Saturday, March 1
• The second annual Snowkite Festival at Bretton Woods highlights the latest sport to reach Mount Washington Valley.
• Just back from the Winter Olympics in Russia, Center Conway's Sean Doherty takes gold in the Youth World Biathlon Championships in Presque Isle, Maine.
• Residents of MSAD 72 towns in Maine will be asked to take a "straw vote" March 4 on a proposed new school project.
• The driver of a car that crashed into an ambulance in Fryeburg apparently fell asleep at the wheel, police say.
• Former Senator John Gallus, of Berlin, has endorsed Joe Kenney's bid for executive council. Kenney, a Republican, is facing Democrat Michael Cryans for seat previously held by Ray Burton, who died of cancer last fall.
Tuesday, March 4
• There will be three candidates vying for two Conway selectman seats in April. Kevin MacMillan filed on Friday, and he will join incumbents David Weathers and Mary Seavey on the ballot.
• Sean Doherty wins his second gold medal at the Junior World Biathlon Championships.
• Two people —Phoebe Shackford Rand and Denita Dudley — are seeking a three-year seat on the Madison Fire Commission.
• Andrew Light is challenging incumbent Nancy Kelemen for a three-year seat on Bartlett School Board.
Wednesday, March 5
• A proposed 2.5 percent tax cap survives its first test. Voters at the deliberative portion of Conway School Meeting send the proposal on to a ballot vote next month. Town meeting voters will have their say tonight.
• Neither Conway selectmen nor the budget committee support Blue Loon transit service's request for $4,000 to help fund its door-to-door bus service.
• If a new cost-sharing plan is adopted, the towns of Fryeburg, Brownfield and Stow would contribute to the cost of a new school while other MSAD 72 towns would get some relief.
• Three people — Joe Ferris, Robert Mathieu and incumbent Jack Rose — are seeking a three-year position on the Albany Board of Selectmen.
• Cranmore cuts the ribbon on phase one of Kearsarge Brook, a 106-unit condominium project at the base of the mountain.
Thursday, March 6
• A former Kennett Middle School basketball coach convicted of sexually assaulting a player is now suing the school for back pay. William Cavanaugh, 25, of Conway, says the school district owes him $2,300 for his coaching duties.
• Voters at Bartlett's annual school meeting approve a new one-year teacher contract; adopt the school board's 2014-15 operating budget; and vote not to demolish the district-owned church property.
• Long-time Molly Ockett Middle School gym teacher James Anderson is honored at a ceremony dedicating the school's gymnasium in his name.
• Gino Funicello withdraws his name from consideration as Jackson town treasurer and pledges his support for write-in candidate Kathy Dougherty.
• There are six candidates for Bartlett town clerk/tax collector's position held for years by Leslie Mallett.
Friday, March 7
• The proposed tax cap on the Conway town warrant is increased from 2.5 percent to 10 percent at deliberative meeting.
• "Incredible" is how Kennett High boys' basketball coach describes his team's dramatic 44-40 win over Hanover in the opening round of the Division II playoffs.
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Saturday, Feb. 22
• More than 34 inches of snow have fallen so far in February, giving ski areas and other valley businesses a big boost.
• Center Conway's Sean Doherty is scheduled to ski the third leg of a biathlon relay at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi Saturday.
Tuesday, Feb. 25
• Conway Humane Society staff is worried about two injured dogs who were found over the weekend covered in hundreds of porcupine quills. The shelter staff hopes to track down the dogs' vaccination history to avoid having to quarantine the dogs for six months.
• Police have recovered a stolen diamond ring valued at $25,000. The ring was stolen from a residence in Bartlett, and turned into police in Fryeburg.
• Just back from Sochi, Olympic skier Leanne Smith, who started her skiing career on the slopes of Cranmore, visits with young skiers with the Cranmore Race Team.
• Sean Doherty helps Team USA to a 16th-place finish in a biathlon relay on the next to the last day of the Winter Olympics.
