• Mount Washington Valley is the mecca of the East for ice climbers and mountaineers. Though only three hours from Boston and six hours from New York, the White Mountains can be as fierce as Alaska or Nepal.
• A former coach of the Kennett Middle School girls' basketball team has been accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl. William S. Cavanaugh, 24, of River Street in Conway, was arrested Thursday and charged with three counts of felonious sexual assault.
• Kathleen Marie Bridget Fraize, a special education teacher at Kennett High, is Kennett's Employee of the Month for January.
• Twenty-five Kennett High seniors will be among those honored March 18 at the annual New Hampshire scholar-athlete awards ceremony in Concord.
Tuesday, Feb. 26
• The man accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl had been the girls' basketball coach at Kennett Middle School for two years.
• Another winter storm is moving in for Tuesday night. North Conway has received 60 inches of snow so far this winter, and 27 inches in February.
• A team of three ice climbers spent most of Saturday night perched on a ledge on the side of Mount Washington's Huntington Ravine until a team of rescuers descended in the dark to lead them to safety.
• Conway budget committee cuts $372,786 from the school budget. Committee member Bill Marvel specifically recommends cutting $354,599 in school personnel.
• Conway Public Library will be changing its hours in March.The library will open earlier on Friday mornings but will close a half hour earlier on some weekday evenings.
Wednesday, Feb. 27
• People want cuts, but nobody wants to sacrifice, says Conway School Board member Dick Klement. "I continue to be amazed at the huge volume of correspondence urging us to reduce our deficits while there is a simultaneous outpouring from the very same people to reinstate anything recommended to be reduced because it impacts their preferred issue," Klement said.
• The Conway School Board has no plans at this time to eliminate any of the three library media specialist positions at its three elementary schools.
• Local restaurants are launching a farm-to-table initiative that they hope will lead to better support of local farming while improving people's lifestyles and diet.
Thursday, Feb. 28
• Michael Petelis is sentenced to 35 years to life for his role in the murder of Krista Dittmeyer in April of 2011. Petelis pleaded guilty to accomplice to second-degree murder. Two other men, Anthony Papile and Trevor Ferguson, had previously been sentenced in the murder case.
• N.H. Department of Transportation is planning to shut off all but four of the 18 streetlights the state maintains in Conway unless the town chooses to pick up the tab.
• Former selectman and state senator Mark Hounsell files for Conway School Board; there are four candidates so far for two library trustee seats.
Friday, March 1
• Billions of dollars of cuts to federal programs slated to take effect Friday have Memorial Hospital officials preparing for more belt tightening, but elsewhere the effects are less apparent.
• Five people are hurt in a two-car collision in snowy conditions on North Conway's River Road.
• Ski history will be celebrated at the 17th annual Hannes Schneider Meister Cup, set for March 1-3 at Cranmore Mountain Resort.
• Tamworth will vote March 12 whether to change or eliminate the town's wetlands ordinance.
• The deliberative portion of Conway town meeting is Monday, and voters will have a final opportunity to tweak the town, police and library budgets.
• A fifth candidate signs up for Conway library trustee. Two seats are available.
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• Once a racetrack and later an airport known for its bi-plane excursion flights, Settlers' Green Outlet Village for the past 25 years has been a drawn for bargain-hunting shoppers and a significant boost to Mount Washington Valley's tourism-dependent economy. Settlers' Green opened in Feb. 12, 1988.
• New Balance will be Settlers' Green's next tenant. The athletic footwear company will be leasing the 4,415-square-foot former White Mountain Airport hangar building. Orvis rented the space for many years and now has a store in Settlers' Crossing.
• There's snow on the slopes and trails, and Mount Washington Valley gets ready to welcome visitors for February vacation weeks.
Tuesday, Feb. 19
• Economic trends: Housing sales are up, and the commercial market is stirring, according to local Realtors. Bonnie Hayes, president of the White Mountain Board of Realtors, says the number of unit sales has increased in Carroll County for the last four years, including by 18 percent in 2012.
