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An early map of the New England highway system, published in Sargent's Handbook of New England in 1916, shows the first layout of Route 12.

Summer Journey: New England’s Lost Highway

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Nothing buzzes like a summer road trip; windows down, ideally a sunroof open and a scenic two-lane road along the shore or through the woods. New England is full of beautiful highways, to say nothing of the back roads. Route 100 through the Green Mountains, the Kancamagus Highway through the White Mountains, U.S. Route 7 through the Berkshires, Route 133 on the North Shore of Massachusetts, any road in the Northeast Kingdom. I could go right now. Who’s with me? As beautiful as those drives through postcard New England are, there’s another road, a sort of lost highway that should be nearer and dearer to …

Hassan Vetoes Concealed Carry Bill

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Concord — Gov. Maggie Hassan stood firm Monday against Republican-led efforts to roll back the state law regulating who can carry hidden guns. In her veto message, Hassan said a bill to remove the licensing requirement for carrying concealed firearms would undo the state’s “common sense” gun laws. “New Hampshire’s current concealed carry permitting law has worked well for nearly a century — …

Woman Dies at Vermont Gorge

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Richmond, Vt. — The state’s beautiful but often deadly Huntington Gorge has taken another life. Police said 22-year-old Elanie Santor was walking with two companions on Sunday when she lost her footing and fell into the rushing, rain-swollen Huntington River, The Burlington Free Press reported. Rescue divers pulled her body from the water …

Construction on R.I. Nightclub Fire Memorial to Begin

Sunday, July 5, 2015

West Warwick, R.I. — The first phase of construction for a scaled-down memorial at the site of a nightclub fire that killed 100 people is set to begin, and the head of the nonprofit group that has worked …

Dangerous Men, Inside Help and a Bold Escape From Prison

Sunday, July 5, 2015

New York — It was dawn in the cellblocks of Dannemora, time for a round of bed checks on the convicted killers, rapists and other criminals held behind stark 19th-century walls. Guards went along the lattice of light-green …

Welch Tries to Save Funding for Vt. Roads

Sunday, July 5, 2015

State officials may be facing a construction work stoppage this fall if federal funds that pay for most of Vermont’s transportation projects continue to dry up — which they will do if Congress fails to act by the end of the month. While most members of Congress enjoyed …

Beating Back Invasive Plants

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Yarmouth, Maine — Maine is turning to crowdsourcing to chronicle the invasive plants that plague some of its natural areas. The state is gathering the data through its iMapInvasive website, which launched a year ago. The online tool …

Researchers: Vt. Bat Population Shows Increase Despite Disease

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Dorset, Vt. — Vermont’s little brown bat population could be stabilizing or even growing despite being devastated by disease, researchers said. Scott Darling, a wildlife biologist with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, told the Rutland Herald the state has been monitoring Aeolus Cave in southwestern Vermont for …

N.H. Officers’ Names Given To Lawyers

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Concord — The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office has released to defense attorneys the names of nearly 150 police officers whose certifications to perform breath tests in suspected drunken driving cases may be in question. Deputy Attorney General …

Hassan: Revisit State Budget

Friday, July 3, 2015

White River Junction — New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan is encouraging legislative leaders to return to the table to consider a compromise on the state’s budget for the 2016-2017 biennium. Hassan vetoed the $11.3 billion budget approved by the Republican-led Legislature last week. A particular sticking point has …

Larger Veterans Center Opens

Friday, July 3, 2015

White River Junction — Upper Valley veterans have a new space to call their own on the first floor of a new office building on Prospect Street in White River Junction. At the new, larger Vet Center, counselors …

States Fight Invasive Ash Borer

Friday, July 3, 2015

Concord — Ever vigilant, researchers in Northern New England have added more tools to help them track the spread of an invasive beetle that has destroyed millions of ash trees. Dangling this year from tree branches all over …

Local & Regional Briefs for Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday, July 3, 2015

Hartland Woman Pleads Not Guilty In Lebanon Law Firm Embezzlement Case Burlington — A 61-year-old Hartland woman pleaded not guilty to accusations that she embezzled nearly $700,000 from a Lebanon law firm between 2008 and January of this year. Catherine McKinney on Thursday answered to three felony fraud …