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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.

Two ballot questions await voters on Election Day – here’s what they mean  

By: - November 4, 2022

Voters will have a chance to answer two ballot questions during the midterm election on Nov. 8.   The first asks whether the state should eliminate the register of probate position: a county-level elected office whose duties were mostly stripped in 2011. The second asks whether the state should hold a convention to alter its constitution. […]

New Hampshire to receive $104 million for energy rebates and fuel assistance 

By: - November 2, 2022

This article and headline were updated at 11:10 a.m. on Nov. 3, 2022, to correct the amount of fuel assistance New Hampshire is receiving.  New Hampshire will receive nearly $104 million for energy rebates and fuel assistance, according to announcements from the U.S. Department of Energy and the state’s congressional delegation on Wednesday.  Around $70 […]

Five state Senate races to watch on Election Day

By: - November 2, 2022

With less than a week until the election, candidates throughout the state are making a final push to boost their name recognition and sway undecided voters.  While the spotlight is largely focused on top-of-the-ticket races, those elected to serve in the State House over the next two years will shape local policies that have an […]

League of Women Voters says voter interest in candidate forums increased this year

By: - October 31, 2022

Interest in candidate forums is up this year, according to the New Hampshire League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan organization that has hosted several forums this year. One factor driving the interest is increased awareness of the Free State Project and libertarian-minded candidates running as Democrats or Republicans, said Liz Tentarelli, the league’s president. “People […]

Mount Washington Commission to vote on master plan Friday

By: - October 27, 2022

The Mount Washington Commission is scheduled to vote on the master plan for the mountain’s summit during a meeting Friday. The planning document sets a course for the mountain’s future, and attempts to balance tourism and environmental protection. A new plan is supposed to be completed every 10 years, but the last iteration was completed […]

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$16.8 million for repair of state-owned dams approved by Executive Council

By: - October 26, 2022

The Executive Council last week approved almost $17 million for the repair and reconstruction of state-owned dams. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services now has permission to contract with four firms to complete the work, funded by a combination of state and federal dollars. Repair projects must be completed by Dec. 31, 2026, the […]

Sununu and Sherman spar over abortion, school funding, energy policy

By: - October 26, 2022

Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican from Newfields, and his Democratic challenger, Sen. Tom Sherman of Rye, sparred over abortion, energy policy, and education during an occasionally heated gubernatorial debate hosted by the Bulletin, NHPR, and NHPBS on Tuesday.   The two candidates found common ground on some issues, including support for law enforcement and enthusiasm for […]

New voters expected to play big role in U.S. Senate election, analysis finds

By: - October 25, 2022

High turnover among New Hampshire voters will be at play in the upcoming U.S. Senate election, according to recent data analysis by the Carsey School of Public Policy. Incumbent Sen. Maggie Hassan won the 2016 election by just 1,017 votes. But nearly a third of voters now didn’t cast a ballot in that election, either […]

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New Hampshire heating fuel reserves remain low

By: - October 24, 2022

Heating fuel reserves in New Hampshire remain low, at around 60 percent of the average level over the past five years, according to the state’s Department of Energy. In August, the U.S. Department of Energy wrote a letter to the six New England governors urging them to shore up home oil supplies to avoid shortages […]

Gerrymandering on the ground: A redrawn Senate District 9 ties together ‘polar opposite’ towns

By: - October 24, 2022

This is the first of a two-part series – a collaboration between the Bulletin and NHPR – about redistricting in New Hampshire. Coming tomorrow, a look at the new state Senate map and the partisan nature of redistricting. Getting from Bedford to Hinsdale is an ordeal. Just 50 miles apart as the crow flies, the […]

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$50 million awarded to NH Electric Cooperative for broadband buildout

By: - October 20, 2022

The New Hampshire Electric Cooperative has won a $50 million grant to build out broadband in rural parts of the state. The grant was awarded by the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs as part of $221 million in federal funding through the American Rescue Plan Act. An initial estimate from the governor’s […]

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Outreach on energy and food assistance approved by Executive Council

By: - October 19, 2022

The Executive Council approved a request Wednesday from the Department of Health and Human Services to share information with the state’s five Community Action Program agencies so they can contact households about food and fuel assistance ahead of an expensive heating season. The department is now authorized to share names, mailing and e-mail addresses, and […]