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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.

Dartmouth Challenging Use of Pseudonyms in Class-Action Sexual Abuse Case

May 16, 2019
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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

Apr 5, 2019
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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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The details laid out in a November legal complaint against Dartmouth College are shocking.

Seven women in the school's prestigious Psychological and Brain Sciences Department say they were harassed, assaulted, and even raped by tenured faculty members. They say administrators turned a blind eye, protecting the department’s reputation, and the men, at all costs.

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The second of two former Claremont police officers charged with lying on the job has pleaded guilty.

The state Attorney General's office says Mark Burch will serve 100 hours of community service, and has agreed not to work as a police officer in New Hampshire. He was sentenced to a year behind bars, but the jail sentence is suspended pending good behavior.

His former colleague on the force, Ian Kibbe, was sentenced in January to a year in jail, with all but 90 days suspended. He is also barred from serving in local law enforcement.

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Organic farmers and activists from across the country are gathering in Hanover this weekend.

They're frustrated by recent US Department of Agriculture decisions widening the definition of the “Certified Organic” label, and they’re planning a new “Real Organic” label of their own.

A New Hampshire police department has announced a new voluntary registry program for residents with special needs.

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Claremont police have confirmed the city's interim superintendent of schools was at the center of a dispute last week that resulted in officers responding to an emergency call from the district's administrative offices.

According to the police report, Interim Superintendent Keith Pfeifer was in the process of being suspended, and Nathan Lavanway, the district’s assistant director of business and finance, had asked Pfeifer to leave the building.

School officials in Claremont are offering few details about an incident last week where police were called to the district’s administrative offices after someone inside hit a panic button.

Officers spent over an hour at the building, keeping the peace until one individual left voluntarily, said Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase. Names of those involved are redacted in a police report Chase shared Wednesday. 

SAU6 School Board Chair Marjorie Erickson declined to offer additional details on the incident and a closed-door board meeting Tuesday night.

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For the second year in a row, Lebanon City Council has voted against putting the electronic gambling game Keno in front of voters.

 

After a lengthy debate on Wednesday night, the City Council voted 5-4 against a proposal from the American Legion to put Keno on the ballot.

 

Lebanon would have joined over 20 New Hampshire towns deciding next month whether to allow Keno at local bars and restaurants.

'Weatherize' Program Expands in Upper Valley

Jan 19, 2019

Residents of Canaan, Enfield, and six New London-area towns will be eligible for discounts on home insulation and weatherproofing projects this year.

The program, called Weatherize, is run by the Upper Valley non-profit Vital Communities, one of a number of New Hampshire groups looking to encourage homeowners to seal up drafty, inefficient homes.

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Dartmouth College today detailed a new plan to combat sexual harassment and violence, an effort first announced last month. 

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It’s already been a cold winter, and we haven’t even hit January. Keeping the heat running and lights on night after night quickly adds up.

Across the state, homeowners are getting creative about ways to keep costs in check and, in some cases, transition to renewable fuel at the same time. In the Upper Valley, one city is particularly out front on this challenge.

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Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon is promising a “sweeping plan” to combat sexual assault following outcry from students, faculty and alumni over charges laid out in a recent federal lawsuit.

The complaint, filed Nov. 15, details years of alleged harassment and assault by tenured members of Dartmouth’s prestigious psychology faculty, claiming school administrators effectively ignored illegal behavior for years.

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There’s a new section in some state liquor stores this holiday season. It’s hard ciders, but specifically what they’re calling “heritage ciders.” The Liquor Commission is trying to market these higher-end bottles and cans to wine drinkers. As NHPR’s Britta Greene reports, it’s an attempt to improve sales for orchard-based cider makers, and others relying on their specialty fruit.

 

Dartmouth-Hitchcock officials have announced a $130 million construction project that would include a third inpatient tower at the medical center campus in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

The plan includes a 132,000 square-foot, 60-bed inpatient tower, along with renovation and expansion of the center's emergency department, and the proposed construction of a parking garage

The board of trustees announced the plan at its meeting Friday.

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A man who pleaded guilty in the 2001 stabbing deaths of two Dartmouth College professors when he was 16 has asked a judge for a shorter sentence.

James Parker and 17-year-old Robert Tulloch, both of Chelsea, Vermont, posed as students conducting a survey. Parker pleaded guilty to second-degree murder to killing Suzanne Zantop and agreed to testify against Tulloch, who stabbed her husband, Half Zantop.

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