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Protesters from the American Friends Service Commitee walk in front of Ted Cruz supporters at his event at the Village Trestle in Goffstown earlier this week.

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Ray Duckler: The biggest political issue of our times, and few care

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The voter waiting in line to hear Hillary Clinton held the pamphlet crumpled in her hand, unread, destined for the trash. I asked the woman, Melissa Umpierrez of Manchester, for comment on the material given to her by Arnie Alpert outside the middle school, in a cold rain, moments before. Somewhat embarrassed, Umpierrez began to pull apart the pamphlet’s edges, …

Shaker Regional School District has proposals to switch to SB 2, raze Gale School

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Shaker Regional School Board will present a warrant that includes articles for a $21,739,870 operational budget, a move to SB 2 town voting, approval of a collective bargaining agreement and $71,000 to raze the Gale School. SAU 80 includes Canterbury Elementary School and Belmont elementary, middle and high schools. Voters will be presented with a $60,334, or 0.28 percent, operational budget increase …

One year after fire, Henniker Highway Department moves into new facility

Friday, February 5, 2016

After a year of questions, some confusion and “miscommunication” between town officials, the Henniker highway garage is reopening with new and refurbished equipment and trucks. A fire destroyed the garage and its entire snow plowing fleet, including five trucks and a grader in January 2015. Only two pickup trucks and a front-end loader …

Loudon presents 3.5 percent budget increase to voters

Friday, February 5, 2016

Loudon voters are looking at a 3.5 percent increase in the proposed 2016-17 operating budget along with 11 warrant articles. Budget hearings were held Jan. 19 and Wednesday night. There, voters were presented with a budget proposed to total $4,313,713, almost $150,000 higher than last year. Major proposed …

John Stark support staff contract aims to upgrade paraeducators’ capabilities

Friday, February 5, 2016

A three-year deal between the John Stark School Board and the Support Personnel Association will appear on the school district’s warrant in March as it stands. No amendments were made to the warrant at a deliberative session Thursday night with about 20 people in attendance. The deal increases …

Weare deliberative session on warrant is Saturday at 9 a.m.

Friday, February 5, 2016

The town of Weare will host a deliberative session Saturday morning at 9 at the Weare Middle School where residents can question and possibly amend the town warrant, which includes a $5.52 million proposed budget. If residents reject the proposal, which they have done for the last couple …

Town office plan again the feature of Epsom deliberative session

Friday, February 5, 2016

As has been the case for years now, the plan for Epsom’s town office figures to be the central discussion at the deliberative session Saturday. This time it’s a proposal to construct a new building next to the police department. The result of two years of planning by …

Tax spike in Pittsfield has voters rethinking need for town’s high school

Friday, February 5, 2016

Facing hundreds of dollars in tax increases from their school district and town budgets, Pittsfield residents renewed the question Wednesday of whether they should tuition their students to another high school to save money. The district’s proposed budget …

Merrimack Valley School District: We are now compliant with all election laws

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Merrimack Valley School Board Chairman Mark Hutchins opened a public budget hearing recently by acknowledging the district has been violating state election laws for decades. Now they’re fixing it. “You’ll notice on the warrant article a couple of different things,” Hutchins said. “We are electing the moderator by …

Webster tackles ambulance question at budget hearing

Thursday, February 4, 2016

In the middle of a 2½-hour budget hearing in Webster on Tuesday, things got heated when talk turned toward ambulances. The topic was broached after Town Moderator Bob Pearson read the ninth article on the draft warrant that …

John Stark deliberative session is tonight

Thursday, February 4, 2016

John Stark Regional School District will hold its deliberative session tonight for residents to review and possibly amend its warrant, which includes a proposed operating budget of about $13.16 million. The budget proposed by the John Stark School Board is $65,328 less than the current budget, which was …

Hopkinton track and field petition warrant article stirs public hearing

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A petition warrant article calling for the construction of a new track and field facility at Hopkinton Middle/High School met strong opposition from the public at a hearing Wednesday night. Scott Zipke, a Hopkinton math teacher and varsity soccer coach, has been leading the committee behind the project …

Free State Project announces it’s ‘triggering the move’ for Libertarian influx

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Free State Project announced Wednesday that it reached its goal of recruiting 20,000 Libertarians who say they’ll move to New Hampshire. An online pledge had signers commit to relocating to the Granite State within five years of “triggering the move” with the 20,000th signature, which was announced …