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Isaniya Rai whispers in her father's ear at their new apartment. Isaniya was wondering when her mother was coming back from the doctor's appointment.


(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Ray Duckler: What a long, strange trip it’s been

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Bom Bahadur Rai and his family, Bhutanese refugees searching for a home, pushed through the glass doors at 11:15 a.m., the last passengers off the plane. They moved in a single file, a father, a mother, a son, a daughter, all expressionless, the low hum and squeak of a nearby luggage carousel breaking the silence. The trip, from Kathmandu to …

“Franklin for a Lifetime” conference looks to address challenges, opportunities in the city

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Dinner will start at 6 p.m., followed by storytelling, an evening not all that different from a Sunday family meal. The difference, however, is this is a community event with a substantial goal at the end: to address challenges and opportunities related to an aging population in the city of Franklin. “Franklin for a Lifetime” is a three-day conference that kicks off Thursday, …

Warner museum participates in Maple Weekend with tastings and storytelling

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Today, boiling about 40 gallons of sap yields a single gallon of maple syrup. But, according to a Native American legend, it wasn’t always such a process to produce maple syrup. At the beginning of time – creation – syrup flowed directly from the trees, Lynn Clark, executive director of the Mt. Kearsarge …

Ohio’s Kasich takes center stage at latest Politics and Pie event in Concord

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A lot has changed for John Kasich, the former congressman and sitting governor of Ohio, since the last time he visited New Hampshire. “If I would have come here 16 years ago, they would’ve had me shovel out …

N.H. House Finance Committee looks to pull back mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenders

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

In New Hampshire, a person caught driving with a suspended license after being convicted of driving while intoxicated must be incarcerated for a week under state law. The practice is known as a mandatory minimum sentence. It is a policy some New Hampshire representatives are looking to repeal …

House Finance Committee pushes ahead budget proposal

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The House Finance Committee finalized its budget proposal yesterday and it will now move for a full House vote next week, where it is likely to face further scrutiny and several amendments. The House budget proposal increases total spending over the current biennium by roughly $400 million, from …

Anti-bullying advocates oppose student privacy bill

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A 14-year-old bullying victim joined parents and school officials yesterday in opposing a bill aimed at protecting student privacy. The bill would prohibit any public or private school in the state from requiring or requesting access to students’ personal social media accounts. Supporters of the bill, including the …

Merrimack County’s $81.4 million budget passes without controversy

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Merrimack County’s $81.4 million budget was adopted Monday night by a gathering of the county’s state representatives. The budget, which is exactly the same as the previous year, was passed quickly and without any controversy, said County Administrator Stephen Marro. “It was a very easy, smooth process,” Marro …

PHOTOS: Freeze and thaw

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Despite the dirty sand coating snowbanks along our roads and driveways, and the shards of old icicles piled beneath our eaves, it’s not hard to find beauty if you look closely enough. For as the snow and ice …

‘You’re out of order!’: Belknap County commissioners’ chairmanship dispute heads to court

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A dispute between Belknap County’s commissioners that went viral earlier this month may be headed to trial, after the ousted chairman of the board decided to ask a judge to answer: Who is the true chairman? When three …

Cruz hires senior adviser in N.H.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

After becoming the first Republican to officially enter the 2016 presidential race, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is hiring an adviser to build his campaign efforts in New Hampshire. Ethan Zorfas, a top aide to New Hampshire Congressman Frank Guinta, is Cruz’s first hire in the early …

Editorial: Make the downtown project fun

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Though the formal ground-breaking ceremony to mark the long-awaited reconstruction of Concord’s Main Street won’t occur until April 20, work on the project has already begun. Workers with Severino Trucking, the contracting firm hired to carry out the $10.69 million reconstruction of nine blocks of the downtown corridor, …

Eversource Energy will address Concord City Council subcommittee on Northern Pass

Monday, March 23, 2015

Concord could receive $828,000 in new pole tax revenue if Northern Pass comes through the city, an Eversource Energy representative told a city council subcommitee yesterday. That subcommittee has gathered to study how the proposed hydropower line would affect Concord; yesterday was its first meeting. The city is …