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Lawyer says Jerry Gappens, NHMS general manager, used ‘poor judgement’ but did not commit a crime

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Jerry Gappens, one of the most recognizable faces of NASCAR in New Hampshire, used poor judgement and regrets the actions that led to his Jan. 21 arrest in Manchester on a lewdness charge, according to his lawyer. But Gappens’s lawyer Tom Raid said the general manager at New Hampshire Motor Speedway didn’t do anything criminal. “Mr. Gappens acknowledges using poor …

Concord’s successful preventative policing program set to phase out

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Officers Craig Levesque and Steve Martel have collectively spent more than two decades patrolling the streets of Concord, responding to emergencies, executing arrests and generally stepping in during tense and violent exchanges. But for the past couple of months, the pair has been testing a different approach: riding around in an unmarked cruiser and mostly just talking to people. About anything. It’s a …

NHTI and Southern New Hampshire University partner for dual enrollment agreement

Friday, January 30, 2015

NHTI and Southern New Hampshire University announced Wednesday they partnered in a dual enrollment agreement that will allow NHTI graduates to more easily transfer to SNHU to complete bachelor’s degrees. The agreement between the Concord community college and the Manchester-based university means that when students are accepted to a degree program at NHTI, they can apply for dual admission to SNHU at the …

Northwood voters to deliberate town worker raises, appointing road agent

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Northwood voters will discuss a slightly larger proposed budget and 26 warrant articles at their deliberative session tomorrow. The proposed budget, at $3.42 million, is about $75,000 – or 2.2 percent – higher than the budget adopted in 2014. If the proposed budget doesn’t pass, the default budget …

Belmont voters to consider $3M for new town offices

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Voters in Belmont are being asked to approve a $7.26 million operating budget for fiscal year 2015. If approved as presented, the budget is a $31,637 increase over the current municipal operating budget. In addition to the budget appropriations, the warrant includes $5.6 million in special warrant articles. …

A new swap shop? A shed for highway equipment? Deerfield deliberative session is Saturday

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A state-required revaluation of property in town is the biggest driver of a proposed budget increase in Deerfield, said Selectman Andrew Robertson. Voters will discuss the merits of the budget at the town’s deliberative session, starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow, as well as warrant articles seeking to update …

Hassan names 2015 “A Year of STEM”

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan proclaimed 2015 as “A Year of STEM” yesterday morning, fulfilling a recommendation from the STEM Task Force. “As we designate this year as the year of STEM, it brings ongoing attention to the importance of STEM education in the state and it allows us in …

N.H. legislators, with backing of outside groups, debate Article V of U.S. Constitution

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

This session, New Hampshire legislators might find themselves discussing whether the state should invoke an obscure but hotly debated clause in the U.S. Constitution as a way to prompt broad government reforms. It all comes back to Article …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …