N.H. Backstory
Lost 74 addition rejected by Department of Defense

Lost 74 addition rejected by Department of Defense

January 6, 2020

A proposal to add names to the Vietnam Memorial Wall was rejected because the shipwreck occurred outside the designated Vietnam war zone. 

Native American mascot issue hits close to home

Native American mascot issue hits close to home

December 10, 2019

Though Merrimack Valley High School changed its mascot 15 years ago to be represented as lions, "Chief Wahoo" made a reappearance in signage for its 50th anniversary, which ignited conversations about racism and traditions. 

Monitor shares Veterans Day stories

Monitor shares Veterans Day stories

November 11, 2019

Ray Duckler shares two local veterans stories in honor of Veterans Day. 

Mothers come together in tragedy to encourage mental health awareness

Mothers come together in tragedy to encourage mental health awareness

November 4, 2019

Mothers Lori Desmarais and Cherri Thorne believe they lost their children due to a mental health disorder, not domestic violence. 

Raw Milk Ice Cream: Is It Healthy?

Raw Milk Ice Cream: Is It Healthy?

August 16, 2019

Concord Monitor columnist Ray Duckler sits down with Jill Fudala, a goat farmer from Pittsfield, to talk about ice cream made from raw milk, which is illegal to sell in New Hampshire.

Remember three important members of the community

Remember three important members of the community

July 8, 2019

Ray Duckler reminisces on three recently deceased members of the community: Tom Friedenberg, Greg Makris and Bill Ahearn. 

Pittsfield School District struggles with education funding

Pittsfield School District struggles with education funding

June 3, 2019

Ray Duckler talked to students, teachers and administrators about the struggles Pittsfield is facing with school funding. 

Arnie’s Place sold to a new owner

Arnie’s Place sold to a new owner

May 24, 2019

On May 24, Tom Arnold handed the reins to a long-time employee to take over his ice cream and burger restaurant, a fixture on the Heights for more than 25 years. 

Pembroke’s mass murder no one remembers

Pembroke’s mass murder no one remembers

April 22, 2019

In 1906, a Pembroke man killed his mother-in-law, his wife and their five children, before setting his house on fire and killing himself as he was about to be caught. 

The Backstory talks about a new road ahead

The Backstory talks about a new road ahead

April 10, 2019

Journalism, in order to survive and thrive, is always changing. Ray Duckler and Geoff Forester discuss a path ahead focuses on local topics and digital platforms.