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5:33 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Ski Areas Capitalize On Cold Weather, Get A Jump On Season

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Cold temperatures this November have been a boon to the snowmaking efforts at New Hampshire ski areas. A number of resorts are opening a week earlier than expected.

“You know when the temperatures are cold like this like in the teens and low twenties, and it’s dry, they can cover a lot, it’s amazing what they can do,” says Jessica Keeler with Ski New Hampshire.

She notes Cranmore and Pat’s Peak are opening a week ahead of schedule. Waterville valley also opened this weekend, as scheduled, and both Loon and Bretton Woods opened a week ago.

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8:46 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Proposed In Epping

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A medical marijuana dispensary has been proposed in Epping, New Hampshire, after the state passed a law allowing seriously ill residents to use marijuana to treat their illnesses.

The Portsmouth Herald reports the plan will be presented to selectmen on Monday night at Epping Town Hall.

The program is being administered through the Department of Health and Human Services, which plans to license up to four facilities in the state.

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1:07 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Capital Corridor Rail Study: Rail To Manchester a Good Deal, Concord Only So-So

MBTA Commuter Rail in Ashland, MA
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According to the latest study of the so-called Capital Rail Corridor released last night by the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority running commuter rail from Manchester to Boston would cost $246 million dollars, and attract at least 650,000 riders per year.

Many in a standing-room-only audience in Nashua were ready to forge ahead with expanding train service, but the study will likely face a chillier reception in other parts of the state.

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5:11 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Rules Set for New Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

  A legislative committee has signed off on rules to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries. But the vote hinged on new legislation to fix a possible tax issue.

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8:28 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Fish And Game Reports Bear, Deer Hunting Numbers

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The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says bear hunters are having a more successful season than last year, while the deer harvest is down slightly.

Bear season has ended in most of the state, though it remains open in some areas until Nov. 25. Fish and Game officials say as of Nov. 6, a total of 703 bears had been killed, or about 30 percent more than the same period last year.

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5:15 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

No-Go For Homeless Day Center In Exeter Neighborhood

Seacoast Family Promise's logo
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The nonprofit Seacoast Family Promise had  hoped to provide training, medical and social services at a new day center in an Exeter neighborhood. But after two months of back and forth, the town’s Zoning Board of Adjustment voted the proposal down Tuesday night.

Although the nonprofit says all guests would have passed criminal background and illegal drug tests,  neighbors continued to worry the center would reduce property values and impact neighborhood safety. 

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2:41 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

No Breakthrough In Meeting Between FairPoint, Striking Workers

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The first meeting of FairPoint and unions representing workers in northern New England since late August has failed to produce a breakthrough.

Both the company and unions representing more than 1,700 striking workers blamed each other for failing to offer a compromise.

The chairman of the unions' bargaining committee said FairPoint seems intent on running the company into the ground by failing to compromise. Likewise, the company accused the unions of making no proposals "and for that reason the impasse continues."

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4:30 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Fitch Lowers Manchester's Bond Credit Rating

City Hall in Manchester
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One of the big three credit rating agencies has downgraded Manchester’s overall bond rating.

Fitch Ratings has lowered Manchester’s rating from AA+ to AA. The agency cites the city’s tax cap, rising pension costs and its deficit that caused the city to raise taxes beyond its cap.

Manchester owes $122 million in general bonds and about $59 million in school facilities revenue bonds. The school bond rating also dipped from AA to AA-. But Fitch kept its rating outlook at ‘stable.’

Last year, ratings agency Moody’s similarly downgraded Manchester’s credit rating.

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8:20 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Utilities Offer Workshops In Advance Of Electric Rate Hikes

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Four utilities in New Hampshire are offering programs to help their customers save money by lowering energy costs as electric rates are expected to soar this winter.

Liberty Utilities says it will have a 50-percent hike while Unitil says its rates will rise 44 percent. New Hampshire Electric Cooperative says its customers will see a 29 percent increase. Public Service of New Hampshire says its rates will remain stable.

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11:16 am
Sun November 16, 2014

N.H. AG: Fred Fuller Deal Pending, But Consumers Should File Claims To Protect Their Interests

Basement oil tank
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It looks like there’s a solution in sight in the saga of Fred Fuller Oil and Propane.

The Hudson-based company filed for bankruptcy a week ago. Now, the state says there’s a buyer - Rymes Propane & Oil – and that the buyer will honor customers’ pre-buy oil contracts.

I spoke with New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster about this tentative agreement.

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9:59 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Bankruptcy Judge: Fred Fuller Can Use Cash To Fulfill Oil Contracts

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A federal bankruptcy judge is allowing a New Hampshire home heating oil company seeking bankruptcy protection to use cash it collects on its accounts.

Fuller Oil and Propane has assured customers it can provide oil to customers who paid in advance. It asked a judge for permission to use cash receipts from its sales.

A U.S. Bankruptcy judge on Friday granted the request, saying it was a "short-term shot" and could possibly allow the company time to find a buyer.

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5:40 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Portsmouth's Iconic Scrap Piles Are Gone For Good

Grimmel Industries' scrap pile on Market Street in Portsmouth.
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The last of the scrap metal has been loaded onto a cargo ship and is headed out of Portsmouth this weekend. The scrap company Grimmel Industries had operated on the port for about 10 years. 

The Pease Development Authority voted earlier this year not to renew the scrap company’s lease after years of pressure from  the scrap yard's neighbors and environmental advocates.

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3:14 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Community Colleges Request Budget Increase To Lower Tuition

New Hampshire's community colleges want $6.4 million in new money in the next budget to lower tuition by $10 per credit hour.

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10:55 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Forum Aims To Ease Concerns As N.H. Doctor Returns From Ebola-Stricken Country

State health officials hope a forum next week will help ease concerns of residents worried about a local doctor's return from working in an Ebola-stricken country in West Africa.

The panel discussion Monday evening at Kearsarge Regional High School will include state Public Health Director Jose Montero. Residents will also have a chance to ask questions about the disease.

Dr. Elizabeth Talbot, a Dartmouth professor who lives in New London, has been working in Liberia, training doctors treating Ebola patients.

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10:21 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Keene Residents Discuss Riots, Weigh Future Of Pumpkin Festival

Keene resident Jessica White, who started the Facebook Page "Keene Pumpkin Festival Move it or Lose it" and moderated Thursday night's forum
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For many Keene residents, the wounds are still fresh.

"This is an emotional issue," said Jessica White, who started the Facebook Page "Keene Pumpkin Festival Move it or Lose it" and moderated a forum Thursday night focused on the events of that weekend. "We were hurt. We were embarrassed. Embarrassed is a big one."

On Oct. 18 and 19, more than 2,000 college-aged adults overwhelmed police, started street fires, threw full liquor bottles at emergency officials tending to the injured, toppled light poles and tipped cars for more than eight hours.

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