Upper Valley Dispatch

The View in the Upper Valley From Beneath a Giants Baseball Cap

Out and about on a fall weekend in the Upper Valley, wearing a San Francisco Giants baseball cap, with visions of their late-October triumph in Major League Baseball’s “World Series” still dancing in my head. And despite baseball’s sagging appeal — on average, fewer than 14 million viewers watched each televised game this year, down 20 million from three decades ago — at least two of my neighbors noticed the Giants’ victory. On the Faulkner Trail, running from the village of Woodstock to the summit

Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Calculator

Are you wondering what you would have to pay for health insurance if you find it and buy it through an on-line exchange created by the Affordable Care Act? The ACA, which requires most Americans to have health insurance, provides premium subsidies to individuals and families that lack employment-based coverage, meet income eligibility requirements and buy insurance through an ACA on-line exchange. In April, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that subsidies would reduce the premiums on five out of six policies issued through ACA exchanges.

‘Valley News’ Reporter Named to Health Care Reporting Fellowship

Valley News reporter Rick Jurgens is among five journalists to be named a 2015 Reporting Fellow on Health Care Performance by the Association of Health Care Journalists. As a result, he will attend several workshops and conferences focused on health care reporting and receive special training, mentoring and financial support to pursue his proposed project — a comparison of the differing approaches to health care reform in Vermont and New Hampshire. His project will be due at the end of 2015 and will be available

Video: The Work of Floyd Scholz, World-Renowned Bird Carver

Floyd Scholz is considered to be one of the world’s leading bird carvers, an artist whose commissioned sculptures can fetch between $50,000 and $200,000. But he wasn’t always dedicated to the idea of becoming a sculptor of birds. In 1979 at the age of 21, while studying at Central Connecticut State University, he was the NCAA decathlon champion. He had a good shot at landing a spot as a decathlete on the American team going to the 1980 Moscow Olympics, which also included Bruce Jenner,

All The News Unfit to Print: Dartmouth Students Have Choice Words During Rick Perry Q&A

Some of you may have heard that Rick Perry, the Republican governor of Texas who is said to be considering a presidential run and opposes repealing his state’s anti-sodomy law, fielded some student questions at Dartmouth College on Sunday that were rather, um, risqué. With the help of a troupe of Valley News editors attempting to thoughtfully apply the newspaper’s standards regarding coarse language and distasteful content, we’ve determined that the following excerpts, taken from a list of questions a college senior handed out prior

Thetford: More Voices in the Debate Over the Fish & Game Club’s Gun Range Lease

Last week, I wrote about the town of Thetford considering the renewal of a lease with the nonprofit Upper Valley Fish & Game Club, which uses a 176-acre plot of town land for a 200-yard shooting range. The story, published Sunday, is at this link. Some residents are concerned that noise at the range has increased dramatically over the years, and they wonder if a 20-year lease for $5 is appropriate in a time of rising taxes, among other questions. Club officials say they are

As Dartmouth Football Senior Day Approaches, a Closer Look at a Vital Quartet

On Saturday, the Dartmouth College football team will host Brown in its home finale and the final game on Memorial Field for its 27 seniors. The campaign concludes at Princeton next week, in a game that could have Ivy League title implications for the Big Green — which announced today the launch of its new website, www.dartmouthcollegefootball.com — if it can first get past the Bears. In advance of Senior Day, here’s a look at a senior quartet that doesn’t include the standout likes of

Series Homepage: Other Side of the Valley

In 2000 and 2001 Jim Kenyon spent 10 months reporting and writing the stories of four working families living on the edge of economic uncertainty. Kenyon, who is now a columnist but was then a staff writer, kept in touch with some of the families over the intervening years, and this summer went back to the other side of the valley to see how they had fared. His report, published in three parts in the Sunday Valley News starting Nov. 9, will be linked below

Coming Sunday: Revisiting the Families of a 14-Year-Old 'Valley News' Series; Read the Original Stories Here

In 2000 and 2001 Jim Kenyon spent 10 months reporting and writing the stories of four working families living on the edge of economic uncertainty. The Other Side of the Valley put names and faces to the challenges such families faced in an increasingly prosperous Upper Valley, where their struggles often were invisible to the community. In particular, the series demonstrated how the lack of affordable housing in the area presented a significant obstacle to their getting ahead, despite the fact that the mothers and

Election 2014: Complete Coverage for the Upper Valley and Beyond

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