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The E. bartlettii and E. remickii (named after an undergrad who assisted in the research) are only known to be from New Hampshire, while the others they found are widely distributed throughout eastern North America. Stephens said their findings are just scratching the surface. Based on studies of spores found in animal feces, he estimates there are more than 30 different species in New Hampshire. He’s continuing his research into how important a role truffles play as a food source to small creatures that can sniff out the fungi and to the larger forest ecosystem. Stephens’ preliminary hunch is that

truffles play a much larger role than previously thought. He believes that after seeds and acorns become scarce, chipmunks and mice turn to truffles as a backup. “So they’re almost like a reserve food source,” Stephens said. The diversity of digested truffle found in chipmunk scat, for instance, more than doubles from early June to mid August, Stephens said. Local environmental scientist Rick Van de Poll recommends you do not eat mushrooms, truffles or any other type of fungi you find in the outdoors without first identifying the species as edible from a reliable source.



Delegation Dispatch Response to Comey firing

Following the firing of FBI Director James Comey by President Trump, all four Democratic congresswomen released statements decrying the move and calling for an independent counsel or independent prosecutor to be selected to oversee the investigation into possible Russian collusion with any Trump campaign individuals to influence the election. Here are brief quotes taken from their statements. • Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: “This unprecedented interference by the President of the United States in an ongoing criminal investigation leaves no doubt that the only way to uncover the truth about Russian interference in our election is with an independent investigation.” • Sen. Maggie Hassan: “The American people deserve a full accounting of the process that went into this decision and deserve to know whether the FBI’s ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election had any influence on the President’s action.” • Rep. Carol Shea-Porter: “While I vehemently disagreed with former Director Comey’s decisions shortly before the 2016 election, the fact is that President Trump just fired the person leading the investigation into his Administration’s ties to Russia. The credibility of that investigation is now in serious doubt, and the need for a Congressionally-ordered independent investigation into these matters is clearer than ever.”

• Rep. Annie Kuster: “Mr. Comey has had multiple missteps in recent months that have politicized the Federal Bureau of Investigation but the timing of his dismissal raises red flags. The American people deserve a qualified successor who will restore public confidence in the FBI. Furthermore, this unprecedented firing underscores the need for an independent nonpartisan investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia’s interference in the election.”

Health care

Sens. Hassan and Shaheen were in New Hampshire last week to talk about the American Health Care Act (Trumpcare) passed by House Republicans, which would potentially undo many protections enshrined in the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) such as a ban on withholding coverage for preexisting conditions and minimum coverage standards. They said during a press conference in Concord that Trumpcare would end Medicaid expansion, which provides coverage for 50,000 low-income residents, many of them suffering from substance use disorder. And at a live streamed press conference at the U.S. Capitol on May 16, Shaheen and Hassan, alongside other senators representing the states hardest hit by the opioid crisis, spoke again about how it would hurt efforts to provide treatment to people suffering addiction. “It would turn back the progress that we’ve made,” Shaheen said.


Both Shaheen and Hassan gave remarks at an event in Salem hosted by the Salem, Derry, Londonderry Chambers of Commerce on Friday, May 12. Later, Shaheen toured Rockingham Brewery in Derry and attended a roundtable discussion at the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester to talk about veterans’ health care.

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