Ryan Lessard http://nhpr.org en UNH Manchester Waits On City To Approve Building Deal http://nhpr.org/post/unh-manchester-waits-city-approve-building-deal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>UNH Manchester is planning on selling its main building in the millyard to the company run by the inventor of the Segway. The university is looking to expand into a larger space—the millyard’s Pandora building.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:47:36 +0000 Ryan Lessard 52312 at http://nhpr.org UNH Manchester Waits On City To Approve Building Deal Audio Postcard: Purana Hindu Festival http://nhpr.org/post/audio-postcard-purana-hindu-festival <p>For the first time, New Hampshire’s Hindu community hosted a week-long religious festival in Concord called the <em>Srimad Bhagavata&nbsp;Maha&nbsp;Purana</em>&nbsp;(or just Purana for short). It’s a ceremony where participants gather from across the region to pray for global peace, emotional wellbeing and spiritual enlightenment.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:00:07 +0000 Ryan Lessard 52136 at http://nhpr.org Audio Postcard: Purana Hindu Festival Manchester Police: 2014 Crime Stats Show Little Change http://nhpr.org/post/manchester-police-2014-crime-stats-show-little-change <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Manchester police say that while efforts to reduce property crimes in Manchester have shown some success, the total number of crimes since January is virtually identical to last year. The information was presented during a downtown community meeting hosted by the Manchester police department Tuesday night.</p><p>Officer Matt Barter, the department’s crime analyst, says some of the numbers between January and June are looking good.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 01:33:34 +0000 Ryan Lessard 52012 at http://nhpr.org Manchester Police: 2014 Crime Stats Show Little Change Audio Postcard: The Warner Intertribal Pow-Wow http://nhpr.org/post/audio-postcard-warner-intertribal-pow-wow <div dir="ltr" id="imcontent"><span dir="ltr" style="word-wrap: break-word; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; margin: 0in 0in 10pt; line-height: 13pt; direction: ltr;">Every summer, people flock from all over the region to participate in a traditional Native American powwow in Warner. This&nbsp;marks its fifteenth year.&nbsp;</span></div><div dir="ltr">&nbsp;</div><div dir="ltr"></div><p></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:35:48 +0000 Ryan Lessard 51917 at http://nhpr.org Audio Postcard: The Warner Intertribal Pow-Wow 15th Annual Warner Powwow Kicks Off http://nhpr.org/post/15th-annual-warner-powwow-kicks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Saturday marked the beginning of the annual intertribal powwow in Warner.</p><p>On the field next to the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, craft vendor tents, participants and visiting families surround a wide meeting circle at the field’s center. Lynn Clark is the Executive Director of the museum.</p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:29:33 +0000 Ryan Lessard 51819 at http://nhpr.org 15th Annual Warner Powwow Kicks Off Manchester Chamber of Commerce Expands Lunch In The Park Series http://nhpr.org/post/manchester-chamber-commerce-expands-lunch-park-series <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is expanding its summer Lunch in the Park series this year. Veterans Park is at the center of an effort to clean up the image of downtown area parks.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:39:32 +0000 Ryan Lessard 51692 at http://nhpr.org Manchester Chamber of Commerce Expands Lunch In The Park Series Second Pelham Fireworks Accident Reignites Hopes For Reloadable Mortar Ban http://nhpr.org/post/second-pelham-fireworks-accident-reignites-hopes-reloadable-mortar-ban <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Pelham Fire Chief is renewing his call for a ban on a type of controversial fireworks called reloadable mortars. That follows a second accident in his town over the holiday weekend.</p><p>Pelham Fire Chief James Midgley remembers seeing what he describes as a mushroom cloud coming from behind a residence where thirteen people were injured two years ago. Then, on July 4<sup>th</sup> this year, just around the corner, another fireworks accident injured two people. And the common thread, says Midgley, is reloadable mortars.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:25:00 +0000 Ryan Lessard 51437 at http://nhpr.org Second Pelham Fireworks Accident Reignites Hopes For Reloadable Mortar Ban Sifting Through N.H.'s Fireworks Regulations http://nhpr.org/post/sifting-through-nhs-fireworks-regulations <p>Though forecasts for the day mean you probably won’t be enjoying fireworks until perhaps tomorrow, consumer fireworks are legal in New Hampshire—though at least <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/map-does-your-town-allow-fireworks">18 towns ban them</a>.</p><p>NHPR's Ryan Lessard sits down with Rick Ganley to talk about the state's fireworks regulations.</p><p>RG: So Ryan, not all types fireworks are legal in New Hampshire. Which ones can we find on the shelves and which ones are still banned?