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
7:00 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Almost A Year Later, Still Coping With Irene's Damage

Chris Jensen NHPR

It was a year ago at the end of this month that Tropical Storm Irene hit New Hampshire and when it comes to the White Mountain National Forest there are still plenty of unwelcome reminders.

Sound of ground-to-helicopter communications…

That’s Erin Lane and she’s making arrangements for a helicopter to make a sweeping turn and then hover over a clearing about two miles up the Zealand Trail in a part of Bethlehem that is within the White Mountain National Forest.

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North Country
10:52 am
Wed August 15, 2012

New Jersey Family Rescued In White Mountains

A New Jersey family was rescued from the White Mountains early Wednesday morning, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

The couple and their 31-year-old son called 911 for help about 9 p.m. after they found their small light wasn’t enough to safely follow the Old Bridle Path Trail, said Lt. James Kneeland.

Conservation officers reached the family about 11:15 and had them off the mountain just after midnight.

Kneeland said the family didn’t allow enough time to follow the trail and failed to have proper equipment to cope with the unexpected.

North Country
9:48 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Massachusetts Man Died Monday On Tuckerman Ravine Trail

The 57-year-old man who died on the Tuckerman Ravine Trail Monday has been identified as Gary Muise of Sharon, Massachusetts.

Muise was hiking with his teenage daughters when he collapsed about two and one-half miles from the Pinkham Notch Visitor’s Center, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Rescuers were not able to revive him.

Fish and Game said he died as the result of a "medical emergency" and an autopsy is planned.

North Country
5:00 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

A Story Of Love, Death And A Boost To Music In The North Country

Fritz and Eleonore Kramer's ashes were blended and then buried in Sugar Hill.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

This story began 70 years ago with an Austrian musician fleeing the Nazis.

A Polish woman fleeing the Russian soldiers towards the close of World War II.

And their love affair.

Now it has ended with a surprise, $1 million donation to bring more music to the North Country.

For decades Fritz Kramer was a professional piano player in Europe.

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North Country
5:42 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Farewell To 35 mm Film Means Hello To Trouble For Small Theaters

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Film studios are planning to replace 35 mm films with digital projectors that could cost $50,000 or more.

That’s expected to improve visual quality and reduce costs for the film studios. But owners of small, community cinemas and drive-ins are worried.

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North Country
5:00 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

North Country Fiddlers Head To Kennedy Center

Jean Theroux leaned to play the fiddle working in logging camps more than 60 years ago.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

Four North Country fiddlers will represent New Hampshire on Wednesday at the Kennedy Center and Library of Congress,  carrying on the tradition of French-Canadian fiddle music.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Patrick Ross was three when he played his first song on a fiddle.

It was called “The Rocking Chair Jig.”

Tick tock sound over and over…

Okay, it was simply rocking the back of the bow against the back of the fiddle.

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North Country
11:37 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Northern Pass Says It Is Getting Closer To Final Route

Officials for the Northern Pass hydro-electric project say they plan to have their new route through Northern New Hampshire finished this fall.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Northern Pass is making progress buying land for its new route through northern Coos and still hopes to file that plan with the U.S. Department of Energy by the end of the year, says Leon Olivier, an official with Northeast Utilities, which is behind the Northern Pass project.

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North Country
5:00 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

A Picture of Coos That Took Two Years To Develop

Coos residents say they cherish the beauty of the North Country.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

A new, two-year study of Coos County finds that the community is strong on cooperation, but struggles with the best strategy to create jobs.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen has more on the study done by the Carsey Institute

In 2009 UNH sociologist Michele Dillon began composing a picture of Coos County.

It would be a mosaic based in large part on about four dozen interviews with community leaders.

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North Country
11:03 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Balsams Renovation Delay Amid Financing Glitch

Early in May almost all of the furnishings of the Balsams were sold at auction.
Chris Jensen NHPR

The new owners of the Balsams are still looking for financing and the renovation of the resort is months behind.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Earlier this year the Balsams owners were seeking historic tax credits as one of several ways to attract investors.

The credits are available for the renovation of certified historic properties – like the Balsams.

But owners Dan Dagesse and Dan Hebert are dropping that idea, says Balsams’ spokesman Scott Tranchemontagne.

The reason is a plan to tear down  some parts of the Balsams complex.

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North Country
4:30 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Celina Cass Investigator: A Bad Feeling Was Tinged With Hope

Almost a year ago the first memorial service was held for Celina Cass, just days after her body was found.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

A year ago Thursday Celina Cass was reported missing from her home in West Stewartstown. About a week later her body was found in the Connecticut River.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

A year ago Thursday afternoon senior assistant attorney general Jane Young was driving up to West Stewartstown.

The state police had been investigating a report that 11-year-old Celina Cass was missing.

Turning control over to someone like Young - specializing in homicide investigations - was an ominous sign.

But Young says heading north she was trying to be optimistic.

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North Country
5:22 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Gorham Mill Puts White Mountains On A Map

For the first time since 2009 a guide to the White Mountains is being printed on paper produced in the North Country.

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North Country
9:06 pm
Sun July 15, 2012

Four Rescues In the North Country Over The Weekend

There were four rescues in the North Country over the weekend, requiring good, old fashioned ground pounding, the use of an ATV and an Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter, according to a news release from Fish and Game Region 1, which is based in Lancaster.

The first occurred on Friday evening about 10:30 when a Florida family called for help from the Jewell Trail on Mount Washington. Their problem: The batteries on their only flashlight were drained.

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North Country
5:11 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Jackie Cilley: Five Days In The North Country

Sitting at the dining room table in their farmhouse in Pittsburg John and Cindy-Lou Amey's big question is: Where do you stand on Northern Pass?"
Chris Jensen for NHPR

There are three Democratic hopefuls in the gubernatorial primary this September. One is Jackie Cilley, an outspoken Berlin native. She’s not shy about not taking the pledge. She says ideologues in the legislature are embarrassing and undermining the state. And she says in crucial ways the government is failing its citizens and businesses.

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North Country
6:06 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Coos Hospitals Form Cost-Cutting Alliance

Faced with tighter budgets three hospitals in the North Country are forming an alliance to do something about it.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

With cuts in funding - and facing an increasing demand for services -  three hospitals in Coos County have agreed to work together to see how they can save money.

Without such cooperation there’s trouble ahead, says Scott Howe, the CEO of the Weeks Medical Center in Lancaster.

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North Country
5:00 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

A Musical Postcard from the North Country's Grand (Mostly Gone) Hotels

Courtesy White Mountain History.Org

Almost all of the grand hotels that once brought the North Country fame, fortune and tourists are gone.

But now some of the music that was composed specifically for each hotel has been played and recorded, possibly for the first time in 100 years.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen sends this audio postcard.

Rick Russack runs a web site on  White Mountain history.

Not long ago he was going through some material.

“Stereo views, photographs, postcards and prints, graphic things.”

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