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A Snow Cat moves up the slopes at Pats Peak as the snow making machine blasts nearby.

(IAIN WILSON / Monitor staff)

Mother Nature, millions in snow making allow ski mountains early opening

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Snow blanketed the mountain base earlier than usual at Pats Peak in Henniker, where snow-making machines blasted white powder out in high arches, and Bobcats lurched up and down the slopes. The ski area opens its first top-to-bottom trails today, weeks before its 2013 opening date and well ahead of the usual opening in the first week of December. The …

South Africa seeks to move rhinos from harm’s way

Friday, November 21, 2014

The rhino crashes forward, pounding the earth with its broad feet. Then, as a dart’s sedative takes hold, it staggers and slouches to the ground, where South African rangers prepare to move the oversized beast by truck to an area they hope is safe from poachers. Kruger National Park has conducted about 45 …

PSNH president: NH electricity rates on seasonal roller coaster

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Until the Northeast builds out its energy infrastructure, New Hampshire ratepayers will continue to face rising electricity costs, Public Service of New Hampshire President William Quinlan predicts. “The next winter or two, unfortunately . . . we’re going to see high prices in the market,” Quinlan told the Monitor in a recent interview, which focused on the state’s energy outlook. “The good thing …

Business people for Nov. 17, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Steven Venezia, an attorney with Upton & Hatfield, recently was accepted into the NHBA Leadership Academy for the 2015 class. The academy is a nine-month leadership training program designed to foster professional growth and enhance leadership skills. Venezia, …

Business notes for Nov. 17, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

BCM Environmental & Land Law in Concord recently was chosen as a legal adviser to Vermont Law School’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems. Attorneys Jed Callen, Amy Manzelli and Jason Reimers are the owners of the firm, …

New model of apple industry features clubs of large-scale growers in West, Midwest, leaving New England in the cold

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Johnny Appleseed would have a tough gig these days. Gone are the times when apple trees grew wild on hills and in dales across the North American continent. Apples are big business today – big as in trademarked. …

The perks and quirks of large resorts

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Large resorts are a significant draw for many travelers. All-in-one activity options, happy hour offerings within easy walking distance and included fitness classes make an attractive package when it comes to planning a low-stress getaway. There are perks and quirks with this type of vacation plan, however, and …

Fishermen, NOAA at odds over cod reductions

Sunday, November 16, 2014

New Hampshire’s small commercial fishing fleet is reeling as a result of federal regulations aimed at helping cod stock in the Gulf of Maine rebound. The regulations, rolled out by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration last week, close fertile cod fishing areas and limit the commercial haul …

Can low oil prices be good for the environment?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Deepwater drilling rigs are sitting idle. Fracking plans are being scaled back. Enormous new projects to squeeze oil out of the tar sands of Canada are being shelved. Maybe low oil prices aren’t so bad for the environment …

Prices for home heating fuels expected to be lower this year

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Residents preparing to face higher electricity bills this winter may find respite in their home heating bills. Experts are forecasting lower prices for home heating fuels, which they’re attributing to growing production levels and the expectation of more moderate winter weather. “In general, we’re looking at lower prices …

In the new Penacook downtown, city investment spurs private efforts

Friday, November 14, 2014

After more than a year on the job, the men and women in high-visibility jackets are scheduled to pack up and move out of downtown Penacook before the end of the month. They’ve buried wires, reconfigured an old …

Forbes: Maine now next-to-worst state for business

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Forbes magazine’s annual rankings of the best and worst states in which to do business show Maine improving from worst to 49th. The Portland Press Herald said Maine has held the distinction for the past four years, but is now one spot ahead of Mississippi. The magazine places …

Oil and politics: A senator scraps for survival

Thursday, November 13, 2014

In a blend of crude oil and raw politics, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu scrapped yesterday for converts among fellow Democrats for legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline before a runoff election that threatens to end her career in Congress. The White House said President Obama took a …