The state’s highest court has settled the dispute over the ownership of Portsmouth regional hospital, thwarting an effort by the foundation for seacoast health to wrest control of the hospital from the Hospital Corporation of America.
At issue was whether the 1999 restructuring of Portsmouth regional hospital gave the foundation for seacoast health the right to purchase the hospital from its parent company , the Hospital corporation of America.
The final section of the New Memorial Bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine is now in place.
It took less than half an hour to float the center span down the Piscataqua River from the New Hampshire State Pier.
That’s where construction crews built all the new bridge parts for the new span. After tugboats pushed the section into place, crews began the work of connecting it with the other finished sections of bridge.
Scott Dennett, a Portsmouth native, has been documenting the entire bridge building process with his camera.
The Sarah Long Bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine sustained significant damage from a ship accident. On Monday afternoon, a tanker ship drifted into the bridge.
New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan and State Transportation Commissioner Chris Clement spent Tuesday morning surveying the damage. The tanker Harbour Feature is now docked at the state pier, where the Governor updated her survey of the bridge damage assessment.
The U.S. Coast Guard will investigate why a tanker ship drifted into the Sarah Long Bridge between New Hampshire and Maine Monday afternoon.
As of Monday evening, the bridge remained closed to vehicle traffic.
The vessel, loaded with tallow, an export from the Port of New Hampshire, broke free from its mooring at the New Hampshire State Pier. Ports and Harbors Director Geno Marconi says that The Harbour Feature, a tanker, was secured at the pier, and had just undergone a refueling.
A $900,000 river dredging project is underway in Newington.
The Army Corps of Engineers is the contractor for the federal project, which is intended to make the Piscataqua River more navigable in one area. When completed next month, some 15 thousand cubic yards of sand and gravel will be taken from the Simplex Reach, upriver from the I-95 bridge. Tugboat Captain Chris Holt says that the project will improve navigation for vessels in that area.
Right now, he says, the three shoals created by river currents can create a hazard.
Anti-nuclear groups from New Hampshire--and around the country--will be in court Thursday in Boston. They will argue for inclusion into the Seabrook Nuclear Plant re-licensing process.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission rejected the groups' call for intervenor status in the plant's relicensing application. That ruling superseded that of the NRC's own Atomic Safety and Licensing Board decision to allow the groups to hold a public hearing on nuclear energy alternatives like wind energy.