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Big drop in tuition and aid is boosting Colby-Sawyer
04-28-2024 5:31 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

One year after it made a radical change to how it charges students by slashing both tuition and financial aid, Colby-Sawyer College’s president says the benefits seem to be outweighing the risks, indirectly helped this year by problems with the...

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N.H. lawmakers consider limit on breeding flat-faced dogs
03-24-2024 9:11 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

Americans love flat-faced dogs: French bulldogs beat perennial favorite Labrador retrievers to be the most commonly registered purebred dog last year, according to the American Kennel Club, while pugs and pekes aren’t far behind.But popularity has its...


PSU robot program has a new goal: Fixing automated scarecrows 
08-08-2023 5:23 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

They don’t look much like the dancing co-star of “Wizard of Oz,” but the clunky robots at the heart of a new program at Plymouth State University actually are scarecrows. Or used to be, before they broke down.“They had been working on and off. It’s...


Study: N.H. had second-lowest death rate from COVID of all the states
05-18-2023 4:12 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

A major study has singled out New Hampshire as a model among U.S. states in response to COVID-19, having suffered virtually the lowest cumulative death rate from the pandemic.The state’s success, the study said, came about partly because of relative...


14,252 ticks later, the results are in: Pest showing up in NH a bit earlier each year
04-27-2023 4:25 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

If you’ve been outside in any snow-free location lately, it doesn’t take an analysis of 14,252 ticks collected from all over New Hampshire to tell you that everybody’s least-favorite arachnid is back — in fact, it never left.But if you want...


On the third anniversary of COVID in NH, hospitals say their struggles have in some ways gotten worse
03-02-2023 1:43 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

From a shortage of wheelchair vans to a looming shortage of nursing-school faculty, from weak Medicare reimbursements to soaring cost of part-time medical staff, from burned-out nurses who quit to patients who get sicker while waiting to be seen, it...


Everybody loves the bridge at Livermore Falls but nobody wants to own it
12-30-2022 9:06 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

One of New Hampshire’s most interesting-looking bridges straddles one of its handsomest river gorges next to a road and a rail line that have been used for well over a century. It’s the perfect recipe for tourism success in a state that increasingly...


Wood pellets may be hard to get this winter, and more expensive
09-18-2022 10:13 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

The price hikes and supply crunches that have clobbered fuel supplies and raised prices throughout the world are starting to affect the one fuel we can call our own: Wood pellets.“There is quite a bit available right now but with the ongoing...


Love for bassoon falls out of tune in NH woodwind sections
07-31-2022 1:39 AM

By DAVID BROOKS

The last couple of years have seen such a parade of problems that it’s hard to be surprised by them any more. Even so, here’s a problem you probably haven’t thought of: New Hampshire is facing a shortage of bassoon players.A combination of factors...


There are still homes that heat with coal. Yes, coal
05-23-2021 9:00 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

CONCORD — Coal, once the dominant fuel for heating buildings while driving industry in New England, has faded almost entirely from view. Julie Kinney can point to one remnant that she wishes would fade with it.“We have an ash pile right now. At some...


Those bugs in your house right now may not be stinkbugs; even if they do stink
10-10-2020 9:55 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

There are probably a lot of bugs invading your house right now that stink when you smash them. But that doesn’t mean they’re stinkbugs.They’re more likely to be western conifer seedbugs, or perhaps box elder bugs. Or they might actually be a stinkbug...


Those webs in trees are ugly but not really a problem
08-31-2020 10:01 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

So many bad things are happening in the environment that the sight of what looks like huge balls of cotton candy all over some trees feels like the latest new disaster.But don’t fret: They’re routine and not as bad as they look.These aren’t gypsy...


Will Mass. change spur NH, Vt. to alter their highway exit signs?
11-23-2019 10:14 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

Are the days of heading to downtown Lebanon on Exit 18 numbered? Maybe so.The state Department of Transportation has endorsed the idea of changing exit numbers on interstates and turnpikes so that they reflect mileage rather than sequence.New...


What you can do to protect yourself from the painful bite of deer flies
07-21-2019 10:20 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

Between ticks, mosquitoes and black flies, New Hampshire has no shortage of infamous biting bugs. Recently, however, it seems that deer flies have taken center stage.“They’re brutal,” said Deb Koltookian, co-owner of Outdoor Sports Center in Concord....

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