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  1. Snowy winter on tap?

    Well, It's not over yet, but this storm hasn't followed the original game plan very well. In Loudon we have maybe 5"of snow, with very fine sleet pellets falling. Supposed to change back over to snow at some point. On a positive note, went ice fishing yesterday at Suncook Lake in Barnstead and there was about 15" of ice. There quite a few sleds and 4-wheelers out there. The ice was covered with about 4" of hard snow and almost perfectly flat. Would have been perfect for a speed run.
  2. 2019 legislative session

    Thanks for the update.
  3. Snowy winter on tap?

    Current graphic on weather.com showing possible Fri-Mon snowfall. Yes, it shows southern NH getting 3+ feet of snow, and central NH getting 2"-3'.
  4. Snowy winter on tap?

    NWS 1/16/2019 Snow Amounts: If you`ve been waiting for winter, here it is. Potential for very heavy snow accumulation /widespread double digit snowfall/ continues to increase. With 1-1.5" of liquid precipitation, even a modest 10:1 snow ratio easily achieves that objective. In fact higher snow ratios are quite possible, particularly in the interior. Forecast soundings show strong upward motion in the snow growth zone on Sunday morning across southern Maine and expect a region of snowfall rates over 1"/hr through Sunday. It`s far too early to pin down any mesoscale effects other than to mention that strong snow bands are likely with this kind of strong dynamic storm and any areas that remain under snowbands may see closer to 2"/hr rates.
  5. Fish and Game Rep

    JANUARY 7, 2019 BY CAPTAIN DAVID WALSH "New Hampshire’s law (RSA 215-C:47) requires that in order for Vermont or Maine registered snowmobiles to operate in NH with their respective registrations, NH-registered snowmobiles must be allowed to operate in those states during the same time period. NH must put into its Administrative Rules the exact weekend, which all three states agreed would be the last weekend in January. Once in Rule, it cannot be changed without going through a lengthy legislative process." Now, I think I've beaten this dead horse quite enough. And I believe that the Ride Free weekend is equally dead until the legislature changes the law. Sorry to have chewed up so much bandwidth.
  6. Fish and Game Rep

    Just a suggestion, but I'd rely more on the RSA's and Administrative Rules than what an employee of an agency might suggest. Just read the RSA and the rules, they are nor rumors. F&G's position is that Vermont and Maine lied to them, and that sounds like he said/she said. Our RSA allows Maine and Vermont to control the date of our free ride weekend, or eliminate it.
  7. Reciprocal Weekend Cancelled

    Why would NH need Federal funding to pass a bill that would give F&G officials, or officials from another agency, greater authority to adjust our "free ride" weekend? There's a good parallel to the "free fishing in NH" days law. The state statute authorizing the F&G executive director to establish 2 days per year of free fishing in NH. (RSA 541-A is the Administrative Procedure Act) Section 214:1-e 214:1-e Fishing Without a License. – The executive director may adopt rules under RSA 541-A establishing 2 days per year on which persons normally required to hold a license under RSA 214:1 may fish by angling only, in any public waters within the jurisdiction of the state without a license, except that those anglers participating in a fishing tournament on either day shall be required to possess a valid fishing license. Source. 1989, 101:1, eff. May 1, 1989. 2016, 135:1, eff. July 26, 2016. The resulting Administrative Rule adopted by F&G (Fis is the Fiscal Impact Statement prepared by the Legislative Budget Assistant) CHAPTER Fis 1200 EDUCATION AND OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS Statutory Authority: RSA Chapter 214 PART Fis 1203 FREE FISHING DAY Fis 1203.01 Free Fishing Day. No fishing license shall be required to take fish, by angling, in any public waters within the jurisdiction of the state on the first Saturday of June and the third Saturday in January, except that those anglers participating in a fishing tournament on either day shall be required to possess a valid fishing license.
  8. Snowy winter on tap?

