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Elizabeth McKinstry, from left, Matt Cheselka, Jason Sorens, and Tim Condon, celebrate the selection of New Hampshire as the winner of a vote to bring 20,000 liberty-minded Americans to a "free state" after announcing the choice, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003, in New York.  Sorens, second from right, is president and founder of the Free State Party, whose members voted New Hampshire as the battleground for what the group calls the biggest experiment in democracy since the Revolutionary War.  McKinstry is from Ann Arbor, Mich., Cheselka is from southeastern Arizona, Sorens is from New Haven, Conn., and Condon is from Tampa, Fla.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

N.H. Senate Candidate Runs ‘Protest Campaign’

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Grafton — The Free State Project activist challenging state Sen. Jeanie Forrester in New Hampshire’s Sept. 9 Republican primary is running what he calls a “protest campaign” from his home in Florida. Although Tim Condon, R-Grafton, wants Forrester to rethink her voting record, by no means does he intend to replace her. “If I were elected, first of all, the …

Douglas’ Memoir Discusses Gay Marriage

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Montpelier — Former Gov. Jim Douglas says he was acting on conscience in 2009 when he vetoed a gay marriage law that had been passed by the state Legislature. In a frank new memoir being released Wednesday, the 63-year-old Douglas said that he had no objection to same-sex couples forming relationships and that …

U.S. Senate Hopefuls Differ On Wage Issue

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Concord — None of the top Republicans running for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire wants to increase the federal minimum wage, and one of them wants to get rid of it altogether. President Obama has made increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 a second-term political priority, and he signed an executive order in February requiring federal contractors to …

Vt.’s Single-Family Home Prices Drop

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Vermont is the only state in the nation that saw a drop in housing prices for single-family homes in the four quarters leading up to winter 2014, according to the federal Housing Price Index. The value of single-family homes dropped about 1.24 percent between the first quarter of …

Local & Regional Briefs for Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

2 Dead in Small Plane Crash In New Hampshire North Hampton, n.h. — A small plane attempting to take off from Hampton Airfield crashed into trees on Monday, killing the pilot and a passenger, emergency workers said. The Cessna 180 with two people aboard came down alongside the …

Unions to FairPoint: Come Back to Table

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Portland, Maine — Hundreds of union workers chanting slogans and waving signs used a Labor Day rally in Maine’s largest city to demand that FairPoint Communications return to the negotiating table. The workers gathered in Longfellow Square on …

Local & Regional Briefs for Monday, September 1, 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014

Marine Patrol Urges Caution After Crashes Laconia, n.h. — New Hampshire Marine Patrol officials have been busy responding to crashes this weekend, and they’re reminding boaters to be careful. Marine Patrol, State Police and local authorities all responded Saturday night when two boats collided on Lake Winnipesaukee in …

Maine Family Has Hike of a Lifetime chian Trail a rarity

Monday, September 1, 2014

Bowdoin College Grant East Township, Maine — A Maine family with two young children may make the record books with its 2,160-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail. David, Emily, Nathan and Maddy Kallin, who began their journey in Georgia at the end of March, are expected to complete …

Unions Claim FairPoint Not Playing Fair

Monday, September 1, 2014

Portland, Maine — FairPoint Communications workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont have known it had to come to an end. Terms of their Verizon contract had carried over when FairPoint purchased the company’s land-based telephone operations and had been mostly unchanged for 10 years. Workers knew FairPoint, …

Trial Set for Coal Ship Protesters

Monday, September 1, 2014

Boston — Two men who used an old lobster boat to block a coal shipment to New England’s largest coal-burning power plant say they plan to argue at trial that their actions were necessary because of the threat …

Vermont History Group Buys Home for Museum

Monday, September 1, 2014

St. Johnsbury, Vt. (ap) — A group working to build a museum and history center in St. Johnsbury has a home, and portions of the St. Johnsbury History and Heritage Center museum that will display local artifacts could be open by the end of the year, officials said. …

State of the Unions: For Twin State Workers, Good News and Reasons for Concern

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Josh Allen grew up in Bradford, Vt., and went to work for Bell Atlantic, the regional telephone company, as an installation and repair technician a few months after graduating from Oxbow High School in 1998. The reason was …

Solid Apple Crop Is Expected

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Montpelier — A cold winter and trees still weary from last season’s massive apple crop have Northern New England growers eyeing a decent but not spectacular harvest this year. Early season varieties — like Paula Red — are …