The Northern Forest Center helps create economic opportunity and community vitality from healthy working forests.
David Benckendorf participated in the Center’s Model Neighborhood Project, and was one of 40 homeowners who purchased and installed a wood pellet boiler with the center’s help. “there were a lot of advantages to it and it really peaked my interest.” He eventually converted his oil furnace to a wood pellet boiler.
Mitt Romney’s decision to skip a third run for president leaves the New Hampshire's GOP presidential primary without a clear early front-runner.
Mitt Romney had been publicly flirting with a 2016 run for the past three weeks. On Wednesday he made a campaign-style trip to Mississippi, but little more than a day later he used conference calls to tell his staunchest backers that he’s decided it is best to clear the way for others leaders in his party.
Jim Merrill ran both of Romney’s N.H. campaigns. He said he didn’t see this coming.
When most people buy skis they turn to a well-known company. Maybe they get a pair of Rossignols or K2s. But big-names are no longer the only option: some two hundred companies – mostly tiny – now make skis in the United States alone.
One of the newest - Sandwich Tech - is run by Katie Mros and Matt Michaud of Littleton.
Like many others who want to live in the North Country they decided to take an innovative idea, hold their breath and try to make a living doing something they love.
Snowmobilers in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine are taking part in a three-day weekend with riders registered in any one of those states able to explore the trails of the other two states for free.
Starting Friday, any snowmobile registered in any of the participating states is allowed on trails in all three states. All other host state regulations apply, including speed limits, youth laws and Vermont's mandatory liability insurance law.
Create an album in twenty-eight days - that's the idea behind the RPM Challenge. Those taking part have to create ten songs, or thirty-five minutes of original material, all of which has to be written and recorded during the month of February.
The New Hampshire Electric Coop will soon be the first utility in the state to fulfill a state-mandated requirement on how many customers are allowed to sell their solar energy back onto the grid. This has led some potential solar customers concerned about whether they will recoup their investment to bring their complaints to the Coop’s Board of Directors.
To get what this brouhaha is all about, you first have to know what net-metering is.
Spring is here! Well, sort of. Technically, spring doesn't start for another six weeks. But some stoic yankees say that winter begins in New Hampshire when you start stacking your wood pile in late August. So it follows that Winter Solstice (the shortest day of the year) is the first day of spring training - pitchers and catchers reporting for light duty. And now, six weeks later, we're seeing 10 hours of daylight and growing, and we're ready to open the season. The next logical question... who's on first?
More than 800 people packed the Hopkins Center to see President Hanlon’s unveil proposals to reform Dartmouth’s social culture. Most of his remarks focused on liquor, which Hanlon called a serious risk to campus safety.
Hanlon also called for reforms to the fraternity system and said starting next fall freshmen will be assigned to live in residential communities led by professors.
Senior Taylor Payer says she welcomes Hanlon’s promise to get tougher on sexual assaults on campus but says true change will require more drastic measures.
The New England Patriots are getting ready for the Superbowl on Sunday, they’ll be playing the Seattle Seahawks for the championship. Eleven years ago they were in a similar position, gearing up for the match against the Carolina Panthers.
From the Archives this week we found this 2004 interview from NHPR’s The Front Porch. Host John Walters spoke with then (and current) State Senator from Manchester, Lou D’Allessandro. John spoke with D’Allessandro about his football career at UNH as well as his 1961 tryout for a new football franchise in Boston.
The president of Dartmouth College is announcing his plan to address sexual assault, high-risk drinking and a lack of inclusivity on the Ivy League campus.
Philip Hanlon, who has led Dartmouth since mid-2013, created a "Moving Dartmouth Forward" steering committee last April to study the problems he said were compromising the school's core mission. The committee recently submitted its report to Hanlon, who will deliver his response to students, faculty and staff Thursday morning.
FairPoint Communications has agreed to hold public meetings around New Hampshire to discuss its service levels as part of a $13 million contract to provide Internet and telecommunications services for the state.
The Executive Council approved the contract Wednesday after putting it off last month due to service concerns. About 1,700 FairPoint workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont have been on strike since October over stalled contract negotiations, and the state has received increased complaints about services during the strike.
The state Department of Health and Human Services stopped accepting applications for medical marijuana dispensary licenses this afternoon.
As of Wednesday morning, the state had received 14 applications. Though DHHS officials are tightlipped about who applied and for what locations, contract director Eric Borrin says that all four areas of the state are represented.
“A majority of the folks that submitted letters of intent did respond with full applications.”
A house committee heard testimony Wednesday on a bill that would restrict where the state’s low-income residents can use EBT cards.
The bill would ban people from using EBT cash benefits at businesses that primarily engage in tattooing and body piercing. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Charles McMahon (R-Rockingham), says the ban would also extend to smoke shops and future medical marijuana dispensaries.
A staggering two feet of snow landed in southern New Hampshire yesterday. And while it didn’t create any disasters, many in the Nashua area are digging their way out.
As Tuesday’s storm bogged the Nashua region with heaping banks of fluffy snow, many hunkered in their homes. That made it easier for city crews to work through the day and night, clearing the roads for Wednesday.
