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April 25. 2012 12:01PM

NH news from around the web - Updated 4/25

NEWS
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Accused shooter's mother remembers Mutrie as 'good person', 'good son'
GREENLAND — Twelve days after Cullen Mutrie shot five police officers, wounding four and killing Police Chief Michael Maloney, his mother said she wishes the media would stop reporting the story.
A Hampton businesswoman, Beverly Mutrie said she's heard the local talk about turning her Post Road home, the scene of the fatal gunfight, into a memorial park. She said she has no immediate plans for the property and that anyone who wants to convert it into a memorial “can if they want to buy it from me.”


Vt. prisoner in critical condition at Dartmouth Medical Center, alleged attacker recently indicted for threatening Obama
The alleged attacker, John Gardner, was serving time on a probation-violation charge in connection with an alleged aggravated assault in Brattleboro in 2009. Last week, Gardner was indicted by a federal grand jury in Rutland on charges that he made threats to kill President Barack Obama and injure Gov. Peter Shumlin and his family.


Saint-Gaudens site closed to fiddlehead harvesting
CORNISH, N.H. — Fiddlehead ferns are a New England culinary delicacy in the spring. Locals foraging for the tightly curled greens these days, however, have one hunting ground fewer where their efforts are allowed: the Saint-Gaudens National Historical Site has begun quietly turning away prospective pickers.


Victims speak out before sentencing of former Vero Beach attorney with NH ties
"He was no different from a bank robber with a gun," said one victim. "He used his brain and technology as a weapon. Once he threatened to destroy me," she said. "It was the scariest thing in my life. He took an oath to uphold the law. But he used the law."


Deportation likely to split Pinal family: Man raised in NH says forced return to Haiti could be 'heaven or hell'
“I was actually sad and confused when we left Haiti,” Sam said. “I missed Haiti. I missed our house and our garden. Moving to New Hampshire was a culture shock.”


Wait, is Tim Geithner REALLY going to Dartmouth?
The New York Post's Page Six reported today (Tuesday) that the father of Geithner's wife boasted about an offer from Dartmouth at a dinner in New York City this afternoon.


BUSINESS
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National Grocers Association presents leadership award to NHGA CEO
John Dumais has headed the New Hampshire Grocers Association since 1974.


May 22 the last day to apply for federal disaster loans from SBA
The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes that May 22 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans available in Cheshire, Hillsborough and Rockingham counties in New Hampshire as a result of excessive rain and high winds associated with Tropical Storm Irene that occurred on August 28-31, 2011.


Unitil increases profit, despite warm winter


UNH researcher finds rural America struggling to retain young


FEATURES / ENTERTAINMENT
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Volunteers at UNH scramble to get votes to win Zipcar contest
With less than 100 virtual votes separating them with the leading university, efforts were ramped up with volunteers visiting the Memorial Union Building, library and other points throughout the school, laptops in tow, asking students to log on for a cause.


Portsmouth Herald: NASA mission 'one-shot' deal


Encounter with fairy shrimp one of the great joys of visiting woodland vernal pools


Jetpack Comics hosts citywide Free Comic Book Day Festival in Rochester
The event starts in Jetpack Comics at 10am but then extends across the town with many other businesses giving away comic books as part of a scavenger hunt, collecting one free comic from twenty locations, before returning to Jetpack Comics at 4pm for a meet and greet with a select two hundred.


'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' original art up for auction has NH origin
Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird's first ever sketch of the anthropomorphic reptiles is up for bidding through online auctioneer Heritage, and has already fetched a price of $5,500. "Late in November 1983, Peter Laird and I were sharing a studio (our living room) in Dover, New Hampshire," Eastman said. "One work night, in an effort to make Peter laugh, I drew a sketch of this character I called a 'Ninja Turtle' and threw it onto Peter's desk.



COURTS / PUBLIC OVERSIGHT
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NH judge confirms dismissal of lawsuit brought by family of cop killer Liko Kenney


USDA - Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy information center


NHPUC approves permanent $3.68M rate increase for Northern Utilities
The Settlement Agreement calls for an overall revenue increase of approximately $3.68 .million, effective May 1, 2012. We compare this amount to the revenue increase of approximately $5.17 million (including the proposed step adjustment) originally sought by the Company. This increase, according to the Settlement Agreement, will give the Company an overall rate of return of 7.24 percent, based upon a return on equity of9.5 percent, and the application of the Company's actual capital structure of 40 percent equity and 60 percent debt.


NHPUC approves storm recover costs for Unitil of about $1 per month for average household
Unitil sought to recover the costs of repairing damage to its electrical system resulting from the August 2011 Tropical Storm irene and the October 2011 snowstorm (collectively, 2011major storms). At the
time of the filing Unitil estimated the costs to repair damage associated with the 2011 major storms to be $5.6 million.



POLITICS
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Wind credits stall despite bipartisan support
Months of pushing, lobbying and counting votes has led nowhere, even though the credit is backed by Democrats and a long list of Republicans, including moderates such as Rep. Charlie Bass of New Hampshire and wind-state conservatives such as Rep. Steve King of Iowa and Sen. John Thune of South Dakota.


Vermont Democrats pick Bedford woman as executive director


PRIMARY
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Presidential campaign ad features volleyball, Frisbees and gay kiss


OPINION
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Mike Donnelly: NH senate steers clear of freedom on driver's education
After hearing from many hundreds, perhaps thousands, of families in favor of the bill, the Senate bowed to the in-state traditional driving school lobby and voted 17–7 to “study” the bill—the equivalent of a kill vote since no bills are carried over through an election cycle.


SPORTS
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Q&A with Bone Deth rider Lee Hopkins and the new Boston scene
Lee's recent Bone Deth web video was great and further emphasized how awesome his riding is, and always has been. Read on to learn a little more about the Boston via New Hampshire transplant that has been killing New England streets for the better part of the past decade.



Three NH authors honored for work documenting regional skiing history
Carol Anderson wrote "The History of Gunstock: Skiing in the Belknap Mountains," published in 2011. Other 2012 Skade recipients were Meghan McCarthy McPhaul, who wrote "A History of Cannon Mountain: Trails, Tales and Skiing Legends," and Jeffrey Leich, author of "Over the Headwall: A History of Skiing in Tuckerman Ravine."


DesMoines Register: New Hampshire team could top Martensdale-St. Marys' record
Portsmouth opened the season in March. Martensdale-St. Marys, which opens its season in the summer, can only sit back Wednesday night, wait, and wonder how far it will have to play catch-up.


Things to Come at at Lee USA Speedway in 2012
In preparation for the upcoming 2012 season, the Lee USA Speedway will conduct its annual pre-season Test & Tune session on Saturday, April 28th. All race cars are welcome. A contingent of vintage race cars and nostalgic vehicles will complement the session.


Lynn, Mass., high school softball captains bring life-long friendship to UNH next fall
They have been classmates since elementary school and their lifelong friendship will continue when they attend the University of New Hampshire.

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