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Weare’s sign ordinance could be repealed at town meeting

Saturday, February 28, 2015

When the planning board discussed repealing Weare’s sign ordinance this winter, Keith Lacasse said business owners came to the meeting with a clear message: “Trust us.” “The businesses want to be trusted, and I think they’re trustworthy,” said Lacasse, a selectman and planning board member who proposed a petitioned article to repeal the town’s entire sign ordinance. “It would allow …

Election Day nearing, local candidates can’t wait for snow to melt to post signs

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Campaign signs are one of the few ways a candidate can boost name recognition in local elections. So making sure those signs aren’t blanketed in …

Former NH Guard commander sentenced to 15 years for child sex trafficking

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Ray Valas, a former New Hampshire National Guard commander convicted last fall of soliciting sex from an underage prostitute, has been sentenced to 15 years …

8 shot to death, including gunman, in Missouri rampage

Saturday, February 28, 2015

A man who authorities say may have been unhinged by the death of his ailing mother killed seven people and then took his own life in a house-to-house shooting rampage that wiped out a swath of a tiny …

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov reported killed in Moscow

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Boris Nemtsov, a longtime Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot and killed in central Moscow, the Russian Interior Ministry said early yesterday. Nemtsov, a central figure in Russian political life since the …

Mexico official: Police capture top capo ‘La Tuta’ Gomez

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Servando “La Tuta” Gomez, a former school teacher who became one of Mexico’s most-wanted drug lords as head of the Knights Templar cartel, was captured early yesterday by the federal police, according to Mexican officials. Gomez was arrested …

Desperate Afghan avalanche survivors await rescue on roofs

Saturday, February 28, 2015

In an endless sea of white, Afghan villagers waited on rooftops yesterday, waving in desperation as helicopters swooped low over the avalanche-struck region. All around them, homes, people and livestock had vanished under the snow. The avalanche in …

No Child Left Behind debate in the House suspended

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The House suspended floor debate on a Republican bill to rewrite No Child Left Behind yesterday afternoon, with party leaders saying they had to shift the chamber’s focus to debate funding the Department of Homeland Security. Earlier in the day, the chances for the education bill’s passage appeared …

The big melt: Antarctica’s retreating ice may re-shape Earth

Saturday, February 28, 2015

From the ground in this extreme northern part of Antarctica, spectacularly white and blinding ice seems to extend forever. What can’t be seen is the battle raging thousands of feet below to re-shape Earth. Water is eating away …

PHOTO: Surviving mallard ducks continue recovery

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The two surviving mallard ducks that were contaminated by oily water in Penacook last weekend continue their recovery at Wings of the Dawn Wildlife Rehabilitation in Henniker yesterday. The ducks spend small amounts of time outside but are …

Merrimack Valley School District has proposed budget decrease

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Merrimack Valley School District has proposed a $38.9 million operating budget for next year. The budget is down $391,010, or 1 percent, and includes no new programs or positions. The district’s annual meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook. …

Incumbent Ives facing challenge from Storrs in Loudon

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Longtime Loudon Selectman Steven Ives is facing a challenge from lifelong resident John Storrs. Ives, who has served as a selectman for eight years and is currently chairman of the three-person board, did not respond to requests for comment from the Monitor. In part, it is Ives’s lengthy …

Inter-Lakes School District: Voters to weigh self-funded energy project

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Inter-Lakes School Board will ask voters at its annual meeting next week to approve a $6.18 million alternative energy project that it says should end up bringing in more money than it costs. The 15-year project would become the second phase of an initiative the district began …