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Another low-cost airline comes to Manchester, will fly to Minneapolis
02-20-2024 11:43 AM

ManchesterAnother low-cost airlines comes to NH airportA new low-cost airline is starting service at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, flying to Minnesota once a week as of August.Sun Country Airlines, which is based in Minneapolis, will fly Boeing...

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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...


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...


NH bitcoin fraudster ordered to repay $3.5 million to victims
02-13-2024 1:57 PM

Convicted bitcoin fraudster Ian Freeman must pay $3.5 million in restitution to 29 victims and forfeit other assets that were seized during the investigation, U.S Attorney Jane Young announced.Freeman, 43, of Keene was convicted in 2022 by a federal...


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...


“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...


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...


Granite Geek: Genetic mix-up has derailed the program to bring back the American chestnut tree
02-05-2024 3:17 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

Scientists like to say that their work usually proceeds two steps forward and one step back. But sometimes that’s optimistic.Case in point: A scientific effort I’ve been writing about since 2010, the work to bring back the American chestnut tree to...


N.H. among places where you can try a new, free tax preparation system
02-05-2024 7:50 AM

By DAVID BROOKS

Paying taxes will be less complicated for some people this year in New Hampshire, one of 12 states where a new, free government tax-filing system will soon be available.The system, called DirectFile, is being beta-tested by the IRS and should be...


Making a 21st-century helicopter in the ‘tax-free suburb of Boston’
01-31-2024 4:02 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

Small companies are encouraged to start up near potential customers. So why is Rotor, which hopes to turn small helicopters into autonomous crop-dusting machines for big farms out west, based at Nashua Airport and testing prototypes from a private...


Granite Geek: Managing forests for carbon is, sorry to say, a financial problem
01-29-2024 2:31 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

Whenever I read an online discussion about building devices to remove carbon from the air, somebody will always pop up to comment, “That technology already exists – they’re called trees!” and then high-five themselves for being clever.They never stick...


Another tool in fight against opioid crisis
01-27-2024 2:36 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

A new medication to reverse drug overdoses is rolling out to pharmacies in the state, the latest step in the struggle against opioids and other addictive drugs.The drug, called nalmefene, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use as a...


Teatotaller owner beats corporate-giant Meta in court for deleted Instagram account
01-26-2024 3:36 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

There’s almost no money involved and the issue that prompted the court case disappeared long ago but even so, the recent legal win over social media giant Meta by the owner of the Teatotaller cafes might have big repercussions.That’s because the Dec....


Granite Geek: North Country awaits the solar eclipse (if only it wasn’t coming in mud season)
01-22-2024 12:20 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

Colebrook is a nice little town alongside the Connecticut River not far from Quebec that has about 2,000 residents. On April 8, however, it will be a nice little town of … well, nobody really knows.“Are we going to have 2,000 more people or 10,000?...


WKXL radio wants to return to some of its storied past
01-15-2024 7:00 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

Any business that’s been around for eight decades will have seen both highs and lows, and Concord radio station WKXL is no exception.The station began in 1948 in Eagle Square, and its highs started soon afterward as its active news teams gave the AM...


Granite Geek: The truth about AI – What lies ahead?
01-15-2024 1:25 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

As mythological metaphors go, the one that SNHU Professor David Humphreys gave during a recent talk about the eruption of technologies known as artificial intelligence wasn’t terribly reassuring.“We’ve opened a Pandora’s box,” he told two dozen...


Granite Geek: You know what stone walls need? A taxonomy!
01-08-2024 2:53 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

Robert Thorson, a professor of Earth sciences at the University of Connecticut, has been thinking for many years about stone walls, those iconic structures that fill the woods of New England. This thinking has led him to what sounds like a ridiculous...


Savings from community power programs become slimmer 
01-03-2024 4:29 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

The financial benefit seen by communities who are part of the Community Power Coalition will be reduced this year because all New Hampshire utilities have cut their electric rates.Things are different, however, for four towns that are doing community...

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