While most businesses reopened, public schools remained closed, and many residents are still clearing the snow from their cars and driveways.
Scents can evoke memories, arouse appetite, and even alter moods. On today’s show we’ll sniff out the science of smell.
Then, internet trolling can be a hobby for angry people with a sadistic bent, but now crowd funding is supporting a new brand of professional troll. We’ll take a look into the lucrative business of posting hate.
Plus, for the latest installment of our series Good Gig we’ll talk to a music editor who’s compiled the 101 strangest records on Spotify.
1.28.15: The Science Of Smelling, Crowd Funding Hate, & Good Gig
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Initially we contacted Rob Fitzpatrick to talk about the series he's been writing for The Guardian, "101 Strangest Records on Spotify", but when we found out what he does for a living, we realized we had a real Good Gig on our hands. The job title "Browse Editor" for Spotify was not one we'd heard of before, but now we all want that job! Getting paid to listen to music seems like the best kind of job.
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8:13 a.m. Wednesday: Nashua, Durham Work to Get Back to Normal
Rick Ganley speaks with Nashua's Emergency Management Director Justin Kates and Durham Town Administrator Todd Selig about cleanup efforts.
Cleanup is underway across New Hampshire today, after yesterday’s blizzard.
We check in with two communities hit hardest by the storm: Nashua and Durham.
Let’s start with Nashua, which saw 33 inches of snow.
Justin Kates is the city’s director of emergency management.
How are things looking this morning?
I think we’ve made significant improvements. We’ve had crews out all night. We had crews out all day yesterday. These plow drivers have really been working nonstop to clear those roads as much as possible. We’re seeing some really good improvements today.
Do you feel confident that roads are clear enough that people can get out and about this morning?
I do. I think the big concern for folks is they’re going to want to give themselves some extra time this morning to ensure their driveways are clear. Those roads are still a little icy, so it’s still important for people to drive safe if they have to go out this morning.
What about parking on city streets?
At 10 a.m. this morning, parking will be allowed on city streets as well as those municipal surface lots.
What about other concerns besides roadways? Have there been any other lingering issues from the storm?
Thankfully with this storm, we didn’t have any power outages, which certainly brings a concern to the emergency management office. We didn’t have to open up any shelters and for the most part, it was just a significant snow event that really impacted our public works department. Thankfully, there weren’t really any other concerns other than keeping those streets clear.
Speaking of your public works department, how about the budget? We’ve got many more storms on the horizon and it’s only the end of January.
One of the things I think we do pretty well in the city is to plan for these kinds of events. There’s a snow budget already in place here in the city as well as a trust fund in the event that we have one of those significant winters like we’ve had in the past. I think we’re ready to go if we see continue to see more snow like this throughout the winter.
Durham Town Administrator Todd Selig also joined Morning Edition.
What are you seeing in Durham today?
We had quite a storm yesterday. We took measurements yesterday evening and parts of Durham had up to 28 inches of snow.
How’s it looking for snow removal?
It’s been hard sledding, to be honest with you. A storm like this requires that our snow fighters in the public works department sometimes go for as long as 24 hours with only short breaks for meals and naps. At this time, we have more or less had to send all of our staff home to rest because they had been going more than a day without stopping.
We have all of our main roads cleared. We have most of the sidewalks in the downtown cleared. But all of the sidewalks extending into our ancillary neighborhoods, around the downtown into some of the more distant parts of the community will have to wait for about another day so we can muster the resources to clear those out.
Looking ahead, there are some other storms on the horizon. How’s the town budget?
The town budget is good. We begin our fiscal year Jan. 1, so we’ve really just begun with a new fiscal year. I have to say we were running on fumes until Dec. 31, but we’re recharged now with a new fiscal year. That’s good news, but storms like this are costly. In salt alone, Durham went through about $10,000 in this storm. And the total cost of cleanup is going to be somewhere between $25,000 and $35,000. I’m betting around $35,000, toward the high end.
When do you feel like you’ll be back to normal in Durham?
It’s hard because clearing the roads is just the first step. In the downtown in particular, we have very large snow piles and we need to bring in special loaders and dump trucks in order to cart all of that snow away. To make matters worse, we have more snow coming in this weekend, with more than a foot or more expected next Monday.
6:16 a.m. Wednesday: Cleaning up the Mess
New Hampshire is digging out from a strong winter storm that dumped more than two feet of snow in some places.
Gov. Maggie Hassan said government will reopen Wednesday after shutting down when the storm blew through on Tuesday. Some schools will remain closed for a second day and strong winds into Tuesday night meant snow drifts were likely to pop up on some roads.
Snowfall totals ranged from a few inches north of the White Mountains to more than 3 feet along the coast. Wind speeds of 30 to 35 mph and gusts up to 50 mph blew drifts that reached rooflines in some places.
Wednesday is expected to be cold and dry but more snow could reach the state starting Thursday night.
5:10 p.m. Tuesday: Overview of the Storm
A major winter storm blanketed New Hampshire Tuesday, but ample warning, a declared state of emergency and what Gov. Maggie Hassan called good old Granite State common sense kept problems to a minimum. Here's an overview of the storm so far, via The Associated Press: