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  • U.S. Poet Laureate Named 2018 Winner of Hall-Kenyon Prize in American Poetry Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:53:21 +0000
    Renowned Poet Tracy K. Smith to Appear, Give Readings in New Hampshire New Hampshire Public Radio is proud to announce United States Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith as the 2018 winner of the Hall-Kenyon Prize in American Poetry. The award honors the late Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon—married poets who lived and wrote at Hall’s ancestral home in Wilmot, N.H. Hall is a former poet laureate of the United States and a recipient of the 2010 National Medal of the Arts, and Kenyon is a former poet laureate of New Hampshire. After a long and lauded career, Donald Hall passed away this past June. Smith will accept the award Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, N.H. The evening will include a reading from Smith as well as a remembrance of Donald Hall. "No poet in America believes more deeply in the power of poetry to heal,” Wesley McNair—a native New Englander, Robert Frost Prize winner and one of the founding poets of the Hall-Kenyon Prize in American Poetry—said of Smith.

  • 'Dear Rain, Please Stop. Sincerely, Sean Hurley' Fri, 09 Nov 2018 18:27:44 +0000
    Go outside. Get wet. That’s the new way of life it seems here in New Hampshire. With the ongoing deluge apparently unwilling to end, NHPR’s Sean Hurley decided to write a little letter to the rain. Dear Rain! Hello! It’s me. How are you? Well, I gather. I wanted to apologize for my remarks the other day. Which were insensitive. And loud. And not very favorable as far as you. But I was upset. And wet. Thoroughly to the bone, both. Which doesn’t excuse anything. I certainly wouldn’t like it if someone came into my office and yelled at me for doing my work so well. But that is what I did. You are the rain and you were simply falling. Excellently. As you well know, I am not an umbrella man. No yellow rain slicker or big rubber boots for me. This isn’t a fashion choice – I just always believe I can get away with it. You have proven me wrong. I do like the look of a black umbrella, I should say – dozens of them, floating down the street like serious balloons. And I like how yellow rain

  • Concord's 'Eyeball' Artist Gets Ready To Show The City A Whole New Face Tue, 06 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000
    In March of 2018, Tom Devaney “turned off” a provocative work of art in downtown Concord - a video loop, projected onto a 6 foot wide sculpture - of his own blinking blue eye. Over its five year run, Concord’s enormous, creepy eyeball became something of a landmark, and when Devaney took the sculpture down people wondered what he’d do next. NHPR’s Sean Hurley visited with the artist to find out. This past summer Tom Devaney began working on The Face of Concord in his gallery overlooking Main Street. He didn’t block the curtains or try to hide the huge plaster sculpture of a human head and shoulders taking shape. “People are looking now because the eye was here and so they are looking up and this is a pretty big form from the street so they know something’s up,” Devaney says, “So I do see them walking back and forth a couple times to try to figure out what's going on.” While the plaster shoulders and neck look right - despite being seven times larger than normal - what the onlookers can

  • MacDowell Colony to Name Library After James Baldwin Sat, 27 Oct 2018 10:11:00 +0000
    One of the country's top artist colonies is naming its library after James Baldwin. The MacDowell Colony announced Wednesday that the James Baldwin Library will be dedicated Nov. 4, in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Poet Kevin Young and educator-writer Florence Ladd are scheduled to speak at the ceremony. Baldwin, who died in 1987, was known for such classic works as "The Fire Next Time" and "Go Tell it on the Mountain." He was a MacDowell resident in 1954, 1957 and 1960. MacDowell will help present a December screening in New York of director Barry Jenkins' adaptation of the Baldwin novel "If Beale Street Could Talk." The artist colony is also launching a "Baldwin Initiative," to raise money for MacDowell and for artists facing "financial barriers."

  • Writers on a New England Stage: Doris Kearns Goodwin Fri, 12 Oct 2018 17:35:46 +0000
    NHPR and The Music Hall present Writers on a New England Stage with presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. Goodwin is the author of seven books, including her most recent Leadership in Turbulent Times , which examines the origins and qualities of leadership through the lens of four presidents. Goodwin spoke about her book with NHPR political reporter Lauren Chooljian.

  • 5 Things (Plus) To Do This Weekend in New Hampshire Sat, 29 Sep 2018 14:22:10 +0000
    A classic autumn weekend is on tap in New Hampshire. Here are 5 things to do to make the most of it ... plus some additional ideas for fun and entertainment. Visit NHPR's community calendar for more events and activities. ( And add your own. )

  • 5 Things (Plus) To Do This Weekend in New Hampshire Fri, 07 Sep 2018 20:34:04 +0000
    The weekend has arrived, so go ahead and make the most of it. Here are 5 things to do in New Hampshire, plus a little extra because, well, you deserve some fun. Check out the NHPR community calendar for more ideas - and submit your own events. The Hampton Beach Seafood Festival is back. Chowder, clams, haddock, lobster -- you name it, it's on tap Friday, Saturday, and Sunday along Ocean Boulevard there at the beach. More than 60 Seacoast restaurants participate in this festival, which is now in its 29th year. Hours: Friday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Robert Cray Band : The Robert Cray Band performs Sunday night at the Music Hall in Portsmouth. More than just Ducky : The Auburn Day and 26th Annual Duck Race is Saturday. It's from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event celebrates all things Auburn, and helps support the Auburn Historical Society . Dublin Engines Meet : the 47th annual Dublin Gas Engine Meet is Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Check out

  • 5 Things (Plus) To Do This Weekend in New Hampshire Fri, 31 Aug 2018 20:53:00 +0000
    Bid adieu to August—and summer—with a Labor Day holiday weekend full of celebration and fun. Throw in some live music, good food, and friends while you're at it. Here are 5 things to do in New Hampshire, plus a little extra for inspiration. Find more things to do on the NHPR's community calendar - and submit your own events here . Visit Kate McNally's NHPR Folk Music and Dance Calendar for live music listings. Loading Dock Concert Series : 3S Artspace in Portsmouth holds this music series every Friday in summer, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (suggested donation). See 3S Artspace for more information on Friday night's show, featuring People Like You, a "free-wheelin' freak fok traveling circus," as Seacoast music reviewer Chris Hislop describes them. What's he talking about? Scroll down to listen to their video and hear for yourself. Hopkinton Fair : The Labor Day weekend continues in Hopkinton , with entertainment, a rodeo, animals galore, and a mid-way that will satisfy your culinary cravings

  • 360 View of the N.H. Supreme Court, Now on the State Register of Historic Places Fri, 31 Aug 2018 20:09:33 +0000
    The New Hampshire Supreme Court in Concord was recently among 10 properties added to the N.H. State Register of Historic Places. The Supreme Court is a symmetrical Georgian Colonial Revival building with a steel-and-concrete block frame and brick exterior. The interior features green and white marble floors. Post from RICOH THETA. - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA Click and drag your mouse to explore the courtroom. The state's high court is currently undergoing a roofing project, which will continue through September. The court remains open, with regular hours of operation. Benefits of being listed on the State Register include special consideration and relief from some building codes and regulations, and designation as historical being a pre-qualification for many grant programs, according to the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources. Grant programs include L-CHIP. Historic Designations Several of the new adds to the State Register were built in response to the Toleration Act

  • 5 Things (Plus) To Do This Weekend in New Hampshire Sat, 25 Aug 2018 13:23:13 +0000
    This weekend's forecast calls for summery weather in New Hampshire. As it's the last weekend before Labor Day holiday weekend, here are 5 things to do in the Granite State ... plus a little extra. Visit the NHPR community calendar here for additional events, tours, and shows. Moose on the Loose: The 27th annual Moose Festival is Saturday and Sunday in the Great North Woods. The schedule of events includes moose calling contest, an art show, a car show, maple syrup tasting, and Cow Plop Bingo. Lilac City Pride: Saturday marks Rochester Pride Day . The Rochester Museum of Fine Arts invites the public to the downtown celebration, which starts at 1 p.m. Open Garden Days: Bedrock Gardens in Lee has an Open Garden Day on Saturday, Aug. 25 . This place is so cool. Check it out. Murder for Two: The New London Barn Playhouse is performing this play until Sept. 2. Firefighters' Benefit: The North Conway Firefighters a benefit Saturday at 7 p.m. at Cranmore, with Tom Dixon on Zip/s Deck. Plus,

  • BooBoo Groove: Luke Moss Cultivates Jazzy, Funky Sound in N.H. Fri, 24 Aug 2018 19:58:56 +0000
    If you close your eyes you wouldn't know it was a sleepy Sunday morning here in Salem at the back of "Coffee Coffee," an organic coffee house. Luke Moss squints, smiles and nods as he taps out a beat on his snare. He signals directions to his bandmates: a guitarist, a bassist, and a sax player. Above him is a big, yellow sign reading Live Musi c.

  • 5 Things (Plus) To Do This Weekend in New Hampshire Sat, 18 Aug 2018 11:36:16 +0000
    Farms across New Hampshire are offering up wagons of fresh fruits and vegetables, and agricultural fair time is here. Here are 5 things to do this weekend in New Hampshire, starting with one of those fairs, and moving on to some live music shows ( Watch Sweet Crude's video, Mon Esprit, at the end of this post. ) Check out the NHPR Community Calendar for more events, music shows, and trip ideas. Kate McNally hosts The Folk Show on Sundays at 7 p.m. She curates a folk music and dance calendar , too.

  • Food Truck Fest Wheels Into Rochester This Weekend Fri, 17 Aug 2018 22:11:45 +0000
    Rochester is hosting its first-ever food truck festival Sunday. Food trucks and local chefs from the Tri-City area will converge on the Lilac Mall parking lot for the new event. Organizers include the owner of the Dover-based Crescent City Kitchen truck, who says he hopes the festival will be an annual event. Nine trucks are slated to be on-site, serving barbecue, ice cream, poutine and more. The festival will also include a local beer garden, live music and games. Kids and pets are welcome at the festival. It takes place rain or shine from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday .

  • 5 Things (Plus) To Do This Weekend in New Hampshire Sat, 11 Aug 2018 18:01:51 +0000
    Here are 5 things to do this weekend in New Hampshire, plus a few extras to help plan for summer fun. Kate McNally, host of The Folks Show on NHPR, also maintains a folk music and dance calendar for live music shows and events. Visit NHPR's community calendar for additional events and activities near you. Rock On Fest: The fourth annual event by the Rock On Foundation (founded by Luke and Matt Bonner) features live music, basketball, family fun, and more in downtown Concord. An American Comedy: Edge Ensemble Theatre Co. presents "Once in a Lifetime," by Kaufman and Hart, Saturday at 7 p.m., at the Cheshire County Courthouse in Keene. It's part of the Four Great American Comedies. Be Entertained, Be Inspired: Electric Earth Concerts presents A Forest Unfolding at the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church on Sunday, 5 p.m. The Majestic Theatre presents "Moonlight and Magnolias" this weekend in Manchester. See their website for ticket information. Cherish the Drama: Amplified Arts'

  • 5 Things (Plus) To Do This Weekend in New Hampshire Sat, 04 Aug 2018 11:42:55 +0000
    Welcome to the first August weekend: Plan your good times accordingly, as summer's flying by. Here are 5 things to do, plus a little extra, this weekend in New Hampshire.

  • Summer Music Series: Mango Groove Band Leader Crafts Steel Drums in Conway Fri, 27 Jul 2018 20:35:13 +0000
    The Summer Music Series swings through the Mount Washington Valley this week to visit the only music shop in New Hampshire that builds steel drums, the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago. After a listener wrote us about it, NHPR’s Leila Goldstein visited the shop, Maccabee Panworks, in Conway.

