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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Between 100 and 200 Afghan refugees to arrive in state following screening process

By: - September 16, 2021

New Hampshire is poised to receive between 100 and 200 Afghan refugees in the coming weeks, Gov. Chris Sununu announced during a press conference on Wednesday. “We imagine the next few weeks potentially that we’ll be seeing some of the initial Afghan refugees arrive here in New Hampshire after what is clearly a pretty thorough […]

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Chicoine to stay on as interim head of the Department of Energy through October

By: - September 15, 2021

Without a nomination for a commissioner during Wednesday’s Executive Council meeting, the newly formed Department of Energy is still lacking permanent leadership. Instead, Gov. Chris Sununu nominated Interim Commissioner Jared Chicoine, previously director of the Office of Strategic Initiatives, for a second term that will last through the end of October. The five-member Executive Council […]

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Environmental group criticizes state decision to consider only first phase of proposed landfill

By: - September 13, 2021

The Conservation Law Foundation is challenging the state’s decision to change course on the wetlands permitting process for a proposed landfill in Dalton. While the Department of Environmental Services was originally reviewing the wetlands impact for all three phases of the proposed project, the department requested an amendment in August to consider only the impacts […]

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Nearly 70 percent of the state no longer experiencing drought or ‘abnormally dry’ conditions

By: - September 2, 2021

While dry conditions have improved in the southern part of the state, the three northernmost counties remain abnormally dry. Parts of Coos County are still experiencing a moderate drought, and one little sliver near the border with Maine is in a severe drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Over the past few months, the […]

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Casella requests extension on Dalton landfill permitting process as opponents work on new bill

By: - September 1, 2021

The fight over the contentious proposal to put a landfill next to Forest Lake State Park in Dalton is far from over. Last week, New Hampshire state regulators asked Casella to submit an amendment to the wetlands permit application. The state is asking Casella to submit information about how wetlands would be impacted during the […]

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Census data shows that children make up the most diverse part of the state’s population

By: - September 1, 2021

This story was updated at 10:20 a.m. on Sept. 1 to clarify that City Year brings coaches to work in schools, not teachers. When Eva Castillo came to the United States from her home country of Venezuela, she wasn’t planning to stay. But life happened. She met her husband, a Manchester native, and over the […]

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State Senate deputy chief of staff nominated for Department of Energy position

By: - August 31, 2021

Joshua Elliott, deputy chief of staff for the New Hampshire Senate, is up for confirmation as the new head of the division of policy and programs at the Department of Energy on Wednesday. Sununu’s other appointments to the new department have all been approved by the majority Republican Executive Council. The only opposition to recent […]

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New law bans mandates on how New Hampshire residents heat their homes  

By: - August 30, 2021

There wasn’t talk in New Hampshire of forcing residents to use green energy to heat their homes, but the Legislature decided to ban that sort of heating mandate anyway. Gov. Chris Sununu signed off on Senate Bill 86 last week, preemptively prohibiting municipalities from enacting any kind of mandate that would dictate what kind of […]

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Proposal to fund cleanup of harmful ‘forever chemicals’ signed into law

By: - August 27, 2021

A new law that was signed this week allows the state government to provide funding to municipalities and wastewater systems to clean up per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS. House Bill 271 also sets maximum contaminant levels for PFAS in drinking water. The law includes a limit of 11 to 15 parts per trillion […]

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‘A prime target’: New Hampshire’s cybersecurity problem

By: - August 27, 2021

To catch a glimpse of an impersonator is a strange experience – particularly if the person being impersonated is you. When it happened to Ken Merrifield, who was serving as mayor of Franklin at the time, he said it was terrifying. The city’s finance director had called after receiving a strange email, which looked like […]

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After years of attempts, state gets a new and expanded net metering law

By: - August 26, 2021

It’s finally here: Expanded net metering is a win for renewable energy that advocates and lawmakers have been trying to finagle for years. The bill Gov. Chris Sununu signed into law on Thursday is significantly pared down from previous attempts to expand net metering. House Bill 315 raises the cap on net metering from 1 […]

House Redistricting Committee has mapping software, plans listening sessions with Senate panel

By: - August 25, 2021

The House Redistricting Committee now has mapping software in hand that members will use to redraw election districts. The software will not be shared with the public, according to Rep. Barbara Griffin, the committee chair, during a meeting on Wednesday. Each member of the committee received a thumb drive with the software they can now […]