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September 15, 2010

Solid Waste District gets $1 million grant for gas conversion

by Barbara Tetreault

BERLIN - A key component of the $4.69 million funding package to build a gas pipeline to the Fraser mill in Gorham has been awarded to the Androscoggin Valley Regional Disposal District. U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen yesterday announced that the U.S. Economic Development Administration has awarded $1 million to the district for the project which will allow the mill to burn both natural gas from the nearby Portland National Gas Trasmission System pipeline and methane gas from the district'… Continue Reading


September 15, 2010

A new START to strengthen national security

by Senator Jeanne Shaheen

This week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled to vote on ratification of the New START Treaty. From the beginning of our deliberation, Committee members have sought to answer the question Defense Secretary Robert Gates posed early in this process: Is the U.S. better off with this treaty or without it? After a careful and thorough examination, including 12 open and classified hearings, more than 20 expert hearing witnesses, and overwhelming support from across the poli… Continue Reading


September 14, 2010

Delegations push feds for Memorial Bridge replacement

by Deborah McDermott

Members of the N.H. and Maine congressional delegations this week sent a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood expressing their support for the TIGER II federal grant to replace the Memorial Bridge. The letter, dated Sept. 13, was signed by Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins and Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine, and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter of N.H. Related Stories N.H. Sen. Judd Gregg sent his own letter of support at the time the application was su… Continue Reading


September 14, 2010

NH to get $40.9 Million to retain teachers

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire is set to receive $40.9 million in federal funding to prevent teacher layoffs. The funding is part of $10 billion in emergency grants going to school districts around the country as part of a bill passed last month. The legislation provides $10 billion to school districts to rehire laid-off teachers or to ensure that more teachers won't be let go. The Education Department estimates that could save 160,000 jobs. The funding will be distributed to states… Continue Reading


September 12, 2010

Thousands pack arena for farewell to soldiers

by Shawne K. Wickham

MANCHESTER - On the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that launched America into two wars, New Hampshire yesterday bid an emotional farewell to more than 700 Army National Guardsmen leaving soon to help complete the mission. In the year they'll be gone, some will miss seeing babies born, others their kids' graduations. They'll be away for Christmas, birthdays, family weddings, perhaps funerals. But after yesterday, members of the 197th Fires Brigade surely know they carry the tho… Continue Reading


August 13, 2010

Shaheen christens precinct’s green energy project

by Casey Conley

CONWAY - "One, two, three, push!" On cue, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen gave the lever a hard thrust, down and to the right. Like that, the largest solar energy project in New Hampshire went on line for the first time. A crowd of 30 people turned around to face row after row of solar panels installed outside North Conway Water Precinct. To the naked eye, nothing much was happening. But an on-site electrical meter showed the panels were already producing power. "The meter's running!" som… Continue Reading


August 13, 2010

Senator Shaheen discusses importance of community health centers

by Craig Lyons

BERLIN - Senator Jeanne Shaheen touted the critical role community health centers play in health care and the importance the centers will play in the future of health care during a visit to Berlin. Thursday afternoon Shaheen stopped at Coos County Family Health Services, in Berlin, to make brief remarks about health care issues and tour the facility. She stressed the role community health centers would play in the future due to changes made by Affordable Care Act. "[I want to] let eve… Continue Reading


August 10, 2010

Sen. Shaheen announces $650,000 for Ports. Harbor

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen announced her request to support two projects to increase the width and depth of sections of Portsmouth Harbor have been approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. Shaheen secured $500,000 for maintenance dredging of a section of the harbor known as Simplex Shoal, as well as $150,000 for the design phase of a project to increase the width of the harbor's upper turning basin. Both projects will ensure continued access to the harbor fo… Continue Reading


August 10, 2010

Senator Shaheen proposes new federal grants to support sci-tech programs

by Scott Kirsner

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire teamed up with inventor Dean Kamen this morning to unveil a new bill she hopes will funnel new federal funding to extra-curricular educational programs focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Kamen, best known as the inventor of the Segway and various medical devices, started such a program in 1989, Manchester-based FIRST, that operates robotics competitions for more than 250,000 kids each year. Shaheen's bill would creat… Continue Reading


August 07, 2010

Federal funding advances for Somersworth sidewalk project

by Kyle Stucker

SOMERSWORTH - The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill Friday that could eventually provide $300,000 for the city's sidewalk project. The project is aimed at refurbishing parts of Main and High streets in the hopes of improving the area and attracting new business to the Hilltop City. The $300,000 was included in the Fiscal Year 2011 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations bill, which is now ready for consideration by the full senate, according t… Continue Reading


