Jonathan Lynch



NH News
8:36 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Students Compete For Top Honors At Spelling Bee

37 Spelling Bee finalists compete to represent NH in Washington DC
Jonathan Lynch NHPR

37 New Hampshire students made it to the oral round of the 60th New Hampshire Spelling Bee.

The finalists appeared onstage at the Capitol Center for the Arts in front of their friends and families.

12-year-old Emma Bradley of Bow said the road to finals was difficult:

“It was pretty tough. There was a written round in the morning where you had to spell 50 words. They weren’t easy.”

Emma aced the written test but was knocked out in a later round.

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NH News
8:01 am
Wed February 27, 2013

NH DOT Braces For Next Storm

A plow makes its way down Elm street in Manchester
Credit Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

Just days after digging out of one snow storm, New Hampshire is bracing for another.

When a snow storm hits, the NH DOT has to prep its equipment, schedule additional trucks and drivers, and ensure there’s enough salt and sand to treat icy roads.

That gets expensive.

But NH DOT spokesperson Bill Boynton says the highway department is still under-budget for snow removal this year:

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Word of Mouth
2:03 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Forecasting The Weather: Is The European Model More Accurate?

ECMWF Model Forecasts
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Computers have long been outperforming humans in complex tasks, including predicting the weather. Weather junkies are accustomed to telegenic meteorologists making predictions in front of dynamic maps. Where they get their data is stirring up a little storm system in the field. Producer Jon Lynch has the story.

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NH News
4:25 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Manchester Digs Out After Storm

Families sled down a hill at Derryfield Country Club.
Jonathan Lynch NHPR

Snow was still falling late Sunday afternoon, but most of Manchester's main roads were clear. The Queen City wasn't hit as hard as some forecasts predicted, allowing city workers to keep pace with the snow.

Downtown, most restaurants and businesses were open. Bobcats and sidewalk plows darted up and down Elm street, clearing paths for the few people who were out walking.

At the Derryfield Country Club, a couple dozen people made the best of the weather, building snowmen and sledding on one of the golf course's hills.

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NH News
5:07 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

NH DOT And Cities Prepare For Winter Storm

As the storm that lashed the Midwest powers east, New Hampshire's cities and towns prepare to deal with the clean up.

Wet and heavy are the watchwords for this weekend's storm, which promises to dump up to a foot of the white stuff on New Hampshire.

Bill Boynton of the NH DOT says the state is preparing accordingly:

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NH News
12:57 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Manchester Mayor Unveils Budget Proposal

Mayor Gatsas presents his budget proposal to aldermen and department heads
Credit Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

Mayor Gatsas unveiled his budget for fiscal year 2014, which raises taxes and allots more funding to schools.

Gatsas' budget pushes for the maximum amount of new revenue allowed under the city's tax cap. That's just more than a two-percent increase.

The bulk of new revenue would go towards bolstering the city's school system, which has experienced layoffs and overcrowding in recent years.

Gatsas was optimistic that the budget could be hammered out before the city's June deadline, but acknowledged it would be a difficult process:

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NH News
4:45 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

House Committee Considers Gas Tax Increase

Commissioner Christopher Clement of NH DOT testifies before the House committee.
Credit Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

The House Committee on Public Works and Highways held a hearing on a bill that would increase the state's gas tax and vehicle registration fees.

The bill would raise 800 million dollars over eight years in new revenue by increasing the state's gas tax by 12 cents over three years and tacking on five dollars to vehicle registration fees.

Representative David Campbell, the bill's primary sponsor, urged lawmakers to pass the legislation, arguing that New Hampshire's transportation infrastructure is in a state of crisis:

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Elections 2012
2:05 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Hassan Thanks Supporters In Manchester

Hassan hugs a supporter outside of the Red Arrow in Manchester
Credit Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

Governor-elect Maggie Hassan made her first post-election appearance  in downtown Manchester.