• A Conway man, David F. Brochu, 50, is arrested on several charges, including aggravated sexual assault and assault with a deadly weapon.
• A Chocorua man, Evan Loring, 29, has been arrested by police in South Windsor, Conn., for allegedly stealing NBA playoff tickets from his then employer, and selling the tickets privately for his own profit.
• Five teachers are granted early retirement by the Conway School Board.
Wednesday, Feb. 26
• N.H. Supreme Court upholds Conway Planning Board approval of a proposed grocery store behind T.J. Maxx in North Conway. Hannaford Brothers Co., had appealed the approval.
• Conway School Board unanimously opposed a petitioned warrant article calling for a tax cap.
• Dogs injured in a porcupine encounter have had their vaccination shots and will not need to be quarantined.
• A power outage on Sunday morning was caused by a falling tree, not vandalism as initially thought.
Thursday, Feb. 27
• A snowmobile rental business that is seeking to operate in Bartlett Village has cleared a major hurdle. Northern Extremes owner Peter Gagne, of Paddle Peaks LLC, was granted a special exception by the Bartlett Zoning Board of Adjustment.
• It's a race for Conway School Board. Four candidates have signed up for three school board seats.
• Pittsburgh Pirates' pitcher Jeff Locke makes his spring training debut today against the New York Yankees.
Friday, Feb. 28
• A proposed tax cap could be a hot topic at school and town deliberative meetings next week. Several members of the budget committee support the tax cap, which puts them at odds with selectmen and the school board.
• Voters at Conway's deliberative school meeting on Monday will have an opportunity to discuss an 8.99 percent increase to the overall school tax rate.
• Five local students will be competing in the New Hampshire State Spelling Bee on Saturday in Concord.
• One of the most popular sports at the Winter Olympics was once again curling, and the Mount Washington Valley Curling Club on Saturday will give residents and visitors a chance to experience the sport first-hand.
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Saturday, Feb. 15
• Fresh snow — more than a foot of it — delivers "awesome" vacation-week conditions for skier and snowmobilers.
• Mount Washington Valley Ski Team members have posted strong results in recent weeks.
Tuesday, Feb. 18
• Petitioners, including several budget committee members, are proposing to cap the amount of money the budget committee can recommend to be raised by taxes.
• Olympic skier Leanne Smith, of North Conway, is on her way back home from Sochi. Smith placed 18th in the super-G competition.
• February vacation weeks means a rush of visitors to the valley's slopes, terrain parks — and ski shops.
• A proposal for new safety complex in Fryeburg meets with resistance from citizens at a meeting Jan. 30. The proposal is for police, fire and the non-profit ambulance service to share a facility.
Wednesday, Feb. 19
• A nationwide search for a successor to SAU 9 superintendent Carl Nelson yields just two applicants, and neither meet the criteria set by a selection committee. The search will start again.
• A Conway resident has petitioned the state to fix the potholes and cracks on East Conway Road.
• Filing period for Conway candidates opens today.
• An Ossipee homeowner defends himself by firing a gun at a suspected robber during a home invasion.
• Two more large-school hotel projects are on the drawing board for North Conway, prompting many to ask just how many hotel rooms are needed to serve the local market.
• A Massachusetts man dies from medical issues while cross-country skiing on the Oliverian Brook Trail off the Kancamagus Highway.
Thursday, Feb. 20
• A proposed roundabout has been dropped from plans for upgrades to Norcross Circle in North Conway Village.
• Spring has arrived for Jeff Locke. The Pittsburgh Pirates' pitcher and Kennett High grad is at spring training camp in Bradenton, Fla. preparing for the 2014 season.
• Two suspects are in court for two unrelated Conway robberies.
• David Weathers signs up for re-election as Conway selectman on the first day of the candidate filing period.
• Outdoor adventurers add to the economic mix in the valley but can also be an expense when searches and rescues are necessary.
• A Bartlett candidate forum is set for Feb. 25.
