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5:23 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Farm Goes All In On Heirlooms

River Round Heritage Farm
Credit Courtesy of Alex Dowst

At farmer's markets, co-ops, and small local farms, heirloom tomatoes are becoming more common. They're older tomato breeds – some very old – that haven't been hybridized or genetically modified, and with seeds that can actually be planted to grow new tomatoes. A pair of young New Hampshire farmers wants to raise awareness that heirloom doesn't just mean tomatoes, and they've started what they say is the state's only all-heritage farm, River Round Heirloom, to prove it.

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NH News
3:59 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Gov. Hassan Signs Off On Allowing For 2 A.M. Last Call

Credit Adam Fagen / Flickr Creative Commons

Governor Maggie Hassan signed a bill into law this week that allows communities to extend last call for serving alcohol from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m.

The law requires that the local governing body pass an ordinance approving the change before it can take effect.

Governor Spokesman Marc Goldberg said Hassan appreciated the bill allows local communities to decide whether to opt in to the new last call.

The New Hampshire Chiefs of Police opposed the legislation.

The law goes into effect Jan. 1.

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North Country
9:08 am
Thu July 11, 2013

North Country Events

http://tinyurl.com/NorthCountryCalendar

The newsletter typically announces events in the next week. The calendar shows you events in the coming months.

OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERTS

Whitefield Thursdays 6 PM through August 29 vocal/acoustic on the common

Bethlehem Sundays 6 PM through September 1 at the town gazebo

Whitefield Mondays 7 PM through August 5 town band on the common

Lancaster Wednesdays 8 PM through August 14

FARMERS MARKETS

Lisbon Thursdays 3-6 PM through Sepember 19

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Environment
5:39 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

N.H. Groups Split $1 Million In Brownfield Grants

The site of an old Tannery in Penacook served as the backdrop for the announcement of the grant money. This site is already slated for clean-up and redevelopment. Other, similar sites will get a boost through this program
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

The EPA has given the state of New Hampshire $1 million dollars to help clean up contaminated industrial sites, or brownfields. The Capitol Region Economic Development Council received $800,000 dollars for it’s a revolving loan fund that helps developers clean up brownfields. The remaining $200,000 goes to the Lakes Region Planning Commission for assessments of sites in need of clean-up.

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Sports
4:41 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

North Conway's Jeff Locke Taking Major League All-Star Selection In Stride

Jeff Locke
Credit Major League Baseball

Jeff Locke dominated his opponents when he was pitching for Kennett High School in North Conway.

Now, the 25-year-old lefty is doing the same for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

We caught up with him this week to talk about his most recent accomplishment - being named to the Major League Baseball all-star team.

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NH News
2:42 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

With Capital Budget Signed, Women's Prison Moves Ahead

As of Tuesday, $245 million dollars in capital projects are on the way in New Hampshire, now that Governor Maggie Hassan signed the capital budget into law. The biggest line item in that budget is a $38 million dollar new women’s prison.

The prison will be located next to the mens’ prison, in Concord.   Jeff Lyons with the Department of Corrections says that’s for certain.  But what the prison will look like, and who will build it? That, Lyons says, is yet to be decided:

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NH News
7:32 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Belmont Man Charged With Killing Mother, Brother

New Hampshire prosecutors are charging a man with hacking to death his 59-year-old mother and 39-year-old brother in a Belmont home in May.

Officials say 31-year-old Shawn Carter of Belmont was arrested Tuesday and charged with killing his mother, Priscilla Carter and his brother, Timothy Carter on May 23 or 24 in their home on Sunset Drive.

NH News
5:34 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Report Shows Slight Increase In Rental Costs

The average rental price in New Hampshire stands at just over $1,000 per month, including utilities. That's up about a percentage point from last year.

The numbers come from New Hampshire Housing’s annual survey completed in April.

Communications Director Jane Law says high foreclosure rates in recent years have forced more people into the rental market, driving up cost.

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NH News
5:21 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Furloughs Begin For 1,500 Shipyard, National Guard Employees

Furloughs begin this week for 1,300 employees at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

Because of the cuts imposed by sequestration, each week the workers will have to take one day of unpaid leave for the next 11 weeks.

Paul O’Connor is president of Metal Trades Council.

While he is not being furloughed, he says the work done by the employees who are is just as critical to shipyard operations.

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NH News
4:45 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Gov. Hassan To Check On Flood Damage In Westmoreland, Lebanon On Wednesday

Governor Maggie Hassan will tour Westmoreland and Lebanon on Wednesday, two communities hit hard by last week's flooding.

Hassan will be joined by the state's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Perry Plummer to see how the towns are recovering from the damage.

The governor declared a state of emergency due to the flooding, which officials say caused more than two million dollars in damage.

Officials with FEMA toured damaged areas Tuesday to determine whether the state will qualify for federal funds.

NH News
3:38 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

New Program Will Support Unemployed People Starting Own Business

People collecting unemployment benefits in New Hampshire will soon have another option for finding work – creating their own job.

Governor Maggie Hassan says she will sign the so-called Pathway to Work bill into law on Thursday.

Up until now, people receiving unemployment benefits from the state had to show they were actively looking for work.

But under the new law, people who qualify for the program can instead focus their efforts on starting their own business.

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NH News
9:57 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Growing Pains: What One N.H. Farmer Is Doing To Make Local Food More Profitable

Heron Pond Farm sells produce and other goods at their farm stand in Kensington, N.H.
Emily Corwin NHPR

With almost 60 farmers markets across the state, demand for local food is growing.  But local farmers still struggle to make a profit growing local food. In fact, about three quarters of all farms in New Hampshire gross less than $10,000 from sales each year.

This is the first installment in our summer business series investigating how a changing market place is affecting New Hampshire farmers.

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Health
1:10 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Special Medicaid Commission Gets To Work

A special commission looking into a possible expansion of the state’s Medicaid program met Monday for the first time.

The body consists of nine voting members, including five Democratic appointees and four by Republicans.

They put partisanship aside during the first meeting, unanimously selecting Jim Varnum to chair the group. He was tapped to serve by Governor Hassan after leading Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital for nearly three decades.

“I appreciate the opportunity and the confidence you have,” says Varnum. “This is such an important task for all of us.”

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Inside NHPR
9:29 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Top Stories: How Sunscreen Can Burn You; N.H. Cyclist Ted King Out Of Tour De France

Credit Roxanne King / Flickr Creative Commons

1. How Sunscreen Can Burn You

That sunscreen you dutifully spray throughout the day could actually get you burned. We're not talking sunburn. We're talking people bursting into flames because they're wearing sunscreen.

2. N.H. Cyclist – Ted King – Out Of Tour De France

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NH News
8:15 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Estranged Husband Accused Of Murdering Charlestown Woman

Credit New Hampshire Attorney General's Office

 

New Hampshire Attorney General Joe Foster announced this morning that James Robarge will be charged with murdering his wife, Kelly Robarge.

James Robarge is being held on unrelated motor vehicle charges in Vermont.

He will be arraigned later today in a Brattleboro court and charged with being a fugitive from justice.

Officials say that will initiate the extradition process to return him to New Hampshire to face a charge of second degree murder.

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