At approximately 1:30 pm a Conservation Officer responded to a four wheeler accident on a connector trail that connects Perry Brook Trail to Indian Stream Road in Pittsburg NH.
47 year old Jodi Balint of Alton NH who was the passenger sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries to her left arm. Her 12 year old son, Tyler, the operator, did not sustain any injuries. The pair were descending a steep portion of the connector trail about 50 yards from the intersection of Indian Stream Road when there four wheeler went off the edge of the trail causing the four wheeler to roll over. Inexperience appears to be the primary causation of the accident. Pittsburg Fire and Rescue, Pittsburg Police, 45th Parallel EMS also responded to the scene
Last Updated on Friday, 24 July 2015 12:50
Written by Kirstan Lukasak
By Kirstan Lukasak
GORHAM — Business owners Ron and Dan Dagesse are exploring their options for building a new hotel in the Berlin/Gorham area. During the meeting, the Dagesses asked the selectmen if they would consider a five-year tax break for the new business during the break in period.
Over the past two years, tourism has surged in the area due to an increase in outdoor activities and events related to OHRV's.
Local motel owner Ron Dagesse explained to the board that he is turning people away because he has no vacancies. He is concerned, because other motels in the area are experiencing the same thing, and while that means that business is good, it also means that travelers will find lodging in other areas.
"I see us losing business to North Conway and Jackson. This is an opportunity to capture a big market of ATV's and skiers," said Ron Dagesse.
At this stage of the planning process, the Dagesses are meeting with local officials in both Berlin and Gorham to determine where their new hotel would be the best fit.
The Dagesses are also considering if a high-end chain like Hampton or Holiday Inn would be a better option, or if sticking with more of a local flavor with an unknown would be better.
As explained by Dan Dagesse, each option has its pros and cons. On one hand, a larger chain would likely bring in more travelers that prefer to stay at well-known hotels, but on the other hand there are higher costs associated with building to their specifications.
Larger chains like Hampton Inn could cost nearly $120,000 per room to build, and with a 100 to 120-room hotel the initial cost averages between $12 million and $14 million.
The town also has a height restriction of 35 feet for buildings, and larger chains are usually around six stories tall. A building of that magnitude could be allowed in town, but would require a public hearing.
The Dagesses currently own four acres of land near the McDonalds Restaurant in Gorham and that would likely be the proposed location of the new hotel.
During the meeting, Dan Dagesse asked the board if they would consider a five-year tax break for a new hotel. On average, he said, it can take a new business that long to generate their predicted number for sales and income.
Dagesse cited a new initiative that the state of New York is doing to attract new businesses to the area by giving them a tax-break to help ease the startup costs. The selectmen said it was something that would think about, but did not give an official answer.
In other business, the Dagesses shared their interest in creating jobs in the form of a call center. Currently run out of Massachusetts, Dan Dagesse said that they couldn't find labor.
The Dagesses would be looking to hire roughly 100 people and pay about $12 and hour plus benefits. Selectmen Jeff Schall referred them to the N.H. Employment Security Center in Berlin, where they could talk to someone about the need for jobs of that nature in this area.
The next board of selectmen's meeting will be held Aug. 17 at the Gorham Town Hall, starting at 6 p.m.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 22:08
Written by Barbara Tetreault
By Lloyd Jones
While the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll puts John Ellis Bush in third place in a crowded Republican field — the candidate better known as Jeb believes he's the GOP's best chance to win back the White House.
Bush will be in Gorham on Thursday (July 23) for a 1:45 p.m. town hall meeting at the Medallion Opera House in Gorham Town Hill at 20 Park St. He plans to make campaign stops in Littleton and Lancaster the same day.
At the town hall, the former governor of Florida (1999-2007) will talk about his plan to tackle "Mount Washington."
Bush is not planning to hike New Hampshire's tallest peak — it's what he calls Washington, D.C.
"We used to call (Florida's capital) 'Mount Tallahassee' because it was so remote from the people, so caught up in the settled ways of a comfortable establishment," Bush said Monday in a release.
