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12:08 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Certifying Teachers In The North Country

NCTCP graduate Amelia Alton.

The North Country Teacher Certification Program is a collaboration between Plymouth State University and White Mountains Community College. The program aims to increase the number of highly qualified teachers in the North Country. 

Amelia Alton was a pre-school teacher with more than 20 years of experience, who wanted to be a classroom teacher, “I always wanted to try my hand at the first and second grade level. But, I needed a different certification.” In 2010, with the help of the NCTCP, Alton went back to college and received her certification.

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NH News
2:17 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

UNH To Put $54 Million Toward Buildings And Pool

Hamilton Smith Hall
Credit www.necarnegies.com

  The University System of New Hampshire voted Friday to put $54 million toward building renovations and acquisitions at UNH’s Durham Campus. 

$37 million will be spent renovating Hamilton Smith Hall, which houses UNH’s English Department, ESOL, Journalism and writing programs. The building has not been renovated in more than 30 years, and does not meet all disability and safety standards. 

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NH News
2:05 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Portsmouth Begins $50,000 Digital 3-D Downtown Modeling Project

Jared Foley of Kittery's Tanagram 3DS takes a photo of the Portsmouth Athenaeum.
Credit Emily Corwin

  Conflict between commercial growth and historic preservation is a constant in Portsmouth, where city meetings over building heights often run late into the night. Now, city leaders hope a new 3-D model of downtown Portsmouth will bring context to the conversation.

Portsmouth is paying the Kittery archetectural rendering firm Tanegram 3DS $50,000 to create this interactive map, which Portsmouth principal planner Nick Cracknell says will be used by land use and zoning boards.

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Arts & Culture
10:31 am
Fri April 18, 2014

NH This Weekend: Back To Nature

Credit wildnh.com

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has the details on Discover Wild NH Day and The New England Reptile Expo.

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Politics
9:27 am
Fri April 18, 2014

N.H. Senator Odell Accounces Retirement

Sen. Bob Odell, R-New London.
Credit New Hampshire State Senate

 

Six-term state Sen. Bob Odell says he will not seek re-election this fall.

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NH News
9:18 am
Fri April 18, 2014

This Is Final Weekend For Skiing In N.H.

Cannon's trails are among the final slopes open in late spring.
Credit Via CannonMT.com

The three remaining ski areas that are open in New Hampshire are planning to close after this weekend.

The "Ski New Hampshire" website shows that Loon Mountain Resort, Cannon Mountain and Bretton Woods plan to operate this weekend.

Loon and Cannon plan to close at the end of the day Sunday. Bretton Woods is offering skiing through Monday.

Fifteen other New Hampshire ski areas are closed for the season, with many of the larger areas closing last weekend.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Blame The Typewriter - The Poetry Of Rodger Martin

Poet Rodger Martin at Frost Place
Sean Hurley

As part of National Poetry month, NHPR's Sean Hurley has been introducing us to a New Hampshire poet every Friday.  Today we hear from Rodger Martin who lives in Hancock. Martin published his latest volume of poetry, The Battlefield Guide, in 2010.  

Rodger Martin loved writing stories as a boy, but he blames the typewriter for turning him into a poet.

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Environment
5:30 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Has New Hampshire Become A 'Dumping Ground' For Wolf Dogs?

Tanner Brewer, manager of NEWARC, gives Emerald, a high-content wolf-dog hybrid, some scratches.
Credit Aubrey Nelson / NHPR

New Hampshire wildlife officials are wrestling with a proposal that would put them in charge of wolf-hybrids; those are wolves that have been bred with domesticated dogs. These sometimes dangerous animals are often abandoned because they can be unmanageable as pets.

And a population of abandoned wolf-dogs prompted New Hampshire officials to take another look at this animal that falls squarely in the grey area between wild and tame.

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Something Wild
12:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Red-Winged Blackbirds

A red-winged blackbird showing off his flare.
Credit Alexandra MacKenzie via flickr Creative Commons

Red-winged Blackbird -- Agelaius phoeniceus

Move over robins; red-winged blackbirds are the real harbingers of spring.

The male’s scratchy “oak-a-lee” songs are heard when the world is still blanketed with snow and maple sap is just beginning to flow. Males return north well before females, and the early bird does get the worm. In this case the metaphorical worm is prime breeding territory.

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NH News
5:49 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

12-12 Senate Deadlock Preserves Death Penalty

Credit NHPR Staff

Michael Briggs, the Manchester Police officer shot in the line of duty in 2006, and his killer, Michael Addison, who now sits on death row, both loomed large in the debate.

An indication of how large could be seen in the front row of the senate gallery.

That’s where Manchester police officials, including the chief and he lead investigator of the Briggs muder stood in full uniform the whole time. 15 feet down in the senate floor Michael Briggs name came up almost immediately – by people on both sides of the issue.

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North Country
3:57 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

North Country Events

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

The newsletter typically announces events in the next week. The calendar shows you events in the coming months.

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NH News
3:07 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

N.H. Senate Refuses To Consider Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

 

New Hampshire's Senate has refused to consider a House bill that would have decriminalized possession of up to an ounce of marijuana.

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Foodstuffs
2:23 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

White Whiskey The Specialty For Nashua's First Distillery

Andy Harthcock pours a sample of Beat 3, the distillery's white whiskey.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

There are plenty of breweries popping up all across New Hampshire, but a husband and wife recently opened Nashua’s first distillery.

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NH News
2:22 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Belmont Students Aim To Change 'Red Raider' Mascot

Belmont High School's "Red Raider" logo, as it appears on the school's website.

Three Belmont High School students are taking on an issue few adults would tackle these days.

Student Council members Andre Bragg, Taylor Becker and Ashley Fenimore led a forum Wednesday night where they asked the community to consider whether the school’s mascot – “Red Raider” – was offensive to Native Americans.

The issue came up recently in a Social Studies class and the Council thought the question was significant enough to begin a public dialog.

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NH News
12:53 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Hand-Held Cell Phone Ban Clears N.H. Senate

Credit Jim Legans via Flickr CC

Senate lawmakers have passed a bill that would ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving.

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