Robert Garrova

Reporter, G.A./Demographics

Robert is a General Assignment reporter, with a focus on New Hampshire's changing demographics. He comes to NHPR’s newsroom from Los Angeles, where he worked as a reporter for member-station KPCC and a producer/director on APM’s Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal.

His work has been featured on Marketplace’s flagship program, Southern California Public Radio and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Robert has reported on a wide range of topics, including the largest fire in California history and the re-discovered costumes of a silent film star.

He’s looking forward to learning everything he can about New Hampshire and the people who call the Granite State home. 

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Senator Jeanne Shaheen visited the Londonderry maker of honey wines Moonlight Meadery today. She stopped by to illustrate how local companies are impacted by the Trump administration's trade policies.

Distillery owner Michael Fairbrother says he was working on a deal with China that would have almost doubled his revenue. But thanks to retaliatory tariffs from China, Fairbrother says he's lost $750 thousand dollars in sales. 

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UNH announced today it will take over publication of a widely referenced research publication.

 

"What is New Hampshire?" was previously produced by the now defunct Center for Public Policy Studies.

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New Hampshire is in the early stages of assessing the feasibility of turning a 215-year-old mineral mine in Grafton into a state park.

 

After miners stopped digging for mica and other minerals, Ruggles Mine became a popular tourist attraction. Photojournalist Cheryl Senter says she has fond memories of visiting the mine and seeing its glittering walls as a child.

 

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Governor Sununu signed a controversial voter residency bill into law Friday. Before that, dozens of protestors visited his office to ask him to veto the measure.

House Bill 1264 adds more restrictions to voting requirements and cleared the legislature earlier this year.

Opponents say the measure's stricter residency provisions -- like having a driver's license or car registration -- would make it more difficult for college students to vote.

 

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Billionaire Democratic activist and campaign donor Tom Steyer spoke to a crowd of supporters in Bow Wednesday night about his campaign to impeach President Donald Trump.

 

Steyer calls it the "Need to Impeach" campaign and says he has more than five million signatures in support.

 

The former hedge fund manager has funneled some $40 million into the effort so far. Steyer pointed to what he calls Trump's obstruction of justice and business dealings with foreign governments as grounds for impeachment.

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Half a dozen New Hampshire educators attended an anti-bullying workshop at Plymouth State University Tuesday.

The session was put on by the New Hampshire chapter of the non-profit GLSEN, a national organization with the goal of making safe schools for LGBTQ students.

Katie Graham teaches English at Sanborn Regional High School and said she appreciated that the workshop allowed for more in-depth conversation between organizers and teachers.

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Plymouth State University says it's teaming up with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network of New Hampshire to offer training on how to stop bullying in the classroom.

The partnership between PSU's Holmes Center and GLSEN is part of an effort to help educators create inclusive learning environments for all students.

Mary Earick is the Holmes’ Center's Director. She says hurtful interactions between students can be tricky for teachers to address.

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Victoria is 23 and working her way through college. Over Memorial Day weekend, she and her parents piled into the car and drove from New York for a vacation in the North of New Hampshire.

Hanging out at the hotel, taking a ride on the Cog Railway, that kind of thing.

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U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont introduced legislation last week that would put limits on where Border Patrol officers can operate immigration checkpoints. The “Border Zone Reasonableness Restoration Act of 2018” is co-sponsored by Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

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Just off busy Main street in Conway Village, George Wiese gives a tour of the inside what’s known as the Bolduc Block in the center of town.

Constructed in 1931 by local businessman Leon Bolduc, this batch of brick buildings has housed a department and grocery store, the post office and many other businesses over the years. And at the heart of the block, a theater: The Majestic.

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More than a hundred people rallied outside Dover City Hall Wednesday night to protest family separations in immigration cases.

Speakers with the ACLU of New Hampshire and local faith-based groups denounced the Trump administration's “zero-tolerance” immigration policy. While many of the remarks centered around the national conversation on immigration, several speakers called out recent Border Patrol checkpoints in the White Mountains as leading to family separations.

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The U.S. Supreme Court today upheld President Trump's travel ban affecting Muslim-majority countries, including Syria, Iran, Yemen, Libya and Somalia.

 

The International Institute of New England, one of two agencies that resettles refugees in New Hampshire, says it's "profoundly disappointed" by the ruling.

 

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Many seasonal businesses in New Hampshire take advantage of temporary worker visas to fill jobs. Now that the busy summer season is here, companies are saying there aren't enough of what are called H-2B visas to go around.

The visas allow international workers to fill non-agriculture jobs like openings for restaurant servers and landscaping workers. The national cap is set at 66,000, though the Department of Homeland Security has the authority to add an additional 69,000.

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Travelers on Interstate 93 near Woodstock encountered another Border Patrol Checkpoint between June 15 - June 17. 

