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In a big blow, Spirit Airlines is ending flights from Manchester airport
02-23-2024 8:39 AM

By DAVID BROOKS

Just three days after a new airline said it would be starting service at Manchester-Boston regional Airport, Spirit Airlines says it is suspending service, partly because it isn’t selling enough tickets.The company said it would suspend service to...

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One last plea to save historic home: Norris House on Main Street due to be torn down soon
02-24-2024 8:34 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

With no obvious savior in sight, the historic green mansion between Concord Co-op and Bank of NH Stage on Main Street faces a demolition deadline even as a long-standing effort to save a historic brick building a few hundred yards away continues to...


State steps in after problems with mail prescriptions for retirees
02-22-2024 3:42 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

The change of companies overseeing mail-order prescriptions for roughly 11,000 retired state employees has resulted in so many problems since the start of the year that the state may fine Anthem Blue Cross, the company that won the contract.Gov....


Vineyard Wind paid for guaranteeing future electricity production
02-21-2024 3:46 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

The nation’s first major offshore wind farm, the under-construction Vineyard Wind off Massachusetts, has shown up in an important, if obscure, location.The project is one of more than 900 energy providers of various types who won bids to receive...


Granite Geek: Scrambling to save the 603 area code, yet again
02-21-2024 12:18 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

New Hampshire loves our 603 area code, even though area codes mean less and less in this cellphone-number-portability world, and for 30 years we’ve been freaking out about reports that we’re going to “run out of numbers” and will need a second area...


Granite Geek: What’s a five letter word for ‘reader reaction to new crossword’?
02-19-2024 5:35 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

In the old days there was a newspaper truism that the best way to hear from subscribers was to drop a comic strip. Ten minutes after papers hit doorsteps, the switchboard would be lighting up with calls from indignant fans whatever denizen of the...


‘Poor decisions’ – Cog train helps rescue Mt. Washington hiker in brutal conditions
02-19-2024 9:44 AM

By DAVID BROOKS

An injured hiker who made an “innumerous amount of poor decisions” was rescued from Mount Washington on Saturday amid wind chill of 50 degrees below zero, after rescuers were carried up the mountain in a special Cog Railway train.According to New...


Flying Yankee Association puts in a bid to save the famous NH train
02-18-2024 7:00 AM

By DAVID BROOKS

Fans of the Flying Yankee, an eye-catching train that called Concord home for two decades before ending passenger service in 1955, have put in a bid to own the train and help decide its future.“Our goal is to restore as much as possible, try to use...


State gives hard pollution deadline to Bow power plant
02-16-2024 1:06 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

Almost a year after it failed a required emissions test and after a few unsuccessful attempts to complete the process, the Merrimack Station power plant in Bow has received a hard deadline from the state to meet air pollution guidelines.“There were...


As community power advances in NH, a pause in 3 towns because of a pricing quirk
02-15-2024 3:39 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

The community power program continues to advance in most of the state but is facing a potential pause in three towns that are caught in an unexpected tangle over electricity rates.The Merrimack County Board of Commissioners voted in December to join...


Henniker proposed town budget up 6%
02-14-2024 1:44 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

Henniker voters will face a town operating budget of $6.66 million, up 6% from the amount approved last year, on election day as well as a $1.5 million bond to continue upgrades of the wastewater system.Tuesday’s budget hearing contained some debate...


Granite Geek: Finding answers to big problems is hard when you can’t attach numbers to them
02-12-2024 3:06 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

You have probably heard the phrase “data is not the plural of anecdote,” meaning that evidence which has been gathered systematically is far more valuable than a collection of individual stories.I certainly have heard it, and I have used it myself,...


New England will have more than enough electricity in three years, but it could get pricey
02-12-2024 10:46 AM

By DAVID BROOKS

ISO-New England, the folks who run the six-state power grid, have announced results for the latest capacity auction, which pays power plants a fixed amount regardless of their output, a system designed to make sure there will be enough electricity...


Insurance fraud claims surge in NH
02-12-2024 10:32 AM

By DAVID BROOKS

There are many reasons that New Hampshire saw a record increase in insurance fraud claims last year. One of them might surprise you.“Adobe Pro has been a real game-changer for us,” said Brendhan Harris, Fraud Director at the New Hampshire Insurance...


“Ice-in” on Lake Winnipesaukee declared Friday, the latest date on record
02-11-2024 8:00 AM

By DAVID BROOKS

If you’re waiting for one of the signs that winter has finally arrived in New Hampshire – the declaration of “ice-in” at Lake Winnipesaukee – it’s been touch and go all season.“I’m thinking this year we’re not going to see it,” said Dave Emerson of...


Opinion: Concord has a chance to make a big climate move
02-10-2024 6:00 AM

By DAVID BROOKS

The city of Concord has a golden opportunity to show that it’s serious about its admirable clean-energy goals, but it’s not the sort of opportunity you might think of.Two huge mixed-use developments are proposed for the city. Between them, they’ll add...


Weare says teachers contract needed to stop staff from leaving
02-08-2024 3:12 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

In the previous three years, according to data presented Wednesday night, the Weare School District has hired 46 new teachers, yet only 25 of them are still working in the district.Most of the rest have left to work in other districts, often...


John Stark School District to deliberate $15M budget, new support contract
02-07-2024 2:44 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

Voters in Henniker and Weare will consider a $15 million budget for the John Stark School District, up 2.36% from the current budget, and a new contract for support personnel at Friday’s deliberative session.If all warrants pass, it is projected the...


Hermanos, Vinnie’s pizza sold to local restaurateur
02-07-2024 2:01 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

A team including the owner of Tandy’s Top Shelf restaurant in Concord has bought Hermanos Cocina Mexicana, one of the city’s oldest single-owner restaurants, and will be re-opening Vinnie’s Pizza.“Hermanos – we’re going to keep it the same. It has...


Henniker wants teacher pay to compete with Concord
02-06-2024 12:48 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

Henniker wants to attract and retain teachers with a master's degree and will intentionally raise pay to compete with surrounding communities including Concord.Voters will be asked to approve a proposed two-year teachers contract that would give an...


AG: Biden robocall during NH primary came from Texas company
02-06-2024 11:45 AM

By DAVID BROOKS

The robocalls that imitated President Joe Biden telling people not to bother voting in New Hampshire’s presidential primary were generated by a Texas-based public relations firm called Life Corporation “and an individual named Walter Monk,” according...

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