Friday, Feb. 21
• Concerns have been raised about plans by a snowmobile rental business to operate from a former residence on Route 302 in Bartlett Village.
• Center Conway's Sean Doherty is scheduled to make his Olympic debut in a biathlon relay on Saturday.
• Some 3.26 million winter and summer visitors to New Hampshire ski resorts spent a record $1.15 billion in 2012-13, according to a study released by the Ski NH association.
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Saturday, Feb. 8
• Sean Doherty and Leanne Smith are the latest in a line of valley Olympians. They are proud to continue a Mount Washington Valley Winter Olympic Games skiing heritage dating back to 1948, as they join the valley Olympic club, which now stands at 13 members.
• Bode Miller is on the comeback and looking to increase his Winter Olympic Games medal count beyond the five he has already won. After sitting out the 2013 season, the Franconia native is back and more focused than ever.
Tuesday, Feb. 11
• After finishing 20th in the morning downhill, Leanne Smith was unable to finish the slalom portion of the super combined at the Winter Olympics on Monday. Teammate Julia Mancuso won the bronze medal in the event.
• Today marks a 75th anniversary milestone in the annals of local and national ski history. It was Feb. 11, 1939 that the "Father of Modern Skiing," Austrian skimeister Hannes Schneider (1890-1955) and his family arrived in North Conway to teach at Cranmore after being released from Nazi custody in Germany.
• Improvements to Norcross Circle in North Conway Village would cost $100,000 more than the town has set aside for it, said the town manager. Selectmen are trying to decide what to do next.
• The budget committee will present the 2014 town operating budget at a public hearing on Wednesday. The proposed town budget is $10,136,403. This figure represents an increase of $457,529 or 4.7 percent.
• While some residents will spend the next month weighing whether to cast a ballot for Democrat Mike Cryans or Republican Joe Kenney, others will; spend it wondering what it is that and executive councilor does, exactly.
• The Kennett High boys alpine team capped off an undefeated season by winning the Division II Boys Alpine Championships at Waterville Valley on Tuesday. The Eagles edged longtime rival Hanover by 30 points.
• A petition warrant article has been filed to move the town to SB2 style government in Madison. If the change is made, residents would vote on issues by ballot rather than having an annual town meeting.
• Les Otten is trimming up with the ownership group of the Balsams Grand Resort in Dixville Notch to establish a viable path forward for the redevelopment of the Balsams.
• The school budget in Bartlett is down for the second year in a row, dropping $190,626 over the previous year due primarily to a decrease in students from Bartlett attending Kennett High School.
• Memorial Hospital Volunteers have donated $10,000 for new state-of-the-art beds for both the Memorial Hospital and Merriman House, along with the purchase of a new sit-to-stand patient lift.
Thursday, Feb. 13
• Mary Ann Abrams, the widow of well-known conservation officer Brian Abrams, filed a petition article asking for the town to plow part of Greeley Road that leads to her home and to also rename part of the road after her late husband.
• Brady King, 11, of Tamworth had the winning catch in the 35th annual Great Meredith Rotary Fishing Derby and took home the $15,000 prize last Sunday. King landed a 4.25-pound, 25 and a half inch pickerel.
• The Kennett High boys cross country staged a three-peat on Wednesday by winning the Division II Cross County Skiing Championship by four points over rival Hanover at Great Glen Trails. The KHS girls finished third behind champs Kingswood and runner-up Lebanon.
• Lawmakers are generally satisfied with recent changes at the county jail that will make it harder for inmates to escape.
Friday, Feb. 14
• Two hometown athletes have different weekend plans at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia on Friday. Alpine skier Leanne Smith will will ski in her final event on Saturday when she races in the Super-G. Meanwhile, biathlete Sean Doherty, who has been training in Italy, will arrive in Russia on Sunday to compete in relays next week.
• School board members are hoping citizens will approve a proposed one-year teachers' contract at the annual school district meeting on March 4.The new contract comes with an estimated cost of $71,894 (2.73 percent) for the upcoming year.
