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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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New Hampshire faces increased cyberattacks due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict

By: - May 16, 2022

Some of the consequences from the conflict in Ukraine are easily spotted in New Hampshire: expensive energy costs or Ukrainian communities grappling with war and organizing drives for supplies and funding. Others are less visible, such as a dramatic increase in cyberattacks spurred by new technologies developed amid the conflict. Cybersecurity consultant Jason Sgro has […]

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Federal relief money to aid young people formerly in foster care

By: - May 13, 2022

Young adults formerly in foster care are eligible for federal pandemic relief money to cover expenses like rent, groceries, transportation, education, and utilities. New Hampshire’s Department of Health and Human Services is urging eligible youth to apply, through outreach efforts like a press release and social media advertisements on Facebook. The department is also reaching […]

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New Hampshire Supreme Court rules current congressional districts unconstitutional

By: - May 12, 2022

The New Hampshire Supreme Court in a unanimous opinion issued Thursday ruled that the state’s current congressional districts, which have been in place since 2012, are unconstitutional given shifts in the state population. This means the maps can’t be used moving forward, the ruling states. The court also held that if the Legislature and governor […]

State’s fish hatcheries are about to get a boost; some environmentalists say that’s a problem

By: - May 11, 2022

Many of the state’s fish begin their lives not in a mountain stream but in a small white box in New Hampton at one of the state’s six fish hatcheries, where young fish are bred and raised before being released in the wild. Brown trout, rainbow trout, and landlocked salmon are grown at these hatcheries […]

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Measure to protect enslavement-era gravesites of African Americans defeated by House

By: - May 10, 2022

A legislative effort to protect enslavement-era African American graves was voted down last week. The House sent Senate Bill 258 to interim study on Thursday in a 180-146 vote without discussion. Ahead of the vote, members of the House Committee on Resources, Recreation, and Development recommended further study on the bill, questioning whether it was […]

New Hampshire Executive Council and Senate redistricting maps signed into law

By: - May 6, 2022

Gov. Chris Sununu signed two maps into law on Friday that will determine the voting districts for New Hampshire Senate and Executive Council races for the next 10 years if the maps withstand anticipated challenges in the courts. Sununu asked the Legislature to do away with the dragon-shaped District 2 in the current Executive Council […]

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House passes Burgess BioPower and renewable natural gas bills, balks at youth climate panel

By: - May 6, 2022

Under a midnight deadline to act on all bills Thursday, the House advanced legislation supporting biomass power and renewable natural gas projects, while halting a youth environmental commission – an effort that would have given young people a seat at the table for the energy decisions impacting their future.  The Burgess BioPower plant in Berlin, […]

Legislative roundup: $100 million YDC settlement fund approved by Senate

By: and - May 6, 2022

The Senate passed legislation Thursday allotting $100 million to settle claims with the hundreds of people who’ve said they were sexually or physically abused as children while held at the state’s former Youth Development Center.  Over the fierce objections of victim advocates and their lawyers, payments are capped at $1.5 million for sexual abuse and […]

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Senate passes landfill buffer zone legislation

By: - May 5, 2022

After a two-year fight over landfill buffer zones, the Senate passed a bill aimed at protecting drinking water from contamination in a 16-8 vote following a heated debate on the Senate floor.  House Bill 1454 establishes a buffer between landfills and bodies of water, requiring landfills to be sited far enough away so contaminated groundwater […]

Secretary of state’s pick for voter confidence commission draws criticism

By: - May 4, 2022

When Secretary of State David Scanlan announced a new commission on voter confidence last week, the goal was to combat the declining trust in elections he’s seen over the past 10 years, spurred by misinformation and partisan politics.  But the commission includes a controversial pick: Ken Eyring, who has drawn criticism from voting rights groups […]

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An energy efficiency plan for New Hampshire

By: - May 3, 2022

A new state energy efficiency plan has been approved by the Public Utilities Commission, per an order issued late last week that authorizes spending $223.7 million across seven energy efficiency programs through 2023. The approved plan includes residential as well as commercial and industrial programs, with rebates and incentives covering things like home and building […]

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New Hampshire to receive $26 million in new carbon-reduction program

By: - May 2, 2022

New Hampshire is set to receive $26 million over five years through a new carbon-reduction program announced by President Joe Biden and the U.S. Department of Transportation in April. Nationwide, the program includes $6.4 billion in spending and is part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. It aims to “fund projects that help fight climate change […]