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“It’s time” – Marijuana legalization bill heads back to House and Senate after committee agreements
06-06-2024 4:19 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

A marijuana bill is one step closer to Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk after lawmakers came to an agreement in a committee of conference Thursday.If passed, New Hampshire would become the 25th state to legalize recreational marijuana.House and Senate...

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Seized and Sold: Inside a tax deed auction in Plymouth, where a familiar face emerges as the buyer
06-14-2024 2:18 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

As the gavel came down in Plymouth Town Hall, the man standing in the back corner bought a single-family, four-bedroom, one-bath home with a small barn on an acre and a half of land for $180,000. The bidder was no stranger to town. Alex Ray, owner and...


‘Don’t fall behind’ - Taking and selling properties left to local discretion
06-14-2024 2:11 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI / Monitor staff

Days before the city of Concord was set to sell his house, Jeffrey Cyr made a budget to spend his life savings.His son had taken out a loan for $16,800 to save his father’s house from the auction block. In return, Cyr agreed to pay him back in $400...


As Concord city council debates bus stop location, larger concerns about homelessness continue
06-11-2024 4:21 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

On the granite stoop outside of the Gallagher, Callahan and Gartrell law firm, Sean Downs took a seat to wait for the bus.The Capital Area Transit stop on North Main Street sits between two driveways for the law firm, but without a bench at the stop...


Taken for taxes and ‘waiting to die’: A N.H. homeowner struggles to keep his home
06-07-2024 3:25 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI / Monitor staff

The overdue tax bill facing John Jones felt like a death sentence.The lifelong resident of the Live-Free-or-Die state had been late to pay his taxes before, but this time was different.Jones, 66, owed $5,097.44 to the city of Franklin, a working-class...


Whitley drops out of Congressional race, will not seek State Senate either
06-05-2024 12:10 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

First and foremost Becky Whitley will tell people that she is just a regular mom from Hopkinton. And after a brief run for U.S. Congress, in Rep. Annie Kuster’s soon-to-be vacated seat, Whitley is suspending her campaign to do just that: be a mom to...


“We dont want to move” – As Concord continues to increase taxes, those on a fixed income fear what’s next
06-03-2024 9:02 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

At Linda and Donald Matson’s house in Alton, they had nearly 11 acres of land to themselves. Tucked away down a dirt road, the forest bled into their backyard and two neighbors lived at the foot of their street. It was quiet and spacious, but as they...


Despite governor’s order, hundreds of properties seized for unpaid taxes during pandemic
06-01-2024 8:44 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

At the start of the pandemic, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu wanted to make sure no one lost their home.Like governors around the country, he used his executive powers to suspend mortgage foreclosures and issued a moratorium on evictions. And in the...


Remembering Alice: Community supports family after young mother of four dies
05-31-2024 3:05 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

On Alice Nyazahabu’s wedding day, she wore a long white dress with lace sleeves and a bejeweled tiara. She told her husband that life brings three reasons to celebrate: births, deaths and marriage.Their official wedding was a sparse gathering. She...


Attempt to pass Ellison’s free lunch bill fails in the House again with amendment
05-23-2024 3:36 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Friends of late Rep. Art Ellison are trying to bring forward his dying wish – to “feed the damn kids” – by expanding access to free and reduced lunch in New Hampshire. But the latest attempt to do so, by passing an amendment that would have increased...


Concord Housing and Redevelopment opens two-bedroom voucher waitlist, offers free swim lessons
05-23-2024 3:33 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Concord Housing and Redevelopment is reopening its waitlist for public housing vouchers for two-bedroom units. Once it receives 50 applicants, the list will close again.The waitlist has been on a start-stop basis for two years as a slim rental market...


Senate morphs parking bill to include squatter protections and zoning changes
05-22-2024 4:10 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

In a bill that was first introduced to limit zoning parking requirements to two spaces, New Hampshire Senators drove several issues back to the House with a series of amendments. Now the proposal includes regulations on parking requirements,...


At 85, Senate Dean Lou D’Allesandro announces retirement
05-21-2024 12:32 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Among the cacophony of the New Hampshire State Senate, Lou D’Allesandro’s booming voice has often cut through the chaos. On Tuesday, though, the longtime senator was soft-spoken, his voice quivering, as he announced his retirement from state...


“We are in a crisis” – Child care costs hit $32k on average
05-20-2024 5:33 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

For Leanna Lorden, one positive to come out of the state’s child care crisis is how the staggering numbers caught the attention of lawmakers.A new estimate reveals that child care costs $32,000 annually for a New Hampshire family with two kids under...


Concord solidifies plan to respond to homelessness
05-18-2024 12:00 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Twice a day the fire department can expect a call relating to homelessness in some way, whether it’s a fire at an encampment that needs to be extinguished; the river flooded with high rains and campers are stuck on the banks, or a medical emergency...


ACLU argues “Keep New England White” banner hung on highway overpass is protected speech
05-10-2024 2:45 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

To the ACLU of New Hampshire the phrase “Keep New England White” is a racist and detestable statement that signals to people of color that they are not welcome here. It’s also protected speech under the First Amendment.In a “friends-of-the-court”...


For second time this session, House passes bill to ease lease terminations
05-09-2024 3:50 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

A bill passed by the New Hampshire House Thursday will make it easier for landlords to more quickly evict tenants.For the second time this session, representatives passed the bill, which will allow landlords to terminate leases after six months with...


Friends Program completing shelter renovation for families experiencing homelessness
05-08-2024 2:24 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Nancy McKeon hopes that when people think of their time with the Friends Program, where she is the executive director, they’ll remember that they lived in the white house on Thompson Street, rather than a shelter while they were experiencing...


Low and moderate income homeowners property tax relief program open through June 30
05-06-2024 2:01 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Applications for property tax relief through the Department of Revenue Administration are open through June 30. Single homeowners who make up to $37,000 a year and married couples who have an income of $47,000 can apply for a reduction on their local...


In Warner, housing committee driving conversation on new solutions
05-04-2024 9:39 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

As Sally Metheany neared 80 years old, she decided to sell her house in Warner, bidding farewell to her garden beds in favor of renting a more manageable apartment along Main Street.Her new abode in downtown Warner sits at the top of a set of stairs,...


NH Center for Justice and Equity releases policy goals to address racial disparities
04-30-2024 5:17 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

New Hampshire has the lowest poverty rate in New England, yet Black residents in the state are three times more likely to live below the poverty line than their white neighbors.For every $1 a white Granite Stater makes, their Black counterpart is paid...

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