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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Attorney general files complaint accusing Dover woman of violating Civil Rights Act

By: - October 7, 2021

Attorney General John Formella filed an enforcement action on Thursday against Kristina Graper of Dover, who is accused of violating the New Hampshire Civil Rights Act. The complaint against Graper, 51, accuses her of threatening a Black 9-year-old child in a Dover park on May 10. Graper told the child she would “kneel on his […]

A ring of natural gas flame

Liberty argues for more natural gas in hearing before utilities commission

By: - October 6, 2021

Liberty Utilities on Wednesday made its case before the Public Utilities Commission to bring more natural gas to New Hampshire. At issue is a proposed 20-year contract between Liberty Utilities and the Tennessee Gas Pipeline, which would bring 40,000 dekatherms of natural gas per day to the state, a 20 to 25 percent increase to […]

Power lines

Commission to study small-scale local production of power

By: - October 5, 2021

A legislative study commission tasked with determining whether small-scale energy producers in the state should get credit for cutting the cost of moving electricity over large distances met for the first time on Tuesday. When energy is produced nearby, it doesn’t have to go through the high-voltage power lines that run across the country. It […]

Committee recommends complete overhaul of panel responsible for siting energy projects

By: - October 5, 2021

Recommendations out of a legislative study committee amount to doing away with the Site Evaluation Committee – a group that’s handled permitting for siting energy projects in the state for decades. But there’s disagreement about when is the right time for such a significant change and whether a massive overhaul is the correct way forward.  […]

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Interim funding approved for electric assistance program

By: - October 4, 2021

A program to help low-income people struggling to pay their electricity bills has been funded, but only for October and November. Each year, the state’s electric utilities submit budgets to fund the program that must be approved by the Public Utilities Commission before they can go into effect.  The program budget usually runs from October […]

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House redistricting committee to work around a deadline issue regarding city wards

By: - October 1, 2021

House districts include city wards, but some cities won’t finish redrawing their wards to reflect the most recent census data until January. That’s a problem for the House because its maps are due in November, two months before city wards will be finalized. In a Wednesday meeting of the House Special Redistricting Committee, representatives voted […]

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In wake of canceled meeting, Institute of Politics says it will no longer host public hearings

By: and - September 30, 2021

This story was updated Sept. 30, 2021, at 6 p.m. with information that Gov. Chris Sununu had canceled an event, citing concerns for ticket holders. A day after Gov. Chris Sununu downplayed a raucous protest that shut down an Executive Council meeting Wednesday, Attorney General John Formella announced he’s investigating whether any protesters broke the […]

A woman holds a sign that reads "Show us fair maps"

With redistricting underway, citizens raise their voices about lack of representation

By: - September 30, 2021

Strafford County has a problem when it comes to representation and redistricting. The county serves as the head of the dragon-shaped Executive Council District 2 – a visible example of how gerrymandering can “pack” like-minded voters, Democrats in this case, into a district that stretches across the state. But not all of the problems stemming […]

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State urges municipalities to use federal funding for wastewater and drinking water infrastructure

By: - September 29, 2021

When it comes to drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in New Hampshire, needed updates total a whopping $1 billion, according to estimates from the state Department of Environmental Services. The department is now encouraging municipalities to leverage federal funding to move long-needed projects forward. While federal relief funding from the American Rescue Plan Act doesn’t […]

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Bill to bar discrimination based on hairstyle fails to gain committee’s support

By: - September 28, 2021

A proposal to bar “discrimination based on hairstyles relative to a person’s ethnicity” was deemed “inexpedient to legislate” by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday in an 11-10 vote along party lines. Rep. Alexis Simpson, an Exeter Democrat, spoke in support of the bill, as well as an amendment that was introduced to broaden the […]

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Lawmaker proposes slashing legislators’ pay to 2 cents per biennium

By: - September 27, 2021

Pay for New Hampshire lawmakers has remained the same since 1889, a situation that a legislative proposal seeks to change. It’s not the raise that some have advocated for. A proposal in the upcoming legislative session looks to cut the $200 per biennium lawmakers currently earn to 2 cents per biennium, and 1 cent per […]

A sign saying "No coal in Bow"

Climate strikes across the state urge state and national action on climate change  

By: - September 24, 2021

A climate strike in downtown Concord on Friday pushed for more aggressive state and federal action on climate change, as a part of a series of coordinated actions happening throughout the state and world. A youth-led group called Fridays for Future reported over 300 strikes in North America and nearly 1,000 in Europe. Six strikes […]