. And some customers in northern New England say the standoff has had an effect on them. This week, Vermont’s Public Service Board is set to begin an investigation into reports of service problems and outages . Steve Zind...

From gasoline to heating oil and propane, fuel prices in Vermont are lower than they were a year ago. The decline in prices will likely mean lower heating bills and less expensive fill-ups during the coming winter. According to Chicago-based GasBuddy.com , a clearinghouse of real time information on gas prices across the country, on Tuesday the price for a gallon of regular unleaded varied in Vermont from a low of $3.18 in Rutland to a high of $3.69 in Derby. Despite the range Patrick DeHaan,...

The union representing roughly 1,800 FairPoint workers in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine says its contract with the company has expired, with no agreement reached on a new one. Federal mediators joined the negotiations as they came down to the wire, but no progress was reported by the time the contract expired on Saturday. In a statement, FairPoint said the parties remain far apart. “The Unions have dug in on almost all of their current benefits under contracts from a bygone era,” FairPoint...

Imagine you’re fresh out of law school. Instead of going to work in a place where there are people to learn from and turn to for support, you’re a one-person firm on your own. A new program is helping young lawyers establish solo practices in hopes of helping both law school graduates and those who need legal services. Inside her home office just off Bethel's main street, Vanessa Brown spreads a handful of green folders across the floor. They represent some of the cases she’s taken in her...

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The lessons of Tropical Storm Irene in Vermont have been incorporated into a new report designed to assist communities across the nation. The federal Environmental Protection Agency says the report offers a more comprehensive approach to mitigating the effects of flooding. The title of a new EPA report, Planning for Flood Recovery and Long Term Resilience in Vermont may appear to have a very narrow focus, but Joel Beauvais of the agency’s Office of Policy says it has broader applications. “We...

Last year at this time farm fields were soggy from rain. The bad weather hit dairy farms at a time when expenses outstripped income and it caused vegetable farmers to lose entire crops. It’s a different story this year: Milk prices are high and the weather is good. In her job as Agronomy Outreach Professional with the University of Vermont Extension Service, Kirsten Workman visits farms throughout Addison and Chittendencounties. She remembers well the rains of last year. “Not only was there...

via VPR, credit Toby Talbot

In the past several decades, farmers markets have developed into a significant source of sales of Vermont agricultural products, driven by increasing demand for local food. Winter markets and even virtual farmers markets are one sign of success. In recent years, though, the number of summer and winter markets has leveled out. In fact, there are fewer farmers markets opening this spring. Erin Buckwalter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont , counts 76. NOFA is the parent...

Vermont's Fish and Wildlife board has given preliminary approval for 285 regular season permits and 50 archery permits this year. The regular season number is a 20 percent reduction from 2013. Read or listen to Steve Zind's report on Vermont Public Radio's website.

It came as a surprise to many people when Vermont's governor recently devoted his entire 2014 State of the State address to what he called a "full-blown heroin crisis." While it may not fit Vermont's bucolic image, the state's addiction problem has long been acknowledged. And as the state has expanded treatment, it's also been coming to grips with one of the most difficult and emotional aspects of the issue: addicted mothers. Between 2005 and 2010, the number of babies with symptoms of opioid...

Transcript DAVID GREENE, HOST: Now, just as fires are a fact of life in the West, hurricanes smash into the Southeast every summer. But New England is something of a stranger to summer disasters, which is why it was huge news two years ago today when Irene hit Vermont. That tropical storm displaced 1,400 families. Vermont Public Radio's Steve Zind has the story. (SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC) STEVE ZIND, BYLINE: It is an article of faith among Vermonters that the Irene recovery effort is something to...

In rural Vermont, the U.S. Postal Service decision to discontinue Saturday letter delivery is yet another blow to an institution that's long been a fixture of village life. Last year, the U.S. Postal Service abandoned plans to close thousands of small post offices, opting instead to cut hours. But there are fears the cuts will continue until the rural post office is no more. Two highways lead to the village of Brookfield, Vt., but the pavement ends where the village begins. For years,...