• High winds knock down a utility pole in North Conway Village, and knock out power to several hundred homes and businesses.
• County commissioner Asha Kenney complains of computer hacking at the county offices.
• Kelly Robitaille is challenging incumbent Joseph Ferris for Albany selectman.
• Sheriffs around the state have mixed opinions about a bill that would give corrections officers the power the make arrests.
• February vacation week is off to a good start.
Wednesday, Feb. 20
• Economic trends: With global warming and recent winters with little or no snow, ski areas are adapting by enhancing their snowmaking capabilities and making other capital improvements.
• Filings for town and school offices begin Wednesday in Conway. Selectman Howard "Crow" Dickinson says he intends to sign up for re-election.
• A Madison man accused of shooting another man in the penis last summer has been charged with escape for allegedly violating the terms of his sentence on a habitual offender conviction.
Thursday, Feb. 21
• Economic trends: With hospitals everywhere on the verge of transformation, what will a revolutionized health-care industry look like? No one know, but change is coming "because it has to," says Memorial Hospital CEO Scott McKinnon.
• Former selectman Larry Martin and former town moderator Dot Seybold file for Conway police commission.
• The Conway budget committee votes against supporting a proposed three-year police contract.
• Officials for Tin Mountain Conservation Center will be asking voters for $12,000 to keep environmental programs in the elementary schools.
• Conway police arrest a 43-year-old Massachusetts man and charged him with indecent exposure and lewdness on the balcony of a North Conway hotel.
Friday, Feb. 22
• Conway's Jeff Locke, a former pitching standout at Kennett High, is vying for a spot in the Pittsburgh Pirates' starting rotation this spring.
• More skiing, more snowmobiling and maybe more snow are on tap for the coming vacation weekend.
• Conway selectmen vote against their own proposed operating budget, but later reverse the decision.
• Tin Mountain Conservation Center will present an energy workshop on March 2.
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• Winter storm Nemo is winding down this weekend, leaving behind lots of snow for skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers.
• Fishing derbies offer fun, camaraderie — and sometimes even fish.
Tuesday, Feb. 12
• An early-morning fire on Saturday destroyed a 180-year-old building in Lovell. The building housed several businesses. Fire officials believe a propane heater that was left on inside one of the units may have caused the fire.
• Winter storm Nemo dumped anywhere from 10 to 30 inches of snow in Mount Washington Valley, creating a boost for local alpine and cross-country ski areas and snowmobile rental businesses heading into February vacation weeks.
• Garrett Meador, a member of the Conway Fire Department and a former Kennett High hockey standout, will play in the Battle of Badges All Star Hockey Championship in Manchester in March to raise money for the Children's Hospital of Dartmouth.
• Citizens who attend a public hearing on the Bartlett school budget make it clear that they don't want to see the quality of education compromised by budget cuts. A former school board member, Henry Villaume, has proposed cutting 19 teachers, aides and support staff.
Wednesday, Feb. 13
• The special trustee overseeing the reorganization of Tri-County Community Action Program blames the organization's financial crisis on the former administration. "The program people who deliver the services didn't do this," said Todd Fahey, the special trustee appointed by a probate court judge in December. "It was done at the highest levels of this organization."
• The Kennett High boys' alpine team defends its Division II state championship.
• Long-time executive councilor Ray Burton says he will be undergoing treatments for curable kidney cancer but he is still "on duty" and will be "back to full steam shortly."
• The state's snowmobile trails are in great shape after last week's nor'easter.
• Circuit court judge Robert Varney draws on his years of experience on the bench to write a crime mystery, "Do Unto Others."
• Emily Benson, of Jackson, joins the United Way staff as early-learning coordinator in Carroll County.
Thursday, Feb. 14
• A petitioned article to appropriate $5,000 and have the town take over operation of the Schouler Park ice-skating rink gets a cold reception from Conway selectmen. The board votes 2-1 against supporting the article.
