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
8:00 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Rare Breed: A North Country Politician Favoring Northern Pass

A group of Northern Pass supporters, wearing green and blue, stood at the rear of the meeting room at the Mountain View Grand. Opponents of the project often wear orange.
Credit Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

Paul Grenier, the mayor of Berlin, one of three Coos Country Commissioners and an advocate of the Northern Pass was a lonely guy Wednesday evening at the U.S. Department of Energy’s third public hearing on the project.

Grenier walked through a sea of orange to reach the podium.

There were about 350 people gathered at the Mountain View Grand Resort and most wore orange, a symbol of their opposition to Northern Pass.

Grenier was not wearing orange.

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North Country
5:30 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Northern Pass, Federal Agency Criticized At Hearing In Plymouth

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

Broadcast version

The U.S. Department of Energy held its second “scoping” hearing on Northern Pass’s amended route last night in Plymouth.  Opponents criticized not only the hydro-electric project but the federal agency.

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North Country
10:12 pm
Sat September 21, 2013

ATV Riders Killed Saturday Were From The North Country

The two ATV riders killed Saturday in separate accidents were each from the North Country, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game.

The first accident occurred on South Hill Road in Colebrook about 1:15 when David Howe, 40, of Colebrook was killed when he rolled his ATV.

The second accident occurred a little more than an hour later on the Dixville Peaks Trail where  Clifton Scott, 79, of Stewartstown missed a turn. His ATV also rolled.

So far this year three ATV riders have died in accidents in New Hampshire.

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North Country
4:09 pm
Sat September 21, 2013

Two ATV Riders Killed In North Country

Two ATV riders were killed Saturday afternoon in separate accidents in the North Country, according to police and rescue reports.

One fatality occurred in the ski area near Dixville Notch and the other at South Hill Road in Colebrook.

At least one of the accidents involved a rollover.

No additional details were immediately available.

So far this year three ATV riders have died in the state.

In August a 56-year-old tourist was killed in an accident involving an all-terrain vehicle in the southern part of the state near Fremont.

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North Country
2:30 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Hiker Killed In Fall Was From Canada

The hiker killed Thursday in a fall on Mount Washington was from Canada, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game.

He was identified as Luc Paquette, age 25, of Boisbriand, Quebec.

Paquette was hiking was hiking with friends and left the Tuckerman Ravine trail to get water and a better look at a waterfall when he slipped and fell about 150 feet.

North Country
7:48 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Man Killed In Fall On Mount Washington

A 25-year-old hiker was fatally injured in a fall Thursday afternoon while coming down the Tuckerman Ravine Trail on Mount Washington, according to Sgt. Mark Ober of New Hampshire Fish and Game.

The man was hiking with friends and left the trail to get water and a better look at a waterfall when he slipped and fell about 150 feet “landing on a small ledge approximately three quarters of the way up the Headwall," Ober wrote in a news release.

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North Country
3:22 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

75th Anniversary: New England's Greatest Hurricane

Flooding in Ware, Massachusetts effortlessly tore out a stone bridge.
Credit National Weather Service

That odd color of the sky.

On September 21, 1938 that’s what worried Beatrice Dorsey, a 10-year-old living in Plainfield, New Hampshire.

“The sky above my house was green. It was pretty scary, that ominous green,” said Dorsey.

Dorsey and many other New Englanders didn’t know that green sky meant the most damaging hurricane to hit New England was on its way.

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North Country
2:43 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

North Country Group Creates Community Forest

Courtesy of The Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust

A group of North Country towns working with the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust has purchased 844 acres to create the Cooley-Jericho Community Forest in Easton.

The group – which includes Easton, Franconia, Landaff and Sugar Hill - has been working to buy the land, which is adjacent to The White Mountain National Forest.

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North Country
6:27 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Search For Man Missing Along Baker River To Resume Monday Morning

A search for a man reported missing along the Baker River in Plymouth will resume Monday morning, says Lt. James Kneeland of New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Michael Gatto, 51, of Thornton, was reported missing Saturday evening by a companion, with whom he had been camping along the banks of the river near the Plymouth High School.

The search Saturday night and Sunday included the waters and shorelines of the Baker and Pemigewasset Rivers.

North Country
5:28 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

North Country Firm Fined $420,000 Over Oil Storage Tanks

A North Country firm has been fined $420,000 for failing to comply with a court order to close above-ground oil storage tank facilities in Gorham to prevent the Androscoggin River from being polluted.

The company is Munce’s Superior Petroleum and Harold Munce, according to a news release from the attorney general’s Environmental Protection Bureau.

The fine represents $1,000 a day for 420 days, the amount of time since Munce was ordered to remedy the problem, which was completed last June.

North Country
2:00 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Across Lakes And Through The Woods: Racing To Boost North Country's Economy

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

Just before dawn at the First Connecticut Lake in Pittsburg there’s the sound of a loon and competitors are gathering for the North Country Endurance Challenge.

It’s an all-day race combining kayaking, running forested trails and mountain biking. And it is an effort to boost the economy of the North Country.

Racers have a choice of courses and how they wish to tackle them.

The longer “premier” course will cover about 63 miles.

A “sprint” course is about 30 miles.

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North Country
3:08 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Northern Pass Hearing Moved To Colebrook

A public "scoping"  hearing on Northern Pass is being moved from West Stewartstown to Colebrook after the state’s Congressional delegation and Coos County Commissioner Rick Samson raised concerns.

The site is being changed “in response to public requests that raised concerns about insufficient capacity” at a restaurant in West Stewartstown, according to a statement from  the U.S. Department of Energy.

The meeting will now be held at the Colebrook Elementary School, 27 Dumont Street from 5 to 8 pm on September 26. 

North Country
6:34 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Congressional Delegation Seeks Change for Northern Pass Hearing

The New Hampshire Congressional delegation has asked the U.S. Department of Energy to move a scoping hearing on the Northern Pass project from West Stewartstown to Colebrook.

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North Country
6:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

'Scoping' Hearings On Northern Pass This Month

Those who favor and oppose the Northern Pass project will get their chance to testify about it before federal officials at the end of the month as the U.S. Department of Energy holds public “scoping” hearings.

The hearings are required because Northern Pass filed an amended route in July, changing its route through a portion of Coos County.

The meetings are to gather comments and information as the DOE considers whether to grant Northern Pass a Presidential Permit.

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North Country
1:08 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Federal Funds OK'd For Northcoast Railroad But Not North Country

The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved one so-called Tiger grant in New Hampshire, providing $1.4 million to improve 42 miles of rail line between Rochester and Ossipee. But a request for funds for Coos Country failed.

The grants were sought under the federal government’s Transportation Investment Generating Economy Recovery program nicknamed "Tiger."

New Hampshire’s congressional delegation joined the state department of transportation in seeking several grants for the state.

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