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
3:57 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Motorcyclist Killed In Franconia Notch Crash Identified

The motorcyclist killed Thursday morning in the Franconia Notch has been identified as Robin Staines, 47, of Pembroke, Massachusetts, according to state police.

Staines was traveling north on the two-lane section of I-93, failed to make the turn at the entrance of the former parking area for the Old Man of the Mountain.

He was thrown from his Harley-Davidson and was not wearing a helmet.

Passersby gave him CPR until an ambulance arrived but he died of his injuries at Littleton Regional Hospital.

North Country
7:59 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Berlin Biomass Contractor Accused Of Fraud

The company in charge of building a huge biomass plant in Berlin is suing one of its contractors claiming fraud.

But a spokesman for the plant’s owner - Berlin Station - says it should still open late this year, right on schedule.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen has this report.

The suit was filed in federal district court in New York by Babcock & Wilcox Construction Company.

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North Country
12:36 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

SEC Accuses Laidlaw Energy Group Exec Of Insider Trading

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Michael Bartoszek and the Laidlaw Energy Group – the original developer of the new biomass plant in Berlin - with insider trading.

In a filing Wednesday the SEC said Bartoszek failed in his obligation to publicly disclose the shaky financial state of his New-York based company before he sold his own stock.

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North Country
10:52 am
Thu June 6, 2013

North Country Events

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OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERTS

Whitefield Thursdays 6 PM through August 29

FARMERS MARKETS

Lancaster Saturdays 9 AM-noon through October 12

Bethlehem Saturdays 10 AM-2 PM through October 12

Littleton Sundays 10 AM-1 PM through October 13

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North Country
6:00 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Wanted: "Mules" With Muscle, Heart And Money To Tackle Mount Washington

Bella Hibberd of Bethlehem, who was born with cerebral palsy, was the force behind a fashion show Sunday at the Colonial Theatre to raise money for Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country.
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

Lots of people climb Mount Washington. But a North Country non-profit group is wants help to go beyond a normal ascent.

They need people for the Sunrise Ascent to help push and pull two children and three adults with disabilities to the top.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Sandy Olney is the head of Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country and she cherishes her volunteers but she calls them mules.

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North Country
12:41 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

North Country Events

Compiled and written by Tova Cohen of Franconia

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MARK SHELTON CONCERT TO BENEFIT MISS LITTLETON AREA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM, LITTLETON

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North Country
4:56 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Affidavit: Victim Had Chance Encounter With A Man Out To Kill The Devil

Credit Courtesy of The White Mountain School

The man accused of murdering a stranger – a California woman - in Littleton in January thought she was the devil who previously used the form of his father, according to Littleton District Court records released Tuesday morning.

And, had Catherine Houghton, 70, not chosen to spend an extra night in Littleton she would have apparently missed her fatal encounter with Rodney Hill, the 37-year-old Vermont man accused of her murder.

Houghton was a trustee at The White Mountain School in Bethlehem and she came to the North Country for a trustees’ meeting.

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North Country
11:22 pm
Sat May 25, 2013

Snow Hits North Country: "That's The Sound Of My Tomato Plants Dying"

By about 8 am Sunday in Bethlehem there was four inches of snow and it was still snowing. Photo by Chris Jensen
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

Nobody expected it to be balmy this Memorial Day weekend but parts of the North Country - such as Bethlehem - had about four inches of snow by 8 a.m. Sunday and it was still snowing only to taper off and end by 10 a.m.

PSNH reported about 2,100 customers in communities clustered around Littleton losing power.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

People leaving the movie at the Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem Saturday night were stunned to see several inches of snow.

"It was May when we went into the movie. I don’t know what happened. Is it six months later?”

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North Country
3:17 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

North Country Events

Compiled and written by Tova Cohen of Franconia.

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AMERICAN VETERANS TRAVELING TRIBUTE AND MEMORIAL WALL, NORTH HAVERHILL

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North Country
3:36 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

State Says No Evidence of Air Pollution In Balsams Fire

Working largely on what amounts to the honor system state officials say they have decided state air pollution standards were not violated in a fire last January when two buildings at the Balsams resort were burned down as part of a renovation.

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North Country
2:53 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

For Northern Pass Crossing Conservation Land Would Mean A Long And Rocky Legal Road

In 2003 state and federal officials, a private land owner and conservation groups created a conservation easement to protect about 146,000 acres in northern Coos County from development.

It is called the Connecticut Lakes Headwaters and some opponents of Northern Pass fear the utility hopes to cross it to send hydro-electric power south from its partner – Hydro-Quebec.

But getting permission to do that would be a complicated procedure with so many hurdles it would be the longest of long shots, according to those familiar with such easements.

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North Country
9:17 am
Thu May 16, 2013

North Country Events

Compiled and written by Tova Cohen

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ARTIST TALK OR STAND-UP ROUTINE - YOU DECIDE, BETHLEHEM

Thursday May 16 5-7 PM The Gallery at WREN, 2013 Main Street, Bethlehem. Larry Golden and Jason Tors will discuss their painting techniques and the ideas behind the artwork in PULP, which is on display at the gallery until June 4th.

MOVIE AT THE COLONIAL: RENOIR, BETHLEHEM

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North Country
8:45 am
Fri May 10, 2013

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North Country
6:00 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Four-Alarm Brush-Woods Fire In Littleton

Chris Jensen, NHPR

Spring is a time that worries fire fighters because the forest and brush are not yet green enough to resist a flame.

That was a problem Wednesday afternoon in Littleton.

Diana Levesque never wants to wake up from a nap this way again.

She was sleeping Wednesday afternoon when she heard noises outside her home high on a hill on the outskirts of Littleton.

Fire trucks were pulling up around her house and there were flames all around.

“The woods are all on fire and the wind is blowing. It was just crazy. I pretty much had a heart attack.”

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North Country
5:34 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Northern Pass Foes Worry A Huge Conservation Tract Is Being Eyed

For more than a year landowners and a conservation group have been trying to keep Northern Pass from finding a route through Northern Coos County.

But there’s one possibility that would give Northern Pass a big step forward: Crossing a huge conservation tract controlled by the state.

Such an effort could easily make the project even more controversial.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

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