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
8:42 am
Fri December 30, 2011

Aircraft Firm Considering Berlin Still Looking Around

Kestrel is working on an eight-passenger, lightweight, single engine aircraft.
Kestrel Aircraft

Kestrel Aircraft, which has been considering locating a parts plant in Berlin, has also been negotiating with the city of Superior, Wisconsin, according to a story in the Duluth News Tribune.

“The city of Superior is in the running for an airplane manufacturing facility that could create 300 permanent jobs initially and up to 600 jobs by 2016,” the newspaper said. The story did not say whether the jobs would involve assembling the aircraft, making the parts or both.

North Country
7:26 pm
Thu December 29, 2011

Searchers On Mt. Washington Find 67-Year-Old Man Didn't Need Help

A search Thursday for a missing man on Mount Washington Thursday turned out not to have been necessary.

According to a news release from Fish and Game the family of a 67-year-old Ohio man became worried after he failed to contact them for two days.

About 1:30 p.m. searchers began looking for David Deubner, who was on a solo, multi-day hike.

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North Country
11:07 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Ski Resorts Need More White Stuff To Assure Green Stuff

StateImpact recently took a look at how ski resorts – including many in the North Country – are doing this season and the news isn’t great.

http://stateimpact.npr.org/new-hampshire/2011/12/28/revenues-for-new-hampshires-ski-industry-on-a-downward-slope/

StateImpact is a collaboration between NHPR and NPR.

For other stories: http://stateimpact.npr.org/new-hampshire/

North Country
4:21 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

Federal Funds To Help North Country Schools Expand Horizons

A new federal grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide about $500,000 for North Country schools.

It is the largest grant of its kind in more than a decade and educators hope it will greatly expand the horizons of students and teachers.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Only about 500 people live in Stark, which is in Coos County, just east of Groveton.

So you can imagine the school is quite tiny.

Sound of children chattering….

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Year in Review
4:23 pm
Tue December 27, 2011

Bright Economic Spots for the North Country in 2011

The sale of the Balsams in Dixville Notch is a mixed event for the North Country, says reporter Chris Jensen. Planned renovations mean hundreds of workers will be out of work for up to 18 months, but it could mean increased tourism in the long term.
Chris Jensen, NHPR

There's been plenty of news in New Hampshire's North Country this year, from the Gorham mill to the Berlin prison, from the towers proposed for Northern Pass to the tragedy of Celina Cass.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the big North Country stories of 2011.

North Country
8:10 am
Sat December 24, 2011

State Rejects Northern Pass Objection To Balsams Conservation Easement

State officials have rejected a complaint by the Northern Pass hydro-electric project that it should have been allowed to buy land near the Balsams resort. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

Earlier this month the Tillotson Corp. agreed to sell a conservation easement on about 5,800 acres and a right-of-way to the Society for The Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

The selling price was $850,000.

That prompted Northern Pass to complain to the attorney general’s charitable trust section. 

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North Country
3:18 pm
Fri December 23, 2011

Northern Pass Offers $850,000 For Balsams Conservation Easement

The Northern Pass hydro-electric project says it would like to buy a conservation easement at the Balsams if the Forest Society doesn’t. NHPR’s Chris Jensen

 

Earlier this month the controversial Northern Pass project lost in its bid to use land near the Balsams resort for its power lines.

The Tillotson Corporation rejected Northern Pass’ $2.2 million offer.

Instead it agreed to sell a conservation easement for $850,000 to The Forest Society.

That easement covers about 5,800 acres. It seems to have effectively blocked Northern Pass in that area.

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North Country
12:55 pm
Thu December 22, 2011

Gallus Endorses Romney

Sen. John Gallus (R-Berlin) has endorsed Mitt Romney, according to a news release from the Romney campaign.

The release quoted Gallus as saying:

“In 2012 Republicans need to nominate a candidate who can defeat President Obama and reverse the damage caused by his disastrous fiscal policies. Over the past several months, Governor Romney has clearly demonstrated that he is the most qualified candidate and the strongest Republican to take on the President.”

North Country
7:47 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Troubled North Country Steel Firm May Be Sold

Chris Jensen for NHPR

A Berlin steel company that is in bankruptcy is negotiating with several buyers and a sale is possible early next year.

 

Earlier this year Isaacson Structural Steel filed for Chapter 11 voluntary bankruptcy protection.

In a court filing it said it owed about $3 million to its top 20 creditors.

William Gannon is a Manchester bankruptcy lawyer working with Isaacson.

“Isaacson is currently negotiating with several interested parties," he said. "The negotiations have reached the point where draft asset purchase agreements have been exchanged."

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North Country
6:33 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Northern Pass Asks AG To Help It Get Balsams Route

Chris Jensen for NHPR

The Northern Pass project isn’t ready to give up on running its power lines near the Balsams Resort in the Dixville Notch.

Earlier this month the Tillotson Corp. announced it was selling a conservation easement for about 5,800 acres of land around the Balsams to the Forest Society.

That would block the attempts by Northern Pass to run its electric towers through the area.

Northern Pass also wanted to buy part of the land.

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North Country
9:47 am
Wed December 21, 2011

PUC Okays Deal To Help Five Small Biomass Plants But Consumers Will Pay More

The Public Utilities Commission has approved a deal that should keep five, small biomass plants around the state operating. But PSNH customers are paying for it. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

Despite the objections of the state’s consumer advocate the Public Utilities Commission okayed a deal that has Public Service of New Hampshire buying electricity from five small biomass plants for about two years.

The deal is expected to at least temporarily keep the small, struggling plants in business.

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North Country
2:54 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Bill To Repeal Same-Sex Marriage Lacks Strong Support In The North Country

Half of 16 North Country representatives say they will vote against repealing same-sex marriage in New Hampshire.

A bill to do that is expected to come before the legislature next month.

In October the House Judiciary Committee voted to undo the state’s gay marriage law and replace it with civil union (http://news.nhpr.org/post/house-panel-backs-gay-marriage-repeal).

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North Country
12:34 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Driver died In Whitefield Tractor-Trailer Crash

The driver of a tractor trailer that crashed in Whitefield early Tuesday morning was killed when the load of steel being transported shifted and crushed the cab, according to a news release from the state police.

Here’s what police said happened:

“At approximately 5:50 a.m. a 2006 Peterbilt tractor truck was traveling north on Route 116 in Whitefield.  The tractor was pulling a flatbed trailer with a load of steel when the driver lost control on a downhill grade as it approached the junction of Route 3.

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North Country
7:42 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Slick Road Causing Crashes

Black ice is causing a series of accidents and tricky travel in the North Country Tuesday morning.

The accidents include a tractor-trailer crash in Whitefield at the intersection of Route 3 and 116 where the vehicle was reported in the river.

The first rescue units to arrive reported the driver was “unresponsive.”

There were also two accidents in Bethlehem on Route 116.

 

 

North Country
4:15 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Under New Owners Gorham Mill Hopes To Show Paper Manufacturing Isn't Dead Yet In The North Country

Once again the paper mill in Gorham is operating, something many thought would never happen.
Chris Jensen for NHPR News

Earlier this year the Gorham paper mill re-opened under new ownership.

With about six months of work under its belt, managers and workers are optimistic that paper production will once again be profitable in the North Country. 

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

Not so long ago it looked like the North Country would lose its last paper mill.

Eddie DeBlois is a union official.

“I think if we look back to where we were last year at this time we were kind of thinking the best chance of something happening with our mill was demolition.”

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