Mar 03, 2015

The New Hampshire Senate is considering a bill that would allow municipalities to add a fee, up to $1 per night, for hotel and motel rooms.

Sen. Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portsmouth) was asked by Portsmouth city officials to sponsor the bill.  They argue the fee will help off-set the costs of police, fire and public works related to hotels and tourists.

Apr 03, 2015

Some New Hampshire fishermen are concerned that a federal ban on recreational cod fishing will continue through the summer.

Last November fishery managers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) set a ban on all recreational cod fishing in the Gulf of Maine.  The ban ends in May, although NOAA may continue the ban.

Jul 27, 2015

The Department of Energy released a long-awaited statement on the environmental impact of the Northern Pass, considering both the current proposal of overhead lines and with some buried sections as well as ten alternative plans. 

Nov 17, 2015

This year, the NH Legislature passed HB 531, a bill to establish a committee to study short-term rentals by homeowners and owners of residential properties. More recently, Portsmouth’s City Council voted 5-3 to hold a workshop session to further review the regulation of short-term vacation rentals in the city. 

May 02, 2016

Since the project was first proposed, the Northern Pass has gone through several changes.

The current proposal is for a 192-mile transmission line with 60 miles of line underground.  A $200 million "Forward NH Fund" will provide additional support for economic development and tourism in the North Country.

Jun 17, 2016

On Wednesday, June 15 Gov. Maggie Hassan signed HB 1531, a bill that allows the New Hampshire Statehouse to open on weekends.

HB 1531 specifically allows the state to sign a memorandum of understanding with a private group to provide tours to the public on the weekends.  The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce is interested in running the tours (and covering the costs).

Nov 19, 2016

Cities such as New Orleans and Memphis have long tried to boost tourism and the entertainment economy by allowing legal outdoor drinking. More recently, the town of Canton, Ohio set aside 42 blocks of its downtown as an “outdoor refreshment area”, allowing people to carry and consume alcoholic beverages in the streets.

Aug 26, 2015

Canine fans celebrated National Dog Day last month. In honor of the occasion and of the hot summer weather, the  Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) asked Facebook members, “Should dogs be allowed on NH state beaches?” 

food truck
May 21, 2017

In April, the Portsmouth Parking and Traffic Safety Committee rejected a proposal to expand a food truck program.


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