</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ryan Lessard & Rick Ganley 51310 at http://nhpr.org Sifting Through N.H.'s Fireworks Regulations NHIA Faculty And Students Worry About Possible Merger With SNHU http://nhpr.org/post/nhia-faculty-and-students-worry-about-possible-merger-snhu <p>At the first public meeting since it was announced the New Hampshire Institute of Art was engaged in merger discussions with Southern New Hampshire University, faculty, staff and students voiced their concerns.</p><p>In the NHIA auditorium, filled with about fifty people, reactions to the prospect of a merger with SNHU ranged from cautiously optimistic to skeptical. Like faculty member Sean Beavers.</p><p><em>“I just have a lot of concerns and I see no benefit.”</em></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:03:45 +0000 Ryan Lessard 51279 at http://nhpr.org NHIA Faculty And Students Worry About Possible Merger With SNHU Fireworks Lobby Succeeds In Keeping Controversial Devices On Store Shelves http://nhpr.org/post/fireworks-lobby-succeeds-keeping-controversial-devices-store-shelves <p>Backyard pyrotechnics are a favorite—and legal—way for Granite Staters to celebrate the 4<sup>th</sup> of July.&nbsp; And the fireworks lobby—yes, there really is a lobby for everything—has been fighting to not only keep them legal, but to deregulate them.</p><p>Two years ago this week in Pelham, a homeowner piled up nearly 350 mortar shells on his deck. And when sparks from a stray spinner landed on them, they exploded and more than a dozen people were injured. In 2011, the legislature had legalized those two types of fireworks.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:33:11 +0000 Ryan Lessard 51222 at http://nhpr.org Fireworks Lobby Succeeds In Keeping Controversial Devices On Store Shelves Tiny Windham Brook Is A Roadblock In I-93 Widening Project http://nhpr.org/post/tiny-windham-brook-roadblock-i-93-widening-project <p>The widening of I-93 is without doubt a massive public works project. It’s also been a massive political issue. But its full build-out may end up being blocked by a tiny brook.</p><p>Driving south on I-93 in Windham, you won’t miss the fifty-foot wall of granite dwarfing the backhoes that chip away at it.</p><p>But what you won’t see from the road is a small stream known as Dinsmore Brook. Concerns over its water quality have been threatening to reduce the width of the road from four lanes to three.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Ryan Lessard 50863 at http://nhpr.org Tiny Windham Brook Is A Roadblock In I-93 Widening Project Informational Campaign For N.H.'s Expanded Medicaid Kicks Off http://nhpr.org/post/informational-campaign-nhs-expanded-medicaid-kicks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services held a public info session in Manchester Tuesday night to demystify the state’s new Expanded Medicaid plan.</p><p>About 15 people, mostly care providers, attended the Manchester session. Questions ranged from how one qualifies for the program and ‘are refugees included?’ (they are), to the application process itself.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Ryan Lessard 50020 at http://nhpr.org Informational Campaign For N.H.'s Expanded Medicaid Kicks Off N.H. Buffer Zones Bill Signed Into Law http://nhpr.org/post/nh-buffer-zones-bill-signed-law <p>Governor Maggie Hassan signed into law a bill enabling abortion clinics to create a buffer zone that would keep protesters clear of the entrance.</p><p>After a prolonged legislative debate in the house, the <a href="http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2014/SB0319.html">final language</a> in the bill gives reproductive health clinics the flexibility to make clearly marked buffer zones “up to” 25 feet in radius.</p><p>Jennifer Frizzell with Planned Parenthood says the buffer zones will ensure the privacy, dignity and safety of patients while protecting first amendment rights.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:36:11 +0000 Ryan Lessard 49994 at http://nhpr.org N.H. Buffer Zones Bill Signed Into Law Confusion Abounds As Reports Of Meriam Ibrahim's Release Remains Unconfirmed By Family http://nhpr.org/post/confusion-abounds-reports-meriam-ibrahims-release-remains-unconfirmed-family <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The BBC <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27646890">reported </a>Saturday that the Sudanese woman sentenced to death for apostasy, Meriam Ibrahim, will be released in the coming days. The report was based on a statement made by a high-ranking Sudanese foreign minister who reportedly said Ibrahim would be released from prison in a few days’ time. I caught up with the Ibrahim’s brother-in-law Gabriel Wani of Manchester.</p> Sat, 31 May 2014 19:48:48 +0000 Ryan Lessard 49497 at http://nhpr.org Confusion Abounds As Reports Of Meriam Ibrahim's Release Remains Unconfirmed By Family N.H. Senators React To V.A. Secretary Shinseki's Resignation http://nhpr.org/post/nh-senators-react-va-secretary-shinsekis-resignation <p>New Hampshire’s Senators say Veterans Affairs Secretary Erik Shinseki’s decision to step down was the right one.</p><p>Senator Kelly Ayotte says that more needs to be done to address the waitlist problems in VA medical centers but Shinseki’s resignation is a positive first step.</p><p><em>“We need to make sure that those who have committed the falsifying of records and misleading people should be fully pursued and prosecuted.”</em></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 20:53:07 +0000 Ryan Lessard 49463 at http://nhpr.org