Published DateSaturday, June 23
• A very public dispute over the founder of Loki Clan Wolf Refuge in Chatham has the organization looking reassure its supporters. Friends and supporters of Fred Keating, meanwhile, are vocally protesting his ouster.
• If you think you're seeing more bears than usual or hearing more about them this summer, it's hot our imagination. A warm March brought bears out of hibernation early and threw off their biological clocks, according to N.H. Fish and Game. To them it's more like July than June, and by July there's usually an abundant supply of natural food.
• A pair of Mount Washington Valley AAU basketball teams have earned the right to play in the national championships this summer.
Tuesday, June 26
• Walmart's proposed 52,994-square-foot expansion goes to the Conway Planning Board on Thursday for full site-plan review.
• Another team of champion athletes rose from the halls of Kennett High School earlier this month. Members of Kennett's Job Prep class traveled down to the University of New Hampshire to compete in the 43rd annual Special Olympics of New Hampshire Summer Games, and all came home with medals.
• Students in Ed Fayle's English classes at Kennett High have published an anthology to raise money metals shop teacher Mark Fenton in his battle with cancer.
• Six-time world mountain-running champion Marco De Gasperi wins the 25th annual Cranmore Hill Climb by nearly three minutes.
Wednesday, June 27
• The man who broke out of county jail last December is sentenced after pleading guilty to the escape along with four burglaries and theft of an SUV. David Hobson, 34, of York County, Maine, was in pretrial confinement on burglary charges when he escaped from Carroll County jail on Dec. 1. He was caught a few days later in Rochester.
• A stem-cell donor has been found for Fryeburg native Greg Sanborn, who was diagnosed last fall with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.
• Conway officials are optimistic that a switch in fireworks companies will not only light up the night on the Fourth of July, but also keep the show on schedule. Last year's Fourth of July fireworks were delayed.
• A former school board member — Henry Villaume — has invited members of the Bartlett School Board to a budget brainstorming session at his home.
Thursday, June 28
• The new Kennett High School is not so new anymore. The school turns five this year, and the school board recently approved spending $284,942 for a number of upgrades, including paving and re-striping the parking lots; resurfacing the track and tennis courts; and installing shock-resistant flooring in Loynd Auditorium.
• Starting Point is starting a new support program for children who are in households where there is domestic violence.
• Officials from Conway and two other towns are seeking tax relief from the county because they don't use the sheriff's emergency dispatch service but still have to pay for it.
• County commissioners have agreed to use an online data backup system for the nursing home's financial and medical information.
Friday, June 29
• Mount Washington Valley has no shortage of opinions about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold most of President Barack Obama's two-year-old health-care reform law.
• An investigation into a grievance against county commissioner Asha Kenney cost the county nearly $18,000.
• Intervale's Peter Ostroski picks up his first World Cup points in mountain-bike racing competition.
• Retiring John Fuller School principal Mark Zangari is applauded by the Conway School Board for his years of service — then is hired as a consultant for the school district for the summer.