NEW HAMPSHIRE

Coverage of New Hampshire from New England Public Radio, NPR, and other NPR stations.

On the heels of this winter's record-breaking cold comes record-breaking warmth.

Temperatures are previewing spring in New Hampshire this week, with forecast highs peaking in the upper 60s for parts of the state Wednesday.

Mount Washington had the warmest Feb. 20 on record Tuesday, notching a 41-degree high at the summit.

The peak's all-time February high is 43, with an all-time winter high of 48. The summit Observatory says on Twitter those records might fall this week, too.

Buyouts and cost-cutting in recent months at Keene State College have put the school on track to balance its budget for the coming fiscal year, according to Interim President Melinda Treadwell.

In New England, New Hampshire is well known for tax-free liquor sales, which makes the Granite State a popular destination for out-of-staters looking to stock up on alcohol. 

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt was in New Hampshire Tuesday for an unpublicized private meeting with Gov. Chris Sununu.

Sununu spokesman Ben Vihstadt confirmed Sununu and Pruitt met privately in the morning, and said they had no other "stops scheduled later" in the day.

A statement from Sununu sent Tuesday afternoon says the two discussed the Coakley Landfill Superfund site, where the EPA plans to test bedrock to see if contamination is spreading in the local water supply. 

Icy power lines.
Thomas Gehrke / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/tomgehrke

Officials in Massachusetts are still debating the future of a big renewable energy contract for their state.

Governor Chris Sununu says it looks unlikely new offshore drilling would affect New Hampshire, but regional fishery managers are still worried.

The U.S. Department of the Interior says it wants to open most of the nation's coastline to new oil and gas leases. Sununu opposes drilling off New Hampshire's Seacoast, and says Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke assured him the North Atlantic won't be high priority.

Kacey Bellamy, a three-time U.S. Olympian from Westfield, Mass. is part of a parade during the Eastern States Exposition.
Dave Roback / The Republican/masslive.com/photos

The winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, are getting underway this week. These are the third Olympics for Westfield, Massachusetts, native Kacey Bellamy -- part of the U.S. women's hockey team. 

The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee has voted unanimously to deny a permit to Eversource's controversial Northern Pass project.

Developers are still pursuing a utility-scale solar array on this parcel in Claremont, New Hampshire, despite being shut out of Massachusetts's renewable energy procurement efforts.
Annie Ropeik / NHPR

Kevin Foley steps carefully across an icy dirt road in Claremont, New Hampshire. He’s at the edge of a snowy field surrounded by forest. On all this, he’s picturing solar panels.

snow
Julie Falk / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/piper

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have a new way of measuring snow totals this winter that could help them learn more about climate change.

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