Tuesday November 27, 2012

Eagle rescued in
N.H. from R.I.

SALEM, N.H. (AP) -- A bald eagle that was rescued from an animal trap by New Hampshire police on Thanksgiving Day came from Rhode Island.

Salem police say based on a band on the eagle’s leg, biologists say the bird was hatched from a nest in Scituate Reservoir in Rhode Island in 2005.

The distance from the nest to where it was found in Salem is about 70 miles.

The eagle was freed from the trap by police who watched it fly away apparently unharmed except for a small cut on its leg.

A Massachusetts hunter reported finding the eagle next to a recently skinned remains of a beaver. Police say it appeared the eagle was attempting to feed on the beaver and got caught in the trap.

6 properties added
to N.H. register

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A town hall, a tavern and two libraries are among the latest buildings to be added to the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places.

The state Historical Resources Council says being listed on the register is an acknowledgement of a property’s historical significance and can pre-qualify the property for many preservation grant programs.

The six properties that were added recently include Chichester’s Town House; the Grafton Town Library, the Freedom Village Bandstand, Keene’s Horatio Colony House Museum and the Moultonborough Grange, which was originally a tavern.


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Top lobster scientists gather in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- On the heels of a summer that featured a potentially record-breaking lobster haul in Maine and Canada and a crash in wholesale prices, top lobster scientists are meeting in Maine this week to look at fundamental changes that have affected lobsters in recent years.

The Maine Sea Grant program is hosting a conference in Portland focusing on things such as warming ocean temperatures, the changing food web and seafood economics.

Conference co-chairman Rick Wahle, a University of Maine research professor, said the lobster industry is at a critical juncture, with the Maine harvest going gangbusters but the fishery virtually collapsed in southern New England.

Top Mass. lawmakers give raises to staffer

BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts’ two top lawmakers are handing out raises to hundreds of staffers even as the state faces declining revenues that could force budget cuts.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray agreed to the 3 percent raises last week.

House employees haven’t seen an increase since 2008.

While DeLeo gave the 3 percent raise to 460 House employees, Murray gave the raises just to her staff.

A spokesman for Murray said individual senators control their own office and staff and can make their own decisions about raises.

State tax collections for the past four months have fallen below expectations.

Gov. Deval Patrick said Monday he’s waiting to see November revenues before making any decisions about potential budget cuts.