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
4:34 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Lincoln State Rep Proposes Two Casinos

Several bills that would expand gambling in New Hampshire are likely to be introduced this session.  One North Country lawmaker plans to file a bill to allow two casinos in the state.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

As the legislative session begins, Governor-elect Maggie Hassan has repeatedly said that she’s open to expanded gambling in the state.

And she thinks New Hampshire would benefit most from a single high-end casino near the Massachusetts border.

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North Country
3:40 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

Bill Would Increase Allowable Gifts to Legislators

Among the bills to be considered by the legislature in 2013 is one that would significantly increase the value of a gift that could be accepted by legislators, who are paid only $100 a year.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Last year Edmond Gionet, a Republican rep from Lincoln, asked the legislative ethics committee whether it was okay for him to accept free ski passes to Cannon Mountain.

Gionet volunteers on Cannon Mountain’s advisory board and he saw the tickets as a nice thank-you.

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North Country
4:55 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Northern Pass Misses One Self-Imposed Deadline, But Announces A New Route

For much of the year officials at Northeast Utilities have been saying they would have the new route for Northern Pass submitted to the US Department of Energy by the end of the year.

But the New Year is here and while nothing has been posted with the DOE Northern Pass says it has a new route.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

In a conference call with analysts early in October Northeast Utilities official Lee Olivier said the company was “still on track” to file a new route with the Department of Energy by the end of the year.

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North Country
3:58 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Canadian Hikers Rescued from Mount Lafayette

Two Canadian men who were lost in the White Mountains overnight were rescued Monday afternoon after an extensive search by Fish and Game and a National Guard Black Hawk helicopter.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

The two Canadian men had planned to climb Mt. Lafayette, a 4,000-footer in the Franconia Notch.

But they lost their way late Sunday afternoon due to fog, high winds and blowing snow, says Dany Daigle of Quebec, one of the hikers.

“We found a big rock and sleep under it. We tried to make a fire and our matches didn’t work. And our water froze.”

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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

Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

  

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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