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State Officials Turn to Crowdsourcing for Stonewall Mapping Effort

The Department of Environmental Services has launched a new online crowdsourcing project with the goal of mapping every stone wall in the state. The project is built around an online LiDAR map. LiDAR is similar to radar or sonor, except it relies on lasers. Geologists often turn to LiDAR surveys because they produces accurate renderings of the topology beneath the tree cover. LiDAR reveals hills, rivers, ravines, and, as it turns out, stonewalls. But there are more stonewalls revealed in the...

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Several parts of the federal government have been shut down for about a month now, and cybersecurity professionals say government websites are becoming more vulnerable to security breaches each day the shutdown lasts.

Visitors to manufacturing.gov, for instance, are finding that the site has become unusable — its information about the manufacturing sector is no longer accessible. Instead, it features this message at the top of the homepage:

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California Sen. Kamala Harris is running for president in 2020. The first-term Democratic senator made the announcement on ABC's Good Morning America Monday morning.

"I love my country, and this is a moment in time that I feel a sense of responsibility to fight for the best of who we are," Harris said.

The Department of Environmental Services has launched a new online crowdsourcing project with the goal of mapping every stone wall in the state.

The project is built around an online LiDAR map. LiDAR is similar to radar or sonor, except it relies on lasers. Geologists often turn to LiDAR surveys because they produces accurate renderings of the topology beneath the tree cover.

LiDAR reveals hills, rivers, ravines, and, as it turns out, stonewalls.

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Lawmakers are considering several bills that would restore state education aid known as “stabilization aid” to property-poor towns, and school districts are paying attention.

At a hearing on Thursday, school administrators and town officials from property-poor towns plead with the House of Representatives Education Committee to restore stabilization aid.

“I implore you to help us so we can get through this," Berlin Mayor Paul Grenier said.

Note: The map reflects the official National Weather Service forecast as of Sunday morning. Click here for the latest predicted snow totals. 

Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse / U.S. Coast Guard

About 2,400 federal workers in the Granite State are directly impacted by the partial government shutdown that’s dragged on for the better part of a month. That’s impacting the U.S. Coast Guard, which, unlike other branches of the military, is currently going without pay.

 

Residents of Canaan, Enfield, and six New London-area towns will be eligible for discounts on home insulation and weatherproofing projects this year.

The program, called Weatherize, is run by the Upper Valley non-profit Vital Communities, one of a number of New Hampshire groups looking to encourage homeowners to seal up drafty, inefficient homes.

Casey McDermott

Those wanting to march for women in New Hampshire have their pick of locations.

The New Hampshire Woman's March is set for 10 a.m. Saturday outside the State House in Concord, where organizers say the message is "We've Only Just Begun" in terms of advancing and protecting women's rights.

According to the New Hampshire Women's Foundation, 34 percent of the seats in the New Hampshire House and 10 of the 24 seats in the Senate are held by women. That's the highest this decade, though fewer than who served in the record session of 2009-2010.

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Poet Becky Dennison Sakellariou of Peterborough is no stranger to writing about Greece where she spent four decades. In her last collection, she wrote about feeling the pull of that country while living here in New Hampshire. In her new collection, she writes of a different Greece -- one that recently has been grappling with an influx of migrants. The book is called Undressing the Earth and she spoke about it with NHPR's Peter Biello.

 

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A Vietnamese restaurant in Keene, New Hampshire can move forward with the name “Pho Keene Great.”

The city granted approval to the restaurant Friday after originally suggesting it may not allow the name, which some found offensive.

The controversy made headlines nationwide.

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