    From the NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook for today. This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for Maine, south central Maine, southwest Maine, west central Maine, western Maine, New Hampshire, central New Hampshire, northern New Hampshire and southern New Hampshire DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Monday through Saturday. A winter storm is possible this weekend with significant snow accumulation possible across the region. The most likely time for this would be Saturday night and Sunday. Monday morning update The NWS is sticking with the Hazardous Weather Outlook for the weekend. "Some weak phasing between northern and southern streams for Friday could produce a round of light accumulating snows. By Sunday...significant phasing occurs with the resulting deep trough situated over the eastern third of the CONUS. Meanwhile at the surface...low pressure potentially brings a significant round of wintry precipitation to the region in the Sunday-Monday timeframe." Weather.com and Accuweather.com have got onboard, with the snow forecast.
  9. Reciprocal Weekend Cancelled

    Well, the folks who can do something are here. Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/house/committees/links.aspx?x=3&id=28 Chairman: Cathryn Harvey (Spofford) Vice Chairman: Larry Laflame (Berlin) Clerk: Mark King (Nashua) Secretary: Donna Merrill 271-3125 State legislative email addresses are in the format: Firstname.Lastname@Leg.State.NH.US Committee Members: Name Address Bosman, James B. 243 Journeys End Road Francestown NH 03043-3508 Comeau, Ed C. 212 Stoneham Road Brookfield NH 03872-7403 Craig, Kevin B. 53 Prospect Street Lancaster NH 03584-3252 Davis, Dan J. 6 Oakridge Road Kensington NH 03833-5608 Dontonville, Roger W. 90 Lewin Road Enfield NH 03748-4045 Egan, Timothy T. 220 Jesseman Road Sugar Hill NH 03586-4236 Eisner, Mary A. 21R Derryfield Road Derry NH 03038 Harvey, Cathryn A. PO Box 414 50 Forestview Drive Spofford NH 03462-0414 Howard, Raymond J. 311 Stockbridge Corner Road Alton NH 03809-5241 Khan, Aboul B. 3 Greenleaf Drive Seabrook NH 03874-4045 King, Mark R. 3 Lovewell Street Nashua NH 03060-4506 Klose, John F. PO Box 519 Epsom NH 03234-0519 L'Heureux, Robert J. 94 Back River Road Merrimack NH 03054-2690 Laflamme, Larry L. 474 Second Avenue Berlin NH 03570-1135 Love, David C. 4 Maple Street #3 Derry NH 03038-2345 Read, Ellen D. 283 Lita Lane Newmarket NH 03857-2425 Ruprecht, Dennis M. 417 South Main Street Landaff NH 03585-5221 Spillane, James A. 16 Swamp Road Deerfield NH 03037-1323 Stack, Kathryn 7 Knollwood Drive Merrimack NH 03054 Von Plinsky, Sparky 18 Allen Court Keene NH 03431-1802 Who's My Rep? http://gencourt.state.nh.us/house/members/default.aspx Legislative Service Requests (LSR) An LSR is a legislators request to the Office of Legislative Services to have a bill drafted. http://gencourt.state.nh.us/lsr_search/LSR_Results.aspx 2019-0187 HB Title: relative to discounts for OHRV and snowmobile registration. Sponsors: (Prime) James Spillane , John Reagan, John Potucek, Kevin Verville, Alan Bershtein 2019-0627 HB Title: amending the laws governing OHRVs and snowmobiles. Sponsors: (Prime) Wayne Moynihan , Robert L'Heureux 2019-0721 HB Title: increasing certain fines for OHRV and snowmobile operation violations. Sponsors: (Prime) Wayne Moynihan , Robert L'Heureux
  10. Anyone have any snow totals?

