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A national conservation group has set up an $18 million fund to conserve forest in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine, among other states, as a way to fight climate change.  

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Volunteer drivers are offering rides to vaccination clinics in more rural parts of New Hampshire. 

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The cross country skiing industry is hoping for a big season this winter, as the pandemic is pushing many people to head outdoors for entertainment.

But for the first time in nearly half a century, the trails at Windblown Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing will be closed.

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Solar power in New Hampshire took a big step forward Monday, as the state Site Evaluation Committee unanimously approved a utility-scale solar project for the first time.

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State regulators didn't raise major concerns Friday at the start of final deliberations on New Hampshire’s first-ever major solar power project.

The 30-megawatt Chinook Solar array is proposed by Florida-based NextEra, which also owns Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant. It would cover about 100 acres of private land in the small Monadnock Valley town of Fitzwilliam.

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The second issue of the literary journal Monadnock Underground is set to release next week. The collection brings together more than a dozen pieces of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, mostly by local writers.

The launch party for the newest volume will take place at the Peterborough Public Library on Friday, March 6.

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The state is warning that southwestern New Hampshire will see unhealthy levels of particulate air pollution this weekend.

The Department of Environmental Services says the poor air quality will especially affect Keene and other valley communities. It could potentially last into early next week.

Officials say it's a result of heavy use of wood-burning stoves and boilers, combined with cold temperatures and calm winds. They say residents should consider using alternate heating sources if possible, "until winds increase and air quality improves."

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An application to build what could be New Hampshire's largest solar array cleared its first step at a public meeting Tuesday with the state's Site Evaluation Committee.

Committee members unanimously voted that NextEra Energy’s application was complete.

The 30 megawatt solar array in Fitzwilliam could be the state’s largest and is the first solar proposal to come before the SEC.

NextEra had requested a waiver for on certain decommissioning requirements of the solar array.  But the committee unanimously voted to defer ruling on that request until later in the process.

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Franklin Pierce University is creating a new institute that’ll focus on combating climate change.

The Institute for Climate Action will focus on community outreach, education on campus, finding ways to make campus operations more sustainable and partnering with local organizations.

Last year’s report on climate change from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change spurred the creation of the institute. The report said that significant actions need to be taken in the next decade to curb the effects of climate change.

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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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As New England College and New Hampshire Institute of Art finalize their merger, the schools say they plan to sell off a number of NHIA's properties.

The NHIA decided to join New England College last year, citing declining undergraduate enrollment. It is now renamed The Institute of Art and Design at New England College.  

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The Winchester School District is joining a school funding lawsuit against the state. Winchester, which is located in the southwest corner of New Hampshire, is the third district that's party to the lawsuit, brought earlier this month by the ConVal School Board.

The ConVal lawsuit claims the state is not meeting its constitutional obligation to pay for an adequate education and that it has downshifted these costs to local taxpayers.

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A large agricultural property stretching more than a mile along the Connecticut River in southwestern New Hampshire is now permanently conserved.

The property, Chickering Farm, has been passed down through six generations in a single family, according to the Monadnock Conservancy.

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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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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.

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.”

Melinda Treadwell Selected to Lead Keene State College

Oct 29, 2018
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The University System of New Hampshire has selected Melinda Treadwell as the next president of Keene State College.

Treadwell has been leading the school on an interim basis since the unexpected departure of former president Anne Huot last summer.

She has overseen significant cost-cutting and restructuring efforts. Like many colleges in the region, Keene State has struggling with enrollment declines.  

Treadwell is an alum of the college and a former faculty member. 

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The novelist Willa Cather was born in Nebraska, but composed much of her most celebrated work, including My Ántonia, in New Hampshire.

She is buried in Jaffrey, New Hampshire and that's where this weekend fans of her work will gather to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of My Ántonia.

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.

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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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There’s a security camera installed on the side of Bill Jack’s house. It pans across his driveway and captures the comings and goings on his dirt road near the Marlborough-Jaffrey border.

“I think this is the one,” says Jack, a retired Franklin Pierce University professor, as he scrolls through his computer.

The weekend has arrived, so go ahead and make the most of it. Here are 5 things to do in New Hampshire, plus a little extra because, well, you deserve some fun.

Check out the NHPR community calendar for more ideas - and submit your own events.

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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.

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A Marlborough dog breeder accused of animal cruelty is trying to block the Monadnock Humane Society from temporarily placing the dogs in foster homes.

John Riggieri is facing 10 counts of animal cruelty for mistreating more than 50 Labrador retrievers. Prosecutors allege the animals were subjected to “unnecessary suffering” and living in a house strewn with feces.

Since being seized last month, 52 dogs and one cat have been held at the Monadnock Humane Society, which puts the cost of care at over $40,000.

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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After years of planning and debate, construction on a wind farm in the town of Antrim is scheduled to begin next week.

Walden Green Energy, the company behind the project, has notified state and local officials that it intends to break ground on or around August 6.

State environmental officials will be in Keene Wednesday morning to talk about air monitoring efforts.

It's their last stop in a series of public tours of monitoring stations around the state.

The Keene area often suffers from poor air quality in winter months.

That's because of its topography, sitting at the bottom of a valley, where pollution from wood smoke can get trapped.

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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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