Puerto Rico

Courtesy of Southern New Hampshire Health

A group of healthcare workers from New Hampshire are heading to Puerto Rico this weekend to help out a local hospital that was severely damaged in the recent hurricanes.

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The New Hampshire Department of Transportation sent a crew of workers to Puerto Rico in early October to assist with the recovery of infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Maria.

Most of those crew members are headed home within the next week, but Maggie Darcy has decided to stay at least an extra 30 days to continue providing aid. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Darcy by phone about her experience in Puerto Rico so far.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with a New Hampshire mother last week who was unable to contact her daughter after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico.

Valerie Mowbray, from the town of Holderness, didn’t hear from her daughter Moria Nickerson for days after the category 5 hurricane. Nickerson lives on the Island of Vieques with her boyfriend and their three dogs.

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Today on the Statehouse Lawn, donations of food and water streamed in for Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria.

The New Hampshire Food Bank, the National Guard, Gov. Chris Sununu and over a hundred volunteers from AmeriCorps and state agencies collected and sorted the donations from cars as they rolled past the collection points.

NHPR’s Jason Moon stopped by to see the operation in person.

By Tuesday afternoon, volunteers had collected more than 250 pallets worth of food and water. One pallet can hold over 1,500 bottles of water.

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Here’s one thing you might not know about the Upper Valley: it's home to hundreds of Puerto Rican dogs. 

That’s because of the relationship between one New Hampshire family and a shelter on the island of Vieques, off Puerto Rico’s eastern shore. 

It all started about five years ago, when Lyme resident Andrea Heitzman was visiting the island and spotted a small black dog on the street. He was a street dog, homeless. She immediately fell in love.

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Bottled water, non-perishable food, can openers and cash will be accepted on the state capitol lawn for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Governor Chris Sununu announced the effort Wednesday afternoon. "We're going to do our part, and I think every state needs to do their part," he said.

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A New Hampshire mother is still trying to get ahold of her daughter after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico last week.

Valerie Mowbray, from the town of Holderness, has been unable to make contact with her daughter Moria since the category 5 hurricane hit the Island of Vieques.

Outside of a few Satellite phones, there is no way for those stranded to communicate with anyone off the island.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Mowbray by phone on Monday.

This transcript has been edited lightly for clarity.

Crackdown On Stolen Puerto Rican Identities Includes N.H.

Nov 16, 2012

Federal agents are making arrests in New Hampshire and four other U.S. states as well as Puerto Rico in a crackdown on the use of stolen Puerto Rican identities by illegal immigrants and in financial crimes.