Saturday, July 2, 2011

NH in center of storm in New England renewable energy battle

September 24, 2010 by ShawnMillerick  
Filed under Energy & Environment

New Hampshire is about to become involved in a fight for the future of renewable energy. Massachusetts is introducing new regulations that would curtail the biomass industry, one of New Hampshire’s primary sources of energy and a thriving industry in New England. In January, a proposed EPA regulation called the “Tailoring Rule,” designed to target [...]

Could GOP benefit as state resident patterns change?

October 25, 2009 by Staff Reporter  
Filed under State House

New Hampshire’s lack of population growth over the last several years, and in particular the last two, may give Republican candidates a better chance in 2010 of recapturing some of the seats they lost in 2008, according to John H. Sununu, chairman of the state Republican Committee. Sununu, also a former New Hampshire governor, said [...]

‘Dexter’ copycat murder casts shadow over NH death penalty law

October 8, 2009 by Staff Reporter  
Filed under State House

PORTSMOUTH — The murder of 42-year-old Kimberly Cates in Mont Vernon over the weekend comes two weeks before state and local officials are scheduled to meet in Concord to begin work examining New Hampshire’s death penalty law, whether it should be abolished, expanded or left as it is. Cates was killed in her home early [...]

New Hampshire fifth healthiest state

October 8, 2009 by Staff Reporter  
Filed under Health

A new “scorecard” lists “shockingly wide variations” among the states when it comes to the health of their residents, says the president of the Commonwealth Fund, which compared such factors as access to care, insurance coverage and avoidable hospital admissions. “The differences we see among the states translate to real lives and real dollars,” Karen [...]

Swine Flu: businesses prepare…

September 27, 2009 by Staff Reporter  
Filed under Health

Doug Bates, president of the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, has a precautionary suggestion for business people and employees if the contagious swine flu virus does begin to spread this fall and winter — keep face-to-face greetings verbal. “People ought to stop shaking hands for a while,” said Bates, whose small organization has plans in [...]

Lamontagne takes heat from pro-lifers on Catholic hospital deal

September 21, 2009 by Patrick  
Filed under News & Politics

Ovide Lamontagne is facing stern criticism from some pro-life activists for helping to shepherd the proposed affiliation between Manchester’s Catholic Medical Center and Dartmouth-Hitchcock just as he amps up his exploration of the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Republican Judd Gregg. As former Chair of NH Right to Life Barbara Hagan told [...]

Seacoast single-family home sales slip in August

September 19, 2009 by Staff Reporter  
Filed under Business

PORTSMOUTH — Sales of single-family homes in nine sample Seacoast towns registered a third straight monthly decline in August, falling off 14 percent from July and 8 percent from August 2008 numbers. It was the slowest month for closings since April, according to the Seacoast Board of Realtors. Still, pending sales remained exactly the same [...]

Mountain lions in Belknap County?

September 19, 2009 by Staff Reporter  
Filed under Energy & Environment

N.H. Fish and Game officials are looking for hard evidence to confirm a report that one of their staff members spotted a mountain lion in Barnstead, which could go down as only the fifth such sighting of the predator in the past 60 years in the Granite State. Cynthia Seligowski of Brentwood said she has [...]

Unemployment in NH still rising, but slowly

September 15, 2009 by Staff Reporter  
Filed under Business

Concord – New Hampshire’s jobless rate ticked up a tenth of a percentage point in August to 6.9 percent from July, the state said. The number of unemployed residents rose 1,040 to 51,100 from July to August, according to the states Economic and Labor Market Bureau. That was 22,590 more unemployed than in August last [...]

Merchants offer mixed take on summer season

September 7, 2009 by Staff Reporter  
Filed under Business

PORTSMOUTH — With hungry customers filling her shop throughout the day, Chris Bistany barely had time to talk about how busy Moe’s Italian Sandwiches was Sunday. “It’s been a crazy day,” she said. Bistany was among those seeing a brisk day of business as shoppers, tourists and sightseers roamed downtown Portsmouth looking for bargains before [...]

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