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August 28, 2020

UNH gets $38.5 million federal grant for coastal mapping center

DURHAM - A $38.5 million grant over five years from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was awarded to the University of New Hampshire to continue coastal mapping operations at the Joint Hydrographic Center. The funding was announced Thursday by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., ranking member on the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations subcommittee, along with the rest of the state's congressional delegation: Sen. Maggie Hassan and Reps. Annie Kuster and Ch… Continue Reading


August 28, 2020

Shaheen announces $825K to establish revolving loan fund to serve businesses in Nashua impacted by COVID-19

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced that the City of Nashua will receive an $825,000 grant from the Economic Development Agency (EDA) to establish a second Revolving Loan Fund (RLF). The RLF provides low-interest capital to businesses and entrepreneurs. This RLF would specifically assist businesses with mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Senator Shaheen, the lead Democrat on the Senate subcommittee that funds the EDA, secured these funds as part of the Coronavi… Continue Reading


August 27, 2020

Shaheen calls for more small-business funding in visit to Keene

by Caleb Symons

Two factors kept Electronic Imaging Materials, a Keene-based label manufacturer, afloat during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to its owner and president, Alex Henkel. The first was the company's reliance on clients working in public health, who ordered even more of its products in response to the novel coronavirus. The second was a loan of more than $500,000 from the federal government's Paycheck Protection Program. PPP loans were the main topic of conversation during U.S… Continue Reading


August 27, 2020

Shaheen takes virtual connected care tour

by Adam Sullivan

LEBANON, N.H. (WCAX) - The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center has seen a dramatic increase in telehealth visits over the last several months. New emergency rules from the federal government helped pay for it. But now, medical center staffers are pushing to make those rules permanent. When the pandemic first hit, Dartmouth-Hitchcock was doing about 10 telehealth visits a day. Within 10 days that number jumped to 2,500. Thursday, New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen took a virtual tour of the facili… Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Claremont domestic, sexual abuse nonprofit plans office expansion

by Nora Doyle-Burr

CLAREMONT - A nonprofit group that supports survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Sullivan County plans to break ground on a $1.41 million office expansion this fall. The Turning Points Network, which has served survivors from its School Street office since 1985, is slated to go out to bid next month for the renovation of a former CPA office on Broad Street in Claremont. The organization, which offers a 24-hour crisis and support line, emergency shelter, court advocacy, safety planning … Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Rally to save Postal Service calls $25 billion funding legislation critical to survival

by Amy Coveno

MANCHESTER, N.H. - Union leaders, postal workers and every member of the New Hampshire congressional delegation were among the speakers at a rally in support of the Postal Service in Manchester. Outrage over the removal of expensive sorting machines has prompted calls for an Inspector General investigation. Speakers at the rally in Manchester drew a comparison between the Postal Service and the U.S. Military and said no one ever asks if the military turns a profit. About 60 people gathered acr… Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Shaheen, administrators talk school return

by Julie Huss

LONDONDERRY - With the school district facing many challenges and unknowns as opening day gets closer, administrators are sharing thoughts with what hopefully will work to keep staff and students safe. And in Londonderry, educators are saying they are ready and excited to get back to the classroom. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., paid a visit to Matthew Thornton Elementary School recently to talk with Londonderry administrators and hear more about how the district is planning for its reopeni… Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Senator Shaheen praises collaboration on Peterborough/Jaffrey water project

by Ashley Saari

The public and private partnership between Jaffrey, Peterborough and manufacturer MilliporeSigma to develop a new water supply to benefit all three is the kind of cooperation New Hampshire should be known for, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen said during a visit to Peterborough on Wednesday morning. "I think this is a great example of the kind of coordination that goes on in New Hampshire," Shaheen said. The collaborative's plan to purchase land in Jaffrey and Sharon that already has three drilled … Continue Reading


August 20, 2020

U.S. Mail Delays Slow Delivery of Medicines

by Reed Abelson

To many people who rely on the mail to deliver their prescriptions, the latest political skirmishing over the U.S. Postal Service doesn't really matter. They've been dealing with delays for weeks, and while some are not urgent, others are more worrisome. Dr. Toula Milios Guilfoyle, a retired physician in Jefferson, N.H., is among those who say their mail-order prescriptions have become dangerously late. Dr. Guilfoyle, who is 62 and disabled, needs antibiotics for a chronic infection. While her … Continue Reading


August 20, 2020

Smiths ramps up syringe production in preparation for COVID vaccine

by Mia Summerson

As the race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine continues, one local manufacturer is already preparing for what comes next. Smiths Medical, a Minneapolis-based medical supplies producer with a facility in Keene, announced last month that it is partnering with the federal government to produce hypodermic instruments that will be used to deliver a vaccine once one is approved. The project is expected to create at least 60 jobs at the Keene site over the next year and a half. On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Je… Continue Reading


