Snowmobiler dies from injuries sustained in accident

JEFFERSON — The snowmobiler whose machine was hit by a car while crossing Route 115 Saturday has died from his injuries.

State police said Phillip Mumley, 47, of Georgetown, Mass., died early Tuesday morning at Dartmouth Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Lebanon.

Mumley was driving his snowmobile west on Corridor 5 when the vehicle was struck when it crossed Route 115 in front of a Toyota Camry driven by Stephen Noseworthy, 61, of Lincoln.

State police said the investigation is on-going and any one with information is asked to contact Trooper Matthew Podell at the N.H. State Police-Troop F at (603)-846-3333 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Backcounty skier rescued on Mount Washington

Backcounty Skier rescued on Mount Washington

THOMPSON AND MESERVES PURCHASE — A Vermont man was rescued after he injured his leg backcountry skiing adjacent to the Cog Railway Friday.

Fish and Game headquarters received a 1:20 p.m. call from Maxwell Forbes, 21, of Burlington, Vt., reporting he had injured his leg while skiing and was unable to walk or ski.

Forbes provided GPS coordinates for his location as well as an accurate description of where the accident had taken place.

Fish and Game conservation officers used a specially equipped backcountry snowmobile to ride up the side of the mountain to the site, about a mile from the Cog Railway base station.

Forbes and a companion had stabilized the leg with first aid gear they had with them, allowing the responding Fish and Game officer to quickly situate Forbes on the snowmobile and bring him down the mountain. All parties arrived at the base station just after 3 p.m.

Forbes was evaluated by Twin Mountain Fire and Rescue EMS personnel and ultimately left by private vehicle to seek medical attention at Memorial Hospital in North Conway.

While this rescue occurred quickly, Fish and Game said backcountry enthusiasts should be prepared with sufficient gear to endure a lengthy stay should trouble occur because it can take hours to reach victims in remote locations. Having sufficient gear can mean the difference between life and death.

N.H. president of AFL-CIO to speak on March 4

N.H. president of AFL-CIO to speak on March 4

Bracket has ties to Gorham

GORHAM — New Hampshire AFL-CIO president Glenn Brackett, who graduated from Gorham High School in 1976 after moving to Randolph when he was 15, will speak at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, at the Medallion Opera House in Gorham Town Hall.

The Coos County Democratic Party is sponsoring his talk and no admission will be charged.

“This special event is open to the public, and we encourage all residents of Coos to attend,” said Coos County Democratic Party chair Emily Jacobs of Jefferson.

Brackett played a key role in defeating the so-called Right-to-Work Bill, SB 11, on Feb. 16 in the N.H. House of Representatives.

Following the vote he thanked legislators and said: "A bi-partisan majority confirmed that 'Right to Work' is still wrong for New Hampshire, and this vote should be the final nail in the coffin. Across the Granite State, working people stood together against this corporate-backed legislation that would cripple our ability to speak up on job."

The mission of the 25,000-plus-member NH AFL-CIO is to serve as a strong statewide voice for all working people, bringing together the unions of New Hampshire into one labor movement that fights for economic and social justice in the state’s workplaces and communities. It pledges that no worker, no union fights alone. Its vision is to be "a diverse social justice organization that is committed to the dignity of all and united in the struggle to improve the lives of working families and our communities."

When Brackett was declared the winner in a disputed election in mid-2015 for the top elected AFL-CIO post, he issued this statement: "Working men and women in the Granite State face some incredible challenges, and I am looking forward to tackling those challenges head-on. As president of the N.H. AFL-CIO, my top priority will be to find innovative ways to create more good middle-class jobs for New Hampshire workers. By working collaboratively with business and community leaders, elected officials of both parties and the working men and women who want to create a better life for their families, I am confident that the N.H. AFL-CIO and the labor movement as a whole will grow, prosper and contribute to a vibrant economy and society. Every worker should have the right to a living wage. Women should earn equal pay for equal work. And quality, affordable health care should be universal."

Prior to his election, Brackett served as the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2320 business manager, where he led more than 600 local workers in a 130-day-long strike to secure an agreement with FairPoint Communications, winning major compromises designed to benefit workers.

Brackett, the son of Bernice and the late George Brackett, still has two siblings, as well as his mother, living in the Androscoggin Valley in Gorham and Randolph.

“As a 37-year member of IBEW Local 2320, I was fortunate enough to raise three beautiful kids with my wife because we had stable careers that guaranteed that if we worked hard, we would be able to support the ones we love most.”

 

Fish and Game respond to two separate incidents on same stretch of trail over the weekend

PITTSBURG — N.H. Fish and Game responded to two separate incidents over the weekend on the same stretch of trail. Deep snow conditions and steep terrain made the northeastern side of Stub Hill nearly impassable.

The first call was received on Saturday, Feb. 18, around 6 p.m., from Travis Davenport, 22, of West Chesterfield who was traveling with six other riders.

The group had attempted to descend a non-maintained trail to connect them back to Trail 143, but became disoriented in a maze of off-trail snowmobile tracks.

In an effort to contact help, Davenport traveled back to Stub Hill Pond where he was able to get limited cell phone service and called for help.

After several attempts, conservation officers were able to make cell phone contact with Davenport around 7 p.m., and shortly after 8 p.m. the officers reached the stranded group.

Riders were carrying multiple GPS units, flashlights, water and other essentials with them, and there were no injuries or damages sustained in the incident.

The leader of the group was issued a citation for operating a snowmobile off of the maintained trail system, and the group returned Sunday to retrieve the machines.

Less than 24 hours later, conservation officers were once again called out on Sunday, Feb. 19, to the same stretch of trail that had prompted a rescue the evening before.

At about 2 p.m., a call came into 911 reporting a group of 10 snowmobiles had become stuck in the deep snow on the northeastern slope of the mountain.

About an hour later Anthony Rutledge, 45, of Southbury, Conn., was able to make cell phone contact with officers who began gathering information about the riding party and ongoing incident.

Officers responded by snowmobile to Stub Hill Pond, but then had to walk a non-maintained trail, locating the group at about 4 p.m.

“The group had been in the Stub Hill area in search of moose, and had followed a narrow, non-maintained and undesignated trail from the pond which led them steeply downhill in the wrong direction”, Conservation Officer Chris Egan stated. “It was actually the very same trail that another group of seven snowmobilers got into trouble on after following last evening, prompting a 911 response.”

The two adult leaders of the group were cited for operating snowmobiles off of the designated trail system without written landowner permission. No injuries were sustained as a result of the situation.

N.H. Fish and Game encourages riders to stay on the marked, maintained and legally designated snowmobile trail system.

Rescue PittsburgFish and Game responded to to Stub Hill in Pittsburg to assist several snowmobilers who were stuck off-trail on Sunday. (COURTESY PHOTO)