Officials concerned over thin ice on ponds, lakes

MEREDITH, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire officials are warning the public about how recent warm temperatures are creating some thin ice conditions on ponds and lakes.

In Meredith, Fire Chief Ken Jones said he’s worried about the Great Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby.

“I can’t tell you that the ice conditions are safe throughout,” Jones told WMUR-TV. “I’d certainly warn any individual that is going to make entry out to the ice, no matter which pond or lake it is, that they certainly test it as they move forward.”

Great Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby chairperson Heidi Barrett-Kitchen said they have 5,000 people registered for the event this weekend, but those anglers can drop their lines at any fresh water body in the state.

New Hampshire Fish and Game officials said there should be at least 6 inches of solid ice before people can safely walk on it, and at least 8 to 10 inches before people use an ATV or a snow machine.

AG's won’t oppose hospital acquisition

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire attorney general’s office said Monday it is not opposing the proposed acquisition of Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester by a subsidiary of the Hospital Corporation of America.

The 88-bed Frisbie Hospital provides inpatient and outpatient services to over 100,000 people in the Seacoast region.

In New Hampshire, HCA owns Portsmouth Regional Hospital, a 220-bed hospital with a level II trauma center, and Parkland Medical Center in Derry.

The review of the proposed acquisition was conducted by the attorney general office’s Charitable Trusts Unit and Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau.

Approval by the probate division of the New Hampshire Circuit Court is required before the transaction can be closed. A hearing is scheduled on Wednesday in Dover.

New Hampshire urges recent arrivals from China to stay home

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire public health officials are asking all travelers who have arrived in the state from China in the last 14 days to stay home and watch for symptoms of the Coronavirus.

China’s death toll from the new virus rose to 259 on Saturday. The United States declared a public health emergency on Friday and President Donald Trump signed an order barring entry to foreign nationals who visited China within the last 14 days. The restrictions don’t apply to immediate family of American citizens and permanent residents.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services said it will work with federal officials to implement the new monitoring program. It recommends those who previously arrived in New Hampshire from China stay home and watch for symptoms of fever or respiratory illness.

Outdoor festival to have trail running, mountain biking

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — An outdoor adventure sports festival is being organized in New Hampshire this spring.

The Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce is scheduled to hold the White Mountain Outdoor Fest June 4-7. The event will include athletic competitive and non-competitive events involving trail running, a 5k run and walk, mountain biking, road biking, kayaking, canoeing, and guided hikes.

A 15-mile race is planned along Mount Chocorua. Another event will be a walk and run in North Conway to honor all those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

A “Gear Village” featuring over 50 outdoor recreation vendors also is planned.

The festival seeks to honor the White Mountains trails and scenery by teaching respect and conservation.

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