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Ray Duckler

Ray Duckler: Fast food workers demand $15 an hour

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Money makes the world go around. It also stops traffic in Manchester, makes the city’s cops mad, disrupts a local fast food restaurant, scares kids, and makes you wonder what we, as a country, should do about the minimum wage. Fifteen dollars an hour? That is the question, and you can bet voters will have that number on their minds …

Weare residents scrutinize money for police department in nearly eight-hour deliberative session

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Weare Police Department is requesting an increase in officer salaries, money to hire three additional officers and the purchase of five new police cruisers. These requests are on the warrant that Weare residents will vote on in March, but voters took the time to question these articles and others at Saturday morning’s deliberative session, which lasted nearly eight hours. Police Chief Sean …

Epsom’s new town office proposal survives two amendment attempts

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The warrant article to build a new town office in Epsom survived two amendment attempts at the deliberative session Saturday, one of which would have effectively killed it. Article 1 seeks to spend about $800,000 – with half that amount coming from the town’s surplus fund – to construct a new building on …

Chichester schools budget proposal up nearly 5 percent; hearing is Wednesday

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Chichester residents will meet Wednesday to hear school district officials explain their budget proposal, which represents a 4.75 percent increase over the current budget. An influx of eighth-graders going to Pembroke Academy, as compared with the graduating seniors from Chichester, and mandated special education costs necessitated a budget …

Epsom schools budget amended at deliberative session to buy more books

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

While dozens of lines in the Epsom School District’s proposed budget are decreasing, the bottom line is up 6 percent to $10.1 million. That’s because two areas that the school has no control over – special education and …

Charges dismissed against Gilford topless protesters; judge upholds law’s constitutionality

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A Laconia District Court judge dismissed a charge Friday against a Gilford woman for going topless at a town beach because there is no provision in state law that prohibits women from exposing their breasts in public. But …

Linda Horan, who fought for access to medical marijuana, dies at 64

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Linda Horan, the labor activist who turned a deeply personal battle with cancer into a cause for one last public fight, over access to medical marijuana, died Monday at her home in Alstead. She was 64. Her death …

Jurors reject insanity defense, find man guilty for role in Allenstown stabbing

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Kyle Buffum was found guilty Monday of orchestrating a gruesome stabbing in Allenstown’s Bear Brook State Park, an attack that nearly ended a young woman’s life and, had authorities not intervened, could have been the start of an …

Opponents of bobcat hunting season, and some supporters, crowd State House hearing

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A proposal to reopen a season for hunting bobcats in New Hampshire drew plenty of opposition as well as some support at a packed public hearing Monday night, but the hours of public discussion showed a secondary issue: whether the controversy might spur bigger changes. “The (Fish and …

Ice climber rescued after fall in White Mountains

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

An ice climber from Massachusetts was rescued Sunday from a mountain near Crawford Notch State Park on Sunday after falling about 20 feet to a ledge below. Peter Lindahl, 36, of Medford, Mass., had reached Upper Hitchcock Gully …

Carbon monoxide ‘close call’ in Pembroke prompts consideration of danger

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

His wife made out the sound of the alarm from their bedroom. His dog, Simon, was softly whimpering, perhaps “under the influence a little bit, not knowing what was going on,” because of the gas. But Joe Cloutier was fast asleep at his Pembroke home about 3 a.m. …

Canterbury budget looks inflated due to two articles for one firetruck

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Due to two competing warrant articles for a fire truck, Canterbury’s proposed budget – $3,424,692 – may seem a little high for 2016. It is, in fact, falsely high. As the Canterbury selectmen explained during the town’s public budget hearing Monday night, there is both a petitioned warrant …

Epsom schools deliberative session is Feb. 2

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Epsom residents will meet today to discuss and possibly make changes to their proposed school district budget, which at $10.1 million is 6 percent larger than the current operating budget. The increase of $588,000 is driven mainly by special education costs that were out of the school’s control. …