Sam Evans-Brown http://nhpr.org en N.H. Drops From First To Fourth In Kids Count Ranking http://nhpr.org/post/nh-drops-first-fourth-kids-count-ranking <p>New Hampshire has slid to fourth place on a national ranking of places to raise children.</p><p>After decades in first place, the Granite State slid to fourth in the Kids Count Index, compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, with Massachusetts, Vermont, and Iowa now holding the top spots.</p><p>The drop was attributed to an increase in child poverty, up from 9 percent to 16 percent between 2005 and 2012.</p><p>Increases in homes with single parents and where the parents lack secure employment also factored into the decline.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:06:40 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 52353 at http://nhpr.org Market Baskets Protest Pinches Supplies At N.H. Stores http://nhpr.org/post/market-baskets-protest-pinches-supplies-nh-stores <p></p><p>Shelves are a little barer than usual in Market Basket stores around New Hampshire. An employee strike in support of ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas held up at least some food distribution.</p><p>Employees at the Market Basket in downtown Concord say no trucks came in on Friday, and the produce cooler was already virtually empty by mid-day.&nbsp;</p><p>“I shop here all the time so I did notice that the produce section was definitely lower,” says Heather D’Angelis, “and they did make a comment that they weren’t certain what trucks were running.”</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:16:57 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 52199 at http://nhpr.org Market Baskets Protest Pinches Supplies At N.H. Stores PSNH Customers Again Trickling To Competitors During Spring Months http://nhpr.org/post/psnh-customers-again-trickling-competitors-during-spring-months <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to new numbers filed with the state’s Public Utilities Commission, a little less than 56 percent of the electricity sold to consumers in the service territory of the state’s largest utility, Public Service of New Hampshire, came from competitive suppliers. That number peaked at 58 percent last October before dropping to 49 percent in February thanks to soaring winter electric market prices.</span></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:36:53 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 52074 at http://nhpr.org PSNH Customers Again Trickling To Competitors During Spring Months Not Much For "Kremlin Watchers" At Meeting Between N.E. Governors And Canadian Premiers http://nhpr.org/post/not-much-kremlin-watchers-meeting-between-ne-governors-and-canadian-premiers <p></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 04:28:10 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 51927 at http://nhpr.org Not Much For "Kremlin Watchers" At Meeting Between N.E. Governors And Canadian Premiers Eastern Canadian Premiers And New England Governors Meet Amid Energy Protests http://nhpr.org/post/eastern-canadian-premiers-and-new-england-governors-meet-amid-energy-protests <p></p><p>New Hampshire is hosting the latest summit between the governors of the New England states and the Premiers of Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The conference takes place Monday at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, and follows a similar meeting held in Quebec <a href="http://www.cap-cpma.ca/default.asp?mn=1.98.3.26.212">last September</a>.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:12:17 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 51846 at http://nhpr.org Eastern Canadian Premiers And New England Governors Meet Amid Energy Protests Star Island Seeks To Go Solar, Serve As Energy Example http://nhpr.org/post/star-island-seeks-go-solar-serve-energy-example <p>Star Island – a 43 acre spit of land in the isles of shoals, more than 6 miles off the New Hampshire coast – is installing enough solar panels to power roughly 30 homes and a battery array to back them up.</p><p>The island is home to a hotel and conference center run by a non-profit with close ties to the Unitarian Universalist Church. Its efforts to go solar are actually culmination of years of work that some think are a model for how the future of energy could look on the mainland.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:48:46 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 51781 at http://nhpr.org Star Island Seeks To Go Solar, Serve As Energy Example Construction At Hooksett Rest Area Is 'Months' Ahead Of Schedule http://nhpr.org/post/construction-hooksett-rest-area-months-ahead-schedule <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Visitors coming to New Hampshire this Fourth of July weekend via interstate 93 likely noticed the redevelopment of the new rest-stop facilities in Hooksett is moving quickly. According to the Department of Transportation, construction at the rest-area is about three to four months ahead of schedule.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 08:59:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 51357 at http://nhpr.org Construction At Hooksett Rest Area Is 'Months' Ahead Of Schedule Rain Can't Dampen Fourth Of July Spirits http://nhpr.org/post/rain-cant-dampen-fourth-july-spirits <p></p><p>Festivities are underway across New Hampshire despite rainy conditions.</p><p>At&nbsp; well-attended 4<sup>th</sup> of july parade in Amherst, the announcer told crowds, “We might see a steady, light drizzle this morning, but after about 12 noon it’s going to get quite wet.”</p><p>While it wasn’t classic Fourth of July weather, that was just fine with some in the crowd.</p><p>“No this is fine,” said Ginger Simond.</p><p>“This is beautiful, not too hot at all,” agreed her husband Woody.</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 17:59:25 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 51354 at http://nhpr.org Rain Can't Dampen Fourth Of July Spirits Implementation Of State Energy Plan Will Depend On Politics http://nhpr.org/post/implementation-state-energy-plan-will-depend-politics <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Hampshire officials are working on a new state energy strategy, which is supposed to be a roadmap to a new energy future, but politics may ultimately decide whether the strategy becomes reality.</span></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:06:08 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 51177 at http://nhpr.org Implementation Of State Energy Plan Will Depend On Politics State Officials Field Tough Questions From Energy Insiders http://nhpr.org/post/state-officials-field-tough-questions-energy-insiders <p></p><p>At a forum on New England’s energy challenges at St. Anselm College, a panel of supporters of an energy proposal by the six New England Governors fielded tough questions. The plan is to pay for natural gas pipelines and transmission lines through a new charge on the electric bills of customers throughout the region.</p><p>The panel of state energy officials from New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island defended the governors’ plan, while some in the audience suggested the plan amounted to picking winners and losers.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:38:24 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 51149 at http://nhpr.org State Officials Field Tough Questions From Energy Insiders Timber-Frame Architect Wins Competition With Wooden Sky-Scraper Column http://nhpr.org/post/timber-frame-architect-wins-competition-wooden-sky-scraper-column <p>Architect Tim Olson, from Bensonwood homes in Walpole, has a problem.</p><p>He and a friend have screwed together the first few pieces of a design project, called the Coopered Column, backwards.</p><p>“We’re looking at the plan upside down and assembling it, so we swapped the pieces,” he says laughing.</p><p>It’s understandable: there are 118 pieces – each one a big, meaty timber – and 250 screws to hold it all together.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 50985 at http://nhpr.org Timber-Frame Architect Wins Competition With Wooden Sky-Scraper Column Environmental Group: Governors' Natural Gas Proposal Too Expensive, Rushed http://nhpr.org/post/environmental-group-governors-natural-gas-proposal-too-expensive-rushed <p></p><p><a href="http://www.clf.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/CLF_Briefing_NESCO_Documents_Release_June2014.pdf">An Environmental Group says</a> regional energy policy makers and the natural gas industry have too cozy a relationship. To prove their case the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released a series of documents obtained by right to know requests. Those indicated therein say the claim is overblown.</p><p>The release highlights a growing unease in the environmental community toward bringing new natural gas pipeline into New England.</p><p></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:20:40 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 50794 at http://nhpr.org Environmental Group: Governors' Natural Gas Proposal Too Expensive, Rushed Arsenic Is Prevalent In Well Water, But Treatment Is Readily Available http://nhpr.org/post/arsenic-prevalent-well-water-treatment-readily-available <p></p><p><em>This is the second of two stories about arsenic in well-water.</em></p><p>Almost twenty years ago, Joe Ayotte got a well drilled at his house in Concord.</p><p>“As you can see it’s a bit of a mud-pit, and it’s very red,” says Ayotte surveying the site of his artesian well, which has since been retired from service, but continues to leach iron-stained water onto his lawn.</p><p>Ayotte had some bad luck. The well must have hit what he calls “rotten rock” and brought up massive amounts of minerals in the water, including so much iron that it destroyed his fixtures.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 50520 at http://nhpr.org Arsenic Is Prevalent In Well Water, But Treatment Is Readily Available News Primer: Worried About Your Water? How To Get Your Well Tested http://nhpr.org/post/news-primer-worried-about-your-water-how-get-your-well-tested <p>There are basically two options: the state lab and private well testers.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:26:54 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 50503 at http://nhpr.org News Primer: Worried About Your Water? How To Get Your Well Tested 50,000 N.H. Wells At Risk Of High Arsenic, Negative Health Impacts http://nhpr.org/post/50000-nh-wells-risk-high-arsenic-negative-health-impacts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At a house in Stoddard, a Cushing and Sons truck mounted rig pounds a drill bit into bedrock 90 feet below.</span></p><p>“What we’re hearing now is a pneumatic hammer,” says Bart Cushing, who together with his brother runs this family owned well-drilling business, “That’s a flat-based bit with carbide buttons. And it’s literally pounding the rock.”</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">These artesian groundwater wells are the norm these days: something on the order of 95 percent of new wells are drilled into the bedrock.</span></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 50462 at http://nhpr.org 50,000 N.H. Wells At Risk Of High Arsenic, Negative Health Impacts