Keene

Republican George Hansel narrowly beat out Democrat Mitchell Greenwald for Keene’s open mayoral seat on Tuesday.

Hansel, a 33-year-old businessman, hopes to grow Keene’s economy, establish a comprehensive housing plan, and work to stabilize the city’s tax rate.

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About 60 people attended a discussion about Indigenous People's Day Monday afternoon at Keene State College.  Panelists focused on education, land and local history of Native Americans.

Jeniffer Afualo-Robinson is a senior at Keene State. As part of an independent study, she created a timeline of the lives of the Western Abenaki people who lived in the area before colonization.

She says the project made this history much more visible to her.

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The teachers' union in Keene is blaming understaffing and lack of oversight in the district for a major increase in staff injuries. Many of the injuries are in elementary schools, among paraeducators and teachers' aides, but Keene Education Association president William Gillard says the problems extend far beyond programs for students with learning, behavioral and emotional challenges.

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Keene’s hub for addiction services, known as the Doorway, is moving from its current location to a new site downtown on Railroad Street.

Shawn LaFrance is director of the Doorway in Keene. He says the Doorway's current location on Route 101 wasn't meant to be permanent, and the downtown location is also closer to other services clients might use.

"We want to be downtown because, No. 1, there are sidewalks, for people to walk to it on 101 is not conducive to that. But also there are other transportation options,” he said.

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Attorneys who filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in connection with a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, asked a judge Tuesday to order one of the men who participated in the violence to stop making "unlawful threats" against the plaintiffs and their lead attorney.

In a motion filed in U.S. District Court in Charlottesville, lawyers for 10 people who were hurt during two days of violence in August 2017 said Christopher Cantwell recently focused "his hateful rhetoric" on attorney Roberta Kaplan.

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The Monadnock region’s first syringe exchange program is getting off the ground this month. The pilot program is part of a mobile harm reduction effort by the Keene Serenity Center and funded by the national non-profit AIDS United.

Recovery coaches will deliver a kit with clean water, syringes, tourniquets, disposal bags, and safe injection instructions to homeless people who are addicted to opioids.

We talk with the mayors of Franklin, Keene, and Rochester about their jobs, and the issues facing their communities, including education, housing, the opioid crisis, and infrastructure. We also discuss projects they hope will enhance their local and regional economies.

There's was no hot water or heat at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene Thursday afternoon due to a problem with one of the hospital's boilers. 

 

Cheshire Miedical Center says no one has been injured, but that all new patients are being diverted. Current inpatients Thursday were being evacuated and relocated to the nearest appropriate facility.  

 

Officials with the state of New Hampshire dispatched a portable boiler so that operations can continue as soon as possible. 

 

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During a stop in Keene on Tuesday, Democratic Presidential candidate Kamala Harris laid out a plan she says will reduce gun violence in America.

The California senator told a crowd at Keene State College that if elected, she would give Congress 100 days to enact “reasonable gun safety laws.” Without action, she would seek to use executive powers.

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Tobias Tarr spent the afternoon of June 17, 2017 tending to the garden at a homeless shelter in Keene.

That evening, still covered in dirt, Tarr found himself in an awkward situation: a resident of the facility had arrived home drunk and agitated.

“I sat with him on the couch and just calmed him down. He had it in his head that he wanted to beat somebody up upstairs,” says Tarr.

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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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Keene is the latest New Hampshire municipality to approve a goal of using only renewable energy within a few decades.

The Keene city council approved the non-binding resolution Thursday night 14 to 1.

It says the entire community should work toward using only renewable fuels for electricity by 2030, and for heat and transportation by 2050.

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The city of Keene has been in the spotlight over the name of a new Vietnamese restaurant coming to town.

Some find it offensive, some find it funny, and others are wondering if there’s more to the story than meets the eye. 

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The City of Keene is asking a Vietnamese restaurant slated to open this spring to change its name.

The restaurant has a lease with the city to operate out of the same building as City Hall.

But its proposed name, Pho Keene Great, has prompted complaints, said City Manager Elizabeth Dragon.

Pho, pronounced “fuh,” is a kind of Vietnamese soup. “Pho Keene” is intended to sound like a profanity, Dragon said.

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Even if countries cut greenhouse gas emissions immediately, New Hampshire will get warmer and wetter within the next three decades, and towns need to plan accordingly.

