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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NH News
3:33 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Wildfire Season Comes Early

 

The state agency responsible for protecting forests from wildfires is warning that state forests are more at risk of burning this year.

Forest Ranger Bryan Nowell says state forests are now seeing conditions that usually are more typical of mid-April.

"That's due to the fact that pretty much since the first of the year we haven’t had a lot of snow events or rain events, so all the leaves and brush and debris that’s come down over the winter has been there drying all winter long," Nowell says.

State Integrity Investigation
5:53 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

NH Scores a "D" For Campaign Finance Laws

 A study released today called the State Integrity Investigation gives New Hampshire a D grade in its political finance laws, citing a poor disclosure calendar and a bad website for displaying campaign donation documents.

But even in a state that prides itself on open government, campaign finance reform has never been an easy sell.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
10:51 am
Mon March 19, 2012

What happens when all the fuel is gone?

Photo by Karen Johnson for Creative Commons via Wordpress

Rising gas prices have again shifted the political debate between those calling for more drilling to meet America's fossil fuel dependency and those advocating for investment in alternative energy sources. Many environmentalists are convinced that we are nearing the day when fossil fuels are tapped out, or too expensive or too harmful to extract.

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NH News
4:49 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

NH House Passes Refugee Moratorium Bill

 

The New Hampshire House of Representatives voted today to pass a bill that would allow the city of Manchester to ask for a moratorium on refugee resettlement.

The bill is a seen as a victory for Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, who has been calling for a moratorium since last July.

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NH News
2:26 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

NH House Reconsiders 24-Hour Abortion Waiting Period

 

The New Hampshire House has moved to reconsider passage of a controversial bill requiring pregnant women to wait 24 hours before receiving an abortion. The bill would also require them to receive explicit information on fetal development.

NH News
2:08 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Right-to-Work Redux Passes NH House

 

 The New Hampshire House of Representatives has for the second time passed a so-called right to work bill. But  the margin was well short of what would be needed to override Governor Lynch’s promised veto.

Barring unions from requiring non-members to pay for representation has been a priority for House Republican leaders. Last year governor John Lynch vetoed a Right-to-Work bill, which republicans failed to override.

Republican Marshall Quandt told colleagues this year’s version will fare no better.

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NH News
2:22 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Finance Committee Looks at Implications of Eliminating USNH Chancellor

 

The House Finance committee is taking a hard look at a bill that would eliminate the Chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire. University trustees say that as written, the bill will cost the universities more money.

Milton Republican Robbie Parson’s bill has the backing of House leadership, and has already been approved in a preliminary vote on the house floor.

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NH News
3:36 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Homelessness Numbers Fall for First Time in a Decade

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The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services says that homelessness has dropped by 3 percent since last year.

The numbers are from an annual one-day count on January 25th that targeted welfare offices, homeless shelters, soup kitchens and other organizations. According to Maureen Ryan of the Bureau of Homeless and Housing Services, it’s the first time in a decade that homelessness has fallen in New Hampshire. 

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Politics
12:03 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Mayor Gatsas Says He'll Declare Gubernatorial Intentions by June

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Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas still won’t say if he has decided whether or not to run for Governor of New Hampshire. 

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NH News
5:35 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Is New Hampshire Putting Skilled Immigrants to Good Use?

Many educated immigrants are unemployed or underemployed
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You’ve heard of “Brain Drain,” but how about “Brain Waste”?

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StateImpact
11:06 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Unlikely Jazz Venue Flourishing in Laconia

While we at StateImpact like to talk about trends and broad-brush movements in business and economics, occasionally it’s helpful to zoom-in and look at individual cases of business success.

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NH News
5:06 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Legislators Consider Moving Division of Weights and Measures

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State Representatives and Senators heard testimony today on a bill that proposes moving the Division of Weights and Measures from the Department of Agriculture to the Department of Safety.

The division certifies scales and meters for measuring food and commodities like gasoline and fuel oil when sold to consumers.

The Senator Sharon Carson of Nashua, the bill’s sponsor, says she’s heard complaints from constituents who claim the division has been heavy-handed in its enforcement.

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Politics
6:11 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

VP Biden Speaks at NH Art Institute in Manchester

Joe Biden puts head in hands as he jokingly confesses how long he has been in Washington.
Sam Evans-Brown

 

Vice president Joe Biden made a campaign stop at the New Hampshire Art Institute today. It was his eighth visit to New Hampshire as Vice president.

Biden kicked off his speech by acknowledging that he’s beginning to become a regular face in the Granite State; his last visit was just last month.

"I’ve been up here fairly frequently and the good news for me and I’m not sure if it’s good for you is that I’m gonna be here an awful lot between now and November," Biden said.

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Business and Economy
3:41 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Senate Weighs Tax Credits for Workforce Development

Ross Gittell testifies before the Senate Ways and Means Committee.
Sam Evans-Brown

 

The New Hampshire Senate is considering a bill aimed at reducing the so-called  "skills gap". The bill would offer tax credits to businesses that partnered with the community college system to create workforce training programs.

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NH News
3:18 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Home Made Foods Bill Stirs Cheese Makers

 

 The New Hampshire House of Representatives has passed a bill that would make it easier for the smallest farmers to break even. If it becomes law it would allow residents to sell some home-made baked-goods, preserves, and cheese at home or at farmers’ markets.  

When the homemade foods bill came out of a House committee, it had unanimous support.

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