Saturday, May 19, 2012

Tamae Watanabe, 73, smashes own record as oldest woman to climb Mount Everest

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Tamae Watanabe in a picture from 2004.

Tamae Watanabe, who on May 16, 2002 at the age of 63 years became the oldest woman to climb Mount Everest, smashed her own record on Saturday, reaching the peak of the world's highest mountain at the age of 73, Kyodo news service reported.

Watanabe, a retired office worker, is a veteran climber who has also conquered Mount McKinley, North America's highest mountain, and other top peaks around the world.

She launched her ascent from the Tibetan north side of the mountain, according to EverestNews, which reported she would attempt to reach the peak on Friday.

Watanabe, whose climb to the summit was delayed twice due to erratic weather high on the mountain, was in a "good state of health" after getting to the top, Mainichi Daily News reported. She began the last push to the peak late Friday after weather had eased and reached her goal Saturday morning.

Min Bahadur Sherchan of Nepal is the oldest man to reach the top of Everest at the age of 76 years, 340 days.

Mount Everest stands 29,029 feet above sea level.

Suggested Read: The Top of the World: Climbing Mount Everest [Kindle Edition] by Steve Jenkins (Apr 29, 2002)

Friday, May 18, 2012

Milford Police seek Help: More than 100 fish stolen from hatchery

MILFORD, N.H. - The Department of Fish and Game is seeking the public's help in finding a man who it said could be behind the theft of more than 100 fish from their Milford hatchery in April.

Surveillance photo captured the man Fish and Game officers said broke into the Milford fish hatchery at least twice in April and stole dozens of fish worth about $12 each.

"He came in with the exact purpose to take as many fish as he could," New Hampshire Game and Fish Department representative Todd Szewczyk said.

Workers at the hatchery first noticed something was wrong when they spotted a hole cut through the facility's fence.

"We did also find a trail of fish from where they took them to the access point. They cut in the fence," Szewczyk said.

More fish were taken just a few days later, but Fish and Game officers said they got a look at the thief.

"(He) came back later the next week and was caught by surveillance equipment with a bucket and net," Szewczyk said.

Once inside the hatchery, Fish and Game officers said the thief made his way to one of the enclosures, lifted up the fencing and helped himself to more than 100 fish.

"These were fish that were going to be stocked in the local rivers and ponds, so it's directly affecting the local fisherman," Szewczyk said. "If I were a fisherman, I would be outraged. That's someone taking away potential fish for us to catch."

Officers said it's the first time they've had an incident like it at the hatchery, which houses thousands of fish.

"We've had other incidents where we have caught people actually fishing in the hatchery, but not going out and taking mass quantities like this and making an effort to break through the fence," Szewczyk said.

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Mountain Lion Spotted Near Manchester, NH School May 18, 2012 10:09 PM

MANCHESTER, NH – A middle school in Manchester, New Hampshire has sent out an alert after a mountain lion was spotted.

The animal was spotted Wednesday on Brady Circle which is near the soccer field of the Henry J. McLaughlin Jr. Middle School.

A neighbor sent a video to Animal Control and they made the identification.

A letter went home Friday telling people to stay out of wooded areas and to keep their pets inside at night.

If you see the animal you are urged to slowly move away from it.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012



May 17, 2012

Boston 5, Tampa Bay 3 at Tropicana Field
Boston Record: (18-20)
Tampa Bay Record: (24-15)

Winning pitcher - Felix Doubront (4-1)
Losing pitcher - Matt Moore (1-4)
SV - Alfredo Aceves (8)


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After a pleasant, sunny weekend the Lakes Region plunged back into a prolonged rain event! The Lake Winnipesaukee lake level is now over full pool, and there are currently increased flows at the Lakeport and Lochmere dams on Winnipesaukee and Winnisquam, respectively. These flows have really brought the white perch into the Winnipesaukee River on Lake Winnisquam. I wouldn’t be surprised to also see some rainbows moving into the river too. On May 10, fisheries biologists Matt Carpenter and Ben Nugent transferred approximately 2000 river herring (alewives) into the Winnipesaukee River in Laconia. These alewives were trucked form our seacoast Cocheco River in Fish and Game’s “shad truck.” It is hoped that this re-introduction of alewives into Lake Winnisquam will help increase the returns of herring to the Merrimack River, and provide forage for bass and rainbow trout in Winnisquam.

