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Jim Kenyon: Leveling the field

9/24/22

A 196-unit apartment complex in downtown Lebanon, a “farm outlet store” near Interstate 91 in Hartland and a cluster of “tiny homes” for tourists...

As a small-town New Hampshire cop in his early 20s, Zack Brock responded to a 911 call about a man who was threatening suicide by jumping into rush...

After leaving a weekly session with her mental health therapist, Nicole Cremo checked her cellphone.The threatening emails and Snapchat messages...

The arrival of a Dollar General discount store in Royalton, which has been rumored for months, is now on hold. That’s either good news or bad...

It’s nice, I guess, that Dartmouth officials are at least pretending to care what Hanover residents think about the college’s plan to bulldoze a...

In Vermont, the nine regional environmental commissions have a major say in proposed development projects that fall under the purview of Act 250...

It says a lot about the work environment at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center when a registered nurse who runs an innocuous Instagram page is so...

The hilltop barn where Jimmy and Tina Spaulding milked up to 49 cows for the last 28 years sits empty this summer. The Royalton couple sold off...

Any hopes the Lebanon School Board had of this being a quiet, uneventful summer ended last week when the American Civil Liberties Union of New...

The three Hartford police officers sent to Bob Little Tree’s home on a late June afternoon were well aware the 75-year-old had done nothing wrong...

Early on during Hartford Selectboard meetings, the seven members are each given a few minutes to talk about whatever is on their minds.At the most...

Like many Strafford residents, retired school teacher Joey Hawkins was taken aback when she read on the town Listserv this spring that Coburns...

In the end, former Hanover police officer Mark Ridge not only voted with his feet, he spoke his mind.At the Hanover Selectboard meeting on Monday...

For better or worse, Hartland has always been a town — unlike many of its neighbors — that didn’t see a need for zoning regulations.As long they...

As they have done on Memorial Day for the past 17 years, Patti and Scott Holmes will make their way to the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in...

When the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society announced it was looking for a new chief executive, Doren Hall was eager to apply.The opportunity to...

There’s an old saying in the legal world about criminal defendants who enter a courtroom without a lawyer: He who represents himself has a fool for...

I’m not surprised an internal investigation cleared former Canaan police officer Sam Provenza of using excessive force during a 2017 traffic stop...

As a new deputy with the Grafton County Sheriff’s Department, Jill Myers was issued a stun gun, pepper spray and a 9 mm Glock.But when Myers is...

Some stories that come my way are so off the wall, I immediately put them in the you-must-be-joking category. Josh Manheimer has one of those...

Part of me thinks it’s too early to be writing about an election that’s still more than six months away. Particularly when it’s not a statewide...

For anyone who supports the public’s right to see and scrutinize the outcomes — good or bad — of investigations into alleged police wrongdoing, a...

As we say in the newspaper biz, Joanne Conroy buried the lead. The CEO of newly rebranded Dartmouth Health could have easily launched her Facebook...

In Dartmouth College’s better-late-than-never campaign to improve racial and class diversity, Mariana Penaloza Morales checks all the boxes.She’s a...

Only a few hours to liftoff! Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health — or at least that is what the mega health care system has called itself for more than a...

The Upper Valley’s back roads are taking more of a beating than usual this mud season. Still they’re in better shape than Norwich’s highway...

Over the last few months, a fascinating case of small-town politics has been playing out in Plainfield.In December, longtime residents Paul and...

When the first wave of the pandemic closed schools two years ago, Leo Barnes was looking for something to do with “all his free time.” Barnes, a...

Every so often, particularly during these trying times of the COVID-19 pandemic, I need to be reminded why Town Meeting still matters.On Tuesday...

By promising the public a seat in the room when decisions are made, Vermont’s open meeting law is supposed to keep elected officials from doing...

With coffee brewing at the back of the room and residents settling into folding metal chairs, Town Moderator Dickson Corbett stepped to the front...

The plateau north of downtown White River Junction known as Taft’s Flat was once farmland that over the last century transformed into working-class...

The Canaan Police Department is offering a “Valentine’s Day weekend special,” which could be law enforcement humor or a way to drum up business...

When the bigwigs at Northern Stage say the law doesn’t apply to their professional theater company in downtown White River Junction, it’s not just...

Joey Peterson thought he heard someone in late January outside the third-floor apartment he shares with his mother and a roommate in Quechee. When...

This being Groundhog Day, what better time to shine light on some public officials and others in the Upper Valley who seem afraid of their own...

A Life: Jason Moots; 1976-2021

1/30/22

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — After abruptly leaving his job as a dishwasher at the Norwich Inn last summer, Jason Moots didn’t return to collect his...

The criminal investigation into whether former Canaan cop-turned-state trooper Sam Provenza tampered with evidence crucial to a now-infamous 2017...

A thousand bucks for a coat? (Granted, it’s 100% cashmere.) What about $250 for a designer winter jacket with a faux fur collar? And $100 for a...

Despite her recent appointment as Weathersfield’s first-ever “Open Meeting Law Enforcement Officer,” Olivia Savage doesn’t plan to start carrying a...

When a police officer uses his immense powers to make an unmerited arrest, it’s the job of a prosecutor to — at the very least — use her own...

Melanie McDonough was broke and her marriage splintered beyond repair. With no other housing options, she moved in with relatives in southern New...

Ordinarily, it would seem out of character for a professional theater company to shun the spotlight.    But the last thing Northern Stage wants at...

Ruby is still on the lam.In a case ripe for a true crime podcast, a dog named Ruby (a country song in the making) is accused in a quadruple-chicken...

With nighttime temperatures now dipping into the low teens, the effects of Hartford’s crackdown on homeless encampments this fall are about to...

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit, describes demolition by neglect as when a “property owner...

In 2006, Claremont cop-turned-city-councilor Jonathan Stone handed in his gun and badge, which was probably a wise move. I don’t think he was cut...

I might have underestimated Dartmouth. In spite of its never-ending quest to amass greater wealth — an $8.5 billion endowment and counting — the...

The town of Charlestown has become a YouTube sensation in recent weeks, but not in a good way.Charlestown’s troubles began when a YouTuber named...

The town of Charlestown has become a YouTube sensation in recent weeks, but not in a good way.Charlestown’s troubles began when a YouTuber named...

In June, Leon Simmons stepped off a Greyhound bus in White River Junction without a lot of money or prospects.The 55-year-old Simmons had traveled...

In one of his final acts as Norwich’s town manager, Herb Durfee informed residents through the community Listserv that the town’s transfer station...

Just about a year ago, Keith Gokey moved into a new home in Hartford. It wasn’t much. A 6-by-10-foot cabin with walls made of water-resistant foam...

The fight for greater transparency and accountability in police matters reached the New Hampshire Supreme Court on Wednesday.The five justices...

Competition is healthy, right? Certainly when it comes to sports, political races and most industries.But a competition that pits charitable...

For 27 years, Pattie and Toby Fried were the hands-on owners of Lou’s Restaurant and Bakery in downtown Hanover.From time to time, Toby, an...

Unless you’re up on the New Testament — which I’m not — the tattoo etched on Paul Gifford’s right forearm probably doesn’t carry much meaning at...

Talk to end Alzheimer’s

9/28/21

Karen Custer was a math teacher and coach at Kimball Union Academy. She sang in a group at Meriden Congregational Church. She spent summers sailing...

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Dwight Camp hadn’t heard about the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center when duty called.Within hours of...

When Peter Fahey reached the top steps of the subway station in New York’s financial district shortly before 9 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, letter-size...

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