Voters in more than 75 towns across the state will decide on Keno at town meetings this spring.
State lawmakers legalized the lottery game last year as a way to help fund all-day kindergarten statewide.
But it still has to be approved on a city-by-city or town-by-town basis.
In Enfield, where it’ll be up for a vote at the Town Meeting next month, selectman Meredith Smith says she hopes voters reject Keno and send a message to Concord. “Gambling is not a way to fix the funding of the schools,” she said.
There are the mysteries you know about, and then there are the ones lurking in your midst. For the staff at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, it was a bit of both.
The site, run by the National Park Service, is the estate of Gilded Age sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Saint-Gaudens is behind many iconic monuments still standing today, most famously of Civil War heroes in Chicago and Boston.
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Craig Perry stopped by the Claremont office of Hope for New Hampshire Recovery on Thursday afternoon. He struggled with addiction for a good chunk of his 20s, but now, at 30 years old, he’s been clean for about a year and a half.
His drug problems started when he took his first job after college, he said. He’d get high on lunch breaks. “I didn’t know it’d affect me like that,” he said. “More and more, and then I had to go to heavier stuff.”
He’s been coming to the center here for about five months. He has a close relationship with its manager, who's been a bedrock counselor in his recovery.
Advocates for the Hope for New Hampshire Recovery center in Berlin are scrambling to save it. The center is one of four slated to close in the next two weeks.
Hope for New Hampshire offers peer-to-peer drug and alcohol recovery services, but the organization announced earlier this week that it’s in a financial bind, and has to close shop everywhere but Manchester.
New Hampshire's largest operator of drug recovery centers is closing all but one of its locations, citing financial struggles.
Hope for New Hampshire Recovery offers support services for people struggling with drug addiction. But the organization announced Tuesday it'll close four centers: in Franklin, Concord, Claremont, and Berlin.
Those centers will close by the end of the month. It'll keep its doors open only in Manchester. That's its original -- and largest -- location.
Dartmouth College is close to completing sexual misconduct investigations into three of the school’s psychology professors. The professors – Paul Whalen, Bill Kelley and Todd Heatherton – have been on leave with restricted access to campus since last fall.
Depending on the findings of the investigations, the school will soon consider disciplinary action where appropriate, President Phil Hanlon wrote in an email to students, faculty and staff Monday.
A collection of children’s books in indigenous languages are on display this week in Hanover. The exhibit is scheduled to correspond with International Mother Language Day, a United Nations effort to recognize languages that are under threat.
Jessica Saturley-Hall knew she wanted to start her own business, and she got hooked on the concept of compost. She knew that food scraps produce significantly more methane, a greenhouse gas, when tossed in a landfill, rather than breaking down on their own. So she wondered, what if you could reward people for separating their food waste from their trash.
At first, she thought about somehow paying people for their compost. She did a host of financial models, looked at it every which way, but couldn’t come up with a solution.
New works in progress by black playwrights will be performed this weekend in the Upper Valley. The festival is sponsored by JAG productions, a relatively new black theater company that’s been drawing audiences across western New Hampshire and eastern Vermont.
A judge in Virginia has denied a request by Christopher Cantwell to move his trial outside the Charlottesville area.
Cantwell is a Keene-based white nationalist. He made headlines in August for his participation in the violence surrounding the Unite-the-Right Rally. He's been held since then in Virginia on charges relating to his use of pepper spray.
Cantwell says all the attention on his case in Charlottesville will make it impossible for him to have a fair trial.
As part of our series “The Balance," we’re asking for your input on the costs and benefits of living in New Hampshire. One issue we’re hearing a lot about is property taxes, which provide the bulk of money for public schools. The city of Claremont has the highest property tax rate in the state. This year, some residents there are saying ‘enough is enough," and the school board is taking a hard look at its budget. It’s also raised a conversation about the role schools should play in students' lives.
Dartmouth College is updating its image with a new logo, typeface and standardized color palette.
The new logo features a simplified image of the college’s iconic lone pine, a tree under which students are said to have gathered in the 1800s. The college’s new wordmark, the visual presentation of its name, also hearkens back to its history. The wordmark’s font is based off a typeface created by designer Rudolf Ruzicka for Dartmouth's 200th anniversary in 1969.
Hanover police say they're investigating a fire last week at Hanover High School. Fire officials have determined it was started intentionally in a boys bathroom on the school's third floor. The fire was quickly put out and no one was injured.
Between pouring drinks and clearing the deck, the bartender at the American Legion post in Lebanon this week has an additional task in mind: political organizing. Behind the bar is an old-fashioned paper petition -- they're trying to get enough signatures to put the electronic gambling game Keno on the city ballot in March.
It’s been a tough go. The deadline for the petition is Wednesday, and on Monday afternoon, even the club manager said he’s not confident they’ll get the 420 names they need.
The University System of New Hampshire is expanding a program offering four years of free tuition to in-state students who qualify for federal Pell grants.
The program, known as "Granite Guarantee," began last year at the University of New Hampshire. It'll now expand to cover Keene State College and Plymouth State University. Those schools will begin covering tuition for first-year students enrolling next fall.
Long-running efforts to expand public boat access on Lake Sunapee may be headed in a new direction.
Officials with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department had been working for decades to build a new public boat launch on a piece of land known as the Wild Goose Site when Governor Chris Sununu abruptly pulled the plug on the plan last summer.
Dr. Anna Konopka, a physician in New London, surrendered her medical license in October to settle allegations from the New Hampshire Board of Medicine. Months later, she’s still fighting to reopen her doors.
As her battle plays out in the courts, many of her patients are struggling to find a new primary care doctor. Many of them are low income and reliant on pain medication day-to-day.
Lebanon became the second New Hampshire city Wednesday to categorically say no to Keno, without putting the issue in front of voters.
State lawmakers allowed cities and towns to authorize the gambling game last year as a way to raise money for all-day kindergarten statewide. Districts are eligible for the kindergarten funding, though, whether or not they approve the game.
President Donald Trump has granted New Hampshire's request for federal disaster aid to cover storm damage this fall.
Heavy rain and strong winds swept across northern and western New Hampshire right around Halloween. The storm left behind damaged roads and bridges, as well as significant power outages.
FEMA estimated it cost the state nearly $6 million. Governor Chris Sununu requested federal assistance for Belknap, Carroll, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan Counties. President Trump has now signed-off on that request.
Continuing sub-freezing temperatures are putting a strain on plumbers across New Hampshire.
Keith Godbout runs a plumbing business in Bow. He said he simply can’t keep up with the calls.
“This is the worst I’ve seen it since I’ve been in business for 23 years,” he said.
It’s not just the arctic temperatures, he added, but the fact that it’s been such a prolonged period of consistent cold. Godbout said he started hearing from a wave of mobile home residents last Tuesday, but that's now expanded to include more modern homes and older farmhouses.
State lawmakers will consider a proposal this week aimed at better preventing childhood lead poisoning. Governor Sununu is expected to endorse the measure Tuesday.
Among other changes, the legislation requires all one and two year-olds be tested for the level of lead in their blood. In recent years, testing rates have remained far below where public health officials would like. Claremont moved this year to become the first community in the state to mandate the screenings at the local level.