Austin Cowan

Digital News Intern

Austin is a member of Colgate University's class of 2017, majoring in Political Science and Philosophy. An accomplished skier and lacrosse player, Austin hails from Hopkinton, New Hampshire. His interest in journalism stems from his love of writing, and his experience reporting on sports for Colgate's student newspaper, the Maroon-News. 

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NH News
3:07 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Medical Marijuana Advocates Unhappy With Slow Implementation Of N.H. Law

Wednesday marks one year since New Hampshire became the final New England state to legalize medical marijuana.

Outside the State House in Concord today patient advocates marked the anniversary by saying the state is moving too slowly in making it legal to actually possess it. 

Matt Simon with the Marijuana Policy Project gathered with prospective patients in front of the State House on Tuesday to outline their complaints.

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Sports
10:12 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

18-Year-Old Hooksett Golfer Makes Run At NH State Amateur Championships

Matt Paradis hits an approach shot in the NH State Am.
Credit Austin Cowan NHPR

New Hampshire’s finest amateur golfers took to Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown this week for the 111th New Hampshire State Amateur Championships.

The golfers in the tournament, which started on Monday,  are a mix of fearless youngsters and seasoned veterans. The final will be contested Saturday between Damon Salo, a Johnson and Wales University golfer from New Ipswich, and Joe Leavitt from the Atkinson Resort and Country Club, who won the tournament in 2012.

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NH News
4:44 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Declaration of Independence Signer's N.H. Estate For Sale

The Bartlett estate.
Credit Zillow.com

The home of the second signer of the Declaration of Independence, Josiah Bartlett, is up for sale. Bartlett, a former New Hampshire governor, once lived in the 18-acre estate in Kingston, NH.

The white farmhouse built in 1774 is now up for sale with an asking price of $849,600. Complete with open pasture and wooded areas, the property also has a linden tree that Bartlett brought back from Philadelphia after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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Sports
1:29 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Disc Golf: No Collared Shirts Required

Joe Montore readies his drive on the 18th hole.
Austin Cowan NHPR

Nestled deep in the woods of Canterbury, NH is a special type of golf course. No golf carts, clubs or balls can be found here. Bright polos and pastel shorts are left at the country club as well. Here, at Top O’ The Hill, disc golf is the game of choice.

For those that have never heard of the sport, think golf...but with a disc. It's that simple. Be careful to use the word "disc," however, never "Frisbee." This, I’m told, is seen as a slur in the disc world.

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NHPR Blogs
3:38 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

For One New Hampshire Football Star, It's More Than A Game

Brad Rhoades plays in the CHaD All Star Football Game.
Credit Austin Cowan NHPR

New Hampshire’s finest high school football players took to Grappone Stadium on Saturday in the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock All Star Game.

The game, a last hurrah for graduating seniors, is a way for New Hampshire youth to give back. In its three year history, the contest between the best players representing the east and west regions of the state has raised $752,000 for the hospital, said Nick Vailas, the founder of the game.

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NH News
2:19 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Map: Does Your Town Allow Fireworks?

Credit Martin Abbott, Flickr CC

Fireworks are legal in New Hampshire but not permitted in every town.

Related Story: Fireworks Lobby Succeeds In Keeping Controversial Devices On Store Shelves

According to the New Hampshire Fire Marshal’s Office, 18 communities ban fireworks, including cities like Nashua and Berlin and small towns like Madison. Most of the time these restrictions are obeyed without controversy. July fourth though, can be a different story.

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Hidden New Hampshire
9:22 am
Sat June 28, 2014

The Concord Quarries: Legal Or Not, They're An Adventurous Swimmers' Paradise

I test out the highest of the cliffs.
Marysol Newton

Summer has finally arrived in the New Hampshire. And with it, college students like me, who look forward to heading outside with friends. Though Hampton Beach and Lake Winnipesaukee are appealing summer hangouts, there is a more hidden place I like to go. It’s a little bit isolated, a little bit dangerous and maybe, a little bit illegal. I’m talking about the Concord Quarries.

