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[Update] Authorities On Look Out For Missing Teen

by Christian Mower on August 26, 2015

tamworth-runaway2Tamworth N.H. – [According to The Carroll County Sheriffs Office Holly Coulter has been found!] Authorities are on the lookout for a missing teen who was last seen in Tamworth. The Carroll County Facebook page announced that 16-year-old Holley Coulter left her parents vacation home in Chocorua either late Monday night or early Tuesday morning. The Tamworth Police Department said that the case is being considered a juvenile runaway and that girl lives full time in China, the country, with her parents and does not want to go back. Authorities believe she is headed towards western Maine on foot. Coulter is described as 150 pounds with green eyes and dyed reddish brown hair. She was last seen wearing black jacket, black jeans, and carrying a green backpack with camping supplies and a black tent. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Tamworth police via the Carroll County sheriffs office at 603-539-2284.

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Pittsfield, New Hampshire – Eversource has released a new proposal for the Northern Pass Project after listening to concerns from residents and a recent federal impact report. The Forward NH Plan includes significant changes to the project that looks to transport hydroelectric Canadian Power to southern New England markets.

A recent Environmental Impact Statement on the project conducted by the Federal Department of Energy said the mostly-overhead lines stretching over 187 miles, including through the White Mountains, ran the risk of hurting tourism, the environment and property values.

Bill Quinlan, President of Eversource Operations in New Hampshire said, “What we heard loud and clear was that the project must provide direct benefits, and must address concern over views, especially in the most treasured areas of our state. Our new plan provides New Hampshire with unparalleled opportunities, and addresses the issue of view shed in a balanced way, while maintaining the fundamental promise of Northern Pass to deliver clean, reliable, and economically priced power to New Hampshire and New England.”

The new proposal would reduce the power to 1,000 megawatts from the original 1,200 in order to utilize new cable technology which allows for underground construction in roadways. The Forward NH Plan replaces overhead lines in and around the White Mountain National Forest, the Franconia Notch area, the Rocks Estate area, and along the Appalachian Trail with a new 52-mile section of underground line. This eliminates 400 towers and creates a total of 60 miles of underground line a huge change from the original 8 miles of underground line proposed.

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(Photo Courtesy of Northernpass.us)

 

The report also includes engineering and design changes that have been made to further address concerns citizens had about views, including lowering tower heights by an average of 5 to 10 feet and modifying tower designs.

The redesigned Northern Pass route also aims to minimize impacts highlighted by the D.O.E by using existing transmission corridors and public roadways. More than 80 percent of the route is now within these existing rights-of-way. The remaining portion of the route is located on property either purchased or leased from willing landowners.

The New Forward NH Plan also includes a Forward NH Fund consisting of $200 million dollars for use in supporting North Country opportunity initiatives in tourism, economic development, clean energy, and community investment.

Governor Maggie Hassan and Senator Jeane Shaheen released statements today with Gov. Hassan saying, “This route is an improvement over the previous proposal. By proposing to bury more than 60 miles of transmission lines, this new proposal would protect the historic and scenic views of the White Mountain National Forest and other important areas, which are part of to our identity as a people and integral to our high quality of life and vibrant tourism industry. By committing to hire New Hampshire workers first, to dedicate significant resources to support economic development efforts in impacted communities, and to upgrade the North Country’s energy infrastructure, this proposal also provides tangible benefits to impacted communities as well as energy cost savings for New Hampshire businesses and residents.”

Senator Jeane Shaheen said, “The determination of the public’s interest extends far beyond energy needs and any full review must examine the impact on the citizens of New Hampshire and to the region’s environment, property and tourism. I look forward to reviewing this latest proposal and I encourage Granite Staters to contribute during the Department of Energy’s comment period with their views and concerns.”

For more information about the new Forward NH Plan log on to www.northernpass.us.

 

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Air Quality Action Day Declared In Parts Of Maine And NH

by Christian Mower on August 17, 2015

Concord, N.H. – The New Hampshire and Maine Departments of Environmental Services are warning about unhealthy levels of ozone in the air this week in coastal areas and at elevations above 3000 feet throughout New Hampshire on Monday August 17 and Tuesday August 18. NHDES and MDES officials are calling for an Air Quality Action Day and advise sensitive individuals in these areas to take precautions to protect their health by limiting prolonged outdoor exertion. Sensitive individuals include children and older adults, anyone with lung disease such as asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis, and people who are active outdoors. Even healthy individuals may experience mild health effects and should consider limiting strenuous or prolonged outdoor activities.

 

air2Air Quality Forecast for August 17 and 18th (Courtesy of NHDES)

 

 

DES forecasts unhealthy concentrations of ground-level ozone (the main component of smog) for sensitive individuals in the above-mentioned regions. In addition, concentrations of fine particle pollution are forecasted to be moderate throughout the state. The combination of the two pollutants may intensify health effects.

The expected unhealthy air quality is due to the persistence of high temperatures under sunny skies and light winds transporting pollution into New Hampshire from surrounding areas. Air quality conditions should improve on Wednesday with an expected wind shift bringing slightly cleaner air into the region.

Symptoms of ozone exposure include coughing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain when inhaling deeply, and shortness of breath. Symptoms of particle pollution exposure for people with heart disease may include chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath, and fatigue. People with existing lung diseases may not be able to breathe as deeply or vigorously as normal and may experience symptoms such as coughing and shortness of breath. The severity of the health effects increases as ozone and fine particle concentrations increase. In addition to harmful health effects, fine particle pollution may create hazy conditions that reduce visibility.

For further information, visit the NHDES website at www.airquality.nh.gov.

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Mass Man Caught With Meth In Fryeburg

by Christian Mower on August 17, 2015

fentonFryeburg, M.E. – A Mass man was caught with meth in Fryeburg Maine this weekend. According to Fryeburg Police they received a tip that a man was hallucinating after taking an unknown amount of illegal drugs on the Saco River just below the Canal Bridge.

When officer responded they found 19-year-old Zachary Fenton of Dorchester Massachusetts in possession of 4 grams of crystal methamphetamine, over half a gram of cocaine, and $200 in cash. He was camping with a group of friends for the weekend on the Saco, and told officers that he was experiencing a bad trip.

Fenton wasfenton 1 transported to Bridgton Hospital for treatment and was charged with unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.

Fryburge Police chief Joshua Potvin said, “Fenton told officers he was having a bad trip and thought his hands were melting. It is a dangerous situation any time we deal with someone who is under the influence. I’m pleased the officers were able to remove these drugs from our community without anyone getting seriously hurt.”

Fenton scheduled to appear at Bridgton Court on October 13th.

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Willie and Old Crow Tickets!!!

by Chris August 17, 2015 Contests

This Sunday it’s Willie Nelson and Family and Old Crow Medicine Show, live at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in beautiful Gilford, New Hampshire!!    Need tickets? Tune in this week for your cue to call this week at (603)356-9930!   Willie Nelson – With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, this iconic Texan is the creative genius […]

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Maine Man Leads Police On Chase From Maine to NH and Back

by Christian Mower August 13, 2015 Front Page News

Wakefield, N.H. – A Newfield man led police on a high-speed chase from Maine into New Hampshire and back Wednesday Night. According to the York County Sheriffs Department last night deputies were summoned to West Newfield where a caller was causing a disturbance, threatening to harm himself with a pellet gun, and had locked himself […]

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