Ryan Lessard

Correspondent

Before becoming a reporter for NHPR, Ryan devoted many months interning with The Exchange team, helping to produce their daily talk show.  He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in Manchester with a major in Politics and Society and a minor in Communication Arts. While in school, he also interned for a DC-based think tank. His interests include science fiction and international relations. Ryan is a life-long Manchester resident.

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NH News
5:28 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Manchester Taxis Grounded Pending Repairs

State Police officers from Troop G conducting an inspection of a Manchester Taxi
Courtesy of Manchester Police Dept.

The Manchester City Clerk’s office suspended the licenses of all 18 of its city taxis Tuesday following a day of inspections.

All Manchester taxis have been taken off the road after collectively failing their annual inspections, according to the Manchester Police Department.


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NH News
5:30 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Liquid Cremation Process May Soon Be Legal In N.H. Again

Bio cremator in Maine Coast Crematory.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

A new form of cremation that proponents claim is more environmentally friendly may soon be legal in New Hampshire. It goes by many names including Resomation, Aquamation, bio cremation, and non-flame cremation. The scientific term is alkaline hydrolysis and it’s a process that uses a lye-like solution and hot water to liquefy human remains. But the jury is still out on whether the local funeral industry will adopt it.


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NH News
4:41 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Nashua Airport Tower Will Close

Nashua Airport Tower
Ryan Lessard NHPR

The Nashua Airport tower will close April 7th. It’s on a list the Federal Aviation Administration released Friday.


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NH News
10:26 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

If Nashua Airport Tower Closes, Air Traffic Controllers May Be Forced To Make Career Change

Nashua Airport Tower
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Budget cuts from Sequestration will soon be felt by air traffic controllers across the country as the Federal Aviation Administration plans to close more than 230 control towers. Nashua’s airport is on that preliminary list and, if it closes for good, many air traffic controllers may need to find work in different fields.


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NH News
5:08 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

USS Miami Catches Fire... Again

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard says a small fire occurred inside the USS Miami sub Monday afternoon. 

   

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NH News
4:11 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

USS Miami Arsonist Sentenced To 17 Years In Federal Prison

Casey James Fury

The former shipyard worker who started a fire on the USS Miami submarine was sentenced Friday to a little more than 17 years in federal prison.


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NH News
5:13 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Lawmakers Consider A Lower Gas Tax Increase: 7-12 Cents

The House Ways and Means Committee is considering, Thursday, a smaller tax increase on gas and diesel fuel to pay for highway improvements.


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NH News
4:35 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Forum Discusses Importance Of Arts And Culture Organizations To N.H. Economy

Randy Cohen
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Arts and cultural enthusiasts from around the state gathered in Concord Wednesday to talk about the economic impact of cultural non-profits. And analysts say the arts and culture sector is a $115 million industry for the Granite State.


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NH News
4:37 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Hooksett School Board Candidates Divided On Where To Send High-Schoolers

The Hooksett School Board is holding an election Tuesday to fill a seat vacated by the former Chair. And the two candidates running are divided on where to send their 680 high school students.


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NH News
5:30 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Budget Hearings Kick Off In Concord

Interested members of the public filling the seats in the State House
Ryan Lessard NHPR

The New Hampshire House Finance Committee held its first public hearing on the budget Thursday night at the State House. And several members of the public spoke out in defense of state-funded programs ranging from legal assistance to mental health.


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Environment
3:52 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

D.E.S. Says Wastewater Infrastructure Needs $1.7 Billion

Historical Survey Results
Courtesy of NHDES

New Hampshire’s wastewater infrastructure is in need of $1.7 billion in investment over the coming decade according to the Department of Environmental Services.


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NH News
12:16 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Executive Council Confirms DRED And Banking Commissioners

The Executive Council has confirmed Governor Hassan’s appointees for the commissioner of both the Banking Department and the Department of Resources and Economic Development.

The council voted unanimously to confirm Jeff Rose as DRED Commissioner and Glenn Perlow as Banking Commissioner.

Rose, a Republican, held positions in both the public and private sector, most recently as head of communications for BAE Systems in Nashua. Perlow is moving up from the number two spot in the Banking Department.

Education
4:33 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Senate Hears Bill To Restore Higher Ed Funding

The Senate heard arguments Tuesday for a bill that would send more than $200 million to higher education.


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NH News
5:45 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Manchester Hosts FIRST Robotics Regional Competition

Robot controller at the helm
Ryan Lessard NHPR

The eleventh annual FIRST Robotics competition kicked off regional qualifying matches Friday.


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NH News
1:46 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

N.H. Delegates Weigh In On Sequestration

Senator Jeanne Shaheen
Ryan Lessard NHPR

New Hampshire Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte both say they hope a bipartisan deal can still be reached to avoid many of the worst effects of sequestration. Both Senators helped kick off the FIRST Robotics competition in Manchester Friday morning.

Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen says she’s worried about how the sequester will affect the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and BAE Systems. And, she hopes it’s not too late to prevent the cuts.

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