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New Hampshire Airport Offers Holiday Travelers $12 Flights to Boston, NYC

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LEBANON, N.H.) -- Just in time for the end of the busy holiday season, Cape Air and a regional airport in New Hampshire are promoting flights to Boston and New York for $12.

In attempt to qualify for federal grant money by flying out at least 10,000 passengers this year, the airport and Cape Air, its only airline, are offering holiday travelers the last-minute steal of a deal – $12 each way.

“We’re basically sold out,” said Trish Lorino, director of marketing and public relations for Cape Air. “That’s the highest number of enplanements for Lebanon Airport in quite a long time.”

The promotion, introduced on Christmas Eve, is an attempt to reach 10,000 enplanements – a term to describe people flying out of an airport - for Lebanon Airport, a small, regional airport in the upper valley of New Hampshire. Once the airport hits the 10,000 mark, the FAA will give $1 million in grant money to help fund projects for the community airport.

“The typical projects would be safety, runway and taxiway projects, and equipment purchases,” said Rick Dyment, manager of Lebanon Airport. “We would be able to improve the city’s airport with these funds.”

With the last-minute push to entice holiday travelers, Cape Air expects to hit that 10,000 level within the next day or so.

“By us [Cape Air] lowering that fare, it was our attempt to support the airport and get them to the 10,000 enplanement level,” said Lorino. “The timing was ideal because it was a holiday week and people had flexibility and the freedom to travel.”

Prior to the economy-friendly offer, a round-trip flight from Lebanon Airport to Boston’s Logan Airport would cost travelers an average of $130. One-way flights to Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., would cost flyers $160.

The $12 fare reflects the fees and taxes on the individual flights.

Upon landing in White Plains,  passengers are offered ground transportation to 35th Street and 8th Avenue in midtown Manhattan – a service that’s included in the $12 fee. Free parking at the New Hampshire airport is also available.

“The total time from Lebanon Airport to midtown Manhattan is two and a half hours,” said Dyment.

“You can fly from Lebanon Airport to Boston in 55 minutes and then connect to other airlines in Boston.”

But the deal won’t last long. Cape Air’s offer is only good through the end of the year.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Post Office Cuts Hours to 30 Minutes Per Day

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(SUGAR HILL, N.H.) -- If you want to mail a letter in Sugar Hill, N.H., you’d better be quick. The town’s postal unit has cut its hours of operation to a mere 30 minutes per day, sparking outrage from the rural community’s 563 residents that has now caught the attention of the state’s two U.S. Senators.

“We are concerned about both the nature of the changes in service and the manner in which they were made,” Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R- NH, and Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, said in a letter to the Postal Service district manager on Friday, also calling for USPS to hold a community meeting.

The United States Postal Service (USPS) announced in May that instead of eliminating up to 3,700 post offices, it would instead reduce their hours of operation from 8 hours per day to between 2 and 4 hours, but only after holding community meetings.

In Sugar Hill, residents are scratching their heads as to why their office was stripped down from 3 hours to 30 minutes, and, moreover, why there was never a community meeting.

“We had no prior knowledge of this,” Lissa Boissonneault, the Sugar Hill town clerk and tax collector, told ABC News. “One day there was a sign and the next day it started and we are pretty upset.”

Boissonneault said the post office, "slapped a sign on the door late Friday afternoon" and by Saturday the new rules went into effect, which slashed the hours and eliminated all services except stamp sales and mail delivery.

But the USPS insists the Sugar Hill location is “not a post office” and therefore did not have to go through the requisite steps to reduce its hours. Tom Rizzo, the Postal Service spokesman for Northern New England, said Sugar Hill is a “very unique situation” and that there is no plan to cut post office hours back to 30 minutes nationwide.

“It’s an isolated change that actually brings Sugar Hill closer to the normal operation of similar units, but still allows for roughly double the service of other units of its kind and has no national implications,” Rizzo told ABC News.

