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Descendants of a former slave and Revolutionary War veteran buried in a small cemetery in Plainfield will gather there this weekend, alongside descendants of a family who enslaved him. Together, they'll commemorate a new headstone for the man, Derrick Oxford. 

Affordable homes in the Upper Valley are getting harder and harder to come by. 

That was the headline from real estate experts at a meeting of local business and community leaders Friday morning in West Lebanon.

 

Former Claremont Police Officer Ian Kibbe appeared briefly in Sullivan County Superior Court in Newport Monday in connection with multiple charges relating to allegedly faking documents. 

 

State investigators say Kibbe lied in written reports to justify searching a property earlier this year. That charge has thrown into question much of his activity on the job, including a 2016 incident where he shot and killed 25-year-old Cody LaFont.

 

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An advisory council appointed by Governor Chris Sununu to look at race and diversity issues said they'll return to Claremont after an initial public meeting Thursday night.  

 The city was the site of an attack on a young biracial boy last year that made national headlines. Discussion at the meeting, part of series of listening sessions the council is performing around the state, focused to a large degree on that incident.

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Public health officials are urging use of bug repellent this season as cases of tick and mosquito-borne disease are on the rise.

The insects have been expanding their range across the U.S., including here in the Northeast, and a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a significant increase in reported infections.

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Dartmouth College says it's halfway to its $3 billion goal for a fundraising campaign.

Officials say 78,000 donors over the past four years have contributed gifts of $1.5 billion in the "Call to Lead" program.

Trustees Chairman Laurel Richie described it Friday as "doubling down on our distinctive vision for what the liberal arts can deliver in a modern education."

Dartmouth is now targeting women as it seeks to expand the influence of women's philanthropy. The college set a goal of 100 women making gifts of $1 million or more.

The Chief of Police in the Grafton County town of Enfield is stepping down following allegations that he assaulted one of his children.

State investigators say they have probable cause to bring assault charges against Richard Crate. But, investigators say, it would be difficult to achieve a guilty verdict in court because there’s state laws that protect a parent’s use of force for discipline.

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A former New Hampshire hospital chaplain alleges he lost his job at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center because his boss didn't like his accent and religious background.

In a lawsuit filed by the Rev. John Nwagbaraocha last week in U.S. District Court in Concord, he alleges the hospital and his direct supervisor, Frank Macht, discriminated against him based on his background, race, religion and age. The Valley News reports he was born in Nigeria and was ordained in 1980 as a Roman Catholic priest.

A former Claremont police officer has been arrested following a criminal investigation by the state Attorney General’s office.  

Ian Kibbe, a 30 year-old resident of Springfield, VT, faces a number of charges relating falsifying information on the job. Those include one count of conspiracy to commit perjury, one count of attempted perjury, two counts of unsworn falsification, and two counts of obstructing government administration. 

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An unusual musical spectacle will take place tonight in the Upper Valley. It’s a take on an iconic performance art piece from the 1970s.

In that first version, a woman - naked except for a garland of flowers around her neck - played a “cello” made completely of ice. Now, the piece is being re- imagined to reflect modern themes, and that’s required some modern engineering as well.

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U.S. Border Patrol agents detained two individuals in Woodsville, N.H., on Friday.

The Vermont-based advocacy non-profit Migrant Justice is working on behalf of one of the individuals, who was arrested the Woodsville Walmart and is being held in Strafford County jail in Dover, according to Abel Luna, an organizer with the group.  

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Dartmouth College is funding new research into the darker corners of its history. The move is part of broader inclusion goals set by the college several years ago.

The dominant narrative about the history of Dartmouth skips over the experience of many minority groups, said Morgan Swan, with Dartmouth’s special collections library.

That includes the role of slaves in building the original college campus, he said, and how Dartmouth strayed from its mission to educate Native American students.

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The University Press of New England, headquartered in Lebanon, is shutting down at the end of the year.

Dartmouth College is one of just two remaining member institutions in the nearly 50-year-old publishing consortium. As membership has dwindled, the operation has become unsustainable, said Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon in a statement published on the school’s website.

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New Hampshire wildlife officials have a new plan for a bear in Hanover that gave local and state officials the run-around last year.   

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Lebanon is pursuing several energy-related efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas footprint and lower power costs citywide.

One is what’s known as municipal, or community, aggregation. Under that model, city residents and businesses could opt-in to collectively purchase electricity.  That would enable them to buy wholesale power at relatively low rates.  

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The New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation is looking into options for increasing boat and trailer parking at Mount Sunapee State Park.

That’s the latest development in a decades-long effort to expand public boat access on Lake Sunapee.

For nearly thirty years, the Fish and Game Department was working to build a new launch at what’s known as the Wild Goose Site on the lake’s southwestern shore. But that plan was controversial, and Governor Chris Sununu called an end to it last summer.

