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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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.

 

Photo Courtesy Islamic Society of New Hampshire

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.

 

HUD

  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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A new survey of New Hampshire's younger residents seeks to understand what attracts -- and what deters -- this age group from sticking with the Granite State.

 

Researchers polled 420 people between the ages of 20 and 40. Only 19 percent of respondents said they definitely would not leave the state in the next two years and lack of affordable housing was a key concern.

 

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The non-profit Regional Economic Development Center is launching a program that will provide business loans to first-generation immigrants in New Hampshire. Called the New Hampshire New Americans Loan Fund, it will offer micro-loans capped at $50,000, with interest rates starting at seven percent.

The Fund has its roots in a program developed for new residents in the City of Concord, says REDC President Laurel Adams.

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Drug enforcement officers are seeing a rise in small-scale methamphetamine production.

So-called 'one-pot' meth labs may produce less than larger operations, but they still carry the danger of fire and explosion.

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Senator Maggie Hassan met with employees of New Hampshire-based organic yogurt-maker Stonyfield Farm Monday. The company voiced concerns over the FCC's decision to end ‘net neutrality’ rules.

Representatives from Stonyfield are worried, among other things, that Internet Service Providers could start charging more for access to some websites and services.

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City and state officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony along the Androscoggin River in Berlin Friday to mark the completion of a $7 million infrastructure project.

 

The project includes road reconstruction, new sidewalk, landscaping, a new storm water collection system and other improvements.

 

Mayor Paul Grenier says he wants to see more visitors to Berlin and rehabbing this roughly three-mile stretch of Route 16 that winds through the heart of the city was key.  

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A bill that would abolish the death penalty in New Hampshire has cleared both the House and Senate, but Governor Chris Sununu has promised to veto the measure. Sununu says he's standing with law enforcement in his promise to veto.

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Many seasonal businesses in New Hampshire take advantage of temporary worker visas to fill open jobs. But as the summer tourism season approaches, employers say they're still understaffed.

Russ Hart owns Hart’s Turkey Farm restaurant in Meredith. He's requested 18 temporary H-2B visas for the busy season but so far only has eight.

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Senator Maggie Hassan recently visited the U.S.-Mexico border to meet officials and law enforcement working on the front lines of the illicit drug trade.

 

During her five-day trip, Hassan met with Mexican leaders, too. One of her main focuses was fentanyl, the drug which contributed to 76 percent of overdose deaths in New Hampshire last year.

 

“The Mexican officials agree that their cartels are trafficking a great deal of fentanyl,” Hassan said.

 

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The Union representing workers at the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative utility is delaying plans for a strike.

Union members voted 79-to-1 to reject the company's contract offer as it stands now.

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More than two dozen low income communities across the state could be in the running for a new federal tax break program.

Provisions for so called Opportunity Zones were rolled into the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. They're meant to encourage development in economically-distressed areas across the U.S. by allowing investors to defer certain taxes on investments in those communities.

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Senator Jeanne Shaheen endorsed Democrat Molly Kelly for governor in Manchester today.

 

Shaheen and Kelly spoke in the workshop of the Queen City non-profit Girls at Work, where young women learn about the construction trade. The podium for the event was built by girls in the program for a then-mayoral candidate Joyce Craig, who went on to be elected Manchester mayor last year. That wasn't lost on Kelly. “I think it's a lucky one,” she said.

 

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An Indonesian national who's lived in the U.S. for 18 years has been ordered to leave the country this week.

Bobby Candra of Somersworth had been regularly reporting to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials for years after overstaying a visitor visa, his lawyers say.

But in February of last year, ICE reversed course and denied Candra a stay of removal, according to his attorneys.  

NHPR Staff

Governor Chris Sununu has promised to veto a bill that would abolish the death penalty in New Hampshire. But some of his fellow Republicans say ending capital punishment makes fiscal sense.

They're hoping that argument could, in part, help sway enough votes to overturn a veto.

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