January 1, 2013

New England Dispatches

From news service reports

FRANCONIA, N.H.

Climbers from Quebec taken off N.H. mountain

Two hikers have been rescued by helicopter after spending the night on New Hampshire's Mount Lafayette.

Fish and Game officials said the men from Quebec were found uninjured around noon Monday.

Officials said 26-year-old Bruno Boutin of Sherbrook, and his hiking companion Denny Daigle were experienced, prepared hikers but the wind and snow made it difficult to navigate their way off the mountain Sunday afternoon.

The men activated an emergency beacon -- a GPS device that sends out an emergency signal -- Sunday night.

Monday morning, a helicopter crew spotted the hikers, who were well off the trail about 1.5 miles uphill from Interstate 93. Fish and Game officials said the men were hoisted into the helicopter from difficult terrain.

CONCORD, N.H.

Woman seriously injured from snowmobile crash

A Massachusetts woman has been seriously injured in a snowmobile crash in New Hampshire.

Officials said the 31-year-old woman from Haverill, Mass., whose name has not been released, was riding with three friends Monday in an unapproved field in Epping when she drove up the side of a gravel pile and over a dropoff. She and the machine fell about 20 feet, landing on large rocks.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department said the woman, who was wearing a helmet, suffered serious head and upper-body injuries.

Her friends called 911 and she was taken to the hospital.

The Fish and Game Department is reminding snowmobilers to ride only on approved and signed trails.

The department said the accident is under investigation and charges are pending.

 

Utility partners announce new route for hydropower

The utility partners leading a $1.1 billion plan to bring hydropower from Canada into the New England power grid say they've come up with a new route through New Hampshire's north country.

Northern Pass, led by Hydro-Quebec, Northeast Utilities and Public Service Company of New Hampshire, dropped its original route last year after facing strong opposition from critics who argued that above-ground transmission lines will spoil the area's natural beauty, harm the tourist economy and lower property values.

On Monday, the group said it will submit a new route to state regulators. Without releasing any details, the group said it has spent the last year identifying routes on land it already owns or has acquired easements on while reducing the potential impact on scenic views as much as possible.

 

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