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Boothby way ahead in race to raise campaign funds

CONCORD — Republican Christopher Boothby of Meredith has raised more than twice as much money than any of the other three candidates vying to succeed the late Ray Burton as the executive councilor in District 1.

According to financial reports filed with the New Hampshire Secretary of State this week, Boothby raised $43,795 while Joe Kenney of Wakefield and Mark Aldrich of Lebanon, his opponents in the Republican primary, raised $20,060 and $84.99 respectively. Michael Cryans of Hanover, the lone Democrat in the race raised $18,110.

"I am extremely gratified to have this wide base of support," Boothby said yesterday, adding that "although fundraising is only one measure of support, I am very encouraged that 'so many people are "willing to invest their hard-earned money in my candidacy."

Boothby, a former Belknap County Commissioner, who with his wife Maren owns and operates Boothby Therapy Services in Laconia, contributed $20,000 to his own campaign and raised the balance from 67 donors, 23 of whom contributed $500 or more. To date Boothby has spent $8,378 and has $35,417 in hand.

Kenney, a colonel in the United States Marine Corps who served 14 years in the New Hampshire Legislature and was the Republican candidate for governor in 2008, contributed $10,000 to his campaign and received another $8,200 worth of in-kind contributions, including $5,000 from his campaign manager Casey Crane. The remaining $1,860 of his funds was drawn from 18 individual contributors. Kenney has spent $3,723 and has $16,337 in hand.

Aldrich spent the $84.99, which came from his own pocket, for postcards.

Cryans raised all his funds from some 175 individual donors. Without a primary, Cryans has spent only $196 and has $17,914 in hand.

The primary election will be held on January 21 and the top Republican voter getter will face Cryans in the general election on March 11, town meeting day.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 04 January 2014 01:47

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N.J. company new owner of Lakeport Dam power plant

LACONIA — Eagle Creek Renewable Energy of Morristown, New Jersey, is the new owner of hydroelectric power generation facilities on the Winnipesaukee River at the Lakeport Dam, as well as hydro plants in Lochmere and Franklin.
The hydroelectic plants were purchased in September as part of a portfolio of 10 hydroelectric power generation facilities in the Northeast that Eagle Creek purchased from Algonquin Power. The 10 facilities have a total generating capacity of approximately 29 megawatts, producing approximately 100 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy in a typical year.
The three run-of-river hydroelectric facilities on the Winnipesaukee River together supply the New England power grid with 14 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy a year.
The Lakeport power station is a 600-kilowatt hydroelectric located on the state-owned Lakeport Dam, which regulates the water level in Lake Winnipesaukee, the largest lake in New Hampshire. The state directs operations of the facility in order to manage lake levels. The facility's three turbine/generator units produce approximately 2.4 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy in a typical year.
The Lochmere power station is a 1,200-kilowatt hydroelectric plant located at the outlet of Winnisquam Lake on the State of New Hampshire's Lochmere Dam. The facility is equipped with four Flygt submersible turbine/generator units producing approximately 4.1 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy in a typical year.
The Franklin facility is a 1,800-kilowatt hydroelectric plant located on the Winnipesaukee River. The facility comprises two independent powerhouses. The first, known as the River Bend power station, contains one turbine generator rated at 1,700 kilowatts. The second, known as the Stevens Mill power station, contains one turbine generator rated at 220 kilowatts. Stevens Mill discharges immediately downstream of the dam and maintains water levels in the river through the city of Franklin, while River Bend uses excess flows at the dam and discharges downstream of the center of town. Collectively, the Franklin facility produces approximately 7.4 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy in a typical year.
"We are extremely pleased to complete this important strategic acquisition which solidifies our position as a leading Northeast hydropower generator," said Bud Cherry, CEO of Eagle Creek. "Eagle Creek's growth began with our first purchase of hydro facilities in 2010, and we look forward to continuing our expansion into the future."
Under the management of an experienced team of Eagle Creek and former Algonquin employees, the 10 facilities will be integrated with Eagle Creek's existing hydroelectric power plants in New York. With the addition of the 10 new facilities, Eagle Creek's portfolio now consists of 39 operating hydro plants in seven states with a combined generating capacity of approximately 90 megawatts and an annual production of approximately 320 million kilowatt-hours of clean renewable energy. Eagle Creek is also constructing three new projects in the Northeast that will add four megawatts and 16 million kilowatt-hours to the portfolio.
Eagle Creek was founded in 2010 with Bud Cherry as its CEO and Hudson Clean Energy Partners as its founding investor. The company acquires, develops, owns, and operates small-scale hydroelectric generating facilities throughout North America.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 January 2014 02:01

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Laconia man arrested in connection with alleged Belmont burglary

BELMONT — A Laconia man was held in jail on $200 cash and $10,000 personal recognizance bail yesterday after allegedly committing a burglary on Randlett Street in August.

