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Concord School Board considers cuts to next year’s budget

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Faced with potentially steep budget cuts, the Concord School Board advocated reaching for middle ground at a special meeting last night. The district intends to raise its budget but is also anticipating a revenue loss, so officials are looking for ways to reduce spending and cut approximately $1 million from the district’s budget, currently figured at $75.32 million, 1.55 percent higher than last year’s $74.17 million budget. At last night’s …

Court denies former special agent access to information about failed polygraph

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A former federal special agent has been denied access to information about a polygraph exam he failed three years ago, reportedly for breathing suspiciously. In an decision issued Friday, Merrimack County Superior Court Judge Richard McNamara said the information and other related documents are exempt from New Hampshire’s right-to-know law. In a hearing last month, attorneys for the state and county warned that …

Man in treatment after Henniker home goes up in flames

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Henniker man is being treated for smoke inhalation after his family’s home was destroyed in a fire this weekend. James Roberts was the only person home at 270 Browns Way about 1 a.m. Sunday, when Henniker and six other fire departments rushed to a two-alarm fire at the house near Route 202 …

Surplus symbols: How many state bugs and beans do we need?

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Maine celebrates its whoopie pies. North Carolinians proudly dance their Shag. In Kansas, even dirt is official: Harney silt loam is the state soil. So was it really out of line when a group of fourth-graders asked their …

Long winter means N.H. salmon season will start on lakeshores, bridges

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Landlocked salmon fishing season opens tomorrow on the state’s big lakes. The lakes’ frozen status won’t keep die-hards from casting their lines tomorrow morning, but it could mean a few more weeks before the salmon fishing season ramps …

Scott Brown requests investigation into New Hampshire National Guard

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Former U.S. senator Scott Brown has asked the governor to open an investigation into the New Hampshire National Guard, following a story last week that raised concerns about disciplinary practices under the current leadership. In a letter sent …

300 bodies on the State House lawn to be a ‘wake-up’ call to N.H. lawmakers

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

When Amber Blevens came out of jail for the fifth and final time, a window opened. It was fleeting, but it was a real opportunity for her to give up heroin and regain control of her life. Most, …

Carly Fiorina hires New Hampshire state director

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Former Hewlett-Packard chief executive officer Carly Fiorina has hired a New Hampshire operative as she considers a possible run for president in 2016. Kerry Marsh, chairwoman of the Concord City Republican Committee, is joining Fiorina’s political committee, Carly for America, as director in New Hampshire. Marsh served as …

Avalanche dangers still exist on Mount Washington

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

It may be spring, but winter conditions are holding on longer than they have in recent years on Mount Washington. Snow Ranger Jeff Lane said some of the largest and most destructive avalanches of the season are in March and early April – and there’s also an increase …

Former Grafton County corrections officer arrested on heroin charges

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A former Grafton County corrections officer has been arrested on two heroin-related charges, one of which relates to delivering prohibited items to prisoners. The Caledonian Record reported that 29-year-old Michael Barata of Wells River, Vt., faced arraignment yesterday. Also scheduled to be arraigned is 24-year-old Chantelle Paradise of …

1 person arrested in Girl Scout cookie cash theft

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The police arrested one person and are looking for another in the theft of a cash box from Girl Scouts selling cookies outside a store in Rochester. The police said a man wearing a black winter hat and New England Patriots jacket swiped the cash box and dashed …

Unknowns of Northern Pass project a main concern for Concord

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

If approved, Northern Pass would touch 108 parcels of land along its 8-mile stretch through Concord. Of the 90 individual landowners who possess those plots, more than 70 have been in conversations with Eversource Energy through letters, phone calls, emails and site visits. They all want to know …

Kearsarge 7th-grader heading to national geography bee championship

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A seventh-grader from Kearsarge Regional Middle School in North Sutton has won the New Hampshire geographic bee and will head to the national championship in Washington. WMUR reported that Isaac Stearns bested 101 other Granite State students to win the state title at Keene State College on Friday. …