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The city of Lebanon has joined the growing list of New Hampshire communities signing on to the goals of the Paris Climate Accord.  

The Lebanon City Council vote was unanimous Wednesday night. Councilors acknowledge that the move doesn't mean any practical changes for the city -- they already have policies on the books to significantly reduce their greenhouse gas footprint. 

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The Vilas Bridge spans the Connecticut River with two delicate arches, but it’s seen nearly a century of wear. In some spots, where the concrete has cracked and fallen away, you can see the structure’s metal skeleton, rusting in plain air.

Hanover Seizes Land From Longtime Resident

Aug 1, 2017
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Hanover has seized three properties from a longtime resident, David Vincelette, after he failed to pay taxes dating back to 2014.

Vincelette is a well known figure in Hanover, and there’s been long-running tension between him and the town. His land is next to a popular nature preserve. Last year, town workers put up a fence along the boundary in an attempt to keep some of Vincelette’s items, like wood pellets and machinery, from spilling over onto town property.

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Mark Horne, the man that a Plainfield mother and son were allegedly plotting to pay to kill the son's ex-wife, continues to serve with Plainfield's volunteer fire department. The mother and son,  Pauline Chase and Maurice Temple, allegedly had multiple conversations with Horne to discuss the murder and compensation. 

Horne is not a defendant in the case. Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway said Horne is cooperating with investigators, but declined to offer further information. 

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Bail has been set at one-million-dollars each for a Plainfield woman and her son in a murder-for-hire case.

Pauline Chase, 83, and her son Maurice Temple, 63, appeared briefly by video conference before a judge Friday in Claremont District Court. Both were arrested on Thursday and charged with plotting to have another man, Mark Horne, kill Temple's ex-wife, Jean Temple.

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Former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry delivered a sobering talk  in Hanover Thursday, focusing on the potential for nuclear devastation in today's global environment. His lecture, part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dartmouth's summer lecture series, was largely an attempt at a wake up call.

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The Connecticut River springs to life in Pittsburg, New Hampshire, just a few hundred yards from the Canadian border. From there, it snakes 400 or miles southward, where it discharges into the Long Island Sound. This month, a group of river-lovers are paddling the length of the Connecticut to highlight its history, importance and beauty.

North Haverhill Farm Workshop Caters to Local Vets

Jul 17, 2017
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A small group of New Hampshire veterans will gather in North Haverhill Tuesday to learn about farm equipment and the agricultural industry in the state. 

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A large, privately held piece of land in Hanover will be protected under a new agreement between the land's owners and the Hanover Conservancy, a private non-profit conservation group.

The land, just over 300 acres northeast of town, overlaps with the Appalachian Trail and is home to woods, streams and wetlands. Those features, plus its location and high elevation, made it particularly attractive to the Hanover Conservancy.

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Hundreds of volunteers will head to lakes across the state Saturday for an annual census of New Hampshire's loons. The count is organized by the Loon Preservation Committee, a New Hampshire-based non-profit.

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Despite mounting public awareness, New Hampshire, like other states, struggles to contain its opioid epidemic. Part of the problem is a lack of real-time information about who’s using opioids, especially fentanyl, and how government policies can help them stop.

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Merle Schotanus of Grantham has had cancer twice, prostate cancer in 2006 and lung cancer in 2014. With the second diagnosis, his doctors removed 20 percent of his right lung.

Of all of the things to worry about after that surgery, the Prouty was on his mind. “I was afraid I wasn’t going to be able to participate,” he said.

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University officials say a Dartmouth College student has been diagnosed with mumps.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the case Monday. School officials say the student is being treated and has been isolated on campus.

Dartmouth officials notified students, faculty and staff about the case.

Fever, muscle aches, fatigue and swollen salivary glands are all symptoms of the contagious disease.

The measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is a mandate for Dartmouth students unless they have a special exemption.

New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan is urging a stronger diplomatic response to North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday.

Speaking at an event in Newport Wednesday, Sen. Hassan said she’s worried about President Trump's ability to handle the crisis. "I am very concerned that the President seems to think that diplomacy is something you can do via Twitter," she said. 

Trump tweeted Wednesday morning, “So much for China working with us – but we had to give it a try!”  

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Staff at the Newport Health Center shared their concerns about the Senate healthcare bill with New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan Wednesday. 

The center provides people in the Newport area with basic healthcare, including primary and pre-natal care, x-rays and lab services. After a quick tour, Sen. Hassan sat down with administrators and staffers to discuss the current healthcare debate. No one voiced support for the Republican plan, but many criticized the current system. 

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The scene is a fenced-in enclosure, tucked away in the hills in southeastern Vermont. Inside, choreographer Ann Carlson leads a rehearsal with four dancers, a flock of sheep and a border collie.

The dancers drape sheep pelts over their heads, then wave the pelts in front of their bodies like bullfighters — but instead of red cloth, it’s pieces of the animals’ own skin that they’re waving. 

The sheep, it seems, couldn’t care less, until the border collie comes running up. Then, they stop munching the grass, look forward, and run, too. 

