The New Hampshire Bulletin’s 2022 year in review

By: - December 23, 2022 2:02 am

The Old Man of the Mountain lives on inside the New Hampshire Bulletin office. (Annmarie Timmins | New Hampshire Bulletin)

2022 began with a lot of big questions – for the world, the nation, and New Hampshire. Would this be the year that COVID-19 loosened its grip on a weary public? Would the political anger and violence of Jan. 6, 2021 be replicated in the aftermath of the November 2022 midterm election? And, here in New Hampshire, what new laws would the Republican-dominated Legislature pursue after a bruising 2021?

Bulletin reporters Annmarie Timmins, Amanda Gokee, and Ethan DeWitt kicked off our State House coverage in 2022 by reading the tea leaves (and Legislative Service Requests) to shape our Jan. 3 legislative preview story: “Vaccine, environment, energy, and abortion will dominate legislative session.”

The informed prediction proved accurate.

Just two weeks later, the Bulletin’s top headline read: “Debunked information dominates public testimony as lawmakers consider vaccine-related bills.” It was one of many stories not just about the vaccines but the continued strain the pandemic was placing on families, schools, hospitals, and the health care system at large.

Few stories in 2022 were as challenging and emotional as the debate over reproductive rights before and after Roe v. Wade was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. In New Hampshire, testimony about a fatal fetal anomaly exception in the state’s new 24-week abortion ban was particularly gut-wrenching.

Energy costs and the climate crisis would also drive debate not just in the State House, but in communities and living rooms throughout the state. From the mounting local evidence of a changing climate to debates about clean energy, renewable natural gas, and biomass, the alarms grew in urgency. One of the more jarring reports for ratepayers came in the middle of June: “Electric prices set to double in New Hampshire.”

All of this was just the tip of the iceberg for New Hampshire in 2022. Public school teachers pushed back against efforts to regulate instruction; solutions to a growing housing crisis were explored; state officials and lawyers battled over a YDC settlement fund; tempers flared over the futures of Gunstock Mountain and the summit of Mount Washington; the drama surrounding a consequential midterm election – including redistricting, voting access, and “election integrity” – captivated the state’s voters; and a very real threat to the state’s position on the primary calendar emerged.

And there’s much, much more. Click or swipe through the slides below to see the big stories that defined New Hampshire’s 2022.

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Dana Wormald
Dana Wormald

Dana Wormald, a lifelong resident of New Hampshire, has been a newspaper editor for more than 25 years. He began his career on the Concord Monitor’s news desk in 1995 and later spent more than a decade at the New Hampshire Union Leader. In 2014, he returned to the Monitor to serve as opinion editor, a position he held until being named editor of the Bulletin. Email: [email protected]