NH News

Students to race each other on boats built for project

RYE, N.H. (AP) — Students in New Hampshire who spent a year building boats in a school workshop are set to race their creations this week in a first-ever regatta. Four grades of students at Rye Junior High each made two boats during the past year as a part of a program that combined ...

New Hampshire to study requirements for vet cemetery burial

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A commission is going to be looking at who is eligible to be buried at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen. The question is whether the veterans’ cemetery is open to those who served in the National Guard, even if they were never called to active ...

Fish and Game divers recover body of missing swimmer

KINGSTON, N.H. (AP) — Divers from the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game have recovered the body of a 47-year-old man reported missing in Country Pond in Kingston. Police and the New Hampshire Marine Patrol were called at about 5:20 p.m. Saturday after receiving a report that an adult ...

N.H. Gov. Sununu plans to sign bail reform bill

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu says he intends to sign a bill aimed at preventing low-risk offenders from being held behind bars just because they can’t afford bail. Both the House and Senate last week approved a compromise version of the bill, despite the objections of ...

Dartmouth students hands-on in learning Native traditions

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Amid the buzz of a chain saw and banging hammers, a group of Dartmouth College students help cut down an ash tree and strip the bark that would eventually be used to make traditional Native baskets. Their outdoor classroom experience is part of the academic outreach and ...

Marchers protest putting psychiatric patients in prison

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Supporters of a young man being held in the secure psychiatric unit of a New Hampshire prison walked from the prison to a courthouse Thursday, calling for his release and advocating for an end to the practice of putting people with mental illness behind bars. Andrew ...

New Hampshire committee rejects Northern Pass appeal

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire panel has dealt another blow to a controversial hydro project, upholding on Thursday an earlier decision to deny a proposal over concerns that it would have hurt tourism and businesses in the state. The Site Evaluation Committee unanimously voted to deny ...

Authorities clear out homeless encampments alongside river

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire State Police says crews cleared out homeless camps along the Merrimack River this week. Officials placed signs along the river alerting residents that their personal property would be removed. WMUR-TV reports crews moved in Thursday to pick up anything ...

Nursing home resident uses bear pepper spray on employee

LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — Officials say a resident at a New Hampshire nursing home used bear pepper spray on an employee. WMUR -TV reports that the Country Village Center employee was taken to a hospital emergency room for treatment Tuesday and the Lancaster facility was evacuated because of ...

Lawmakers approve $102 million in extra spending

By HOLLY RAMER, Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A bill that started out as a modest proposal to create a state demographer job and ended up becoming an omnibus measure to burn through a surplus is on its way to the governor's desk. Both the House and Senate on Wednesday approved a ...

Records disclose man’s alibi on night grandfather killed

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A man accused by his family of killing his millionaire grandfather in Connecticut in 2013 says in court documents he went home after they met for dinner, made an ice cream run, played on his computer and then headed out for a fishing trip with his mother. Nathan Carman ...

Forest rangers will inspect firewood during holiday weekend

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Forestry officials in New Hampshire are warning people about firewood sources. Forest rangers will be inspecting firewood at checkpoints this holiday weekend as out-of-state firewood is currently quarantined. WMUR-TV reports rangers will be searching for logs made ...

Experts say dying owls may have eaten poisoned rats and mice

EPPING, N.H. (AP) — Animal welfare officials say several owls are dying from eating rodents who have consumed poison. Bird experts say several sick owls have been found in the Epping area. Expert Jane Kelly tells WMUR-TV that she believes rodenticide is to blame, saying owls are snatching up ...

Officers: Helmet may have saved ATV rider’s life in crash

WINCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Fish and Game officers say an all-terrain vehicle rider's helmet may have saved his life when he crashed and suffered injuries in New Hampshire's Pisgah State Park. Conservation officers say 40-year-old Raymond LaBlanc, of Hinsdale, New Hampshire, was traveling in the ...

City mulling plastic bag ban at grocery stores

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The City Council in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is considering a proposal to ban single-use plastic bags handed out by groceries, pharmacies, and other stores. Instead, customers could buy a recycled paper bag for 10 cents, to encourage them to bring their own reusable ...

National Guard unit to be honored in welcome-home ceremony

NEWINGTON, N.H. (AP) — More than 90 soldiers from New Hampshire National Guard's 197th Field Artillery Brigade are being honored after time spent in the Middle East. A welcome-home ceremony is planned at the Pease Air National Guard Base in Newington on Sunday March 12. They were deployed ...

Gov. Baker wants greater control over state water supply

By STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is pushing legislation he said will give Massachusetts greater control over protecting the state's water supply. The bill, which will be filed Wednesday, would let the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection ...

Conservation officers seize monkey illegally kept as pet

LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire conservation officers say they've found a monkey being illegally kept as a pet at a couple's home. State Fish and Game Department conservation officers say they executed a search warrant on a Laconia residence after receiving a report about the primate ...

Cops: Work release inmate flees transitional housing unit

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Police are looking for a work release inmate who walked away from a transitional housing facility in Manchester, New Hampshire. The state Department of Corrections says 25-year-old Christopher William Plaisted-Comeau, formerly of Plymouth, walked away from the Calumet ...

Seacoast police struggle to find minority officers

By NIK BEIMLER, The Portsmouth Herald DOVER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is one of the least diverse states in the country and conflict between minority populations and police departments has not been as much of a problem in the Granite State as in other parts of the nation. But police chiefs ...