North Country http://nhpr.org en North Country Hospitals Form Umbrella Group To Explore Lowering Costs http://nhpr.org/post/north-country-hospitals-form-umbrella-group-explore-lowering-costs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Faced with increasingly worrisome economic challenges, four North Country hospitals said Monday they have signed an agreement to work together to try and find ways to “improve quality, increase efficiencies and lower cost of health care delivery in the region.”</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The hospitals said their problems range from growing healthcare costs to Medicaid payments that don’t always cover services provided to the poor.</span></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Chris Jensen 52195 at http://nhpr.org FEMA Denies Emergency Funds For North Country Flooding http://nhpr.org/post/fema-denies-emergency-funds-north-country-flooding <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied New Hampshire's appeal for a major disaster declaration for April flooding in the North Country, saying the impact "is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants" such a declaration.</p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 13:19:12 +0000 Associated Press 52226 at http://nhpr.org FEMA Denies Emergency Funds For North Country Flooding State Investigating Possible Labor Violations At Unity School Construction Project http://nhpr.org/post/state-investigating-possible-labor-violations-unity-school-construction-project <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The state is investigating companies working to finish the elementary school in Unity over allegations that some subcontractors are using workers living in the country illegally.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:52:34 +0000 Associated Press 51949 at http://nhpr.org Exchange On The Road: North Country's Main Street Economies http://nhpr.org/post/exchange-road-north-countrys-main-street-economies <div>The North Country economy is ever-changing and evolving. Laura Knoy went to the source to discuss this topic at the <a href="http://bethlehemcolonialtheatre.org/" target="_blank">Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem</a>.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:18:48 +0000 The Exchange 51740 at http://nhpr.org Exchange On The Road: North Country's Main Street Economies 133-Year-Old Main Street Building In Bethlehem Headed For Demolition http://nhpr.org/post/133-year-old-main-street-building-bethlehem-headed-demolition <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">A 133-year-old building in Bethlehem is headed for demolition after heavy rain collapsed part of it last fall.</p><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:58:25 +0000 Associated Press 51116 at http://nhpr.org Northumberland Expects $278,000 Grant For Emergency Water Main Repair http://nhpr.org/post/northumberland-expects-278000-grant-emergency-water-main-repair <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A North County town is expected to get a $278,000 grant to make repairs to a broken water main suspended from a historic covered bridge across the Ammonoosuc River. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 100-year-old cast iron pipe suspended on the underbelly of the Northumberland Covered Bridge feeds wells and storage tanks. It broke in April, and only temporary fixes have been made. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 18:42:54 +0000 Associated Press 51045 at http://nhpr.org Low Flow On Connecticut River Prompts Complaints From Trout Tourists http://nhpr.org/post/low-flow-connecticut-river-prompts-complaints-trout-tourists <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tourism is a huge part of the economy in the North Country and many of those tourists head to the upper reaches of the Connecticut near Pittsburg.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But those going up to fish for trout have noticed the river is lower than usual, Cindy Howe, one of the owners of the Tall Timber Lodge in Pittsburg said earlier this week.</span></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:41:35 +0000 Chris Jensen 50058 at http://nhpr.org Abandoned New Hampshire http://nhpr.org/post/abandoned-new-hampshire <p></p><p>The forests of New Hampshire provide an excellent hiding place for those things that either wish to remain hidden, or have simply fallen into the past. Old logging towns, abandoned train tracks, and the leftovers of eccentrics funded by economic booms all litter the state and set the background for many a local legend. Here we’ve listed some of the loneliest, and often mysterious, spots in the state.&nbsp; Mon, 02 Jun 2014 17:36:08 +0000 Molly Donahue 49449 at http://nhpr.org Abandoned New Hampshire Cog Railway Runs Daily, Introduces Biodiesel Engine http://nhpr.org/post/cog-railway-runs-daily-introduces-biodiesel-engine <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the Mount Washington Cog Railway's daily trips to the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The Cog Railway opened its 2014 season April 26, but operated weekends only until now.</p> Sat, 24 May 2014 15:33:33 +0000 Associated Press 49115 at http://nhpr.org Cog Railway Runs Daily, Introduces Biodiesel Engine Expanding Balsams Ski Resort: Money, Jobs And A Regulatory Challenge http://nhpr.org/post/expanding-balsams-ski-resort-money-jobs-and-regulatory-challenge <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>If Maine entrepreneur Les Otten can expand the ski area of the closed Balsams resort he says it would create about 1,000 full or part-time jobs.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s something the region desperately needs. B</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ut it isn’t clear whether </span>Otten<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has the money or can work through a regulatory tangle including safety issues.</span></p><p></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 21:34:33 +0000 Chris Jensen 48557 at http://nhpr.org Expanding Balsams Ski Resort: Money, Jobs And A Regulatory Challenge Long-Delayed School To Open In Unity http://nhpr.org/post/long-delayed-school-open-unity <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">A construction company and school officials say the new elementary school in Unity, New Hampshire, is expected to open Sept. 2.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The project had been delayed due to various problems. Earlier this year, residents approved a $2.75 million bond to complete it.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 11:37:56 +0000 Associated Press 47974 at http://nhpr.org Tractor Trailer Strikes Littleton Opera House http://nhpr.org/post/tractor-trailer-strikes-littleton-opera-house <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">No one's been hurt, but there's been some damage to the Littleton, New Hampshire, Opera House after a tractor trailer unit struck the building this week.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 18:13:03 +0000 Associated Press 47800 at http://nhpr.org Canadian Firm Plans To Double Size Of Colebrook Plant http://nhpr.org/post/canadian-firm-plans-double-size-colebrook-plant <p></p><p>Codet<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Incorporated, a Canadian firm, is expanding its&nbsp;</span>Colebrook<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> plant including hiring 25 new employees.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“They plan to almost double the size of their operation,” said Michael Bergeron, an official with the state’s Department of Resources and Economic Development.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Currently the firm has 28 employees.</span></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:44:21 +0000 Chris Jensen 47142 at http://nhpr.org How They Voted: Military-style Vehicles, Fetal Homicide, Licensing Abortion Clinics http://nhpr.org/post/how-they-voted-military-style-vehicles-fetal-homicide-licensing-abortion-clinics <p>Among the bills considered earlier this week by the legislature were proposals dealing with licensing outpatient abortion facilities; preventing communities from purchasing military-style&nbsp;vehicles and allowing more serious charges if a fetus dies as the result of a homicide.</p><p>Here is how North Country representatives voted:</p><p><strong>LICENSING OUTPATIENT ABORTION FACILITIES</strong></p><p>Only three of the eleven North Country reps voted against killing a bill that would have required licensing outpatient abortion facilities.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:24:16 +0000 Chris Jensen 45437 at http://nhpr.org Town Meeting in N.H.'s Smallest Town - Hart's Location http://nhpr.org/post/town-meeting-nhs-smallest-town-harts-location <p>The annual town meeting at Hart's Location might be a small affair, but it usually attracts almost 80 per cent of its registered voters and this year was no different.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Not far from </span>Bretton<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Woods and Mount Washington - the biggest ski area in the state and our highest mountain - sits the smallest town in New Hampshire - Hart's Location. Population, I'm told, just under 40.</span></p><p>Before the town meeting begins, Moderator Les Shoof announces the unofficial results of the just completed town election.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:57:00 +0000 Sean Hurley 44963 at http://nhpr.org Town Meeting in N.H.'s Smallest Town - Hart's Location