Cannon Mountain en Bill Would Increase Allowable Gifts to Legislators <p>Among the bills to be considered by the legislature in 2013 is one that would significantly increase the value of a gift that could be accepted by legislators, who are paid only $100 a year.</p><p>NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.</p><p>Last year Edmond Gionet, a Republican rep from Lincoln, asked the legislative ethics committee whether it was okay for him to accept free ski passes to Cannon Mountain.</p><p>Gionet volunteers on Cannon Mountain’s advisory board and he saw the tickets as a nice thank-you.</p> Tue, 01 Jan 2013 20:40:00 +0000 Chris Jensen 19325 at Cannon Opens Friday: Ski Economy Fires Up <p>The state-owned Cannon Mountain ski resort opens Friday for its 75<sup>th</sup> season, another step in the annual reawakening of the state’s ski economy.</p><p>On average skiers spend about $300 million a year in New Hampshire, according to Plymouth State University.</p><p>The snow-making machines have been going all out at Cannon Mountain for several weeks, says marketing director Greg Keeler.</p><p>“On Friday for opening day we’re planning on having three trails, that’s roughly two routes, down and two lifts open as well,” says Keeler.</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 18:57:48 +0000 Chris Jensen 17665 at Cannon Opens Friday: Ski Economy Fires Up Senate Passes Bill To Explore Leasing Cannon Mountain <p>The Associated Press is reporting:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The New Hampshire Senate has approved&nbsp;exploring leasing ski operations to a private vendor at the</p><p>state-owned Cannon Mountain.</p><p>&nbsp; The Senate voted by voice Wednesday to pass a bill requiring the&nbsp;Department of Resources and Economic Development to develop a&nbsp;master plan for Cannon Mountain and Franconia State Park.</p> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 18:27:59 +0000 Chris Jensen 2666 at Sen. Gallus: Longtime Fan of Leasing Cannon Mountain Says He Opposes Senate Bill <p>&nbsp;</p><p>For years the North Country&rsquo;s Senator - John Gallus (R-Berlin) - has favored turning the<a href=""> Cannon Mountain</a> ski area over to a private firm. &nbsp;But Gallus says on Wednesday he&rsquo;ll vote against a bill that would explore the idea.</p><p>Gallus says an <a href="">amendment to Senate Bill 217 </a>by its sponsor &ndash; Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) &ndash; badly weakened it.</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 17:09:18 +0000 Chris Jensen 2613 at