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By Tom Eastman
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lt. Gen. Lori (Howard) Robinson has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a four-star general, the highest rank in the U.S. Air Force, her proud father George Howard of Jackson said recently.
“It's really quite an accomplishment — we are very, very proud of her,” said Howard, who is a retired USAF colonel. “She is the second female in the Air Force to achieve that rank and the first to command combat forces as the Commander of the Pacific Air Forces, PACAF. The Air Component commander is her position in the joint Pacific command, PACOM, along with the Army and Navy components.”

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By Daymond Steer

CONWAY — Despite the arrest of a suspect in the Abby Hernandez kidnapping case, a detective at the police department is still working 40 hours a week on the investigation.

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By Daymond Steer
CONWAY – Republican candidates for U.S. Senate shared their thoughts on the influence of money in politics with a reporter at the end of last week's debate in North Conway. Scott Brown has raised the most of any Republican running for the seat but apparently had the least to say about the topic.
Three of the top Republican candidates for U.S. Senate, Brown, Bob Smith and Jim Rubens, debated at Eggs and Issues in Conway on Aug. 15 at the North Conway Grand Hotel. The Republican Primary will be held Sept. 9. The winner will face U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, the Democratic incumbent, in the Nov. 4 general election.

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Once a cultural institution, the Ear has been in slow decline since the Eastmans left
CONWAY — Although there has been no official announcement from the publisher, a former calendar editor and feature writer for The Mountain Ear said she was told by the magazine's editor that Salmon Press was closing the publication's North Conway office.

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CONWAY — The Upper Saco Valley Land Trust is offering a free canoe and kayak trip down the Saco River in Conway on Friday, Aug. 22.
Led by fluvial geomorphologist John Field, PhD, this "floating foray" will be focused on the natural movement of the Saco, where it is today, where it wants to be in the future, and what that means for conservation lands.

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