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Hanover to power municipal electricity through new 8-acre solar array

BY: - October 15, 2021

Hanover debuted a new solar array on Thursday that will produce enough energy to power almost all of the municipality’s electrical needs. The array, which is on 8 acres, is made up of 4,560 solar panels that will generate 2 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year. That makes it the largest municipal solar farm […]

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Rollout of booster shots skewing state’s data on first and second vaccine doses

BY: - October 15, 2021

The state’s daily report of first and second COVID-19 vaccine doses has been an important tool for assessing risk and targeting vaccine outreach. That count will become less accurate and perhaps less useful with the rollout of boosters. The state knows some booster shots are being included in the state’s vaccination rate but not how […]

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$500,000 for lavender products: an untraditional take on New Hampshire agriculture

BY: - October 14, 2021

A Warner farm has been awarded $250,000 in federal grant money to start a new line of lavender-infused food and beverages. As a part of the match grant, Pumpkin Blossom Farm will also contribute $250,000 to the half-a-million-dollar project. Farm owner Missy Biagiotti said more than half of the money will go toward creating six […]

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Border to reopen to vaccinated Canadians next month

BY: - October 13, 2021

Vaccinated Canadian tourists will be able to travel across the land border with the United States starting in November, the Department of Homeland Security announced on Tuesday. That’s good news for New Hampshire residents and businesses that have been negatively impacted by the closure that started in March 2020. And it follows calls from the […]

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Sununu announces revamped juvenile justice advisory task force

BY: - October 12, 2021

A committee overseeing New Hampshire’s juvenile justice system is getting an overhaul this month, two months after Gov. Chris Sununu abruptly disbanded its predecessor.  In an executive order issued Oct. 7, Sununu formally created the newly organized group, now known as the New Hampshire Juvenile Justice Reform Commission, and named its members. The new arrangement attempts […]

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Lawmakers want state to publicly track number of COVID cases among House members

BY: - October 12, 2021

The state reports COVID-19 infections by town, county, long-term care facilities, and schools. A group of Democratic lawmakers would like to add the Legislature to that list. Doing so would allow lawmakers and the public to better assess their risk of exposure, they said. They see another benefit, too. “I think one of the advantages […]

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Executive Council to meet at police training facility, with vaccine-related contracts on agenda

BY: - October 11, 2021

The two vaccine-related contracts that led protesters to shut down the last Executive Council meeting remain on the agenda for this week’s meeting. But the new location suggests security will be more of a priority. The council is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Police Standards and Training Council on the NHTI […]

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Electric rates to increase due to high cost of natural gas

BY: - October 8, 2021

Electric rates for the winter are going up a lot, and two utilities have announced rate hikes that take into account the dramatically higher cost of natural gas: Unitil and the New Hampshire Electric Co-op.  Unitil’s winter rates will be a 60 percent increase for a household that uses around 650 kWh per month, while […]

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AG says acceptance of grants does not mean state must comply with all federal COVID mandates

BY: - October 8, 2021

The state is not required to comply with all current and future federal COVID-19 mandates if it accepts $27 million in federal grants for vaccine outreach, the state attorney general said Friday. The analysis did not satisfy the group that has successfully stalled acceptance of the grants on the grounds their terms threaten the state’s […]

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Commissioner accepts school’s remote learning decision but says it should be ‘last resort’

BY: - October 8, 2021

One day after Raymond High School entered into remote learning over concerns about COVID-19, Department of Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut offered tacit approval. The department is still stressing that students should be sent home only as a “last resort,” Edelblut said in a statement Thursday. “The Department of Education understands that families have legitimate concerns […]

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Vaccination rates continue to lag among state’s young people

BY: - October 8, 2021

At the end of the month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will consider Pfizer’s request to authorize emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. If New Hampshire’s vaccination rate of its younger residents is any indication, FDA approval won’t be the only hurdle here.  The state is already struggling […]

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Under new law, state will stop regulating small career schools

BY: - October 7, 2021

New Hampshire will no longer regulate small private schools that offer career training – such as beauty schools and electrical training centers – under a new law that takes effect Saturday. Under Senate Bill 148, any private vocational training center that brings in $100,000 or less in tuition every year will no longer need to […]