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NH Senate rejects landfill moratorium again
05-30-2024 1:52 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

In a voice vote on Thursday, the Senate rejected the landfill moratorium, once again, denying it the opportunity for discussion in both chambers.Senate Bill 134 was initially proposed to provide disability pensions for police and fire personnel who...

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Records reveal industry feedback shaped New Hampshire's Solid Waste rules
07-08-2024 8:30 AM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

New Hampshire’s proposed solid waste rules face a critical checkpoint before reaching legislative offices – a review by the Waste Management Council, an advisory body to the state agency primarily composed of members from the waste industry.After many...


N.H. Senate frowns on House move to link landfill moratorium with disability pension bill
05-28-2024 2:53 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

The House of Representatives’ attempt to revive the landfill moratorium bill by linking it to a pensions bill for public safety employees was seen as an unfair move by the state Senate.House Bill 1620 which looked to impose a moratorium on landfill...


Unmanned gas station proves vital in Dunbarton
05-28-2024 1:09 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

You wouldn’t expect a gas station to spark fond feelings, but Heavens Gas, an unmanned gas station in Dunbarton, has become indispensable to locals.“I love this gas station! I love it because there is nobody here,” Nancy Fraize said as she filled up...


DES’ proposed solid waste rules leave many unsatisfied
05-20-2024 3:52 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Disappointment echoed throughout the state Department of Environmental Services public hearing on solid waste rules as many environmentally conscious citizens took to the microphone to voice their concerns.Adam Plourde, a former Maine resident, found...


Environmental advocates wary of state’s industry-friendly solid waste rules
05-19-2024 12:00 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

After years of operating under outdated solid waste regulations, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services has proposed updated rules, but environmental advocates are concerned these changes may favor the waste industry over environmental...


DES against landfill moratorium bill
04-08-2024 5:00 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

As testimony on bills targeting landfill safety in New Hampshire continues in both chambers of the legislature, the state Department of Environmental Services maintains its stance against proposed legislation advocating for a four-year moratorium of...


DES neutral on bills to prevent out-of-state trash
02-15-2024 4:30 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Tom Tower found the decision to privatize solid waste management in New Hampshire decades ago to be a logical choice. However, with the state’s sluggish pace in updating its plan to deal with its trash and the alarming influx of waste from neighboring...


State to study waste dumped in landfills and incinerators
02-12-2024 5:38 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

The public might get a better understanding of what exactly is getting dumped in the state’s landfills and where it’s coming from, now that the Department of Environmental Services has initiated the first comprehensive study of the waste stream.Set to...


Top Stories of 2023: State solid waste oversight grows
12-26-2023 5:32 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Growing concerns over landfill siting and state regulations became a focal point in communities around the state and in the legislature as more people learned about New Hampshire’s status as a dumping ground for out-of-state trash.The catalyst for...


A tale of two Main Streets: Similar-size Concord faced same objections to makeover as Northampton, but it’s now a big hit
11-11-2023 7:01 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

In the center of New Hampshire’s capital city of Concord lies its Main Street, overlooked by the city’s historic gold-domed State House building and its accompanying plaza featuring statues of the Granite State’s most notable political luminaries,...


Mixed reactions on proposed landfill setback criteria
10-19-2023 5:37 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Proposed changes to the state’s environmental protection rules would increase the setbacks for landfills to be located no less than 500 feet from bodies of water, more than double the current 200-foot barrier. The Department of Environmental Services...


Public hearing shifts focus to environmental agency’s commitment
09-06-2023 5:11 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Jacquelyn Elliot, a former Granite Stater now residing in Maine, is worried the state’s environmental agency is prioritizing private economic gain over public safety.“Waste is managed as a commodity which drives profits and incentivizes...


Public hearing to be held Wednesday on Turnkey landfill expansion
09-05-2023 4:40 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

In response to concerns from residents and state officials about the proposed expansion of the Turnkey Landfill in Rochester, the state Department of Environmental Services will hold a public hearing to discuss the plan’s potential impacts on both...


DES faces skepticism over transparency in landfill regulations
07-22-2023 6:39 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

For Cheryl Jensen, issues related to landfills hit close to home. She lives in the town of Bethlehem, home to the North Country Environmental Services landfill, which serves as the dumping ground for waste from across the state and some that is...


Fecal bacteria in state’s beaches
07-14-2023 5:01 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

As New Hampshire’s beaches draw crowds this summer, swimmers are urged to heed warnings and alerts appearing at the beaches and online when poor water quality is found.All the rain hasn’t helped much either.This week, fecal bacteria advisories have...


Sunset Baseball League president Steve DeStefano is looked upon as the league’s savior. These days, though, he’s grown weary. 
06-12-2023 7:18 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

Steve DeStefano looked terrific. He wore a blue button-down shirt in his real estate office on Pleasant Street, highlighting his deep blue eyes. His hair was silver, but his hairline remained at the front line like a good soldier, unwilling to...


DES supports SB 61 to reexamine landfill setback regulation, opposes all other landfill related bills
04-05-2023 4:39 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Among the proposed landfill safety legislation circulating through the State House this session, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services supports only one bill.Senate Bill 61, which has earned DES’s support, gives the agency the...


Dalton’s concerns over landfill safety surface in DES's public input session
03-17-2023 12:04 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Concerns about landfill safety in New Hampshire and industries wielding too much power in environmental regulation decision-making have taken root in the North Country town of Dalton.Residents have been fighting against Casella Waste Systems, a...


In Franklin, city and residents grapple with homelessness
03-09-2019 8:13 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

When it comes to homelessness, the city of Franklin is experiencing growing pains similar to what Concord once felt.And, more than anyone else, Desiree McLaughlin is absorbing the blows and shouting from the city’s rooftops, trying to draw attention...


In this store, Diane the near-50-year-old turtle helps you come out of your shell
06-25-2018 11:47 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

Diane greeted her guests with a pullup, peeking over the edge on top of her 60-gallon home, hoping Jim Tonner had brought her a snack.And he had. Tonner, who co-owns TwinDesigns Gift Shop with his twin brother, Brad Tonner, gave a strawberry to the...

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