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Weare’s sign ordinance could be repealed at town meeting

Saturday, February 28, 2015

When the planning board discussed repealing Weare’s sign ordinance this winter, Keith Lacasse said business owners came to the meeting with a clear message: “Trust us.” “The businesses want to be trusted, and I think they’re trustworthy,” said Lacasse, a selectman and planning board member who proposed a petitioned article to repeal the town’s entire sign ordinance. “It would allow businesses the freedom to advertise their business in a way …

Election Day nearing, local candidates can’t wait for snow to melt to post signs

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Campaign signs are one of the few ways a candidate can boost name recognition in local elections. So making sure those signs aren’t blanketed in snow or plowed into a snowbank is important. This is what led Mark Varney, a candidate for the Boscawen Board of Selectmen, to attach his new campaign signs …

Former NH Guard commander sentenced to 15 years for child sex trafficking

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Ray Valas, a former New Hampshire National Guard commander convicted last fall of soliciting sex from an underage prostitute, has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison. Valas, 41, of Bow, was found guilty in November of one count of sex trafficking of a minor. Prosecutors said he twice paid for sex …

22-duck death toll grows as another oily wanderer is recovered, dies

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Another duck contaminated by oily water in Penacook died yesterday after being transported to Capital Area Veterinary Emergency Services. “The birds are so debilitated and I guess it started seizing and it died,” said Maria Colby, founder of …

Four candidates compete for two seats on the Bow Board of Selectmen

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

With Chairwoman Jill Hadaway stepping down from the Bow Board of Selectmen this year, the board will have at least one new member come March. There are two seats up for grabs, one of which is currently filled by longtime Selectman Eric Anderson. Anderson, who is seeking his …

Nonprofit looks to give new life to another South Main Street building

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A nonprofit associated with Concord Housing and Redevelopment has purchased an office building at 48 S. Main St. Concord Housing Development Corporation paid $242,000 for the roughly 3,000-square-foot building, located next to the Capitol Center for the Arts. …

Pembroke’s $25M school budget gets widespread backing

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

For the first time in several years, the Pembroke School District’s budget received the approval of the municipal budget committee, school board Chairman Tom Serafin said. The school district meeting March 7, including 10 warrant articles and a $25 million budget, lacks controversy and could be in and …

Belmont family displaced after mobile home burns

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Belmont family is safe but homeless after a fire tore through their mobile home last night at 58 Perkins Rd. Firefighters responded shortly before 9 p.m. and were able to contain the damage to the rear of …

House panel supports two bills calling for constitutional convention

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The House Committee on State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs had the first chance to review four bills addressing calls for a new constitutional convention – supporting two and deeming the other two “inexpedient to legislate.” These calls for a convention are done in accordance with Article V of …

Partial roof collapse at apartment complex in Hooksett, 60 evacuated

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

About 60 people were evacuated after the roof at an apartment complex in Hooksett partially collapsed due to heavy snow, firefighters said. The collapse happened at the complex shortly after 4 a.m. yesterday. No injuries have been reported. Fire Chief Mike Williams told WMUR one of the main …

Lawmakers work to tackle high workers’ comp costs

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

If a worker in New Hampshire gets hurt on the job, an anesthetic injection can cost $763 under a workers’ compensation claim, compared with $298 for non-work related injuries. Surgical treatment for tendinitis in the shoulder costs about $2,200 if the injury happened at work, compared with $768 …

Hassan calls for clean Homeland Security funding bill

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan yesterday called on Congress to pass a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security that does not include efforts to overturn the president’s executive actions on immigration. Hassan’s comments came after a weekend in …

Historically cold February in Concord doesn’t trigger spike in heating help

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

More than 80 years have passed since February in Concord was this cold. If the month has a freezing finish, it could go down as the coldest in the city’s history. February’s average daily temperature through Sunday was …