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Planners Bob White, left, and Chris Kennedy finalize a drawing of their vision for Chichester minute before presenting recommendations to residents Saturday. (NICK REID / Monitor staff)

Planners take on Chichester’s speedy village center

Monday, October 20, 2014

Is Main Street in Chichester a shortcut for commuters or a link for residents between the town’s historic fixtures? This past weekend, planners helped begin the process of preserving the village and deterring speedy commuters from whizzing along the 2-mile stretch of state-owned road on their way between routes 4 and 28. Over a two-day session, a dozen volunteers from …

Storm expected to bring cold rain, wind - but no snow - to central N.H.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The snow boots can stay in the closet for at least a few more weeks. A nor’easter making its way southeast from the Great Lakes region is expected to bring some high winds and up to 5 inches of rain in some parts of the state, but no snow. The strongest winds and heaviest rainfall will start today and likely continue into Thursday, …

Autopsies: Fremont man strangled girlfriend, shot himself

Monday, October 20, 2014

New Hampshire authorities say a man strangled his girlfriend and then committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. Attorney General Joe Foster said Monday the woman, identified as 52-year-old Mary Lucas of Fremont, was found dead in her home on Friday. The boyfriend, 51-year-old Michael Porter of Fremont, was found dead in a truck in town. Autopsies were completed New Hampshire Deputy …

Havenstein outraises Hassan for first time

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Gov. Maggie Hassan has far outspent Republican challenger Walt Havenstein since the two became official opponents following the Sept. 9 primary.  Within that same time frame, Havenstein outraised Hassan for the first time this election cycle, according to campaign finance reports filed yesterday.  Now, heading into the final …

Fresh faces on Executive Council bring new perspective

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The New Hampshire Executive Council looks decidedly younger than it did a few years ago. A period of transition on the council began in 2012, when victories by Republican Chris Sununu and Democrats Chris Pappas and Colin Van …

In Executive Council race, Van Ostern a heavy favorite

Thursday, October 16, 2014

With his opponent barely campaigning, incumbent Democrat Colin Van Ostern is expected to breeze to victory in Executive Council District 2. Van Ostern, of Concord, is running against Republican Tim Dillon of Concord, who is not actively campaigning …

Concord School Board picks New Hampshire School Boards Association to help search for superintendent

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Concord School Board voted last night to hire the New Hampshire School Boards Association as the firm to assist with the search for a superintendent. The board heard three separate presentations at a public meeting before deciding on NHSBA. The two other presentations were from the Educational …

N.H. Supreme Court rules on push pulling lawsuit

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The state Supreme Court has upheld a judge’s ruling that federal election laws pre-empt New Hampshire’s regulation of push polling, the practice of asking voters questions intended to influence their decisions. The ruling stems from a poll during the 2010 Congressional election of former Republican U.S. representative Charlie …

State Supreme Court takes up convicted murderer Breest’s appeal

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The state Supreme Court yesterday considered whether Robert Breest, a 76-year-old convicted murderer, should be allowed to seek a new trial because of recently discovered DNA evidence that calls into question a key element in his case. Breest …

Governor, executive councilor spar over reappointment vote

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A decision on the reappointment of a high-profile member of the New Hampshire attorney general’s office became a point of contention between the governor and an executive councilor yesterday. The five-year reappointment of Associate Attorney General Jane Young was ultimately approved at yesterday’s council meeting – at Gov. …

Guinta IDs mental health as a top state issue

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Though it was strong in years past, the state’s mental health treatment system is failing and must be addressed, Republican Frank Guinta said in an interview with the Monitor yesterday. Guinta, who is challenging Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter …

Kuster on Vaillancourt’s 'ugly' remarks: What’s really offensive is the Republican platform

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

It’s not enough for Republicans to decry and disown sexist remarks, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster said in an interview yesterday with the Monitor. “I have thick skin,” she said in response to questions about a Republican state lawmaker’s …

Mount Sunapee expansion largely supported in public comments but questions linger

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The state official charged with approving a western ski expansion at Mount Sunapee Resort said yesterday that he has received hundreds of public comments on the long-contentious proposal, most of them positive, though opponents still have concerns. Speaking with stakeholders in Newbury, Department of Resources and Economic Development …