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In this photo taken Wed. Nov. 12, 2014  successful deer hunters check in their deer at the check station in Hillsboro, N.H. Fish and Wildlife officials suspect that interest from local food connoisseurs is helping to level off a drop in the number of hunting license holders nationally, which has been on a steady decline over the last 30 years.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

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 deer. Books and blogs on the topic are numerous, and state wildlife departments are offering introductory deer hunting classes in urban areas …

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 the king — in this case the quaint New Hampshire college town of Keene — …

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 89. Greer was a founding director of the Nobel-winning International Physicians for the Prevention of …

Vt. Health Exchange Website Set to Relaunch

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont’s health insurance exchange is ready for the new open-enrollment period that begins Saturday, officials said. Lawrence Miller, director of health care reform for the administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin, told reporters Wednesday that the security and functionality problems that have plagued the health insurance purchasing …

Tsarnaev Lawyers Want Evidence on Earlier Triple Killing

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Boston — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev urged a judge Wednesday to order federal prosecutors to turn over any evidence they have about his brother’s participation in a 2011 triple killing or to consider postponing …

Vt. GOP to Renew Single-Payer Debate

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Montpelier — Health care was already going to be a big issue in the upcoming Vermont legislative session, with the Shumlin administration overdue to present its financing plan for universal coverage. But now, some older battles may be fought anew as Republicans prepare to question the path the …

Hassan to Nominate Public Utilities Commission Head

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Gov. Maggie Hassan will nominate Martin Honigberg to chair the state’s Public Utilities Commission at today’s Executive Council meeting. Honigberg is one of two commissioners on the panel. He was appointed to that post in January. If approved by the council, Honigberg will succeed former PUC chairwoman Amy …

No Charges for Warden’s Wife in Moose Shooting

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Montpelier — The wife of a decorated Vermont game warden will not be charged with a crime for allegedly shooting a moose illegally, a prosecutor said Monday. Kim Eckhardt, of Landgrove, Vt., who is the wife of Fish and Wildlife Warden Greg Eckhardt, was hunting with her husband …

Groundnuts Are Historic, Tasty and Ready to Harvest

Monday, November 10, 2014

This time of year, squirrels and chipmunks are rushing to fill their winter larders with seeds and nuts, often loudly squabbling with each other. It’s harvest time in the woods, and not just for mast falling to the …

The Politics Of Campaign Marketing

Monday, November 10, 2014

Over the past few months, Republican, Democratic and independent candidates have unfurled a flurry of signs, mailers, bumper stickers and buttons across the state. Look a little closer, and you can see not all campaign material is created equal. Some have a small label — a made-in-New Hampshire …

The ‘Ground Game’

Monday, November 10, 2014

Concord — Fergus Cullen, the former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee, also happens to be a competitive distance runner and a high school cross-country coach. When it came time to size up the political parties’ …

Coalition Wants to Bring Out-of-State Vermont Prisoners Home

Monday, November 10, 2014

Montpelier — In the seven years since Sha’an Mouliert’s son was sent to a privately run prison a thousand miles away, the Vermont woman hasn’t laid eyes on him. “I live on a very limited income. I don’t have the financial resources to go see him,” Mouliert, of …

Detained Maine Ebola Nurse to Remain a Voice Against Quarantines

Monday, November 10, 2014

Portland, Maine — The Maine nurse who defied quarantine attempts after treating Ebola patients in West Africa is looking forward to stepping out her front door — “like normal people.” Kaci Hickox’s plans for the end of the deadly disease’s 21-day incubation period include a dinner out with …