Upper Valley Dispatch

At Emergency Meeting This Morning, Hartford Selectboard Addresses Recycling, Delinquent Tax Penalty

Hanover — During an emergency meeting this morning, the Hartford Selectboard scuttled plans to pay for a municipal curbside recycling program with a 1-percent options tax on hospitality sales. Instead, Town Meeting voters will be asked whether they would like to add $180,000 to the current municipal budget to maintain the program. That funding was removed from the proposed budget. Town leaders removed funding for the program from the municipal budget because a new state law requires private haulers to begin accepting recyclables, which has

Hanlon’s Reforms at Dartmouth College Include Hard Alcohol Ban

Hanover — Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon this morning announced a wide range of policy reforms intended to curb high-risk behavior and improve academics and residential life on campus, including a partial ban on hard alcohol and a mandatory four-year education program on sexual violence. The extensive list of new policies calls for a residential college system similar to those at Yale and Harvard, and, in the academic realm, mandates for earlier classes and cutbacks in grade inflation. Under the changes he announced this morning,

Dartmouth President to Announce Reforms Thursday; Check ‘Valley News’ Website For Updates

Hanover — Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon on Thursday is scheduled to announce a number of reforms intended to curb high-risk behavior, increase diversity and improve academics at the college, the results of an nine-month study he commissioned last April. Check the Valley News website Thursday morning around 10 a.m. for up-to-date coverage of Hanlon’s speech, scheduled to take place that morning at the Hopkins Center’s Moore Theater. The full story will run in print on Friday. Following the president’s speech, I’ll be interested in

New Hampshire Liquor Outlets Closed Tuesday, And Other Reasons You Know This Storm Is Serious

West Lebanon — OK, everyone. Don’t panic, but ... the wicked snowstorm on the horizon means that several state government functions will be snarled on Tuesday, including — gasp — the New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet stores. Yes, you read that correctly. They will be closed for business due to the incoming Nor’Easter. In fact, the storm has already prompted New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan to declare a state of emergency. Officials at the state and local levels are already advising that folks stay

Reporter’s Notebook: More From Ferguson Leader Wilson’s Visit to Dartmouth College

Last week, the Rev. Starsky Wilson visited Dartmouth College campus to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr., engage with students and faculty, and to give an open lecture titled “Lessons Learned in Ferguson and Their Implications for the Country.” I wrote about his time on campus on Friday in an article published Saturday. However, Wilson covered quite a bit of ground in both the lecture and an interview a t the Hanover Inn earlier that day, so I thought it was worth following up with a

R.I.P. Daisy, the Snake-Sniffing Pooch Who (Pretty Much) Saved Dartmouth College

The Upper Valley lost a beloved local hero last week. Her name was Daisy, and she was a Jack Russell/dachshund mix who basically rescued the entire Dartmouth College campus two summers ago when she located a ball python in Hanover after it escaped from a co-ed fraternity house. Last Friday, Daisy ran away from her White River Junction home after dark. As her friends and family quickly mounted a search effort, they learned from police that she apparently had been struck by a car and

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