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
3:48 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Capturing The Mountain Voices of the North Country

Brad Washburn using a theodolite for his mapping project on Mount Washington in 1983.
AMC Library and Archives

For almost two decades two North Country authors have been capturing the stories of some of the most remarkable people in The White Mountains.

Now, those stories have been compiled in a new book, Mountain Voices, published by the Appalachian Mountain Club.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Nearly 20 years ago, Rebecca Oreskes, of Milan and Doug Mayer, of Randolph, were out cross-country skiing in the White Mountains.

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North Country
4:26 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Hassan Picks "North Country Priorities" Team

Governor-elect Maggie Hassan says she wants the North Country Priorities task force to gather information so the needs of that area
Credit Paul Filippov for NHPR

Saying the North Country communities “possess unique strengths and face unique challenges” Governor-elect Maggie Hassan has appointed a North Country Priorities team.

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North Country
10:18 am
Thu December 6, 2012

North Country Events

Boundary Pond in Coos County.
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

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MARKET PLACE AT THE ROCKS ESTATE, BETHLEHEM

Daily through December 23, 10AM - 4:30PM, wares from New England crafters harvest your own Christmas trees, hand-crafted wreaths. Horse-drawn wagon rides on weekends. For more information: www.therocks.org.

ACTIVITIES AT AMC HIGHLAND CENTER, BRETTON WOODS

MOVIES AT 7:30 pm

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North Country
5:34 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Berlin Biomass Plant To Open Late Next Year - $25 Million Boost To Economy Predicted

By the end of 2013 the new biomass plant in Berlin should be operating and putting about $25 million a year into the forest economy, says Scott Tranchemontagne, a spokesman for the facility’s owners, Cate Street Capital of Portsmouth.

Wednesday morning a key part of the facility arrived, a 132-ton steam turbine carried on a transporter that is 175-feet long and has 74 wheels.

Powered by 750,000 tons of woodchips each year, the Burgess BioPower plant is expected to provide 75 megawatts of power to Public Service of New Hampshire.

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North Country
7:53 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Nashua Chamber Supports Northern Pass

The Northern Pass hydro-electric project has a new supporter: The Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber endorsed the project because it believes it will help lower energy bills for businesses, said the chamber’s president and CEO, J. Christopher Williams.

“We have a lot of our large and mid-size companies in southern New Hampshire who are very big consumers of electricity and we are watching our energy costs go up in the future and we are trying to find ways to alleviate that,” he said.

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North Country
4:49 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Commission: Putting Utility Lines Along State Rights-Of-Way Feasible

State Rep. Laurence Rappaport, R-Colebrook, (left) and State Sen. Jeanie Forrester, R-Meredith ponder yet more revisions to the 361 Commission’s final report, which was due December 1st.
Credit Chris Jensen

A group of lawmakers and state agency representatives known as the 361 commission say it’s feasible to put utility lines along state rights-of-way, including some interstates.

Still unclear, however, is whether burying the lines would be possible or more expensive.

The findings are part of a final report put out by the commission Friday.

Earlier this year, the state Legislature, in response to concerns over the proposed Northern Pass project, created the 361 commission to study utilities and rights-of-way issues.

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North Country
8:17 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Snow Squalls, Accidents In North Country

The impact of the crash tore the tractor away from the trailer. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

A series of snow squalls hit parts of the North Country early Thursday night, causing a series of accidents including one that temporarily closed northbound Interstate 93 in Franconia.

The Franconia crash happened just after 6 p.m. and involved a tractor trailer. It happened just north of the Franconia Notch. The impact broke the tractor away from its cargo-carrying trailer.

The driver was thrown from the cab and taken to Littleton Regional Hospital.

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North Country
1:57 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Cannon Opens Friday: Ski Economy Fires Up

Chris Jensen for NHPR

The state-owned Cannon Mountain ski resort opens Friday for its 75th season, another step in the annual reawakening of the state’s ski economy.

On average skiers spend about $300 million a year in New Hampshire, according to Plymouth State University.

The snow-making machines have been going all out at Cannon Mountain for several weeks, says marketing director Greg Keeler.

“On Friday for opening day we’re planning on having three trails, that’s roughly two routes, down and two lifts open as well,” says Keeler.

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North Country
11:06 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Study Trying To Look At North Country's Present And Plan For Its Future

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

North Country residents like their woods, their recreation and the sense of community that comes from knowing their neighbors.

But they’ve got a lot of worries ranging from the Northern Pass to excessive development and even over-reliance on the internet, according to a series of hearings conducted by the North Country Council, a regional planning group.

The hearings are part of the statewide Granite State Future project.

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North Country
12:21 pm
Thu November 22, 2012

North Country Events

A Waco biplane over the Presidentials. Chris Jensen for NHPR

Compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia

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North Country
6:30 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Bill Would Require New Utility Lines Along State Rights-of-Way

Rep. Larry Rappaport of Colebrook. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

A North Country legislator is proposing a law that would require new electric utility lines to be located along existing highways.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

If Rep. Larry Rappaport’s bill become law, utility companies would be required – as much as possible - to put new electric transmission lines alongside state rights-of-way such as highways.

Rappaport, of Colebrook, contends that would have two benefits.

“The roads are already there."

 It would also help the state with its budget problems.

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North Country
11:04 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Northern Pass Leases Coos Land Linked To Yale

The Northern Pass Transmission project has taken a big step forward in its search for a route through the North Country – with some help from Yale University.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Northern Pass has signed a deal allowing it to put transmission lines along 20 miles through eastern Coos County.

In a statement Public Service of New Hampshire president Gary Long described the arrangement as “a huge step for the project.”

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North Country
4:59 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Exec's Statements On Northern Pass Challenged

Last week at a conference in Arizona a top official at Northeast Utilities provided an update on the Northern Pass Transmission project.

But some of his statements are being refuted.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

The industry conference was for electric utility companies, analysts and those interested in the business.

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North Country
9:35 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Proposed Law Would Require Northern Pass To Bury Lines

A North Country representative is proposing legislation that would require the Northern Pass Transmission lines to be buried.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Rep. Larry Rappaport of Colebrook is introducing legislation he says could end the fight over the transmission towers proposed by Northern Pass.

Rappaport says his bill would require any utility company undertaking an “elective” project to bury the transmission lines.

“Elective” means the project isn’t needed to improve the overall reliability of the power grid.

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North Country
9:09 am
Fri November 16, 2012

North Country Events

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia.

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

20th ANNUAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CELEBRATION

Thurs.  Nov. 15, 3:30 - 5:30 P.M., Littleton Opera House, 2 Union Street, Littleton. News, presentations and surprises in honor of this year’s beautifully decorated Main Street.  Event includes presentation of the LACC Business Leader of the Year award.

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