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Advocates hope to see the ‘year of housing’ in the state house
02-24-2024 11:00 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

When the Legislature reconvened in January, the new session was met with a record number of housing bills. But Elissa Margolin is holding off on crowning this session as the “year of housing” – until she sees what policy makes it to the governor’s...

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New fields, track, bleachers and field house – Memorial Field designs include long list of upgrades
02-23-2024 11:20 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Like any former Concord High graduate, Dalton Mutz knows the limitations of Memorial Field. With poor drainage after rain, the facility has garnered the nickname “the swamp." Mutz, who ran track and graduated in 2018, decided to move back to Concord...


‘Concerned citizens’ group petitions for school board to rescind middle school vote
02-20-2024 5:14 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Jeff Wells wants the Concord School Board to go back to the drawing board on their $176 million plans to build a new middle school on the city’s east side. And he’s not alone.Along with a dozen other residents known as Concerned Citizens for...


Hometown Hero: Carlman helps the homeless where she can
02-19-2024 9:00 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Rebecca Carlman knows a new blanket can go a long way when you are living out of a tent. She did so herself for three years – with cold winters and wet mornings after a night of rain leaving a lingering chill. So now she loads what supplies she can...


Firefighters redirected from Dunbarton fire to burning Warner home
02-16-2024 4:20 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Bradford fire chief Bryan Nowell arrived at the scene of a two-alarm fire in Warner to find the three-bedroom log home engulfed in flames.Just before 8 p.m. Nowell was on the way to assist with a fire in Dunbarton when he received the Warner call and...


National Guard to be sent to Southern border after Sununu funding request approved
02-16-2024 12:31 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Members of New Hampshire’s National Guard will be deployed to the Southern Border in Texas, after the legislature authorized $850,000 in funding Friday. Governor Chris Sununu asked the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee for the funding after he...


In his final State of the State speech, Sununu touts New Hampshire success
02-15-2024 5:26 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Governor Chris Sununu is not shy when it comes to presenting New Hampshire as the “envy of the nation.” He’s said it in speeches in Concord, on national television and once again in his final State of the State address.“Our economy was ranked as the...


Testimony says bill could increase homelessness
02-14-2024 5:08 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Brandon Lemay choked up when he talked about housing instability in New Hampshire. Looking at his own lease that ends in February, his rent will go up by $1,000 a month.Housing is already hard to come by statewide, he said. Vacancy rates are low,...


With a $1M donation, Christ the King Parish looks to build new food pantry
02-14-2024 4:11 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Mary Jane Bailey wants to see a new food pantry built in her lifetime. Thanks to her late friend Theresa Downing, that wish is about to come true.Two years ago, Downing left $1 million in her will to build a new pantry at Christ the King Parish in...


Warner residents to vote on select board expansion to five members
02-12-2024 10:28 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Christine Frost recognizes the many duties of a select board member in Warner. Sometimes they need to know the role of a town librarian. Other times, they’re a town historian. And they’re often equal parts rule-setter and follower. She believes it’s a...


NH rent control bill killed in committee
02-11-2024 9:03 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

To solve the state’s housing shortage, the solution to Rep. David Preece, a Manchester Democrat, is to provide incentives in zoning codes to spur development. Rep. Tim Cahill, a Raymond Republican, has an alternate approach and wants to bring down...


Testerman won’t step down despite removal from Merrimack County GOP leadership
02-11-2024 9:00 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Karen Testerman is not backing down.After the New Hampshire GOP Executive Committee voted 28-0 to remove her from her position as Merrimack County Chair, she refused to resign. Instead, she’ll carry on steering the ship as best she can until county...


Loudon residents ask select board to better explain warrants
02-08-2024 5:15 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

When Alicha Kingsbury thinks of town meeting, truly understanding where tax dollars are going and what a warrant article means comes from years of attending monotonous meetings and talking to town officials. For most people in Loudon, that’s out of...


Growing tax burden and affordability hit home in Warner
02-07-2024 5:19 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Diane Richter knows two things to be true. When she moved to Dunbarton 22 years ago, she saw friends of generational families move after the town passed a significant tax spike. If the proposed budget passes in Warner, where she lives now, the same...


Hometown Hero Journee LaFond: Building their community in Concord
02-05-2024 7:46 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

When Journee LaFond arrived in New Hampshire in 2018, their first thought was that the state had the potential for a strong community. But two questions lingered.“Where are the Black people and where are the queer people?” said LaFond. “Where’s...


As homelessness rises in New Hampshire, state and federal funding proposed for providers
02-01-2024 6:08 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Homelessness is a complex issue in New Hampshire, compounded by a housing shortage and often exacerbated by mental health and substance abuse. But at the state and federal level lawmakers have a solution – provide funding to local agencies to help...


Buildings nearing completion in Concord as wave of development delivers results
02-01-2024 5:15 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

The common refrain repeated by lawmakers, advocates and developers to solve New Hampshire’s housing shortage was: build, build and build some more.After a slew of incentives to spur new development were at the forefront of State House activity last...


Inspired by Granny D, Rick Hubbard is walking across America for democracy
01-30-2024 5:49 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

When Rick Hubbard started his cross-country journey walking with an American flag on his back he had one goal in mind: fix the current state of democracy.It was the fall of 2022, and the 82-year-old Vermont resident set off for Los Angeles. By the end...


Concord homeowners fell behind on their taxes. The city auctioned their homes off
01-27-2024 2:27 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Friday morning started like any normal day for Carol Stiasny. She woke before the sun rose and left for work by 6:30 a.m. – going through the motions to keep her mind off the reality that soon she’d need moving boxes.By 2 p.m., while she was finishing...


New American casts first vote days after swearing-in ceremony 
01-24-2024 4:49 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

To vote in his first United States election, Kayitani Ndutiye put on his Patriots football shirt and a blazer and attached a gold American flag pin to the lapel.“Proud to be an American” it read. Eighteen months ago, he sat in a classroom at...


To the delight of his supporters, Trump wins New Hampshire GOP primary
01-23-2024 10:47 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Donna Eiden is confident she has Trump merchandise that no one else has. She’s got windbreakers that feature Trump’s 2020 ticket with Mike Pence. She displays a scarf she bought in New Jersey with the former president’s face embroidered and a slogan,...

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