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Derek Hunter, left, and Matt Smith-Hewey who are both staying at the cold weather shelter across the street came to the Open Hands Resource Center Saturday morning to get coffee and hang out until 1 p.m. when the center closes.
(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Christian nonprofit looks to open transitional housing for families, homeless shelter

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Open Hands Resource Center is raising money to open a transitional housing facility and a homeless shelter in Concord. The Christian nonprofit, which runs a drop-in center for the homeless on North State Street, is soliciting donations to buy property in Concord. Roberta Hixson, a member of the center’s board of directors, said Open Hands wants to create more affordable …

State rep wants to examine safety regulations for mobility scooters

Saturday, January 24, 2015

State Rep. Dick Patten is worried about his sister. For the past few years, he said, she has relied on a mobility scooter to get around Concord, running errands and venturing outdoors in spite of a physical disability. But the sidewalks aren’t always up to par, especially this time of year. And drivers …

Money Trail: As the walk for campaign finance reform concludes, next steps on the horizon

Saturday, January 24, 2015

As members of the New Hampshire Rebellion try to take the next step in campaign finance reform, they stand to alienate some of their allies. New Hampshire native Doris “Granny D” Haddock walked across the country at the age of 90 for campaign finance reform and held basic signs with a simple message, …

Money Trail: Seeking amendments convention, Wolf PAC joins N.H. Rebellion

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Wolf PAC began walking with the N.H. Rebellion on Saturday ahead of its efforts this year to ask 20 more states to call for a nationwide convention about free and fair elections. Wolf PAC, a cross-partisan organization …

New Hampshire pushes to get ex-inmates health insurance

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Before New Hampshire expanded its Medicaid program to cover more poor adults, those leaving the state prison system were handed 14 days’ worth of medication and not much else. “We’d get them standing up and ready to go, and then it was like having them step off a …

Dozens of crashes and delays reported in N.H. from freezing rain

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Dozens of crashes and delays were reported yesterday as freezing rain turned roads and highways into treacherous blocks of ice. Vehicles were piled up for miles along Interstate 93 through central New Hampshire, some stalled and damaged along the shoulders, others waiting anxiously for accidents to be cleared …

Ray Duckler: If you’ve never heard of Jonathan Daniels, read this

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Jonathan Daniels, answering a call from God and Martin Luther King Jr., went to Alabama in the spring of 1965 and died there five months later. He was killed by a shotgun blast from a man named Thomas …

Money Trail: Trained in bird-dogging, voters learn to press candidates

Sunday, January 18, 2015

With the 2016 presidential primary slightly more than a year away, a group of voters turned out to Runnels Hall in Chocorua on Friday to learn how to effectively question candidates and force them into taking a public …

N.H. supporters to Warren: ‘This is the moment.’

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The first event in New Hampshire championing an Elizabeth Warren presidential candidacy had all the makings of a big-time rally: Supporters waving homemade signs, crowds chanting Warren’s name, T-shirts and upbeat music. The only thing missing was Warren, who says she won’t run. This didn’t stop the group …

State Sen. Jed Bradley completes The Grid – hiking all 4,000-foot peaks in every month

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The cheering began as Jeb Bradley squeezed his way in between two frozen boulders, and onto the snow-crusted summit of Mount Madison. A crowd of eight smiling hikers awaited him, bracing against the whipping winds and frigid temperatures. …

City hires video company to film promo videos

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Concord will be the star of a series of promotional videos – at no cost to the city. The Concord City Council has approved a two-year agreement with CGI Communications Inc., which has worked with other New Hampshire communities like Bedford and Franklin. Based in Rochester, N.Y., CGI …

Contoocook man accused of pointing gun at driver in a fit of road rage

Saturday, January 17, 2015

A 48-year-old Contoocook man was arrested yesterday morning in Manchester after allegedly pointing a gun at another driver in a fit of road rage. The incident took place about 8 a.m. on Route 293. The state police released few details of the incident, saying in a statement only …

State Supreme Court upholds pension reforms

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The New Hampshire Supreme Court has upheld some legislative reforms to the state retirement system, a month after upholding key provisions. The court yesterday upheld changes to the definitions of “earned compensation” and Cost of Living Adjustments. It ruled the changes didn’t retroactively reduce pension benefits earned before …