Amanda Gokee

Amanda Gokee

Amanda Gokee reported on energy and environment for New Hampshire Bulletin. She also 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.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

Business leaders outline harm caused by border closure

By: - July 30, 2021

It’s time to open up. That was the message from business and tourism leaders who highlighted the economic and interpersonal harm of the ongoing northern border closure at a roundtable hosted by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on Friday. While Canada has announced that it will be reopening its border to vaccinated Americans on Aug. 9, the […]

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New laws bolster animal protection in the state

By: - July 29, 2021

Gov. Chris Sununu signed three animal protection bills into law on Wednesday during a ceremony at the Salem Animal Rescue League, a nonprofit no-kill shelter, with lawmakers and advocates in attendance. House Bill 174 requires a driver who hits a cat to report it to either the animal’s owner or to a police officer. Under […]

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Sununu signs election-related bills into law

By: - July 28, 2021

Gov. Chris Sununu signed a handful of Republican-sponsored election bills into law late last week. That includes House Bill 77, a measure requiring town and city clerks to provide daily notifications to the Secretary of State’s Office of any filings for elected office. Rep. Ralph Boehm, a Litchfield Republican, was the prime sponsor. House Bill […]

A wide, accessible train under construction in Manchester

With inclusivity in mind, efforts are underway to make the great outdoors great for all

By: - July 28, 2021

In the past year, the conservation movement has been grappling with its racist roots and history. Organizations are trying to acknowledge the ways those roots extend into the present day – and fix it. Last July, the Sierra Club publicly apologized for its “substantial role in perpetuating white supremacy.” Key figures in the conservation movement, […]

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Statute of limitations for PFAS-related harm doubles to six years

By: - July 26, 2021

A bill was signed into law Friday creating a statute of limitations of six years for damages caused by exposure to perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals, also commonly called PFAS. Previously, those impacted by the toxic chemicals had only three years to pursue legal action after they learned of harm from PFAS. The chemicals are known […]

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Despite the rain, drought concerns linger: ‘We’re not out of the woods yet’

By: - July 26, 2021

In July came the rain. Heavy, unrelenting rain fell for nearly three weeks – with some parts of the state getting inundated by over 7 inches of it. For some it was a relief after the unusually dry spring, for others the rain brought annoyance or concern due to flooding that hit parts of southern […]

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New Hampshire Electric Co-op plans to more than double broadband coverage

By: - July 23, 2021

The New Hampshire Electric Cooperative announced Thursday that it will be building fiber optic broadband connections to reach 1,500 of its members in Sandwich and Acworth. The cooperative anticipates that these connections will start providing high-speed internet service for homes and businesses in early 2022. The cooperative’s subsidiary, New Hampshire Broadband, will undertake the expansion […]

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State officials urge administration to open Canadian border

By: - July 22, 2021

New Hampshire officials are calling on the Biden administration to change course on the decision, announced Wednesday, to extend the closure of the Canadian border another month. Canada has announced that its border will be opening to vaccinated Americans as of Aug. 9. But in the United States, the Department of Homeland Security announced that […]

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Taxation, open spaces, and the great divide over current use

By: - July 22, 2021

When Rusty Keith looked at the numbers, it seemed wrong. Then serving as a selectman in Lyme, Keith was taken aback to see that the poorest residents were subsidizing the taxes of the wealthiest landowners in the rural western New Hampshire town. Because of a tax policy called current use, it was completely legal. “They […]

Cardboard recycling at a landfill

Legislation aims to reduce amount of food waste that ends up in landfills

By: - July 21, 2021

Two bills introduced to both the U.S. House and Senate last Friday aim to help tackle climate change by reducing food waste. U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, was one of the lawmakers to introduce the legislation. Climate change and food waste are connected because discarded food sent to landfills […]

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Smoke advisory related to Western wildfires in effect for New Hampshire

By: - July 20, 2021

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services has declared a smoke advisory as of Tuesday afternoon. The smoke traveled across the country from wildfires burning in 13 Western states and in Canada. Smoke plumes are visible throughout the Northeast, and the plumes carry with them particulates at levels “that could cause respiratory health effects for […]

Trees and overgrowth, with a hanging bird feeder to the left.

UNH researcher to look at pandemic-driven migration to Northern Forest region

By: - July 20, 2021

UNH researcher Jess Carson was awarded a Northeastern States Research Cooperative grant last month to study the pandemic-driven migration of people to the Northern Forest. The research could serve as a preview of what the region can expect from future migration, driven by climate change or other factors. Carson’s research, which is already underway, will […]