News

Pages

NH News
4:46 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Sen. Shaheen Calls For Action To Prevent Student Loan Rate Hike

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen is calling for congressional action to prevent federal student rates from doubling next month.

If Congress does nothing, interest rates on subsidized Stafford Loans will increase from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1.

At a roundtable discussion at Granite State College on Friday, Shaheen said Congress has a responsibility to prevent that from happening, especially at a time when Americans owe more on student loans than credit cards.

NH News
4:42 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

State Budget Negotiatons Begin Quietly

The talks kicked off with small agreements, like the House agreeing with the Senate’s desire to drain $16m from a renewable energy fund,  and also to pay for local water projects starting in 2014 rather than 2015.

But while top budget writers stressed their common goals, big disagreements loom, on taxes and Medicaid expansion.

"Monday we’ll start the hard work of really talking about the issue where we may have some disagreement."

Democrat Mary Jane Wallner is House Finance Committee Chairman; Republican Chuck Morse leads the Senate’s finance panel.

Read more
Foodstuffs
3:22 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

A Taste of Bike Week

Jean Kugler, of Milwaukee, enjoyed a hot dog, soft drink and sunshine at the Loudon Race Track on Friday afternoon during the 90th Motorcyle Week.
Abby Kessler NHPR

The 90th annual Laconia Motorcycle Week has a distinct sound that revs and rattles throughout the Granite State during the nine day rally, but over the years “bike week” has also become known for its unique taste.

“We do a lot of eating at bike week,” Jennifer Anderson, director of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association, said laughing.

During the event, vendors set up temporary stands along the Loudon racetrack, selling chicken tenders, soft pretzels, fried dough, sizzling pizza and seafood to patrons who watch sports bikes orbit the track.  

Read more
North Country
6:40 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Be Glad! Littleton's 100 Year Old Secret

Honorary Pollyanna Maggie Hadlock
Sean Hurley

The people of Littleton New Hampshire celebrated Pollyanna Glad Day this past Saturday. The June 8th event also marked the publishing Centennial of the bestselling children’s classic about the little girl who always looks on the bright side. While a dubious meaning shadows the character name in popular culture, Sean Hurley reports that the residents of Littleton believe they know the real Pollyanna.  A hundred people opened and closed their umbrellas in the rain and shine that came and went throughout Pollyanna Glad Day.

Read more
Something Wild
12:00 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Ladies First: Role Reversals Of Spotted Sandpipers

Credit Kenneth Cole Schneider / Flickr/Creative Commons

From shores of wild waterways to not-so-wild urban ponds, a small bird startles up and flies low over the water with quick, stiff wingbeats.
 

It's a spotted sandpiper, a small shorebird often encountered along freshwater shorelines.

Shorebirds come in all sizes, and spotted sandpipers are in the short, stocky category. Despite coloring that blends well with sand and rocks, there's a movement that often gives spotted sandpipers away: they bob up and down as though seized by intense hiccups. When stalking prey, however, their teetering stops.

Read more
Business and Economy
5:31 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

PSNH Asks Regulators For Lower Rate

Public Service of New Hampshire is asking regulators if it can lower its rates by nearly 10 percent, or .92 (point-nine-two) cents per kilowatt hour. The rate reduction comes as the state’s largest utility is increasingly under scrutiny for its high rates.

If regulators approve the reduction, PSNH customers will pay 8.62 cents per kilowatt hour. That rate is still more than PSNH’s biggest competitors, two of which offer six month fixed contracts at under 8 cents a kilowatt hour. However, the more competitive price could take some pressure off the utility.

Read more
Health
5:03 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Federal Government Confirms State Could Drop Medicaid Expansion At Any Time

New Hampshire can withdraw from an expanded Medicaid program at any time, according to a letter received Thursday from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS.

The letter comes as legislative negotiators are poised to meet to finalize the state’s budget.

A point of impasse between the Democratically-held house and Republican-controlled Senate has been an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program.

Read more
North Country
3:57 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Motorcyclist Killed In Franconia Notch Crash Identified

The motorcyclist killed Thursday morning in the Franconia Notch has been identified as Robin Staines, 47, of Pembroke, Massachusetts, according to state police.

Staines was traveling north on the two-lane section of I-93, failed to make the turn at the entrance of the former parking area for the Old Man of the Mountain.

He was thrown from his Harley-Davidson and was not wearing a helmet.

Passersby gave him CPR until an ambulance arrived but he died of his injuries at Littleton Regional Hospital.

Foodstuffs
3:35 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

What To Do With Rhubarb When You've Already Made A Pie

Mmm, rhubarb.
Credit harald walker via Flickr/Creative Commons

Last week we looked at what to do with rhubarb beyond the traditional (yet incredibly delicious) pie, and we asked for your favorite rhubarb recipes. And did you ever send us some good ones!

Read more
NH News
3:14 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Manchester Chamber of Commerce To Focus On Veteran's Park

In response to increased crime in Manchester’s Veteran’s Park, the Manchester Chamber of Commerce is launching a new initiative to improve its condition.

Manchester Alderman Patrick Long says that in the past few years, Veteran’s Park has garnered a reputation for more theft, public drinking, and fights.

“I’ve gotten complaints from the elders that live around here that tell me they’re afraid to walk through the park, never mind sit and enjoy it.”

Read more
Foodstuffs
2:56 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Want CSA Success? Get To Know Your Neighbors

Some of the greens NHPR staffers picked up as part of our CSA.
Credit Amanda Loder, NHPR

This week some NHPR staffers got their first weekly share of veggies from a nearby CSA – which stands for community supported agriculture.

The idea is that consumers buy a share of the year’s crops in advance – that gives them a weekly supply of produce, while farmers get a more stable income stream than what they might have selling just through farmers markets or farmstands.

Read more
Business and Economy
2:14 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Ski Industry Bounces Back In Big Way After Down Season

Credit Bretton Woods

New Hampshire’s ski industry rebounded in a big way this past winter.

There was a 21 percent increase in downhill skier and snowboarder visits compared to the previous season.

New Hampshire ski resorts logged 2.3 million visits from downhill skiers and snowboarders during this past season.

That was markedly better than last year, and a 5 percent increase over the ten-year average.

Read more
NH News
1:30 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

N.H. Maple Syrup Production Levels Return To Normal

Maple syrup production returned to normal levels in the Granite State this year.

That’s according to a report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday.

The report shows that 124 thousand gallons of maple syrup were produced in New Hampshire this year.

Last year, the state produced only 76 thousand gallons, due to the unusually warm weather.

The yield per tap also more than doubled in New Hampshire this year.

Read more
North Country
12:11 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

North Country Events

Compiled and written by Tova Cohen of Franconia.

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

ACHS PRESENTS COMMUNITY HEALTH MATTERS, LITTLETON

Read more
Environment
5:39 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Maine Town Wants EPA To Stop Border-Crossing Pollution

Credit Jim.Richmond / Flickr Creative Commons

Residents in the border town of Elliot, Maine have voted to ask the EPA to test air quality downwind of a Portsmouth power plant. Eliot is just across the river from Schiller Station, a three-boiler plant run by Public Service of New Hampshire. Two of its boilers burn mostly coal, and a third burns primarily wood chips.

Read more

Pages