"I was a governor who refused to go along with that establishment. I wasn't a member of the club, and that made all the difference.
"Should I win this election, you will not find me deferring to the settled ways of 'Mount Washington,' either," he continued. "The overspending, the overreaching, the arrogance and the sheer incompetence in that city — these problems have been with us so long that they are sometimes accepted as facts of life.
"But a president should never accept them, and I will not. We need a president willing to challenge the whole culture in our nation's capital — and I mean to do it."
Bush, 62, launched his presidential campaign on June 15, at a multicultural campus of Miami Dade College in Miami.
According to Reuters, "Bush characterized himself as a more moderate type of Republican who still has conservative principles, promising meaningful immigration reform, speaking some fluent Spanish, pledging to 'disrupt' Washington, reminding voters of his wife's Mexican origins and criticizing potential adversary Hillary Clinton."
In the ABC News/Washington Post poll, Bush sits in third place with 12 percent of the vote, trailing businessman Donald Trump, 24 percent, and Scott Walker, 13 percent.
Bush led a poll conducted by Monmouth between July 9-12, topping Trump by 2 percentage points.
Bush and Columba, his wife of 41 years, have three children — George, 39; Noelle, 37; and John, 31.
Anyone wishing to attend Thursday's event needs to call (603) 203-8339 or email nhjebjuly23.eventbrite.com.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 22:08
Written by Barbara Tetreault
COOS COUNTY – The proposed route for the Northern Pass hydroelectric line would be the cheapest to construct but would have the greatest environmental impacts according to the just released draft environmental impact study prepared by the U.S. Department of Energy.
The report said burying the line would be more costly but would also create more jobs and tax revenues for host communities.
Eversource Energy is proposing to build a 187-mile electric 1,200-megawatt transmission line to bring hydro power from Hydro-Quebec to the New England grid.
Eversource said the line is needed to reduce New England's increasing dependence on natural gas for generating electricity and to replace more expensive energy. In 2013, the region relied on natural gas for 45 percent of its electric energy. With New England's limited pipeline capacity, Eversource argues the dependence on natural gas puts the region at risk. The utility states Northern Pass would reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The line would travel 153 miles from the Canadian border crossing in Pittsburg to a new converter station to be built in Franklin and from there 34 miles to the existing Deerfield substation. Eversource is proposing to bury eight miles of the line underneath public roads in Clarksville and Stewartstown. While much of the route will follow existing transmission routes, approximately 32 miles of new route would be built in Coos County.
The study looked at nine alternatives including the proposed route and one calling for no route. The rest of the alternatives split into two groups – one set called for fully or extensively building the line underground and the other looked at burying sections of the line in the White Mountain National Forest.
The projected construction cost of the proposed route was $1.06 billion and the report said the visual impacts, vegetation removal, and ground disturbance could result in adverse impacts to tourism and recreation. The project would create 5,000 to 6,000 short-term jobs over three years and 900 permanent jobs. The report said there may also be some reduction in residential property values.
Building the line underground would cost $1.83 billion to $2.11 billion and the report said would create 9,000 to 10,000 short term jobs and 1,300 to 1,500 permanent jobs. The increased cost of the transmission line would result in higher property tax revenues to host communities and the report said there would be less removal of vegetation. The report said, however, that blasting during construction would generate more noise.
The draft DIS was performed as part of the process of seeking a Presidential Permit to authorize the transmission line to cross into the United States at the border. It is also required to receive a special use permit to allow the line to cross the WMNF.
Eversource initially applied for the permit in October 2010 and then amended its proposal in July 2013 because of changes to the route. A total of 7,560 comments from 6,400 individuals were received during the scoping process.
The public now has until Oct. 29 to submit comments on the draft EIS. Public hearings are scheduled for Oct. 6 in Concord, Oct. 7 in Whitefield, and Oct. 8 in Plymouth.
A copy of the draft EIS is available on-line at http://www.northernpasseis.us/library/draft-eis/draft-eis-documents. A final EIS is expected to be issued early next year.
The project still has to go through the state Site Evaluation Committee.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 22:07