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Former head of White Mountain trail nonprofit accused of financial fraud
04-11-2024 3:46 PM

By TODD BOOKMAN

The criminal trial of a former nonprofit executive director accused of stealing from the organization she oversaw is set for this summer.Federal authorities allege that Melanie Luce, who led the Campton-based White Mountains Trail Collective,...

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Catholic Medical Center to lay off 54 workers, citing ‘financial stress’
04-22-2024 12:27 PM

By PAUL CUNO-BOOTH

Catholic Medical Center in Manchester will lay off 54 employees as a response to financial difficulties, hospital leaders said.President and CEO Alex Walker announced the layoffs to staff in a memo Thursday. The hospital will also cut some workers’...


NH public health officials warn against changing child care vaccination rules
04-19-2024 9:19 AM

By PAUL CUNO-BOOTH

Proof of routine childhood vaccinations would no longer be required before kids are enrolled in child care, under a bill being considered by New Hampshire lawmakers.The bill, which passed the New Hampshire House last month, is one of several attempts...


Democratic primary race to replace Kuster in Congress begins to take shape
04-04-2024 4:26 PM

By JOSH ROGERS

One week after a surprise announcement by Democratic Congresswoman Annie Kuster that she won’t run for reelection this year, the race for the Democratic nomination to succeed her is quickly taking shape.Former executive councilor Colin Van Ostern...


Manchester Airport hopes new flights bring new passengers — and a return to earlier heights
03-31-2024 5:22 PM

By TODD BOOKMAN

On its best days, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport has none of the annoyances that plague most other airports: no long delays at TSA, no shuttle buses, no lines to check a bag or buy a bad sandwich.But that’s not necessarily good news for the...


For years, soccer has been her lifeline. But she's worried politicians could take it away.
03-21-2024 6:12 PM

By PAUL CUNO-BOOTH

Parker Tirrell began playing soccer when she was four. She’s never wanted to stop.Today, the 15-year-old’s life revolves around the sport. In the fall, she’s at practice every day after school, and squeezing in homework at night after away games....


After he was falsely linked to a racist confrontation on TikTok, a NH doctor is now trying to rebuild his online reputation
02-28-2024 6:01 PM

By PAUL CUNO-BOOTH

Dr. Andrew Spector was in the middle of surgery on Friday when he received an urgent text from an administrator. Strangers were calling his employer, Dartmouth Health, demanding he be fired.He soon learned it was because of a video going viral on...


Man pleads guilty to embezzling millions from Lebanon-based investment firm
02-14-2024 5:40 PM

A man who managed two forestry projects in Guatemala for an Upper Valley investment firm has pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing $10 million from the business.Roberto Montano, of Guatemala, pleaded guilty Monday in Concord to wire fraud under...


Rep. Laurie Sanborn's future remains unclear as 2024 House session enters second week
01-10-2024 3:28 PM

By JOSH ROGERS

The political fall out for Rep. Laurie Sanborn, one of the top ranking lawmakers in the New Hampshire House, remains uncertain — nearly two weeks since the state suspended the casino license held by her husband, former state Sen. Andy Sanborn.Rep....


NH energy efficiency plans moving forward, with split Public Utilities Commission decision
12-05-2023 4:35 AM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

A new round of plans for energy efficiency programs in New Hampshire is set to take effect after two years of controversy.The state’s Public Utilities Commission approved small changes to the $250 million program that helps Granite Staters with things...


Police files are subject to public records requests, NH Supreme Court rules
11-30-2023 7:00 PM

By PAUL CUNO-BOOTH

New Hampshire’s Supreme Court delivered a win for police-transparency advocates Wednesday, ruling that internal police disciplinary files are subject to disclosure under the state’s public records law.The 4-1 decision is the latest in a series of...


In split ruling, NH Supreme Court says it can’t review partisan gerrymandering claims
11-30-2023 6:53 PM

By JOSH ROGERS

In a 3-2 decision, New Hampshire’s Supreme Court has found that the state constitution gives lawmakers broad authority to control the redistricting process, and that state courts can’t rely on it to review claims of partisan gerrymandering.The...


While PragerU sought state approval, Education Commissioner provided support behind the scenes
10-09-2023 7:35 PM

By SARAH GIBSON

As a debate simmered this summer about whether New Hampshire should allow the conservative media group PragerU to operate in state schools, New Hampshire Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut was among its public supporters. But he was also active...


Tick bites are sending more people in the Northeast to the emergency room this year
07-27-2023 6:19 PM

By KELSEY HUBBARD ROLLINSON

Connecticut’s, tick-season, when ticks are most active, used to just be during the spring and summer. But with milder, shorter winters across the Northeast, ticks are now a year-round problem.Earlier this month, Connecticut officials were forced to...


Dartmouth student finds two new exoplanets
07-19-2023 4:50 PM

By GRACE McFADDEN

Lots of people picked up new hobbies during the pandemic. But during the lockdown, recent graduate Jack Duranceau began developing a particularly unique way to pass the time: researching young exoplanets and the stars they orbit.“The nice thing about...


Community power group sets energy prices for customers in 14 NH municipalities
07-05-2023 11:55 AM

By ADRIANA MARTINEZ-SMILEY

The Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire, the state’s largest community power collective, unanimously approved discounted energy prices Friday. The new prices will go into effect starting in August, through the end of January 2024.Buying power...


Latest bid to legalize marijuana in New Hampshire bogs down in House committee
05-31-2023 3:57 PM

By JOSH ROGERS

Confusion over policy detail and concerns over legislative process have derailed a late push by lawmakers in the New Hampshire House to legalize marijuana in the state this year.The House could still try to again pass a new legalization plan via floor...


Region expects to see climate migrants from elsewhere in US
05-22-2023 1:33 AM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN 

As climate change fuels extreme weather and rising sea levels in the U.S. and across the globe, parts of New England could become havens of safety for those fleeing fires, heat and floods.Making room for more people was the theme of a conference held...


‘This is a prison. This is not a hospital’: Recent death renews concerns about conditions at NH Secure Psychiatric Unit:
05-09-2023 11:45 AM

By PAUL CUNO-BOOTH

Officials have shared little about what happened leading up to Jason Rothe’s death at New Hampshire’s Secure Psychiatric Unit on April 29, except that he died after a “physical altercation” with six correctional officers, who remain on leave pending...


NH, hospitals disagree on how long it should take to end ‘ER boarding’
04-26-2023 7:29 PM

By PAUL CUNO-BOOTH

State officials say they will need up to two years to fully eliminate wait times for inpatient mental health treatment, after a federal judge ruled New Hampshire must stop holding patients in psychiatric distress inside emergency rooms.A group of...


NH town files complaint against Eversource over community power
04-17-2023 7:50 PM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

The town of Harrisville, N.H., has filed a complaint at the Public Utilities Commission against Eversource, saying the utility company has violated disclosure requirements in the state’s community power law.Harrisville is starting a community power...

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