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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The fall hunting season is now underway across the state. Starting Friday, hunting is open for black bears, Canada geese and gray squirrels. Deer and turkey season begins later this autumn.

New Hampshire Fish and Game officials have set a target population for black bears at just under 5,000. This year, they estimate there are more than 6,000 in the state. That means hunting restrictions will be fairly liberal -- good odds for those heading out to the woods.

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Tony Strat stands in the grass outside his screen-printing studio in the Upper Valley, washing the ink off of used screens with a hose. Even though he’s scrubbed the screens down, shadows of  designs he’s printed are still visible. “Gender is a social construct,” one of them reads.

Strat, 26, is an artist, entrepreneur and athlete. He’s worked in finance and started his own skateboarding company. He's also transgender. He started his transition process last year.

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A former Dartmouth-Hitchcock doctor who had his license suspended earlier this year after faking medical records and diverting an opioid for his own use can now return to practice.

The New Hampshire Board of Medicine ruled earlier this month that Dr. Christopher Manfred can begin practicing medicine again pending certain conditions. Those include practicing only critical care medicine for the first year and agreeing to monitoring.

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An Upper Valley business is reviving a fundraising campaign from the days of Hurricane Katrina to help with the current storm crisis in Texas. 

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Faculty members at Dartmouth are criticizing the college for its statement about a lecturer who's been speaking widely on the so-called Antifa movement.

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Hundreds gathered for a candlelight vigil in Keene Sunday night in response to events in Charlottesville earlier this month.  

The vigil, organized by local faith leaders, aimed to put politics aside, to bring people together with a message of love.

Following remarks from Mayor Kendall Lane and Rev. Elsa Worth of St. James Church, the crowd lined the streets of downtown, joining together in song. 

New Hampshire residents will have a chance to weigh in on the state’s long-term transportation plan over the next two months.

Transportation officials will hold 19 public hearings across the state in September and October on what’s known as the ten-year plan.

Officials with the VA hospital in White River Junction are stressing this week that veterans are welcome at the hospital regardless of gender or sexual identity.

Details of new White House guidelines for the Pentagon emerged Wednesday and were confirmed by NPR. Under those guidelines, transgender people will be banned from enlisting and those in active service will be subject to removal at the discretion of Defense Secretary James Mattis.

A white nationalist from Keene who has been in the headlines since the clashes in Charlottesville will remain in police custody in Virginia. 

Plans are in the works for a new mosque in Keene. It’s a project of William Coley, a Muslim activist and former Libertarian vice-presidential candidate. He's currently based in Tennessee, but plans to move to Keene and open the mosque this fall.

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About 100 people packed into the lodge at Mount Sunapee Ski Resort Tuesday night for an information session about Och-Ziff, the controversial hedge fund that's newly involved in the resort’s ownership.

The ski area at Mount Sunapee sits within the state park, but is privately run under a lease agreement with the state. Och-Ziff, which was recently involved in high-profile criminal proceedings surrounding foreign bribery charges, bought the leaseholder last year.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission is expressing "serious disagreement" with Governor Chris Sununu's decision to halt long-standing plans for a public boat-access site on Lake Sunapee. 

Plans for the site on the lake’s southwestern shore have been in the works for over two decades. In July, Sununu pulled the plug, saying "Enough is enough," and citing environmental and traffic concerns from nearby residents.

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The state will hold a public meeting Tuesday about Mount Sunapee ski resort in response to controversy around the resort's new leaseholder, Och-Ziff.

The hedge fund recently paid over $400 million to settle charges that it bribed government officials in Africa to secure mining and energy deals.

New Hampshire owns the Mount Sunapee ski area, but operations there are privately run under a lease agreement with the state.

State officials and representatives of Och-Ziff will be at the meeting Tuesday night at 6pm at the Sunapee Lodge.

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Christopher Cantwell has been in the news in Keene this week. The city resident - and white nationalist - was featured in a Vice documentary about the clashes in Charlottesville that aired on HBO and went viral online. In the footage, he expresses his hatred for black people and Jews.

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A prominent white nationalist who was active in clashes in Charlottesville this weekend is a resident of Keene.

Christopher Cantwell hosts a live-streaming call-in show from a studio in town. He argues for a white state without blacks, Jews or immigrants of color. 

