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Um, so there’s a bunch of magma churning beneath us rn

Yeah, that’s right: I said MAGMA.

Y’know, this stuff.

(Yeah, yeah, this is technically lava, but lava is just magma that has broken through the Earth’s crust and escaped, soooo — it’s liquid hot magmaaaaa)

A group of researchers at Rutgers and Yale universities have made a surprising, if not slightly concerning, discovery: A huge pocket of molten magma is brewing directly underneath our feet, spanning multiple New England states, including New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts, according to a recent WMUR report.

Rutgers professor Vadim Levin has the scoop:

“What we found is a material that is warmer than it should be, according to what we understand.”

“It will not make a large supervolcano. It will not break through the surface, not in our lifetime, but it is not supposed to be there, so that is what is fascinating.”


The good news is it’s probably not gonna kill us: It could take millions and millions of years to reach the surface, if it ever does, WMUR reported.

Happy Friday!

‘The Lottery’ celebrates its 70th birthday

Vermont author Shirley Jackson’s famous short story The Lottery, which details a lottery and prize you wouldn’t want to win, officially has been creeping out high school students for 70 years.

Originally published in The New Yorker on June 26, 1948, readers across the globe commemorate “Lottery Day” on the date that Jackson’s story takes place: June 27.

According to The Bennington Banner:

In Bennington, those celebrations have become known as “Shirley Jackson Day” in an effort to continually engage local readers with both the author’s work and their own history.

Pretty neat. And great timing!

Read more about Jackson and The Lottery here.

It’s Town Meeting Day in Vermont!

Don’t be like this guy. Read up on the issues in your town via the link below.

It’s a beautiful day for some municipal elections! We’ll be keeping track of all results in our coverage area and will have full deets for you in Wednesday’s Valley News.

You can read up on the issues in each town — and the outcomes — here. (You also can follow up on results from around the state on Twitter by using the hashtag #TMDVT.)

Wacky winter weather affects animals, too

You know how weird it feels when temperatures are in the teens one day and then up near the 50s the next? How awful it is to see homes and property destroyed by freak flooding caused by unseasonably warm temps? Well, turns out animals also suffer the consequences of such weather whiplash. Bears in particular have woken up early from their hibernation, something they’re not due to do for months. As Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s Tom Rogers explained in a WCAX-TV video, winter flooding has taken a toll on the state’s animals. Watch the full video above.

Vermont Electric Coop chief says she will launch a campaign for governor

Christine Hallquist, the CEO of Vermont Electric Coop, says she intends to challenge Gov. Phil Scott.

Christine Hallquist, the CEO of Vermont Electric Coop, says she intends to challenge Gov. Phil Scott.

Christine Hallquist, the CEO of Vermont Electric Coop, has announced she plans to run against Republican Gov. Phil Scott in November.

Hallquist said she will run as a Democrat, making her the third such challenger. Environmentalist James Ehlers and Ethan Sonneborn, a 13-year-old middle school student, also plan to run, according to VtDigger. The three will compete for the right to take on Scott, who has said he will seek a second term.

(Can we take a moment to appreciate that a 13-YEAR-OLD is running for governor?! Holy cow. He means business, too: Check out his Twitter account, where he regularly posts statements related to the race. He even issued a statement on Hallquist’s candidacy. P.S.: If you’re wondering how he’s able to run, it’s because Vermont does not have a minimum age requirement for gubernatorial candidates. See the full requirements here.)

If elected, Hallquist would become the first openly transgender governor in the country — and American history.

With such a diverse pool of candidates, it’s clear this race will be one to watch.