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Concord CAP has ‘new’ commander

CONCORD Lt. Col. Darin Ninness of Concord assumed command of the Civil Air Patrol s Concord Composite Squadron at the New Hampshire Army National Guard Armory on Feb. 2.

Ninness, who serves as the recruiting and personnel director for New Hampshire Wing CAP and as the national recruiting and retention manager, replaces Maj. Anna Hullinger, who has relocated to Hawaii with her family. Ninness has been the commander of the Concord Squadron twice before, from 1999 to 2004 and from 2006 to 2009. The Concord Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol was formed in 1997, a year after the deactivation of the long-time Concord Corsairs Squadron, and it is part of the all-civilian, all-volunteer U.S. Air Force Auxiliary.

The squadron recently received a rating of Outstanding during a recent unit inspection conducted by New Hampshire Wing CAP headquarters, and it has been consistently rated as one of the top units in New Hampshire and the Civil Air Patrol s 9-state Northeast Region. Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 56,000 members nationwide. It has been performing missions for America for 75 years. CAP performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, and was credited by the AFRCC with saving more than 70 lives in fiscal year 2016.

Operating 530 single engine aircraft and 63 sailplanes, the Civil Air Patrol utilizes aircraft and ground teams and an extensive radio communications network. CAP members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 22,000 young people participating in cadet programs. CAP s volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies.

For more information on the Concord Civil Air Patrol, visit www.concordcap.org.

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All-in on Justice’s vision for West Virginia

On Dec. 21, Gov. Jim Justice announced that I would be his Cabinet Secretary for the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. From that point on, I, like other Cabinet members, have been working every day to do what is right for West Virginia. I have personally devoted an average of 71 hours per week to respond to the governor s marching orders. Those orders are clear: with the state facing desperate times, its leaders needed to come forward and work together to make West Virginia proud. I spent from Dec. 21 to Inauguration Day mapping out a plan to make Military Affairs and Public Safety more efficient. The chief of staff approved this proposed reorganization on Jan. 27. Initially, these changes will reduce Military Affairs and Public Safety from 13 agencies to nine. My plan will unite Homeland Security State Administrative Agency, the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and the West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center under a single West Virginia Homeland Security entity.

As a next step, a new Division of Corrections Operations will absorb the Regional Jail and Corrections Facility Authority and the divisions of Corrections and Juvenile Services. As this will require legislation, this major change will take additional time. So far, no delegate or senator I have spoken to has raised any concerns. Legislators have instead told me that these changes are long overdue. My reorganization plan also focuses on rented real estate. An initial review shows that Military Affairs and Public Safety pays $1.2 million each year just for administrative offices. I envision a single headquarters for all of Military Affairs and Public Safety, except for the West Virginia State Police, with shared staff and such common office space as conference rooms. This will reduce space and costs. I was on hand to applaud Gov. Justice s State of the State Address, and I support his proposed budget. I hope that in West Virginia, all parties come together and vote to approve it. It is the right thing to do based on a detailed evaluation of the state s financial situation.

I have never been accused of being a yes man. With a degree in accounting and certified as a fraud examiner, I would directly tell the governor and his staff if I did not support the proposed budget. However, I believe in and support the governor s approach to solve the state s financial problems. Our legislators have worked hard over the past three years. They have cut and reduced our state s budget by millions of dollars. In his budget, the governor proposes $26.6 million in responsible cuts. The issue at hand now is: will further cuts affect the function of our government? The answer is not difficult to see after just a month in Charleston. Here are some examples from within Military Affairs and Public Safety:

Citizens across West Virginia are afraid they could lose their local State Police detachments to additional cuts. Previous spending reductions have already forced the State Police to eliminate more than 50 vacant trooper positions. The State Police do not have the funding to train a new trooper cadet class.

The West Virginia National Guard and our Emergency Management team saved lives and delivered immediate relief after last year s devastating flooding. Further cuts could threaten the state s disaster response and weaken ongoing efforts to prepare and lessen the impact of such events. I talked to a state employee that has worked for the State of West Virginia for 19 years. He handles millions of dollars in federal grants. He is making $26,000 per year, has not received a pay raise in over a decade, and his counterparts in surrounding states make 2 to 3 times more. A correctional officer called me crying that it embarrasses him and his family to go to a grocery store and pay with food stamps. The officer never dreamed that he would work full-time and qualify for food stamps and would need them.

Cutting over $450 million in spending may balance the budget, but the damage to state government would take years to recover from. As for the proposed revenue enhancements, I believe we need to look at the end result proposed by the governor: these measures will allow West Virginia to eliminate the state s personal income tax. I m from Wood County. I know that it has hundreds of retirees, from teachers to corporate executives, who have purchased homes in Florida. They live there six months and one day to avoid West Virginia s state income tax. Most of these men and women love West Virginia, and moved to Florida strictly as a real estate investment and to avoid paying West Virginia personal income taxes.

We have so much to offer in West Virginia. Our state should be seen as a place where people can work, live, and then retire income tax-free to enjoy West Virginia s beauty. This theory works in at least eight states: Florida; Nevada; New Hampshire; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Washington; and Wyoming. The governor has provided a long-range plan, not a short-term fix. Once it is implemented, imagine the growth as people relocate to West Virginia to live. These people will need all of life s basic living needs, from groceries to health care. That means that West Virginia must focus on quality roads, bridges, sewage treatment facilities, and education; on keeping the crime rate low; and on developing venues attractive to citizens from children to retirees. We must look past a one-year budget, and instead focus on where we want to be in eight years.

Stamford man charged in college basketball brawl

By Nelson Oliveira, Stamford Advocate[1]

Updated 10:35 am, Wednesday, February 22, 2017
  • Stamford Man Charged In College Basketball Brawl
  • Stamford Man Charged In College Basketball Brawl

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A Daniel Webster men s basketball game ended in a brawl Saturday. A Daniel Webster men s basketball game ended in a brawl Saturday.

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A Daniel Webster men s basketball game ended in a brawl Saturday. A Daniel Webster men s basketball game ended in a brawl Saturday.

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Stamford man charged in college basketball brawl

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A city man is among two college students arrested over the weekend after a fight broke out[2] during a basketball game at Daniel Webster College[3] in New Hampshire. Nashua police said Daniel Webster[4] guard Marquise Caudill[5], of Windsor, Conn., assaulted a player from the opposing team Saturday and threatened a security officer who tried to stop him, according to local news reports. Authorities said teammate Antwaun Boyd[6], of Stamford, appeared to be inciting the already hostile crowd, CBS News reported[7]. The 23-year-old was charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.

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Daniel Webster, which forfeited the game, was playing Southern Vermont. It took about 25 officers to restore order after the brawl, according to CBS News. The college condemned the incident in a statement[8] posted Sunday on its website.

The behavior at last night s game does not reflect the values and standards of sportsmanship we expect from student-athletes, the statement reads. The incident is still under investigation by the Nashua Police Department[9] and we are cooperating with authorities as they complete their investigation.

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References

  1. ^ Nelson Oliveira (www.stamfordadvocate.com)
  2. ^ a fight broke out (www.youtube.com)
  3. ^ Daniel Webster College (www.stamfordadvocate.com)
  4. ^ Daniel Webster (www.stamfordadvocate.com)
  5. ^ Marquise Caudill (www.stamfordadvocate.com)
  6. ^ Antwaun Boyd (www.stamfordadvocate.com)
  7. ^ CBS News reported (www.cbsnews.com)
  8. ^ statement (athletics.dwc.edu)
  9. ^ Nashua Police Department (www.stamfordadvocate.com)
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