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A view of the area where the Suncook River breached into the sand pit. The water in the old riverbed is running backwards on the right. (Courtesy)

On the Suncook River, a slow, rolling disaster response

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Nearly a decade after the Suncook River jumped its banks in Epsom – in the most dramatic change of course for a river in New Hampshire’s recorded history – the state is now beginning work to stabilize the waterway as it continues to evolve and threaten nearby infrastructure. Though some have accused the state of dragging its feet, Department of …

Ray Duckler: I wanted to track a moose, at a time when calves are dying

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Henry Jones peered through the trees, flashed a peace sign-like symbol, then flicked his index and middle fingers quickly back and forth, over and over, one at a time. “We’re close,” whispered Jones, a graduate student in a wildlife biology program. “I saw her ears move. She’s bedded down. No more noise. Take …

Man identified in fatal motorcycle crash on Route 106

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Concord police have identified the motorcyclist killed in a motor vehicle crash Friday afternoon. Robert Campbell, 59, of Haverhill, Mass., suffered fatal injuries after his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck in the area of Route 106 and D’Amante Drive about 3:45 p.m. Friday. Campbell was transported to Concord Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The two occupants of the pickup truck …

MANCHESTER: Homelessness leadership course seeks applicants

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness has started recruiting people for its Granite Leaders program, which has the goal of building leadership skills within the homeless and formerly homeless community. Applications are being accepted until Oct. 1 for the program’s second, biennial, class, which starts in November …

Ray Duckler: For local Episcopal pastors, the Scouts are nearly there

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The leaders of a local church, known for rolling out a red carpet of inclusion, applauded the recent policy change implemented by the Boy Scouts of America. But the pastors of St. Paul’s Church, the Revs. Kate Atkinson and Keith Patterson, would prefer to give a standing ovation, …

2 missing New Hampshire inmates found, 1 of them in Canada

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

State authorities say they have found two inmates – one of them in Canada – who left a transitional living facility in Manchester last week. Both inmates left for work from Calumet House and never returned. Corrections officials say 43-year-old Charles Namiot and 41-year-old Bruno Martin were nearing …

55 acres of Henniker forest placed under conservation easement

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

After a recent donation by the town, 55 acres of forest in Henniker will be protected by the Piscataquog Land Conservancy. The parcel is located in the southern part of Henniker near the shore of Craney Pond. The lot was originally given to the town in 1995 with …

Letter: Let’s keep talking

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I want to thank those who testified before the city council or wrote letters in support of the city plaza fountain proposal, particularly InTown Concord and the various Main Street merchants who expressed their belief in the project’s transformative potential. Thanks, too, to the property owners and businesses …

Hopkinton, state fair association reach settlement nearly one year after meeting in court

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Hopkinton State Fair Association and the town of Hopkinton have come to an agreement nearly a year after they went to court over the fair’s tax status. The settlement defines a clear amount of taxes the fair association will be expected to pay the town from 2015 …

Weare Police Department becomes nationally accredited

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Weare Police Department is now a nationally accredited organization. On July 25, the department received its accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., also known as CALEA. The commission is an organization created by national law enforcement agencies to set national standards for …

Three indicted in Concord home invasion, including target, an alleged drug dealer

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Three men are facing felony charges in connection to an April armed robbery at 39 Thorndike St. in Concord, including the alleged victim, John Cowdrey, who is accused of selling drugs and storing them in the home in the presence of a young child. According to county indictments …

Court finds in couple’s favor over attempt to sue ski resort

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The state Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a couple who attempted to sue Pats Peak Ski Resort over a chairlift fall, but whose complaint was dismissed for failing to give proper notice. The court reversed a judge’s decision Tuesday and sent the case back for further …

Liberty activists in high court cases say their newly created religions afford them tax exemptions

Monday, July 27, 2015

A church pastor, late to the Sunday service, crashes through the door of a Concord bar, and the congregation inside turns to look. A second pastor, Stu Light, stands on the piste with a foam sword in hand. …