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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North Country
7:45 am
Mon December 31, 2012

North Country Towns Work On A Community Forest

The proposed Cooley-Jericho Community Forest in Easton flanks the White Mountain National Forest.
Credit Courtesy of Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust

A group of North Country residents is much closer to creating a community forest alongside the White Mountain National Forest.  

Now they’re beginning to think about what kind of playground it should be.

For years people in the western part of the White Mountains –have admired an 840-acre tract of privately owned land.

It is located in Easton, which abuts the better-known towns of Sugar Hill and Franconia.

From its ridgeline there are fabulous  views of the nearby White Mountain National Forest.

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North Country
7:30 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Image Upgrade: Bill Would Change Name of Blood Pond

Among the hundreds of bills proposed for the 2013 Legislature one seeks to change the somewhat unappealing name of a pond in the North Country.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Blood Pond.

It sits just off Route 3 in Lancaster and it sounds more like the perfect location for a horror movie, than a vacation.

That’s the concern of the Mountain Lake Campground located nearby.

Its owners want the name changed to Mountain Lake Pond.

Rep. Leon Rideout is one of the sponsors.

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North Country
7:00 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Looking For An Economic Boost, Colebrook Ponders Opening Streets To ATVs

Those attending a public hearing in Colebrook were briefed on routes that might be opened for ATV use.
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

Audio of newscast.

Next month the town of Colebrook in the North Country is expected to take a big step in a plan designed to make the region more friendly to ATV-riding tourists, increasing the profits for local businesses.

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North Country
5:04 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

State Police: Roads "Manageable" In The North Country - With A Little Common Sense

The storm made snowmobilers and skiers happy, but caused a few problems for motorists in the North Country.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Overall the roads in the North Country remain manageable, says Sgt. Todd Cohen with the state police Troop F, which covers the North Country.

“The majority of the accidents have been on the I-93 corridor between Lincoln and Ashland.”

But, he says, by early afternoon no serious injuries had been reported.

Sgt. Cohen reminds people to adjust their driving conditions to the weather.

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North Country
5:25 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

North Country Events

Compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

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North Country
8:53 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Bill Proposes Mandatory Fines For All Hiker Rescues

Credit BurningQuestion via Flickr Creative COmmons

Hikers could be charged for their  rescues even if they didn’t do anything wrong under a bill being filed by the NH House’s top republican.

Currently much of the money for rescue operations carried out by New Hampshire Fish and Game comes from fees such as licenses for hunting, fishing and snowmobiles.

Only those guilty of the most reckless behavior risk having to pay for their rescues.

But rescues cost about $300,000 a year, says Major Kevin Jordan, of Fish and Game.

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North Country
7:00 am
Tue December 25, 2012

North Country: Let's Put On A Radio Station

Nate Alberts
Chris Jensen for NHPR

A new community radio station is up and running in Littleton.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen tuned in.

Announcer – Red Hot Chili Peppers….

It would be an understatement to call the studio of North Country Community Radio modest.

There’s a single microphone and a hand-me-down control board with dozens of levers and switches.

There’s a flowered couch, a row of vinyl records.

Some eight-track tapes.

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North Country
9:30 am
Thu December 20, 2012

North Country Events

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Compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia

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North Country
9:05 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Ayotte: North Country Should Have "The Voice" In Northern Pass

Senator Kelly Ayotte says he North Country should have a major voice in what happens with the Northern Pass hydro-electric project.

Ayotte spoke about the project while in Pittsburg in the North Country on Friday for a town meeting.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen was there.

Pretty much the first issue raised with Sen. Kelly Ayotte was the Northern Pass project which – if approved – would probably cross the border near here.

“It seems to me you all should have the voice in this.”

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North Country
8:59 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Ayotte: We Have Divided Government And Lots Of Challenges

Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

Sen. Kelly Ayotte says she's optimistic that a deal can be reached to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff at the end of the year.  Ayotte held a town meeting in Pittsburg Friday and the major topic was the economy.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen was there.

Talking to about 150 people in the tiny Northern town, Kelly Ayotte said the Democrats and the Republicans got the country into the debt crisis together.

“It is going to take two parties to get us out of it. We have divided government in Washington and we've got a lot of challenges.”

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North Country
5:07 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Ayotte: John Kerry Has Experience To Be Secretary of State

Chris Jensen for NHPR

During a visit to Pittsburg Friday for a town meeting, Sen. Kelly Ayotte said she thought fellow Senator John Kerry has the experience to be the next Secretary of State.

Earlier this week, U-N Ambassador Susan Rice withdrew her name from consideration after criticism over her response to the attack on the Libyan embassy. 

Ayotte had been highly critical of Rice.

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North Country
4:24 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Company Pays $150,00 Over Water Pollution In North Country

The former owners of a company accused by the federal E.P.A. of water pollution in the North Country have paid a $150,000 fine to settle the accusation.

CSG Holdings – which formerly operated Columbia Sand & Gravel – recently paid the fine, according to a document from the E.P.A.

But EPA spokesman David Deegan said the company “did not admit or deny any of the facts and violations alleged in the complaint.”

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North Country
2:42 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

DOE To Shaheen: No Problem With Northern Pass Contractor Selection

A U.S. Department of Energy official has told Senator Jeanne Shaheen that the federal agency did nothing wrong in approving several contractors to work on the Northern Pass project, dismissing allegations to the contrary from the Conservation Law Foundation.

Shaheen wrote the DOE in mid-October saying she was concerned about allegations made by the foundation.

The CLF said it used the Freedom-of-Information Act to obtain a series of emails between the federal agency and a lawyer for Northern Pass.

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North Country
1:12 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Hassan To Tour North Country Friday

Governor-elect Maggie Hassan will tour the North Country Friday as part of what she is calling an “Innovate NH Tour” seeking “ideas on how to keep New Hampshire moving forward.”

Hassan will start in Colebrook at 7:30 in the morning and continue to Groveton, Berlin, Gorham, Littleton and Conway.

The meetings are open to the public.

Here is her schedule:

7:30 a.m:         Community Roundtable Meeting, Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital, 181 Corliss Ln., Colebrook.

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North Country
10:28 am
Thu December 13, 2012

North Country Events

Photo by Chris Jensen

Compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia

The newsletter typically announces events in the next week. The calendar shows you events in the coming months.

THE HOBBITT BOOK DISCUSSION, Lincoln

Date: December 13, Thursday, 6:30 pm FREE (Phone: 603-745-8159), Lincoln Public Library, 22 Church Street

Led by Emily Burritt

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