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NH News
3:59 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Shaheen Fires Back At Critics Over Stock Allegations

Senator Shaheen speaks at a round table discussion with New Hampshire realtors.
Credit Austin Cowan for NHPR

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen fired back at critics Friday, a day after her campaign said she would update her financial disclosure form to reflect that she and her husband no longer hold stock options in a California firm that received federal stimulus funding.

Shaheen says her husband, William, is no longer affiliated with Ultrawave Labs, a company developing technology to better detect breast cancer.

“I think it’s disappointing that my Republican opponents...The only thing they can find to attack me on is breast cancer research."

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Word of Mouth
3:55 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

The Cult Of Market Basket: Super Market Chain Bags Big Online Following

Screenshot from a fan site called My Demoulas that looks official, but isn't.

To read NHPR's story on Market Basket's CEO ouster, click here.

A DeMoulas family feud has Market Basket workers and customers questioning the grocery chain's future. A two decade long argument came to a climax on Monday when long time president Arthur T. Demoulas and two other executives were ousted by the company's board led by Arthur T.'s cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas. 

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All Things Considered
3:19 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Dartmouth Runner Poised For Long-Term Success On Pro Circuit

Credit David Monti, Race Results Weekly

Dartmouth College’s Abbey D’Agostino is turning pro now that her celebrated collegiate running career has come to an end. In four years at Dartmouth D’Agostino became one of the Ivy League’s all-time most accomplished. To learn more about her career and what lies ahead, I spoke to David Monti, editor and publisher of the New York based Race Results Weekly:

This is an athlete that took a lot of people by surprise. What were the expectations when she first came to Dartmouth and what did she end up accomplishing?

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NH Arts News
5:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Division Of The Arts Lands New Director

New Hampshire will soon have a new director of the Department of Cultural Resources Division of the Arts. Ginnie Lupi comes to the position after serving of the executive director of the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger lakes in Corning, NY. Lupi will take over the position in August. I spoke with Lupi about her appointment as director and her plans for art in the Granite State:

What does the department do and what is your role in the Arts Division?

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Environment
4:12 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Busting The Lady Slipper Myth: Not Rare, Legal To Pick

Credit Distant Hill Gardens

The New Hampshire state wildflower is blooming, and with it, the myth that surrounds it: that it’s super rare, and illegal to pick. In fact, the pink and white flower we know as the Lady Slipper is quite common. And picking this flower is completely legal.

“They are not considered ‘rare,’ they are actually common but are listed on the ‘special concerns’ list because they have propagation and climate issues,” according to NH Roots

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Next Gen NHPR
5:09 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Bushwhacking For Sound: An Intern's Tale

These woods play a big part in this outing turning into an adventure. Read on, and you'll understand.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown for NHPR

As an intern at NHPR, I get the chance to see how radio stories are made up close. Here’s what happened when NHPR’s Environment reporter invited me for a ride-along to help him do a little reporting about an event called BioBLITZ. - Austin

As always, the day begins early for Environment reporter Sam Evans-Brown. We make the drive up to North Conway in time for the 9 am start of the BioBLITZ.

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Morning Edition
2:03 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Bobcats In The Granite State

Credit Wayne Dumbleton Flickr CC

Researchers out of Durham are close to completing a study on bobcat populations in the Granite State. Though no one is sure how many bobcats are in New Hampshire, increased sightings and captures over the past decade have led researchers to believe bobcats are rebounding.

Dr. Marian Litvaitis and her husband John, both professors at UNH, have spearheaded the investigation as part of a project collaboration . Now in the project's fourth year, Litvaitis and her team are now focused primarily on bobcat genetics. I talked with Dr. Litvaitis about the rebounding cat on Thursday:

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Word of Mouth
2:04 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

The Creepiest Scarecrows You Have Ever Seen

"Johnny Appleseed" scarecrow on an abandoned farm in 2004. Made with paper mache, dried shrub roots and old clothing.
PumpkinRot

We spoke with Lori Rotenberk about her article for Modern Farmer, "Hay, Man: The Curious Life And Times Of Scarecrows". In the interview, she mentioned the work of the scarecrow artist and designer, PumpkinRot. Now, for your viewing pleasure, here are some pictures of PumpkinRot's creeptastic scarecrows. Proceed with caution.

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