North Country http://nhpr.org en 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 The Sidebar: County Commissioner, Former Lawmaker Vie To Replace Burton In Executive Council Race http://nhpr.org/post/sidebar-county-commissioner-former-lawmaker-vie-replace-burton-executive-council-race <p>Republican Joe Kenney and Democrat Mike Cryans will face off in a special election March 11 to replace longtime District 1 Executive Councilor Ray Burton, who died in November.</p><p>A retired colonel in the United States Marine Corps, Kenney spent 14 years as a state legislator, in both the House and the Senate. He was the Republican nominee for governor in 2008 and lost to Democrat John Lynch. Kenney won a three-way Republican primary in January.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:33:32 +0000 Brian Wallstin 44631 at http://nhpr.org The Sidebar: County Commissioner, Former Lawmaker Vie To Replace Burton In Executive Council Race Allowing Police To Use License Plate Scanners: How North Country Reps Voted http://nhpr.org/post/allowing-police-use-license-plate-scanners-how-north-country-reps-voted <p>Nine of the 14 North Country representatives voting opposed allowing police to use license plate scanners, while five were in favor of the technology.</p><p>As NHPR’s Josh Rogers <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/nh-house-rejects-license-plate-scanner-bill">reported </a>supporters – including the New Hampshire Chiefs of Police – argued scanners might help solve crimes, while opponents worried about privacy issues.</p><p>The bill authorizing scanners, <a href="http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2014/HB0675.pdf">House Bill 675,</a> was defeated 250 – 97.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:22:38 +0000 Chris Jensen 42026 at http://nhpr.org Allowing Police To Use License Plate Scanners: How North Country Reps Voted Gorham Paper And Tissue To Cut Back On Operations, Employees http://nhpr.org/post/gorham-paper-and-tissue-cut-back-operations-employees <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gorham Paper and Tissue, the town’s largest employer, is temporarily cutting back operations, a move that will lead to 20 to 50 employees losing their jobs.</span></p><p>The company says other employees will see week-long layoffs.</p><p></p><p>In an email Friday, CEO Mike Cummings says the move is in response to record-setting natural gas prices.</p><p>Gorham Town Manager Robin Frost says the news is devastating for the town’s economy.</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 22:19:18 +0000 Michael Brindley 41217 at http://nhpr.org Gorham Paper And Tissue To Cut Back On Operations, Employees Speed Limit Jumps To 70 MPH On Much Of Northern I-93 In 2014 http://nhpr.org/post/speed-limit-jumps-70-mph-much-northern-i-93-2014 <p></p><p>Drivers will see new speed limits on much of the northern part of Interstate 93 starting Wednesday.</p><p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 16:03:38 +0000 Michael Brindley 40838 at http://nhpr.org Speed Limit Jumps To 70 MPH On Much Of Northern I-93 In 2014