  • Take 5: Summer Boat Rides Fri, 27 Jul 2018 09:24:00 +0000
    Hot days call for cool water. If you are looking for an aquatic adventure, consider a sail on a Gundalow out of Portsmouth, a jaunt on a runabout on Lake Winnipesaukee, or a narrated cruise of Lake Sunapee. A Gundalow is a shallow drafted cargo barge, sometimes measuring over 70 feet long and 19 feet wide, and constructed of wood. Here in New Hampshire, Gundalows were used in the Gulf of Maine’s rivers and estuaries to carry freight between the towns of the Piscataqua region and ocean-going schooners. Today, the nonprofit Gundalow Company offers a plethora of rides on a replica boat built in 2011. You can take the Portsmouth Harbor cruise, or sail up the Piscataqua River past Kittery, Newington and Eliot. On Thursdays and Saturdays, there are concert cruises with music ranging from Bluegrass to Jazz. The mission of the Gundalow Company is to: “protect the Piscataqua Region’s maritime heritage and environment through education and action.” [Vanity Plates: A Father's Plate Tells One

  • N.H. This Weekend: Five Plays in Three Days Fri, 20 Jul 2018 13:55:37 +0000
    Summer brings plenty of Summer Stock Theater to New Hampshire. No matter where you reside, there is most likely a theater within driving distance. Many of the theaters have been in operation for over 80 years, and many are also housed in historic structures. Here are five theaters, and five plays, to keep you entertained over three days. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas : Derry Opera House . The Derry Opera House is a Colonial Revival building designed by architect George G. Adams, and was completed in 1904. 42 nd Street : New London Barn Playhouse . The Barn Playhouse is the oldest, continuously operating Summer Stock Theater in New Hampshire. Plays are performed in the Everett Barn, which was built around 1820. An Inspector Calls : Peterborough Players . The Peterborough Players was founded in 1933 by Edith Bonds Stearns. Plays are performed in an 18 th century barn on the former Hadley Farm. We Have Always Lived in the Castle : Barnstormers Theatre , Tamworth. The first season

  • Arts Week at Canterbury Shaker Village Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:19:10 +0000
    Canterbury Shaker Village is offering a new event: Arts Week . The event offers both contemporary and traditional arts for all audiences, and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from July 17 to July 21. Wednesday is a free day for families, and includes a 2 p.m. performance of “Child of Faerie, Child of Earth,” by Manchester’s Ballet Misha . There will also be face painting, outdoor crafts, lawn games and tractor hayrides. On Friday at 2 p.m., Pontine Theatre of Portsmouth will perform “New England Utopia: Transcendental Communities.” Through actors and puppets, the work explores American Transcendentalism of the 1830s and 40s, evoking the Shakers’ greatest popularity. On Saturday, three different groups will perform, including: Aerial Dance by Go Ninja; teaser performances of “Love’s Labor Lost” and “The Taming of the Shrew" by Advice to the Players; and Symphony New Hampshire’s string quartet. Saturday evening’s event will be a collaborative, contemporary dance performance, co-choreographed

  • 5 Art Exhibits to Visit This Weekend Thu, 12 Jul 2018 21:35:33 +0000
    New Hampshire is known for its natural beauty, and this is certainly the perfect time of year to enjoy it, but equally enticing are the artistic vistas on view at the many museums and galleries located throughout the state. What could be better on a hot (or rainy) day than an hour or so of tempered air and a glimpse into another world, real or imagined? Here are five summer exhibits to mark on your calendar. Visit the NHPR Community Calendar for more events. Beyond Words: Book Illustrations by David M. Carroll, Tomie dePaola and Beth Krommes. These three New Hampshire book illustrators are featured at an exhibit that runs until September 9 th at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester. Original artwork is shown, along with drawings illuminating their creative process. Welcome to Bird Land: Michele L’Heureux with Helen Popinchalk. This exhibit draws inspiration from birds: their habitat, their flight patterns, their plumage, and the human enterprises of bird appreciation and

  • Group Asks Feds To Void New State Biomass Power Subsidy Fri, 09 Nov 2018 15:01:59 +0000
    A lobbying group that has supported Gov. Chris Sununu’s energy policies wants federal regulators to invalidate a new state subsidy for the biomass industry. The legislature passed the subsidy by one vote, over Sununu’s veto earlier this year. It will require utilities to buy energy from biomass and trash-burning power plants at a discounted rate, passing the extra cost onto customers, for the next three years. Proponents say the state’s forest products industry needs those plants as a market for low-grade timber. Now, the nonprofit New England Ratepayers Association has asked federal regulators to declare that the bill violates federal energy laws . Association president Marc Brown says essentially, the bill has the state set a wholesale energy rate -- something only the feds can legally do or delegate. “If the legislature files a bill or builds in the budget some support for the forest products industry, we’re not going to oppose it,” he says. “But doing it through electricity rates

  • At Sig Sauer, Sununu Defends Energy Vetoes, Promises Rate Savings Fri, 03 Aug 2018 21:04:03 +0000
    Governor Chris Sununu was with business leaders and state legislators in Epping Friday, talking about lowering energy costs in the state. Sununu spoke at Sig Sauer's firearms training range. He says retaining big, industrial employers like Sig Sauer means keeping energy costs down. "These jobs could be easily lost if we're not putting a lot of these manufacturers first, their needs first, understanding what's important to them to create our thriving economy,” he says. Representatives from Sig Sauer and other businesses said they knew they could save millions on energy by moving out of state. They said more natural gas pipeline capacity – including through Liberty Utilities’ new Granite Bridge pipeline proposal – and a diverse portfolio of fuel sources would lower their bills and help them stay. One panelist on the roundtable was Chris Suprock, a former state legislative candidate who runs an engineering firm in Warren. "One of the main things that needs to happen is the encouragement

