Public Hearing in Lebanon for State Rest Areas and Information Centers.

A public input session on the state’s welcome centers and rest areas is tonight from 5:30-7 pm in Lebanon City Hall Council Chambers on North Park Street. The session is part of a study by The NH Department of Transportation (NHDOT), Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED) to hear recommendations and improve travel services. Currently, nine centers are operated year-round, three are seasonal and four are closed.

Traffic Alert for I-91
I-91 in Vermont between Exits 2 and 3 will be closed to complete preventative maintenance on Tuesday, December 8. I-91 Southbound will be closed between exits 3 and 2 from 9:00 am -3:00 pm. On Wednesday, December 9, I-91 Northbound will be closed between exits 2 and 3 from 9:00 am -3:00 pm. Traffic officers will be on hand to detour traffic onto Route 5.

Claremont’s Hot Water District on Hold
Oil prices have been falling, and to most, it is a welcome site at the pump. However lower fuel prices have put one project in Claremont on hold. In 2013, oil was over $100.00 a barrel and Claremont officials started work on a Hot Water District for heating its downtown. The system would be powered by a wood fire and heat hot water that would run through the municipal buildings and eventually businesses. In 2013, Governor Maggie Hassan signed SB 74 into law, which would exempt Claremont from being classified as a public utility.
Claremont move forward and in 2014, the cost of oil was hovering around $80.00 a barrel and Claremont applied for and received a $250,000 grant towards the system.
City Manager Guy Santagate said the Hot Water District project is currently suspended because of the dropping oil prices.
Santagate emphasized that project is just on hold.
As of Monday, oil was at $39.00 a barrel the lowest since 2004.

Public Hearing in Goshen on Junkyard
A public hearing for a junkyard application will take place tonight (Tues) at 6:30 pm at the Goshen Town Hall. The application for the license is for the Goshen Auto Wrecking facility on 2508 Brook Road in Goshen.
All members of the public are invited to attend and be heard regarding the request.

Member Of Mexican Drug Cartel Sentenced to 17 Years
Rafael Humberto Celaya Valenzuela, 40 of Hermosillo, Mexico and member of Chapo’s Drug Cartel was sentenced to 17 years in federal prison on Tuesday. Acting US Attorney for NH Donald Feith said a federal jury found Valenzuela guilty on conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine. A grand jury for the District of New Hampshire originally charged Celaya Valenzuela and seven coconspirators including Joaquin Guzman-Loera, a/k/a “Chapo” with the drug conspiracy in June 2011. “This case illustrates that drug cartels based in foreign countries will go anywhere to distribute their deadly products,” stated Feith. “Mr. Celaya Valenzuela served as a representative of one of the world’s wealthiest and deadliest drug organizations. Without the work of dedicated agents from the FBI, the Boston Police Department, and the Spanish National Police, this long-term investigation would not have been successful. I commend these agencies for their determination to bring these individuals to justice.”
Celaya Valenzuela will be deported to Mexico upon his release.

Henniker Man Killed in 202 Crash
A Henniker was killed and a Penacook man sustained serious injuries after their vehicles collided on Rte 202/9 in Henniker yesterday after noon. Police say the accident happened shortly before2:30 pm and emergency personal found a pickup truck on fire upon arrival. Henniker Fire Department extinguished the fire and they discovered the drive Todd Goss 52, was deceased. The second driver John Auprey 46, who was driving a Toyota Scion, was airlifted to D.H.M.C. in Lebanon with serious injuries. Witnesses said Mr. Goss was traveling in the westbound breakdown lane at a high rate of speed when he abruptly merged into the westbound travel lane and struck the rear of Mr. Auprey’s vehicle. After impact, both vehicles left the roadway. Mr. Goss’ truck rolled over several times, struck a stand of trees, and caught fire. The crash is currently under investigation by the New Hampshire State Police, Henniker Police Department, and the New Hampshire State Fire Marshal’s Office. The road was reopened to traffic at 8:30 pm.