Chris Jensen

North Country Reporter

Christopher Jensen worked as a reporter for The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer for 25 years, covering topics including desegregation, the 1st Gulf War, international charities’ fraud and the auto industry. He also wrote stories about competing in off-road races including the 1988 TransAmazon, the Baja 1000, the Paris-Moscow-Beijing Raid and Paris-Dakar.

Since 2007 he has lived in Bethlehem, covering the North Country for NHPR in addition to freelancing on automotive topics for The New York Times. He enlisted in the Army in 1968 and spent 15 months as a combat photographer in Vietnam. He graduated from George Washington University with a degree in journalism.

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NH News
10:02 am
Sat February 9, 2013

As Storm Eases Ski Resorts Say It's All Downhill From Here

While the storm is causing some problems around the state people at the ski resorts are delighted: Typically the resorts are reporting at least a foot of new snow.

“Conditions are great this morning. Lots of powder out there,” says Greg Kwasnik a spokesman for Loon Mountain. “I just went out and did a couple of runs. The winds aren’t that bad. They have not affected us at all.”

Kwasnik says crowds are about normal for a Saturday and he thinks some skiers probably decided to stay home because of the heavy snowfall in the southern part of the state.

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NH News
8:55 am
Sat February 9, 2013

The Storm: Measuring Up

Weather spotters working with the National Weather Service have been trudging through the snow with yardsticks, sending in their reports.

The numbers are unofficial but give an idea of what’s happening around the state.

National Weather Service official Mike Kistner has been going through them and around 8 a.m. here’s what he found:

* Hampton - 24 inches.

* Derry - 22 inches.

* Fremont – 19.5 inches.

* Concord – 20.3 inches

* Henniker - 20 inches.

* Webster - 18.8 inches.

* Deerfield - 17 inches.

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North Country
7:35 am
Sat February 9, 2013

North Country Getting Off Easy - So Far

By Saturday morning it appeared the North Country had been spared the worst of the storm.

Only four inches of snow was reported in Lancaster and about nine inches in Randolph, according to spotter reports filed with the National Weather Service office in Gray Maine. Berlin was an exception with 14 inches.

Sergeant Travis Anderson of Troop F, which covers the North Country, said “things are pretty quiet.”

Anderson said only one car was reported off the road since midnight.

He said the snow is continuing and road crews are busy, but roads are still slippery.

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North Country
8:40 am
Thu February 7, 2013

North Country Events

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BAG SALE AT FRIENDS-N-NEIGHBORS THRIFT SHOP, WHITEFIELD
Thursday Feb. 7 through Saturday Feb. 9, 10 AM-5 PM, 4 Main Street in Whitefield across from the Cumberland Farms. For more information: 837-9044.

VALENTINE CANDY SALE TO BENEFIT LISBON CLUBS, SCHOOLS AND SERVICES

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North Country
5:04 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

North Country Events

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HATE MAIL AT THE PAPERMILL THEATER, LINCOLN

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North Country
2:34 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Volunteer Rescue Groups Oppose Charging All Hikers For Rescues

Photo courtesy of Androscoggin Valley Search And Rescue

House lawmakers will hear a bill Thursday  that would make New Hampshire the first state to make people pay fees any time they are rescued by Fish and Game.

Backers of the proposal say they want to help Fish and Game recoup costs of expensive rescue operations.

But opponents, including the state’s volunteer search and rescue outlets, say this bill is a bad idea that could put people, and the state’s appeal to hikers at risk.

Hikers who were in trouble in the White Mountains, exhausted, climbing out a helicopter…

Explaining what went wrong….

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North Country
2:18 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Wind Farm Owner And Coos County Wrangle Over Payments

Wind turbines seen from Mount Kelsey in Northern Coos County.
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

Just as other wind farms are being considered around the state, Coos County officials are fighting with the operator of the 33 turbines located in their county over payment.

The county contends Brookfield Renewable Energy owes it twice as much as Brookfield wants to pay.

In 2008 three Coos County Commissioners approved a deal under which -  instead of taxes - the county expected to get payments of about $495,000 each year for a decade.

But now Brookfield says it only owes the county half of that, says Jennifer Fish, the Coos County Administrator.

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North Country
10:28 am
Thu January 24, 2013

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FAMILY GAME NIGHT, LITTLETON

Friday Jan. 25, 7-9 PM, Heald Room, Littleton Community Center, 1220 Main Street, Littleton, bring your favorite games and a friend!

ST. JOHNSBURY PLAYERS PRESENT CORMAC MCCARTHY'S SUNSET LIMITED

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North Country
5:17 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

PUC Says It Will Investigate Public Service Of New Hampshire

The state’s Public Utilities Commission is planning to investigate whether PSNH is charging consumers too much for electricity.

In an order issued Friday afternoon the state’s Public Utilities Commission says it wants to know more about how Public Service of New Hampshire is operating and how that affects consumers and the state.

In particular the commission says it will investigate “how PSNH proposes to maintain safe and reliable service” and “just and reasonable rates” in light of market conditions.

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North Country
2:38 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Three Injured In Mount Washington Avalanche

Three climbers caught in an avalanche Thursday got a rapid, tumbling ride down Mount Washington’s Huntington Ravine. But apparently they were not seriously injured.

The men were in the central gully of the Huntington Ravine when the avalanche occurred just after 5 pm, said Joe Lentini, a team leader for the Mountain Rescue Service, which participated in the rescue.

The snow rushing down the mountain was about waist deep, not enough to make being buried likely.

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North Country
9:23 am
Thu January 17, 2013

North Country Events

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North Country
5:48 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

North Country Events

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North Country
2:31 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Colebrook Opens Streets To Welcome ATV Tourists

ATV enthusiasts have been working with state officials and land owners and say they are linking existing riding areas through the North Country, primarily by using existing pathways such as logging roads.
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

The town of Colebrook in the North Country has taken a new step to try and attract ATV-riding tourists.

It’s opening up some of its streets to the all-terrain vehicles.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Colebrook’s select board has approved opening up 21 streets in the town to ATV riders, says Jules Kennett, one of the three selectmen.

 “We finally came up with what we believe is the safest, most accessible way to get the ATVers into the center of town.”

The speed limit would be 10 miles per hour.

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North Country
7:00 am
Mon January 7, 2013

An Active Shooter: Preparing For The Worst And Hoping For The Best

Students flee a make-believe active shooter in a classroom as a state trooper monitors the exercise. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR
Credit Chris Jensen, NHPR

Following the shootings at Columbine in 1999 the New Hampshire State police developed a free course to help local police departments face such a deadly challenge.

Now, after the killing of 20 children and six adults in a Newtown, Ct. school, some police departments are showing more interest.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen attended one course over the weekend in Bristol.

Here’s the sound nobody wants to hear for real in a school.

Sound of teens screaming and running….

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North Country
9:25 am
Fri January 4, 2013

North Country Events

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Events compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia.

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METROPOLITAN OPERA LIVE IN HD, ST. JOHNSBURY

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