Woman arrested on drug charges

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — A local woman is being held on $500 cash-only bail after police arrested her on two outstanding warrants and allegedly found methamphetamine and heroin/fentanyl in her possession.
Affidavits said police were watching Dawn M. Dragon, 48, of 11 Kentfield Court while she conversed with someone outside of Cumberland Farms on Court Street around 1:45 a.m. Wednesday.
After learning she was wanted on two warrants, police asked her step out of the car and place her purse on the car. The officer put her in handcuffs.
Once she was in the rear of the cruiser, police said she was taken to the police station to be processed, where the officer searched her purse for weapons. In her wallet, he found two packages, one of which had a substance that looked and field tested positive for methamphetamine. The second package had material that field tested as inconclusive for heroin.
Police said they also found a hidden needle in her wallet that was confiscated and destroyed.
Police said they sought cash bail because Dragon had a long history of skipping court, which was the reason for the two recent bench warrant. Affidavits said she also had a history of probation and parole violations.
After her video appearance in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, the court ordered a review on July 6 and asked Horizons Counseling Center in Gilford to provide an evaluation.

Moultonborough Police seek missing man

MOULTONBOROUGH — Police are searching for a 19-year-old Maine man who was last seen walking along Moultonborough Neck Road in the direction of Route 25.

Police Chief Leonard Wetherbee said Gabriel "Gabe" Nodarse of Saco was visiting one of the camps in the area and was last seen at 108 Geneva Point Road at 12:30 p.m. on June 27. All of his belongings were left at the place he was staying.

One hour later, residents of Moultonborough Neck Road reported seeing a man walking along that fits that description near Jo Jo's Country Store.

Wetherbee said his officers took all of the cruiser video footage they had of Route 25 during the course of that day and didn't spot anyone who fit Nodarse's description. He said that the state Fish and Game conducted an extensive search of Geneva Point Road but found nothing. No foul play is suspected at this time.

Nodarse is white, 5 feet 11 inches tall, slim, and has short curly brown hair.

Anyone with any information or who may have seen Nodarse is asked to call the Moultonborough Police at 476-2400.

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Police are searching for Gabriel Nodarse of Maine, missing since Monday. (Courtesy photo)

Dry spring - Farmers relying on irrigation to deal with hot conditions

By ROGER AMSDEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN

GILFORD — Dry conditions brought on by a nearly 8-inch deficit in precipitation so far this year is forcing local farmers to rely on irrigation to help them produce the crops that local consumers have come to expect during the summer months, driving up their costs and making it more difficult to manage their operations.
Andy Howe at Beans & Greens, located in Gilford Meadow, said the drop in the water table which has taken pace in recent months reduces the impact of irrigation during the hot and dry weather which the area faces for the foreseeable future.
"The deeper the drought gets, the more challenging it becomes," said Howe, adding that irrigation has no lasting effect at present because the water simply trickles down into the soil to a level too low to be drawn back up by the root systems of the crops.
"If it weren't for black plastic and drip tapes, it would be much worse,'' he said, adding that he has had to have two of his employees devote themselves full-time to the irrigation effort, effectively reducing his work force by 10 percent and slowing the planting of other crops.
In addition to the crops grown in Gilford Meadow, where water is available from Gunstock Brook, Howe also has crops planted in fields at Timber Hill Farm on Gunstock Hill Road, where he uses two conservation ponds for irrigation. "We have to be careful with that water. If we drain it down too far, it takes two to three weeks for the ponds to recharge."
Laconia meteorologist Russ Hobby said nearly half an inch of rain fell on the area early Wednesday but that didn't make much of a dent in the precipitation deficit.

"We were 1.86 inches below normal in April and 1.58 inches below in May," he said. "This month we're 1.73 inches below normal and all of the commercial farms in the area are having to irrigate,'' said Hobby.
He said that the numbers recorded at his Lakeport location show 10.51 inches of precipitation through May, compared to a historical average of 16.55 inches. That's 6.04 inches below normal, and when June's 1.73 deficit is factored in, the deficit to this point is 7.77 inches.
Howe said that the lack of rain didn't lower hay production, which is said is slightly ahead of last year's crop. "We've had great weather for haying, although I see the fields are all brown in some areas, which could mean the second crop won't be as good as usual."
Jeff Keyser of Ramblin' Vewe Farm on Morrill Street, said his hay production was also up over last year, from 4,300 to 4,800 bales, but the fields he mows in Belmont and at Prescott Farm on White Oaks Road in Laconia haven't been as productive this year.
The hay he raises is primarily used to feed the sheep at Rambln' Vewe and he also raises crops at Belmont and Sanbornton locations that his wife sells at the Shepherd's Hut Market at the farm. He said he's grateful for the rain this week at his garden locations but knows that he'll have to irrigate those fields and is hoping that the well at one of those locations won't run dry.
Matthew Swain of Sanbornton, who harvests hay for Swain Farm on Hunkins Pond Road, which is owned by his father, David, said that his hay harvest is down 10 to 15 percent this year, and that if conditions continue to remain dry, "we could be in serious hot water."
He grows crops at Heritage Farm, also on Hunkins Pond Road, not far from his father's farm, and says that he's had to irrigate those fields and is hoping that the well won't run dry.
Picnic Rock Farm on Rte. 3 in Meredith is also irrigating its crops this year according to an employee there, who said that Ward Bird, the farm manager, was to busy in the fields to talk about the dry conditions.
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Elsie Bong from Malaysia, an intern at Beans Greens Farm in Gilford, gets ready to pick some summer squash at the farm, which has had to rely on its irrigation system to produce crops this summer. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)