Despite the cold weather and late-night election results, Hassan supporters gathered at the Red Arrow Diner in Manchester Wednesday afternoon to congratulate the governor-elect on her victory.

Hassan says she looks forward to governing in the tradition set forth by Governor Lynch, and that she’s eager to work with those across the aisle to improve the state’s schools and economy:

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Elections 2012
3:19 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Democrats Make Gains On Executive Council

Democrats seized at least two Executive seats last night, breaking Republican control over the council.

Chris Pappas defeated Bob Burns in a highly publicized Manchester-area race. The two men vied for Ray Wieczorek's seat after the Republican announced he would not seek re-election.

In his first bid for political office, Democrat Colin Van Ostern handily defeated incumbent Michael Tierney in District 2.

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Elections 2012
5:50 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Audio Postcard: The Young And Old Head To The Polls

Registration line in Durham

Young and old voters were out today at the polls.  As part of a digital reporting class in UNH's Journalism Program, students caught up with some of those voters.  Here's a little of what they heard.

Students who contributed to this report: Mairead Dunphy, MaryGrace Kelleher, Oliver Thomas, Shannon Reville, Lily O'Gara, Shelby Lefebvre and Merhawi Wells-Bogues.

Jonathan Lynch produced the audio postcard.

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NH News
5:43 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Hydro Quebec Crews Arrive In Manchester

Hydro Quebec trucks line up in Manchester
Credit Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

A fleet of monstrous blue trucks arrived in Manchester late Wednesday afternoon.

PSNH president Gary Long and Northeast Utilities CEO Tom May were on hand to greet the Hydro Quebec crews.

To see reinforcements come around the corner with these blue trucks is very rewarding

75 two-man crews are slated to be in New Hampshire by Thursday morning, with some crews driving as long as 12 hours to help restore power.

Daniel Dumais is Director of Distribution at Hydro Quebec and was here for the ice storm in 2008.

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NH News
5:14 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Gov. Lynch Assesses Damage In Bedford

Governor Lynch being briefed at Bedford's emergency operation center
Credit Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

Governor John Lynch toured the damage to New Hampshire in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. When the governor arrived at the Bedford Operations Center late Tuesday afternoon, he learned that most of the damage in the area had already been cleaned up.

Bedford's municipal buildings and traffic lights were spared any serious damage, though around 2,000 PSNH customers are still without power. Crews from as far as Texas are helping restore service there.

Lynch praised the efforts of the emergency responders and cited the use of new media in getting the word out about the storm:

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NH News
9:52 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Businesses Stay Open Despite Storm

Sandy bears down on Elm street in Manchester

Businesses in Manchester faced the question of whether or not to close up shop as Sandy continued to pummel the Granite State.

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Elections 2012
4:46 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Hassan, Lamontagne Tangle Over Infrastructure Funding

Lamontagne and Hassan debate in Manchester.
Jonathan Lynch NHPR

Candidates for governor, Maggie Hassan and Ovide Lamontagne, met in Manchester to debate business and economic development in the Granite State.

A key part of the debate centered on improving infrastructure. Both Ovide Lamontagne and Maggie Hassan agree that the state needs to improve its infrastructure and complete the widening of I-93. But they clashed over how to fund it.

Lamontagne ruled out tax increases, instead suggesting the use of federal government-backed bonds. He criticized Hassan for not doing the same:

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Elections 2012
5:59 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Hassan, Lamontagne Talk Law Enforcement At Forum

Lamontagne and Hassan at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics
Jonathan Lynch NHPR

The New Hampshire Police Association hosted a town hall meeting for gubernatorial candidates Maggie Hassan and Ovide Lamontagne in Manchester Sunday.

Hassan and Lamontagne weighed in on the death penalty, decriminalization of marijuana, and right-to-work legislation at the law enforcement forum.

When asked to identify the largest threat to the state's public safety, Hassan identified prescription drug abuse as a key threat. Lamontagne expressed concern over cyber attacks:

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