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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: The ATV State? N.H. urges caution on rivers

In this May 23, 2010 photo, Jude Stohl leads Leigha Cicchetto, and his son Ethan Stohl on a ride through Jericho Park's trail system, in Berlin, N.H. The park has one of the largest and longest trail systems in the Northeast designed for off-road vehicles. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

In this May 23, 2010 photo, Jude Stohl leads Leigha Cicchetto, and his son Ethan Stohl on a ride through Jericho Park's trail system, in Berlin, N.H. The park has one of the largest and longest trail systems in the Northeast designed for off-road vehicles. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Happy Tuesday everybody! It’s been a while – I hope everyone’s holiday weekend went well and everyone made it to Monday without a scratch.

Everybody celebrates holidays differently. Heading to the lake, firing up the grill, going fishing, sitting inside. Were you one of the many who ventured up north to the new 1,000-mile interconnected all-terrain vehicle trails?

The Ride the Wilds system officially opened to riders last month, and is a key effort of the more than $2 million in combined projects aimed at expanding ATV trails in the North Country.

There’s also more to look forward to than the new system: Riders will head to Berlin and Jericho Mountain State Park for the annual Jericho ATV Festival later this month.

The increased focus on ATVs could be a major boon to the economy by giving folks not only a reason to test out the new trails but a reason to stick around for days at a time as well.

Gorham is also trying to legalize ATV traffic for public roads as well.

There is obviously a risk involved with the ATVs and the new trails.

Accidents are increasing nationwide, and signs are already disappearing from the Ride the Wilds system.

So stay safe out there (and now you can actually buy the signs now for $15.)

In other news

∎ After two recent drownings in the Merrimack River (59-year-old Gary LaCroix on Friday and 20-year-old Daron Graham on Saturday), the state is urging caution on rivers.

∎ Three fatalities were reported and 91 arrests were made during the Fourth of July weekend.

∎ 43-year-old James Robarge, of Vermont, has been accused of murdering his estranged wife Kelly Robarge of Charlestown. He has been fighting extradition.

 N.H. cyclist Ted King separated his shoulder in the first day of last week’s Tour de France.

∎ Politifact rated Gabrielle Gifford’s op-ed in USA Today last week as “Mostly True.”

∎ Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, got a firsthand look at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and the Pease Air National Guard.

∎ The Reason Foundation ranked the interstate highways in the southern tier of the Granite State as the best in the nation.

∎ Three men were arrested following a large fight involving up to 20 people that occurred inside a Manchester McDonald’s early Saturday morning

∎ New Hampshire gas prices rose slightly.

∎ Super donor for the Democratic party Mitchell Berger was married in the Granite State over the weekend.

 New Hampshire Ball Bearings has purchased a German manufacturer of customized ceramic and hybrid ceramic ball and roller bearings.

∎ Rain or not, the beaches on the Seacoast have been packed.

∎ The Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery was one of CNN’s top luxury beer destinations in America. My Woodstock recommendation: Pig’s Ear Brown Ale.

∎ There is apparently so much confusion about where New Hampshire actually is on a map.

(Have ideas for the roundup? Reach web editor Kevin Deane at 369-3302 or email him at kdeane@cmonitor.com. Follow him on Twitter, @CM_KDeane.)

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