Casey Burke, 24, of Union Avenue was arrested over the weekend by Gilford Police who apprehended him on Old Lake Shore Road. Gilford Police have charged him with operating after suspension and resisting arrest for allegedly giving the officer a fake name and address.

According to affidavits submitted by Belmont Police, Burke was one of two men who forced their way into a Randlett Street home at 9:23 p.m. on August 19 and assaulted a guest of the homeowner.

The guest was apparently the new boyfriend of the woman who lived in the home. The man who accompanied Burke was apparently the woman's former boyfriend.

Belmont Police had issued a warrant for his arrest.

Belmont's prosecutor wanted Burke held on $5,000 cash bail because he knew about the arrest warrant and didn't turn himself in.

Burke's lawyer argued he should be released on personal cash bail because he cares for his girlfriend who is five months pregnant with what was described as a high-risk pregnancy that had caused her to be hospitalized. She also argued that the crime was five months ago.

Fourth Circuit Court, Laconia Division Judge Jim Carroll agreed that Burke has never failed to show up in court and agreed he could be released if he posted $200 cash.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 January 2014 01:56

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Hosmer says Medicaid, gambling, roads & bridges now top items on Legislature's plate

LACONIA — State Senator Andrew Hosmer (D-Laconia) says that he sees dealing with Medicaid expansion, gambling and infrastructure issues as the top priorities of the 2014 session of the state Legislature, which begins next week.
Speaking before the Laconia Rotary Club Thursday, the first senator in over 50 years from Laconia, said that Medicaid is the top priority and pointed out that 2014 is only two days days old but the state has already lost a million dollars in federal funds through its failure to expand Medicaid, which for the first three years of the expansion is 100 percent federally funded.
A special session of the Legislature failed to reach agreement on Medicaid expansion in early December.
''I'm optimistic we'll reach common ground on Medicaid expansion,'' said the first-term senator, adding that he believes 2014 can be a very good year for the Legislature ''if we don't let politics get in the way of good public policy.''
Questioned on whether or not he was confident that the federal government would make good on the promise of 90 percent funding for Medicaid expansion after the first three years of the program, Hosmer said, that, unlike special education funding, the federal government has kept its promise on Medicare funding since 1967.
He said that he wants to see a trigger provision in the state's medicaid expansion that would allow the state to back out of the program if it wasn't funded at the promised level.
Hosmer also said he would support a casino gambling bill that had a more transparent and open process for licensing than last year's bill and one which had a strict regulatory structure.
''It (the tax income from gambling) won't solve a lot of problems, but if we don't have gambling we're going to lose money to states like Maine and Connecticut that do. I'd like to keep that $25 million or so that we're losing in rooms and meals taxes in the state.'' said Hosmer.
He said that the state's roads and bridges need to be maintained and upgraded as part of maintaining an infrastructure which can support economic growth and, while not endorsing a gas tax increase, noted that gasoline prices in New Hampshire are higher than those of neighboring states which have higher gas taxes.
Hosmer said that the economy and jobs are his major focus and that he thinks that social issues should be off the table in 2014.
A lawyer and the vice president of the AutoServ dealership, Hosmer serves on the Commerce and Ways and Means committee in the Senate
He said that many food things happened in the 2013 session, including passage of a balanced budget with no new fees or taxes and passage of $23 million for mental health services, which he said have been severely underfunded and as a result placed additional burdens on the criminal justice system and hospital emergency rooms.
He said that passage of investment tax credits and doubling them from what had been allocated in previous years was a good step in helping the growth of advanced manufacturing and urged doubling the credit in the next couple of years to create more investment in the state.
He said that he worked with Senator Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) to rewrite the corporate code to make it easier to start businesses in the state and said that he took particular pride in making changes in the water navigation fund so that it would be non-lapsing for the Department of Safety, so that future surpluses wouldn't vanish into the ''black hole'' of the state general fund.
Hosmer pointed out that of the fund had been non-lapsing the state would have built up enough money in the fund that it would have had the funds on hand to build a new $9-$11 million building for Marine Patrol in Glendale.
He said that he has sponsored a number of bills this session, including one which permits cooperative agreements between hospitals which would provide better use of resources and another which would address tax code inequities which discourage mutual fund companies (there are only two operating in the state) from locating offices in the state.
Hosmer said the former State School property in Laconia would be an ideal site for a corporate campus for a large mutual fund company.
He also said that he supports a study commission to look at ways that New Hampshire can help state-based banks deal with provisions which are still being written to implement the Dodd-Frank bill regulating financial institutions.

 

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State Senator Andrew Hosmer (D-Laconia) talks about his priorities for the 2014 legislative session. Hosmer was guest speaker at a meeting of the Laconia Rotary Club on Thursday. (Roger Amsden Photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

Last Updated on Friday, 03 January 2014 01:52

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