State House

Sununu forms selection committee for next Health and Human Services commissioner

BY: - August 11, 2022

Gov. Chris Sununu has begun looking for a new Health and Human Services commissioner and has given those interested until Sept. 6 to apply. Commissioner Lori Shibinette, who was appointed three weeks before the pandemic hit, announced in July that she will step down in mid-December to spend more time with family after a grueling […]

Gunstock: A reopening and a reckoning

BY: - August 10, 2022

After a 13-day closure this summer, the issues that shuttered the county-owned Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford were resolved last week. The senior management team that had abruptly quit returned to work, Adventure Park ziplines reopened, and stages were erected so the Christian music festival SoulFest could begin. Come winter, the ski mountain is set […]

Election monitor to oversee Bedford primaries following AG’s review of uncounted ballots

BY: - August 9, 2022

An election monitor will be appointed to oversee the September primary elections in Bedford, following a review by the Attorney General’s Office that found “significant deficiencies” had occurred in the town’s handling of the 2020 general election. An election official accidentally moved a tray of 188 absentee ballots before they had been processed, which meant […]

Mount Washington Commission to hold public sessions on master plan

BY: - August 8, 2022

The Mount Washington Commission will hold two input sessions this month to take public comment on its master plan for the mountain’s summit, establishing the state’s vision and direction for the park over the next 10 years. The commission is required to prepare the plan every 10 years, per New Hampshire law, to address issues […]

For one town, tight state deadlines among barriers to affordable housing relief

BY: - August 8, 2022

Ben Osgood admits it: The proposed housing complex, pitched for Warner, is big. Three stories tall, with 24 apartments, the brown and cream-colored building would tower over the Dunkin’ it would sit behind, just off Exit 9 on Interstate 89. “It is a large-scale building,” said Osgood, a senior engineer at Ranger Engineering Group, which […]

State House

House, Senate ‘veto day’ set for Sept. 15

BY: - August 5, 2022

New Hampshire lawmakers will return to the State House Sept. 15 to decide whether to override Gov. Chris Sununu’s eight vetoes – just two days after the state’s Sept. 13 primaries. House Speaker Sherman Packard announced the date in a message in the New Hampshire House’s weekly calendar. The special session, known as “veto day,” […]

Attorney who represented church abuse victims defends state’s YDC settlement plan

BY: - August 3, 2022

Attorneys on opposite sides of settling sexual abuse claims against the Catholic Church 20 years ago now fiercely disagree over the state’s proposed plan for settling claims from hundreds of people abused while at the former state Youth Detention Center.  In a July 29 letter to Attorney General John Formella, attorney Chuck Douglas, who represented […]

State officials repurpose federal housing funding as September deadline looms

BY: - August 1, 2022

Flush with federal cash after a series of stimulus packages, New Hampshire officials have spent more than a year building up housing programs to stave off evictions and help homeless people in the state. But the efforts have been complicated by tough upcoming federal deadlines dictating how fast the money must be spent. Departments face […]

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State restaurant relief fund continues to see slow take-up

BY: - July 28, 2022

As restaurants face soaring food prices and a tight labor market, one state program intended to help continues to see a sluggish take-up. Of the $3 million in federal money set aside for the Local Restaurant Infrastructure Investment Funds Program, only 10.5 percent has been spent, state officials said this week. The state has spent […]

aerial of Lakes Region prison, Laconia

State sets deadline for proposals to purchase Lakes Region property

BY: - July 27, 2022

Hoping to turn conversations with several developers into offers, the state and its marketing firm have set an Aug. 19 deadline for proposals to buy 216 acres in Laconia that once housed the Lakes Region prison. “We had multiple interested parties who have been asking questions and meeting with people but they haven’t submitted anything […]

Council hands Sununu, health care providers fourth defeat on family planning contracts

BY: - July 27, 2022

Executive Council Republicans voted a fourth time in under a year against funding for three reproductive health care centers that provide low-cost cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, and contraception to more than 17,000 Granite Staters.  Following the vote, Gov. Chris Sununu, who has said he supports funding Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Lovering […]

Zoning friction between towns and churches leads to legal challenges, legislation

BY: - July 27, 2022

One week into the pandemic lockdowns, a group of Bedford residents decided to build a new church.  After purchasing a house on Route 101 in March 2020, the group, the New Hope Christian Fellowship, began holding services in the living room. Attendance was modest; just 10 to 20 people participated every week, attending Bible study […]