Britta Greene

Upper Valley/Monadnock Reporter

Britta covers the Upper Valley and Monadnock regions for NHPR's newsroom. She comes to New Hampshire from Minnesota Public Radio, where she produced Morning Edition and other local programming. 

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Descendants of a former slave and Revolutionary War veteran buried in a small cemetery in Plainfield will gather there this weekend, alongside descendants of a family who enslaved him. Together, they'll commemorate a new headstone for the man, Derrick Oxford. 

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The state Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a much-debated wind farm in the town of Antrim.

Plans for the project began nearly ten years ago, but have been tangled in regulatory and legal battles. Nearby residents argue the proposed turbines threaten the natural landscape and wildlife, as well as human health.

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State investigators are pursuing multiple leads in the shooting death of 36-year-old Jesse Jarvis outside a bar early Sunday morning in Claremont. No arrests have been made. 

Police were called at about 12:14 a.m. to the Imperial Buffet restaurant, which has an adjoining bar popular on weekend nights. 

According to the bar manager, Tony Zhang, Jarvis was just arriving on the property when he was shot in the parking lot. 

The state's chief medical examiner ruled Jarvis' death a homicide after performing an autopsy Monday afternoon. 

Affordable homes in the Upper Valley are getting harder and harder to come by. 

That was the headline from real estate experts at a meeting of local business and community leaders Friday morning in West Lebanon.

Keene State College has hit its enrollment goal this spring for the incoming freshman class.

That goal, more modest than in years past, reflects an overall downsizing of the college in response to regional demographic trends. 

Many schools in the northeast have been struggling to stabilize enrollment as local high school class sizes, and therefore general application pools, have shrunk. 

 

Former Claremont Police Officer Ian Kibbe appeared briefly in Sullivan County Superior Court in Newport Monday in connection with multiple charges relating to allegedly faking documents. 

 

State investigators say Kibbe lied in written reports to justify searching a property earlier this year. That charge has thrown into question much of his activity on the job, including a 2016 incident where he shot and killed 25-year-old Cody LaFont.

 

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Keene State College today broke ground on an expansion to its Mason Library, a project aimed at bringing its academic programming and research resources on genocide studies under one roof.

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An advisory council appointed by Governor Chris Sununu to look at race and diversity issues said they'll return to Claremont after an initial public meeting Thursday night.  

 The city was the site of an attack on a young biracial boy last year that made national headlines. Discussion at the meeting, part of series of listening sessions the council is performing around the state, focused to a large degree on that incident.

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Public health officials are urging use of bug repellent this season as cases of tick and mosquito-borne disease are on the rise.

The insects have been expanding their range across the U.S., including here in the Northeast, and a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a significant increase in reported infections.

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The Claremont Police Department has thrown out about 20 recent arrests performed by either Ian Kibbe or Mark Burch, two officers who allegedly faked documents while working for the department earlier this year, according to Chief Mark Chase.

The Chief of Police in the Grafton County town of Enfield is stepping down following allegations that he assaulted one of his children.

State investigators say they have probable cause to bring assault charges against Richard Crate. But, investigators say, it would be difficult to achieve a guilty verdict in court because there’s state laws that protect a parent’s use of force for discipline.

A former Claremont police officer has been arrested following a criminal investigation by the state Attorney General’s office.  

Ian Kibbe, a 30 year-old resident of Springfield, VT, faces a number of charges relating falsifying information on the job. Those include one count of conspiracy to commit perjury, one count of attempted perjury, two counts of unsworn falsification, and two counts of obstructing government administration. 

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An unusual musical spectacle will take place tonight in the Upper Valley. It’s a take on an iconic performance art piece from the 1970s.

In that first version, a woman - naked except for a garland of flowers around her neck - played a “cello” made completely of ice. Now, the piece is being re- imagined to reflect modern themes, and that’s required some modern engineering as well.

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U.S. Border Patrol agents detained two individuals in Woodsville, N.H., on Friday.

The Vermont-based advocacy non-profit Migrant Justice is working on behalf of one of the individuals, who was arrested the Woodsville Walmart and is being held in Strafford County jail in Dover, according to Abel Luna, an organizer with the group.  

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Dartmouth College is funding new research into the darker corners of its history. The move is part of broader inclusion goals set by the college several years ago.

The dominant narrative about the history of Dartmouth skips over the experience of many minority groups, said Morgan Swan, with Dartmouth’s special collections library.

That includes the role of slaves in building the original college campus, he said, and how Dartmouth strayed from its mission to educate Native American students.

