Sam Evans-Brown

Environment and Education Reporter

 

Sam Evans-Brown has been working for  New Hampshire Public Radio since 2010, when he began as a freelancer. His work has won several local broadcast journalism awards, and he was a 2013 Steinbrenner Institute Environmental Media Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University. He studied Politics and Spanish at Bates College, and before reporting was variously employed as a Spanish teacher, farmer, bicycle mechanic, ski coach, research assistant, a wilderness trip leader and a technical supporter.

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Environment
4:55 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

High-Season For Lyme Disease Begins, Ticks Out In Force

Credit Brian M / Flickr CC

Health and environmental officials say New Hampshire is entering the highest risk time of year for exposure to Lyme disease, and the ticks could be especially bad this year.

“If you have to, move to Aruba,” says Alan Eaton, Biologist with the UNH Cooperative Extension, “Get out of here for the next month of six weeks or so.”

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NH News
3:12 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Dartmouth Poll Finds Voters Support Several Initiatives Doomed In Statehouse

2014 Rockefeller Center State of the State Poll

Dartmouth college has released its annual “State of the State” poll which finds support for a number of issues that didn’t make it out of the legislature this year.

The poll found statistically significant support for casino gambling, stricter gun laws, marijuana decriminalization, and a constitutional amendment prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. All of these issues generated legislation in New Hampshire this year but no policies will change.

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NH News
2:56 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

State Argues Push-Poll Appeal Before N.H. Supreme Court

Charlie Bass and Annie Kuster at a debate during the 2012 election
Credit NHPR Staff

  The State Supreme Court Thursday considered the question, does New Hampshire have the right to regulate polling conducted by federal political campaigns?

The question arises because of an alleged push-poll conducted for Former Congressman Charlie Bass’ in 2010. The call in question refer to Bass’ opponent congresswoman Annie Kuster’s work for pharmaceutical company which made what the call referred to as a date-rape drug.

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Education
6:45 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Increasingly Students Don't Pay College's 'Sticker Price'

Different types of institutions do different degrees of discounting, with private four-year schools doing the most.
Credit College Board / https://trends.collegeboard.org/sites/default/files/trends-2010-tuition-discounting-institutional-aid-report.pdf

Rising tuition attracts a lot of headlines, but the amount that schools give out in financial aid is also on the rise.  Financial aid can make higher education more accessible to low-income students, but it can also serve as a tool to attract the types of students school want to attract, and to fill seats that might otherwise go empty. Lucy Lapovsky is an education consultant who has studied the question of how much students are actually paying for college and spoke to All Things Considered Host Brady Carlson. 

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Environment
5:37 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Shaheen-Portman Efficiency Bill Headed Back To Senate Floor

A bi-partisan bill that is a major policy priority for Senator Jeanne Shaheen has easily cleared a procedural vote in the US senate. 79 Senators voted in favor of starting debate on the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, which would ramp up incentives for federal and private spending on energy efficiency measures.

Shaheen is co-sponsoring the bill with Republican Senator Rob Portman from Ohio.

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Environment
5:22 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

VT Governor Weighs In On Northern Pass Burial

Governor Shumlin's remarks came during a question and answer period during an event hosted by The New Republic Magazine.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says he stands ready to help New Hampshire find an alternative route for the controversial Northern Pass project. The governor was speaking at an event hosted by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.

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Education
5:25 am
Mon May 5, 2014

As Research Gets More Expensive, Universities Will Be Pushed To Justify Costs

The Cray supercomputer cost over a million dollars to install at UNH, and runs math used in space physics, among other computations.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Research at big universities is expensive, and the price tag is rising. At the same time securing money for research is getting harder as more and more academics are competing for research grants that are less and less generous. This raises a question: are universities that do research more likely to raise tuition.

