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Newscast
9:59 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Everett Turnpike Toll Collecting To End In Merrimack

Credit Via SEIU1984.org

Toll-collecting at a stop in Merrimack will soon become a thing of the past.

The state Department of Transportation is ending collections as of Friday night at Exit 12 on the Everett Turnpike.

Toll equipment at Exit 12 and signs eventually will be removed.

The elimination of the toll tamp booths was included in the gas tax bill passed by legislators this year.

Some legislators said Merrimack residents were disproportionately burdened by having it, one of several in the community.

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Newscast
9:52 am
Tue July 15, 2014

State Investigating Possible Labor Violations At Unity School Construction Project

The state is investigating companies working to finish the elementary school in Unity over allegations that some subcontractors are using workers living in the country illegally.

James Craig, commissioner for the New Hampshire Department of Labor, tells the Eagle Times investigators were at the job site last week. Authorities say it was sparked by the arrest of two men from Mexico who were held on immigration detainers.

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NH News
12:28 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Not Much For "Kremlin Watchers" At Meeting Between N.E. Governors And Canadian Premiers

Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

The Governors of New England and the premiers of the Eastern Canadian Provinces have just wrapped up a meeting in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. The conference was focused on the issues of energy and trade, though dueling protests outside the conference meant energy stole the spotlight for much of the event. But the speakers and resolutions of the conference barely touched on the most pressing energy issues facing New England, and this careful side-stepping of the issues  is a reflection of a tumultuous energy landscape.

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NH News
4:35 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Audio Postcard: The Warner Intertribal Pow-Wow

The honor guard leads the Grand Entry procession.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Every summer, people flock from all over the region to participate in a traditional Native American powwow in Warner. This marks its fifteenth year.  

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Word of Mouth
3:34 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Summer Bird Watching In New Hampshire

A familiar favorite: the Great Black-backed Gull
Credit Stefan Berndtsson via Flickr Creative Commons

There are birds galore here in New Hampshire. We love to watch them, talk about them and photograph them, but let's be honest...not all of us are experts. Today on Word of Mouth we talked to protection specialist Eric Masterson who filled us in on the birds to look out for during this New Hampshire summer. Get in on the fun and see if you can spot a few of these yourself! 

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Foodstuffs
3:06 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Foodstuffs: New Hampshire Crowdfunders Will Not Be Deterred By Potato Salad!

Attn Zach Danger Brown: hope your potato salad looks as good as this one.
Credit nseika via Flickr/CC - http://ow.ly/z98qI

The world of crowdfunding is awash in potato salad, thanks to a spud enthusiast in Ohio called Zack Danger Brown. Promising only that, upon raising ten dollars, he was going to make potato salad – “I haven't decided what kind yet” – Brown raised nearly $50,000 in two weeks on Kickstarter. (The total was well over $70,000 before Kickstarter cancelled several donations it said couldn’t be verified.)

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NH News
1:47 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Sen. Shaheen Calls On House To Pass Veterans Bill

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in Concord at an event where a group of veterans endorsed her re-election bid. She called on House lawmakers to pass a veterans bill.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

A group of veterans gathered in Concord Monday to throw their support behind re-electing New Hampshire U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

Several of the veterans endorsing the former New Hampshire governor pointed to her political experience in the Granite State.

Retired US Air Force Colonel Gail Prince of Bedford says Shaheen has been supporting veterans’ issues in New Hampshire going back to her time as a state Senator.

“She knows who to reach out to here in the state to get New Hampshire’s position, the people’s position, on an issue.”

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NH News
8:48 am
Mon July 14, 2014

With New Rule, N.H. DMV Lifts Temporary Ban On New Vanity Plates

New Hampshire drivers can once again get new vanity plates, now that the state's Division of Motor Vehicles has put into place a new rule guiding which plates it will reject.

The state had put a temporary halt on issuing vanity plates, following a state Supreme Court ruling in May found the DMV’s old rule barring plates that may be offensive was too vague.

The new rule is more specific.

For example, the state will now reject vanity plates that contain profanity, references to violence, or illegal activity.

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NH News
7:32 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Busy Weekend For N.H. Mountain Rescues

Credit Brian Pocius via Flickr CC

 

It's been a busy weekend for rescue crews in New Hampshire's mountains.

Fish and Game Department conservation officers responded to three incidents on Saturday on Mount Washington and Mount Lafayette.

One involved a hiker who slipped and fell 10 feet and was injured, another involved a man suffering medical issues and the third involved a hiking party that became disoriented while descending down the Cog Railway.

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NH News
7:12 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Eastern Canadian Premiers And New England Governors Meet Amid Energy Protests

Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

New Hampshire is hosting the latest summit between the governors of the New England states and the Premiers of Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador. The conference takes place Monday at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, and follows a similar meeting held in Quebec last September

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Arts & Culture
6:52 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Inside The Retro World Of The Café Racer

From Walt Siegl's Leggero series
waltsiegl.com

When Walt Siegl was growing up in Austria, utilitarian motorcycles were a common fixture on the roads. These workaday machines moved passengers from town to town, sharing pavement with cars and bicycles.

Then, he’s 7 or 8 years old and a neighbor—a chimney sweep—rips through the village on something new.

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Environment
6:48 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Star Island Seeks To Go Solar, Serve As Energy Example

Star Island lies more than 6 miles off the coast of New Hampshire, very close to the border with maine
Sara Plourde NHPR

Star Island – a 43 acre spit of land in the isles of shoals, more than 6 miles off the New Hampshire coast – is installing enough solar panels to power roughly 30 homes and a battery array to back them up.

The island is home to a hotel and conference center run by a non-profit with close ties to the Unitarian Universalist Church. Its efforts to go solar are actually culmination of years of work that some think are a model for how the future of energy could look on the mainland.

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Newscast
12:32 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

Police Officer's Early Jail Release Puts Spotlight On Obscure Law

The case of a former New Hampshire police officer who served a fraction of a one-year jail sentence for a hit-and-run accident that injured two teens has placed a spotlight on an obscure law.

Veteran Manchester police officer Steve Coco was convicted of two felony counts of misconduct and sentenced in March to a year in jail.

Coco was out of jail after 72 days under a law that gives county jail superintendents the authority to release convicts after they serve 14 days.

North Country
1:59 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

The Secrets Of Neighbors & The Helicopter In The Barn

What my neighbors see.
Credit Sam Hurley

Today, Here & Now broadcast one of our favorite stories by Sean Hurley, in which he discovers more than he expected about his neighbors. 

They are everywhere. We are surrounded by them.  You are probably one yourself.  Of the range of people you can know in the world, the neighbor occupies a curious spot.  As Sean Hurley writes, here in New Hampshire we have our own special kind of neighbor...and sometimes, they have helicopters.

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Sports
1:29 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Disc Golf: No Collared Shirts Required

Joe Montore readies his drive on the 18th hole.
Austin Cowan NHPR

Nestled deep in the woods of Canterbury, NH is a special type of golf course. No golf carts, clubs or balls can be found here. Bright polos and pastel shorts are left at the country club as well. Here, at Top O’ The Hill, disc golf is the game of choice.

For those that have never heard of the sport, think golf...but with a disc. It's that simple. Be careful to use the word "disc," however, never "Frisbee." This, I’m told, is seen as a slur in the disc world.

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