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Biologists studying health of moose population

Friday, October 24, 2014

New Hampshire’s busiest moose checking station was conspicuously not busy Tuesday morning. The small outpost, nestled in the Kilkenny Valley in Milan, is one of six biologist check stations the state’s Fish and Game Department staffs during the annual nine-day moose hunt. With fewer permits issued than in years past, fewer hunters are bringing moose carcasses to the stations for …

Ray Duckler: In a one-shot deal, Magdziarz finally gets his prize

Friday, October 24, 2014

The woods, Stanley Magdziarz says, insulate him from life’s harsh terms. There, he’s able to put aside his sadness, caused by family tragedies, feeling safe, fulfilled, at peace. And there, in the woods of Berlin last Sunday, after waiting 26 years for the right to go moose hunting, after successfully killing a few …

Former state rep challenges incumbent Democratic state senator in District 7

Friday, October 24, 2014

Both first-term Democratic state Sen. Andrew Hosmer and his Republican challenger in District 7, former state representative Kathy Lauer-Rago, say changes are needed in the state when it comes to economics and education, but they differ on how to address those concerns. While both believe in the importance of a strong educational system …

Garcia talks private market, ISIS and the Department of Education

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

State Rep. Marilinda Garcia has never promoted the idea of repealing and replacing the federal health care overhaul known as Obamacare, she told the Monitor yesterday. But that’s not because Garcia, the Republican nominee for Congress in the …

Tenant testifies against CATCH Neighborhood Housing at opening day of trial in lawsuit

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Emotions high, Cathy Wyrenbeck reached for a tissue from the box in front of the witness stand. She had just described to a jury and a federal judge the chronic and painful hives that have kept her from working for the past eight years. Having blown her nose, …

Concord house at intersection of historic preservation, economic development

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The red two-story Concord home at 11 Blake St. isn’t quite the paradise of a Joni Mitchell song, but the Concord Heritage Commission is hoping to dissuade its owner from putting up a parking lot anyway. Phenix Mutual …

Man pleads guilty to role in home invasion

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A man accused of being an accomplice in a 2012 violent home invasion in Bedford has pleaded guilty to multiple charges and has agreed to spend at least five years in prison. WMUR reported Nathan Lamontagne appeared in court Monday, pleading guilty to criminal liability to first-degree assault …

Weare officials accept Velleca’s resignation, extend secretary’s leave

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Weare Board of Selectmen has accepted the resignation of police Chief John Velleca. Velleca tendered the resignation last week, following a brief romantic affair with his secretary this past summer. The secretary, Jennifer Posteraro, claimed last month that Velleca had assaulted her at her home in Hillsboro. …

Pembroke woman takes stand on 2012 home invasion, knife attack

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Pembroke woman attacked in her home in 2012 took the stand yesterday and described the moment she awoke to see a masked intruder standing over her with a knife. That intruder, she insists, was her ex-boyfriend, Christopher Compas. Compas was arrested in March 2012 and is on …

Concord School Board to vote on operating budget

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Concord School Board is expected tonight to finalize and vote on its $74.27 million operating budget for fiscal year 2015. To fund the budget, the city will need $48.1 million in local and state taxes. If passed as presented, taxpayers will pay $14.08 per thousand of assessed …

PHOTO: Peace rain

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Nancy Burke, left, and Faith Sillars of New Hampshire Peace Action in Concord brave the rain during the lunch hour yesterday at the corner of North Main Street and Centre Street. …

Guinta, Shea-Porter debate health care, economy

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Democratic U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter and Republican Frank Guinta sparred last night over familiar topics such as health care and the economy and tussled over new ones such as Ebola and terrorist threats. The two met for their first televised debate this year, broadcast on WBIN-TV. They are …

Attorney general: No charges in Rumney lakeside shooting

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A long-smoldering feud between neighbors in Rumney over the use of a lakeside dock erupted in an alcohol-fueled fight this summer that ended when one man, who said he feared for his life, shot another to death, the state attorney general said yesterday. Attorney General Joe Foster said …