Sam Evans-Brown http://nhpr.org en 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 USGS: 80,000 N.H. Residents Could Be Drinking Contaminated Water http://nhpr.org/post/usgs-80000-nh-residents-could-be-drinking-contaminated-water <p>A <a href="http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=3913#.U59SSPldVyx">new study </a>from the US Geological Survey estimates that as many as 80,000 people in Southeastern New Hampshire could be drinking water from wells with unhealthy levels of contaminants.</p><p>The study finds nearly 50,000 people could be drinking elevated levels of arsenic, nearly 15,000 with manganese, and fewer than 10,000 could be consuming either high levels of uranium and lead.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:35:24 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 50323 at http://nhpr.org USGS: 80,000 N.H. Residents Could Be Drinking Contaminated Water PSNH Energy Rates To Rise, Delivery Rates to Fall http://nhpr.org/post/psnh-energy-rates-rise-delivery-rates-fall <p>Customers of the state’s largest electric utility are set to get a tiny reprieve in their bills. Public Service of New Hampshire’s latest rate filing forecasts the average customer will save 31 cents a month, despite rising energy costs.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:33:37 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 50321 at http://nhpr.org PSNH Energy Rates To Rise, Delivery Rates to Fall Safety Officials to Develop Flooding Master Plan http://nhpr.org/post/safety-officials-develop-flooding-master-plan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Hampshire safety officials have announced a new project to beef up flood planning. A new database will look to maximize return on dollars invested in flood mitigation.</span></p><p>The problem is that data on where money has been spent to repair flood damages isn’t kept in one place: some is with the federal flood insurance program, some comes from FEMA disaster declarations, and still more is with local towns.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:33:10 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 50203 at http://nhpr.org Safety Officials to Develop Flooding Master Plan "Bioblitz" Aims to Catalog All The Species In Two Square Miles In 24-Hours http://nhpr.org/post/bioblitz-aims-catalog-all-species-two-square-miles-24-hours <p></p><p>One of the state’s biggest environmental organizations is finishing the fundraising for a 1,300 acre conservation deal in North Conway. Once it’s finished, the land will be added to the 4,000 existing acres of the Nature Conservancy’s Green Hills Preserve, where it will provide recreation for people, and habitat for plants and animals.</p><p>But before the conservancy closes the deal it wants to know what it’s getting, and to figure that out it assembled plant and wildlife experts from all over the state for a sort of naturalist marathon.</p><p></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:38:30 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 50144 at http://nhpr.org "Bioblitz" Aims to Catalog All The Species In Two Square Miles In 24-Hours Following Proposed Carbon Regulations, RGGI Allowances Reach Another New High http://nhpr.org/post/following-proposed-carbon-regulations-rggi-allowances-reach-another-new-high <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the latest quarterly auction of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or </span>RGGI<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the cost for the right to emit a ton of carbon has again reached a new high. Speculation that more states could join </span>RGGI<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> could be driving interest in carbon allowances.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:34:38 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 49825 at http://nhpr.org Following Proposed Carbon Regulations, RGGI Allowances Reach Another New High Jim Rubens Files His Papers For U.S. Senate http://nhpr.org/post/jim-rubens-files-his-papers-us-senate <p></p><p>Jim Rubens stopped by the secretary of states office Thursday to file his candidacy for US Senate. T<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he Hanover Republican used the opportunity to make the case that he’ll be the number one competitor to former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown in the primary.</span></p><p>Former state senator Jim Rubens is perhaps the most difficult Republican to pin down ideologically in the race for the Senate seat currently held by Senator Jeanne Shaheen.</p><p>Rubens, has trailed Scott Brown in early polls,</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:17:53 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 49764 at http://nhpr.org Jim Rubens Files His Papers For U.S. Senate