August 07, 2010

Shaheen announces $135g for Rochester's first responders

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen announced her request to help the City of Rochester upgrade its emergency communications system has been approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. Shaheen secured $135,000 for the project, which will allow the city to install a wireless communications system for use by its emergency responders. These funds were included in the Fiscal Year 2011 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations bill, which is now ready for consideration by the full… Continue Reading


August 05, 2010

Sen. Shaheen helps secure funds for river, creek dredging

by Dave Choate

PORTSMOUTH - Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., on Tuesday announced she had secured out of committee a total of $650,000 in funding for planned dredging work in Portsmouth Harbor and Sagamore Creek, to be carried out by the Army Corps of Engineers. On top of that, $150,000 for a feasibility study on enlarging a turning basin for ships in the Piscataqua River was also approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee, and added to the Pease Development Authority Division of Ports and Harbors' c… Continue Reading


August 04, 2010

Poised for a big boost

by Casey Farrar

A public-private partnership of conservation groups in New Hampshire and Massachusetts is in line for a federal funding boost next year, according to U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Shaheen, D-N.H., announced Tuesday that $282,000 for the Quabbin to Cardigan Conservation Initiative has been included in the federal agriculture department's 2011 budget by the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill will now move on to the Senate for approval. The Quabbin to Cardigan partnership laun… Continue Reading


August 04, 2010

Senator Shaheen announces funding for new health center

by Craig Lyons

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Jeanne Shaheen has announced that the Senate appropriations committee has approved $150,000 for Coos County Family Health Service's new Gorham offi ce. Shaheen issued a press release Tuesday announcing the funding request, which is attached to the 2011 Labor-Health and Human Services Appropriation bill, was approved by the committee and is now moving forward for consideration by the full Senate. The $150,000 appropriation would go towards C.C.F.H.S.'s proj… Continue Reading


August 04, 2010

NH telecoms get $2.3M in federal grants to expand Internet

by Denis Paiste

Merrimack County Telephone company has been awarded $2,021,197 in federal funds and Kearsarge Telephone Company was awarded $372,532 to expand broadband Internet to people and businesses in their service area. The funds come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. "These important investments in Merrimack County communities will create new opportunities for distance learning, health care delivery, and economic development, while connecting many homes and business to high sp… Continue Reading


August 03, 2010

Senate begins debate on Kagan nomination to high court

by Bill Mears

Washington (CNN) -- Senators began floor debate Tuesday on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, with Republicans mustering little desire to delay a final vote. The 50-year-old solicitor general is expected to be confirmed as the 112th justice on Thursday, and could be sworn into her judicial post by week's end. The start of three days of off-and-on debate centered on Kagan's lack of judicial experience, and whether that would hurt her ability to sit on the nation's highes… Continue Reading


August 03, 2010

Committee Approves Federal Funds For Food Bank

A new food bank is closer to becoming a reality after a Senate committee approved federal funds for the project. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen announced that $1.25 million was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee to help move the New Hampshire Food Bank to a larger location. The total cost of the project is $7 million, and funding from New Hampshire Catholic Charities has allowed construction to start. Food bank officials said the new facility will be double the size and allo… Continue Reading


August 03, 2010

NH food bank, warehouse project gets a boost

by Dan Tuohy

MANCHESTER - Construction of a new center to help the state's only food bank keep up with record demand is in line to get $1.25 million in federal funding, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen announced yesterday. The New Hampshire Food Bank project involves the purchase of the building at 700 East Industrial Park Drive in Manchester and its conversion into a major food collection, warehouse and delivery hub. Construction began in December 2009. The total cost, including building purchase, will be … Continue Reading


July 30, 2010

State secures $1m for groundfish permits

by Geoff Cunningham, Jr.

PORTSMOUTH - The state's struggling small-boat commercial fishing fleet received good news on Wednesday when the U.S. Department of Commerce released $1 million that will be used to buy permits critical in allowing New Hampshire fisherman to increase the amount of groundfish they are allowed to catch and sell. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen announced the allocation on Wednesday saying the funding will be used by the N.H. Fish and Game Department to buy federal permits that govern the amount of gro… Continue Reading


July 29, 2010

NH Fishermen Get Permit Help

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire is getting $1 million to buy permits for fishermen who face low catch limits this year. The money goes to the state's Fish and Game Department to help fishermen increase the amount of groundfish they are allowed to catch and sell. New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen announced the funds Wednesday. She said low catch limits, which are part of new regulations designed to rebuild groundfish stocks in New England, have put New Hampshire's small boat fleet… Continue Reading

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