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The University Press of New England, headquartered in Lebanon, is shutting down at the end of the year.

Dartmouth College is one of just two remaining member institutions in the nearly 50-year-old publishing consortium. As membership has dwindled, the operation has become unsustainable, said Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon in a statement published on the school’s website.

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Keene State College is pledging to run its heat plant completely off biofuels, rather than heating oil, in less than two years. In that same window, it will look to cut per capita electric, heat and water use by 20 percent.

Those are among a number of new sustainability goals the college is announcing this week.

By 2030, the school is also pledging to cut overall greenhouse gas emissions by half over current levels, as well as divert upwards of 90 percent of its waste. 

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New Hampshire wildlife officials have a new plan for a bear in Hanover that gave local and state officials the run-around last year.   

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Keene is the latest in a string of New Hampshire cities to sue pharmaceutical giants over their alleged role fueling the opioid crisis. Nashua and Manchester have filed similar lawsuits, as have hundreds of communities across the country.

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As part of our Only in New Hampshire series, we've been getting a lot of questions from listeners about the Free State Project. It's a movement that began almost 20 years ago based on libertarian ideas. The goal is to bring tens of thousands of like-minded people to live in New Hampshire - and influence politics here.

Related: Click here to read the long-form story What Is The Free State Project?

Our reporters have been diving into the movement and its history. For this story,  NHPR's Britta Greene talked with couple currently relocating from Indiana to join the Free State Project.

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Lebanon is pursuing several energy-related efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas footprint and lower power costs citywide.

One is what’s known as municipal, or community, aggregation. Under that model, city residents and businesses could opt-in to collectively purchase electricity.  That would enable them to buy wholesale power at relatively low rates.  

The Carroll County Sheriff’s department is investigating the death of a young woman last week in the county jail.

Twenty-four year-old Nikole Coe was facing charges related to the sale of drugs that resulted in a death.

Coe died on the afternoon of April 3, according to Carroll County Corrections Superintendent Jason Henry. That’s the day jury selection was scheduled to begin on her trial. 

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Keene State Biology Professor Susan Whittemore was at a conference last summer when she first heard statistics about hunger among college students nationwide.

The numbers struck her. Of course, she knew college was expensive, but she hadn’t thought about how that might be affecting her own students’ ability to feed themselves on a day-to-day basis.

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The New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation is looking into options for increasing boat and trailer parking at Mount Sunapee State Park.

That’s the latest development in a decades-long effort to expand public boat access on Lake Sunapee.

For nearly thirty years, the Fish and Game Department was working to build a new launch at what’s known as the Wild Goose Site on the lake’s southwestern shore. But that plan was controversial, and Governor Chris Sununu called an end to it last summer.

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The New Hampshire House of Representatives dealt a blow Thursday to one of Governor Chris Sununu’s key priorities on the opioid front, the Recovery Friendly Workplace initiative.

The effort aims to link the private sector to the drug crisis by helping businesses better attract and retain people in recovery.

It was significant news when Hope for New Hampshire announced in February it was closing four of its five recovery centers around the state. Hope was one of the biggest operators of these facilities, which are widely recognized as a critical support for people in recovery.

Since then, after a scramble to secure more public funds and a big effort in some communities to keep services running, just one of those original four locations remains closed for good. That’s in Concord.

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In an effort to cut down on infrastructure costs and reduce energy bills for consumers, Liberty Utilities is looking to install batteries in hundreds of homes in the Upper Valley this fall.

The effort is a pilot program involving 300 customers in the Lebanon area, spokesperson John Shore said. Ultimately, the company plans to expand to about 1,000 homes 

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Governor Chris Sununu has vetoed a bill relating to prison sentences for those struggling with substance abuse.

In New Hampshire, if a prisoner is out on parole but has that parole revoked, he or she must be recommitted for at least 90 days. The parole board has some flexibility in handing down those sentences, though.

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After the Parkland shooting last month, Hanover High School junior Dakota Hanchett heard someone at The New York Times had reached out to a teacher at school, asking if they knew any students that used firearms regularly.

Of all the schools in the area, Hanover High was an odd choice for this request, Dakota knew. It’s in an Ivy League college town, one of the most liberal communities in New England. 

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State investigators are looking into the conduct of two Claremont Police Officers, Ian Kibbe and Mark Burch. 

The Attorney General’s office says the city's police chief, Mark Chase, turned over information earlier this month.

The officers allegedly falsified documents relating to a search they performed in February.

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