May 15 was the start of the catch and release season for bass, and will continue through June 15. John Viar and I recently tried to obtain a sample of largemouth bass from nearby Wicwas Lake, and were very surprised to see the lack of nesting bass along the shoreline. Water temperature was 58 degrees, but a cold front that pushed through the area after the last bout of rain evidently has delayed nesting activity in the area. Generally, bass are well on their beds at this time.

Small brooks and streams have great flows now, and stocking has occurred on just about every water managed for trout. The larger rivers, like the Pemigewasset for instance, will need to drop a bit to fishable levels; this will happen quickly with a forecast of better weather for the next several days.

I had a chance to fish a local fly-fishing-only pond and had a great time with some great looking brook trout. Brisk winds and early morning temps in the 30s kept fly hatches to a minimum, but one sheltered corner of the pond produced a hatch of blue-winged olive mayflies that turned the trout on for a period of time. Again, small midges were present and the occasional trout would sip them off the surface, but these trout were hard to pattern with our offerings.

Look for plenty of anglers this weekend as the 30th annual Winni Derby is held on Lake Winnipesaukee, May 18-20. Water temps are good for the salmon bite, and the weather looks promising. Good luck to all the anglers, young and older, enjoy the time on the water! – Don Miller, Fisheries Biologist

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This has been a spring of frustrating outboard motor repairs for me that has kept me from my traditional early season bass fishing. Last weekend I found myself waiting for parts in the mail and itching to get out and do some fishing. I decided to do something that I haven’t done since I was a kid fishing with my friend and his father up in Berlin, in the area referred to as Kilkenny on the Upper Ammonusuc River: what we called “brook fishing.”

I decided to fish close to home in the area of Hancock, where there are plenty of streams to choose from. I grabbed an old rod that didn’t matter if it got banged around sneaking through the brush, some worm hooks, small split shot, worms, knee boots, my lab Drake, and off we went with minimal preparation and little gear.

I started fishing at a stream crossing and worked my way downstream. It didn’t take long for me to start catching wild brook trout from three to six inches long. Eventually the stream brought me to some beaver flowages that intercepted another stream. I worked my way upstream of the next stream, finding places where I could fish the small beaver ponds. There were a lot of trout, most were too small for me to hook, but I did catch several. The best part of my day was catching a beautiful and very healthy tiger trout, a first for me. This just goes to show that you don’t need a boat or fancy gear to get out and enjoy the fishing opportunities that we have here in the Granite State. – Jason Carrier, Fisheries Biologist

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An argument can be made that this time of year is the busiest time for shoreline fish activity. The water temperatures of our lakes and ponds in southeastern New Hampshire have reached the mid-60s this week and will likely climb given the warm weather forecasted for the weekend. A recent boat electrofishing survey showed several different fish species utilizing shoreline habitat features for spawning, while others used the same features as ambush points to capitalize on this vulnerable stage to feed.

The haphazard progression from late winter to spring to early summer, back to early spring, and then back to early summer conditions observed this year have seemed to alter some normal spawning calendars and now have caused several different species to flood the shorelines at the same time. For sunfish species like bluegills, pumpkinseeds, and red-breasted sunfish, spawning activity is well underway and visible by their colony nests providing a contrasting white color to the normally dark shallows. The males of these species go to extensive efforts to clear off proportionally large areas free of detritus, leaving a circular nest that appeal to a female.

At this same time, largemouth bass seem to use somewhat less visible nesting sites with minimal to moderate detritus removal occurring, while taking advantage of protective features offered by shorelines. It is not uncommon for male largemouth bass to stake all their hopes in spawning in close proximity to or within fallen trees and their branches, beaver caches, dense emerging aquatic vegetation and manmade structures. During a typical year, yellow perch spawning is all said and done by now, but variations in weather patterns this year has stalled some from returning back to moderate depths. The key to finding large schools of yellow perch is dense vegetation or a freshly fallen tree where most of its branches are still present. The habitat complexities offered by these two components are very appealing to this species. These same areas are often utilized by black crappie for a staging ground before spawning. During our recent survey, we found large schools of black crappie
of various sizes. In other locations, which is normally observed in June, we found smaller groups of males or solitary male black crappie holding their ground, presumably already protecting fertilized eggs. These nests tend to be along shallow point extensions and less visible or contrasting to the natural lake bottom. – Ben Nugent, Fisheries Biologist

