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
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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North Country
11:03 am
Wed July 11, 2012

A Meeting To Help Fill 255 Jobs At Berlin's Federal Prison

The new federal prison in Berlin still has plenty of jobs to fill and there’s a chance next Tuesday to learn more about them.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

With 255 jobs at the new federal prison still available a job fair is planned next Tuesday in Berlin.

Officials from the Bureau of Prisons will be answering questions,  says Diana Nelson, with New Hampshire Employment Security.

“We’ve had a lot of questions come up about what were the hours be, when will my days off be, is it shift work. These people will be able to answer those questions for them.”

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North Country
7:06 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Federal Prison In Berlin Hiring, Expecting First Prisoners

After several delays the new federal prison in Berlin is getting closer to opening and hiring is underway.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen has an update.

The first prisoners – about 50 minimum security inmates - could arrive at the federal correctional institute in Berlin as early as the end of August, says Judith Nichols, the prison’s spokeswoman.

But that could be pushed back because there is still plenty of hiring to do.

“We are looking to fill 341 positions. We currently have 86 staff that have been hired.”

North Country
7:06 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Man Killed in Berlin Fire Was Trying To Fight It

The man who died in a fire in Berlin Sunday was Edward Wedge, according to a news release from Troop F.

Wedge, 73, died of smoke inhalation, according to an autopsy conducted Monday

Investigators believe Wedge was working on a vehicle in his garage and it appears he tried to fight the fire.

In a written statement State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan said people should not attempt to fight fire in a building.

“You have as little as three minutes to escape a fire once it begins in your home,” he said.

North Country
9:25 pm
Sun July 8, 2012

Two Calls For Help In The White Mountains: Two Happy Endings

Fish and Game responded to two calls for help over the weekend in The White Mountains, one involving a five-year-old who fell and hit his head and the other a woman suffering a sudden illness.

Both, however, turned out to be minor problems.

The first call was Saturday for a 36-year-old woman from Hawaii who was reported to be seriously ill on the Franconia Ridge Trail, according to a release from Lt. James Kneeland.

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North Country
9:06 pm
Sun July 8, 2012

Fatal Fire in Berlin

A body was found in a burned-out garage in Berlin Sunday afternoon, according to a news release from state and local fire officials.

The fire was reported in a garage at 16 Williamson Avenue about 12:30.

The garage was engulfed in flames when the fire department arrived and the body  was found after the fire was extinguished.

The name of the victim was not released and an autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

Fire officials said they are still investigating the cause of the fire but there's a possibility repairs were being made to a vehicle.

North Country
5:25 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Tom Wagner: Deciding Whether Northern Pass May Cross The White Mountain National Forest

Chris Jensen for NHPR

The decisions on whether the controversial Northern Pass hydro-electric project goes ahead will be made by state and federal agencies. But a single person will make a crucial decision.

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North Country
5:11 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Biology Professor Says He's Positive He Spotted A Mountain Lion In The North Country

This is a file photo of a mountain lion, not the one seen by biology professor Jim Chace.
FlickR by AskJoanne

A biology professor from Rhode Island got a big, furry surprise recently when driving in the North Country.

It is called a mountain lion.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

Jim Chace is a biology professor at a university in Rhode Island.

He was driving south on Route 3 from Lancaster towards Whitefield just south of the White Mountains Regional High School.

It was daylight.

There weren’t any cars ahead of him.

Then, it happened.

“Smack right in front of my car, running out ahead across the road was a large cat.”

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North Country
1:06 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Plan To Build Austrian Pellet Boilers In US Could Help Forest Economy

Chris Jensen for NHPR

In a move that would be good for the region’s wood-based economy Maine Energy Systems of Bethel, Maine plans to start building automated, wood-pellet boilers in the United States instead of importing them from Europe, says Les Otten, founder and chief executive officer.

“We will do the majority of the manufacture and assembly in the United States,” he told NHPR. “There is no reason we can’t be competitive globally.”

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North Country
12:43 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

North Country Legislators Almost Evenly Split Over Education Tax Credit Veto

North Country legislators were almost evenly divided about whether to override Gov. Lynch’s veto of a bill that would give tax credits for businesses that make donations to not-for-profit schools.

As NHPR has reported Lynch said “the proposed bill would siphon public money away from public schools and give it to private ones. He said the budget gaps the plan would create would have to be covered by increases in local property taxes.

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North Country
9:15 am
Thu June 28, 2012

How North Country Legislators Voted on Partial-Birth Aborton Veto

North Country representatives overwhelmingly voted on Wednesday to override Gov. Lynch’s veto of a bill banning partial-birth abortions.

As NHPR reported Lynch vetoed the bill saying it was unnecessary because such procedures are already prohibited under federal law.

The governor also expressed concern about a provision that would require a second opinion before a woman could receive the procedure even if her life were threatened by the pregnancy.

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North Country
5:30 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

North Country Groups Coalesce to Tackle Health Problems

Obesity and substance abuse are the prime targets in the effort to improve the health of Coos residents.
Chris Jensen for nhpr

For three years Coos County has been at the bottom of a list of the healthiest counties in the state.

But now groups from the North Country have decided to do something about it.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

Each spring for the last three years health care workers in the North Country have taken it on the nose.

Spring is when the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute releases its ranking of the health of individual counties nationwide.

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