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
11:02 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Supreme Court Upholds Texting While Driving Conviction

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court has unanimously upheld a Barnstead man’s conviction for second-degree assault after he veered into the oncoming lane while checking a text message.

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New England News
7:02 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

New England Payments To Powerplants To Rise Sharply

PSNH's Merrimack station, which has had to rely increasingly on capacity payments in recent years, since it has run less once low gas prices ducked under its fuel costs.
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Power plants get paid just for being ready to turn on if they are needed, in something called the capacity market. And a recent auction in that market has revealed that in three years the region will experience a power shortage. This in turn means that come 2017, existing power plants in New England will be paid nearly twice as much just to keep their doors open.

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Environment
1:21 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Durham To Host One Of Seven 'Climate Hubs'

The White House has announced that New Hampshire will host one of seven regional “climate hubs”. The Forest Service’s Northern Research Center in Durham will provide technical support to farmers and land managers working to adapt to climate change.

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NH News
5:30 am
Sun February 2, 2014

With One Week To Go, 23 With Granite State Ties Slated For Sochi

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With a little less than a week to go to the start of the Olympic Games, 23 athletes with New Hampshire connections are set to represent to United States in Sochi.

With a number of strong boarding school winter sport programs in the state, distinguishing who is a “New Hampshire athlete” and who isn’t can be a challenge. But here’s a general list of who’s who.

·         Nick Alexander, Lebanon, Ski Jumping

·         Gillian Apps, Dartmouth College, Hockey*

·         Kacey Bellamy, University of New Hampshire, Hockey*

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Environment
3:58 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Even With Cold Snaps, Open Water Remains On Winnipesaukee

Looking north across the lake from Gilford on January 25th.
Credit Courtesy: Civil Air Patrol

Despite a couple of long cold snaps, Lake Winnipesaukee is still not entirely frozen. A fly-over by the civil air patrol last weekend revealed a large patch of open water and unstable ice stretching from Gilford to Moultonborough. A large patch of open water sits in between Lake Shore Park and Welch Island, and questionable ice extends all the way to Long Island. This section of the lake is called “the Broads,” which is typically last to freeze.

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NH News
4:15 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

No Decision On Groton Wind Farm Certificate Until December

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It will be almost another year before state regulators decide whether to revoke the certificate of a 24 turbine wind farm in Groton.

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NH News
5:54 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

House Lawmakers OK Bill Encouraging Buried Powerlines

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Update: The House Ways and Means Committee Chair, Susan Almy, has declined to take up this bill, meaning it moves directly to the Senate

The New Hampshire House of Representatives has passed a bill that establishes a preference for burying power lines like the controversial Northern Pass Project.

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NH News
4:39 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

N.H. Skiers Freeman, Fairall, And Alexander To Represent U.S. In Sochi

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New Hampshire will be well represented on the US Ski Team that is headed to Sochi in February. Today three Granite Staters learned that they have earned a ticket to the Olympic games.

Andover cross-country skier Kris Freeman will appear in his 4th Olympic Games. It will be the second Olympic appearance for Lebanon ski jumper Nick Alexander, and the first for jumper Nick Fairall of Andover.

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Environment
5:41 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

N.H. House To Take Up Wind, Transmission Moratorium

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Wednesday the New Hampshire House of Representatives will take up a bill proposing a moratorium on wind turbines and electric transmission projects.

The Science, Technology, and Energy Committee voted 13 to 6 to recommend killing this bill, which failed to make it to the House floor last year, but the politics surrounding wind farms and Northern Pass have become volatile.

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Environment
4:18 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

State Entomologist: Cold Not Enough To Stop Invasive Bugs

Wooly Hemlock Adelgid was discovered to be killing trees in the state in 2000.
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While frigid temperatures don’t feel particularly great, they do play an important role in the state’s ecosystem.

One way that cold temperatures can be helpful is by beating back the wave of invasive insects that have laid siege to the state’s forests, but State Entomologist Piera Siegert tells NHPR’s Brady Carlson that the some of the recent headlines about the impact of this cold on invasive bugs over-state the case in the Granite state.

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NH News
5:18 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Despite Losing Spot On U.S. Team, Freeman 'Very Confident' About Sochi Berth

Freeman racing in at National Championships in Utah
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Kris Freeman is from Andover, New Hampshire and while you may not have heard of him he’s a big time cross-country skier.  But this three-time Olympian has found himself in an unfamiliar position this season: on the bubble. For the first time Freeman has had to fight for his spot in his fourth Olympics.

Over his career, Kris Freeman has had some of the best results in the history of American Cross-Country skiing.

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NH News
3:41 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Innis Calls For Reforms To Budget Process, Tax Code

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Dan Innis, a Republican Candidate for Congress in New Hampshire’s first district, has released a proposal for reforming the country’s budget. The former Dean of the UNH Business School Dan has proposed requiring that a budget be passed every two years and enforcing a strict timeline on the budget process. He is also calling for tax code reform: closing loopholes and eliminating deductions in order to broaden the tax base.

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NH News
5:30 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Beyond Northern Pass: Where New England Will Get Its Power Remains Uncertain

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  Third in a three part series.

Whether or not the Northern Pass transmission line gets the state and federal permits it’s looking for, HydroQuebec is poised to send ever more of its hydro-power south. It’s increasingly clear that New England will need more power soon and with transmission lines are being proposed all around the Northeast, Canadian hydro is likely to play a role.

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NH News
5:30 am
Thu January 16, 2014

A Shifting Baseline: Would We 'Get Used' To Northern Pass?

Meagan Therriault and Geoff Pinard's driveway spills out almost directly beneath the Phase II power line.
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Second in a three part series

It’s possible that the Northern Pass, a 186-mile transmission line Public Service of New Hampshire proposed in 2010, might be built over the many objections of the project’s opponents. Its developers hope it can gain state and federal approval and construction can be completed by 2017.

If that does happen would people get used to it, or would it become a permanent scar on the state as opponents fear?

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NH News
5:30 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Power Push: Learning From N.H.'s First HVDC Power Line

The Phase II power line is operated by National Grid and stretches from Monroe New Hampshire to the Massachusetts border. It came into service in 1990.
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First in a three part series, and a collaboration with New Hampshire Magazine.

While the Northern Pass is one of the most controversial energy proposals in recent New Hampshire history, it is not the first such project to come to the Granite State. Another power line, called Phase II, stretches from Monroe New Hampshire down to the Massachusetts border. Driving through Hopkinton today you can’t miss the three-tower-wide power line corridor that streaks through the town.

But they were a surprise to many residents 25 years ago, when they were installed.

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