Smoke from Western Wildfires Worsens Local Air Quality

As major wildfires burn out West and in Canada, the air quality in much of Massachusetts has ranged from “unhealthy for sensitive groups” to outright “unhealthy” — and experts warn that climate change will make the problem even worse. “This week, while somewhat of an anomaly — we’re not used to experiencing this kind of…

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Feds Consider Compensating Fishermen For Wind Energy Effects On Harvests

The Mills administration is partnering with a commercial wind energy company, New England Aqua Ventus, to seek a lease of 16-square miles of federal waters south of for a wind farm of up to 12 wind turbines tens of miles south of Bremen, Maine, with a goal of researching novel “floating platform” technology and its…

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For The First Time, Again: Miss Hampton Beach Pageant Returns In Full Glam

A storied tradition has returned to Hampton Beach. Amid glitz, glamour and sky-high heels as the 75th Miss Hampton Beach, Lauren Brophy, was crowned. After a pared-down version last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the historic event that draws young women from all across New England to New Hampshire’s Seacoast came back in its…

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Massachusetts Housing Advocates Fear Wave Of Evictions As Moratorium Times Out

The federal government’s eviction moratorium expires this weekend, removing the last remaining protection for tenants who’ve fallen behind on rent during the pandemic. The Massachusetts Landlords Association does not expect a rise in evictions in August, saying there’s plenty of state assistance to help tenants behind on their rent. But housing advocates are concerned that…

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Coastal Entrepreneurs Continue To Ramp Up Maine’s Production Of Kelp

Coastal entrepreneurs continue to ramp up Maine’s production of kelp, and a processor that’s seeded the young sector’s growth is responding by opening a 27,000 square foot plant in Biddeford, Maine. Atlantic Sea Farms CEO Briana Warner says that in the last two seasons, the 24 farmers who supply kelp to the company have increased…

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Wet Weather Waterlogs N.H. Summer Tourism

Recent heavy rain is putting a damper on New Hampshire’s summer activities. The record-setting rain that’s hit the state lately has limited the number of tourists heading outside. Many outdoor-centered businesses are improvising after expecting a busy summer with easing pandemic restrictions. New England is experiencing more precipitation, in larger, more concentrated amounts, and at…

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