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2:17 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Seacoast Farm-a-Q Brings Farms To Forks This Sunday

Twelve chefs are converging on the Brandmore Farm in Rollinsford this Sunday for a Farm-a-Q, a local food BBQ open to the public. 

Portsmouth chef and restaurateur, Evan Mallett, organizes the event.  He says all of the food is grown locally.

We try to unite chefs, farmers and consumers around heirloom vegetables, heritage breed animals, and now endangered fisheries, too.

The event raises funds for two organizations: Slow Food Seacoast and Heirloom Harvest. The groups also hold an annual high-end multi-course barn dinner.

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Granite Seen
1:29 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Photos: Week Of June 28

The raising of backyard chickens is on the rise, also giving rise to the selling of fresh eggs.
Credit Michael Samuels
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Education
11:53 am
Fri June 28, 2013

USNH Trustees Freeze In-State Tuition For Next Two Years

Credit Kyle Todesca, UNH

The University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees voted Friday to freeze tuition for in-state students for the next two years.

The move comes after lawmakers agreed to substantially restore funding cuts made to the system in the last budget.

The tuition freeze for in-state students marks the first time in 25 years the cost of attending University System of New Hampshire schools will not rise.

After the Legislature cut support for higher education in half in the last budget, tuition rose by 9 percent in 2011 and by another 6 percent last year.

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NH News
11:25 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Sens. Ayotte, Shaheen Vote For Immigration Reform Bill

New Hampshire’s Senators were among 68 who voted Thursday for a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

In statements released following the vote, Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen both said the legislation is an opportunity to address a critical issue facing the nation.

In her statement, Ayotte said the bill will “finally secure our borders and fix our broken immigration system.”

And Shaheen called it commonsense legislation that will put millions of undocumented immigrants living in the country on a path toward citizenship.

Something Wild
12:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Marsupial On The Move

Credit Bob Peterson / Wikimedia Commons

New Hampshire is home to the Virginia opossum, our country's one-and-only marsupial.

As a marsupial, an opossum's development takes place ex utero in the mother's pouch instead of in utero, as placental mammals do.

Opossums are a backyard species, but because they are nocturnal, casual sightings are rare. More often, they will be seen as roadkill--an unfortunate consequence of being an urban, slow-moving animal.

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NH News
5:44 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

PSNH Announces New Northern Pass Route

Credit PSNH

Public Service of New Hampshire has announced a new route for its Northern Pass project that involves nearly eight miles of underground lines.

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NH News
5:32 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

New Northern Pass Route Leaves PSNH With Thousands Of Extra Acres

Gary Long speaks with attendees at Thursday's press conference.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  PSNH’s new route for Northern Pass transmission lines has left the energy company with thousands of acres of land that it no longer needs for the hydroelectric project.   It had bought the properties to align with its original route proposal.  At a press conference held by PSNH on Thursday, company president Gary Long was asked what the company plans to do with all that land.

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North Country
5:31 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Northern Pass' New Route Hangs On Eight Miles of Country Roads

Broadcast version

After a series of delays PSNH has announced a new route for its Northern Pass project. 

The route follows a more easterly path than the original 2010 route and it includes nearly eight miles of underground wires.  But this new route isn’t a done deal. State officials still have to approve a key element – putting those underground lines on public property.

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Environment
5:28 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Environmental Advocates, Lawmakers Praise President's Climate Action Plan

Rep. Rick Watrous and Sen. Martha Fuller Clark, both Democrats, attend an event to praise President Barack Obama's recently announced climate action plan.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Environmental advocates and state lawmakers gathered in Concord on Thursday to praise President Obama’s recently announced climate action plan.

Tom Irwin, vice president and director of Conservation Law Foundation’s New Hampshire office, says a key component of the plan is to cut carbon emissions from power plants.

He pushed back against critics who argue this is a unilateral action by the administration.

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NH News
5:24 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

PSNH Announces New Route For Northern Pass

Map provided by PSNH.
Credit PSNH

  PSNH has announced a new route for their controversial hydroelectric project.

In the northern part of the state, the new route veers east from Pittsburg, Clarksville and Stewartstown to Dixville. Then, it drops south to Drummer in the middle of the state, before bending back west to Northumberland on existing rights of way.

PSNH president Gary Long says PSNH owns all of the property or easements necessary to connect power lines from Canada down to Deerfield.

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Foodstuffs
5:01 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

New Hampshire's Backyard Hen Boom

Michael Samuels

The roadside signs are everywhere: “Fresh Eggs,” “Local Eggs,” “Farm Fresh Fggs,” “Fresh Local Eggs”...

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NH News
4:38 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

LGC To Pay Out Surplus To Communities

A number of communities will get payouts this summer from the Local Government Center.  Nearly a year ago, a hearing officer ordered the LGC to return more than $33 million in health insurance premium surplus to member communities.  

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NH News
4:18 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Hampton, Rye Beaches Among Highest Rated On NRDC List

N.H.’s Wallis Sands Beach and Hampton Beach are among thirteen U.S. beaches with a five-star rating on the National Resources Defense Council’s 2013 list of cleanest vacation beaches.

NRDC’s beach rating system measures water quality based on bacteria levels and frequency of testing. Of over 1,000 N.H. Department of Environmental Service tests last year, only 10 exceeded normal bacterial levels.  DES Beach Program Coordinator Sonia Carlson says the culprit for high bacteria levels is fecal matter.

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Education
2:48 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Community Colleges Freeze Tuition For 2013-14 School Year

Tuition at New Hampshire’s seven community colleges will remain frozen for the next academic school year.

The decision comes after lawmakers signed off on a state budget that fully restores deep cuts made to the system in the last budget.

Chancellor Ross Gittell says the restoration of funding allows the community college system to hold the line on tuition for the upcoming school year.

He says it will also be used to help align education and training programs with the needs of businesses.

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North Country
10:38 am
Thu June 27, 2013

After A New Route What's Next For Northern Pass?

After the announcement of Northern Pass’ new proposed route through Northern Coos - expected late this morning - the utility’s next steps will be to seek state and federal approval.

Having a new proposed route means Northern Pass can formally file it with the U.S. Department of Energy, which has to give its approval for a Presidential Permit. That permit allows the hydro-electric power to be imported from Canada.

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