A Year in N.H. News: The Top Stories of 2018
New Hampshire Public Radio covered hundreds of stories in 2018. Some features captured how Granite Staters live and work. The opioid addiction crisis continued to make headlines - and claim lives. And political currents ran strong.
The State House will see new faces - Democrats captured majority legislative control - and some familiar ones - Secretary of State Bill Gardner held off fellow Democrat Colin Van Ostern to win a 22nd term. Gov. Chris Sununu won a second term.
In one of the biggest stories of the year, state regulators rejected Eversource's controversial Northern Pass project.
Certain stories made us laugh, cry, and cheer. The offbeat caught our attention, like Britta Greene's story about 2018 being a banner year for squirrel roadkill.
Reporters threw themselves into a new special series, called The Balance - The Costs, Benefits, and Tradeoffs of Living in N.H. And the Only in New Hampshire series continued to explore the underbelly of the state's hidden and not-so-hidden issues (and gems).
NHPR's Casey McDermott investigated voting rights and election law and, confronting allegations of voter fraud, helped us separate "Rhetoric Versus Reality."
A Year in New Hampshire News
JANUARY TOP STORIES
- New Hampshire House Votes for Marijuana Legalization
- As New Hampshire Ages, Littleton's Getting Younger and Hipper ... But How?
- Can You Build A Downtown From Scratch? Londonderry Is Going To Find Out
- Facing a Dying Industry, Two Young New Hampshire Fishermen Head Out Anyway
- Citing Microbrewery Competition, Smuttynose is Going Up for Auction
- Mt. Washington Tied for Second Coldest Place on Earth
- Sexual Misconduct Hasn't Taken Shine Off St. Paul's Prestigious Summer Program
- You Asked, We Answered: What Are Frost Heaves? Are They Unique to N.H.?
- Atheist Flag Takes Flight Over Ten Commandments Monument in Somersworth
- Transgender Rights Bill Draws a Crowd at the N.H. State House
- Site Evaluation Committee Casts Unanimous Vote Against Northern Pass Project
- N.H. Officials to Powerball Winner: Sorry, Rules are Rules
- Councilor Says N.H. Liquor Commission Aiding Cross-Border 'Money-Laudering' Scheme
- You Asked, We Anwered: Why Are There So Many 'Houses of Pizza' in New Hampshire?
- Company Known for Surprise E.R. Bills Expands in N.H.'s Healthcare Market
- After Threat at One N.H. School, Anxiety Takes Toll on Students, Parents, and Teachers
- Meet Kevin the Crane, Rollinsford, N.H.'s Celebrity Bird
- Powerball Winner Will Get Money While Fight to Remain Anonymous Continues
- Run, Rest, Run, Rest, Run - Sally Manikian is the 'Talk of the Town'
- Landing on Ice - The Alton Bay Ice Runway is Open
- Something Wild: Why Coyotes Seem To Be Everywhere
- Life Lessons From New Hampshire's All-Female Winter Wilderness Training
- 'Jane Doe' Powerball Winner Set to Claim Her $560 Million Prize
- 'Loophole' Helps N.H. Law Enforcement Net Millions Through Civil Asset Forfeiture
- Voter Fraud in New Hampshire: Rhetoric Versus Reality
- Wolfeboro Dog Breeder Guilty on All Animal Cruelty Counts
- 'Encouraged to Run,' Sullivan Mulled Multiple Congressional Districts Before N.H. Move
- You Asked, We Answered: What's the Story Behind That Mysterious Gravestone in New Boston?
- What Drives N.H. Commuters To Take The Bus To Boston?
- Hennessy Cognac, Liquor at Center of 'Bootlegging' Allegations, Was N.H.'s Top Seller Last Year
- 'I Can't Help But Cringe': Court Papers Tell a Story of Teacher Charged in St. Paul's Probe
- Golden State to the Granite State: Why These Tattoo Artists Made N.H. Home
- After Parkland Shooting, A Columbine Survivor Reflects
- Looking For An Affordable House in the Upper Valley? Good Luck With That
- Maine In, N.H. Out For Energy Contract With Mass.
- Is N.H. a New Destination for Creatives? Why Some Cultivate the 'Creative Economy'
- Largest Fentanyl Bust in N.H. Traced to Lawrence Drug Ring
- Amid Calls for Investigation, IRS Agents Said to Have Visited N.H. Liquor Stores
- You Asked, We Answered: What is the Free State Project?
