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FILE - In this April 5, 2010, file photo, Jerry Gappens, general manager for New Hampshire Motor Speedway, stands on the roof overlooking the track in Loudon, N.H. Gappens was arrested on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, on a misdemeanor charge of lewdness after police say they observed him and a 19-year-old woman in a parked car in Manchester, police said in a news release Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

New Hampshire Motor Speedway general manager Gappens resigns

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A week after the racetrack concluded the second of its two flagship races for the year, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway announced that General Manager Jerry Gappens has resigned. In a phone interview Monday, Gappens, 54, said there’s no connection between his resignation and the lewdness charge he pleaded guilty to in April, after Manchester police observed him and a …

Energy experts say winter 2015-16 will be less expensive

Monday, October 5, 2015

Energy officials say this winter shouldn’t be as punishing on New Hampshire consumers as the harsh 2013-14 heating season. At the New Hampshire Energy Summit on Monday, Robert Scott, a commissioner with the state Public Utilities Commission, said all energy providers have submitted rates that are from 8.6 percent to 40 percent cheaper than last year. In the winter of 2013-14, Scott said …

Federal contracts awarded in area

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The following federal contracts were announced as having been awarded to companies operating in the area through Sept. 30. Quasar Power Technologies Quasar Power Technologies Inc., Belmont, won a $35,000 federal contract from the Defense Logistics Agency, Columbus, Ohio, for electrical and electronic equipment components. …

Fishermen worry as black sea bass stake New England claim

Sunday, September 27, 2015

As waters warm off the coast of New England, black sea bass are moving north and, fishermen say, threatening the region’s most valuable aquatic species: the lobster. The influx of sea bass – among a number of species that are appearing in greater numbers off of Maine and …

For sale in Warner: A colonial with centuries of care

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The amazing post-and-beam, twin chimney colonial at 191 E. Main St. in Warner offers privacy, an abundance of entertaining space and a rich history. Featuring four bedrooms and two bathrooms, the home was built in 1783 by Ensign …

Aging water systems get federal cash, but spending lags

Saturday, September 26, 2015

New Hampshire relies heavily on a federal loan program to make improvements to an aging drinking water system, but hundreds of millions more is needed. A Joint Legislative Study Commission reported in 2013 that it would cost $857 million over a decade to address all the state’s drinking …

Critics say duck boats are too dangerous for city streets

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation into the deadly crash of a duck boat and charter bus in Seattle on Thursday is the first time the agency has looked into a land crash of the amphibious vehicles critics …

Aerial seeding program turns to cover crops to promote fertile soil

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Farmers’ fields are nice and regular in the flat Midwest, but after a summer planting New England fields from a helicopter, Chris Thresher can confirm that we are definitely not the flat Midwest. “It’s more like an amoeba …

Plan to sell power plants could lead to higher electric rates, says PUC staff

Friday, September 25, 2015

A plan to auction off Eversource Energy’s New Hampshire power plants could increase customers’ electric rates and not result in long-term savings, according to staff at the Public Utilities Commission. Staff filed testimony with the PUC on Sept. …

Northern Pass headed back for environmental review

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The U.S. Department of Energy will reopen its environmental review of the controversial Northern Pass transmission line in order to study the project’s new route that would bury an additional 52 miles of the line beneath the White …

With greater need and fewer dollars, NH nonprofits compete for funds

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Friends Program in Concord used to receive more state funding for its four programs – a family homeless shelter, a foster grandparent program, a volunteer program for seniors and a youth mentoring program. But Executive Director Jerry Madden doesn’t like to reminisce. “I put a lot of …

Driving Sunday? Watch out for these NASCAR road closures

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Sylvania 300 NASCAR race in Loudon on Sunday afternoon is expected to attract more than 100,000 spectators and 37,700 vehicles. Traffic will be most congested late Sunday afternoon and into early evening, according to the state Department of Transportation. Route 106 changes ∎ Sunday morning, Route 106 will …

Volkswagen CEO steps down amid scandal

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned Wednesday, days after admitting that the world’s top-selling carmaker had rigged diesel emissions to pass U.S. tests during his tenure. No replacement was announced, and VW still has no easy exit from a …