  • Brookstone Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection Again Thu, 02 Aug 2018 15:29:59 +0000
    Brookstone, the ubiquitous seller of cool but largely unneeded things, is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection again and closing the 100 stores that remain in malls. Malls have suffered for years due to far-reaching shifts in the way that Americans shop for just about everything, which has diminished foot traffic at Brookstone. On Thursday, CEO Piau Phang Foo called the situation in malls "extremely challenging," and thanked employees who had staffed stores in those locations. Brookstone will focus solely on its airport locations and online sales. "The decision to close our mall stores was difficult, but ultimately provides an opportunity to maintain our well-respected brand and award-winning products while operating with a smaller physical footprint," Foo said in a prepared statement. The company has 35 stores in airports, which, along with its online and wholesale business, will be attractive to any potential buyer, Foo said. According to a bankruptcy filing Thursday,

  • Timber Industry Gears Up To Revive Vetoed Biomass Bill Fri, 13 Jul 2018 16:45:55 +0000
    New Hampshire’s timber sector is rallying around a plan to sustain the biomass industry that Governor Chris Sununu vetoed last month. They filled a warehouse in Bristol Thursday night for a strategy session with legislators on overturning that veto and passing the bill – which would require utilities to buy more woodchip-fired biomass energy. In rejecting the bill, Sununu argued it would cost ratepayers too much. But loggers, landowners and suppliers say the benefits would far outweigh the costs.

  • Biomass Plant Faces Federal Fines For Worker's Death Tue, 05 Jun 2018 01:56:22 +0000
    A wood-burning power plant in Springfield could face more than $125,000 in federal fines after a worker died on the job last November. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that a 23-year-old plant employee died after being pulled into a conveyor. Inspectors found a lack of safety guarding on that conveyor and other machinery. And they say employees weren’t trained to keep equipment from accidentally turning on. In a statement, officials say the worker’s death was a tragedy the plant’s owner could have prevented. That owner, New Jersey-based EWP Renewable Corporation, has two weeks to respond to the federal penalty. The 16-megawatt plant has been online for more than 30 years.

  • $250K Grant for Professional Training Boosts N.H. Charitable Foundation Program Thu, 17 May 2018 14:36:04 +0000
    A $250,000 grant is enabling more scholarships for a New Hampshire Charitable Foundation program for students in professional training, certificate programs and two-year degree programs. The grant is being provided by the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation. Scholarships will be awarded to people working to earn credentials in traditional trades, advanced manufacturing, financial services, health care and information technology. The program focuses on students who experience barriers to opportunity: New Americans, those with significant financial need, and students who are the first in their families to attend college. Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation has made more than $2.7 million in grants to approximately 300 New Hampshire nonprofits since 2015.

  • Union Workers Begin Strike At N.H. Electric Cooperative Mon, 07 May 2018 20:16:29 +0000
    Union workers are on strike at the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative as of Monday. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers represents about 85 of the cooperative’s employees, including all of its linemen. Local 1837 business manager Dick Rogers says negotiations on their next collective bargaining agreement fell apart after the utility wanted to retain the right to alter workers’ pension plans “at any time, for any reason” in future. Rogers says it shows “disrespect” for the workers who walked off the job Monday. "They're not going to take this,” Rogers says. “I mean, there's just no way they can accept language like this." The workers remained on the job through this past weekend's stormy weather, despite a stalemate in negotiations last week – but Rogers says the utility didn’t come through with substantial changes. "They moved the chairs around on the Titanic – that's all they did,” he says. “I just think that they bargained in bad faith.” He says this is the IBEW's

  • Facing Contract Deadline, N.H. Electric Co-op's Union Linemen May Strike Mon, 30 Apr 2018 20:36:25 +0000
    Update -- Tuesday, May 1: Co-op spokesman Seth Wheeler says the company and union agreed late Monday to extend negotiations by 24 hours, through Tuesday night. It puts off the possibility of a strike until at least Wednesday. Wheeler says the co-op's union employees may also work without a contract until negotiations are done. Original story -- Monday, April 30: The New Hampshire Electric Cooperative is up against a deadline to sign a new contract with its union employees, who may go on strike if an agreement isn’t reached by late Monday night. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers represents 83 co-op employees, including all of its linemen -- the workers who fix damaged poles and wires and respond during power outages. The utility is still trying to finalize its next collective bargaining agreement with the IBEW. If those negotiations aren't finished or extended by Monday night’s deadline, the workers may go on strike. Co-op spokesman Seth Wheeler says they'll substitute

  • Region's Power Grid Manager Gets OK For Renewable-Fossil Fuel Exchange Auction Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:04:57 +0000
    New England has gotten federal approval for a first-in-the-nation type of power supply auction. It'll let new renewable energy projects take over for old fossil fuel plants on the grid. Once a year, the nonprofit grid operator ISO-New England holds an auction for power generators who want to supply energy for the region, starting three years out.

  • Eversource Asks N.H. To Reconsider Northern Pass Denial Thu, 01 Mar 2018 01:20:39 +0000
    Eversource is asking New Hampshire regulators to reconsider their rejection of the Northern Pass project. The utility filed a motion Wednesday with the state Site Evaluation Committee, or SEC. It wants the committee’s Feb. 1 denial of the project thrown out and the case re-heard. Eversource argues the SEC didn’t do its required diligence in discussing all the criteria the project had to meet to get a permit.

