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Board backs fan ban

WOODSVILLE—The Haverhill Cooperative School Board reversed course on Monday night and voted to prohibit spectators from indoor winter sports. In October, SAU-23 Superintendent Laurie Melanson told school board members that in light of an increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the region she was hesitant to permit fans at indoor sports, such as high school basketball […]

Jet causes buzz near airport

NORTH HAVERHILL—In terms of volume, Dean Memorial Airport in North Haverhill is no O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. With approximately 3,000 takeoffs and landings per year, Dean Memorial is one of the smallest public airports in New Hampshire. Heck, it’s not even Lebanon Municipal, which has approximately 40,000 takeoffs and landings each year. So, it […]

Upcoming vote will decide district’s fate

NEWBURY—There will be an informational meeting next week ahead of a critical vote in Newbury that could have wide-ranging impacts. A vote to withdraw Newbury from the Oxbow Unified Union School District will conclude on Dec. 29. The polls will be open that day, but voters can also participate via absentee ballot. An informational hearing […]

Solar array goes dark

BRADFORD—The developers behind an embattled solar array on the Lower Plain have turned the lights off. Earlier this month, Bradford Solar, LLC asked the Vermont Public Utilities Commission to withdraw its application “with prejudice.” The move comes a little over a month after a hearing officer issued a 68-page decision recommending that the application get […]

Oxbow doubles down on budget plan

BRADFORD—Voters in Bradford and Newbury will be asked to approve the same budget they rejected last month. As the Oxbow Unified Union School District completes the first half of its fiscal year without an approved budget, the six members of its school board are preparing for their fourth attempt to pass a spending plan. They […]

Board balks at discontinuing roads

NORTH HAVERHILL—The Haverhill Selectboard largely ruled out a proposal to discontinue town maintenance of several roads during its meeting on Monday night. Last month, Haverhill Town Manager Brigitte Codling asked board members to consider warning several warrant articles for town meeting asking voters to discontinue maintenance of several local roads with three or less residences […]

BMU preps budget plan

WELLS RIVER—A draft 2021-2022 Blue Mountain Union budget plan is down slightly from the current year. School board members received an early glimpse of the proposal during a regularly scheduled meeting on Dec. 2. They plan on holding two meetings next month to finalize a plan before sending it to voters.

Algae blooms prompt public warnings

FAIRLEE—The Fairlee Town Beach is closed until ice-in after late-season cyanobacteria blooms continue to plague Lake Morey. At the selectboard meeting on Nov. 30, Fairlee Town Administrator Tad Nunez said that he had been in touch with state officials who said there is no elevated public health risk. Still he wants to let people know […]

Board weighs discontinuing roads

NORTH HAVERHILL—Selectboard members discussed a proposal that the town relinquish maintenance of several class V roadways in town. During the selectboard meeting on Nov. 23, Haverhill Town Manager Brigitte Codling asked board members to consider several warrant articles to discontinue town roads with three or less residences on them. Codling said that under state law, […]

Oxbow budget falls again

BRADFORD—Voters narrowly rejected a 2020-2021 operating budget for the Oxbow Unified Union School District last week. With 1,178 people in Bradford and Newbury participating, 50.3 percent (593) voted against the $16,780,183 proposal while 49.1 percent (578) voted in favor. There were seven blank ballots. This was the third attempt to get an operating budget for […]