• Kennett High's Hannah Benson is individual state champion for the fourth year in a row in class-style cross-country skiing.
• Conway budget committee meets Thursday to vote on the town and school budgets.
• County commissioner Asha Kenney threatened to sue fellow commissioner David Babson at last week's commission meeting. Kenney said it was "inappropriate" for Babson to make a motion to allow former human resources director Robin Reade to view an investigative report on a grievance she filed against Kenney.
Friday, Feb. 15
• The Kennett High girls successfully defended their state alpine alpine championship on the slopes of King Pine in East Madison, dominating the giant slalom and afternoon slalom races.
• Conway selectmen this week weigh in on requests from non-profits for taxpayer funding — the first time the board has done so in three years. It was not a process without controversy.
• The Bartlett school budget is down this year, and, even if taxpayers approve all eight warrant articles, taxpayers will see the school portion of their tax bill drop.
• A masked man visits Conway businesses, handing out valentines with the simple message, "One Happy Moment Can Brighten Any Day."
• Kennett High principal Neal Moylan says a reduction in the number of credits required for graduation would be a "step backwards."
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• Hundreds of ice climbers from around the country converge on the area for their own version of the Super Bowl this weekend: the annual Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest.
• Closing arguments in the Justin Roy child-abuse case were heard Friday in Carroll County Superior Court. The prosecution painted Roy as an angry ex-boyfriend who took his "rage" out on a somewhat mischievous toddler, while the defense said Roy is an innocent man who is apparently being set up by his ex-girlfriend who was angry when he wanted to break up over her children.
• After midweek showers and thaw, things are looking up for the weekend as snowmakers and groomers got back to work Friday and planned to keep making snow whenever cold temperatures permitted.
Tuesday, Feb. 5
• Justin Roy, of Albany, has been convicted on 10 charges stemming from a series of violent incidents that occurred at his residence in Golden Oaks Mobile Home Park in 2011. A Carroll County Superior Court jury concluded that Roy kidnapped and beat a toddler nearly to death.
• Two dogs are rescued from the icy Saco River. The dogs had wandered from their home and onto the ice and fell into the river.
• A petition aimed at convincing selectmen to have Lead Mine Road plowed in the winter will be heard on Feb. 12. Whether or not the town should plow the road has been an issue for years.
• For the third straight year, Fryeburg Academy's Silas Eastman has won the Jon Sassi Memorial Nordic Ski Race, involving 452 racers from 48 schools.
Wednesday, Feb. 6
• Schools will be asking voters for money to beef up security in the wake of the deadly shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in December.
• Elvis was in the building at Kennett High last Thursday. New Hampshire State Police gave a demonstration of the 450-pound bomb squad robot.
• U.S. Ski Team member Leanne Smith, of North Conway, finishes 16th in the super G World Championship in Austria.
• Gregg Sanborn, 47, of Fryeburg, dies after a courageous battle with cancer. Sanborn was a 23-year veteran of the Maine Warden Service.
• North Conway Village Association will become an affiliate member of the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce and will participate in the popular Pumpkin People promotion in October.
Thursday, Feb. 7
• Members of Bartlett Education Association teachers' union have rejected a negotiated one-year contract.
• Following two resignations in as many weeks, the Conway Police Department is again short-staffed and preparing to absorb an unanticipated $20,000 benefit buyout.
• Best-selling author Lisa Gardner holds a book-signing event at Horsefeathers for her latest novel, "Touch and Go."
• Four people have filed for two seats on the Bartlett School Board.
• The alleged firing of the Jackson town office administrator last week is provoking a backlash aimed at unseating Jerry Dougherty, the current chair of the selectmen.
• Kennett High freshman Cathy Sandstrom qualifies for the world robotic championships in Anaheim, Calif., in April.
Friday, Feb. 8
• Mount Washington Valley could be in for local weather observer Briggs Bunker calls an old-fashioned Nor'easter, with 14 to 24 inches expected Friday and Saturday. "This could be the real thing," says observer Ed Bergeron, of North Conway.
