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How Wild Should New Hampshire Be?

Apr 21, 2016
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Rocky ledges and mountain vistas draw many a hiker and biker to New England, to the point where some trails have become a bit too popular for those seeking an escape from civilization. It's something of a dilemma for nature lovers: How to balance recreation with preservation, and who decides how wild the wilderness should be? We discuss a story involving the Appalachian Trail that illustrates this quandary and is featured on Outside/In, NHPR's new show about the natural world and how we use it, hosted by Sam Evans-Brown, and premiering Friday, April 22, at 3 p.m. on NHPR

Courtesy of New Hampshire Fish and Game

Two teenagers from Amesbury, Massachusetts were  rescued Wednesday after their snowmobiles broke through the ice and were partially submerged, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Jacob Bent and Victoria Holbrook, both 17, were crossing the First Connecticut Lake in Pittsburg at about 1 p.m. when their machines broke through the first layer of ice, sank about three feet and then came to rest on another layer of more solid ice, said Conservation Officer Eric Fluette.

A lack of snow in the North Country has forced the cancellation of the 24th Annual SnoDeo at Coleman State Park, according to organizers.

Although many trails are open in the area, an official from the Swift Diamond Riders Snowmobile Club said it doesn’t look like enough snow will fall before March 3 and 4th to make the event  feasible.

A main feature of the event has been snowmobile test rides from four manufacturers.

It is the first cancellation since the event - which provides an economic boost to the area - began in 1993.

UPDATE: The woman killed in the crash was identified as 58-year-old Deirdre Ruth Dunlea. 

A snowmobile crash in Pembroke Saturday took the life of a 58-year-old woman from Londonderry, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

The woman missed a turn and hit an eight-inch tree, said Conservation Officer Lieutenant Jim Juneau.

Despite wearing a full-face helmet she sustained such serious injuries that she died at the scene.

She was riding with her husband and son who were on other snowmobiles.

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Snowmobilers in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine are taking part in a three-day weekend with riders registered in any one of those states able to explore the trails of the other two states for free.

Starting Friday, any snowmobile registered in any of the participating states is allowed on trails in all three states. All other host state regulations apply, including speed limits, youth laws and Vermont's mandatory liability insurance law.

Two snowmobilers were rescued early Sunday morning in the North Country after their machines bogged down in deep snow, leaving them stranded, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

A 911 cellular call asking for help came about 10:30 Saturday night, said Conservation Office Chris Egan.

The callers couldn’t be reached in a return call, but it appeared the call came from an area near Pittsburg. Groomers from local clubs were notified and Egan headed to the area on his snowmobile.

Skimming: Or What I Did With My Snowmobile This Summer

Sep 19, 2005
Paul Godin

New Hampshire nights are getting a little crisper this time of year. It won't be long before the first frost...and then snow.