• Kennett High was one of 16 teams from across New Hampshire to compete in the popular New Hampshire Public Television's Granite State Challenge. The Eagles fell in the round of 16 to the Academy of Science and Design charter school from Nashua 240-220. Fifty-two schools tried out for this year's challenge.
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Saturday, Feb. 1
• High-tech devices, such as cell phones and GPS, can help save the lives of lost or stranded hikers in the White Mountains but are no substitute for common sense.
• N.H. Fish and Game is warning that ice conditions are unsafe on parts of Lake Winnipesaukee and other large lakes in New Hampshire.
• Bill Botsford is challenging incumbent Karen Burton for town clerk/tax collector in Jackson. Botsford held the position from 1994 to 2011.
Tuesday, Feb. 4
• Former Bartlett selectman Jonathan Tanguay has been sentenced to 84 months in prison for possession of child pornography.
• Family members of longtime executive councilor Ray Burton have thrown their support behind Democratic candidate Mike Cryans in the March 11 special election to fill the seat left empty by Burton's death. Cryans is facing Republican Joe Kenney.
• Conway School Board is proposing a change for the graduation policy that would allow students to appeal if they are in danger of not graduating. Former board member Dick Klement opposes the change, saying it would water down the policy and allow some students to march down the aisle without having officially earned that right.
• Six people filed for the position of Bartlett town clerk/tax collector. Incumbent Leslie Mallett, who has had the job for 18 years, is not seeking re-election.
• Janice Crawford, executive director of the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, has resigned from the Memorial Hospital board of directors.
• A group of citizens is exploring the possibility of replacing the Red Iron Bridge in North Fryeburg with a pedestrian bridge. Red Iron Bridge has been closed because of safety concerns and is slated to be torn down in 2015-2016.
Wednesday, Feb. 5
• Leanne Smith, of North Conway, says she is "super excited" about her second Olympics. Smith is one of 20 members of the U.S. alpine team competing in Russia.
• The office of the New Hampshire Chief Medical Examiner has confirmed that the human remains found last fall in the area of Mount Cranmore belong to John Sweeney, who disappeared in 2006. Sweeney was 52 and living on Mechanic Street in North Conway at the time of his disappearance. Cause of death is not known, but foul play is not suspected.
• Kennett High has gone from zero dropouts to two, but school officials are pleased with strides that have been made in recent years to lower the dropout rate and help students complete their high school education.
• The former Notre Dame High School in Berlin is being converted in a 33-unit senior housing complex.
• An alert saying that a 13-year-old girl was approached by a stranger who was offering her a ride has been canceled by law enforcement. Police say the man was a well-meaning neighbor.
Thursday, Feb. 6
• Dylan Thorner, 19, of Fryeburg, is arrested in connection with an arson and a string of burglaries and thefts in Fryeburg.
• After a bit of a snow drought, the valley receives more than 6 inches of snow on Wednesday.
• Budget committee chair Joe Mosca questions whether there are too many administrators at Kennett High.
• Conway Public Library trustees are looking to acquire part of a lot on Greenwood Avenue to create additional parking,but they're not getting the help they were hoping for from selectmen.
• The mother of missing teen Abigail Hernandez posts videos to YouTube, pleading for her daughter to come home or at least send a message.
• A Conway woman is indicted on a felony charge of fraudulent use of a credit card and seven counts of forgery.
Friday, Feb. 7
• Two hometown athletes have made the Winter Olympic Games, but just one of them will march in the opening ceremonies in Sochi, Russia on Friday. Alpine skier Leanne Smith will march with the U.S. delegation, but biathlete Sean Doherty won't be arriving in Russia until later in the Games.
• Democrat Mike Cryans, a longtime runner, is covering a lot of ground in the race of executive council. Cryans will face Republican Joe Kenney in March for the seat previously held by the late Ray Burton.
• A new board of directors has been approved for Tri-County Community Action Program.
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