The Seacoast Region

At 18 miles long, New Hampshire has the shortest shoreline in America.  But for centuries, this small strip of land has been the heart of the state’s Seacoast region.

The Seacoast is home to New Hampshire’s commercial fishing industry, and has been since the establishment of the first fishing colony in 1623.  But in recent decades, the area’s fishermen have struggled to maintain their foothold in the sector.  In Portsmouth, the Seacoast’s main city, the US Census Bureau found only 0.2 percent of residents work in the “Farming, fishing and forestry occupations” category.

Today, a significant portion of the Seacoast’s economy is tourism–based.  Portsmouth’s historic buildings and the draw of Hampton Beach, among other attractions, have allowed a number of small business owners to make their livings catering to visitors.

In addition to tourism, the Seacoast is home to a thriving professional sector.  A number of people are employed in the financial services and high-tech sectors. Compared to New Hampshire as a whole, the Census Bureau reports Portsmouth has a higher percentage of people working in management and professional roles.  Statewide, 37.5 percent of workers have these higher-dollar jobs, compared to 46.3 percent of Portsmouth residents.

Home values in Portsmouth also skew high.  There, 53.7 percent of owner-occupied homes are valued from $300 thousand to $999,999, while statewide, that accounts for only 35.2 percent of homes.  The portion of Portsmouth homes valued at $1 million or more is also double the figure for all of New Hampshire.

Despite this comparative prosperity, the Seacoast struggles in some areas.  Most notably, there are a number of environmental issues surrounding declining water quality in the area’s vital Great Bay Estuary.  These problems could prove costly to fix in the short-term, and have the potential to harm the Seacoast’s economy in the long-term.

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NH News
12:59 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Extreme Cold, Harsh Weather Take Toll On Memorial Bridge Lift

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Crews are inspecting the Memorial Bridge today after it had to be closed for a little more than an hour last night.

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NH News
3:34 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

NH Man Who Killed Parents Earns Conditional Parole

A 31-year-old New Hampshire man who has spent more than half his life in prison for killing his parents when he was 14 can be freed if he completes counseling and learns the skills he'll need to return to society.

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NH News
7:40 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Seabrook Owners, Union Reach Deal To Avert Lockout

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The owners of the Seabrook Station nuclear power plant and the union representing 226 workers there have reached a contract agreement to avert a lockout.

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NH News
2:16 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Portsmouth Police Arrest Ninth Suspect In Alleged Heroin Ring

Portsmouth police say they've made a ninth arrest in connection with a months-long heroin ring investigation.  The ninth suspect--21-year old Chelsea Glover of Milton--was arrested Friday night on charges of selling heroin. She was being held on $5,000 bail.   Seven other people have been charged with felony-level drug offenses. One was charged with misdemeanor trespassing.

NH News
2:10 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Barge Sinks Off Portsmouth Harbor

The Coast Guard says salvage operations are continuing following the sinking of a barge off Portsmouth Harbor.  Officials say on one was hurt when the 40-foot work barge equipped with a crane began taking on water Saturday east of the harbor. The only person board, the barge operator, was able to escape.   It was unclear why the barge began taking on water.   The Coast Guard said Sunday that divers confirmed that all fuel tanks were intact.        

Foodstuffs
5:34 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

What Portsmouth's Chefs Learned From The Man Who Made It A Food Hotspot

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Portsmouth has long been considered one of the state’s food hotspots, and with Restaurant Week Portsmouth getting underway, we thought it was a good time to check in on Portsmouth’s food scene - a scene that got a huge boost in the 1970's from a chef called James Haller, who founded the Blue Strawbery restaurant.

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NH News
8:25 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

OSHA Fines Hampton Textile Firm For Safety Violations

The Hampton textile  firm Foss Manufacturing Company is facing $115,000 in fines, according to the state’s Department of Labor.

That’s after a federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation discovered 21 safety hazards, following an employee complaint. 

Investigators found a substantive probability of injury or death from electrocution, burns, and amputation injuries, as well as confinement in oxygen-deficient spaces.

NH News
12:01 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Dean of UNH Business School Announces Congressional Run

Republican Dan Innis, dean of the University of New Hampshire's business school, is running for Congress in the state's First District.

Innis, who also owns a Portsmouth inn with his husband, announced his campaign via an online video Wednesday. Though he's never run for office, he tells The Associated Press that the national situation is so dire with the growing deficit, national debt and Washington gridlock, that he's determined to do something about it. He says too many members of Congress let Washington change them instead of the reverse.

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8:31 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Hampton Murder Suspect Has Criminal History

A 70-year-old New Hampshire man accused of killing his roommate in Hampton has several previous criminal convictions.

Peter Bartoloni is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 56-year-old Robert Roderick last week. Prosecutors say the two men had been roommates briefly before Bartoloni used a sledgehammer to kill Roderick.

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NH News
7:42 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Furloughed Shipyard Workers To Return To Work

Many of the furloughed Portsmouth Naval Shipyard workers soon will be back on the job.

A shipyard spokesman told the Portsmouth Herald that workers who are part of the Naval Sea System Command, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command and base support are heading back to work Monday morning. Other workers are being told to contact their supervisors to see if they'll be working.

Environment
12:30 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

As Seacoast Development Booms, Water Quality Could Bust

While development trends vary slightly from town to town, in general development is on the rise, and in many communities speeding up
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Meanwhile, many of the stresses that threaten water quality – more waste-water, increased runoff from pavement, and fewer forests to naturally filter water – increase hand-in-hand with development. Those in the conservation community say the cheapest route is to keep water clean by putting land into conservation, instead of trying to clean it up after it’s already a mess. No-where is the tension between environmental quality and more acute, than on the seacoast, in the communities of the Great Bay.

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4:16 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Third Person Charged In Deadly Hampton Bike Crash

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A third person has been charged in connection with a crash into a group of cyclists in New Hampshire over the weekend that killed two women from Massachusetts.

Nineteen-year-old Scott Martin of Seabrook is facing a charge of allowing 19-year-old Darriean Hess to drive his car without a license.

Hess, ordered held on $50,000 bail, was arraigned Wednesday via video from jail. She's charged with negligent homicide.

Forty-eight-year-old Cindy Sheppard of Hampton is charged with selling a painkiller to Hess and allowing her to drive without a license.

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NH News
10:00 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Slideshow: In The Wake Of The Crash On 1A

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

Three days after the tragic collision that killed two cyclists participating in the Granite State Wheelmen's Tri-state Seacoast Century, NHPR's Emily Corwin went back to the scene of the accident.  

There were no flowers left in memorial, just a train of debris, marked with orange police-paint, on the southbound shoulder.

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