• Former Bartlett resident Lori (Howard) Robinson has been promoted from the rank of major general to lieutenant general, the second highest rank in the U.S. Air Force.
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• The Chinook breed of sled dog is the state dog of New Hampshire and is now formally recognized by the American Kennel Club. "I think it's great for the breed," says Chinook dog owner Bob Cottrell, of Tamworth. "It's a recognition of their proud history, and of their future."
• Competing in the biathlon, Sean Doherty, 17, of Center Conway, wins a silver medal in the 7.5-kilometer sprint opener at the junior world championships in Austria.
Tuesday, Jan. 29
• A 64-year-old Texas man died Saturday after falling more than 1,000 feet while climbing a snow gully on Mount Adams.
• Sean Doherty is a world champion. The 17-year-old Kennett High senior came from behind in biathlon competition to win the 2013 IBU Youth Pursuit World Championship in Austria. Biathlon combines cross-county skiing and rifle shooting.
• An 8-year-old boy provides powerful testimony in Carroll County Superior Court regarding the abuse he allegedly suffered at the hands of Justin Roy. Roy is on trial for allegedly assaulting the boy, his younger brothers and their mother.
• More than $17,000 is raised for Harvest Hills Animal Shelter in the annual Freezin' for a Reason polar plunge at Highland Lake in Bridgton.
Wednesday, Jan. 30
• Mount Chocorua is depicted on a new quarter recently released by the U.S. Mint as part of its American the Beautiful series.
• Kennett High senior Sean Doherty wins his third biathlon medal at the World Junior Championships in Austria. Doherty now has two silver medals and a gold.
• A proposed two-year teachers' contract would do away with merit pay and replace it with across-the-board raises based on the Social Security Index.
• Testifying at the trial of Justin Roy, who is accused child abuse, a surgeon from Maine Medical Center describes the life-threatening injuries a 2-year-old Albany boy suffered in December of 2011. Dr. Baird Mallory says it would take substantial force to cause the injuries and that there's "no chance" in injuries were accidental.
• An anonymous letter sent to county commissioners is requesting that an armed police officer attend all meetings held at the county administration building because of the presence of armed citizens at those meetings. But one man says the letter is an "attack" on Second Amendment rights.
Thursday, Jan. 31
• Conway selectmen vote to support the efforts of local legislators to get $2.5 million to rebuild East Conway Road. But even the bill's sponsor is pessimistic that the money is coming.
• As lawmakers consider legislation to charge hikers for back-country rescues, volunteer search-and-rescue organizations are mobilizing in opposition to the proposal.
• Two North Country women — Janice Crawford, of the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce and Katherine Eneguess of White Mountains Community College in Berlin — will be honored as New Hampshire Business Review's Outstanding Women in Business at an awards ceremony Feb. 12.
• Conway Planning Board votes 4-3 to not recommend a petitioned article that would lower the height restrictions for new buildings on the west side of Route 16.
• Paul Mayer, one of the founders of the MWV Coalition of Educational Excellence, files for one of two seats on the Bartlett School Board.
Friday, Feb. 1
• A new high-temperature mark for January was set Thursday. A 53-degree reading broke the previous January high of 50 degrees, set earlier this month on Jan. 15. The mile temperatures were accompanied by strong winds that knocked down a barn in North Fryeburg.
• A Freedom firefighter, Thomas Tozier, receives the Liberty Mutual Firemark Award for heroism for rescuing a woman who fell through the ice on Lake Ossipee last February.
• The state has rested its case against Albany man Justin Roy, who has been accused of beating a toddler nearly to death. Public defenders successfully convinced the judge to dismiss two of the charges against their client, but Roy still faces nearly a dozen other charges, including assault and kidnapping.
• Conway Public Library trustees are asking the budget committee to put back the $18,712 that selectmen cut from the library budget.
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