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  Ruggles Mine, a former tourist attraction in Grafton, has a new owner. 

For decades, tourists from around the world visited the mine, where they'd hammer away, trying to find something shiny. But the mine closed in 2016 and has been for sale ever since.

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Ruggles Mine once drew visitors from all over the world, but it’s been  closed and for sale since 2016. NHPR’s Daniela Allee has more now on what the mine off Route 4 in Grafton once was, as its future remains unknown. 

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The New Hampshire attorney general's office says human remains found in Grafton were those of a woman who went missing last year.

New Hampshire's chief medical examiner identified the woman as Trish Haynes, and concluded that her death was a homicide.

Officials began investigating her disappearance last summer. The 26-year-old was last seen in the Grafton and Danbury area in May or June of 2018.

It's unclear when the body was found. New Hampshire law enforcement officials declined to release details, and said the investigation remains active.

 

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The owners of a historic church in Grafton that was seriously damaged in a 2016 fire have agreed to sell it to the Mascoma Valley Preservation, a nonprofit group that wants to restore it.

The Grafton Center Meetinghouse was built in 1798 and served as both the town government office and a Congregational Church until 1963.

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New Hampshire state police say a man's been charged with assault following a road-rage incident in Grafton in which a driver was shot.

Police said two vehicles were traveling north on Route 4 on Monday afternoon when a confrontation led to a collision. Both vehicles pulled to the side of the road and the confrontation continued between the two men, turning into a minor physical assault.

Police said one of the drivers, who is 46, was shot in the abdomen with a handgun. He underwent surgery and is expected to survive.

N.H. Exploring Idea of Making Ruggles Mine a State Park

Jul 16, 2018
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New Hampshire is in the early stages of assessing the feasibility of turning a 215-year-old mineral mine in Grafton into a state park.

 

After miners stopped digging for mica and other minerals, Ruggles Mine became a popular tourist attraction. Photojournalist Cheryl Senter says she has fond memories of visiting the mine and seeing its glittering walls as a child.

 

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A new study from the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire shows people living in rural northern New Hampshire and adjacent counties in Maine and Vermont hold increasingly positive views of life there, though they also agree that the lack of job opportunities, drug abuse, and population decline are important problems.  (Scroll down to read the full research report.)

For more on the study of life in rural northern New England we turn to Larry Hamilton, professor of sociology and a senior fellow at the Carsey School. He's one of the authors of the study.

Village Names, Unincorporated Towns, & Civics 101

Sep 8, 2017

Every New Hampshire town has a past - though not always remembered with pride.    This week on the show, we explore the stuff you might not see on a postcard. Like how unincorporated places function...no town government? No rules? Plus, we’ll talk to Howard Mansfield about opening our eyes to the extraordinary revelations that live side by side with ordinary village life. Join us as we dig into the habits, histories, hidden gems of small town life.

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Governor Chris Sununu and other public safety officials toured damage sites in Grafton County on Monday following Saturday evening's major storms.

Dozens of roads remain closed, with preliminary estimates of the clean up effort topping $4 million.

Many of the hardest hit areas remain inaccessible, so to get a better view, Sununu used a helicopter.

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A Superior Court judge is set to hear arguments Monday morning in a lawsuit seeking to order the town of Grafton to reprint its ballots for tomorrow’s Town Meeting.

The New Hampshire Union Leader reports a lawsuit filed late last week argues selectmen engaged in electioneering by including the board’s opposition to 20 petitioned articles on the town warrant.

The lawsuit was filed by a group in town associated with the Free State Project.

Federal Grants To Help North Country Firms

Nov 7, 2011

A new federal grant is going to be helping small businesses in the North Country. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

About $400,000 is now available in grants under a federal program aimed at helping  small businesses in Grafton, Coos and Carroll Counties.

Molly White is with the Northern Community Investment Corporation in Lancaster. It is administering the funds.

“Typically I find that most business owners know their type of business or the industry they are in very well but they have trouble with the other types of support services such as marketing or web design.”