  • Brady Sullivan Faces More Lawsuits Over Mold In R.I. Apartments Tue, 27 Feb 2018 20:06:01 +0000
    New Hampshire-based developer Brady Sullivan is facing new lawsuits over severe mold in a Rhode Island apartment building. The complaints are from current and former tenants of the Harris Mill Lofts in Coventry. They allege Brady Sullivan ignored their complaints as mold spread, causing serious chronic health problems. Brady Sullivan denies the allegations. In a statement, spokeswoman Patti Doyle says the company is currently assessing safety issues at five units in Harris Mill. “Brady Sullivan recently commissioned an independent environmental testing company to evaluate units for unsafe mold levels and the testing has generated results well within acceptable levels for living areas,” she says. Plaintiffs and their lawyers disagree. Their first suit, filed late last year , comes from a former tenant of Harris Mill who says rampant mold around his apartment gave him an incurable lung disease that keeps him from working. He's seeking $60 million in damages. His attorneys have now filed

  • Win For Northern Pass In Mass. Could Signal Shift Away From Smaller Renewables Tue, 30 Jan 2018 11:15:00 +0000
    Massachusetts opted last week for one large power line to cover a big chunk of its energy needs for the next 20-plus years. The Northern Pass proposal beat out other big transmission projects and dozens of smaller options for the right to supply all renewable power the Commonwealth wants. As NHPR's Annie Ropeik reports, this has analysts and developers wondering what role smaller projects will play in the future of the grid. Kevin Foley steps carefully across an icy dirt road in Claremont, N.H. He's at the edge of a snowy field surrounded by forest. On all this, he’s picturing solar panels. "We’re only looking at this little piece, that’s this field," he says. "The 240 acres is all around us." Foley works for SunEast Development, which wants to turn this parcel into a utility-scale solar array – 20 megawatts, connected to a substation about a mile away. “There’s a power line not too far from us, right across those trees,” he says. SunEast is moving forward on this proposal, and nine

  • Bow Loses Supreme Court Appeal Over Value Of Former Eversource Plant Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:14:15 +0000
    The state Supreme Court has ruled for Eversource in the company's fight with the town of Bow over the value of a local power plant. The decision comes as the utility finishes selling off Merrimack Station as part of its deregulation process. The plant and some related assets have made up a big part of Bow's tax rolls for decades. In 2012 and 2013, the town valued the plant at $159 million dollars – based in part on an expensive mercury scrubber Eversource had just installed to meet state requirements. Eversource said the plant was worth far less in those years – around $67 million, per a 2016 Superior Court ruling. "We pay our taxes in full and on time but have a responsibility to our customers to challenge those assessments we believe are excessive," says Eversource spokesman Martin Murray. On Thursday, the state's highest court upheld the Superior Court decision. "We cannot say that the trial court erred by granting [Public Service Co. of New Hampshire, now known as Eversource] an

  • New England Power Supply, Prices Stable Despite Cold Snap Tue, 02 Jan 2018 21:34:41 +0000
    New England's electrical grid is working overtime to keep up with power demand during this record cold spell – but analysts say recent upgrades to the system's safety net are paying off. Dan Dolan is president of the New England Power Generators Association. He says his members learned their lesson from 2014's Polar Vortex, when fuel prices spiked as power suppliers scrambled to meet demand. New penalties for failing to meet those needs don’t go into effect until this summer, but Dolan says this winter is proving to be a good trial run for post-Polar Vortex upgrades – especially on Tuesday, as people returned from the holidays and demand begins to rise. “It’s our first really normal workday since this cold snap has begun,” he says. “Yet again, we’re seeing prices in line with what we expected, and no abnormal events on the system.” An abnormal event would be a shortage of reserve fuels, or an inability to bring a back-up generation source online quickly. This year, Dolan says

  • Proposed N.H. Law Would Mandate Investigation When Public Sector Workers Killed On The Job Tue, 26 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0000
    A new bill aims to give public sector workers more protections when it comes to workplace accidents or deaths.

  • Education and Economic Development Officials Collaborate on N.H.'s Workforce Issues Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:02:59 +0000
    A group of education and economic development officials are discussing how to meet New Hampshire's workforce demands. The group met in Bedford on Wednesday at a forum on the future of the state’s workforce. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Taylor Caswell, the commissioner of the Department of Business and Economic Affairs who attended the forum. (Editor's note: this transcript has been edited lightly for clarity.) So, tell us a bit more about this forum that you attended on Wednesday. Who was there, and what were you talking about? This forum was sponsored by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the [New Hampshire] College and University Council. We were there talking about a new initiative called 65 By 25, which is really kind of a coalescing effort to be to talk about what are New Hampshire’s workforce needs going to be by 2025. And the idea is to be able to have 65 percent of our workforce have at least a four-year degree in order to meet the workforce needs that

  • Northern Pass Job Fair Draws Crowd in North Country Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:08:46 +0000
    The state won't make a final decision on the Northern Pass project until late February – but Eversource is already recruiting a workforce to build the transmission line if it's approved. At least 100 residents and business owners from around New England braved snowy roads for a job fair in the White Mountains Wednesday.

  • Eversource Wants Study Claiming Electric Rate Inflation Taken Down Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:27:08 +0000
    Eversource is demanding a national environmental group take down a study that suggests they unfairly withheld natural gas capacity and inflated electric rates – but the Environmental Defense Fund is standing by its research. The group's October study said New England electric customers paid $3.6 billion extra between 2013 and 2016, because Eversource and Connecticut-based Avangrid habitually bought up natural gas pipeline capacity they didn't end up needing. The study says this practice, while legal, "artificially limits gas supply to the region and drives up gas and electricity prices." “While the studied behavior may have been within the two firms’ contractual rights, the significant impacts in both the gas and electricity markets show the need to consider improvements to market design and regulation as these two energy markets become increasingly interlinked,” the study’s authors, made up of academics and EDF economists, wrote. Eversource called the study a “complete fabrication”

  • Eversource Seeks Northern Pass Workforce As It Awaits State Approval Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:06:48 +0000
    Eversource is recruiting workers and suppliers for the Northern Pass power project, even as it awaits state approval. The utility will hold job fairs for the major new transmission line in the North Country on Wednesday, and in Concord in January. Eversource will bring subcontractors, union representatives and local commerce groups to the job fairs to meet residents and business owners who might want to work on the $1.6-billion transmission line. Northern Pass still needs approval from the state Site Evaluation Committee for its proposed route from Quebec to Deerfield. Eversource wants to begin construction next spring. It will need everything from construction workers, electricians, truckers and loggers, to suppliers of fuel, equipment, and more to complete Northern Pass. Wednesday’s job fair runs from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Mountain View Grand Resort in Whitefield. The Concord job fair is Jan. 10, just a few weeks before the state begins its final deliberations on the project.

