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NH News
11:33 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

In Somersworth, Friends, Not Jobs, Bring Millennials Home

"Paul [Goodwin's] 25 birthday - April 2013," writes DeSantis. "That's who we usually talk about when we refer to the Hill kids from our year. That's Pat [Jackman] up front left, then James Thompson in back, then Paul [Goodwin], then Emmett, Aaron [Wysocki], Me, and Leigh [Messier] is in front. At the time of that picture, only James wasn't living in Somo'" - Maddie DeSantis
Credit Maddie DeSantis

  When it comes to our state’s economic future, policymakers and business leaders bemoan New Hampshire’s aging population and the state’s failure to lure young people back to the state after college.  Usually, jobs are seen as the antidote. But in Somersworth, a youth renaissance is taking place thanks not to any employer – but to the strength of twelve millennials’ childhood bonds.

First, picture Somersworth. It’s got a couple pizza and sub shops, a pawn shop, a thrift store, and like in a lot of old New England mill towns, that’s about it.

NH News
10:57 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Sens. Ayotte, Shaheen: Defense Bill Includes Pease And Shipyard Funding

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in 2013
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New Hampshire Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen say the annual defense bill has provisions that authorize funding for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and the Pease Air National Guard Base.

The senators, both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, say the bill authorizes the procurement of two Virginia Class submarines and funding at the shipyard, based in Kittery, Maine.

Funding also is included for the KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling tanker program at Pease. The new tankers will replace the Air Force's current fleet of 1950s-era KC-135s.

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NH News
8:04 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Plea Deadline Coming For Woman Charged In Fatal Hampton Bike Crash

As Darriean Hess drove southbound over the Underwood bridge in Hampton, she veered over the median, striking four cyclists.
Credit Emily Corwin for NHPR

An unlicensed New Hampshire driver charged with driving into a group of bicyclists last year, killing two of them, is facing a Friday deadline to let a judge know if she will enter a guilty plea.

Related: Click here to see a photo gallery of the aftermath of the crash.

Police said 20-year-old Darriean Hess of Seabrook was speeding and under the influence of drugs when she ran into the bicyclists in Hampton. Hess was stopped for speeding in the same area hours earlier.

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NH News
9:11 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Judge: Public Can Use Private Land To Access Rye Beach

Rye Beach
Credit Chris Luczkow via Flickr CC

A judge has ruled that the public can use private land to get to Rye Beach because they've been doing so for more than 20 years.

The case was brought by 24-year Rye resident Robert Jesurum. The Sanders Poynt property and adjacent Wentworth by the Sea Country Club are owned by Bill Binnie.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that Superior Court Judge Marguerite Wageling said her ruling "may extend not only to beach access, but to parking and boat-launching rights." That will be determined later.

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Environment
8:40 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Officials Meet In Portsmouth To Discuss 2015 Shellfish Rules

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New Hampshire health, environment and wildlife officials are holding a public meeting on shellfish rules for 2015.

The information session set for Tuesday night in Portsmouth will be an opportunity for the public to hear about a dye tracking study that traced effluent flows from the Pierce Island wastewater treatment facility to Little Harbor and areas of Portsmouth Harbor out to Odiorne Point. Officials say that study indicates that shellfish harvesting in those areas need to be closed.

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Politics
10:54 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Seacoast Millennials Host Candidates Forum

Four N.H. Senate and two Executive Council candidates debated a range of issues in Portsmouth Monday night. The forum was hosted by a new nonprofit dedicated to engaging young adults in the democratic process, called The 603 Initiative.

Republican candidate for NH Senate District 21, Phil Nazzaro argued the state should reduce its taxes on business profits tax. But Longtime Democratic incumbent Martha Fuller Clark said NH needs that revenue:  

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NH News
4:19 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

'Flags of Convenience' Create Ebola Confusion Near N.H. Ports

This Japanese cargo ship bears a "flag of convenience" from Monrovia, Liberia
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Ships bearing West African flags do not pose health risks to Granite Staters, says Geno Marconi, Director of Ports and Harbors in New Hampshire.

