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King reflects upon the memories of his 88-year long life and happy memories of his late wife.

CAMERON JOHNSON / Monitor Staff

Ray Duckler: A teacher, a student, a schooner, a film

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The schooner is the story. Or is it? Maybe it’s the people Keith King loved who have died, or the bumper sticker-like philosophies he espouses about life, or his unconventional method of teaching at Keene State College, or the award-winning documentary that tied it all together during last fall’s Somewhere North Of Boston, or SNOB, film festival. Pick a topic …

Homeless advocates slam bill that would allow landlords to collect last month’s rent

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Homeless rights advocates urged state lawmakers yesterday to scrap a bill that would allow landlords to collect an additional month’s rent as down payment from tenants, warning that the legislation would further squeeze welfare reserves and push numerous people and families closer to the brink of displacement. “This ought to be called the …

As N.H. storm cleanup continues, state determining cost of response

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The snowstorm that swept through New Hampshire this week triggered an extremely rare closure of toll booths on the state’s turnpikes. About 16,500 vehicles passed through toll booths during the storm, costing the state $14,000 in toll revenue, according to the Department of Transportation. A statewide DOT response to clear roads and maintain safety during a typical snowstorm costs about $100,000 an hour, …

Annual state homeless counts begins in wake of storm

Thursday, January 29, 2015

New Hampshire’s annual homeless count went off yesterday as planned, despite Tuesday’s severe snowstorm, which shut down much of the central and southern parts of the state. Tricia Jackson of the state Bureau of Homeless and Housing Services, …

Remembering Challenger explosion 29 years later

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Yesterday marked the 29th anniversary of the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger, which killed all seven crew members, including New Hampshire teacher Christa McAuliffe. The shuttle exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Jan. 28, 1986. McAuliffe was a social studies teacher at Concord …

Government efficiency report released

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The fastest way from Manchester to Concord is up Interstate 93, but one state government department asks its employees to take any other route. That’s because on the highway – even if the drive is shorter – workers must pay a toll, and that is an added expense …

N.H. lawmakers consider bills aimed at reducing electricity costs

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Lawmakers are considering two bills aimed at lowering New Hampshire’s electricity costs by making big changes to the state’s renewable energy program, a move supporters say could derail the initiative’s benefits. Both pieces of legislation target the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standards, established by the Legislature in 2007 as …

Bow selectmen approve article to appropriate $25,000 for community building planning

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Bow Board of Selectmen approved a warrant article last night for this year’s town meeting that would appropriate $25,000 for planning and estimates to build or renovate the town’s community building. The vote passed 2-1. Two board members, Harry Judd and Jack Crisp, were not in attendance …

Snowmobile driver crashes in yard in Dalton

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New Hampshire Fish and Game conservation officers said odd circumstances and bad luck led to a snowmobile crash in Dalton that injured the driver. They said 60-year-old Peter Packard of Whitefield was trying to leave a yard and needed to go up and over a plowed snowbank. But …

Executive Council approves New Hampshire’s $13 million contract with FairPoint

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New Hampshire and FairPoint Communications are back in business. The Executive Council approved a $13 million contract with the phone and data company yesterday, on the condition that company officials would hold a series of forums across the …

Hassan addresses Health and Human Services budget challenges

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan, speaking after yesterday’s Executive Council meeting, said the Department of Health and Human Services’ plan to scale back payments to nursing homes was necessary in order to avoid cuts to other programs. “What we have done with the nursing homes is decided not to give …

New trial for alleged child rapist opens in Merrimack County

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The trial of a 35-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl several years ago in Pembroke and Hooksett opened yesterday in Merrimack County Superior Court, with a prosecutor claiming he attacked her three times and a defense attorney suggesting the girl had been coerced to lie …

USDA revises maple syrup grading with descriptive terms

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Grading standards for maple syrup have been revised to match international standards, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said yesterday, and now consumers can have a better understanding of what topping they’re buying. The revisions to the voluntary standards …