- New Details Emerge on IRS Investigations Involving State Liquor Sales
- IRS Withdraws Requests for Information on Alleged Bootleggers From N.H. Liquor Commission
- An 'Internet Sales Tax?' N.H. Businesses Brace for SCOTUS Case
- In Lengthy Memo to AG, N.H. Liquor Commission Rejects 'Bootlegging' Allegations
- Expert: Paintings Sold by Rindge Family to Collector Are Forgeries
- Marsy's Law Constitutional Amendment Dies in N.H. House
- Border Patrol Immigration Checkpoint Nets 17 Arrests Over Memorial Day Weekend in N.H.
- With Sale Cancelled, Weirs Drive-in Reopens For Movies Under the Stars
- N.H. Judge Rules Against Dog-Sniffing, Warrantless Searches in Border Checkpoint Arrests
- In 30 Minutes, High School Students Came Up With Better Versions of the N.H. State Flag
- N.H. Officials Unaware of Stakeouts and Bootlegging Stings at State-run Liquor Stores
- Sununu's top Drug Policy Aide Under Review By Attorney General Over Personnel Issue
- Concerns Raised About Sununu Advisor Weeks Before He Was Placed on Leave
- Sununu's Drug Policy Adviser Resigns After AG Investigation
- Decades After Alleged Abuse, St. Paul's Alumni Explain Why They're Suing
- Trail Work Ahead: Historic White Mountains Path Gets a Makeover
- After Exhaustive Investigations, N.H. Officials Find No Widespread Fraud in Recent Elections
- Activists Warn Against Relicensing Seabrook Station, Where Cracks Are Spreading
- Radio Field Trip: Dog Sledding Without Snow
- Is Mount Washington's Peaking Popularity Putting It At Risk?
- Online Sales Tax Ruling Called 'Disastrous' for N.H. Economy
- No-Show N.H. Lawmakers: Explore The Data and See Where Your State Rep Stands
- Who Got Paid To Push Marsy's Law in New Hampshire?
- For Residents On The Connecticut River, Hydro Dams' Relicensing Is A Rare Opportunity
- N.H. ACLU: Concord Coach Lines Complicit With Immigration Officials
- Dartmouth Professor Investigated for Sexual Misconduct Elects to Retire
- In Pastoral Peterborough, Cow Proposal Gets Tipped By Opponents
- Housing in Converted Industrial Buildings Appeals to N.H. Millennials and Retirees Alike
- Critical Hours: Search and Rescue in the White Mountains
- Governor Signs Bill Allowing VA Doctors to Treat Vets at Any N.H. Medical Facility
- Harassment Probe Reveals Long-Standing Concerns in Dartmouth's Psychology Department
- Family Vacationing in N.H. Reeling After Arrest at Checkpoint 90 Miles from the Border
- Finding Quiet in the White Mountains is Hard to Do, But One Man's Trying to Crack the Code
- Keene Woman Seeks Help for Relatives Separated at Border
- Bedford Superintendent Resigns Amid Controversy Over Staffer's Testimony at Sex Assault Hearing
- Breaking 'News:' Don't Believe That Headline About A Beloved N.H. Business Shutting Down
- You Asked, We Answered: Where Can A Black Woman Get Her Hair Done in New Hampshire?
- The Wide World of Podcasts: NHPR Producers Give Their Recommendations
- Vanity Plates: A Father's Plate Tells One Family's Story of Battling Cystic Fibrosis
- Two Hikers Rescued from White Mountains' 'Most Dangerous Trail'
- When It Comes To Cross-Border Sales Tax Fight, N.H.'s Been Here Before
- N.H. Legislature Fails to Pass Challenge to Internet Sales Tax
- Campaign Cash Snapshot: N.H.'s 1st Congressional District
- It's a Banner Year for Rodent Roadkill. Here's Why
- State Sen. Jeff Woodburn Arrested on Domestic Violence, Assault Charges
- Forum on Diversity in New Hampshire Sparks Angry Response, Threats to Attendees
- Four Cases of Legionnaires' Disease Found in Hampton
- State Settles Case of $46,000 Found in Car Trunk, Then Seized
- Veteran N.H. Lawmaker Accused of Creating 'Intimidating and Abusive' Environment in State House
- Sanborn Made Reference to Sex Act in 2013 Conversation With Intern, Acccording to Senate Lawyer
- Transcripts Say Sanborn Made Frequent Sexual References, Comments on Female Staffer's Appearance
- How One Small Policy Tweak Helped Open Hennessy Floodgates in N.H.