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NH News
1:15 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Federal Energy Dept. Releases List Of Northern Pass Alternatives

One of the twenty-one alternatives to the Northern Pass being considered would bury the power-line along the side of highways down through the center of the state.
Credit US DOE

The US Department of Energy has released a list of the options that it is studying as alternatives to the Northern Pass Transmission Project. Substitutes for the controversial connection to Canadian hydro-power will be part of the Department of Energy’s Environmental Impact Statement.

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Environment
3:46 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Representatives Of 'Tailpipe' N.H. Applaud Supreme Court Pollution Ruling

Credit jE_Norton / Flickr CC

New Hampshire politicians from both sides of the aisle are praising a decision from the US Supreme Court upholding the right of EPA to regulate air pollution that crosses state borders.

The so-called “good neighbor” provision could mean Appalachian and Rust-Belt states will have to clean up their coal plants. The Northeast has already scrubbed the emissions from its power plants, but still endures low air-quality days in part because of emissions blowing in on the Jetstream from western states.

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Environment
5:17 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Wood-Energy Group To Provide 'Coaches' For Wood-Boiler Installs

Pellets being bulk delivered to a home with an automatic feed pellet boiler.
Credit Pellergy / Flickr CC

Thanks to a $250,000 dollar federal grant a new group is working to promote the burning of wood for heating in high-efficiency boilers in the Granite state

The New Hampshire Wood Energy Council consists of nearly fifty biomass supporters from state agencies, non-profit organizations, and industry representatives. Those representatives will serve as ambassadors for using wood-pellet and wood-chip boilers.

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Environment
5:30 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Has New Hampshire Become A 'Dumping Ground' For Wolf Dogs?

Tanner Brewer, manager of NEWARC, gives Emerald, a high-content wolf-dog hybrid, some scratches.
Credit Aubrey Nelson / NHPR

New Hampshire wildlife officials are wrestling with a proposal that would put them in charge of wolf-hybrids; those are wolves that have been bred with domesticated dogs. These sometimes dangerous animals are often abandoned because they can be unmanageable as pets.

And a population of abandoned wolf-dogs prompted New Hampshire officials to take another look at this animal that falls squarely in the grey area between wild and tame.

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NH News
8:55 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Spring Skiing In Tuckerman Is Best It's Been In Decades

A racer on the headwall in 1934 American Inferno, a race from the top of Mt. Washington to bottom passing through the ravine.
New England Ski Museum

It’s a given: on spring weekends, if there’s good weather forecast, by 7 am the Tuckerman’s Ravine parking lot will be overflowing with hundreds of cars.

Tuckerman’s is one of the most storied backcountry ski slopes in the country, and every spring thousands of skiers brave avalanches and ice-falls to test themselves against the steep slope. On a crowded day, there are estimates that as many as 3,000 people make the trek up to the bowl.

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NH News
4:42 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Groton Wind And State Reach Agreement On Turbine Fire Safety

Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

A 24 turbine wind-farm in Groton has reached a settlement with the state Fire Marshal in a dispute over fire codes.

The office of the fire marshal says once the snow has melted and the ground is dry, Iberdrola has agreed it will shut down any wind turbines that don’t have fire suppression already installed. If the Spanish wind-farm developer doesn’t want to shut it’s windmills down, it has the option of paying to set up a 24/7 fire watch on each unprotected turbine.

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Education
4:38 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Scholarship Tax Credit Attracts A Crowd To N.H. Supreme Court

Credit NHPR Staff

 A program that allows businesses to claim an 85% tax credit for donations made to private school  scholarship organizations had its day before the State Supreme Court Wednesday.

A lower court ruled last year that it would be unconstitutional for the program to give scholarships to private schools, because the tax credits amount to public dollars.

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Education
5:45 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Education Tax Credit Challenge To Be Heard In N.H. Supreme Court

N.H. Supreme Court building in Concord
Credit Ben McCleod via Flickr CC

The New Hampshire Supreme Court will hear arguments today on whether it’s constitutional to give tax credits to businesses that donate to private scholarship funds. The program in question has been hamstrung by a lower court ruling.

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