A Pacific loon was seen from Fort Stark in New Castle on Oct. 26 and was reported as part of the New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for this week. Slightly smaller than the common loon, this bird breeds in the Arctic in the summer months and spends most of its life on the Pacific Ocean.
Great Bay Community College received a $20,000 donation for its scholarship fund recently from LTC Partners at the college's Distinguished Leaders Dinner at Wentworth by the Sea in New Castle. The contribution was announced by Paul Forte, CEO of LTC Partners.
A federal jury on Wednesday convicted a man of working with others to expand the cocaine-trafficking empire of one of the world's most notorious drug networks into northern New England and Europe. The jury convicted Rafael Humberto Celaya Valenzuela, a member of Mexico's violent Sinaloa cartel, of conspiracy to distribute more than 2,200 pounds of cocaine, plus heroin and methamphetamine, in the United States.
Members of one of the world's most notorious drug cartels met with undercover federal agents two years ago at Wentworth by the Sea to discuss expanding the gang's cocaine sales into Europe and northern New England, a federal prosecutor said yesterday in Concord. Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald Feith said he planned to introduce recordings of that meeting in New Castle - and of others convened around the globe - over the next several days, during the trial of one of those members, Rafael Humberto Celaya Valenzuela.