After a long winter and several false starts, it looks like New Hampshire might finally be heading into spring.
Mild temperatures on Sunday brought many Granite Staters outside to enjoy the weather. Concord resident Annie Morgan brought her eight-year old son to a city park. And she was confident that this time, spring was here to stay.
“Well I’m determined! It’s not going anywhere," she said with a chuckle. "No, we’re not getting any more snow, and it’s going to be beautiful!”
The long, cold winter has delayed spring planting in the Granite State. That complicates matters for nurseries and lawn and garden businesses. Charlie Cole is general manager of Cole Gardens in Concord. He sees the late spring as a mixed bag for his business—although he’s optimistic.
“We’re really excited, because the pent-up need to be out in the garden is just building, and it’s still building. And once our customer base are able to get in the garden and plant, we think it’s going to be a great spring,” Cole says.
For a 31-year period in the 19th century, glass making was the heart of the economy in the small town of Stoddard.
Factories there made everything from whiskey flasks to ink wells and at their peak, each produced a million bottles a year.
Pieces of Stoddard Glass have since become highly collectible and highly valuable antiques.
As part of our ongoing series, NHPR’s Michael Brindley visits Stoddard and talks with historian Alan Rumrill about glassmaking in the town and how much the rarest of the Stoddard glass pieces are worth today.
Former Supreme Court Chief Justice and current UNH Law School Dean, John Broderick told lawmakers that NH is better than countries like Iran, Iraq, North Korea, where the death penalty is used.
Broderick said anyone who's spent time in a prison knows it's a hopeless and demeaning place, and asked lawmakers to consider what it would be like to by laying on a gurney, a lethal injection headed your way, knowing you were innocent.
LaCapra estimates that compared to a $500 million "book value" Merrimack station would sell for somewhere around $10 million, or 2% of it's value. Schiller Station could see a similar mark down, at 6.5% of it's value.
An independent assessment commissioned by electrical regulators has released a preliminary report that finds some of Public Service of New Hampshire’s fossil-fired plants hold little market value. The report agrees with what staff at the Public Utilities Commission said last year.
About 35 students staged a sit-in in Dartmouth President Philip Hanlon’s office Tuesday. They have been pressuring the College to increase enrollment of black, Latino and Native American students to at least 10 percent each, and to hire more faculty from minority groups. The 70 monetary demands outlined in their “Freedom Budget” also include sweeping changes in the curriculum, financial aid, and residential life programs.
The French manufacturing company Safran and their American collaborator, Albany International, held an inauguration ceremony for their new manufacturing plant in Rochester on Monday. Nearly the entire New Hampshire delegation – as well as the French Ambassador to the United States -- showed up for the event.
At the new plant in Rochester, workers will build carbon-fiber airplane parts – like super-lightweight blades for the next generation of jet engines.