Britta Greene

Upper Valley/Monadnock Reporter

Britta covers the Upper Valley and Monadnock regions for NHPR's newsroom. She comes to New Hampshire from Minnesota Public Radio, where she produced Morning Edition and other local programming. 

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The late poet Donald Hall had fans all over the world, but he was perhaps most loved here in New Hampshire. Many of his friends believed, as he did, that his small white farmhouse on Route 4 in Wilmot would stay in his family after he died. So it came as a surprise earlier this spring to hear the house was going on the market.

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A student group at Dartmouth College focused on preventing sexual violence is arguing Dartmouth makes it too easy for students who’ve committed misconduct to transfer to other schools.

At issue is whether and how Dartmouth should disclose sexual harassment and assault investigations on student transcripts.

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After a nearly year-long journey, a black bear from Hanover has officially returned to her home range, according to Andy Timmins, bear project leader with New Hampshire Fish and Game.

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Dartmouth College is challenging the anonymity of plaintiffs in a $70 million class-action lawsuit that claims the school mishandled sexual abuse complaints for years.

Dartmouth argues the use of pseudonyms for two recently added plaintiffs will make it unfairly difficult for the college to defend itself.

The lawsuit, filed last fall, centers around three former members of the school’s neuroscience faculty. Plaintiffs argue Dartmouth administrators failed to properly protect students from harassment and assault by the men.

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A New Hampshire couple has purchased the former home of renowned poet Donald Hall. Hall died last year, leaving behind a historic farmhouse in the town of Wilmot.

Until this spring, it was unclear what would become of the house and property, which features prominently in Hall's work.

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An estate sale at the home of the late poet Donald Hall this weekend drew hundreds to Wilmot, New Hampshire.

Hall is a former poet laureate of the United States. He's known for his plainspoken work depicting rural life. He died last June.

By 9 a.m. Saturday, when the doors of his historic white farmhouse were set to open, the first person in line had been waiting 15 hours, through the night, to get in.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton drew a large crowd in Hanover Wednesday night for a foreign policy discussion at Dartmouth College. 

 

In her remarks, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee cautioned against rushing toward impeachment proceedings for President Trump.

 

Instead, she said, Democrats should continue an independent Congressional investigation, using the Mueller report as a guide. 

 

Clinton also criticized Trump administration foreign policy on Russia and Iran.

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Keene State College administrators are urging students to speak up about New Hampshire’s voting laws, saying they're concerned changes set to take effect in July will reduce student participation in the 2020 elections.

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Two additional women have joined a $70 million class-action lawsuit against Dartmouth College stemming from allegations of sexual misconduct and assault in the school’s prestigious Psychological and Brain Sciences Department.

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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Maine Medical Center have received nearly $4 million in federal funds aimed at expanding access to cardiac surgery clinical trials.

Researchers will use the funds, from the National Institutes of Health, to connect with cardiac patients living in rural areas of New Hampshire and Maine.

Rural patients are often underrepresented in clinical trials, said Alexander Iribarne, a cardiac surgeon and director of cardiac surgery research at DHMC.

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Elliott Fisher, former leader of the Dartmouth Institute, has lost his directorship following an investigation into alleged misconduct.

Fisher will remain on the faculty, but will no longer hold a prestigious endowed position.

The Dartmouth Institute, focused on health policy research, is closely associated with Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine. 

The college also investigated TDI’s former head of strategy, Adam Keller, who has resigned, according to Dartmouth spokesperson Diana Lawrence.

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Five New Hampshire non-profits have been named as recipients of nearly $1 million in state funding aimed at expanding addiction resources in workplaces across the state.

The non-profits will use the funds, distributed by the Community Development Finance Authority, to run trainings for local business leaders and employees.

Members of the Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma, have acquired a significant stake in Peak Resorts, according to SEC filings.

Peak operates Attitash, Crotched Mountain and Wildcat resorts in New Hampshire, as well as Mount Snow in Vermont.

Purdue is facing hundreds of lawsuits across the country, including from the State of New Hampshire, charging that company executives knowingly fueled the opioid crisis by aggressively promoting their drug OxyContin.

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The Town of Hanover is pushing forward with plans to connect residents with renewable electricity.

Town officials are working with Liberty Utilities and third party suppliers on logistics and pricing, Town Manager Julia Griffin told attendees at a public energy forum Wednesday night.

Hanover became the first community in the state two years ago to set ambitious energy goals through the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign.

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Dartmouth College is joining dozens of schools across the country in a new effort to address sexual harassment in collaboration with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

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Lithium-ion batteries are a growing fire hazard at landfills and transfer stations across the region.

