Weekly N.H. News Roundup: January 26, 2018

Jan 26, 2018

Massachusetts picks Northern Pass for major energy contract.  A financially troubled addiction treatment center in Manchester shuts its doors, and sends its services to other local health providers. The N.H.  legislature considers lowering the state's drinking age.  And a massive ice jam on the Piscataquog River causes concerns about Spring flooding.

 



GUESTS:

  • Jeff Feingold - editor of New Hampshire Business Review

  • Annie Ropeik - NHPR Environment Reporter

  • Max Sullivan - reporter, Seacoast Online

  • Dean Spiliotes - civic scholar in the School of Arts and Sciences at SNHU and author of the website NH Political Capital

  • Dan Tuohy - NHPR Digital Engagement Producer

 

From NHPR Environment Reporter Annie Ropeik's reporting on Northern Pass being selected for a major Massachusetts energy project:

 Judith Judson, the Bay State's energy commissioner, told reporters Northern Pass was the clear, single choice.  “It rose to the top in terms of net benefit to consumers, as well as its ability to quickly deliver clean energy to the Commonwealth,” she said.  They’ll now enter contract negotiations on the $1.6 billion project, as Eversource awaits its final permit from the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee, or SEC. An SEC permit is the last thing Eversource needs to start construction.

Here's a link to Max Sullivan's reporting on the tensions between selectmen and the state at Hampton Beach

NHPR's Peter Biello spoke with Tom Donovan, director of charitable trusts for the Attorney General's office. He started the receivership process for the Serenity Place investigation:

As part of the plan, the referrals from Safe Stations will be going through an organization called Granite Pathways for the case management and the respite care will be offered by Farnum Center. The transitional living programs, Lynn’s Place and Terrell House, will be offered by Families in Transition. And the Hillsborough County Drug Court will be operated by Elliot Hospital.

Click on this link to listen to The Exchange show on raising the marriage age in N.H.