Upper Valley

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On a rainy, grey Saturday in January, hundreds filled the gym at Stevens High School in Claremont to see one of the leading Democratic candidates, South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg.

As volunteers handed out signs for people to wave and music blared, I walked around, looking for voters to talk with. 

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About 100 people attended a town hall meeting put on by Dartmouth College on Wednesday to update community members on a plan to improve campus climate.

The Campus Climate and Culture Initiative has been in place for a year and focuses on eliminating sexual misconduct and abuse of power on campus.

The initiative, which had been in the works since 2018, was rolled out last January after seven women filed a federal lawsuit alleging Dartmouth failed to protect them from sexual harassment and abuse.

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An early morning explosion and fire at the Element Hotel in Lebanon on Tuesday sent two firefighters to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

The firefighters were responding to an alarm that went off at 5:15 a.m. When crews arrived, there was an explosion.

"At this point it doesn't seem to be criminal in nature at all and it's just contained to one hotel building," says Deputy State Fire Marshall Danielle Cole. "But we still have a team on scene right now working with town and state officials, just trying to figure out what happened."

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Immigration advocates in Lebanon are hoping to get a "welcoming" ordinance approved in that city. 

Under the ordinance, city employees could not ask about a person’s immigration status or participate in immigration enforcement actions. 

Yolanda Huerta is with Rise Upper Valley, an activist organization working on immigration issues. She says she and others have lost faith that reforms will happen on the federal level. 

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People in West Lebanon had a chance to tour New Hampshire’s first net-zero multi-family residential building. 

About 400 solar panels will power Tracy Community Housing. Some are on the roof, and others are on the south side of the building. Each apartment has a mini-split unit that’ll cool or heat the apartment using air source heat pumps.

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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center has announced a $4.5 million plan to create what it says is the country's first geriatric emergency department in a rural area.

The hospital is working with the California-based non-profit West Health on the project. West Health, which has worked on similar projects in urban settings, will spend $3 million on the project. Dartmouth-Hitchcock has committed an additional $1.5 million.

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At an art gallery in Lebanon on Tuesday night, surrounded by photographs of compost, community members gathered to talk about trash.

Saran wrap, an empty box of broth and plastic firemen’s hats sat in neat display at the feet of Marc Morgan, Lebanon’s solid waste facility manager and Evelyn Swett, a photographer.

The two facilitated a conversation with a group of twelve people about waste, and finding ways to reduce it.

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Since 2000, nine hospitals in New Hampshire have closed labor and delivery units. Four of those have been in the Upper Valley. But as NHPR's Daniela Allee reports, in response to these closures, two Upper Valley midwives plan on opening a birthing center next spring.

The Gentle Landing Midwifery and Birth Center already has patients booked into next spring.

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The Border Patrol checkpoint on I-89 in Lebanon resulted in four arrests Thursday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrested another 21 people this week in other operations.

That includes one U.S. Citizen wanted on an outstanding warrant. Other people detained came from Russia, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.

Those who didn’t have proper documentation are now in removal proceedings.

Seven of the undocumented are facing felony prosecution for allegedly reentering the country after previously being deported. 

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Cindy Wells stood tall for her portrait, holding three photos from her 22 years in the Marine Corps.

There’s one from boot camp, another from meeting a running challenge, and the last from when she was Marine of the Year in Buffalo, New York.

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About 150 people gathered on Wednesday night in Hartford, Vermont, to protest arrests made by ICE.  Seventeen people in Hartford and Lebanon were detained by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement in late July and early August. 

Many chanted, "Say it loud, say it clear: immigrants are welcome here." 

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Along Route 4 in Canaan, there are a couple of options to grab a bite to eat: the gas station, a pizza place, a Chinese restaurant. But there wasn't a coffee shop. That is, until earlier this year when two cafes opened not far from one another. As part of the summer series, Exploring Route 4, NHPR's Daniela Allee gives us a peek into what it's like when a town of 4,000 has a bit of a coffee shop boom.

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Over the last month, Dartmouth College has been hosting a lecture series on the ways in which black women and girls are disproportionately subjected to violence in American society and on how they're often ignored by social justice movements.

The series is called #SayHerName: Intersectionality and Violence Against Black Women and Girls. 

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Seeing a doctor by video conference is becoming more and more common. According to one estimate, in just five years more doctor’s visits will happen virtually than in person in the U.S.

In New Hampshire, this explosion of telemedicine is being heralded by some as a solution to health care problems like long wait times, rural access, and workforce shortages.

But questions remain whether telemedicine will be able to deliver.

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Sullivan County will start selling thermal renewable energy credits next week from energy produced by its biomass plant.

Utilities can purchase these thermal renewable energy credits as a way to meet state requirements to produce, or purchase, a certain amount of energy from renewable sources.

Dartmouth College has paid the New Hampshire Fish and Game department $19,000 to the cover the cost of a two-day search and rescue effort after a student got lost during a school-sponsored hike.

Authorities said it was a miracle that 21-year-old Arun Anand was found alive on Mount Moosilauke in May. Citing a number of "troubling factors," the college has promised to both scrutinize the qualifications of staffers leading such trips and take steps to better prepare students.

