Upper Valley Dispatch

Former White House Economic Adviser to Head Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business

Matthew Slaughter, an expert on globalization and a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers during the George W. Bush administration, has been named the new dean of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Slaughter, a Hanover resident and professor of economics and associate dean at Tuck, takes over on July 1, succeeding longtime dean Paul Danos. Find a full report, including more about Slaughter, in Friday’s Valley News . ∎ Posted online Thursday at 1:40 p.m. Follow the Valley News on

Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission Releases Draft Regional Plan

Did you know that, while overall school enrollment in New Hampshire was declining by 8 percent between 2001 and 2012, the town of Lyme experienced an enrollment increase of more than 20 percent? Did you know that, in the 27 communities that make up Upper Valley Lake Sunapee region, there are more than 1,100 “brownfields” — real properties that may be contaminated by a hazardous substance or pollutant — including 100 in Newport, 108 in Hanover, 156 in Claremont and 192 in Lebanon? Did you

State Board Approves Plan to Merge White River Valley School Districts

South Royalton — The Vermont State Board of Education voted unanimously this afternoon to dissolve the Windsor Northwest Supervisory Union and fold its five member districts into the Orange-Windsor Supervisory Union. The move is expected to save $314,000 in the first year, with hopes that more savings could be realized by rearranging staff in future years. Educators say it will also open the door to better programming for students. Beginning in July 2016, the Bethel, Granville, Hancock, Rochester and Stockbridge school districts will be overseen

Dispatch Blog: Light Pillars

The Tuesday edition of the Valley News includes quite the thriller about some crazy lights seen in the northern sky last week. (Find a link under “related stories” at the bottom of this page.) If you can get past the bad fonts and block out the cheesy music, the YouTube video at the top of this page — found through some hardcore reporting, i.e. Google — shows some images that give you the gist of what this "light pillars" phenomenon is all about. Whether or

Coming Sunday: Doctors Training for the ER Get Firsthand Experience in Emergency Services

Lebanon — Living in Lebanon, I walk past the firehouse on South Park Street just about every day. I’ve peeked in — who can resist checking out that cool inflatable boat through the first floor windows? But until last month, I’d never been inside. Reporting for an upcoming story about the emergency medicine residency program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, I discovered the bright red raft is as intriguing to others as it is to me. One of the first questions that first-year resident Nate Grubbs

A Point About Points Earned During High School Sports Tourneys

Last month, the Woodsville High girls basketball team — which competes in Division IV, the lowest of the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association’s four levels — knocked off three Division III teams at the InterLakes High holiday tournament in Meredith, N.H. Pretty sweet for them, right? Just one catch: The NHIAA doesn’t recognize holiday tourneys in the standings, despite the time and effort that goes into staging these events for hoop-hungry fans home for the holidays who want to see their alma mater in action.

Wednesday Web Update: Jury Visits Murder Scene

Charlestown — The trial of James Robarge, accused of killing his estranged wife, began in Sullivan County Superior Court this morning, where 15 jurors piled onto a bus to visit key locations in the case. Kelly Robarge, a Charlestown resident, was discovered dead in a wooded area off of Britton Road in Unity more than a week after she went missing in June 2013. Robarge is charged with first- and second-degree murder in her death. Jurors visited that location and two others today, including the

Coming Sunday: A Day in the Life of a Senior Center

North Haverhill — Feet. Of all the things I figured might be out of reach in old age, I never considered those two crucial appendages. Yet foot care becomes increasingly important in our later years, as I learned recently while reporting an upcoming story about the Horse Meadow senior center in North Haverhill. As a quick subsequent Google search revealed, the skin and fat pads on the feet become thinner with age, leaving the feet vulnerable to all sorts of trouble. And diseases such as

Firefighters Battle Heavy Fire Thursday Morning at Old Base Lodge at Ascutney Mountain Ski Area (VIDEO)

Brownsville — Firefighters from the Upper Valley this morning are battling a fire at the old base lodge at the former Ascutney Mountain Resort. Crews have spent more than five hours at the scene, and subzero temperatures have hampered their response. Fresh crews from Hanover, Lebanon and Hartford are being called in to relieve firefighters. Temperatures in Brownsville were around 10 below zero early this morning. Firefighters hoped to lay frozen hose on a floor with radiant heat to help thaw it out. Voters at

Video: Verbal Sparring Over 'Underlings' at Hartford Meeting

Hartford — The town’s Information Night on Monday devolved into “must-see TV,” at least if you’re into local government dust-ups, for a short period toward the end of the evening. CATV’s video of the annual gathering leading up to Town Meeting is at this link. The commotion begins around the hour-and-40-minute mark, when School Board member Paul Keane complained that a hockey coach had been poorly treated when the coach submitted a proposal regarding locker rooms in the recently remodeled Wendell A. Barwood Arena, and