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

Icy power lines.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

These found skis are decades old, of varying brands and sizes. Some are in better shape than others.
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Rory Gawler bought a big, old farmhouse in Lebanon, New Hampshire about seven or eight years ago. It has beautiful views of the Mascoma River Valley and a little orchard in the backyard.

Small towns in New Hampshire are struggling to find and keep quality police chiefs. This fall, the town of Newbury let it's police chief go. Bristol's police chief resigned, citing personnel issues. And the town of Webster had disagreements with its police chief, a dispute which ended up in court.

Andrew Shagoury is the police chief for the town of Tuftonboro, and the president of the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Shagoury about the difficulties with hiring police chiefs in smaller towns.

Environmentalists see the switch from combustion engine to electric cars as a powerful tool to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

But Bill Hensley, who lives in central Maine, said he bought an all-electric Nissan Leaf this summer mostly because it’s a cool technology.

“I guess it goes in that order: cool factor, savings and then saving the planet,” he said, laughing.

New research from the University of New Hampshire says the greenest way to heat your home this winter is a wood pellet stove.

Using wood pellets to heat a home in New England produces about half the amount of greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuel sources, according to research from University of New Hampshire professor John Gunn. He said that comparison isn’t just about how clean wood pellets burn, it's also about the amount of emissions the entire wood pellet economy creates.