Most schools around the state begin classes this week. The state’s largest district in Manchester begins classes Wednesday. The district has more than 15,00 students at 22 schools. But they begin the school year after a year of suffering some of the state’s most severe budget cuts.
When the first school bells ring, Wednesday morning, students in Manchester will come back to school with fewer teachers.
In the words of Henry David Thoreau: “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. now put the foundations under them.” Thoreau wasn’t writing about constructing actual castles, but realizing one’s dreams. Sean Hurley found a North Country man who’s castle in the air is actually a castle…and he’s building it. Sean takes us on this radio field trip to the kingdom of Thornton.
A year ago Tropical Storm Irene devastated parts of Northern New Hampshire. One hard-hit business was the Crawford Notch campground, which was cut off from the rest of the state for three days by the storm.
Campground owner, Richard Garabedian, watched Tropical Storm Irene wash away 1.6 acres of his riverside campground, and the only roads that connected his business to the rest of the state.
He chuckles and says, "I still don’t sleep when it rains."
No candidate in the 2012 gubernatorial race benefited more from a major loophole in New Hampshire's political-finance regulations than Republican Kevin Smith.
State election law limits corporate campaign contributions to $7,000 per election cycle, the same as individual donors. But nothing in the law prohibits multiple limited-liability companies controlled by the same individual to donate on behalf of each LLC, making it easy for wealthy donors to exceed the statutory limits.
The Bicknell’s thrush is a migratory songbird that winters in the Caribbean but comes to northern New England to breed.
It's long been hard to find in the region – and conservationists say that’s becoming a big problem. In fact, the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced last week it’s considering the Bicknell’s thrush for endangered species status.
You might have seen more than a few political TV ads this summer. Many candidates are gearing up for the general election this November, but New Hampshire still has a Primary coming on September 11th. Granite Staters will be voting to winnow the field of candidates for governor, and these candidates are using TV commercials as part of their campaign strategy.