Saturday, Feb. 2
• Jackson-based big-wall climber and writer Mark Synnott’s second book, “The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan and the Climbing Life,” will be published by Dutton on March 5. The book tells the story of Honnold’s unprecedented 3,000-foot “free solo” climb up El Capitan in Yosemite, without a rope or safety gear on June 3, 2017.
• International Mountain Climbing School of North Conway hosted its 26th annual Mount Washington Valley Ice Festival Feb. 1-3, with clinics, presentations and celebrations of ice climbing.
Tuesday, Feb. 5
• Plans are underway to find a long-term substitute to replace Andy Shaw, a popular metals and machine tool teacher at Kennett High School who was suspended on Jan. 31 by the Conway School Board for allegedly hosting an underage drinking party.
• Patrick McManus, 32, formerly of Ossipee, who was accused of dragging a state trooper and leading police on a chase was ordered to be held on $3,000 cash by a Carroll County Superior Court judge on Jan. 31.
• At a town hall meeting Jan. 31 in North Conway, 1st District U.S. Rep Chris Pappas (D-Manchester) fielded a range of questions, including about climate change and the 2020 presidential elections.
Wednesday, Feb. 6
• State and local authorities announced Feb. 5 there is an ongoing investigation into the discovery of deceased human remains at a sewage pumping station in Conway. According to state Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald, the remains could not be immediately classified as a fetus or a child.
• The Carroll County Superior Court has granted the town of Conway’s request for a time extension in order to provide materials related to the planning board’s decision to approve a Market Basket supermarket in North Conway. The North Conway Grand Hotel has contested the approval, claiming that the plan will adversely affect the hotel.
• Leo Croteau, 20, of Berlin, who was a passenger in a Dodge pickup, died early Tuesday while reportedly trying to escape an oncoming out-of-control tractor trailer in Randolph.
• Conway Planning Board members voted Jan. 24 not to support three petitioned warrant articles that would increase lot density for some houses in the commercial districts of North Conway, Conway and Center Conway, with the aim of increasing workforce housing.
Thursday, Feb. 7
• New Hampshire PBS’ “Our Hometown” series will be in Conway on Feb. 19, and local residents are invited to take part in interviews with the producer.
• Bartlett School Board member Vicki Harlow, who has served on the board for 27 years, will not to seek a 10th three-year term in elections next month.
• The N.H. House Education Committee voted 15-5 on Feb. 5 to deem a bill to repeal a decades-old law that allows elementary school teachers to lead their students in the Lord’s Prayer as inexpedient to legislate.
• Conway selectmen voted on Feb. 5 to put an article on the warrant to ask residents whether to allow keno to be played in town. Last year, residents voted 719-680 against allowing the game in Conway.
• Conway selectmen on Feb. 5 voted to support a proposed legislative bill aimed at curbing party houses but chose not to back a bill that would allow towns to license and inspect short-term rentals (like Airbnbs).
Friday, Feb. 8
• Vaughan Community Services administrator Denise Leighton will retire at the end of this month. The board of the non-profit organization and the trustees of the First Church of Christ, Congregational, United Church of Christ will hold a reception to celebrate Leighton and her accomplishments on Sunday, Feb. 10, at the church.
• Robin Crocker of Conway will be taking her flat-coated retriever, Kit, to the 143rd annual Westminster Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City next week.
• The Conway School Board on Jan. 31 discussed low-enrollment courses and how many students must be enrolled in a course in order for it to be offered at Kennett High School. The current number is 12, but the board is considering alternatives.
• A group of ski jumping enthusiasts, the Friends of Nansen Ski Jump, is raising money to renovate the historic ski jump in Berlin that was once the site of major regional and national ski jumping competitions and return it to competition status.