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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.

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Department of Justice seeks salary boost for director of communications

By: - July 14, 2021

The Department of Justice is looking to create a new pay grade for its director of communications, Kate Giaquinto. The proposal will be put before the Executive Council for a vote on Wednesday. If approved, the request would create a new labor grade, ranging from $71,896.24 up to $100,159.28 for the communications director position. Attorney […]

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Evans-Brown named executive director of Clean Energy New Hampshire

By: - July 13, 2021

Former NHPR reporter Sam Evans-Brown has stepped into a leadership role at Clean Energy New Hampshire, one of the state’s most prominent clean energy advocacy organizations. The nonprofit, which was previously led by Madeleine Mineau, is also involved in educational initiatives in the state. Mineau left the executive director role in June to take a […]

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‘This is definitely on us’: June brings record-breaking heat

By: - July 13, 2021

This story was updated on Tuesday, July 13 at 3:27 p.m. to clarify that this was the hottest June on record, not the hottest month. This June was the hottest on record for New Hampshire, in addition to breaking heat records across North America. A report released by the National Centers for Environmental Information shows […]

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Funding approved for climate change mitigation efforts

By: - July 9, 2021

Last week, the Executive Council approved $63,299 to cover the cost of staff at the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services who are doing work associated with a clean air settlement to mitigate the effects of greenhouse gas emissions in the state. In 2007, the U.S. Department of Justice sued American Electric Power, alleging that […]

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New Hampshire among nine states still opposing Purdue Pharma deal 

By: - July 8, 2021

Fifteen states have reached a deal with Purdue Pharma on the company’s bankruptcy organization plan. New Hampshire is not among them.  The deal moves the states and company a step closer to a $4.5 billion opioid settlement. Plaintiffs in the case are trying to hold the company and its owners, the Sackler family, responsible for […]

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‘The perfect storm’: Housing shortage pinches the Upper Valley

By: - July 8, 2021

This story has been updated on July 8, 2021 at 11:55 am to reflect that Keys to the Valley collected housing shortage data in a study of the Upper Valley.  When Tishya Srivastava received an acceptance letter for a master’s program at Dartmouth, it was good news. But the excitement about moving to Hanover didn’t […]

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CEO of New Hampshire Electric Co-op stepping down

By: - July 7, 2021

After six years at the helm of the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, CEO and President Steve Camerino will be stepping down to take over as the CEO of a regional law firm. Camerino will leave the electric co-op for a top position at McLane Middleton, Professional Association, based in Manchester. Camerino had worked as an […]

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Council approves marketing contracts for agritourism, employment, state parks

By: - July 6, 2021

Last week, the Executive Council unanimously approved a $15.5 million contract with GYK Antler LLC for ongoing state marketing campaigns. The bulk of the funding will go toward domestic and international advertising through the Division of Travel and Tourism. The marketing agency will continue to work with the state on an array of campaigns, including […]

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Interest in local food doesn’t always mean more sales for farmers

By: - July 6, 2021

Pooh Sprague had a record year on his Plainfield farm last year. The community supported agriculture program, often called a CSA, grew from 250 to 300 boxes. There was so much interest that the family farm had to start turning away customers. That was a complete reversal from the previous year, when Sprague thought the […]

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Bills on voting rights for incarcerated people, electronic poll books signed into law

By: - July 2, 2021

Two voting rights measures will become law after they were signed by Gov. Chris Sununu on Thursday. House Bill 555 ensures that some people who are incarcerated will be able to vote by absentee ballot. While people serving a sentence for a felony are not allowed to vote, those who are serving because of a […]

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Municipalities eligible for $56 million in American Rescue Plan money

By: - July 1, 2021

The Executive Council approved the first installment of money for municipalities from the American Rescue Plan on Wednesday: $56 million for local governments around the state. The money can be used for public health expenditures, addressing negative economic impacts of the pandemic – which can include economic harm to workers, households, small businesses and industry, […]

Executive Council denies contract for rehabilitative program for health care workers

By: - July 1, 2021

In a 4-1 vote, the Executive Council on Wednesday denied a contract for a rehabilitative program for health care workers following an outcry from the medical community in New Hampshire and beyond. But the current contract, held by New Hampshire Professionals Health Program, is expiring, which left the council scrambling to find a solution and […]