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4:55 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Northern Pass Misses One Self-Imposed Deadline, But Announces A New Route

For much of the year officials at Northeast Utilities have been saying they would have the new route for Northern Pass submitted to the US Department of Energy by the end of the year.

But the New Year is here and while nothing has been posted with the DOE Northern Pass says it has a new route.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

In a conference call with analysts early in October Northeast Utilities official Lee Olivier said the company was “still on track” to file a new route with the Department of Energy by the end of the year.

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North Country
3:58 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Canadian Hikers Rescued from Mount Lafayette

Two Canadian men who were lost in the White Mountains overnight were rescued Monday afternoon after an extensive search by Fish and Game and a National Guard Black Hawk helicopter.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

The two Canadian men had planned to climb Mt. Lafayette, a 4,000-footer in the Franconia Notch.

But they lost their way late Sunday afternoon due to fog, high winds and blowing snow, says Dany Daigle of Quebec, one of the hikers.

“We found a big rock and sleep under it. We tried to make a fire and our matches didn’t work. And our water froze.”

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NH News
2:38 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

N.H.'s New DUI Law Covering Prescription Drugs Goes Into Effect Jan. 1

Starting  Jan. 1, driving under the influence of prescription drugs, over the counter medications or any other chemical substances is a crime in New Hampshire.

Law enforcement officials say the change will help them prosecute drivers impaired by drugs not previously covered under state law.  Lawmakers expanded the state’s driving under the influence law in 2012 and Gov. Lynch signed it into law last June.

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NH News
12:43 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Ringing In The New Year Across New Hampshire

New Hampshire communities are preparing to usher in the New Year with fireworks, parades and other First Night festivities.

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NH News
11:36 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Who Knew? Fireworks Better In Winter

Fireworks will light up the night sky tonight around New Hampshire.
Credit SJ Photography / Flick/Creative Commons

Many New Hampshire towns and cities usher in the new year tonight with fireworks displays. Turns out, winter is actually a great time of year for shows.

"The fireworks burn much cleaner. The colors are a bit brighter, because you don’t have the humid air," says Stephen Pelkey, CEO of Atlas Pyro Vision. "And it just makes for a wonderful backdrop."

The Jaffrey-based company is putting on 35 shows across New England tonight. Check local listings for events in your area.

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Inside NHPR
10:45 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Top Stories: SNHU Online Dispenses With Grades; Democratic Lawmakers Seek To Repeal Voter ID Law

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1. Education: SNHU Online Learning Program Dispenses With Grades And Credit Hours

Online courses in higher education have been around for decades. Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester has been offering online courses since 1996. Now the university is piloting a new online model — one that dispenses with courses, grades and credit hours.

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North Country
7:45 am
Mon December 31, 2012

North Country Towns Work On A Community Forest

The proposed Cooley-Jericho Community Forest in Easton flanks the White Mountain National Forest.
Credit Courtesy of Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust

A group of North Country residents is much closer to creating a community forest alongside the White Mountain National Forest.  

Now they’re beginning to think about what kind of playground it should be.

For years people in the western part of the White Mountains –have admired an 840-acre tract of privately owned land.

It is located in Easton, which abuts the better-known towns of Sugar Hill and Franconia.

From its ridgeline there are fabulous  views of the nearby White Mountain National Forest.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Comedian Finds Inspiration From Life In N.H.

Comedian Jimmy Dunn performs at a Heart Association event in Manchester
Credit Photo courtesy of P.T. Sullivan

Comedian Jimmy Dunn has some advice for wannabe comics in New Hampshire.

“If you want to make it here in NH, you have to get a car that you can drive a lot. The most important thing, you need a honda civic, because you’re going to be putting 300 miles a night on your car if you’re any good at all. My first year I had an old Volkswagen and I put 60,000 miles on my car."

Dunn has since upgraded to a Nissan pick-up truck, more often than not overstuffed with surf boards and kayaks.

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NH News
5:00 am
Mon December 31, 2012

N.H. Lawmaker Wants To Make Training A Prerequisite To Owning Firearms

A New Hampshire lawmaker wants to make it a requirement for those purchasing firearms to have to go through safety training first.

State representative Cynthia Sweeney filed her request for the legislation prior to the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

But Sweeney, a Charlestown Democrat, says the tragedy makes the need for training those who own firearms more pressing.

Sweeney’s legislation would make it a requirement for anyone purchasing or acquiring a firearm to attend a gun safety course.

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Folk Show
10:20 pm
Sun December 30, 2012

Folk Show Calendar 12/30/2012

Monday, December 31

>>>David Mallett at the Lodge at Moosehead Lake ~ Greenville, ME ~ 7pm ~ www.davidmallett.com

2013

Friday, January 4

>>>Trip to Nelson CD release concert at the Town Hall ~ Nelson, NH ~ 8pm ~ www.monadnockfolk.org

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Folk Show
10:16 pm
Sun December 30, 2012

Folk Show Playlist 12.30.12

Song/ Artist/ Album/ Label

Streets Of London/ Fred Holstein/ Fred Holstein: A Collection/ Fred Holstein

Grandmother Song/ Vienna Teng/ Inland Territory/ Zoe Records

I'll See You Again/ Lucy Kaplansky/ Reunion/ Red House Records

Rain And Snow/ The Be Good Tanyas/ Blue Horse/ Nettwerk Records

The Snowstorm/ The Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band/ A Fiddler's Holiday With The Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band/

Not That Kind of Music/ Noel Paul Stookey/ One & Many/ Neworld

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun December 30, 2012

Traffic Pollution And Asthma

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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun December 30, 2012

"Geotourism"

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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine


Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard of Eco-Tourism, but what on Earth is “Geo-Tourism? -- Sally Kardaman, Sumter, SC

“Geotourism” describes tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a given place, including its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and the well-being of local residents. The idea is that tourism can be a positive force that benefits both travelers and local environments and economies.

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Education
6:30 am
Sat December 29, 2012

School Choice Tax Credits: Scrap Or Expand?

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On January 1st businesses can start getting tax breaks for donating to organizations that give public school students money toward going to a private school. But before that law has even taken effect, there are proposals to change it.

The business tax credit scholarship law was never popular with Democrats, who called it a back-door school vouchers measure. Governor-elect Maggie Hassan has said that she would try to repeal it, and a Manchester Representative, Peter Sullivan, will file a bill that would do just that.

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NH News
8:14 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Nashua Telegraph, N.H.'s Second-Largest Newspaper, Up For Sale

The Nashua Telegraph is on the market.

Publisher Terrence L. Williams announced on Friday that the Telegraph's parent company, Independent Publications Inc., has put the newspaper up for sale.

Williams say the sale will not change the newspaper's role in the Nashua community.

The Telegraph reports that Independent Publications, based in Pennsylvania, has put its other holdings on the market, including other newspaper publications.

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