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A car travels along the highway as snow falls , Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 in Concord, N.H. The season's first major snowstorm is promising up to a foot of snow in some places, slowing holiday travel. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Snowstorm Upends Thanksgiving

Friday, November 28, 2014

Concord — The first major snowstorm of the season left more than 300,000 customers in northern New England without power, forcing many to make last-minute changes to their Thanksgiving plans. The heavy snowfall set accumulation records across the region, snapped tree branches that fell onto power lines and caused cars to skid into utility poles. Utilities said it could take …

Vermont Technical College Announces Layoffs

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Randolph — Faculty members at Vermont Technical College in Randolph learned Thursday that some of them, including tenured professors, may receive pink slips after Thanksgiving. At a regular monthly meeting with faculty on Nov. 20, VTC president Dan Smith announced potential layoffs in the 2015-2016 academic year in several programs: English, humanities, social science, rlectrical engineering, civil engineering, architectural engineering, landscape design and …

Ski Areas Welcome Snowstorm

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Montpelier — Ski areas across northern New England were giddy Wednesday at the prospect of a major Thanksgiving snowstorm that is bringing early season skiers to the slopes and offering a promising start to the winter season. Cold weather last weekend enabled the Mount Snow ski area in southern Vermont to make snow and open with some of the best early skiing the …

Hassan: Budget Cuts ‘Key’

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Concord — State agencies are cutting a combined $18.3 million from their current budgets to meet the spending reductions Gov. Maggie Hassan says are necessary to keep New Hampshire in the black. “These cuts — as you know …

Wild Turkeys Become More Elusive With Winter Weather

Monday, November 24, 2014

By late October, with the summer birds long gone, I find myself growing ever more appreciative of the birds that stick around, including wild turkeys. With their leathery necks and odd gaits, they are reliably entertaining and interesting …

Marijuana Advocates Focus on Maine

Monday, November 24, 2014

South Portland, Maine — Marijuana advocates want to finally take their legalization drive — thus far the province of western states — to the Northeast, and they say the first state to do it here might be Maine. …

Plan for Northeast Kingdom Finalized

Monday, November 24, 2014

Montpelier — New management plans for a vast section of Vermont’s remote Northeast Kingdom — an area that was the focus of a protracted and bitter dispute after a timber company put 132,000 acres of land up for sale in 1998 — includes management strategies for returning wildlife …

UNH Promoting Healthier Choices Meals

Monday, November 24, 2014

Durham, n.h. — The University of New Hampshire is going to start offering more fruits and vegetables and lower-calorie desserts at its dining areas. The changes are coming as a result of UNH signing on to the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Healthier Campus Initiative, a three-year commitment …

Colleges Plan Courses on Wealth Gap

Monday, November 24, 2014

Concord — Many students at Keene State College and Mount Wachusett Community College already know something about the widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else. Now, the schools are working together to get them to do something about it. Keene State, a four-year liberal arts college …

Local & Regional Briefs for Monday, Nov. 24, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

Coast Guard Aids Fishing Vessel Off Maine Coast Portland, Maine — Coast Guard crews by air and sea and a good Samaritan came to the rescue of a flooded fishing vessel off the Maine coast. The Coast Guard’s Northern New England Command Center in Portland, Maine, received a …

Locavore Movement Tries Deer Hunting

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Montpelier — A decades-long national decline in the number of hunters has prompted states to tap into a new group of hunters — people who demand locally produced food, but don’t know the first thing about bagging a …

Case of Keene Parking Meter ‘Robin Hoods’ Before Top Court

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Keene, N.H. — The self-styled “Robin Hooders” race to the rescue of the parking peasantry, pumping quarters into their expired meters and leaving behind cards informing them they have been saved from “the king’s tariff.” Nobody, not even …

Former Nobel Prize Group Winner Dies

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Providence, R.I. — David Greer, a doctor who co-founded a group that won the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize for working to prevent nuclear war and who helped transform the medical school at Brown University, has died. He was …