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This year is going to be one for the record books. So far the river herring run in the Lamprey River has surpassed the highest recorded yearly returns since the fish ladder was constructed to allow for passage of anadromous fish. It is looking like this may be a great year for striped bass fishing as well. We are already seeing them in good numbers up in the rivers at the heads-of-tide where they are gorging themselves on the bountiful herring. So far anglers have been having luck with live herring and lures such as poppers, just remember that Wednesdays are closed to the taking of river herring everywhere and the Squamscott River has special rules for river herring ( There are a number of good fishing spots to catch striped bass this time of year; a boardwalk in downtown Exeter right next to the Philips Exeter boat house is a prime location. This is at the head-of-tide just below where
river herring pool up below the dam and it is an excellent spot to spend a tide fishing. Other spots include the river bank in downtown Newmarket, just behind the mill buildings; and Henry Law Park in Dover. For those of you without a boat, this is the most productive time of year for striper fishing, before they move seaward. – Becky Heuss, Marine Biologist

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Verizon To Axe Unlimited Data Once Their New Data Share Plans Go Live

verizon-4g-lteVerizon Wireless has been working on bringing shared data plans to market for months now, but it turns out not everyone may enjoy making that transition.

Verizon CFO Fran Shammo said at an investor conference earlier today that users on those wonderful old grandfathered unlimited data plans will soon have to give them up if they want to move into a 4G device.

“A lot of our 3G base is unlimited,” Shammo remarked. “As they start to migrate onto 4G, they will have to come off of unlimited and go onto the data share plan. That’s beneficial for us for many reasons.”

Though the move doesn’t come as a surprise — they’ve been running promotions to incentivize migration to their LTE network for a while now — but hearing their intentions actually spelled out like that probably won’t please many long-standing Verizon customers. The carrier is aiming to roll out their shared data plans “mid-summer,” though I expect more new details to trickle out soon.

But let’s back up a bit here — how will these things actually work? Though most of the details are still hush-hush, customers will be able to pay a set rate for tiered data plan that can be shared by all the devices on the account. Even though these new data plans are set to make their debut sooner rather than later, there’s still no information available on what they’ll actually cost. Verizon isn’t exactly known for being the most price-conscious wireless carrier (don’t get me started on the rise of $299 smartphones), but we’ll have to wait and see what they’ve come up with.

The concept of shared data plans would is wonderful for families and other multi-line accounts, but it doesn’t do any favors for the individual customers who don’t need more than one device. The status of existing customers who have had their unlimited data plans grandfathered over to their new 4G devices is also unclear — Shammo makes it sound like only customers who upgrade after the change takes place will have to pick a new data plan (for better or worse), and with any luck they’ll leave the lucky souls who have already locked their old data plans alone for now.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Shell Oil drillships are on their way to the Polar Bear Seas in America's Arctic.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

1 turns into 3 Lost Hikers Found Safe In Franconia NH

FRANCONIA, N.H. -- Three people are safe after getting lost while hiking in Franconia.

New Hampshire Fish and Game officials said shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday May 12th, they got a call about a lost hiker near the summit of Little Haystack.

Searchers were able to find the man, and while they were giving him food and water, they came across two other hikers who were also lost. Their large 60lb dog who was along with them, needed to be carried the rest of the way out.

Officials said none of the hikers were prepared. 

Fish and Game lieutenant James Kneeland: “It is becoming a huge problem specially this time of year. You are hesitant to leave them over night to fend for themselves. The weather may drop into the 30’s have snow or cold rain.”

Don't let a pleasure trip turn into a nightmare, be prepared!  Visit HIKESAFE.COM and learn more on what you should do as part of your adventure planning.

Call ahead, read a guidebook and study maps of the area you'll be hiking to become familiar with trails, roads, rivers, streams, mountains and other features. Use these as reference points as you hike. Once you've determined your route, leave your trip plan with family and friends - then make sure you stick to this plan.

Properly pack a backpack with enough food, water and other necessary provisions for a safe hike. Dress for the occasion and pack spare clothes in the event you get wet due to rivers, streams, or inclement weather that can change rapidly in the Mountains. Get use to using a compass and map and don't depend on your cellphone as signals are weak to non-existent in the Mountainous regions of New Hampshire.

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