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This Week in N.H. News: Winter Is Very Much Here. Let Us Count The Ways.

OK, so things might be brightening up a bit this weekend. But it's still the middle of February and we're just coming off of several rounds of snowstorms and New Hampshire winters are nothing if not unpredictable — so while we're all catching our breath waiting for the next whiteout, we thought we'd take a moment to reflect on some particularly wintry stories before diving into the rest of this week's headlines.

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Title/ Artist/ Album/ Label

Lost John Dean/ Crabtree & Mills/ Freedom/ Free and Easy Music

Proud to Be a Scot/ Chris Vaughan/ Freedom/ Mill Pond Music

Redwinged Blackbird/ Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer/ Get Up And Do Right/ Community Music, Inc.

Water Runs Red/ Mipso/ Coming Down the Mountain/ MIPSO Music

Richland Woman Blues/ Ruthie Foster/ Joy Comes Back/ Blue Corn Music

Harriet Tubman (Lifeline) Holly Near/ And Still We Sing: The Outspoken Collection / Calico Tracks

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Title/ Artist/ Album/ Label

That's The Way Love Goes/ Harmony Sisters/ The Early Years/ Harmony Sound

Paper Wings And Halo/ Lori McKenna/ Paper Wings & Halo / The Orchard

Life/ Tom Paxton/ Boat In The Water/ Pax Records

Hard to Live These Country Songs/ David Mallett/ Celebration/ North Road Records

Gentle on My Mind/ Alison Krauss/ Windy City/ Capitol Records

Ruby's Shoes/ Lori McKenna/ Paper Wings & Halo/ The Orchard

I'm Bound for the Promised Land/ Rayna Gellert/ Workin's Too Hard/ StorySound Records

Allegra Boverman for New Hampshire Public Radio

N.H. Republican Governor Chris Sununu reinforced his support for President Trump during an in in-depth Exchange interview  last week, even as he acknowledged that certain matters could have gone more smoothly in recent weeks.   He also discussed his budget, defending his decision to increase funding for community colleges but not the university system, which has suggested that it may not be able to continue its tuition freeze as a result. 

NH1

WBIN-TV announced Friday it will cease operations in the coming months after selling its broadcasting rights to the FCC. The network, which was purchased five years ago by former U.S. Senate candidate and New Hampshire businessman Bill Binnie, says proceeds from the sale approach $100 million.

“I am incredibly proud of the people in our television, radio and digital media businesses,” says Binnie in a statement posted to the NH1 website.  

OK, so things might be brightening up a bit this weekend. But it's still the middle of February and we're just coming off of several rounds of snowstorms and New Hampshire winters are nothing if not unpredictable — so while we're all catching our breath waiting for the next whiteout, we thought we'd take a moment to reflect on some particularly wintry stories before diving into the rest of this week's headlines.

The Concord Monitor

The state’s highest court has denied a new trial to 78-year-old convicted murderer Robert Breest.

New Hampshire is a rural state, which is great for recreation, but not so great if you are a foodie, at least when it comes to shopping for gourmet ingredients.  

But some savvy shoppers have discovered that fancy food can also be found at  couple of accessible and unexpected emporiums: Ocean State Job Lots (“Home of Adventure Shopping”) and Marshalls  (“Your Surprise is Waiting”).  

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After nearly two weeks of steady snow storms across the state, New Hampshire's ski mountains are getting ready for a busy few weeks. 

Massachusetts schools are on break next week, and New Hampshire schools the following week. That's just in time for ideal ski conditions, says Greg Keeler at Cannon Mountain.

"And we get something called Notch Effect snowfall. It made the cloud stay here and it forced the snow out of the cloud right in the region of Cannon."

Michael Seamans

The Bookshelf from NHPR is New Hampshire Public Radio's series on authors and books with ties to the Granite State.  All Things Considered host Peter Biello features authors, covers literary events and publishing trends, and gets recommendations from each guest on what books listeners might want to add to their own bookshelves. If you have an author or book you think we should profile on The Bookshelf, send us an email. The address is books@nhpr.org.

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