The U.S. Border Patrol confirmed Tuesday afternoon that it made a total of five arrests for people who "did not have  legal immigration status." 

People arrested during the operation were from Mexico, El Salvador, China, Ecuador and Brazil, the agency said in a statement

  Two former Manchester police officers who were fired earlier this year are facing a criminal investigation.

 

The Manchester Police Department says it took swift action and terminated officers Aaron Brown and Darren Murphy following an internal investigation.

 

The ACLU released a statement on its social media accounts calling for bus transit company Concord Coach Lines to cease what it says is complicity with immigration officials.

The civil liberties group also posted video allegedly showing travelers encountering immigration agents as they prepared to board a Concord Coach Lines bus in Maine. In that video, some of the customers question a company employee.

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Democratic candidate Molly Kelly officially filed to run for New Hampshire governor Friday afternoon.

 

Kelly entered the Secretary of State's office in Concord to cheers from supporters. The former state senator has collected endorsements from several prominent Democrats in the state, including Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan and Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig.

 

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Representatives from several federal agencies converged in New Hampshire Tuesday to provide information on how municipalities can make use of government resources.

 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Environmental Protection Agency and other organizations filled Franklin's City Hall for the event, organized in part by HUD Regional Administrator David Tille.

 

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Seated around a folding table in a mini-mall just south of downtown Manchester, a group of Muslim men have just been Googling the time for sundown. It was 8:14 PM to be exact tonight. Everyone here is waiting to break their fast, which they’ve held since dawn.

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  Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig has nominated Assistant Chief Carlo Capano to be the Queen City's next Chief of Police.

 

Current Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard was recently nominated to become the next U.S. Marshal for New Hampshire.

 

Capano would then be bumped up to Chief as long as his nomination is approved by the Manchester Board of Aldermen.

 

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The U.S. Department of Justice announced it's adding 311 Assistant Attorneys to its ranks nationally. Two of those federal prosecutors are headed to New Hampshire.

 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the attorneys would be reinforcements in the prosecution of violent crime, illegal immigration, and the opioid crisis.

 

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  Vail says it's buying Triple Peaks, LLC, the parent company of Mount Sunapee Resort and two other properties in Vermont and Colorado for $82 million. The company says it also plans to assume the state land lease for Sunapee.

 

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In New Hampshire’s increasingly tight rental market, one area where there’s new development is conversion of industrial buildings. It’s a niche market, but one that’s attracting multiple generations of residents.

 

In a parking lot in Manchester, surrounded by a maze of early 20th-Century brick factory buildings just south of the ballpark, Mike Bernier explains how he ended up here.

 

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Representatives from NASA visited Smiths Titeflex in Laconia Thursday to emphasize the company's efforts in bringing humans to space.

 

All the external plumbing for NASA’s Space Launch System - which the agency says will be its most powerful rocket ever built and will pave the way for travel to Mars - is manufactured at Smiths Triflex.

 

Astronaut Barry Wilmore was on hand to give a presentation to employees that included photos from the 178 days he spent in space.  

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New England College and the New Hampshire Institute of Art announced today that the two institutions plan to merge later this year.

Tom Horgan is a spokesman for New England College. He says the idea is to provide students at both institutions with more academic options. Horgan says there are also opportunities to cut costs and reduce expenses.

"You know, the demographic shifts that are occurring in New England, the pipeline of students is not as strong as we would like to see," Horgan says.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection began operating an immigration checkpoint on Interstate 93 in Woodstock on Sunday. The checkpoint ran until noon Tuesday.

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Cities and towns across New Hampshire held parades to commemorate fallen service members this Memorial Day.

 

In Manchester, Senator Maggie Hassan and Mayor Joyce Craig were there as the marching down Elm Street began.

 

Several local school bands provided the music as retired service vehicles rolled along.

 

Saeed Ahmed owns a gas station right on Elm Street and has a front-row seat to the parade every year.

 

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The New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism forecasts the state will see 650,000 out-of-state visitors this Memorial Day weekend.

 

John Howard works on the Winnipesaukee Belle. He expects his lake cruises to be packed, as long as the weather cooperates.

 

"It's very weather-driven, so if the weather holds out, we'll have a great weekend,” Howard said. “If it gets cold and rainy, then we won't."

 

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A new lodging option opens next week in North Conway. But instead of booking summer vacationers, owner George Wu says he’s marketing to a different group: International Student Workers.

 

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  New Hampshire housing authorities across the state are set to receive a total of $7.9 million in U.S. Housing and Urban Development funds.

 

HUD says the yearly Capital Fund Allocations will go toward large-scale improvements like roof repairs and upgrades to electrical systems at properties overseen by public housing agencies.

 

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