Marconi says the Port of New Hampshire has received calls from citizens concerned about the transmission of the Ebola virus.

However, Marconi says, ships are often registered in Monrovia, Liberia, because of that country’s relaxed tax laws.

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Politics
2:03 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Why All Candidates Embrace The Shipyard, But The Shipyard Doesn't Embrace All The Candidates

Kevin Gross, a pipefitter at the Shipyard, says he trusts his union to endorse candidates with his interests in mind.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

There’s a painted blue line surrounding the entrance to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Over that blue line, political campaigning is not allowed, but just a few inches on this side of it – politics are in motion.

Over the last few months, Shipyard unions have endorsed at least five candidates, most of them Democrats. 

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Newscast
7:47 am
Mon October 13, 2014

State Pier Dedicated In Hampton

Gov. Maggie Hassan is helping dedicate the newly constructed Hampton State Pier.

The pier is the only public access, multi-use facility in Hampton Harbor. It supports the commercial fishing industry and charter fishing boats, and includes a public boat launch ramp.

The new pier was built after engineer divers who studied the pier in 2009 determined that it had severely deteriorated. A contract was awarded to Sea and Shore Contracting to replace the commercial wharf and floating docks, and Appledore Marine Engineering provided oversight and quality control services.

Seacoast News
8:00 am
Sat October 11, 2014

As Scooter Popularity Revs Up In Portsmouth, So Do Parking Concerns

Scooters parking on sidewalks has been the subject of growing complaints from Portsmouth business owners
Credit Beth LaMontagne Hall for NHPR

Walk along any street near downtown Portsmouth and you’ll likely hear the buzz of a moped motor. Recently, these small motorbikes have been whizzing along Portsmouth’s streets in greater numbers and packs of scooters can often be found parked along the sidewalks and in alleyways near the Portsmouth waterfront.

But this rise in moped ridership – and where they’ve been parking – has raised some concerns among business owners and city officials.

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NH News
5:35 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Rockingham County Designated 'High Drug Trafficking' Area

A coalition of federal and regional law enforcement officials have designated Rockingham County as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.  Rockingham County joins Hillsborough as a so-called “HIDTA” county.

While it may seem like an unwanted distinction, Jay Fallon, Director of the New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, says it will actually bring additional federal funds and coordination between federal, state and local organizations

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NH News
3:41 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Historians' Estates Leave 'Bumper Crop' Of Books For Athenaeum Book Sale

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  The Portsmouth Athenaeum’s annual book sale begins on Friday at the North Church Parish. “There’s a bumper crop this year,” says Tom Hardiman, the Athenaeum’s “keeper,” or Executive Director.

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NH News
8:46 am
Thu September 18, 2014

New Hampshire's Oyster Harvest Season Now Open

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New Hampshire may have a tiny seacoast but that doesn't stop people from hauling out oysters.

The state's Fish and Game department says oyster season is open from September through May. It's only open to Granite Staters and the shellfish can only be taken for personal consumption; no sales are allowed.

Oysters can be taken by hand or by using tongs but rakes are illegal.

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NH News
4:42 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Feds Smile On Piscataqua With Second $25M Bridge Grant In Four Years

Maine DOT's rendering of the replacement Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, as viewed from I-95.
Credit Maine Department of Transportation

  A $25 million federal grant will subsidize the replacement of the aging Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which connects Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine.

The states applied for the grant together, which was awarded Monday.

In particular, the grant will fund the railroad tracks that go over the bridge along the route 1 bypass. These tracks are used by the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard to remove nuclear waste.

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Newscast
7:28 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Initial Investigation Shows No Obvious Mechanical Failures In Hampton Plane Crash

Update 3:50 PM:

Federal investigators say an initial probe shows the small plane that crashed shortly after takeoff in New Hampshire had no obvious mechanical failures before it fell from the sky, killing two people.

Todd Gunther of the National Transportation Safety Board says witness accounts indicate the Cessna pitched up sharply after take-off on Monday at Hampton Airfield, rolled to the left then plummeted into trees.

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