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
5:38 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

How North Country Reps Voted On Abortion Ban After 20 Weeks

 

Seven North Country legislators were among the majority passing a bill on Thursday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks.

Three North Country representatives voted against the bill while six were excused from voting.

The bill, HB 1660, passed 190 – 109. It now goes to the Senate.

Here are the legislators who voted in favor of the bill:

* Lyle Bulis (Republican) of Littleton

* Larry Rappaport (Republican) of Colebrook.

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North Country
2:11 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Most North Country Legislators Voted Against Abolishing State Art Fund

 

Ten out of 13 North Country representatives voted against a bill that would have abolished the State Art Fund.

According to the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts the fund is also known as the Percent for Art Program and it was established by the legislature in 1979.

That 1979 action “authorizes one-half of one percent of the capitol budget appropriation for new buildings or significant renovations to be set aside in a non-lapsing account for the acquisition or commissioning of artwork.”

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North Country
8:18 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

How North Country Reps Voted on Gambling Bill: An Unusual Mix

 

In unusual alliances Democrats and Republicans from the North Country paired up for and against a bill that would have allowed gambling.

The bill failed on a 118 – 226 vote.

Eight representatives – including five Republicans and three Democrats – voted in favor of the bill.

Six representatives - including four Republicans and two Democrats – voted against the bill.

As NHPR’s Todd Bookman reported:

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North Country
7:44 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

How North Country Reps Voted on 24-Hour Abortion Wait

 

Nine North Country representatives voted in favor of a bill that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion and three voted against.

As NHPR’s Josh Rogers reported:

The so-called women’s right to know bill had to be pared back to win final house passage.

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North Country
7:14 pm
Sun March 25, 2012

Live WW II Grenade Found And Detonated In North Country

State police bomb squad member Jeffrey Dade
Chris Jensen for NHPR

 

A live World War II era hand grenade was found at the Moore Reservoir in Littleton Sunday.  NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

The grenade was found by two men using a metal detector in an area that would normally have been under water.

“They were very surprised. They were hoping to find, I think, a little bit more valuable item.”

That’s Littleton police officer James Gardiner.

“They told me they found a penny, an old New Hampshire token and then the grenade. They are done with today’s metal detecting.”

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North Country
10:49 am
Sun March 25, 2012

Sen. Gallus Supported Controversial, Tougher Voter ID

 

Sen. John Gallus, a Republican from Berlin who represents the North Country, was among 19 senators voting last week in favor of a new and more restrictive voter identification measure.

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North Country
9:43 am
Sun March 25, 2012

Sen. Gallus Supports Lynch Veto Of Payday Loans

 

Sen. John Gallus,  a Republican from Berlin who represents the North Country, was among those voting last week not to override Gov. Lynch’s veto of so-called payday loans.

As NHPR reported “The measure would have lifted the current 36% interest rate cap on small loans. In place of that cap, Senator Matt Houde told colleagues companies could charge borrowers up to 403% interest.

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North Country
4:35 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Conservation Law Foundation Also Asks New PUC Commissioner Be Disqualified

 

The Conservation Law Foundation has joined in a request that newly appointed Public Utilities Commissioner Michael Harrington be disqualified from hearing a case involving the Merrimack  Station powerplant because it feels there is a conflict of interest involving Public Service of New Hampshire.

The issue is that Harrington has a pension from Northeast Utilities, the parent company of PSNH, which routinely goes before the three-member commission.

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North Country
9:58 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Majority of North Country Legislators Opposed Special Treatment For New, Specialty Hospitals

 

Nine of sixteen of North Country legislators voted against a bill that would allow for-profit specialty hospitals to avoid going through the certificate of need regulatory process.

As reported by NHPR “the bill also exempts these hospitals, most of which do not take Medicaid patients, from paying the state's Medicaid Enhancement Tax.

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North Country
7:51 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Most North Country Legislators Vote To Retain Gay Marriage

 

Ten North Country representatives were among those who voted Wednesday to kill a bill that would have repealed gay marriage. 

Only four North Country representatives voted to keep the repeal alive.

Two others were excused from voting.

As NHPR reported the Republican-controlled House decided to keep the state's gay marriage law in place on a 211 – 116 vote.

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North Country
2:27 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Senate Passes Bill To Explore Leasing Cannon Mountain

The Associated Press is reporting:

 

The New Hampshire Senate has approved exploring leasing ski operations to a private vendor at the

state-owned Cannon Mountain.

  The Senate voted by voice Wednesday to pass a bill requiring the Department of Resources and Economic Development to develop a master plan for Cannon Mountain and Franconia State Park.

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North Country
3:31 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

For Coos: A Surprising Mix of Births, Deaths and Newcomers

Recreational opportunities are drawing people to the North Country.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

 

There’s a public perception that Coos County’s economic challenges mean a significant population loss over the last decade. But a new study shows that’s not quite right. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Here’s a surprise for Coos County, courtesy of The Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire.

It has just finished  a demographic study of the Northern Forest.

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North Country
1:09 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Sen. Gallus: Longtime Fan of Leasing Cannon Mountain Says He Opposes Senate Bill

 

For years the North Country’s Senator - John Gallus (R-Berlin) - has favored turning the Cannon Mountain ski area over to a private firm.  But Gallus says on Wednesday he’ll vote against a bill that would explore the idea.

Gallus says an amendment to Senate Bill 217 by its sponsor – Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) – badly weakened it.

“I’m certainly not going to support it tomorrow,” Gallus  said.

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North Country
10:32 am
Mon March 19, 2012

North Country Legislators Ponder Votes On Gay-Marriage Revocation

 

The House is expected to consider repealing same-sex marriage as early as Wednesday and half of 16 North Country representatives have said say they will vote against changing the law.

In October the House Judiciary Committee voted to undo the state’s gay marriage law and replace it with civil union .

The lead sponsor of the bill is Republican David Bates of Windham.

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North Country
3:56 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

White Mountain National Forest Gets $4 Million - But Still Falls Short For Irene Repairs

 

The White Mountain National Forest will be getting $4 million in federal funds to repair road and bridge damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene.  But that will still leave the enormous recreational area well short of what it needs, an official said.

It is still a bit of good news for the economy of the North Country.

Some of the work will be done by WMNF crews but help from outside contractors will be needed, said Tiffany Benna, a spokeswoman for the WMNF.

The money is available from the Federal Highway Administration, said spokesman Doug Hecox.

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