Cast your vote for the top news story. Vote by noon Tues. 12/20

Cast Your Vote

What were the most important stories this year? Rank your choices. Then, watch Vermont This Week Year in Review Special on Friday December 30th at 7:30 p.m. to see how your vote compares with our regular panel members.

Vermont This Week – Top Stories of 2011.  Deadline Noon Tuesday 12.20

These are the nominations for the top stories of 2011 as discussed during the year on Vermont This Week. Please rank them in importance – with #1 being the highest. You do not have to rank all of the stories on the page. The deadline to cast your ballot is noon on Tuesday December 20th. Then, watch our Vermont This Week Year in Review Special on Friday December 30th @ 7:30 p.m. to see how your vote compares with our regular panel members. We’ll also post the final results at as well.

  1. Irene: Worst natural disaster since 1927 devastates portions of Vermont (272 points)
  2. Peter Shumlin sworn in as 81st governor of Vermont (176 points)
  3. Vermont launches historic healthcare overhaul called Green Mountain Care (161 points)
  4. Spring flooding costs towns, lakefront homes and businesses millions (150 points)
  5. State economy and employment figures are slow to recover (128 points)
  6. Entergy sues state to keep Vermont Yankee open (117 points)
  7. Beth Robinson named newest member of Vermont Supreme Court (104 points)
  8. Record snowfalls mark winter of 2011 (80 points)
  9. Champlain bridge opens (70 points)
  10. Lowell wind project construction begins amidst protests (54 points)
  11. UVM President Fogel steps down over “personal crisis” (51 points)
  12. GMP seeks to merge with CVPS (51 points)
  13. Austerity again the theme for Vermont state budget (49 points)
  14. CIRC highway won’t be built as designed (48 points)
  15. Administration revises police policy on immigration (43 points)
  16. Kiss won’t seek another term as Burlington mayor (30 points)
  17. Bennington teachers strike for one week (23 points)
  18. ‘Occupy’ protest sets up in Burlington (19 points)
  19. Legislature OKs marijuana dispensaries (19 points)
  20. Michelle Obama visits Vermont (15 points)
  21. Vermonter Keegan Bradley wins PGA Championship (1 point)

446' tall wind turbine in Coos County, NH. CVPS and GMP are buying more than 50% of the electricity at 10 to 12 cents per kwh











Last week’s New Hampshire public radio program about industrial wind

What’s Next for Wind Power

At first, many New Englanders seemed on board with this alternative energy source, but now some these projects are encountering stiff breezes.  We’ll find out how Wind Power is playing at the local level in the Granite State and how recent debates have become more nuanced and less black-and-white than in the past.


  • Edward Cherian – New England Development Director for Iberdrola Renewables, an international clean energy company that builds and operates wind farms, including one in Lempster, New Hampshire.
  • Lisa Linowes – Executive Director of the Industrial Wind Action Group and publisher and editor of, which tracks industrial wind-energy projects across the country and often questions claims made by the industry.

We’ll also hear from 

  • Brian Beihl: Antrim resident and activist skeptical of the Antrim Wind Project. He also founded the website
  • Jack Kenworthy: CEO of Eolian Renewable Energy, based in Portsmouth, N.H.  Eolian, in partnership with Westerly Wind, has been trying to develop a wind-energy site in Antrim, N.H.