Southern NH

Going Local: The Merrimack Valley

Aug 30, 2018
NH Dept of Resources and Economic Development / Division of Travel and Tourism Development

We look at the Merrimack Valley region as part of our summer series, Going Local. 

The state's most populated area is perhaps the one with the least identity as a "region," including big cities, growing suburbs, and rural towns. We find out what it's like to live there: what residents love and what they don't. 

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A Nashua real estate developer is working with the EPA on plans to clean up and develop a toxic waste site in the city. 

At a meeting with EPA officials and Nashua residents on Wednesday, Bernie Plante of Blaylock LLC unveiled a proposal to develop 40 acres along the Nashua River. 

Food, music and dance from Latino, Caribbean and African traditions will fill Manchester's Veterans Park this Saturday. But there’s also a focus on engaging young people to get involved with their communities

One of Diego Cataño’s favorite parts of the We Are One festival is when the music starts, and different people are dancing to beats from around the world. Cataño's been organizing these festivals for 18 years and besides bringing people from all backgrounds together he's also talking with younger Latinos about leading community events like this one.

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Senator Jeanne Shaheen visited the Londonderry maker of honey wines Moonlight Meadery today. She stopped by to illustrate how local companies are impacted by the Trump administration's trade policies.

Distillery owner Michael Fairbrother says he was working on a deal with China that would have almost doubled his revenue. But thanks to retaliatory tariffs from China, Fairbrother says he's lost $750 thousand dollars in sales. 

Sara Plourde; NHPR

The Exchange will explore a different region of the state every Thursday starting July 12th: the Great North Woods, the White Mountains, the Lakes Region, Dartmouth/Sunapee, the Monadnock Region, the Merrimack Valley, and the Seacoast. 

We look at what makes each region distinct, the biggest issues facing that part of the state, and what people who live there love about their home. 

New Hampshire's attorney general says a person has been shot by a police officer and is being treated at a hospital.

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald says no police officer was hurt in the incident Tuesday night in Nashua. The person's condition wasn't immediately known.

The State Police Major Crime Unit is assisting in the investigation. Further information was not immediately available.

We will update this developing story.

City of Nashua

The city of Nashua is moving forward in its plan to reduce its carbon footprint.  

The Solarize+ campaign covers Nashua and Hudson, and runs through the end of August.

The city is working with two New Hampshire companies to offer residents and businesses discounts on clean energy upgrades – like solar installations, battery storage and energy efficiency audits.

Madeline Mineau of the city’s energy committee says the more sign-ups they get, the bigger the discounts will be.

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Police say a pursuit that started with a man shooting out of a vehicle at police officers in Massachusetts ended about 20 miles away when the car crashed in Windham, N.H.

 

The chase started in Haverhill, Massachusetts, around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police say one of the men was shooting at an unknown target but then started shooting at them after they gave chase.

The vehicle crashed in Windham, New Hampshire, and the driver was immediately taken into custody. The passenger fled and was found around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The Nashua Board of aldermen voted Tuesday to approve a new $15.5 million performing arts center. All but one of the aldermen voted for the complex, which is set to go in at the Alec’s shoe store building on Main Street.

Late last year the Board voted against the project, with some citing cost as a factor.

Manchester’s Safe Station Program is exploring a novel way to transport people to local substance abuse providers -- by using the ride-sharing app Lyft.

Special Drug Unit Coming to Merrimack, N.H.

Jan 26, 2018
Paige Sutherland/NHPR

The town of Merrimack will soon have a special drug unit to address a recent uptick in meth. The town council Thursday night unanimously voted to approve the additional officers.

Paige Sutherland for NHPR

Merrimack town councilors are set to vote Thursday on whether to create a specialized drug unit within the police force.

The proposal is in response to police reporting an influx of drug use at hotels in town – specifically meth use.

In just two weeks there have been 17 drug arrests, most involving meth.

Police Chief Denise Roy says without a drug unit, the department doesn’t have the time or resources to stop this from getting worse.

