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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.

NH News
2:21 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Jan. 1 Law Change Makes It Legal To Carry Guns In N.H. Fish And Game Refuges

A fish and game refuge has been one of the few places in the state where carrying a firearm remained illegal.

But on Jan. 1, 2013, that changes.

Legislation passed earlier this year and signed into law by Governor John Lynch in June legalizes the carrying of a firearm, concealed or exposed, in a fish and game refuge.

But there’s a provision making it a misdemeanor to discharge the firearm for the purposes of hunting.

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Something Wild
8:00 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Crossbills Coming to NH?

The Red Crossbill.

A poor cone crop in Canada this year is driving crossbills south of the border in search of food.

As volunteers fan out across the state for the annual Christmas Bird Count, they’re likely to see two noteworthy species down from the north this year. Both are named "Crossbills" for unique bills that actually do cross, all the better to pry seeds from a conifer cone.

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North Country
7:30 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Image Upgrade: Bill Would Change Name of Blood Pond

Among the hundreds of bills proposed for the 2013 Legislature one seeks to change the somewhat unappealing name of a pond in the North Country.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Blood Pond.

It sits just off Route 3 in Lancaster and it sounds more like the perfect location for a horror movie, than a vacation.

That’s the concern of the Mountain Lake Campground located nearby.

Its owners want the name changed to Mountain Lake Pond.

Rep. Leon Rideout is one of the sponsors.

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North Country
7:00 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Looking For An Economic Boost, Colebrook Ponders Opening Streets To ATVs

Those attending a public hearing in Colebrook were briefed on routes that might be opened for ATV use.
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

Audio of newscast.

Next month the town of Colebrook in the North Country is expected to take a big step in a plan designed to make the region more friendly to ATV-riding tourists, increasing the profits for local businesses.

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NH News
5:30 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Lawmakers Want To Reshape Energy Permitting In N.H.

The controversial Northern Pass project is one of the inspirations of a set of bills up for consideration this year that would reshape how the state considers and approves energy projects.

Proposed energy projects are causing a stir among New Hampshire lawmakers. Lawmakers will consider a raft of bills that would change how the state considers and approves such installations.

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North Country
5:04 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

State Police: Roads "Manageable" In The North Country - With A Little Common Sense

The storm made snowmobilers and skiers happy, but caused a few problems for motorists in the North Country.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Overall the roads in the North Country remain manageable, says Sgt. Todd Cohen with the state police Troop F, which covers the North Country.

“The majority of the accidents have been on the I-93 corridor between Lincoln and Ashland.”

But, he says, by early afternoon no serious injuries had been reported.

Sgt. Cohen reminds people to adjust their driving conditions to the weather.

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NH News
4:06 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Manchester Police Transitioning To New Station

Chief Mara shows off some new office space.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

The Manchester Police Department will begin moving to its new location next week and they’ll have about twice the square footage and room to grow.


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