The Grafton Superior Court will hear a motion to dismiss a much-publicized case involving a swastika-printed flour sack in an antiques store in Littleton, New Hampshire Tuesday. 

In November, Katherine Ferrier took a picture of the flour sack and posted it to Facebook, writing as part of a long post, "How do you think it’s okay to hang this thing here, front and center, given everything it stands for?"

Upper Valley Celebrates New Space for Sculpture

Jun 21, 2017
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AVA - a Lebanon-based art gallery, studio and educational space - will celebrate the official dedication of a new sculpture center on Thursday.

 

The center houses studio space for woodworking, metal and glass forging, welding, and other three-dimensional art forms AVA has been unable to offer in its existing facilities.

 

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River Valley Community College, based in Claremont, is launching two new programs in computer science and information technology. The move is an attempt by the college to better tailor its offerings to the needs of local employers. 

"There are actually companies that are very, very concerned about not finding the right talent in the state," said Ali Rafieymehr, interim president and vice president of academic affairs at RVCC.

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What’s notable about Margie Emmons' kayak tours is not necessarily what you can see on the tour, it’s what you can’t.

 

On a recent morning, Emmons led a small group of women on a tour of the Moore Reservoir, just west of Littleton, New Hampshire. Two towns - one on the Vermont side and one in New Hampshire - used to stand in this spot. The remains of both flooded after New England Power built the Moore Dam in the 1950s.

 

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Names New Leader

Jun 15, 2017
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Joanne Conroy, a hospital executive in Burlington, Mass., will be the next CEO and president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Conroy will take over the role in August after the departure of James Weinstein.  

Dartmouth-Hitchcock is the state's largest health system, with about 12,000 employees and 24 clinics in New Hampshire and Vermont. Conroy, an anesthesiologist, will be the first woman to lead the Lebanon-based system.

VA to LGBTQ Veterans: You're Welcome Here

Jun 14, 2017
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Four panelists -- three of them veterans -- answered questions about their personal experiences navigating gender and sexuality issues at a public discussion at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction, Vermont on Wednesday.

The event was part of a broader effort by the VA to let veterans know they can be honest about their gender and sexuality and still access medical care within the VA system.

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Bears have been a major headache in Hanover this spring. One mother bear and her three yearlings, in particular, became well known to residents for their aggressive behavior. The animals are attracted to unsecured dumpsters and residential garbage cans.

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CNN anchor Jake Tapper reflected on his career in journalism in a commencement address to graduates of Dartmouth College Sunday.

Tapper has been in the spotlight recently for his pointed, and at times combative, back-and-forths with members of the Trump administration. But he said his 2012 book detailing a deadly battle in Afghanistan remains his proudest accomplishment.

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The Lebanon City Council voted Wednesday to amend the city's master plan, removing references to natural gas as a favored energy source. The move is largely symbolic, but it reflects growing concern around the environmental impact of natural gas.

Residents in the Upper Valley are organizing to fight a proposal by Liberty Utilities for a new natural gas facility and pipeline running through Lebanon and Hanover. The state Public Utilities Commission is slated to hear that proposal in September.

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Dartmouth College is reaffirming its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions following President Donald Trump's decision to pull out from the Paris climate agreement. 

On Monday, Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon joined the presidents of eleven other schools in signing a letter underlining a commitment to sustainability, including more quickly transitioning to low-carbon energy sources. 

Living with Black Bears in Back Yards

Jun 5, 2017

The recent saga of the troublesome family of bears in Hanover, destined to be killed after they entered a home in search of food, is one of the latest examples of conflict between black bears and humans in New Hampshire.  Governor Chris Sununu intervened, and the three yearlings were captured and relocated to the north country, although the mother bear has yet to be located.  The Hanover human-bear conflict generated concern nationwide, with hundreds signing an online petition and flooding N.H. Fish & Game with calls.  Why did this conflict resonate with so many - and how do we continue to live with bears in New Hampshire?

 


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The EPA has awarded $200,000 for the redevelopment of an old paper mill site along the Connecticut River.

Figuring out what to do with old mill buildings is an ongoing - and expensive - challenge for many New England towns. This site, the old Robertson Mill, actually sits on an island in the Connecticut River, right between New Hampshire and Bellows Falls, Vermont. You can hear the nearby falls from here on the property.

"It’s one of the old mill buildings that this town, really...a lot of this economy was built upon."

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The two places could not be more different: the Dartmouth College campus and the Sullivan County jailhouse. Yet, in a new documentary, college students from Dartmouth and female inmates worked together to write short plays about what it’s like to be incarcerated. The process generates a conversation about privilege and the justice system.

Seven years in the making, the film debuts this Saturday at the White River Indie Festival. NHPR’s Peter Biello spoke with the documentary’s director, Signe Taylor, about the making of the film.

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About 50 people showed up for a public forum with the Lebanon Police Chief Richard Mello in West Lebanon Tuesday night.

Since the November election, residents have been approaching the mayor and city councilors with questions around immigration enforcement by local law enforcement, according to Councilor Karen Liot Hill. “A lot of people seem to be really concerned about what might happen -- not necessarily what was happening, but what might happen in the future,” she said.

The forum aimed to address some of those concerns. 

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