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
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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North Country
4:23 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Hikers Rescued In The White Mountains

Two hikers from Maine were rescued from Mount Chocorua in the White Mountains Monday night, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Joshua Hayes, 26, and Emily Smith, 27, both from Shapleigh, Maine, underestimated the time it would take to climb the mountain and get back down before dark and then missed a turn, the release said.

The pair had neither lights nor a map but did get a cell signal so they could call for help. Fish and Game got their latitude and longitude from their cell phone and then called and told them to build a fire and wait.

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Arts & Culture
5:22 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

North Country Man Recreates World's Most Elegant Cars

Photo: Chris Jensen NHPR

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While there are thousands auto body mechanics in the U-S, only a handful have been able to turn their work into a specialized art form.

One of those artists lives in the North Country re-creating some of the world’s most elegant automobiles.

Banging sound

In a shop in Bethlehem Joe Stafford is beating – ever so carefully - an aluminum panel.

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North Country
4:02 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

2300 Acres Conserved in North Country

A large tract of some of the North Country’s most beautiful terrain has been protected from development. 

A new conservation easement is going to protect land around Pittsburg and the Connecticut River.

“We just today finalized a conservation easement on 2,300 acres up in Pittsburg up around First and Second Connecticut Lakes.”

That’s Jack Savage. He’s a spokesman for The Society for The Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

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Breaking
12:28 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Conservation Easement Will Block Northern Pass At Balsams

The proposed conservation easement at the Balsams.

Part of the deal to sell the Balsams resort in Dixville Notch will apparently prevent the Northern Pass from using the land for its electric power lines. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

When the Balsams resort was up for sale the Northern Pass utility project was interested.

Northern Pass apparently wanted a right-of-way for the huge towers bringing hydro-electric power from Canada.

But if the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests can raise $850,000 that won’t be happening.

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Breaking
8:22 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Balsams Resort Sold For $2.3 Million

The famous resort has been closed since early fall.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

The Balsams Resort in Dixville Notch has been sold. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

After two earlier deals fell through the Balsams Resort has been sold.

Tom Deans is the president of the Tillotson Corp. which owned the resort.

“The Tillotson Corp. is proud to announce that it has sold the Balsams Grand Resort to two North Country business leaders, Dan Hebert and Danny Dagesse.

Hebert owns a construction business. Dagasse owned a chain of auto dealerships.

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North Country
4:46 pm
Sat December 3, 2011

Most North Country Reps Supported Lynch Veto Of Right To Work

The majority of representatives from Northern Grafton and Coos County – including four Republicans - voted to support Gov. Lynch’s veto of  a Right-to-Work law last week.

As reporter Dan Gorenstein said supporters of the bill that would ban unions from collecting negotiating fees from non-union employees needed a 2/3rds majority to overturn Lynch’s veto (http://news.nhpr.org/post/right-work-defeated).

They didn’t get it.

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North Country
10:24 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Hiring Process At Federal Prison Getting Underway

The hiring for new jobs at the federal prison in Berlin should begin in the middle of December, says Mark Belanger, the manager of New Hampshire Employment Security.

That’s when the job openings will be posted on a government website (www.usajobs.gov), Belanger said during a meeting in Littleton Wednesday night about the kinds of jobs available at the prison and how to apply for them.

The prison is expected to have about 320 employees including about 200 new hires.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:32 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

A Dental Scrape...

Dental instruments
(Photo by Wolkenkratzer via Flickr Creative Commons)

NHPR's Chris Jensen reports on the Molar Express, a non-profit program engineered to delivery basic dental care to North Country kids. 

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North Country
12:10 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Study Looks At Coos Teens, Alcohol and Drugs

Almost one fourth of Coos teens - girls and boys - say they have “at least one alcohol or drug-use related problem,” according to a new report.

The research was conducted by The Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire and was based on 564 youths.

The information was gathered during 2008 when they were in either the seventh and eleventh grades and then researchers followed up the following year.

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North Country
2:01 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Nominations Sought for Fish and Game Awards

New Hampshire Fish and Game is accepting nominations for its annual awards honoring organizations or individuals for achievements in “wildlife, fisheries, open land and wild places.”

Here are the seven categories:

     1. Ellis R. Hatch Jr. Commission Award of Excellence -- Recognizes an

individual, group, organization, club, foundation or agency that has excelled in

efforts to promote, enhance or benefit fish, wildlife or marine resources or the

Department’s mission. 

 

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North Country
2:41 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

OSHA - Responsible For Worker Safety - Rarely Visits Coos

Jesse Kennett, left, and Donald Kendall died in the explosion at the Black Mag facility in Colebrook. Above is one page from the report in which OSHA concluded there were so many violations the plant's owners should be fined $1.2 million.
Photos courtesy of the familes. Composite by NHPR

 

Under federal law the Occupational Health and Safety Administration is responsible for making sure workers are protected on the job.

But the federal agency rarely scrutinizes the North Country.

As NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports, it’s raising questions about how well workers are protected on the job.

 On the morning of May 14th in 2010 Jesse Kennett headed off to his new job at the Black Mag plant in Colebrook.

 That’s where he would be making a gunpowder substitute for use in replicas of muzzle-loading rifles.

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