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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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Consumer advocate threatens legal action over energy efficiency docket

By: - September 21, 2021

The state’s consumer advocate has threatened legal action if the Public Utilities Commission doesn’t approve an energy efficiency docket that was supposed to take effect at the start of 2021. The commission chose not to approve the plan following opposition from Republican lawmakers. After a new commissioner was appointed in May, a September order determined […]

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ACLU criticizes New Hampshire AG for signing letter threatening legal action over voting act

By: - September 20, 2021

New Hampshire is one of 23 states, each with a Republican attorney general, that signed on to a letter threatening legal action if the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act becomes law. Devon Chaffee, executive director of the ACLU of New Hampshire, called the threat “unconscionable.” “Attorney General [John] Formella’s opposition to this critical legislation […]

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Representative moves to repeal state’s ‘divisive concepts’ law

By: - September 17, 2021

The Legislature will again be taking up the debate about critical race theory and discrimination in the upcoming session, after a proposal was filed this week to remove a contentious law regulating how racism is discussed in public classrooms and workplaces. Rep. Manny Espitia, a Nashua Democrat, filed a request for legislation this week to […]

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Times are tough for farmers, and a new initiative puts the focus on their mental health

By: - September 17, 2021

Jamie Robertson has already seen the demise of one family farm. His parents’ poultry farm in Gilford used to deliver eggs all over central New Hampshire, but when the market turned in the 1980s they were ultimately forced to sell. That wasn’t the end of farming for Robertson, who is now a fourth-generation farmer at […]

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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 […]