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NH health official says measles exposures in Upper Valley could lead to more cases
07-15-2024 9:38 AM

By PAUL CUNO-BOOTH

As state health officials monitor a cluster of measles in the Upper Valley, including at least one case in an unvaccinated New Hampshire resident, the state’s top epidemiologist says he wouldn’t be surprised if more cases emerge."Given some of the...

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How Biden’s shaky debate is sitting with NH Democrats
07-08-2024 11:30 AM

By JOSH ROGERS

July Fourth is a time when Americans think about their country – its past and future. This Independence Day, plenty of New Hampshire Democrats were also thinking about President Joe Biden and his future leading the country, following his shaky...


NH expands protections against race-based hair discrimination
07-08-2024 11:00 AM

By SADAF TOKHI

A new law allows people to pursue legal action if they experience discrimination based on hairstyles related to their ethnicity.The state’s existing anti-discrimination law already has a clause prohibiting discrimination by race and color. The new law...


Pushback on adopting new building energy codes in NH highlights climate, affordability tensions
07-05-2024 11:00 AM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

New Hampshire is poised to update its building codes, the laws meant to keep homes and commercial buildings safe and comfortable.But in the bill approaching Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk, the code that regulates the energy efficiency of new homes is set to...


Birds found an improbable home next to a Market Basket parking lot. Now they’re gone.
07-03-2024 11:00 AM

By TODD BOOKMAN

Caelin Graber is now banned from entering the Market Basket grocery store in Milford, so she has to conduct an interview from across the street.“This was my Market Basket that I shopped at regularly,” she says, ducking into some shade on a recent...


Electricity rates to change in August for NH customers
07-02-2024 11:06 AM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

New Hampshire’s utility companies are expected to change their rates for electricity starting on August 1. Energy costs could go up for some and down for others.The state’s three investor-owned utilities – Eversource, Unitil, and Liberty – are...


Fire fatalities in 2024 on a 'disturbing' rise in New Hampshire
07-01-2024 12:00 PM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

Thirteen people have died in fires in just the first half of 2024, according to data from New Hampshire’s fire marshal. That’s more fire-related deaths than in all of 2023, or in all of 2022.The eleven fires that caused fatalities spanned almost every...


Study shows sea level rise threatens critical infrastructure on New Hampshire’s seacoast
07-01-2024 11:00 AM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

A recent study from the Union of Concerned Scientists shows as sea levels rise, pieces of critical infrastructure in New Hampshire could be threatened by flooding from the ocean on a regular basis.In a medium sea level rise scenario, where the ocean...


NH Electric Co-op resignations spotlight alleged culture of sexism and bullying
06-27-2024 8:09 AM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

New Hampshire’s consumer advocate is calling for regulators to investigate the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative after two women who previously led the board of directors resigned Tuesday.Sharon Davis, the former chair of the co-op’s board of...


Jury finds Sig Sauer liable for pistol shooting; awards $2.3M in damages
06-24-2024 10:41 AM

By TODD BOOKMAN

A federal jury has awarded a Georgia man $2.3 million in a product liability case against gunmaker Sig Sauer, after he was shot by his own gun without allegedly pulling the trigger. The case appears to mark the first time the New Hampshire-based...


Pelham stream gage invites visitors to become ‘citizen scientists’
06-21-2024 12:58 PM

By AMANDA PIRANI

On Wednesday mornings, Dena Hoffman puts on long black fishing boots and wades into the murky waters of Beaver Brook in Pelham. Hoffman is an environmental specialist with the town and works to monitor stormwater and water quality in natural water...


Riverbend Community Mental Health to end adult outpatient counseling, citing finances
06-19-2024 1:01 PM

By PAUL CUNO-BOOTH

Riverbend Community Mental Health plans to shut down a counseling program that serves more than 300 people by the end of the summer, citing financial pressures.The Concord-based nonprofit says its outpatient program for adults – known as Riverbend...


Gray seal rescued from fishing gear along NH Seacoast: 'The odds were kind of stacked against her.'
06-19-2024 12:00 PM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

A gray seal caught in fishing gear was rescued at the Isles of Shoals on Saturday. The animal was stuck in the water with nets and ropes around her neck, anchoring her in place and cutting into her body.Ashley Stokes, who leads marine mammal...


As community power programs expand across NH, hurdles to renewable energy persist
06-17-2024 12:00 PM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

A change that could have helped community power programs use more local renewable energy failed at the State House, after a late-breaking objection from the state’s Department of Energy.House Bill 1600, requested by the Community Power Coalition of...


NH is getting older, but its housing supply isn't keeping up. In Rochester, two new projects are filling that need.
06-17-2024 10:58 AM

By SARAH GIBSON

When her husband died in 2021, Lorraine Blanchard didn’t know what to do. It had been a while since she’d lived by herself, and she ended up getting sick and landing in a hospital. When she was released, she moved into a shared room in an assisted...


‘A bit of a roller coaster’: NH ski industry looks back on challenging winter season
06-13-2024 12:07 PM

By AMANDA PIRANI

Visits were down 6% at New Hampshire ski resorts this past season as a rainy winter created challenging conditions. That decline includes alpine, cross-country, and tubing visits, according to Ski New Hampshire, a trade association representing the...


Former NH state rep expected to plead guilty to wrongful voting
06-13-2024 11:23 AM

By JOSH ROGERS

A former state lawmaker who resigned after his residency came under scrutiny is expected to plead guilty to wrongful voting charges.Under a plea agreement filed in Coos County Superior Court, former state Rep. Troy E. Merner, a Republican, will plead...


Developers say NH’s process to connect power to the grid is slowing down clean energy projects
06-10-2024 1:00 PM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

New Hampshire trails other New England states in building out renewable energy sources. But solar projects are in development all across the state. More than a hundred have cleared the first hurdle of the development process: finding a location. But...


State lawmaker with checkered past faces new criminal charges in line with old beliefs
06-06-2024 11:30 AM

By TODD BOOKMAN

Nearly all federal court buildings around the country, including the Warren B. Rudman Courthouse in Concord, have a blanket policy: no recording, no electronics.It’s a policy Jason Gerhard knows well, but doesn’t accept.This past September, Gerhard, a...


‘It’s looking like a much better year than last’: NH farmers optimistic about 2024 season
06-06-2024 10:34 AM

By KATE DARIO

Last year, extreme temperature swings wiped out entire apple and peach crops across New Hampshire. This spring and early summer things are looking different.“There are enough apples that growers are currently having to thin their apples so more fruit...


Major N.H. voting law change nears finish line despite objections
06-03-2024 11:33 AM

By TODD BOOKMAN

The largest change to New Hampshire election laws in recent history: That’s how some are describing a setof Republican-backed bills that would create new requirements for people looking to register to vote. The bills would also make New Hampshire...

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