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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.

Vermonter thanks doctors who saved his life at UVM basketball game

Thanks to the quick actions of some attendees of Wednesday night’s University of Vermont basketball game, a 64-year-old Essex Junction, Vt., man was spared from certain death.

WCAX reports David Watson was watching the game with his son when he suddenly went into cardiac arrest and collapsed. Three UVM doctors who also were in the stands rushed to his aid and began performing rescue efforts. They were eventually joined by emergency responders, and together they were able to get Watson’s heart beating again.

The die-hard UVM basketball fan remains hospitalized as staff members perform ultrasounds of his heart ahead of a surgery next week. He says he’s incredibly lucky and credits the doctors who happened to be there for giving him a new outlook on life.

Read the full story here.

Vermonters apparently will NOT be cheering for the Patriots in Super Bowl 51

New England Patriots fans cheer as the players walk off the field after the AFC championship NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won 24-20. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

New England Patriots fans cheer as the players walk off the field after the AFC championship NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won 24-20. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The man pictured above is clearly not a Vermonter.

I agree with this guy 👇. What the heck, Vermont? (Also, yaaas North Dakota, you go, North Dakota.)

‘Money’ just named the best places to live in every state, and the Upper Valley didn’t rank


Womp womp.

On Friday, Money magazine unveiled its 2017 list of Best Places to Live. Unfortunately, nowhere in the Upper Valley was picked. (Doesn’t mean it’s not great, though!)

The New Hampshire winner was Nashua which, as someone who grew up in Southern New Hampshire, I dispute, but whatever. In Vermont, meanwhile, Colchester took the top spot.

You can check out the full list of locations here.

What do you think of the picks? Let us know in the comments!