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July 16, 2020

Camps quieter this summer

by Madeline Hughes

SALEM, N.H. - It was quieter than usual at Camp Otter. The 20-acre camp that normally hosts 250 campers a day during the summer had only 53 kids, Camp Director Ryan MacRae said as she led U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on a tour of the facilities. Areas like the archery pit were noticeably empty as campers spread out on benches to wait and take turns shooting. Shaheen met with MacRae and other camp officials to talk about how to help summer camps. Shaheen knows summer camp in New Hampshire is vital… Continue Reading

July 16, 2020

Safe Station program goes mobile to connect homeless with addiction, mental health services

by Mark Hayward

With the original services of the once-innovative Safe Station program now available through Catholic Medical Center, the Manchester Fire Department has begun a new phase of Safe Station. It's gone mobile. Three times a week, a team that includes firefighters, mental health workers and shelter managers has been visiting homeless camps in the city. Fire Chief Dan Goonan said the effort is to get some 175 homeless camp residents more connected with the help they need to fight problems su… Continue Reading

July 16, 2020

Crashing coastal property values and the economic fallout of climate change

by Jeanne Shaheen and Sheldon Whitehouse

Climate change has taken hold here in New England. From the White Mountains to Narragansett Bay, there have been more frequent heat waves; native wildlife and plants are shifting north; and there have been troubling upticks in climate-related ailments like tick-borne diseases and asthma. But nowhere is climate change more apparent than along the coast, where warming and acidifying waters and rising sea levels are taking a toll, disrupting fisheries and eroding coastal marshes and beaches. These… Continue Reading

July 15, 2020

NH school districts working on plans to prepare for return of students

by Jennifer Crompton

MANCHESTER, N.H. - New Hampshire school districts are working to finalize plans for the return of students in the fall. After the state released guidance Tuesday that left many decisions in the hands of local officials, districts are taking different approaches to reopen. In Rochester, school officials have been setting up classrooms to space desks 3 and 6 feet apart. "We're trying to make sure people have the best information and the science behind the decisions so people can make an info… Continue Reading

July 15, 2020

Senators host talks with community leaders

by Jordan J. Phelan

NEWPORT - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) met with local community leaders, government officials and employers on Monday to learn more about their experience with the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and discuss the need for further financial relief in response to economic hardships caused by the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. Seated around a conference table positioned in the center of the former Pepsi building, Scott Reed, owner of Reed Truck Services, welcomed the senator to his Ne… Continue Reading

July 14, 2020

In Keene, Shaheen touts solar energy projects

by Mia Summerson

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says it's important to find ways to keep supporting solar projects at a time when many of them have been canceled or delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Shaheen, D-N.H., visited Keene's police station and public works facility on Marlboro Street on Monday to hear about the 2,000-panel solar array that tops its roof. Nationally, she said, around a million energy sector jobs were lost due to the pandemic, about 600,000 of them in solar and other clean energy industr… Continue Reading

July 14, 2020

Child-care concerns, solutions discussed at Laconia roundtable

by Rick Green

LACONIA - Child care centers were financially vulnerable before the COVID-19 pandemic reduced attendance and made it harder to find qualified employees, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen was told Tuesday during a visit to the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region. Shaheen said she was supporting an effort in Congress to include significant funding for child care in the next round of emergency relief. Chris Emond, the club's chief executive officer, urged Shaheen to emphasize that when funds are … Continue Reading

July 13, 2020

Shaheen visits Glen Ellis Falls, touts LWCF funding

by Edith Tucker

PINKHAM'S NOTCH - Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) visited the soon-to-be-renovated historic trail to Glen Ellis Falls Day Use Area on Thursday while traveling north on Route 16 from Conway to Berlin. She used the short hike as an opportunity to discuss the large backlog of maintenance projects on the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF), on which these falls are located, halfway between Jackson and Gorham. Shaheen also highlighted the importance of fully and permanently funding the Land and Wat… Continue Reading

July 13, 2020

Senator hears about lack of markets for low-grade wood

by Barbara Tetreault

BERLIN - On July 8, the day before U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen visited the Burgess BioPower biomass plant in Berlin, the plant set a record for wood chip deliveries. Dammon Frecker, executive vice president of CS Operations, reported that 202 tractor-trailer loads of chips came across the scales, far more than the 115 loads required to fuel the plant. Frecker reported that the 75-megawatt biomass plant, one of the largest in the country, is the biggest generator of renewable energy in the… Continue Reading

July 10, 2020

Congressional delegation slams ICE guidance for international college students, Dartmouth to file brief in suit

by Josie Grove

New Hampshire's congressional delegation criticized an ICE proposal that could force international college students to leave the country if they take only online classes. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the proposal last week, saying that college students from other countries will not be able to get visas if they take only online classes. In March, ICE had said international students would be able to stay in the country for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency even if they t… Continue Reading

