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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...

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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...


NH House forms subcommittee to address education funding formula judge declared inadequate
01-10-2024 8:39 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

The state’s education funding formula will be the focus of a select group of lawmakers this session hoping to make it more equitable and pass constitutional muster.The bipartisan group, comprised of members of the House committees on education and...


NH AG files second complaint against white nationalist group
12-14-2023 9:36 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

On Father’s Day last June, a drag story hour at Teatotaller Cafe drew families and children inside. It also attracted nearly two dozen members of NSC-131 to stand outside in protest, chanting and performing Nazi salutes through the cafe’s first-floor...


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...


High costs and low vacancy rates reiterated by national housing report 
06-24-2023 10:21 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

The New Hampshire housing shortage is squeezing businesses trying to recruit workers, taxing families looking to find an affordable place to live and has become a focal point for state politicians trying to chip away at a solution. The statistics are...


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...


NH programs allow kids to remain at home while accessing mental health care
06-02-2023 6:41 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Gavin Dubois sometimes doesn’t have the words to express how he feels. But when he picks up a pair of drumsticks, he can read his emotions as clearly as notes on a sheet of music. Amid the sounds of the snare, the melodies of his marimba, his rage...


Zoning Atlas provides new tool to map New Hampshire housing needs and barriers to development 
05-10-2023 12:10 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

An affordable, manageable starter home in New Hampshire can come in many different shapes and sizes — a small single-family home, an accessory dwelling unit on an existing lot, a manufactured home or even a tiny house on a small tract of land.However,...


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...


New Hampshire Housing estimates 60,000 units needed by 2030
04-23-2023 4:23 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

For three decades economists have signaled that New Hampshire has a “housing mismatch” — or an Econ 101 issue where demand supersedes supply of available houses. But new numbers released by New Hampshire Housing illustrate what a vast discrepancy this...


With limited options and steep costs, housing a barrier for new Americans in NH
04-10-2023 10:07 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

When Eugene Mutegetsi left Kenya, he thought he’d arrive in New Hampshire and find an apartment. Once he found a place to live, he hoped his wife would be able to move to the United States as well.Instead, he last saw her eight months ago. Since...


NH lacks formal citizenship classes, leaving the job up to volunteers
04-03-2023 4:56 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

With two maps of the United States, a flag in the corner and photos of past U.S. presidents pinned to a foldout whiteboard, an office at Overcomers Refugee Services resembles that of a high school history classroom. Instead of high school kids, Eileen...

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