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2 Vermont senators sue Gov. Phil Scott over Zoie Saunders ‘interim’ appointment

06-23-2024 4:31 PM

By SARAH MEARHOFF

Two state senators are taking Gov. Phil Scott to court.In a lawsuit filed in Washington County Superior Court on Wednesday, Sens. Tanya Vyhovsky, P/D-Chittenden Central, and Dick McCormack, D-Windsor, allege that Scott “purposefully circumvented” the...


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Upper Valley school notes for June 24, 2024

06-23-2024 5:45 PM

Post-secondary accomplishmentsElsa Ladenson, Maya Sandor and Emilia Torresani, all of Norwich, made the dean’s list at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., for the spring 2024 semester.Emma Westward, of New London, made the dean’s list...


Consultant deems Vermont health care system ‘badly broken’

06-23-2024 5:00 PM

By PETER D’AURIA

Bruce Hamory, a medical doctor and consultant with the firm Oliver Wyman, had one key message for state officials on Wednesday: Vermont’s health care system needs to change, and quickly.“The needs for structural reform of the Vermont health care...


New Hampshire's population is increasing, especially in rural areas

06-22-2024 5:31 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Over the past three years, New Hampshire’s population has grown by more than 23,000 residents – about as many people live in the entire town of Bedford – with some communities like Pembroke growing a lot and others like Durham shrinking, according to...


Wheels to Work program remains in limbo in New Hampshire

06-22-2024 5:16 PM

By MARK QUIRK

On Feb. 1, early in the 2024 legislative session, the N.H. House of Representatives rejected House Bill 1520 by a slim 193-184 vote. The bill was aimed at reviving the state’s long-dormant Wheels to Work initiative.The program had been sustained for...


Kenyon: As Claremont woman stepped up for nieces, NH quickly stepped away

06-21-2024 6:46 PM

By JIM KENYON

In March, Ashley Denofrio agreed to become the court-appointed legal guardian for her two nieces in hopes of bringing much-needed stability to their lives.As Denofrio has learned, however, the state of New Hampshire isn’t big on providing the...


Hybrid Selectboard meetings are not meeting everyone’s needs in Norwich

06-21-2024 6:44 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

NORWICH — Residents are asking Selectboard members and town staff to resume attending meetings in-person, expressing concern about a decline in the quality of interpersonal interaction.For more than three months, Tracy Hall has been mostly empty...


Lightning strike damages buildings in Canaan

06-21-2024 6:43 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

CANAAN — Lightning damaged buildings in the town center on Thursday, including the town library and offices and a church on the opposite site of the street. The charge from a mid-afternoon storm struck the top of Assembly of God church on Route 4,...


New Hampshire’s housing bills that made it – and didn’t – in 2024

06-21-2024 5:30 PM

By ETHAN DEWITT

New Hampshire’s housing supply crisis has persisted for another year. And housing advocates are calling the 2024 legislative session a mixed bag. “I think there were some important wins,” said Elissa Margolin, director of New Hampshire Housing Action,...


Hartford/Lebanon Juneteenth celebration postponed to Sunday

06-21-2024 4:11 PM

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — With the weather forecast calling for rain and thunderstorms Saturday afternoon, the Hartford/Lebanon Juneteenth celebration has been rescheduled.The event will take place on Sunday, June 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Lyman Point Park...


Thetford Academy forum focuses on cell phone bans in schools

06-20-2024 9:54 PM

By HALEY CLOUGH

THETFORD — Upper Valley proponents of a national movement to keep kids from using cell phones while in school made their case during a community forum Tuesday at Thetford Academy.Panelists at the forum, hosted by the Vermont Phone-Free Schools...


Lebanon landfill gas to energy project under construction

06-20-2024 9:49 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

LEBANON — Work crews are beginning to construct a $6.6 million facility that will convert greenhouse gas emissions from the city’s landfill into electricity that will be redistributed to the electrical grid and used to power the city’s buildings. The...


Claremont nixes plan for Washington Street paving assessment

06-20-2024 9:43 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — After listening to objections from a number of business owners, the city council quickly voted 6-0 to end consideration of a special assessment that would have paid for about 75% of the cost to repave Washington Street.Wednesday’s vote...


Cyanobacteria warning placed on Mascoma, Pleasant lakes

06-20-2024 4:20 PM

ENFIELD — The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services issued a cyanobacteria warning for Lake Mascoma and Pleasant Lake Wednesday.“There will be weekly testing and beaches will remain posted until the warning is lifted,” according to an...


Lithium-ion batteries, electronic devices could soon be banned from NH landfills

06-20-2024 3:45 PM

By CLAIRE SULLIVAN

Lithium-ion batteries are frequent culprits of landfill fires. A bill that would ban disposal of them — and the electronic devices that often contain them — in New Hampshire landfills and incinerators is headed to the governor’s desk.The Legislature...


Man pleads guilty to misleading clients as unlicensed contractor

06-20-2024 2:30 AM

NEWPORT —  A 28-year-old Warner, N.H., man has pleaded guilty to criminal charges connected to his work as an unlicensed asbestos abatement contractor at two different job sites in West Lebanon and Claremont and will spend a month in jail providing he...


Enfield rejects appeals of approvals for housing development

06-20-2024 2:29 AM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

ENFIELD — The Zoning Board of Adjustment denied two appeals to variances they approved for the proposed Laramie Farms housing project.During a public comment period following Tuesday night’s votes, residents took ZBA members to task for approving the...


Hanover asks judge to reconsider ruling on arrest reports

06-20-2024 2:26 AM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

HANOVER — The town of Hanover is asking a New Hampshire Superior Court judge to reconsider his decision last week in which he ordered the town’s police department to release its reports pertaining to the arrests of two Dartmouth College student...


Claims of Granite State connection animate Democratic primary in congressional race

06-18-2024 6:06 PM

By JOSH ROGERS

When Maggie Goodlander and Colin Van Ostern took their turns behind the microphone at the Cheshire County Democrats Spaghetti Dinner in Walpole recently, there wasn’t time for subtlety. The candidates for the 2nd Congressional District Democratic...


NH expands eligible abuse for youth detention center payment, ups settlement caps

06-18-2024 6:05 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

The state has broadened who can seek payment for abuse while at the former Youth Development Center. Gov. Chris Sununu signed Senate Bill 591 Friday, which immediately expands the type of abuse eligible for payment but also increases settlement...


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