  • N.H. Officials to Discuss Trade Relations with Canada at Forum Wed, 25 Oct 2017 11:56:02 +0000
    The New Hampshire-Canada Business Development Forum is scheduled for Friday in Whitefield. The forum will include a discussion on the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiation, which has been a source of tension within the trade relationship.

  • Something Wild: Seals at Isles of Shoals Fri, 09 Nov 2018 11:45:00 +0000
    On a Tuesday morning in summer, 2017, Chris Martin boarded the John B. Heiser, a 33-foot research vessel, headed for Duck Island. Mission: to count seals.

  • Something Wild: The Dangers of Hiking the Whites Fri, 26 Oct 2018 12:40:00 +0000
    I rolled into the parking lot of the Mountain Wanderer Book Store in Lincoln, New Hampshire. I was there to meet two White Mountain hiking experts. Authors Mike Dickerman of Bond Cliff Books and Steve Smith, editor of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s White Mountain Hiking Guide. Steve also owns the Mountain Wanderer. From the bookstore, we drove to a nearby trail head for the Pemigewasset Wilderness Area in Lincoln. The wooden bridge at the trail head is the gateway to 45,000 acres of protected land, in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest. As Smith points out, “Many a long journey has started here, and ended here.” We’re not far along our own journey when Smith and Dickerman begin swapping war stories from decades of walking these trails. Dickerman remembers breaking through the ice up to his waist; Smith remembers the difficulty of evacuating a member of one of his crew who had broken a leg on the trail. These sorts of stories are rites of passage for any serious hiker, and

  • Something Wild: Terns Thriving on Isles of Shoals Fri, 28 Sep 2018 12:45:00 +0000
    We started the day on Appledore Island, just outside Portsmouth Harbor. The Shoals Marine Lab, resident there, traces its history back to 1928. Among the biologists spending the summer there this year were Dr. Elizabeth Craig, Tern Conservation Program Manager. "There are three species that I’m hoping we’re going to see today; the common tern, the roseate tern and the arctic tern." In her orientation she walks through the differences among the species, but all three are long lived, which for birds, means 10-30 year life-spans. And in that time, the terns log some serious miles. After orientation we file onto an inflatable for the short boat ride to White and Seavey islands, home to one of the largest tern colonies in the gulf of Maine, and the only breeding site for these birds in New Hampshire. Project Leader Jen Seavey marvels at the tern's incredible migration distances, "over its lifetime it flies to the moon and back 3 times. 1.5 million miles. A four ounce bird!" Those are stats

  • Something Wild: International Treaties Aren't Always About Trade Fri, 14 Sep 2018 12:40:00 +0000
    Kirk Dorsey wanted to be an ornithologist, so he went to Cornell University. “But I was not a particularly good student at ornithology…all the biology classes. But I was taking history classes for fun.” And in his junior year he found himself in a US Foreign Policy class. “There was a half a sentence in a text book, that in 1916, the United States and Canada negotiated a treaty to protect migratory birds. And I thought, ‘wow, I had no idea. I need to learn more about that.’” So, in graduate school, that became the subject of Dorsey’s dissertation. In the end, instead of becoming an ornithologist with an interest in history, Dorsey became an historian with an interest in birds. In fact, he’s now a professor of history at UNH. And the treaty he was talking about is the International Migratory Bird Treaty. The treaty “makes it illegal for anyone to take, possess, import, export, transport, sell, purchase, barter, or offer for sale, purchase, or barter, any migratory bird, or the parts,

  • Something Wild: Tidepools Aren't a Walk on the Beach Fri, 31 Aug 2018 12:45:00 +0000
    Labor Day weekend is often summer’s last hurrah – or at least our last chance to participate in those uniquely summer pastimes. So we thought we’d go out with some sun, surf and a nice breeze by exploring another of New Hampshire’s Wild Neighborhoods. And once again we take a tour of great place to visit, but a hard place to eke out a living. There are only a few examples of Maritime Rocky Shores within New Hampshire’s borders, and all are along our seacoast or on the Isles of Shoals. And oddly enough some parts of this neighborhood are a lot like the alpine zone we visited a while back: pretty inhospitable, especially the islands. They get hit pretty hard by relentless wind, crashing ocean waves and salt spray. Our Rocky Shores neighborhood actually contains many distinct marine zones. And, specifically, we want to dig into the Rocky Intertidal Zone, so named because it occupies the area of the shoreline between high tide and low tide. “Tides are the changing of the earth’s sea-levels

  • Something Wild: Crickets Herald the Autumn Fri, 17 Aug 2018 12:40:00 +0000
    Something Wild fan, Michael Carrier, wrote in recently, he said “If possible could you do a program about identifying some of the more common sounds you hear at dusk or night in New Hampshire.” Yeah, we can do that. So a typical evening scene in Anytown, New Hampshire is a symphony of sound. A screen door slams in the distance…a jake brake startles the neighbor’s dog…the weekend warrior fires up her motorcycle… But as the evening settles in and human sounds fade away we can better hear the natural world. But even the rustling of our deciduous trees, barred owls, coyotes trying to locate their pack, a whippoorwill trying to locate a mate, and a red fox is staking out his territory tend to drown out a more subtle instrument in the orchestra. If ever there was a sound that signifies August, it’s the quiet song of the crickets. Nathaniel Hawthorne described it as “audible stillness,” writing, “if moonlight could be heard, it would sound just like that.” That especially appropriate because