    NEW HAMPSHIRE ...Belknap County... Meredith 7.1 814 AM 1/09 Social Media 1 WSW Belmont 5.8 700 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS Lakeport 5.0 1100 AM 1/09 Co-Op Observer 2 SW Meredith 4.2 700 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS ESE Gilmanton 4.0 814 AM 1/09 Social Media 1 ESE Sanbornton 4.0 700 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS Belmont 4.0 812 AM 1/09 Social Media 4 E Gilford 3.7 700 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS 2 W Sanbornton 3.1 711 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS Laconia 2.0 400 AM 1/09 UCOOP 3 NNE Meredith 1.7 1200 AM 1/09 Co-Op Observer ...Carroll County... 3 SW Albany 7.0 800 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS North Conway 4.5 820 AM 1/09 Co-Op Observer Tamworth 4.4 700 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS Tamworth 4 4.4 700 AM 1/09 Co-Op Observer Wolfeboro 3.8 700 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS 1 SE Madison 3.6 700 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS 1 SW North Conway 2.4 700 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS 1 N Madison 2.0 708 AM 1/08 Trained Spotter 3 NE Wakefield 1.5 700 AM 1/08 CoCoRaHS 3 ENE Sandwich 1.3 600 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS ...Cheshire County... 6 ESE Alstead 4.6 1149 AM 1/09 Trained Spotter Jaffrey Airpark 1.5 700 AM 1/09 Co-Op Observer Surry Mountain Lake 1.5 700 AM 1/09 Co-Op Observer Otter Brook Lake 1.2 700 AM 1/09 Co-Op Observer ...Coos County... 1 SE Lancaster 6.0 121 PM 1/09 Trained Spotter 1 NW Randolph 6.0 1105 AM 1/09 Trained Spotter Pinkham Notch 5.1 600 AM 1/09 Co-Op Observer Shelburne 5.0 1021 AM 1/09 Social Media North Stratford 3.8 830 AM 1/09 Co-Op Observer 1 NE Randolph 3.0 700 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS 6 NE Pittsburg 2.0 700 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS Berlin 1.5 717 AM 1/09 Co-Op Observer 1 W Jefferson 1.1 700 AM 1/08 Co-Op Observer First Connecticut La 1.0 700 AM 1/08 Co-Op Observer ...Grafton County... Lebanon 6.5 930 AM 1/09 Social Media 2 SSE Lower Waterfor 6.0 800 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS 2 NNW Canaan 5.8 1056 AM 1/09 Trained Spotter Bridgewater 5.8 1106 AM 1/09 Social Media Bristol 4.8 700 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS Plymouth 4.5 753 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS 2 N Plymouth 2.6 630 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS 3 ENE Sugar Hill 1.7 710 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS ...Hillsborough County... 3 ENE Mont Vernon 2.5 700 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS Bedford 2.0 907 AM 1/09 Social Media 1 SW Mont Vernon 2.0 630 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS Hancock 1.8 730 AM 1/09 Co-Op Observer Milford 1.5 720 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS East Milford 1.5 730 AM 1/09 Co-Op Observer 1 ENE Greenville 1.4 800 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS 2 NE Weare 1.2 830 AM 1/09 Co-Op Observer ...Merrimack County... New London 6.0 1223 PM 1/09 Social Media 3 ENE Bradford 5.3 800 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS 2 E Danbury 5.3 800 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS 2 ENE Bradford 4.3 700 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS Dunbarton 4.2 700 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS 1 NNW Bow 4.0 710 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS 3 WSW Bradford 3.9 1200 PM 1/09 Co-Op Observer Dam 3.8 900 AM 1/09 Co-Op Observer Pittsfield 3.5 800 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS 1 SE Concord 2.9 700 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS 2 ESE Boscawen 2.5 725 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS 3 S Bow 2.5 600 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS 2 SSE Boscawen 2.4 730 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS 1 WNW Newbury 2.3 600 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS 2 NNW Contoocook 1.6 910 AM 1/08 CoCoRaHS Concord ASOS 1.3 121 PM 1/08 ASOS 2 E Tilton 1.3 516 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS 1 SSE Henniker 1.2 518 PM 1/08 Trained Spotter 2 SSW Chichester 1.0 250 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS West Hopkinton 1.0 700 AM 1/08 Co-Op Observer ...Rockingham County... 4 ESE Epsom 1.9 700 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS 1 WSW Northwood 1.5 700 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS ...Strafford County... 2 ESE Strafford 5.5 800 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS Dover 1.5 745 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS 2 SSE Strafford 1.2 920 AM 1/09 Trained Spotter ...Sullivan County... 3 W Unity 7.0 700 AM 1/09 CoCoRaHS Croydon 6.3 938 AM 1/09 Trained Spotter 2 W Claremont 6.0 1116 AM 1/09 Public 2 N Sunapee 1.0 720 AM 1/08 CoCoRaHS
  11. Reciprocal Weekend Cancelled

    John, I don't think that you really believe that. The legislature has the constitutional authority to pass legislation on any subject they choose; a court may rule it unconstitutional, or a governor may veto it, but they can act on it. Nobody has to ask them, any legislator can file a bill. Do lobbyists and special interests play a role, sure, but they aren't required.
  12. Reciprocal Weekend Cancelled

