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1:26 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

Automotive Deaths in NH Down

Sources: NH Department of Safety, NH State Police

 

The number of fatal crashes on New Hampshire roads dropped in 2011 by nearly a third.

The coordinator of the Highway Safety Agency, Peter Thomson, says that the state police are targeting factors that cause fatal crashes: speed, distracted driving, and drugs and alcohol.

He says so far this year, eighty-seven people have died in crashes, which is the lowest number in fifty years.

He credits, among other things, the safe commute program which the state police instituted this year.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri December 30, 2011

Our 9th Annual New Hampshire Newsmakers of the Year Show!!!

9th Annual N.H. Newsmakers
Jaxxonvia Flickr

Today it's our New Hampshire Newsmakers of the Year show, the 2011 edition. From the economy to the primary, from battles over the budget to extreme weather, we'll look at some of the top stories of the year, see what's happened to those stories since the headlines have died and see how they may play out in the coming year.

 

Topics and Guests

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North Country
8:42 am
Fri December 30, 2011

Aircraft Firm Considering Berlin Still Looking Around

Kestrel is working on an eight-passenger, lightweight, single engine aircraft.
Kestrel Aircraft

Kestrel Aircraft, which has been considering locating a parts plant in Berlin, has also been negotiating with the city of Superior, Wisconsin, according to a story in the Duluth News Tribune.

“The city of Superior is in the running for an airplane manufacturing facility that could create 300 permanent jobs initially and up to 600 jobs by 2016,” the newspaper said. The story did not say whether the jobs would involve assembling the aircraft, making the parts or both.

Something Wild
12:00 am
Fri December 30, 2011

Coffee for the Birds

Have you heard about coffee that's for the birds? There definitely is such a thing: shade-grown coffee. Until recently that's how all coffee grew: in the shade on small family farms. Canopy trees above provided shade along with a natural leaf mulch that kept soil moist, prevented soil erosion, and decomposed to provide nutrients. The canopy typically included fruit and nut trees that provided food for the farm family.

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North Country
7:26 pm
Thu December 29, 2011

Searchers On Mt. Washington Find 67-Year-Old Man Didn't Need Help

A search Thursday for a missing man on Mount Washington Thursday turned out not to have been necessary.

According to a news release from Fish and Game the family of a 67-year-old Ohio man became worried after he failed to contact them for two days.

About 1:30 p.m. searchers began looking for David Deubner, who was on a solo, multi-day hike.

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Politics
3:41 pm
Thu December 29, 2011

New Hampshire Congressional Delegation Reflects on Year

Congress broke a record this year, but hitting the lowest approval rating of all time isn’t what the region’s lawmakers had hoped to accomplish.

Correspondent Matt Laslo talked with the New Hampshire congressional delegation and has a look back at this year’s wild ride in Washington.

Republicans took over the lower chamber at the start of the year…hoping to drastically slash the federal debt. But it now sits at more than $15 trillion dollars.

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North Country
4:21 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

Federal Funds To Help North Country Schools Expand Horizons

A new federal grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide about $500,000 for North Country schools.

It is the largest grant of its kind in more than a decade and educators hope it will greatly expand the horizons of students and teachers.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Only about 500 people live in Stark, which is in Coos County, just east of Groveton.

So you can imagine the school is quite tiny.

Sound of children chattering….

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Here's What's Awesome
12:21 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

Hockey Announcer Don Cherry is the Greatest Invisible Piano Player in Canada

If you're a hockey fan, you know Don Cherry, or at the very least you've seen his amazing collection of suit jackets.

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NH News
10:38 am
Wed December 28, 2011

Portsmouth Book Store Closing Until February

Flikr Creative Commons / drocpsu

 

 

A Portsmouth bookstore that was saved from closing by local investors will be shutting its doors for the month of January.

Tom Holbrook, one of the owners of RiverRun Books, had hoped that the store would only be closed for a week or so when it moved to a new space.

But renovations on the new store weren’t completed in time and the lease on the old one was up, so for the month of January RiverRun will only be selling books online.

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Business and Economy
5:08 pm
Tue December 27, 2011

Expansion Could Give Nashua Airport Economic Boost

Nashua Airport
Photo: Sheryl Rich-Kern

Some sectors of the New Hampshire economy are taking longer to rebound from the recession.

Particularly industries that rely on discretionary income, like many of the 20 small airports in the state.

Nashua’s Municipal Airport is one of the state’s oldest and busiest.

But it’s been years since this airport operated to its capacity.

Now a new $16 million construction project may give the airport the economic lift it needs.

It’s a cold, but sunny December morning at the Nashua Municipal Airport, also known as Boire Field.

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Year in Review
4:23 pm
Tue December 27, 2011

Bright Economic Spots for the North Country in 2011

The sale of the Balsams in Dixville Notch is a mixed event for the North Country, says reporter Chris Jensen. Planned renovations mean hundreds of workers will be out of work for up to 18 months, but it could mean increased tourism in the long term.
Chris Jensen, NHPR

There's been plenty of news in New Hampshire's North Country this year, from the Gorham mill to the Berlin prison, from the towers proposed for Northern Pass to the tragedy of Celina Cass.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the big North Country stories of 2011.

NH News
1:49 pm
Tue December 27, 2011

NH Ski Areas Open, But Revenues Down

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A winter that has begun with warm nights and balmy days, has given the ski season a rocky start.

According to SkiNH revenues at New Hampshire ski areas are behind the same point last year.

Most of New Hampshire’s Ski areas were finally able to open this past week, but with a rain storm in the forecast, prospects for a profitable holiday season are dim.

And Karl Stone of SkiNH says that the holidays are crucial.

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Year in Review
4:00 pm
Mon December 26, 2011

A Year of Big Changes for the State Budget

House budget writers hold a committee session, March 2011.
Dan Gorenstein, NHPR

In looking back at the big New Hampshire news stories of 2011, perhaps none touch as many facets of the state as the new two year budget.

Reporter Dan Gorenstein spent much of the year following the budget process and the issues arising from it. He tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about what's in the budget and what it means for New Hampshire.

North Country
8:10 am
Sat December 24, 2011

State Rejects Northern Pass Objection To Balsams Conservation Easement

State officials have rejected a complaint by the Northern Pass hydro-electric project that it should have been allowed to buy land near the Balsams resort. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

Earlier this month the Tillotson Corp. agreed to sell a conservation easement on about 5,800 acres and a right-of-way to the Society for The Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

The selling price was $850,000.

That prompted Northern Pass to complain to the attorney general’s charitable trust section. 

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Cirtronics Voters
4:17 pm
Fri December 23, 2011

Taste Test at the GOP Primary Buffet

Printed circuit board at Cirtronics
Jon Greenberg, NHPR

In the last presidential primary, Democrat candidate Bill Richardson ran ads that cast running for president as nothing more glamorous than showing up for a job interview -- with citizens doing the vetting.

A voter’s task is at least that complicated and at a certain point, the decision comes down to a gut level preference.   NHPR’s Jon Greenberg has been talking with scores of voters to see how they add things up.  His most recent trip took him to a manufacturing plant in Milford.

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