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“The last player standing” – Swenson Granite’s Concord quarry shuttered after 140-year-history
07-14-2024 9:03 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

In a recent drive up Rattlesnake Hill, Kurt Swenson found the quarry he once owned eerily quiet.Gone were the employees who sliced blocks of stone from walls a hundred-plus feet down from the edge, a job he first had as a teenager. Silent was the...

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Taken for taxes and ‘waiting to die’: A homeowner struggles to keep his home
06-11-2024 3:42 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

The overdue tax bill facing John Jones felt like a death sentence.The lifelong resident of the Live-Free-or-Die state had been late to pay his taxes before, but this time was different.Jones, 66, owed $5,097.44 to the city of Franklin, a working-class...


Despite governor’s order, hundreds of properties seized for unpaid taxes during pandemic
06-04-2024 4:11 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

At the start of the pandemic, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu wanted to make sure no one lost their home.Like governors around the country, he used his executive powers to suspend mortgage foreclosures and issued a moratorium on evictions. And in the...


Advocates hope to see the ‘year of housing’ in NH legislature
02-25-2024 10:00 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

When the legislature reconvened in January, the new session was met with a record number of housing bills. But Elissa Margolin is holding off on crowning this session as the “year of housing” — until she sees what policy makes it to the governor’s...


With a lack of state funding for education, NH property taxpayers bear the brunt of costs 
12-09-2023 12:26 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

The Allenstown school district spends five times more than the amount the state of New Hampshire gives to pay for an adequate education.This lopsided equation relies heavily on local taxpayers to make up the difference to pay for everything from...


Child care funding at forefront of NH Executive Council contracts
06-30-2023 9:25 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

If New Hampshire could solve the statewide child care pinch, improvements are expected to related problems with the state’s workforce shortage and economic growth. Simply put, it’s a domino effect of positive generational outcomes, according to Joe...


NH Juvenile Justice: Giving families a voice in the process
06-11-2023 9:28 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

It only took Tonya McMurray’s child a few seconds to realize something that was said in a moment of anger would become words to regret.In a heated conversation, a back-and-forth between teenagers taunting each other, McMurray’s child threatened...


Nikki Haley discusses immigration, economy and education during N.H. visit
04-27-2023 11:46 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

When Andrew Georgevits was a substitute teacher at Franklin Middle School a few years ago, he quickly realized that in the eighth grade class he was teaching, reading levels varied drastically between students.Many districts have found those learning...


Commission to study housing density proposed in state legislature 
04-23-2023 4:18 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

The mix of storefronts, apartment buildings and historic homes just off Main Street is the fabric of the city of Concord’s downtown. There’s a reason there aren’t large homes with front lawns next to the Statehouse or apartment complexes in the...


Trump’s New Hampshire visit underscores divide among state’s Republicans
01-31-2023 7:42 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

SALEM, N.H. — As the crowd applauded former President Donald Trump, who gave the keynote speech Saturday at the annual GOP meeting in Salem, a former state party chairman was not in attendance.Steve Duprey is among a list of prominent New Hampshire...

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