July 09, 2020

Shaheen gets the lowdown from Big Dave at small business stop

by Tom Eastman

CONWAY - "It's been a challenge, not only for us but for you and for everybody," Dave Hausman of Big Dave's Bagels in North Conway told U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) during her hourlong visit Thursday morning at his shop to find out how small business in New Hampshire have been faring during the pandemic. With the Senate currently, recessed, Shaheen was eager to lobby for support of passage of the Prioritized Paycheck Protection Program (P4) Act, legislation she introduced that would al… Continue Reading

July 09, 2020

Shaheen announces $400K to support Rockingham County businesses

by Hadley Barndollar

Headed to the Regional Economic Development Center in Raymond is $400,000 from the federal Economic Development Agency, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., announced Wednesday. The funds will be used to support businesses in Rockingham County. During federal budget negotiations, Shaheen led an effort to prevent the Economic Development Administration from being eliminated, and helped secure the funds, according to her office. The REDC in Raymond is one of the Granite State's four economic devel… Continue Reading

July 09, 2020

Officials: Housing needs could spike as evictions resume, jobless aid ends

by Meghan Foley

State and local advocates say the housing challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have not gone away and could even grow as an eviction moratorium ends and expanded unemployment aid expires. Representatives of state and local housing and homeless-service organizations discussed those issues with U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on a conference call Wednesday morning. Among other things, they said the end-of-the-year deadline for them to use funds from the federal CARES Act has them concerned, … Continue Reading

July 08, 2020

Sen. Shaheen meets with Popovers owners in Epping

EPPING - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen met with Popovers owners John Tinios and Steve James Tuesday to learn more about their experience with the Paycheck Protection Program and the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on their small restaurant. Shaheen, who is a senior member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, helped negotiate the small business relief programs, including the PPP, that were established in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Shahe… Continue Reading

July 08, 2020

NH renters are ‘really, really struggling’

by Bob Sanders

Of the 365 renters of affordable apartments owned by Lakes Region Community Developers, about 60% percent receive income-based subsidies. About another 30% of tenants are getting other assistance, such as enhanced unemployment benefits. But the remaining 10% "are really. really struggling," the group's executive director, Carmen Lorentz, told U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen Wednesday morning during a conference call on housing issues. It's not just the loss of income, said Lorentz, it's the increased … Continue Reading

July 07, 2020

Runway being rebuilt at Portsmouth International Airport

by Kimberley Haas

Runway reconstruction at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease is moving forward as part of a multi-million project. Airport Director Paul Brean said Tuesday that a $19 million, 12,000-square-foot addition to the existing airport building is also planned. It will allow for another passenger jet bridge and gate so Pease can accommodate two commercial aircraft at the same time. That project includes room for private security screenings, escalators and a concession area. Barry … Continue Reading

July 07, 2020

Laconia, Concord temples on list for security grants

by Rick Green

New Hampshire houses of worship, including Temple B'Nai Israel, will share in $635,000 through a federal program to improve security, the state's congressional delegation announced this week. The Laconia temple is to receive a $38,500 grant. Ira Keltz, president of Temple B'Nai Israel, said that as part of the grant application process, a security review was done in collaboration with Laconia Police Chief Matt Canfield, FBI representatives from New Hampshire and Jewish Federation consultants. … Continue Reading

July 02, 2020

Shaheen demands answers on plans for COVID-19 vaccine

New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen questioned federal health officials at a hearing Thursday on the research, manufacture and distribution of a safe coronavirus. Shaheen asked CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield how seniors and people with underlying conditions like diabetes will be prioritized once there is a vaccine. "In New Hampshire, 80% of our COVID-19 deaths had been in long-term care facilities. That's the highest percentage in the country," said Shaheen, D-New Hampshire. Redfield told her… Continue Reading

July 02, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan press tax software makers on their post-Wayfair products

by Jeff Feingold

New Hampshire's U.S. senators, Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, are joining with Oregon's senators in calling on firms that produce sales tax compliance software to address questions about the accuracy and affordability of their products. The senators, who come from two states that don't have a general sales tax, say the information is essential in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2018 Wayfair decision, which allowed states and other jurisdictions with sales taxes to collect taxes on sales… Continue Reading

April 07, 2020

NH community health centers to receive $6.8 million in emergency CARES Act funding

by John DiStaso

MANCHESTER, N.H. - Nine community health centers and the city of Manchester will receive $6.8 million in federal funding to help support their efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state's congressional delegation said Tuesday. The funds are part of the $2 trillion CARES Act passed by Congress and signed into law March 27, and are in addition to about $1.4 billion received by the state, or entities in the state, so far. That $1.4 billion includes $1.25 billion in base aid that th… Continue Reading

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