Effingham man held without bail in drug death

By Daymond Steer

OSSIPEE — A masked undercover New Hampshire state trooper appeared in Carroll County Superior Court on Thursday to outline the case against an Effingham man and an Ossipee woman accused of being a part of a drug deal that led to the death of a 22-year-old Tuftonboro man.

Garland-and-MirkinAndrew Garland (right) is seen with attorney Steve Mirkin on Thursday in Superior Court. (DAYMOND STEER PHOTO)Andrew Garland, 21, of Effingham and Melissa Ford, 27, of Ossipee were in Carroll County Superior Court on Thursday. Both have been indicted on charges connected to the overdose death of 22-year-old Joshua Fournier of Tuftonboro.

It's alleged that Garland sold a combination of fentanyl and heroin to Ford, who then sold the drugs to Fournier.

Garland appeared in court first. He pleaded not guilty to the charges of sale of controlled drug, death resulting; sale of fentanyl/heroin; possession of fentanyl/heroin with intent to distribute; and possession of marijuana.

Garland and Ford were prosecuted by Benjamin Agati and Danielle Horgan of the state Attorney General's Office. They asked Superior Court Judge Amy Ignatius to hold Garland without bail as he is facing a charge of selling drugs that led to a death, which carries a potential life sentence.

Ignatius agreed and denied bail.

Ford's bail hearing was quick because Agati and Horgan and her defense attorney, Joe Garrison, agreed she could be held on $100,000 and standard bail conditions could apply. Ford was charged with sale of controlled drug, death resulting, and sale of controlled drugs. She pleaded not guilty to her charges.

Conservation groups oppose Cog Railway's plans for Skyline Lodge

By Barbara Tetreault
The Berlin Daily Sun

MOUNT WASHINGTON — The Mount Washington Cog Railway has not yet submitted an application to build a proposed 35-room hotel about 1,000 feet below the summit of Mount Washington, but six conservation organizations have served notice there will be stiff opposition to such a proposal.

Fun on the snow — and off — during February vacation weeks

By Terry Leavitt

King-Pine-birthday-group2A tubing group at King Pine Ski Area in Madison. (COURTESY PHOTO)CONWAY — With the recent bounty of snow, and the promise of sunlit days and crisp, clear nights, this year's February vacation week is shaping up to be the best ever, according to local ski areas, business leaders and innkeepers.

Vacation week is traditionally the busiest time of the season for resorts and other tourism-related businesses in Mount Washington Valley, and most area attractions plan special activities to make the week even more memorable and fun.

Christmas can be busy, said Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Janice Crawford, "but in February, we always anticipate more because conditions are better."

And conditions couldn't be better than they are now. In the past two weeks, Mother Nature has dumped more than 3 feet of fresh snow on an already solid base, and the forecast for the next two weeks is looking perfect for playing outdoors.

The Snow Report — As good as it gets

By Lloyd Jones

2-13-17-Cranmore-ski-3Daren Morneau and daughter, Halley, both of Madison, enjoy fresh powder on The Ledges trail at Cranmore Monday. (JAMIE GEMMITI PHOTO)If winter is your thing, all the ingredients are in place for an epic President's Day Weekend and annual February school vacation week. With five storms in nine days, people are talking feet of snow rather than inches. Local alpine downhill resorts and Nordic cross-country skiing centers all received over 3 feet of snow during this stretch.

Throw in a storm-free week ahead with daytime temperatures expected in the high 30s to low 40s, and everyone should be smiling — from skiers to snowmobilers to snowboarders, along with restaurant and lodging owners.

Cranmore Mountain Resort's President and General Manager Ben Wilcox thinks the table is set with great conditions.

"We had a series of storms that hit at the right time," he said Friday. "The weather looks pretty cooperative. I was looking at the Ski Report this morning, and had to say, 'Wow.' We're 100 percent open. All of the ropes on the glades have been dropped. The trails are totally open as wide as can be. Everything is perfect. We're geared up for a great week."

Wilcox said said ski bookings are way up over last year, not to mention the past two years. “In the ski business, these are the weeks we live for.”