  • Something Wild: A Timber Harvest Fri, 03 Aug 2018 12:40:00 +0000
    We don't often think of trees when we speak of "harvest." Corn is harvested; apples, tomatoes, squash are the fruits of the annual autumnal rite which is the province of our farmers. Maybe it's because those plants are harvested at the end of their lifespan that we don't lament the moment they are cut down. We're much more precious with our trees. Maybe because we associate de-forestation with developments of housing sub-divisions, or banal strip malls with all the character and scenic beauty of sound baffles on the sides of our highways. But, as a society we consume forest products as much as we do farm products. And sometimes when a tree comes down it's not to make room for another human edifice, but another tree. Dave takes us to a site in Stoddard, NH where that is the precise plan: taking down trees to plant the next forest. We started at the landing at the Crider and Rumrill forest where the logs are being piled for a tractor trailer to haul them away to mill and market. There's

  • Something Wild: Eye of the Turtle Fri, 20 Jul 2018 12:40:00 +0000
    New Hampshire benefits from the presence of seven different turtle species. This week on Something Wild we’re taking a closer look at two of the most common species you can find all over the state: painted turtles and snapping turtles. First off, we have to acknowledge that turtles are amazing, they’re like living fossils. Artist-naturalist David Carrol, has has spent a lifetime studying turtles describes them as "evolutionarily conservative." He said, "they go back to about 200-220 million years ago, and they have hardly changed at all over that entire frame. Meanwhile, flowering plants for example didn’t appear until about 150-thousand years ago." Carroll says that if you found your self on Pangea 200 million years ago you would have no trouble recognizing our turtles ancestors. These days they tend to be a little smaller. Snappers are easily identified because it looks like a lizard stole a turtle shell. They’ve got these long necks, long tails and a brutish head with a pointed

  • Something Wild: Of Death, Beauty and Vultures Fri, 06 Jul 2018 12:40:00 +0000
    Outside/In host Sam Evans-Brown, joined us in the field this week at Something Wild. We were in Sutton, NH tracking some turkey vulture chicks, because Dave discovered some vultures living among the rocks in a nearby cliff-face. Turkey Vultures (one of three vulture species living in North America) are obligate to this kind of structure: cavities in a boulder field, caves in a cliff, even big hollow logs. TVs don’t build their own nests, they just create a depression in an existing structure, but their primary criteria is shelter from the weather. While these nests usually do protect their occupants from the weather, there are other dangers. Since many nests are on the ground they are susceptible to predation from foxes and fishers. But the TVs have other defences. If a vulture feels trapped, it will offer a warning hiss before vomiting on a threat. Consider being covered in partially digested, putrid carrion; it’s easy to imagine any threat beating a hasty retreat. But that is the

  • Something Wild: Ravens are Intelligent Opportunists Fri, 29 Jun 2018 12:40:00 +0000
    In this part of the country the Corvid family includes blue jays, gray jays, crows, and ravens. And ravens – Corvus corax – are the smartest of this intelligent family, actually their brain to body ratio is on par with whales and the great apes. Ravens are pretty common in New Hampshire, probably more common than you think since at first glance they look a lot like crows. But there are some key differences between these two big black birds. First, ravens are bigger, their wingspan is almost four-feet across, as big as some of the hawks we have in New Hampshire. And while crow tail feathers are squared off, ravens are diamond-shaped. The beak is another distinctive trait with the raven’s much larger respective to the size of its head than is the crow’s. Aurally, their calls are also pretty different. Crows have of a “caw,” while ravens emit a more guttural “croak.” Of course, all corvids are mimics, and ravens have been known to master a multitude of different sounds. One YouTube clip

  • Something Wild: What Happens to Trees in Drought? Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:39:00 +0000
    The specter of drought is often raised in these early days of summer. And for good reason, though water levels have returned to normal around the New Hampshire, state officials are still warning residents to remain cautious after last summer drought. And while we often fret about the health of our lawns and our gardens, Dave (from the Forest Society) wanted to address drought resistance among his favorite species, trees. So, we all know that trees need water to survive. Basically the many leaves on a given tree have these pore-like holes called stomates that leak moisture into the surrounding air. As that vapor exits the tree through the leaves it draws more water up through the trunk and branches, like through a bundle of straws. Harnessing the power of the sun, trees break apart that water into its constituent hydrogen and oxygen molecules; forming glucose with the hydrogen and exhaling the oxygen into the atmosphere. The glucose is what fuels growth in the tree, from buds to bark to

  • Something Wild: First Bitten Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:05:30 +0000
    First Bitten is our periodic series at Something Wild where we study the people who study nature, and what set them on the path to do that. And this time around our two subjects under the microscope trace their love of nature back to their parents's nurture, specifically their fathers. Ron Davis grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Not a place known for for its lakes or streams or for vast expanses of wilderness; not a place you'd expect to find a future biologist. But that's where he started, "and because of the Second World War my love of nature became greatly enhanced." While Davis credits the advent of World War Two with his passion for the natural world, the retired biology professor from University of Maine, Orono points out that much of the thanks actually goes to his father. "He was a retail businessman and moved his family out of Brooklyn to the Catskill Mountains because there was a threat that the Germans might be bombing New York." So Davis found himself, a city kid, suddenly in

  • Something Wild: Porcupines Aren't As Prickly As You Thought Fri, 08 Jun 2018 12:40:00 +0000
    The porcupine’s only real predator is the fisher. It takes a tough critter to eat a porcupine. Even coyotes, one of the state's apex predators, instinctually knows to leave porcupines alone – a trait that is sadly not shared by their domestic cousin, who rack up vet bills to have quills removed from their snouts. Those quills really are something else. Porcupines actually have rather soft fur that is mixed with up to 30,000 quills that will lay flat on their back until they feel threatened. Then, just like when we get goose-bumps, the quills stand up. They don’t shoot off the body but they detach very easily when touched, and they have little barbs at the end that make them really hard to get out. Porcupines pretty much do whatever they want. With so few predators they mostly just go about their business. Porcupines are active throughout the year, hanging out in trees eating bark, leaves, and fruit. You might find a tree that has been claimed by a family of porcupines. Generation after

  • Something Wild: What Makes Summer Thunderstorms Happen? Fri, 01 Jun 2018 12:40:00 +0000
    Today’s topic is thunderstorms. Summer in NH brings those triple H days – hazy, hot, and humid! On days like those there’s nothing more welcome than the arrival of a late-afternoon thunderstorm, leaving in its wake cool, refreshing air, scrubbed clean of haze and pollution.

