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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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NH News
4:49 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Robin Hooders Case To Continue

The city of Keene’s lawsuit against a group known as the Robin Hooders will go forward. The group has gained attention for filling empty parking meters in the city, as well as for allegations of harassing parking attendants. This week, they had their first day in court.

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NH News
5:58 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Two Days After Release From Psychiatric Hospital, Man Stands Accused of Murder

A Laconia man was arraigned today in District Court on 2nd degree murder charges stemming from an incident over the weekend. 19-year old Kasey Riley is accused of strangling Zachary March inside apartments run by Genesis Behavioral Health. Genesis provides support to residents, but not 24-hour monitoring at the facility.

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Health
5:47 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Planned Parenthood Joins Fight Over Medicaid Expansion

Dr. Becky Ewing, NH March of Dimes Program Services Committee member, speaks at the event in Concord.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

 Women’s health advocates took to the statehouse today, calling for an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act. The issue remains a sticking point as lawmakers work to finalize the state’s budget.

Planned Parenthood’s Jennifer Frizzell estimates that 61% of those able to sign up for an expanded Medicaid program are women, and she accuses GOP lawmakers of being oblivious to what they want.

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North Country
5:39 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Festival Celebrating Beauty And Majesty Of The Lupine Turns 20

Steve Majeski and Ruth Martz of Sanbornton celebrated their 35th anniversary by going to the Fields of Lupine Festival in Sugar Hill.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

The Fields of Lupine Festival is marking its 20th year.

The event pays tribute to the brief but spectacular show of color the purple flower puts on in the Granite State’s North Country this time each year.

After making the hour and a half trek from Woodstock, Vermont to Sugar Hill, Renette Bedard found the perfect spot to snap a picture.

Standing atop a rock, she looks out into a sea of purple flowers known as lupines.

The backdrop: a lush forest and the majestic White Mountains.

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NH News
2:05 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Education Key Issue As Manchester Mayor Race Takes Shape

Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas at his campaign fundraiser last week.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

Education is likely to be a key issue, as the race for mayor of New Hampshire’s largest city takes shape.

Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas made it official last week that he plans to run for a third, two-year term.

At a fundraiser to kick off his re-election campaign, he said Manchester’s schools are the best in the state.

And he said concerns about overcrowding in city classrooms are overstated.

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NH News
1:25 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Police: UNH Bomb Threat Was A Hoax

Police have determined that a non-specific bomb threat at the University of New Hampshire earlier today was a hoax.  University police announced earlier today they were working with the FBI to investigate the threat made by phone just before noon. But police announced just before 3 that they had determined there was no danger and gave the all clear. 

Several areas of the campus were searched as part of the investigaton, but an evacuation was never ordered.

Health
5:29 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

12 New Beds At State Psychiatric Hospital Called 'Partial Solution'

Governor Hassan today announced the reopening of 12 psychiatric beds at New Hampshire Hospital. They'll be used to treat adults over the age of 55 in need of both psychiatric help and medical attention, and are meant to shore up a mental health system that the Governor calls deeply strained.

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Inside NHPR
11:38 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Top Stories: Common Core Not Yet In Place, Already Controversial; Common Core Skeptics & Supporters

Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

The most popular stories of the past week, from our newsroom, Word of Mouth, and The Exchange.

1. The Common Core State Standards: Not Yet In Place, Already Controversial

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Politics
9:08 am
Mon June 10, 2013

On The Political Front For June 10

It's committee season at the State House, as the legislative year nears its end. In the next couple of weeks, the budget will be getting the most attention, with some contention over Medicaid expansion, school building aid, charter schools, and personnel cuts. Other bills to watch for include medical marijuana and voter ID. US Senator Kelly Ayotte announces she supports a bipartisan immigration bill.

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NH News
8:35 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Gov. Hassan In Chicago For Education Forum

Governor Maggie Hassan is in Chicago for the next two days, where she will meet with other state leaders to discuss education.

Hassan is attending the 2013 Governors Education Symposium, which takes place Monday and Tuesday.

The forum is being held at Chicago’s Millennium Park and is sponsored by the James B. Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy.

Hassan's office says the National Governors Association is covering the cost of the trip.

NH News
7:59 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Sen. Ayotte Says She'll Support Immigration Reform Bill

Sen. Kelly Ayotte on "Face The Nation."
Credit CBS

U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte said this weekend that she will support immigration reform legislation currently under debate in the Senate.

Appearing Sunday morning on CBS’ Face the Nation, Ayotte said she has examined the bill and called it a "thoughtful, bipartisan solution to a tough problem."

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