The batteries can spark under pressure and heat.

Waste managers are urging residents to properly dispose of electronics at designated recycling centers or hazardous waste collection sites.

The Lebanon landfill, which serves communities across the Upper Valley, has seen seven fires in the past ten months, said Marc Morgan, the facility’s solid waste manager.

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New Hampshire wildlife officials have the same message every spring when it comes to bears.

Bring in bird feeders, they say, get chickens inside some kind of bear-proof enclosure and make sure trash is stored away.

But the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has been running into a very human problem: apathy. 

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A black bear sow New Hampshire wildlife officials relocated to the North Country last year in an attempt to keep the animal out of trouble in Hanover has made her way back to the Upper Valley.

The bear is affectionately known as Mink, after the local Mink Brook natural area where she often spent her time.

Over the years, she and her offspring became accustomed to feeding on garbage and birdseed around Hanover, home to Dartmouth College.

New Hampshire Fish and Game planned to shoot her as a last resort after her yearling cubs found their way into a home in town.

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As part of broader efforts to address the opioid crisis, New Hampshire plans to invest $2.5 million in federal funds toward short-term housing vouchers for patients awaiting treatment.

It’s one of several priorities outlined this month in a formal proposal by state health officials to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA).

At a time of deep disenchantment with the political system, dramatic proposals to upend how politics are conducted are starting to resonate with voters.

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The last remaining roller rink in all of Vermont or New Hampshire sits near the bottom of a hill in the Upper Valley town of Enfield, N.H. It’s on a rural stretch of Route 4, the main road running through town.

It’s hard to believe the place is still in business. Sometimes there’s just couple of cars sitting in the parking lot, even on a weekend evening or afternoon.

The Lebanon landfill is asking local residents to take a “Refill NOT Landfill” pledge for the month of April, committing to avoid disposable water bottles, take-out containers and other common single-use products.

Landfill space in New England is limited, said Solid Waste Manager Marc Morgan, and we need to start rethinking our attitude around trash.

The Claremont and Unity schools have lost more than $450,000 over two years as a result of not submitting federal paperwork for school lunch reimbursements on time, according to acting Superintendent Cory LeClair.

The district will be able to make up the majority of the funds through savings in other areas of the budget, she said, but it’s still a significant loss.

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Stories of female veterans from Vermont and New Hampshire will be on stage Saturday at the White River Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Playwright Nicola Smith based the play, Deployed, on interviews with a diverse set of women, representing different generations and different branches of the military.

She was struck by the women’s spirit and determination, she said, despite experiencing incredible challenges and, in some cases, trauma in the service.

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Traditional issues like health care and the economy are still key talking points for Democratic presidential hopefuls criss-crossing the state this year, but candidates are also rolling out ideas you don't often hear.

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A major grocer in the Upper Valley announced plans today to phase-out plastic bags over the next year.

The Co-op Food Stores have four locations in Lebanon, Hanover and White River Junction.

“Phasing out plastic bags is just another step in our co-op’s long history of member-driven environmental leadership,” wrote General Manager Ed Fox in a post on the grocer’s website.  

New Hampshire lawmakers are considering several regulations on single-use plastics this session.

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court dealt a small victory Tuesday to a Dartmouth fraternity in its years-long fight with the town of Hanover.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon is one of two fraternities to fight the town in recent years, the other being Alpha Delta.

Both organizations lost their official recognition from Dartmouth over hazing and other conduct issues.

As a result, the Hanover Zoning Board said the groups could no longer house students in their off campus fraternity houses.

The state Supreme Court shot down a legal challenge from Alpha Delta in 2017.

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New Hampshire is one of five states featured in a new report from the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington, D.C. think tank that is documenting spending on the opioid crisis.

The report is a comprehensive accounting of federal dollars being allocated toward the epidemic, including where and how the money is being spent.

It urges policy makers to provide stable funding in the coming years, and to allow states flexibility in how that money is used.

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A trailer offering a glimpse inside the bedroom of a teenage drug user is traveling the state over the next week, making stops in Concord, Dover, Portsmouth, Exeter and Manchester. 

Inside, it's set up with signs of drug abuse that the average parent might not notice: discarded paraphernalia in the trash, shoelaces and belts that have been used as tourniquets, stashed drugs hidden under drawers.

New Hampshire will receive significantly more federal funding this year to combat the opioid crisis.

The money will come through an ongoing U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant program to states.

The department has announced New Hampshire’s allocation will go up this year by about $12 million over last year’s levels. That’s a nearly 50 percent increase.

The grant is being used here to support an all-hours hotline and system of walk-in addiction care centers called The Doorway.

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