N.H. news in brief: Counties hit by nor’easter up for aid; filing period underway; state pays for lead tackle

  • Tom Sala of Concord walks down North State Street toward his home during the height of the storm on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor file

Associated Press
Sunday, June 10, 2018
N.H. counties hit by March nor’easter eligible for federal aid

President Donald Trump has made federal funds available in New Hampshire by declaring a major disaster for parts of the state that were hit by a powerful March nor’easter.

The storm hit the state on March 13 and 14. Trump’s declaration means federal money is available to state and local governments and nonprofit groups for emergency work and damage repairs. The eligible counties are Carroll, Rockingham and Strafford.

WMUR reported that the estimated cost of repairs at North Hampton State Beach was estimated at $250,000. The storm hit the Seacoast region of the state especially hard, with major damage occurring at beaches.

2018 candidate filing period underway in New Hampshire

The filing period for the 2018 election cycle is underway in New Hampshire.

So far, a number of candidates have signed up for the 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts. A candidate tally on the secretary of state’s website shows that no one had filed for governor as of Friday.

The filing period opened June 6. It ends June 15.

In the 1st District, Democrats who filed as of Friday included Mark MacKenzie, Chris Pappas, Naomi Andrews and William Martin. Republicans include Andy Martin and Michael Callis. Incumbent Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter is stepping down.

In the 2nd District, Republicans Robert Burns, Stewart Levenson, Jay Mercer and Steven Negron filed. Libertarian candidate Tom Alciere also filed. Democratic Rep. Annie Kuster plans to seek re-election.

The state primary election is Sept. 11.

N.H. will pay anglers to give up lead tackle that hurts loons

New Hampshire is paying fishermen to give up lead fishing tackle in an attempt to protect loons from poisoning.

Loons once roamed all over New England, but are much rarer in the modern era than they once were. One of the threats they face is ingestion of lead sinkers and jigs inside the fish they eat.

New Hampshire Public Radio reported that fishermen can trade an ounce or more of lead tackle for a $10 gift certificate to a tackle shop. The offer is good until Labor Day.

The state banned the sale of lead tackle in 2016.

Loon Preservation Committee executive director Harry Vogel says at least eight loons died of lead poisoning in New Hampshire last year. That’s nearly half of the known adult loon deaths in the state.

Injured hiker rescued in White Mountain National Forest

New Hampshire officials say rescuers carried a hiker in White Mountain National Forest to safety after she fractured an ankle.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department said 39-year-old Lisa Davis of Glen, New Hampshire, was hiking with a friend on Friday and summited Mount Chocorua before slipping on a rock while returning down. The companion hiked a mile to the summit to get a cell phone signal and called 911.

Several agencies responded, and Davis was treated and carried to a trail head parking area. The fish and game department says the incident is a reminder to hike with a partner and carry appropriate gear.