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Amanda Gokee

Amanda Gokee

Amanda Gokee is the New Hampshire Bulletin’s energy and environment reporter. She previously reported on these issues at VTDigger. Amanda grew up in Vermont and is a graduate of Harvard University. She received her master’s degree in liberal studies, with a concentration in creative writing, from Dartmouth College. Her work has also appeared in the LA Review of Books and the Valley News.

Executive Council approves $60,000 to track ticks

By: - September 28, 2022

A contract to spend $60,000 in federal funds on tick tracking efforts around the state was approved by the Executive Council last week. MaineHealth, located in Portland, Maine, will be responsible for tracking ticks at 20 locations in New Hampshire, according to the Department of Health and Human Services request for funding. This includes locations […]

Burning for good: How New Hampshire ecosystems benefit from prescribed burns

By: - September 27, 2022

This article is the second in a two-part series looking at restorative uses of fire around the state. Part one is about how Indigenous people are working with the Forest Service to return fire to the landscape. On the morning of the burn, the nerves set in. Even months of planning doesn’t guarantee that the […]

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Unitil requests electric price increase

By: - September 26, 2022

This article was updated at 4:14 p.m. on Sept. 26 to include comment from the consumer advocate. Unitil customers can expect a significant rate increase in December, if the utility’s Friday request is granted. Unitil requested to increase electric rates to 26 cents per kilowatt hour, which would take effect on Dec. 1 and last […]

Bringing Indigenous fire practices back to New Hampshire

By: - September 26, 2022

This is the first of a two-part series about how fire is used as a regenerative force in New Hampshire. Decline in air quality. Danger. Damage. The latest headlines about wildfires emphasize its potential for large-scale destruction, but there’s a positive side to fire that has long been used by Indigenous people as a way […]

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Department of Health and Human Services removes request to expand food assistance eligibility

By: - September 22, 2022

The Bulletin incorrectly reported on Sept. 21 that changes to the SNAP program had been approved by the Executive Council on Wednesday. The Department of Health and Human Services removed a request to expand eligibility for a food assistance program during the Executive Council’s meeting on Wednesday. The request would have increased eligibility for the […]

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‘The year of biomass’: Republican lawmakers say increasing biomass a priority for 2023 session

By: - September 22, 2022

When it comes to soaring energy prices, voters’ message to candidates is clear: Reduce costs. Politicians have been listening – and now many are responding ahead of the November general election with a range of proposals, from direct aid to ratepayers to increasing renewable energy.  At an energy summit Monday, two key Republicans told industry […]

Voters take anger over Gunstock’s closure to the polls

By: - September 19, 2022

When the county-owned ski resort Gunstock temporarily shuttered last summer, some residents blamed their elected representatives for imperiling the mountain’s future by putting ideology over responsible governance. And many vowed to channel their outrage into the upcoming primary and general elections. It appears they delivered on that promise. The results of Tuesday’s primary will bring […]

Rules for community power approved

By: - September 16, 2022

A legislative committee approved rules for community power Friday, which will allow cities and towns to band together to purchase their own energy. Amid soaring electricity costs, energy experts anticipate this will save ratepayers money while increasing renewable energy options.  The rules required approval by the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules before taking effect. […]

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‘Largest energy relief package ever’ becomes law, as governor’s vetoes sustained

By: and - September 16, 2022

With energy costs skyrocketing, Gov. Chris Sununu signed what he called the state’s largest energy relief package ever into law Thursday, hours after it passed the Legislature. The move came as lawmakers met for the state’s veto day, leaving all of the governor’s vetoes intact.  Funded through the state’s general fund, the energy bill could […]

House plans to take up emergency energy aid bill Thursday

By: - September 14, 2022

The Legislature is scheduled to meet Thursday to act on bills vetoed by Gov. Chris Sununu. But the meeting is also an opportunity for lawmakers to act on Sununu’s call to create an emergency energy plan to address the skyrocketing costs of both electricity and home heat. In June, Sununu proposed a $60 million dollar […]

New Hampshire’s late primary day

By: - September 13, 2022

As voters headed into the polls Tuesday, Gov. Chris Sununu said he would be open to moving up the state’s primary, among the latest in the country. But the governor has vetoed previous legislative attempts to move the primary to August.  “Look, I don’t mind moving the primary. I’ve come to that,” Sununu told talk […]

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Growing number of Republican candidates express openness to climate action

By: - September 13, 2022

Robin Tyner knows that people are driving climate change and believes the state should do more to address it. As an oceanographer and meteorologist, that view is uncontroversial among Tyner’s colleagues. That will not be the case if Tyner wins the election to represent Exeter as a Republican in the New Hampshire House, where climate […]