Wednesday February 20, 2013

N.H. mountains
offer Superpass
for next season

BRETTON WOODS, N.H. (AP) -- Four New Hampshire ski areas are teaming up to offer a "White Mountains Superpass" valid at all four mountains during the 2013-2014 winter season.

Bretton Woods, Cranmore, Cannon Mountain and Waterville Valley ski areas have been offering a four-mountain season pass for college students for several years, but the new pass is the first one available to all skiers and riders. The passes offer access to a combined 284 trails and includes a "Bring-A-Friend Bonus" that allows pass holders to get $15 off the purchase of a one-day adult ticket for a friend.

The passes, which go on sale Feb. 23, cost $949 for adults, $549 for teens and $449 for ages 6-12. Prices will increase after June 1.

Sen. Shaheen discussing air refueling tankers at Pease

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is visiting the Pease Air National Guard Base in Portsmouth to discuss the possibility that it will be home for a new line of air refueling tankers.

Last month, the Air Force announced that Pease -- home to the 157th Air Refueling Wing -- was one of five finalists to receive the new KC-46A tanker.

Air Force officials recently visited Pease to start assessing the base for receiving the tanker.

Shaheen is visiting the base Tuesday morning.

The refueling wing was honored last month by the Air Force for outstanding service.

N.H.-Maine bridge on track for summer traffic

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) -- The new Memorial Bridge connecting New Hampshire to Maine is still scheduled to open to traffic this summer.

Contractor Archer Western has put into place the new south span and a concrete deck. It has started erecting the south tower.

Steel tower pieces made by Structural Bridge in Claremont are being erected piece by piece by a barge-mounted crane near the south span. That will take about month to complete.

Plans are for the north span to be completed in March and floated into place at low tide, using the same process as used for the south span.

While the bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine, would be open this summer, Archer Western says final work, including landscaping and cleanup, will take until the end of the year.

Brown thinking about running for governor

BOSTON (AP) -- Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is thinking about running for governor of Massachusetts.

The Republican said he’s going to "keep all options open" about his political future. He said the best thing he can do for himself and for his peace of mind now "is just to hang tight and recharge and be active."

Brown was defeated last year by Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Brown also suggested that his decision to not run again in the upcoming special Senate election had to do with the prospect of having to defend the seat again next year if he won.

Fox News Channel recently hired Brown as a contributor. Brown says he’s hoping to use the opportunity to challenge elected officials to put the country’s needs ahead of partisan interests.

Mass. gas prices up
4 cents per gallon

BOSTON (AP) -- The average cost of a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline in Massachusetts is up four cents in the past week, but it’s still a penny below the national average.

AAA Southern New England reports this week that self-serve, regular is up to an average of $3.72 per gallon. That’s one cent below the national average of $3.73. The price in Massachusetts this time last year was $3.60.

AAA found self-serve, regular selling as low as $3.59 per gallon and as high as $3.87. Prices have risen 31 cents in the past month.