Balsams Resort en Expanding Balsams Ski Resort: Money, Jobs And A 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 Expanding Balsams Ski Resort: Money, Jobs And A Regulatory Challenge Wind Farm Owner OK With Expanding Ski Slopes At Balsams If Safety Isn't An Issue <p style="margin-left:.5in;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The company that owns the wind farm near the Balsams is open to reducing the buffer zone between its wind turbines and the slopes, a key to a developer’s plan to &nbsp;greatly expand &nbsp;the size of the ski resort.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"As long as it is safe, we have no problems," Brookfield Renewable Power lawyer Harold </span>Pachios<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said late Monday.</span></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:29:30 +0000 Chris Jensen 46406 at Wind Farm Owner OK With Expanding Ski Slopes At Balsams If Safety Isn't An Issue A Huge, New Ski Resort At The Balsams? <p>Coos County commissioner Paul Grenier says there are plans to convert the Balsams into a huge ski resort.</p><p> Sun, 02 Mar 2014 13:46:56 +0000 Chris Jensen 44399 at A Huge, New Ski Resort At The Balsams? Stalled Effort To Reopen Balsams Gets New Team Member <p>More than two years ago the Balsams closed, putting about 300 full and part-time employees out of work.</p><p>But now Les Otten, a Maine businessman and former owner of the American Skiing Company, is working on reopening the Balsams.&nbsp; He says he has an agreement with the resort’s two owners, Dan Hebert and Dan Dagesse.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 19:56:17 +0000 Chris Jensen 43380 at Another Setback For Balsams' Financing <p>Another effort to obtain financing for the renovation of the Balsams resort has fallen through.</p><p>The owners of the Balsams resort in Dixville Notch have run into another problem coming up with the $30 million needed to renovate the closed resort and put as many as 300 full or part-time employees back to work.</p><p>Owners Dan Hebert and Dan Dagesse hoped to use federally backed New Market Tax Credits to attract some investors.</p><p>But that has fallen through with a deadline being missed, says spokesman Scott Tranchemontagne.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 15:20:30 +0000 Chris Jensen 31473 at State Says No Evidence of Air Pollution In Balsams Fire <p>Working largely on what amounts to the honor system state officials say they have decided state air pollution standards were not violated in a fire last January when&nbsp;two buildings at the Balsams resort were burned down as part of a renovation.</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 19:36:26 +0000 Chris Jensen 27916 at More Details On Balsams Renovation And A Step Forward <p>When the $30 million renovation of the Balsams Grand Resort is complete it will look a lot like the old grand hotel but will feature much-needed modern amenities making it far nicer for guests and a lot&nbsp; cheaper to operate.</p><p>That’s how Dan Hebert, one of the two owners, described the renovation Tuesday night before the Coos County Planning Board.</p><p>Originally the complex had about 400,000 square feet.</p><p>Hebert said about 123,000 of that is being retained. About 80,000 square feet will be added.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 01:42:06 +0000 Chris Jensen 24424 at More Details On Balsams Renovation And A Step Forward Air-Quality Officials Investigate Balsams Renovation Fire <p>The Department of Environmental Services is investigating whether any air-protection measures were violated when several buildings at the Balsams were burned down as part of a renovation.</p><p>The fires took place on January 6<sup>th</sup> and destroyed a large dormitory and a second building once used to produce rubber and latex products.</p><p>Three North Country fire departments used the burn as a training exercise.</p><p>The fire also saved money for the new owners who wanted to demolish the buildings as part of a planned renovation.</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 17:11:51 +0000 Chris Jensen 23099 at Beat The Clock: Balsams Renovation Financing Glitch <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The owners of the closed Balsams Grand Resort in Dixville Notch&nbsp;are playing beat the clock to get an important part of the financing they need to renovate and reopen the resort. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 15:57:26 +0000 Chris Jensen 22730 at Beat The Clock: Balsams Renovation Financing Glitch New Plant In Colebrook Takes Up An Old Family Business <p>Back in the 1950s, at a plant near the Balsams hotel, the Neil Tillotson family was producing products like balloons, latex gloves and disposable plastic eyedroppers.&nbsp;</p><p>But a little more than two&nbsp;years ago, the Dixville Notch plant was forced to shut down when the Tillotson Corporation prepared to sell its Balsams resort.</p><p>But now Rick Tillotson, one of the sons of the plant’s original owner, is opening a new 100,000-square foot plant in nearby Colebrook to produce some of the same items.</p><p>Tillotson says it’s a dream he’s had since the&nbsp; plant closed.</p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 16:54:22 +0000 Chris Jensen 22065 at Suit Balsams' Owners Said Blocked Financing Is Dismissed <p>A judge in Merrimack Superior Court has dismissed&nbsp;a suit that the owners of the Balsams Grand Resort in Dixville Notch said was holding up its re-opening.</p><p>NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.</p><p>The suit was filed by Andy Martin, a self-described public-interest advocate and corruption fighter.</p><p>Martin claimed the sale was “committed fraudulently.”</p><p>Among those sued were the new owners, Danny Dagesse and Dan Hebert, the town of Colebrook and the New Hampshire attorney general.</p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 20:30:14 +0000 Chris Jensen 16720 at Suit Balsams' Owners Said Blocked Financing Is Dismissed Dixville Notch Voters (All 10) Prepare For Midnight Balloting <p>The Balsams resort is temporarily closed but next Tuesday residents of Dixville Notch still plan on being the first voters in the nation.</p><p>NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.</p><p>Just at midnight, while sensible people are sleeping, folks from Dixville Notch will be voting.</p><p>But for the first time since 1960 they won’t be at the Balsams resort.</p><p>It’s closed for a renovation.</p><p>Instead they will gather at a nearby ski lodge, says Scott Tranchemontagne, a spokesman for the resort.</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 16:36:26 +0000 Chris Jensen 15902 at Balsams Renovation Delay Amid Financing Glitch <p>The new owners of the Balsams are still looking for financing and the renovation of the resort is months behind.</p><p>NHPR&rsquo;s Chris Jensen reports.</p><p></p><p>Earlier this year the Balsams owners were seeking historic tax credits as one of several ways to attract investors.</p><p>The credits are available for the renovation of certified historic properties &ndash; like the Balsams.</p><p>But owners Dan Dagesse and Dan Hebert are dropping that idea, says Balsams&rsquo; spokesman Scott Tranchemontagne.</p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 15:03:23 +0000 Chris Jensen 9475 at Balsams Renovation Delay Amid Financing Glitch Colebrook Planning Board Resolves Concern Over Balsams Tract <p>The Colebrook Planning Board&nbsp;Tuesday&nbsp;night removed what the new owners of the Balsams Grand Resort have said was an impediment to&nbsp;the redevelopment&nbsp;needed to&nbsp;allow hundreds of people to get back to work. Wed, 23 May 2012 15:37:28 +0000 Chris Jensen 5392 at Colebrook Planning Board Resolves Concern Over Balsams Tract Latex Manufacturing To Resume in North Country <p>In some good news for the North Country an old family business is coming back to life.&nbsp;&nbsp;NHPR&rsquo;s Chris Jensen reports.</p><p>Starting in 1931 Neil Tillotson made his fortune manufacturing natural latex products including balloons and later gloves.</p><p>That allowed him to purchase the Balsams Grand Resort.</p><p>Tillotson died in 2001 and a &nbsp;latex plant located near the resort closed in 2010.</p><p>But Tillotson&rsquo;s son, Rick, purchased the equipment and recently bought a 103,000 square foot building in Colebrook.</p> Mon, 21 May 2012 23:10:27 +0000 Chris Jensen 5279 at