Fish and Game Col. Kevin Jordan told the Valley News he is impressed with the response.

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"You will be powerful."

That was the message from world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma to graduates of Dartmouth College and a crowd of approximately 11,000 on Sunday.

Ma told the graduates to use their power wisely. He urged them to be “humans first” and to resist the urge to “build walls instead of bridges.”

"Never abuse this power. Never abuse this power," repeated Ma. "It is a gift."

Ma also performed a song in honor of the graduating class – a piece by Pablo Casal called the Song of the Birds.

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  Nearly 300 Dartmouth College alumni, students and professors are demanding the college drop its opposition to the use of pseudonyms by women suing the school for allegedly mishandling sexual abuse complaints.

 

The statement was also signed by Congresswoman Annie Kuster and state Senator Martha Hennessey, both of whom say they were assaulted when they were undergraduate students at Dartmouth.

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A student group at Dartmouth College focused on preventing sexual violence is arguing Dartmouth makes it too easy for students who’ve committed misconduct to transfer to other schools.

At issue is whether and how Dartmouth should disclose sexual harassment and assault investigations on student transcripts.

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Dartmouth College is challenging the anonymity of plaintiffs in a $70 million class-action lawsuit that claims the school mishandled sexual abuse complaints for years.

Dartmouth argues the use of pseudonyms for two recently added plaintiffs will make it unfairly difficult for the college to defend itself.

The lawsuit, filed last fall, centers around three former members of the school’s neuroscience faculty. Plaintiffs argue Dartmouth administrators failed to properly protect students from harassment and assault by the men.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton drew a large crowd in Hanover Wednesday night for a foreign policy discussion at Dartmouth College. 

 

In her remarks, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee cautioned against rushing toward impeachment proceedings for President Trump.

 

Instead, she said, Democrats should continue an independent Congressional investigation, using the Mueller report as a guide. 

 

Clinton also criticized Trump administration foreign policy on Russia and Iran.

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Dartmouth College is joining dozens of schools across the country in a new effort to address sexual harassment in collaboration with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

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Lithium-ion batteries are a growing fire hazard at landfills and transfer stations across the region.

The batteries can spark under pressure and heat.

Waste managers are urging residents to properly dispose of electronics at designated recycling centers or hazardous waste collection sites.

The Lebanon landfill, which serves communities across the Upper Valley, has seen seven fires in the past ten months, said Marc Morgan, the facility’s solid waste manager.

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New Hampshire wildlife officials have the same message every spring when it comes to bears.

Bring in bird feeders, they say, get chickens inside some kind of bear-proof enclosure and make sure trash is stored away.

But the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has been running into a very human problem: apathy. 

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A black bear sow New Hampshire wildlife officials relocated to the North Country last year in an attempt to keep the animal out of trouble in Hanover has made her way back to the Upper Valley.

The bear is affectionately known as Mink, after the local Mink Brook natural area where she often spent her time.

Over the years, she and her offspring became accustomed to feeding on garbage and birdseed around Hanover, home to Dartmouth College.

New Hampshire Fish and Game planned to shoot her as a last resort after her yearling cubs found their way into a home in town.

For N.H.'s Last Roller Rink, End of an Era Looms

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The last remaining roller rink in all of Vermont or New Hampshire sits near the bottom of a hill in the Upper Valley town of Enfield, N.H. It’s on a rural stretch of Route 4, the main road running through town.

It’s hard to believe the place is still in business. Sometimes there’s just couple of cars sitting in the parking lot, even on a weekend evening or afternoon.

The Claremont and Unity schools have lost more than $450,000 over two years as a result of not submitting federal paperwork for school lunch reimbursements on time, according to acting Superintendent Cory LeClair.

The district will be able to make up the majority of the funds through savings in other areas of the budget, she said, but it’s still a significant loss.

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The New Hampshire Electric Cooperative will get $2.8 million in disaster funds to cover damage to its infrastructure from the Halloween storm of 2017.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the grant will cover more than three-quarters of the Co-op's repair costs. FEMA says it's given New Hampshire more than $7.2 million dollars total under a federal disaster declaration for the storm which caused widespread flooding, infrastructure damage and power outages at the end of October 2017.

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Stories of female veterans from Vermont and New Hampshire will be on stage Saturday at the White River Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Playwright Nicola Smith based the play, Deployed, on interviews with a diverse set of women, representing different generations and different branches of the military.

She was struck by the women’s spirit and determination, she said, despite experiencing incredible challenges and, in some cases, trauma in the service.

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court dealt a small victory Tuesday to a Dartmouth fraternity in its years-long fight with the town of Hanover.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon is one of two fraternities to fight the town in recent years, the other being Alpha Delta.

Both organizations lost their official recognition from Dartmouth over hazing and other conduct issues.

As a result, the Hanover Zoning Board said the groups could no longer house students in their off campus fraternity houses.

The state Supreme Court shot down a legal challenge from Alpha Delta in 2017.

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