Paige Sutherland/NHPR

A New Hampshire judge will be presented Tuesday with a plan for how to continue key drug abuse services in Manchester.

Last month the state was court-ordered to take over the treatment center Serenity Place due to its severe financial troubles.

Craig Sworn In as First Woman Mayor of Manchester

Jan 1, 2018
Paige Sutherland/NHPR

Joyce Craig will officially be sworn in as the first female mayor of Manchester on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Courtesy of Southern New Hampshire Health

A group of healthcare workers from New Hampshire are heading to Puerto Rico this weekend to help out a local hospital that was severely damaged in the recent hurricanes.

Convicted Murderer at 17, Fights to Get Out 26 Years Later

Dec 13, 2017
Dean Shalhoup/ The Telegraph/POOL

A 43-year-old man serving a life sentence for a murder he committed at 17 may now get a chance to be released. 

Nashua OK's Funding for New Drug Recovery Coach

Dec 13, 2017

The Nashua Board of Aldermen Tuesday night approved funding for a citywide recovery coach for those battling drug addiction. But it wasn’t without a lengthy debate.

Nashua Recovery Beds in Jeopardy As Funds Run Out

Dec 11, 2017
PAIGE SUTHERLAND/NHPR

Nashua could soon lose 11 recovery beds for people battling drug addiction. That’s if the nonprofit that runs the beds doesn’t get the money needed to keep them open.

Nashua Gets a New Fire Chief

Dec 6, 2017
Nashua Fire Department

The city of Nashua will soon have a new fire chief.

Manchester Settles Panhandling Lawsuit for $89K

Dec 4, 2017
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The city of Manchester has paid $89,000 to settle a lawsuit over the city’s panhandling policies.

Todd Bookman/NHPR

Think bagpipes, and you likely think Scotland. But one of the world’s largest bagpipe manufacturers happens to call Nashua, New Hampshire home.

That company, however, is facing an unexpected wrinkle in its international supply chain.

Nashua Voters Back Performing Arts Center Proposal

Nov 8, 2017
Courtesy of Nashua Offiicals

A proposal to build a performing arts center in downtown Nashua got a shot of support from local voters Tuesday.

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Joyce Craig is the first woman ever elected mayor of Manchester.

That’s after she beat four-term incumbent Mayor Ted Gatsas on Tuesday by more than 1,500 votes.

N.H. Lawmakers Fight to Get State Job Back For Single Mom

Nov 7, 2017
FILE

New Hampshire lawmakers are pushing for a 31-year-old single mom in Manchester to get her state job back. 

Performing Arts Center Proposal Put to Nashua Voters

Nov 6, 2017

Nashua aldermen rejected the $15.5 million proposal in September. But the question on Tuesday’s city ballot asks voters to decide whether lawmakers should reconsider.

Paige Sutherland/NHPR

Nashua aldermen recently rejected a plan to bring a performing arts center to the downtown. But Tuesday, voters will get a chance to weigh in.

And over the past few weeks, advocates for the center have been working long hours to make sure it gets the support it needs.

Paige Sutherland/NHPR

In September Manchester saw record breaking numbers in both drug fatalities and overdoses. So for many voters heading to the polls next week for local elections - this crisis remains their number one issue.

Todd Bookman/NHPR

The hospitals will keep their respective names on the building. Employees and patients won’t see any immediate changes. But six months after announcing their intentions to collaborate, Elliot Health System and Southern New Hampshire Health are combining forces under a new umbrella group called SolutionHealth, creating a nearly 500-bed regional health care system, one of the largest in the state.

Mayoral Candidates in Manchester to Debate Business Issues

Oct 24, 2017
Paige Sutherland/NHPR

Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas and mayoral candidate Joyce Craig will face off Wednesday morning for the first time in front of a live audience.

Paige Sutherland/NHPR

The former Daniel Webster College campus in Nashua may soon be home to a Chinese university.

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