Sue Brennan, a USPS spokeswoman, said that nationwide there are less than a dozen “non-personnel” units, such as the one in Sugar Hill.

Nearly 13,000 post offices across the country could see their hours reduced, although probably none as dramatically as in Sugar Hill. The USPS claims its plan to cut back operating hours will save the cash-strapped service $500 million per year and will be fully implemented by September 2014.

The plan is part of a broader initiative to try to fill the Postal Service’s multi-billion dollar budget shortfall. USPS posted a loss of $3.2 billion last quarter.

Click here to see if your Post Office’s hours are being cut.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Obama Calls for End to Oil and Gas Subsidies

Comstock/Thinkstock(NASHUA, N.H.) -- Facing attacks from the campaign trail over the soaring price of gas, President Obama on Thursday called for Congress to eliminate $4 billion in subsidies for oil and gas companies, calling them “outrageous” and “inexcusable.”

“I’m asking Congress:  Eliminate this oil industry giveaway right away. I want them to vote on this in the next few weeks. Let’s put every single member of Congress on record:  You can -- you can stand with the oil companies, or you can stand up for the American people,” the president said at a speech in Nashua, N.H.

The president’s proposal isn’t likely to get far in Congress, where Republicans claim the idea amounts to a tax increase on energy production and would not lower gas prices.

“Right now 4 billion of your tax dollars -- 4 billion -- subsidizes the oil industry every year,” the president said to boos from the crowd at Nashua Community College. “These companies are making record profits right now, tens of billions of dollars a year.  Every time you…fill up your gas tank, they’re making money, every time.”

“Does anyone really think that Congress should give them another $4 billion this year?” Obama asked.

“No!” the audience shouted back.

The president’s speech came as Republican front-runner Mitt Romney pivoted his standard stump speech to focus on energy as well, saying the president “does not understand energy. He is the problem; he is not the solution.”

The president accused his GOP rivals of trying to score political points from the rising cost of gas and aggressively targeted Republicans who have called for increased domestic oil production to bring down the cost of gas.

“Anybody who tells you that we can just drill our way out of this problem does not know what they’re talking about, or they’re not telling you the truth, one or the other,” the president said.

Instead, Obama argued his “all-of-the-above” approach is the “only real solution” to tackle the nation’s long-term energy challenges.

“The easiest thing in the world is to make phony election-year promises about lowering gas prices.  But what’s harder is to make a serious, sustained commitment to tackle a problem that we’ve been talking about for 30 years and has not been tackled, has not been solved.  It’s not going to be solved in one year or one term -- maybe not completely even in one decade.  But that’s the kind of commitment that we need right now.  That’s what this moment requires,” he said.

Steve Fox, a retiree from Peterborough, N.H., who came to see the president Thursday, told ABC he doesn’t expect the president or Republicans to exact a quick fix. “What are you gonna do? Put price controls on? If you want to pay less at the pump, don’t buy as much,” he said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Occupy Protesters Interrupt Obama Jobs Speech

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- The Occupy movement followed President Obama to New Hampshire on Tuesday, where protesters interrupted his jobs speech at a high school in Manchester.

Speaking at Manchester High School Central, the president was interrupted shortly after he started delivering an address calling for Congress to act on the payroll tax cut extension.

The protesters were quickly countered by students, chanting “Obama, Obama!” and several minutes of arguing back and forth ensued.

After listening briefly, the president asked the group to quiet down. “I’m going to be talking about a whole range of things today and I appreciate you guys making your point. Let me go ahead and make mine...I’ll listen to you and you listen to me,” Obama said.

The president, who has said the Occupy Wall Street movement voices the public’s widespread frustration with the country’s financial system, later mentioned the protests in his speech.

“A lot of the folks who’ve been down in New York and all across the country in the Occupy movement, there is a profound sense of frustration, a profound sense of frustration about the fact that the essence of the American Dream...feels like it’s slipping away,” he said.

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