Vermont DPS promotes Hofmann, Porter to key positions

first_imgThe Vermont Department of Public Service announced Thursday the appointment of Sarah Hofmann as Deputy Commissioner and James Porter as the Director of Telecommunications.  The Department serves as the ratepayer advocate for utility matters in energy, telecommunications and water, and also is the lead for the state’s energy policy.‘I am very pleased to have Sarah and Jim as part of the department’s leadership team,’ said Elizabeth Miller, Commissioner of the Department.  ‘This is an exciting time as we continue to work diligently on the state’s energy plan, and to complete the state’s broadband build out,’ Miller said.   Hofmann is a graduate of Rollins College and the University of New Hampshire School of Law.  Most recently she served as the Director for Public Advocacy for the department.  Her shift to the Deputy role will require the Department to hire another dynamic and committed individual as the Director of Public Advocacy, leading the Department’s legal staff and consumer affairs specialists.Porter is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and Birmingham School of Law.  Most recently he served as a staff attorney for the department and has worked hard on many key telecommunication issues, most notably the FairPoint acquisition.  The Department will require a new staff attorney to assume Mr. Porter’s prior role.The Department also recently announced the retirement of Dave Lamont, long-time valuable member of the Department’s planning staff, most recently as Director of Planning and Energy Resources.  The Department has realigned Lamont’s position and is actively seeking an individual for the Director of Energy Policy and Planning.Position descriptions will be available on line through Vermont’s Human Resources Department at http://humanresources.vermont.gov/(link is external) Source: DPS. 3.10.2011last_img read more

Men’s soccer: Badgers season ends after loss to Michigan in Big Ten semifinals

first_imgThe No. 2 seed University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team (10-6-2, 6-2 Big Ten) took on No. 3 seed Michigan (12-4-2, 4-2-2 Big Ten) in a tightly contested semifinal of the Big Ten Tournament Friday. The defending champs, however, could not advance as the Badgers fell to the Wolverines 1–0 in Westfield, Indiana to end their season.In a postgame conversation with UW Athletics, head coach John Trask believed it was always going to be a tough game, even though the Badgers defeated the Wolverines a few weeks ago.“Compliments to Michigan,” Trask said. “We had an excellent game against them in the regular season and were fortunate enough to beat them in the regular season.”In the 20th minute, a penalty was given when the Badgers handled the ball inside the box.Volleyball: Badgers overcome No. 12 Boilermakers in five setsThe University of Wisconsin volleyball team defeated No. 12 Purdue Friday night in five sets at the UW Fieldhouse — Read…Sophomore Marc Ybarra easily slotted away the penalty to give the Wolverines the only goal of the game.“It was a correct call on the penalty kick,” Trask said. “I had no issue with that.”With cold and sleety conditions, there was not much offensive production from both teams.It was an especially tough day for the Badgers, as they managed to get off only four shots all game, with none on target.Football: Stagnant offense, injuries lead to 22-10 loss at Penn StateTo keep Big Ten Championship hopes alive, Saturday’s showdown in Happy Valley was a must-win for Wisconsin football. In a Read…“I was proud of the guys today,” Trask said. “I thought we battled for 90 minutes and it was a fair result.”Despite finishing second in the Big Ten regular season and bowing out in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament, Wisconsin was not selected to participate in this year’s edition of the NCAA Tournament. After a hard fought season, including winning four out of the final six games of the season, the Badgers finish with a 10-6-2 record overall and 6-2 in Big Ten play.last_img read more

Three more COVID-19 cases reported in listening area

first_imgMitchell4 Confirmed Cases Franklin2 Kossuth1 Recovered Floyd10 Hancock3 Cerro Gordo15 Butler13 Winnebago6 Hancock Cerro Gordo Area Total69 Butler Worth Wright3 Area Total1 Butler11 Hancock2 Franklin Kossuth Winnebago3 Mitchell Cerro Gordo12 Deaths Franklin7 Floyd2 Wright7 Winnebago DES MOINES — Three more cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in our listening area according to today’s new data from the Iowa Department of Public Health.Single cases have been reported in Floyd, Mitchell and Wright counties, bringing the total number of cases in our immediate listening area to 69: 15 in Cerro Gordo; 13 in Butler; 10 in Floyd; seven each in Franklin and Wright; six in Winnebago; four in Mitchell; three in Hancock; and two each in Kossuth and Worth.One more local case has been listed as recovered now, that in Butler County, for a total of 40 recovered.18 more people have died in Iowa from COVID-19 for a total of 336. 374 more positive cases have been reported for a state total of 14,049. 330 more people have been listed as fully recovered for a total of 6561. Worth2 Mitchell3 Kossuth2 Floyd1 Worth1 Wright Area Total40last_img read more