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
4:59 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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North Country
4:25 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

North Country Republican Rep. Bulis Loses Seat In Recount

After a recount Thursday, Republican incumbent  Lyle “Rusty” Bulis lost his seat in Grafton District 1, to another Republican Ralph Doolan.

Both are from Littleton.

Originally Doolan lost to Bulis by two votes and sought the recount.

The recount had Doolan winning by four votes.

There are two seats in District 1, which includes Littleton and Bethlehem.

The other seat was taken by Linda Massimilla, a Democrat and novice politician from Littleton. She beat beat incumbent Bulis and Doolan on November 6.

North Country
3:04 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Coos Rep Evalyn Merrick Loses Recount

Chris Jensen for NHPR

A recount of the votes cast in Coos District 7 hasn’t changed the winner: Republican Leon Rideout defeated Democrat Evalyn Merrick.

Both are from Lancaster.

Merrick requested a recount which was conducted Thursday by the Secretary of State.

Originally Merrick lost by 12 votes.

In the recount, however, that margin increased to 34 votes.

That left Rideout with 3,274 votes compared to 3,240 for Merrick.

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North Country
11:14 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Commission Studying Burying Power Lines Urged To Continue

Speakers at The Flying Monkey in Plymouth spoke before the so-called 361 Commission which the state established to consider how to handle new utility projects and whether it is feasible to bury lines rather than use towers. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

About 200 people gathered Wednesday night in Plymouth for public hearing held by a state commission studying whether high-power electric lines such as those proposed by Northern Pass should be buried.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

The commission’s goals include investigating whether it is feasible to bury utility lines on existing state rights-of-way, such as highways.

And the message to the commission from many of those who spoke was that the commission needs to keep working to develop a well-reasoned policy for new utility projects.

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North Country
4:03 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

A State Known For The Outdoors Wants To Show Its Other Side

Van McLeod, the commissioner of the state's Department of Cultural Resources, left, and Tai Freligh of the Division of Travel and Tourism Development met in the Littleton Opera House with those involved in the arts. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

New Hampshire officials are hoping to start showing tourists the cultural side of a state best known for outdoor activities.

Skiing. Hiking. Kayaking. Fall foliage.

All things for which the state is known.

But tourism and cultural resource officials want to broaden that and make sure tourists know more about cultural activities.

They’re holding a series of statewide meetings at cultural spots around the state. That included Tuesday morning at the Littleton Opera House. 

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North Country
3:30 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Suit Balsams' Owners Said Blocked Financing Is Dismissed

Most of the furnishings of the Balsams were sold at auction. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR
Credit Chris Jensen / NHPR

A judge in Merrimack Superior Court has dismissed a suit that the owners of the Balsams Grand Resort in Dixville Notch said was holding up its re-opening.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

The suit was filed by Andy Martin, a self-described public-interest advocate and corruption fighter.

Martin claimed the sale was “committed fraudulently.”

Among those sued were the new owners, Danny Dagesse and Dan Hebert, the town of Colebrook and the New Hampshire attorney general.

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Elections 2012
12:04 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

McCormick Elected Coos County Attorney

John G. McCormick has been elected Coos County Attorney, according to results released by the New Hampshire Secretary of State.

McCormick, of Lancaster, got 9,051 votes compared to 4,722 for Phillip J. Beiner who is from Berlin.

McCormick has been the assistant county attorney for five years, working with County Attorney Robert Mekeel, who did not seek re-election and left office on Wednesday.

McCormick received his law degree from the Dickinson School of Law at Penn State University.

Elections 2012
2:17 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Coos Voting: Kuster and Bass

In Coos County Democrat Ann McLane Kuster got a boost from Berlin and Gorham, helping her to defeat incumbent Republican Charlie Bass.

According figures released by the Secretary of State Kuster got 2,413 votes in Berlin, almost 1,000 more than Bass.

In Gorham she got 866 votes compared to 564 for Bass.

Other Coos towns that favored Kuster included Milan, Northumberland, Randolph, Stratford and Stark.

Bass took towns including Colebrook, Columbia, Dalton, Errol, Lancaster and Whitefield.

Elections 2012
2:06 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Coos County: Voted for Obama, Hassan

President Obama and gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan were the winners in Coos County on Tuesday.

According to official results now available from the New Hampshire Secretary of State  Obama received 9,095 votes in Coos compared to 6,342 for Mitt Romney.

Towns that voted for Romney included Clarksville; Colebrook; Columbia; Errol; Jefferson; Pittsburg and Stewartstown.

But those victories were offset by areas including Berlin where Romney had 1,248 votes compared to Obama’s 2,863.

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North Country
10:18 am
Thu November 8, 2012

North Country Events

Chris Jensen for NHPR


 

Events compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia.

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Elections 2012
12:01 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Democrat Sue Ford Beats Sorg in Grafton 3

Democrat Sue Ford of Easton has beaten incumbent Republican Gregory Sorg, also of Easton.

With all seven precincts reporting Ford took the seat for Grafton District 3 with 1,392 votes compared to 1,151 for Sorg.

The tally was compiled by the Associated Press. Figures from the Secretary of State are not yet available.

Elections 2012
11:52 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Losing By 20 votes, Coos' Daugherty Says No Recount

Duffy Daugherty. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

Larry Enman, a Democrat from Errol, has beaten Republican incumbent Duffy Daugherty in Coos District 1 by 20 votes, according to a final tally by the Associated Press.

In a telephone interview Daugherty said he did not intend to seek a recount, describing the statewide election as a sweep.

"The state is going to hell in a hand basket and I'm not going to fight it," he said.

With all 10 precincts counted Enman had 1,158 votes compared to 1,138 for Daugherty.

Official figures from the Secretary of State are not yet available.

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Elections 2012
11:40 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Lancaster Dem Evalyn Merrick Will Seek Recount

Democrat incumbent Evalyn Merrick plans to seek a recount after losing her seat by 12 votes.

She said a dozen votes was too tight a margin not to ask that it be reviewed.

"I owe it to the voters," she told NHPR.

Merrick had 3,253 votes compared to Republican Leon Rideout who had 3,265, according to a tally compiled by the Associated Press.

The official tally by the New Hampshire Secretary of State is not yet available.

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