NH News Roundup on Saturday, Dec. 31

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Welcome to InDepthNH.org’s roundup of news that matters in New Hampshire for Dec. 31

Decision On Unsafe Pemi Wilderness Bridge Delayed Until Spring (InDepthNH.org)

At the core of the forest service’s deliberations is the tricky question: how wild should the wilderness be?

Russian hack of Vermont utility shows risk to power grid, officials say (Washington Post)

The utility detected malware code associated with the Russian hacking operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe by the Obama administration. The Russians did not actively use the code to disrupt operations of the utility, according to officials, who say they aren’t sure what the intentions of the Russians were.

NH Center for Public Interest Journalism Awarded $50,000 Grant To Increase Reporting In Coos Region (InDepthNH.org)

“Journalism faces many serious challenges today and we think it’s time we should work together,” said executive director Nancy West.

At Union Leader and Sunday News, one McQuaid succeeds another

Brendan J. McQuaid, 37, is the new president of Union Leader Corp., succeeding his father, Joseph W. McQuaid, who will continue as publisher.

Nashua man charged with downtown business burglary spree (Union Leader)

A 30-year-old Nashua man faces three felony and two misdemeanor charges after police say he broke into three businesses last week. 

Bill would exclude courts from school funding debates (Laconia Daily Sun)

CONCORD — Amid growing concern among municipalities and school districts across the state at the prospect of reduced state aid to education, legislation has been introduced to limit the jurisdiction of the courts over the statutes defining the content of an adequate education and distributing state funds to provide for it.

A Year In Review 2016 (Berlin Daily Sun)

Looking back on 2016 there were many news stories that shaped the year for Berlin and the surrounding communities. As 2016 comes to a close, The Berlin Daily Sun reflects on some of the most notable headlines. 

Pastor Says Church Will ‘Absolutely’ Rebuild (Valley News)

Lebanon — Even after convening at the parsonage Thursday morning to pray and plan the road forward, the First Baptist Church of Lebanon leadership team lacked answers to several questions.

Nova Scotia investigating large fish kill (Caledonian Record)

HALIFX, Nova Scotia (AP) — Canadian fisheries officials say weeks of testing have failed to point to an environmental problem as the cause for thousands of dead herring and other marine creatures washing ashore in western Nova Scotia.

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Dan Tuohy’s Granite Status: Forrester wants to ‘Make NH RED again’ (Union Leader)

Jeanie Forrester has drafted a blueprint to “make New Hampshire RED again,” and it is not simply an homage to Donald Trump.

Jim Kenyon: With a Little Help, Family Has a Home for the Holidays (Valley News)

Orange, Vt. — After his release from prison in early 2015, Casey Maville reached out on Facebook to his former girlfriend, the mother of his daughter. He wanted to get back together.

Mark Hayward’s City Matters: Andy Martel, the little guy who prevailed (Union Leader)

Two days ago, Joseph McQuaid, the President and Publisher of this newspaper, stopped me in the hall, noted my 20th anniversary at this newspaper, and thanked me for the work I’ve done here.


Iraq Baghdad: 28 dead as twin bombs rip through market (BBC)

At least 28 people have died in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, in a double bombing claimed by so-called Islamic State.

Trump Is Given Path to Reset Relations (New York Times)

Moscow’s decision not to retaliate offers an opening to President-elect Donald J. Trump, who called President Vladimir V. Putin “very smart.” But the path is risky.

L.A. councilman proposes banning adults unaccompanied by a child from playgrounds (LA Times)

On a warm December day in Silver Lake, a nanny gently pushed a sleepy-looking toddler on a swing at a city playground. Nearby, children shouted out as they bounded into an oversized sandbox.

Compiled by InDepthNH.org, a nonprofit investigative news outlet published online by the New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism 603-738-5635