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via Portsmouthwastewater.com

The Environmental Protection Agency has asked a federal judge to approve a deal reached with the city of Portsmouth about an $83.4 million plan to upgrade the existing Peirce Island wastewater treatment plant.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that the agreement, called the second consent decree, lays out the timetable for building the new plant. It has to be entered by the court before it can go into effect.

Via peasegreeters.org

A collective of retired veterans and local residents known as the "Pease Greeters" have welcomed their 1,000th flight to the Portsmouth International Airport at Pease.

The Portsmouth Herald reports the greeters were formed to help active military members feel appreciated before they head overseas or prepare to return home from the New Hampshire airport.

The group traces its lineage to 2005, when a plane carrying about 135 service members landed at Pease to refuel. The greeters have evolved since a handful of people brought out coffee and doughnuts to that initial flight.

John K via Flickr CC

Residents concerned about PFOA contamination in Merrimack’s public water supplies demanded more accountability from commissioners at a meeting held on Monday.

Unlike many other towns in New Hampshire, Merrimack’s public water is overseen by an independent board of commissioners and is not coordinated with town government.

Police in New Hampshire and Maine are searching for a 19-year-old man who disappeared during a camping trip.

New Hampshire State Police responded to a remote campsite on Lake Umbagog (in Cambridge. Lane Lesko, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, was part of camping/canoeing trip organized by a group called Summit Achievement.

Officers said Sunday Lane was last seen over the weekend in Magalloway Plantation in Maine near the Rapid River. They said a missing green canoe was found overturned a short distance away.

They have green backs, pink bellies and are only about 2 inches in diameter. The invasive green crab has been destroying clam and scallop populations from South Carolina to Maine, since they were introduced here two centuries ago.

North Country Events

Jun 16, 2016

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The Department of Health and Human Services will now pay for blood tests for some residents exposed to chemicals like PFOA and PFOS.

The department paid for the blood tests after workers and parents demanded them following exposure on the Pease Air Force Base two years ago. But DHHS had resisted paying for blood tests in Southern New Hampshire where similar chemicals turned up. That changed today, DHHS spokesman Jake Leon says.

Emily Corwin for NHPR

In Nashua on Wednesday, Republican Ted Gatsas announced his plan to fight opiate addiction across the state. In front of city hall, Gatsas told a small gathering of reporters the heroin crisis needs leadership, saying, "My first act as Governor would be to declare this fentanyl heroin epidemic is a public health emergency." 

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With its 'lily-white' reputation, the Granite State doesn't often highlight the role that people of color have played throughout its history. A new documentary aims to reveal those hidden stories though, and their importance to the state's history. 


North Country Events

Jun 9, 2016

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Emily Corwin

  A new kind of water contamination has shown up all over the US, including New England. This time it’s not lead, like in the Flint, Michigan water system, but instead it's a chemical used to manufacture Teflon pans, firefighting foam, even microwave popcorn bags. It's forced some communities to hand out bottled water and shut down their water systems.

Two adults and two juveniles died in a four-alarm fire in Manchester early Monday morning. The fire broke out in the back of an apartment building on Wilson Street. Twenty-five people are believed to live in the building.

At five in the morning, residents from a similar apartment building next door were evacuated.

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Jun 2, 2016

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Via Port City Moped

Portsmouth's parking and transportation engineer has recommended that the Parking and Traffic Safety Committee approve an ordinance forcing moped drivers to pay for parking on city sidewalks.

The Portsmouth Herald reports Eric Eby has proposed that drivers of mopeds and "similarly sized motorcycles" be required to display a sticker stating that they comply with the state's legal description of a moped.

Eby says the sticker would be purchased from the Parking Clerk's office for a nominal fee.

Six police departments in New Hampshire and Maine plan to open their police stations to drug addicts seeking treatment.

Under the Community Access to Recovery program, those suffering from drug addiction may come to the police departments and be referred to treatment.

Police departments in Portsmouth, Dover and Newmarket, New Hampshire, and Eliot, York and Kittery, Maine, are participating.

They plan to announce the program on Wednesday.

Ian Sane / flickr, creative commons

  The federal government does not regulate PFOA and PFOS -- the contaminants found in drinking water in Southern New Hampshire and on the former Pease Air Force Base. But as of today, they are regulated in New Hampshire.

That’s because the state’s environmental regulator has filed an emergency rule giving the state new authority over contaminated water.  

A Revealing Walk Across New Hampshire's Seacoast

May 28, 2016
the otter via Flickr Creative Commons

  This Memorial Day weekend the state expects some 600,000 people to come to New Hampshire. Many of them will be on the Seacoast, though probably not many of them will do what poet and author Julia Shipley did - walking the 13 mile stretch along New Hampshire's coast. 

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May 25, 2016

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Residents with private wells near the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics plant in Merrimack filed two class action cases Wednesday against the company. Saint-Gobain is the likely source of water contamination in the area, according to state officials. 

Emily Corwin / NHPR

Last week was a big news week for residents dealing with water contamination issues in New Hampshire and across the country. 

Emily Corwin / NHPR

The EPA has announced a lifetime health advisory level for two chemicals that have contaminated water in Southern New Hampshire and at the former Pease Air Force Base.

A bill that would allow landowners to sue for treble damages and legal fees for damage caused by off-road vehicles or dumping is heading to Governor Hassan’s desk.

The New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association asked for the legislation, saying  illegal dumping or damage from off-highway vehicles has become a serious problem, says executive director Jasen Stock.

“The way the laws are written much of the duty for cleanup and restoration point to an agency of one type or another," he said.

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May 19, 2016

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 A coalition in the Monadnock Region is pushing for more local businesses to pay workers at least $15 an hour.

A search for a Canadian man reported missing Thursday by his mother has been suspended after a man said he saw  Francois Carrier carrying a duffel bag as he walked along Route 2 in Gorham Tuesday, Lt. Wayne Saunders said.

"A conservation officer met with the witness and interviewed him and had him confirm through the use of a photo that the man he saw matched the description of Carrier.  The witness was confident that the man he saw was Carrier,” Saunders said.

Saunders said the area has been thoroughly covered and searchers “didn’t know where to search next.”

Two of the four schools statewide being honored by a private group for excellence in education are in Coos County.

The schools are the Lancaster Elementary, which covers grades K-8, and the White Mountain Regional High School in Whitefield.

They were selected by the nonprofit New Hampshire Excellence In Education, which is not affiliated with the New Hampshire Department of Education.

The man who appears on video being punched by law enforcement officers following a high speed car chase has been taken to Elliot Hospital. 

Richard Simone’s public defender requested a bail hearing on Friday after finding his client had not been transported to a hospital the day before. 

Attorney Tony Sculimbrene says it was expected he would be taken to a hospital following a court appearance on Thursday.

“The result of the bail hearing was that a transport order was issued to have him taken to a hospital,” Sculimbrene says.

Both a New Hampshire state trooper and a Massachusetts state trooper have been relieved of their duties after allegedly punching a driver following a multi-state car chase Wednesday. The story has gotten national attention after media outlets released a video of the incident.  

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A malfunction during a lift opening on the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge in Portsmouth was to blame for a 2-hour closure of the bridge that passes over the Piscataqua River into Maine.

State Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton tells The Portsmouth Herald that a span lock on the bridge malfunctioned Wednesday during a 5 p.m. lift opening. Travelers along the U.S. Route 1 Bypass encountered bridge gates that remained closed and a traffic light that refused to turn green.

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May 12, 2016

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