August 19, 2020

State School project gets $1M to pave way for initial redevelopment

by Rick Green

LACONIA - A regional commission has awarded $1 million to build infrastructure for initial development of the former State School property, a largely unused area that local leaders hope to turn into an engine for economic growth. The plan is to match the money from the Northern Border Regional Commission with a like amount from other sources to fund road construction, utility lines and parking areas. George Bald, chairman of the Lakeshore Redevelopment Planning Commission, the state pa… Continue Reading


August 19, 2020

Postal reps tell Shaheen USPS can handle mail-in voting

LACONIA - The Postal Service is quite capable of handling the demands of mail-in balloting for this year's general election, postal worker representatives told Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in an online discussion Tuesday. Critics have warned that cuts and operational changes being imposed by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy could cause delays and disruption in the November election, which is being conducted amid a pandemic that will boost the number of people who will vote by mail. Bill Brickley,… Continue Reading


August 19, 2020

NH health care providers say they need more federal help

by Mike Cherry

MANCHESTER, N.H. - New Hampshire health care providers are warning that their system, which has already been financially taxed, needs a lifeline as schools reopen. COVID-19 hospitalizations are down and elective surgeries are up in New Hampshire, but during a video call with U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., on Wednesday, health care providers said they need more federal funding. "(Personal protective gear) remains a concern," said Dr. Apara Dave. "At least at our institution, gowns are the n… Continue Reading


August 18, 2020

Shaheen, administrators talk school return

by Julie Huss

LONDONDERRY - With the school district facing many challenges and unknowns as opening day gets closer, administrators are sharing thoughts with what hopefully will work to keep staff and students safe. And in Londonderry, educators are saying they are ready and excited to get back to the classroom. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., paid a visit to Matthew Thornton Elementary School Tuesday afternoon to talk with Londonderry administrators and hear more about how the district is planning for it… Continue Reading


August 18, 2020

NH postal workers say partisan leadership hurting ability to do their job

by Amy Coveno

MANCHESTER, N.H. - New Hampshire postal union leaders are calling delivery delays a manufactured crisis while saying they need federal help to ensure they can carry out their jobs. Union leaders pointed to the postmaster general, who was appointed two months ago, as a political player with no Postal Service experience. "The Postal Service has always been nonpartisan," said U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. "This should not be about partisan politics. It should be about service to the people of… Continue Reading


August 18, 2020

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: We cannot wait for history to happen

by Jeanne Shaheen

On January 9, 1997, I was sworn in as governor of New Hampshire. It was one of the most memorable days of my life. Surrounded by my husband, daughters, elected officials and the Granite Staters I swore to serve, I became the first woman elected to the highest office in the state. During my campaign, and on the day of my inauguration, I thought about the weight of that responsibility. As the first woman elected governor, I had an obligation not just to the women who would come after me but also … Continue Reading


August 17, 2020

Federal funds to help KSC support high school and college students

by Mia Summerson

Keene State College will receive nearly $627,000 in federal funding to assist students from low-income backgrounds, students with disabilities and those who are the first in their families to attend college. The college is getting $364,948 for the Federal TRIO Programs, which provide services for students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, according to a news release issued recently by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's office. The college will receive an additional $261,888 for a new pi… Continue Reading


August 17, 2020

Lawmakers seek answers as USPS warns ballots might not arrive in time for Election Day

by Tim Callery

MANCHESTER, N.H. - The U.S. Postal Service has warned that mail-in ballots in New Hampshire might not arrive in time to be counted in the November election, and lawmakers now want to know why. The warning came after the agency recently shut down some mail sorting machines across the country, including in Manchester. New Hampshire's congressional delegation said it's time for the postmaster general to answer questions. New Hampshire election officials recommend making a request for a mail-in b… Continue Reading


August 16, 2020

Mail sort machines being shut down in Manchester

by Kevin Landrigan

MANCHESTER - Local postal union officials said the U.S. Postal Service at the Goffs Falls Road processing center is putting four of its mail sorting machines out of commission, a move critics charge will slow down the delivery of absentee ballots from New Hampshire voters to town and city clerks. Dana Colette, president of the American Postal Workers Union, Local 230, said the controversy underscores the need for voters to mail any absentee ballots long before the Sept. 8 primary and Nov. 3… Continue Reading


August 14, 2020

Child Care Centers Seek More Assistance

by Paul Hayes

LITTLETON - Child care centers need more help to stay afloat. That was the message sent to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen during an hour-long roundtable at the Littleton Head Start on Thursday. Regional child care leaders said the economic impacts of COVID-19 could force some centers to shut down permanently unless the federal government delivers additional aid. "[M]any child care providers throughout New Hampshire are at serious risk of closing their doors unless they get help now," Shaheen… Continue Reading

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