    The legislature failed to react when Maine changed their law in 2017, probably because they weren't aware of the change. The snowmobile community, BoT, F&G, NHSA, the North Country business community, and the larger NH snowmobile community also overlooked the change. Maine (13104 7E) The Commissioner may annually establish one 3-day consecutive period, 2 days of which are weekend days during which a non-resident may operate in the state a snowmobile that is not registered in Maine if the non-resident's snowmobile has a valid registration from another state or a Canadian province. Vermont Title 23 Chapter 29 Sub-chapter 1 3202 Special decal exemptions. A snowmobile legally registered in another state or province may enter and operate in this State without a TMA decal as follows: (5) The Commissioner may authorize the temporary operation of snowmobiles on designated regular or temporary trails for special events. In February 2018 NHSA posted proposed changes to rule PART Fis 1509.01 RECIPROCITY https://nhsa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/IP-Fis-1500-2-21-18-rev.pdf In 2018 F&G worked through the steps to process the proposed administrative rules. Obviously, the rules must comply with the statute. The process was complete in July 2018. Captain David Walsh: "In May of 2018, NHF&G had to renew the Administrative Rules governing snowmobile and OHRV laws. Again, I reached out to Vermont and Maine, this time informing them that if they had any plans of changing their free weekend dates, now would be the time to tell me as our Rules were being renewed and I could easily make changes to keep Tri-State weekend intact. They again informed me that they had no intentions of changing the January date." Whenever Fish and Game is going to change a rule, the public process begins with the publication of the NOTICE form, which provides a summary of the proposed rules, the date, time and location of the public hearing(s) and the public comment period. After the public hearing, the Department publishes the Final Proposal, which contains the changes made as a result of public comment, and one of the last steps is when the Final Proposal goes before the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (JLCAR) for their review and approval. Future of Free Weekend The question going forward is, does NH want to create a free weekend where out-of-state registered snowmobiles can ride here? Is the benefit worth the costs? Costs being the added time and expense of grooming trails that will be heavily used, extra enforcement, and increased accident investigations (an inevitable by-product of a busy riding weekend). The concept of reciprocity where riders can make day trips and explore new trails and areas without worrying about borders is apparently gone as free weekends by individual states have no guarantee of falling on the same weekend, especially since some states have forgotten how to communicate! The way to fix this is for the NH legislature to pass a version of Maine's or Vermont's law, then F&G will do its process to develop an administrative rule to implement the law. I would think that those North Country businesses might contact their representatives if they're feeling some pain.
  13. Reciprocal Weekend Cancelled

    215-C:47 Reciprocity. A snowmobile which is registered in Vermont, Maine, or Quebec shall be deemed to be properly registered for the purposes of this chapter if it is registered in accordance with the laws of the state or province in which it is registered, but only to the extent that a reciprocal exemption or privilege is granted under the laws of that state or province for snowmobiles registered in this state. For the purpose of this section, the executive director shall determine the extent of the privilege of operation granted by Vermont, Maine, and Quebec and, when necessary, adopt rules and charge fees to achieve a true reciprocity. The executive director's determination shall be final. This would be the F&G administrative director. It's been interpreted as meaning the ride-free right must be identical. How would opening the all the state trails to out-of-state sleds qualify as an event? I do understand that it's possible to do this for a local event.
  14. Reciprocal Weekend Cancelled

    There's an Associated Press story being published today in several NH newspapers and web sites on the loss of the reciprocal weekend between Maine, Vermont, and NH. The story makes the point that it was NH that required that other states offer reciprocity on the same weekend as NH. The NH legislature could fix this by simply offering a free weekend to all registered sleds from any state. If the state's goal is to bring business to NH retail businesses, why should we care if another state declines to offer the same deal to NH riders? Right now, for one weekend, NH riders can ride free in Maine and Vermont. That will deprive NH businesses of some amount of revenue, while not getting any revenue from Maine and Vermont riders. The legislature needs to stop micromanaging things like this and leave the decision-making on dates and conditions to the state agencies in DPR/F&G. NH riders aren't harmed by the status quo, but northern NH retail businesses are harmed. This AP story got a pretty wide distribution. I expected NH, Maine, and Vermont TV and newspapers to carry it, but I also saw it in a Roanake, Virginia newspaper site.Why the good people in Roanoke would be interested in a NH snowmobiling story is beyond me. Maybe it was a quiet news day down there.
  15. Corridor 15 through Loudon

    The current trail map on the NHSA site shows a large gap in Corridor 15 at Route 129 in Loudon. The trail has been closed south of Route 129 for a while, and the map now shows that.