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The Lebanon Planning Board Monday night approved plans for a new building to replace a historic church destroyed by fire last year. 

Lebanon’s First Baptist church dated back to the mid 1800s. A fire just after Christmas last year gutted the building. A local man who had been part of the church community was charged with starting the blaze.

Ever since, the congregation has been meeting at the Lebanon Middle School and working on plans to rebuild.

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Usually, when you hear people making plans for a murder, it’s in a movie or on TV. But conversations recorded just last month in Plainfield, New Hampshire, aren't fiction.

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More than 100 people gathered on the Lebanon green Saturday to rally against a proposed natural gas development in town.

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A historic church in Claremont that’s been vacant for years will soon open its doors once again. The church dates back to the 19th century and occupies a prime spot in Claremont’s downtown historic district.

It was owned by the city. but the cost of keeping up the property was simply too high, and it wasn’t being put to use. So, Claremont put it out to bid and got a single offer, from lake Sunapee Baptist Church of Newport.

They settled on a price of $700, a tiny fraction of the property’s approximately $240,000 value.

Proceedings are on hold for an 83-year-old defendant in a murder-for-hire case in Plainfield pending the results of a competency evaluation. 

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Blow-Me-Down Farm occupies more than 40 acres along the Connecticut River, just across the road from Saint Gaudens National Historic Site. The National Park Service owns the property, and has been working with Lebanon-based Opera North on a plan to spruce up the estate and make it a center for the arts.  

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Protesters sat in the black plastic chairs of the Keene City Council chambers in June, hand-lettered signs at their feet. At issue at the meeting was a proposal by Liberty Utilities.

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Prosecutors laid out their evidence Monday in a murder-for-hire case in the town of Plainfield. 

Pauline Chase, 83, and her son Maurice Temple, 63, are charged with plotting to pay another man,  Mark Horne, to kill Temple's ex-wife. 

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The mother and son charged in a Plainfield murder-for-hire plot are slated to appear again in court Monday afternoon. At the hearing, more details of their alleged plot will likely become public. 

Pauline Chase, 83, and Maurice Temple , 63, were arrested last month and charged with plotting to pay for the murder of Temple's ex-wife. Both are being held on $1 million bail. 

Mark Horne, the man who police say Temple and Chase planned to pay for the murder, is not being charged. Sullivan County Attorney  Marc Hathaway said Horne is cooperating with investigators. 

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The state's highest court will hear arguments involving a proposed wind farm in the town of Antrim.  It's the latest development in a years-long battle for the Antrim Wind project, which has been under development since 2009.

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After a two-year hiatus, the annual Pumpkin Festival has the final go-ahead from the city of Keene to return this fall.

The Keene City Council voted Thursday night to approve its license pending certain conditions. Those include organizers covering the costs of any city services used at the event. And Keene is requiring the festival to take out a million-dollar insurance policy that covers the city.

The city of Lebanon has joined the growing list of New Hampshire communities signing on to the goals of the Paris Climate Accord.  

The Lebanon City Council vote was unanimous Wednesday night. Councilors acknowledge that the move doesn't mean any practical changes for the city -- they already have policies on the books to significantly reduce their greenhouse gas footprint. 

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The Vilas Bridge spans the Connecticut River with two delicate arches, but it’s seen nearly a century of wear. In some spots, where the concrete has cracked and fallen away, you can see the structure’s metal skeleton, rusting in plain air.

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Hanover has seized three properties from a longtime resident, David Vincelette, after he failed to pay taxes dating back to 2014.

Vincelette is a well known figure in Hanover, and there’s been long-running tension between him and the town. His land is next to a popular nature preserve. Last year, town workers put up a fence along the boundary in an attempt to keep some of Vincelette’s items, like wood pellets and machinery, from spilling over onto town property.

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Mark Horne, the man that a Plainfield mother and son were allegedly plotting to pay to kill the son's ex-wife, continues to serve with Plainfield's volunteer fire department. The mother and son,  Pauline Chase and Maurice Temple, allegedly had multiple conversations with Horne to discuss the murder and compensation. 

Horne is not a defendant in the case. Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway said Horne is cooperating with investigators, but declined to offer further information. 

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