- Jackson Woman Denies Religion Motivated Altercation, Cites Self-Defense Against 'Arabian Terrorists'
- Foodstuffs: Deep in the N.H. Woods, Campers Make Bread Rube Goldberg-style
- For an Authentic American Experience, Chinese Kids Spend Summer in a Small N.H. Town
- Former Claremont Superintendent Reflects on Racial Tensions: 'I Was Absolutely Unaware'
- At Coakley Landfill Site, Government Assurances Meet Public Fear
- Ask Sam: I Saw a Squirrel Swimming. Was It A Sign of the Apocalypse?
- Franconia College: An Experiment in the White Mountains That Changed A N.H. Town Forever
- N.H. Charges Hampton Couple With Felony for Allegedly Voting in Two States in 2016
- Visa Program Brings Summer Workers to N.H. - But Does It Deliver on 'Cultural' Promise?
- Legislators Narrowly Override Sununu's Biomass Veto, But Fall Short on Net Metering
- Dartmouth's 'Hovey Murals' at Center of Reckoning With College's 'Indian Charity School' Past
- Draft Report: Nearly All Whistleblower Complaints About Manchester VA Were Unfounded
- Study of Marijuana Legalization in N.H. Nears Completion
- Squirrel Population Boom Irks Farmers, Not Just Drivers
- Large-Scale Animal Abuse Cases Come With Large-Scale Costs, Both for Dogs and N.H. Towns
- Researchers Recruit Drones, Satellites in Quest to Understand Cyanobacteria
- Podcast 'Bear Brook' Explores How N.H. Cold Case Will Forever Change Murder Investigations
- Gardella's Exit From NHPR Follows Investigation Into Management Issues
- Judge Blocks 'SB3' Voter Registration Law From Use in Upcoming Midterms
- N.H. State Rep Accused of Assaulting Porn Producer Compares Himself to Brett Kavanaugh
- Supreme Court Accepts Eversource Appeal on Northern Pass Rejection
- After Living the 'Van Life' Across America They Want a Home in N.H., If They Can Find One
- N.H. Police Chiefs Oppose Marijuana Legalization (Again)
- To Serve, Protect, and Entertain? For Police Depts, Social Media Can Be A Slippery Slope
- From Fixing Roads to Collecting Rent: Why N.H.'s DOT Is Also A Landlord
- Unwanted House Guests: Squirrels Wreaking Havoc in Homes Across N.H.
- Why is Someone Trying to Swap Beachfront Land in Fiji for a House in ... Northern N.H.?
- N.H. Legislators Look to Lobbyists for Reliable Source of Re-election Cash
- Democrats Retake Both Chambers of New Hampshire
- Democrat Chris Pappas Heads to Congress After Bitter CD1 Race
- N.H. Voters' Guide: What You Need To Know Before Heading To The Polls
- Final Marijuana Legalization Report is Blueprint for Potential N.H. Legislation
- Bear Brook Tip Leads to Break In Case of Missing Manchester Woman
- How Should You Vote on Constitutional Amendment Ballot Questions?
- Ballot Question 2: Should 'Right to Live Free' Language Be Added to the N.H. Constitution?
- The Next N.H. Legislature Will Be Younger, More Diverse
- Ask Sam: Why Won't New Hampshire Admit There Are Mountain Lions Here?
- The Last Chocolate Turkeys: Loudon Farmer Ends Effort to Sustain Endangered Breed
- AG Clears N.H. Liquor Commission of Wrongdoing After Months-Long Investigation
- 19-year-Old Among Youngest Representatives Ever Elected to N.H. House
- Chris Sununu Wins Second Term as New Hampshire Governor
- Bill Gardner Hangs On As N.H. Secretary of State By Slimmest of Margins
- Response Growing Among Students, Alums to Dartmouth Title IX Lawsuit
- In This year's Race for N.H. Secretary of State, Echoes of Gardner's First Run in 1976
- With Deadline Looming, Few N.H. Residents Have Obtained REAL-ID Licenses
- Site Evaluators Approve Eversource's Seacoast Power Line
- How Climate Change is Already Affecting Infrastructure in N.H.
- Man Arrested for Threatening Governor Sununu in Connection With Threats to Jewish Community
- Who Shipped $61 Million Worth of Weapons From N.H. to Saudi Arabia?
- Keene State College President Addresses Financial and Enrollment Challenges
- How Can You Take a Stand on Energy At The Local Level? Lebanon Has An Idea
- How To Get Swole
(This post was updated with additional end-of-year, December stories)