That was the topic of Nashua's first Resilient Nashua Summit, which the city hosted Tuesday as part of a year-long initative to gather input on its plan for dealing with natural disasters exacerbated by climate change. 

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A New Hampshire man is suing Howie Carr, accusing the conservative radio host of violating a no-contact agreement and attempting to hack into his Uber account.

Jared Goodell of Keene, who according to social media posts served as operations manager for the Howie Carr Show from 2016 until February of this year, recently filed a complaint in federal court in Concord. He’s seeking damages of more than $800,000.

A Bitcoin Embassy, where people and businesses can learn more about the cryptocurrency, has opened its doors in Keene.  

The facility, located inside a gift shop on Rt. 101, will offer classes for both individuals and businesses looking to know more about the money that’s sometimes described as “cash for the internet.”

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  Governor Sununu's Council on Diversity and Inclusion is asking for input from the public on issues of inequality in the state.

 

The Council will stop Tuesday evening in Keene, which marks more than half a dozen listening sessions since its formation late last year.

 

Chair Rogers Johnson says they've collected a lot of data at the events and that there's an increased intensity from the volunteer council members.

 

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Keene Votes to Delay School Start Times

Oct 10, 2018
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The Keene School Board voted Tuesday to delay school start times beginning in the fall of 2020.

The move follows similar adjustments in other New Hampshire districts. Research shows later start times are more in line with teenagers’ natural circadian rhythms.

In Keene, a grassroots group of city residents urged the superintendent and board members to consider the change, said Board Chair George Downing. 

Keene's High school will see the most significant adjustment, starting after 8:30am, rather than 7:25am.

Today is the first day of the Radically Rural Summit in Keene, which will bring together hundreds of people working on a variety of issues in rural communities. The two-day summit will take place in venues throughout downtown Keene. One focus of the conference is the impact of "fake news" on rural America, with three sessions on local journalism. The Keene Sentinel is co-hosting the event.

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Keene State College welcomed 18 Steinway pianos Tuesday, replacing old and worn out instruments that had become expensive and difficult to keep up.

The school is now the first college in New Hampshire to have an All-Steinway designation, meaning all of its pianos are manufactured by the prestigious brand.

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The Exchange is exploring the different regions of the state for our summer series, Going Local. For the Monadnock Region, we go to Keene State College to broadcast before a live audience. 

This show originally aired live from Keene State College on Thursday, August 16th, 2018. 

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The traditional new student "Clap-In" at Keene State College on Wednesday signals the arrival of freshman for the new semester, as well as the start of a new year in which the college continues a two-year reorganization plan.

Organizers of the Cheshire Fair in Swanzey have opted not to change vendor policies this year despite earlier outcry over racially charged merchandise.

Photos of a confederate flag and “black flies matter” t-shirts at a booth last summer spread quickly on social media.

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A group of residents in Keene has scrapped plans to build a hydropower facility on an old dam near downtown.

The city will now go back to the drawing board on what to do with the derelict structure.  

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Hundreds gathered in Washington, D.C. on Saturday for the National Youth Climate March. A group of teenagers in Keene wanted to take a more local stand.

"When you see the climate marches in New York and D.C., you definitely feel sometimes as if you have to live in a larger city in order to be involved," said 17-year-old Eleanor Hayward, a rising senior at Keene High School and one of the organizers of the Keene Youth Climate Rally.

New Keene Mosque Holds Ramadan Celebration

May 30, 2018
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Members of a new mosque in Keene will gather with local community leaders tonight for a Ramadan celebration.

Will Coley moved to Keene from Tennessee to launch the mosque last year. It's the only one in the state's Monadnock region.

Related story: Behind Planned Mosque In Keene, A ‘Redneck Muslim’ With Libertarian Ties

Keene State College has hit its enrollment goal this spring for the incoming freshman class.

That goal, more modest than in years past, reflects an overall downsizing of the college in response to regional demographic trends. 

Many schools in the northeast have been struggling to stabilize enrollment as local high school class sizes, and therefore general application pools, have shrunk. 

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Keene is the latest in a string of New Hampshire cities to sue pharmaceutical giants over their alleged role fueling the opioid crisis. Nashua and Manchester have filed similar lawsuits, as have hundreds of communities across the country.

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