Emily Corwin

Seacoast Reporter

Emily worked on NPR's StateImpact project for a year, covering business & economy in New Hampshire, before transitioning to covering the Seacoast Region, where she lives presently.

Before coming to NHPR, Emily was the associate programmer for Public Radio Remix, with Roman Mars (of 99% Invisible); hosted and produced Youthcast, a podcast from the Public Radio Exchange; and worked on other freelance projects in Boston. Emily studied cello performance and music composition at the California Institute of the Arts, then fell in love with public radio while schlepping between gigs on Los Angeles freeways.

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NH News
4:22 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

More Log On To N.H.'s New Health Care Website

More than 200 people have sought assistance signing up for affordable health care on CoveringNewHampshire.org, the state’s Health Insurance Marketplace website -- since it went online on December 24th.  

The website helps consumers sign up for health insurance on the federal website, healthcare.gov.  It got off to a late start after Republican lawmakers refused federal money to build it.  But, project leader Karen Hicks says, people are logging in despite the late launch and holiday distractions:

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NH News
4:14 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Over 1,000 Expected For 20th Annual "Times Square" Ball Drop In Dover

Kids who aren’t old enough to stay up until midnight can still watch a shiny silver ball drop at in Dover on New Year's Eve. The Dover Children's Museum is expecting over 1,000 little partiers at their 20th annual daytime New Year's Eve party.

Dover Childrens’ Museum communications director, Heidi Duncanson says it's not Times Square, but it's close:

During the day we have a series of midnight countdowns, where we lower the glitter-ball from 30 feet up, everybody counts down the last 10 seconds, and we have party horns, and they make hats.   

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NH News
4:10 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Coast Guard Aircraft Collides With Snow Buntings During Departure From Pease

A Coast Guard aircraft departing from Pease Airport was grounded briefly after hitting birds Monday morning.

The TN235 twin turbo prop aircraft collided with a flock of snow buntings around 11 a.m.  Pease Airport Manager, Bill Hopper, says the plane turned around and landed:

"They notified ground crews, and had them on standby, and landed without incident, inspected the aircraft, there was no damage to the aircraft, so they departed."

NH News
6:00 am
Sun December 29, 2013

State Says 'Put Your Best Food Forward' With Free Guided Hikes On New Year's Day

On New Year’s day, Granite Staters can go on free guided tours at three state parks around the state.  The tours are sponsored by New Hampshire’s department of Parks and Recreation.

The Division of Parks and Recreation is working in conjunction with local groups to push granite staters to start their year outdoors. Amy Bassett with the office of Travel and Tourism says this is the second year the state has sponsored First Day Hikes. The idea came from a national group:

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NH News
6:29 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Memorial Bridge Lights Up On Saturday

On Saturday, a committee of citizens and city officials from Portsmouth, NH and Kittery, ME will flip the switch on $200,000 worth of lights,  now installed on the new Memorial Bridge.  The Memorial Bridge Illumination Committee spent more than a year planning and fundraising for the bridge's lights.

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NH News
11:03 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Seabrook's Concrete Degredation Problems Being Tested At University Of Texas

A sample of concrete degraded because of an alkali-silica reaction.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  The Nuclear Regulatory Commission held their third public meeting in Hampton Wednesday night to discuss concrete degradation at the Seabrook nuclear plant.   An expert from a University of Texas Engineering Lab presented the NRC and the public with an update Wednesday night on extensive testing being undertaken at their Austin facilities.

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Word of Mouth
2:03 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Volunteering: EMT's And Paramedics

Stephanie and Chris await incoming calls.
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NH News
11:57 am
Tue December 17, 2013

As Private Sector Grows, Local Governments Still Shedding Jobs

The state's unemployment rate for November remained steady at 5.1 percent last month, despite gains in the private sector.  Economist Annette Nielsen at New Hampshire Employment Security says health services and retail jobs are still growing, but the strongest growth here is in construction:

Especially special trade contractors is up 1700 over the year, and that’s really tied mostly to the strength of the housing market.

NH News
4:07 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

N.H.'s First Female Federal District Judge Confirmed

On Thursday the U.S. Senate confirmed the first woman to serve as a federal district judge in New Hampshire.  Landya McCafferty was approved by a vote of 79-19.

McCafferty  served as U.S. magistrate judge for New Hampshire for three years, and has clerked for two judges at the First Circuit Court of Appeals. She also prosecuted professional misconduct cases at the state Supreme Court and worked as a public defender.

New Hampshire's U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte have called McCafferty “exceptionally qualified and experienced.”  

NH News
5:41 am
Wed December 11, 2013

New Hampshire Mothers Join National Effort For Tighter Gun Control Laws

Christy Hegarty, Jill Pare, and Doreen Wachenschwanz gather at Janet Groat's home to discuss advocacy strategies.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  Over the year that has passed since the mass shooting in Newtown, CT, gun control advocates have made little headway – whether at the State House in Concord, or the capitol building in DC.  Now, in every state including New Hampshire, mothers are banding together to fight for what they call “gun sense.”

Mothers Demand Tighter Gun Laws

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NH News
3:29 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

UNH Fires Women's Hockey Coach For Inappropriate Physical Contact

The University of New Hampshire fired women's ice hockey coach Brian McCloskey on Thursday after an internal investigation into his behavior during a November 30th game. 

Mike Murphy is Associate Director of Athletic Communications at the University. He says McCloskey made inappropriate physical contact with a player while on the bench during a losing game to Ohio State.

Murphy says the contact was absolutely not sexual, but would not confirm if it was violent in nature:

It was inappropriate physical contact, that is the term we use.

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NH News
4:57 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

More Students Choose Community College Transfer En Route To Bachelor's Degree

Great Bay Community College
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  Twenty-six thousand dollars. That’s about how much students can save by going to a community college for two years, then transferring to a four-year school. Not including financial aid or room and meals.

Those $26 thousand dollars are changing the plans of more and more students in New Hampshire. And that’s good news for students, and possibly for the University System at large.

Pragmatic Decisions

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NH News
1:45 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Portsmouth Development Will Include A Whole Foods And 650 Parking Spaces

Credit Harborcorp, LLC

  A developer based in Lewiston, Maine has plans to build a major new development that includes a Whole Foods in downtown Portsmouth. 

Harborcorp LLC is planning the development with a community meeting space, an event center, 14 residential condos, and a small hotel in Portsmouth’s North End. That’s in addition to a Whole Foods store, and a 650 car parking garage.  The project’s spokesman, Paul Young says he thinks the Whole Foods and parking facility will win public support.

We always hope that it will go smoothly and quickly and we have a great project.

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NH News
2:44 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

Early Champions Of Bitcoin Reap Unexpected Windfall

Curt Howland started buying bitcoin in the summer of 2010.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

Bitcoin, which is basically digital cash, has been getting a lot of hype lately as governments such as Germany, China, and now the United States begin to recognize its validity. That recognition has led to financial speculation on the digital currency, and bitcoin’s value has soared. 

Early Adopters Hit The Jackpot

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NH News
2:03 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

At Least 8 N.H. Ski Areas Open This Weekend

Credit Denis Messié / http://www.flickr.com/photos/9702181@N08/2325061398

  

  According to SkiNH.com, a total of 8 ski areas will be open to the public this weekend.

It is opening weekend for New Hampshire’s Pat’s Peak, Ragged Mountain, Mount Sunapee and Cannon Mountain.  When NHPR caught up with Mount Sunapee’s Marketing Director Bruce McCloy, he had his ski boots on, and was headed for the trails himself:

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