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Something Wild
12:00 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Going Woodcocking (And Making Memories)

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  One of the rituals I shared with my children when they were growing up was stalking woodcocks during their spring courtship display. I guess I was sort of emulating a hero of mine named Aldo Leopold.

At twilight on April evenings, the woodcocks perform what naturalist Aldo Leopold described as "The Sky Dance" in an essay of the same title from his book A Sand Country Almanac, it's a sort of Bible for conservationists.

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NH News
5:49 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

House Subcommittee Hears Testimony On Social Costs Of Casinos

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Testimony turned emotional today as a House subcommittee considered the social costs of allowing a casino in New Hampshire.   Most of the comments focused on studies of gambling behavior and public policy.  The exception was Mell Brooks, of Littleton.  He discussed his five years as a restaurant owner in Oregon, where he was allowed to have five video slot machines. 

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Environment
3:28 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Stabilizing The Suncook: Pacifying A River Run Amok

During the 2006 Mother's Day flood the sand pit showed in the square filled with water from the Suncook's secondary channel (the smaller river that breaks off south of Old Mill Road. Water spilled into the main channel, and released the river.
Google Earth: 2003

Since 2006 the Suncook River has been on a different course: it jumped its bank in the Mother’s Day flood, and the state has been trying to stabilize it ever since. Now as part of a recent fine for filling wetlands, a gravel company will give the project 8,000 tons of stone for the project. But this is only part of a continuing effort to live next to a changing river.

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NH News
3:13 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Union Leader Outsourcing Printing, Pressmen To Be Laid Off

Thirty-four pressmen at the New Hampshire Union Leader will lose their jobs after the newspaper stops printing its own paper in June.

The state’s largest newspaper reported this week that it entered into an agreement with Seacoast Media Group to print its paper in Dover.

As a result, the pressmen will be laid off, as well as some part-time mailroom workers.

Publisher Joe McQuaid says the decision was necessary because of the cost of updating and commercializing the press.

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Business and Economy
3:07 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Broadcast TV On Digital Devices Comes To N.H. Counties

Beginning next month, New Hampshire residents will be able to watch broadcast television on their digital devices, thanks to a controversial new service called Aereo, which is now expanding to Boston and beyond. 

A subscription costs a dollar a day, or 8 dollars per month, and will be available in Belknap, Cheshire, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham and Strafford counties beginning May 15th. Those who have not subscribed already can do so beginning May 30th.

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North Country
9:28 am
Thu April 25, 2013

North Country Events

Compiled and written by Tova Cohen

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

SCREEN-FREE WEEK EVENTS FOR KIDS, LITTLETON

April 22-27. Friends of the Littleton Public Library present events for kids during screen-free week. See the full schedule here.

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All Things Considered
5:53 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Indictments Reveal Details About Alleged Murder Of UNH Student

Authorities accuse Seth Mazzaglia of killing UNH student Elizabeth Marriott in October 2012.

Prosecutors say they now have a clearer picture of what happened to University of New Hampshire student Elizabeth Marriott, who has been missing and presumed dead last October.

Police arrested a man from Dover, Seth Mazzaglia, shortly after Marriott went missing, but it wasn’t until the last few days that a grand jury formally indicted Mazzaglia on a series of charges, including first and second degree murder.

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Education
5:34 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Dartmouth Cancels Classes In Response To Hate Speech

Students gather at Dartmouth College in response to recent hate speech.
Credit Liz Faiella for NHPR

  For the first time in six years, Dartmouth cancelled classes in the arts and sciences Wednesday. The College administration instead scheduled what it calls a “Day of Reflection and Understanding” after threatening messages were left for some students on an anonymous online discussion board. 


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NH News
5:31 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Shaheen And Ayotte Fight Online Sales Tax

New Hampshire’s U.S. senators don’t often see eye to eye, but this week they’re teaming up trying to defeat a bill that would force businesses to collect online sales tax for the first time.

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NH News
5:19 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

$15M From Tobacco Settlement To Help Balance State Budget

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Governor Maggie Hassan says fifteen million dollars in unbudgeted revenue from a tobacco settlement will help to balance the state’s budget.

The Attorney General’s office says the state will get just more than $57 million this year as part of the multi-state settlement.

New Hampshire has received $42 million a year through the settlement over the past several years.

And that’s the amount that was assumed in this year’s budget.

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Health
4:36 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

N.H. Residents Breathing Easy

A report out today from the American Lung Association says that New Hampshire’s air quality continues to improve.

The level of smog is falling in Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties. Both received a grade of ‘C’ this year compared to a ‘D’ in 2012.

Cheshire and Grafton earned an ‘A’, ranking them among the cleanest areas in New England. Coos County also saw its grade improve.

The figures come from readings taken by the Environmental Protection Agency between 2009 and 2011.

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NH News
3:43 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Hanover Student Wins Prestigious Stalnaker Scholarship

Katherine Chen
Credit Hanover School District

A senior at Hanover High School is the recipient of a prestigious scholarship handed out to only one student in the country.

Katherine Chen learned she won the John M. Stalnaker Memorial Scholarship a month ago, but she could only tell her immediate family until it was made public on Wednesday.

The National Merit Scholarship gives out the twenty thousand dollar scholarship to a student who is planning to study math or science.

Chen says she the award came as a surprise.

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Business and Economy
2:31 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Three N.H. Tech Companies Receive Granite Fund Venture Capital

Funders and recipients gathered with Governor Hassan at the State House.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  Three New Hampshire companies are receiving capital from a New-Hampshire centered venture fund backed by the state and managed by Borealis Ventures.  Get the backstory on the Granite Fund at StateImpact New Hampshire.

 The funds are going to Mosaic Archives, a cloud-based photo storage startup in Manchester;  Dyn – the fast-growing internet infrastructure company; and Avitide, a Lebanon-based bio-pharmaceutical company.

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NH News
7:30 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Sign Language Puts Some N.H. College Grads On Path To Job Security

At a recent open house, Professor Patrick McCarthy describes the ASL Interpretation program in sign language, while Prof. Jack Hoza and a prospective student look on.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

Nine UNH-Manchester students are graduating this year with degrees in American Sign Language Interpretation.  The college hosts one of just 13 accredited programs in the country.  And given the high demand for interpreters, these newly-minted grads will likely find secure employment. 

But they probably won’t be jumping in right after graduation.

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Business and Economy
5:26 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Sequestration Hits Long-Term Unemployed In NH

The automatic federal budget cuts known as “Sequestration” will soon hit the long-term unemployed in New Hampshire.  People who remain jobless for more than 26 weeks are eligible for federally-funded emergency unemployment benefits. 

And those benefits will soon be cut.

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