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In an effort to cut down on infrastructure costs and reduce energy bills for consumers, Liberty Utilities is looking to install batteries in hundreds of homes in the Upper Valley this fall.

The effort is a pilot program involving 300 customers in the Lebanon area, spokesperson John Shore said. Ultimately, the company plans to expand to about 1,000 homes 

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After the Parkland shooting last month, Hanover High School junior Dakota Hanchett heard someone at The New York Times had reached out to a teacher at school, asking if they knew any students that used firearms regularly.

Of all the schools in the area, Hanover High was an odd choice for this request, Dakota knew. It’s in an Ivy League college town, one of the most liberal communities in New England. 

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State investigators are looking into the conduct of two Claremont Police Officers, Ian Kibbe and Mark Burch. 

The Attorney General’s office says the city's police chief, Mark Chase, turned over information earlier this month.

The officers allegedly falsified documents relating to a search they performed in February.

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A plan to provide housing and support services for teen mothers in Claremont will go in front of the city’s planning board Monday.

Cathy Pellerin, with the non-profit Claremont Learning Partnership, has been working with six young women who she says are in need of a safe place to stay.

“Out of the six, four are currently couch-surfing with infants, and two are in very unsafe, unstable environments,” she said.

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As part of our continuing series, The Balance, about the costs and benefits of living in New Hampshire, a lot of listeners have been writing in about how expensive it can be to buy a house here. It turns out lots of places in the state are also dealing with a housing shortage.

One place where that’s particular hard felt is the Upper Valley. NHPR’s Britta Greene caught up with Brendon Hoch, a listener based in Plymouth.  

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Hanover Police Chief Charles B. Dennis announced the arrest of a 14-year-old Canadian girl in connection with a threat posted on Instagram about a shooting at Hanover High School.

Hanover police coordinated with authorities in Brantford, Ontario - south of Toronto - after the location of the social media threat was determined to be in their jurisdiction, police said.

The threats came from an Instagram account titled "hanoverhighschooting."

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Voters in Newport approved a major solar deal Tuesday.

The project will go up for one final vote in May, but town officials are hoping to begin construction this summer.

Under the plan, solar arrays would power all the town’s municipal and school buildings, making them net zero.  

It’s a collaboration between Newport and Norwich solar technologies.  The company will cover construction and maintenance costs in exchange for the ability to benefit from federal tax credits.

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There will be no charges against a New Hampshire state trooper who shot and killed a 26-year-old man in Canaan in December.

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald announced Wednesday that Trooper Christopher O’Toole’s use of deadly force was legally justified. (The AG's full report is embedded at the end of this story.)

That’s because, according to O’Toole, Jesse J. Champney repeatedly said he had a gun and threatened to shoot. O’Toole was pursuing Champney on foot across a dark, snowy field after a car chase on Dec. 23.

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State officials are working on a deal to secure funding for drug recovery services in Sullivan County. That’s after the major provider in the region, Hope for New Hampshire Recovery, announced it was rolling back its offerings last month.

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Several hundred students walked out of classes at Hanover High School Friday afternoon in recognition of shooting victims in Parkland, Florida last month.

Chanting “we want change” and “never again,” they marched to the local post office, where they sent off more than a thousand letters to state and federal officials. 

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There are the mysteries you know about, and then there are the ones lurking in your midst. For the staff at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, it was a bit of both.

The site, run by the National Park Service, is the estate of Gilded Age sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Saint-Gaudens is behind many iconic monuments still standing today, most famously of Civil War heroes in Chicago and Boston. 


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Craig Perry stopped by the Claremont office of Hope for New Hampshire Recovery on Thursday afternoon. He struggled with addiction for a good chunk of his 20s, but now, at 30 years old, he’s been clean for about a year and a half.

His drug problems started when he took his first job after college, he said. He’d get high on lunch breaks.  “I didn’t know it’d affect me like that,” he said. “More and more, and then I had to go to heavier stuff.”

He’s been coming to the center here for about five months. He has a close relationship with its manager, who's been a bedrock counselor in his recovery.

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A collection of children’s books in indigenous languages are on display this week in Hanover. The exhibit is scheduled to correspond with International Mother Language Day, a United Nations effort to recognize languages that are under threat.

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Jessica Saturley-Hall knew she wanted to start her own business, and she got hooked on the concept of compost. She knew that food scraps produce significantly more methane, a greenhouse gas, when tossed in a landfill, rather than breaking down on their own. So she wondered, what if you could reward people for separating their food waste from their trash.

At first, she thought about somehow paying people for their compost. She did a host of financial models, looked at it every which way, but couldn’t come up with a solution.

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