Environment

Bobcat’s Tail: Six things to do before summer is over

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Summer slides into place and we settle in, enjoying long days and easy times. By the time we’ve caught our breath and recall the distant memories of dirty snowbanks, we glance at the calendar. It’s late July, leaving a month or so of summer, depending on how you define it. With only a few weeks left, what are you going … 0

Reimers Reason: What is timber trespass?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Trees are valuable. They provide firewood and lumber, as well as privacy and beauty, but they also block scenic vistas and interfere with driveways and roads. For all of these reasons, nearly all landowners cut down trees from time to time. In New Hampshire law, there is something called “timber trespass.” Timber trespass … 0

Peterborough/Francestown/New Ipswich: Solar growth slows down

Monday, July 27, 2015

Uncertainty about the future of solar energy subsidies has put the brakes on its popularity in the region. Utilities will soon reach the state mandated net-metering cap, and legislation that would raise the cap is not expected to pass. Also, Gov. Maggie Hassan’s veto of the Legislature’s two-year budget proposal has put renewable energy rebates in limbo. And Congress has yet to rule … 0

Grants critical for solar

Monday, June 15, 2015

Five Monadnock region projects are currently competing for grant or rebate funding from N.H. Public Utilities Commission for solar projects, totaling $2.92 million in requested funds to offset approximately $7.71 million in projected project costs. These grants and rebates are a part of a three-tiered program offered by … 0

Greenfield / Peterborough / Mason: the state of bees:

Monday, June 15, 2015

Every year, Jodi Turner of The Monadnock Beekeepers Association receives the same call from a handful of other beekeepers. Hundreds of honeybees are outside the hive. The bees are on the ground, face up, with their feet in … 0

Greenfield: My inside look at beekeeping

Monday, June 15, 2015

GREENFIELD – I was never afraid of bees or wasps. One of my first memories was slapping a yellow jacket with my bare hand. And yet, their buzzing has always unnerved me. When beekeepers Jodi Turner and Melissa … 0

Hancock: Harris Center: No cat trapping

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Harris Center has taken a stand against bobcat trapping, challenging N.H. Fish and Game Department’s rationale for considering reinstating a season. Meanwhile, the department’s commission has tabled the proposal because it recognizes the subject is controversial, said Fish and Game Wildlife Division Chief Mark Ellingwood. “We do … 0

Dublin: Solar project moves forward

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

DUBLIN — Yankee Publishing is moving forward with finalizing engineering plans for a proposed solar project, after the Planning Board granted two waivers Thursday. With the waivers in place — which minimizes the amount of land surveying that needs to be completed — Yankee Publishing is now working … 0

Peterborough: Arsenic levels high in local water

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

PETERBOROUGH — Water from over 20 percent of artesian wells tested for arsenic has levels above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recommendation of 10 parts per billion. “That wasn’t a surprise,” said Chair of the Water Resources Advisory Committee Beth Alpaugh-Cote, since this percentage is equivalent to the … 0

Rindge: Warning issued for Lake Monomonac

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A cyanobacteria warning was issued for Lake Monomonac by the Department of Environmental Services Monday afternoon, discouraging any contact with the water by residents or pets. This warning is intended as a precautionary measure to prevent short-term exposure to cyanobacteria toxins, which can cause irritation of skin and … 0

Their passion is in the woods

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

In Karen Bennett’s profession, many clients aren’t quite sure what they want. “Many people, when they call the county forester, they don’t know what they want — and those are some of my favorite visits. You can give … 0

Peterborough: Recycling numbers for month of April

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Peterborough and Sharon residents recycled a total of 66.36 tons in the month of April. Tons of: Newspaper - 3.84 Cardboard - 7.8 Mixed Paper - 21.06 Plastics - 3.42 Aluminum cans - .58 Steel Cans - 1.32 Food Waste - 1.14 Glass -21 Textiles - 6.2 By … 0

Bobcat’s Tail: Game cameras: a tool for research, conservation

Friday, May 22, 2015

Game cameras are one of the coolest gadgets to reach the wildlife—lovers’ market. These handy motion—activated cameras have come a long way in the past 15 years, evolving from clunky film relics to high—tech tools with apps that … 0