  • Something Wild: Smell that Olfactory Fri, 25 May 2018 12:40:00 +0000
    We know…we’ve been remiss, and it’s time to talk about the elephant in the room. Something Wild, as you know, is a chance to take a closer look at the wildlife, ecosystems and marvelous phenomena you can find in and around New Hampshire. But over the years there is one species in New Hampshire that we haven’t spent much time examining. A species, I think that has been conspicuous in its absence. Humans. So we’re grabbing the bull by the horns and digging in to a complex species that is an important part of the ecosystem. And we thought we’d start with a particular trait that’s been with us almost since the beginning: olfaction. The sense of smell among other sensory systems are relatively unchanged throughout mammalian history. As Nate Dominy, professor of anthropology and biological sciences at Dartmouth, says, “a lot of the traits we see in mammals are retention of those basic traits.” Dominy suggested our olfactory sense was really important to our proto-mammalian ancestors. Picture

  • Something Wild: N.H.'s Wildest Neighborhood ... Peatlands Fri, 18 May 2018 15:15:57 +0000
    Here at Something Wild we love all things wild (even blackflies !) but sometimes it can be helpful to look beyond a single species and consider how many species interact within a given environment. In our periodic series, New Hampshire’s Wild Neighborhoods, we endeavor to do just that and this time we’re looking at peatlands. Our Sherpa today is Ron Davis, a retired professor of ecology, limnology and wetland science from the University of Maine, Orono. Peatlands, as you might have guessed are classified by the mat of peat at its heart. Peat is formed from dead organic matter (leaves, branches, dead bugs, etc.), but that organic matter is only partly decomposed because there is no oxygen in the mat, or the water that you often find in such locations. The two most prominent kinds of peatlands in New Hampshire are bogs and fens. Davis explains that, “bogs are rather infertile environments. The plants that grow in them barely hold on and eke out an existence and grow very, very slowly.”

  • Something Wild: When an Irresistible Force Meets an Immoveable Object Fri, 11 May 2018 12:40:00 +0000
    The battlefield is ancient. Strewn with the debris of generations. Trees splintered, rocks shattered. Neither side will yield this talus slope in the pursuit of that which is most coveted. This is Game of Stones. Actually, this is just another installment of New Hampshire’s Wild Neighborhoods, and this time we’re scaling the battle ground known as Talus. And there was some disagreement at Something Wild about whether we should call it “talus” or “talus woodland.” What we did agree on was that when the ice-sheet receded from New Hampshire 12,000 years ago, it scraped up the landscape pretty significantly. In its wake it left south-facing cliffs, with boulder fields at their feet. Imagine Cannon Mountain in Franconia Notch or Cathedral Ledge in North Conway. And these boulder fields are the front lines of where the titans Geology and Botany clash. The argument for calling this “talus woodland” is that over time, the boulder fields develop a mat of leaf litter, moss and soil that will

  • Something Wild: Celebrate the Plague of Black Flies Fri, 04 May 2018 12:40:00 +0000
    Imagine yourself on a walk in the woods. It’s early spring; tiny tree flowers are clinging to branches. A nearby stream quietly gurgles and peepers pepper the air. Idyllic, right? Then, all of a sudden….a brobdingnagian buzz from a lilliputian louse! Paradise lost! (Sorry, mixing Miltonian metaphors.) Well…maybe not. First off, let’s identify that buzz, it doesn’t emanate from a louse, it comes from black flies. Everyone’s favorite bug to hate this time of year. As hours of daylight increase, temperatures start to rise, making conditions just right for black flies, and that’s worth celebrating. There are places in the state that don’t have black flies. And the reason that is the case comes down to something you heard in your imaginary walk through the woods…the nearby stream. Whereas mosquitoes thrive in stagnant pools, puddles and even bottle caps, black flies need cold, clean, open, running water. So the places that don’t have black flies tend to be urban and suburban developments

  • Something Wild: Garter Snakes Fri, 27 Apr 2018 12:45:00 +0000
    So, this partnership among NHPR, New Hampshire Audubon and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is one in which bird and tree knowledge is well represented. But much of the state’s wildlife, as you’ve no doubt noticed, can be classified as “other.” Today we tackle some of that other, in the form of the garter snake with Mike Marchand, Wildlife Biologist with N.H. Fish and Game. There are about a dozen different species of snake in the granite state, but chances are if you’ve seen a snake in New Hampshire, it was a garter snake. They are the most common variety of snake here. Partially because they are not particular about their habitat. “I’ve seen them on the seacoast, in the city, even at 4,000 feet in elevation at Mount Isolation,” says Marchand. Snakes, like all reptiles, are cold-blooded, which presents challenges when living in a northern climate like New Hampshire. “When it’s warm reptiles tend to be really active, and when it’s cool they tend to slow down.

  • Something Wild: Do Mosquitos Like You Better? Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:57:36 +0000
    We often think of the “food chain” in the natural world in linear terms: this eats that, which in turn, is eaten by the other. But today’s subject proves that chain is a little more like a web. The species we’re talking about today feeds on the most dangerous game, the apex of apex predators…us. And the speicies that prey on us? Mosquitos, of course! We recently spoke with Sarah MacGregor, an entomologist and founder of Dragon Mosquito Control, help us learn more about them. We often think about mosquitos with a capital-M, as if there is just one kind of mosquito. But there’s actually lots of different species. MacGregor has counted over 45 species in New Hampshire with different habits and different habitats. There’s the house mosquito, the salt marsh mosquito, tree-hole mosquitos, rock pool mosquitos and cattail mosquitos among many others. While these common names refer to where you might find these insects, they also refer to distinct species of mosquito. It may be poor consolation

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