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North Woods Law

In an opinion released Friday, the N.H. Supreme Court ruled that reality television show North Woods Law did not violate the constitutional rights of a New Durham couple when it included their pixelated faces in a segment of a 2018 episode entitled Weed Whackers.

North Woods Law

The New Hampshire Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case that pits the privacy rights of individuals against the rights of a free press, with a reality television show about state Fish and Game officers serving as the backdrop.

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UPDATE: The draft permit was issued Dec. 31 and is open for public comment until Feb. 14, 2020. Click here for details. Original story continues below: 

A state fish hatchery facing a federal water pollution lawsuit will soon receive a key new permit from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The suit comes from neighbors of the state's largest fish hatchery, Powder Mill in New Durham.



Partnership efforts have resulted in the preservation of 2,000 acres overlooking Merrymeeting Lake as a community forest.

The Birch Ridge Community Forest in New Durham rises over the lake with views of Mount Molly and Mount Bet. It filters clean water to the lake and Coldrain Pond.

The forest offers 13 miles of trails for hikers, cross-country skiers, hunters, and birders. And it offers critical habitat for wide-ranging species such as moose, bear, deer, and bobcat.

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The state is working to reduce water pollution from its largest fish hatchery, in the Lakes Region, while planning for long-term upgrades.

This week, New Hampshire Fish and Game will move 50,000 salmon from its Powder Mill Hatchery to a federal hatchery in Nashua.

The move has been in the works since late last year but was delayed due to the partial government shutdown.

An environmental group is suing the state Fish & Game Department for alleged pollution from a Lakes Region fish hatchery.

Meanwhile, the department’s executive director says they suit won’t affect their ongoing work to fix the problem.

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New Durham residents are frustrated by what they call slow progress in fixing pollution at the state’s largest fish hatchery.

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State lawmakers are asking questions about a pending pollution lawsuit in the Lakes Region.

They'll hold a public meeting in New Durham Thursday to discuss allegations against the state's largest fish hatchery. 

The Conservation Law Foundation is preparing to sue the state Fish & Game Department on behalf of local residents.

Annie Ropeik / NHPR

New Hampshire’s Department of Fish & Game is facing a potential lawsuit over water pollution from its largest fish hatchery.

The Conservation Law Foundation told the state Thursday it plans to file a Clean Water Act lawsuit this fall, unless the state begins working to fix the alleged problems within 60 days.

The Powder Mill hatchery in New Durham grows trout and salmon to stock state fishing areas, and it’s expanded in the past decade or so.


Town selectmen in New Hampshire have voted to fire a long-standing police chief.

WMUR-TV reports the New Durham selectmen voted 2 to 1 Thursday morning to terminate Police Chief Shawn Bernier during a closed meeting at the Town Hall.

Selectman David Bickford says the board had a right to terminate without cause, according to the chief's contract.

Bickford says that Bernier wanted to retire and this decision will give him severance pay.

But Bernier says he only wanted to go part-time and that the town had no right to fire him under state law.