North Country

Robert Hall | Via the mountainproject.com

The Balsams Resort in Dixville Notch is one of New Hampshire's historic grand hotels. The expansive property sits on about 11,000 acres which include a downhill ski area, an 18-hole golf course and miles of Nordic trails.

In 2011 the struggling, outdated hotel finally closed and was sold to two businessmen from the North Country. Their efforts to revive it failed and in 2014 Les Otten, former head of the American Skiing Company, stepped in to take over the remote resort's redevelopment effort.

This month the Coos Planning Board is expected to continue reviewing developer Les Otten’s plan to greatly expand the ski area. And, that's likely to include how close skiers can get to the wind turbines on some of those mountains.

The issue arises because Otten wants to give skiers the maximum vertical drop by getting them to the top of the mountains.

But in 2009 when the Site Evaluation Committee was considering approving that wind farm it worried about people getting too close to the 400-foot high machines.

North Country Events

Jun 30, 2016

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FARMERS' MARKETS
Thursdays Lisbon, Route 302, 3:00 - 6:00 PM
Saturdays Lancaster, Main Street, 9:00 AM - Noon 
Saturdays Bethlehem, Main Street, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sundays Littleton, Cottage Street near Senior Center, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesdays Lunenberg VT 2:00 - 6:00 PM 

North Country Events

Jun 22, 2016

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FARMERS' MARKETS
Thursdays Lisbon, Route 302, 3:00 - 6:00 PM
Saturdays Lancaster, Main Street, 9:00 AM - Noon 
Saturdays Bethlehem, Main Street, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sundays Littleton, Cottage Street near Senior Center, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesdays Lunenberg VT 2:00 - 6:00 PM 

In The North Country, A Vigil For Orlando Victims

Jun 17, 2016

About 100 people gathered at the All Saints' Episcopal Church in Littleton to grieve and hear some members of the LGBT community share stories of the fear, hurt and sadness of the past, while expressing  hope for a better, more compassionate and safer future.


North Country Events

Jun 16, 2016

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FARMERS' MARKETS
Thursdays Lisbon, Route 302, 3:00 - 6:00 PM
Saturdays Lancaster, Main Street, 9:00 AM - Noon 
Sundays Littleton, Cottage Street Senior Center parking lot, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesdays Lunenberg VT 2:00 - 6:00 PM 

North Country Events

Jun 9, 2016

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FARMERS' MARKETS
Saturdays Lancaster, Main Street, 9:00 AM - Noon 
Sundays Littleton, Cottage Street Senior Center parking lot, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesdays Lunenberg VT 2:00 - 6:00 PM 

North Country Events

Jun 2, 2016

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Wednesdays Lunenberg VT 2:00 - 6:00 PM 
Saturdays Lancaster 9:00 AM - Noon

North Country Events

May 25, 2016

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Wednesdays Lunenberg VT 2:00 - 6:00 PM starts June 1 through October 12.
Saturdays Lancaster 9:00 AM - Noon

The area around Berlin will  get an economic boost in September as it hosts its first national ATV event at Jericho Mountain State Park.

And one of the draws was the newly created economic development effort called Ride the Wilds, a network of 1,000 miles of ATV trails in the North Country.

It is called Camp RZR (pronounced razor) and it is one of two gatherings held nationally each year by Polaris, which makes off-road vehicles.

Donna Beadle is a spokesperson for Polaris.

A bill that would allow landowners to sue for treble damages and legal fees for damage caused by off-road vehicles or dumping is heading to Governor Hassan’s desk.

The New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association asked for the legislation, saying  illegal dumping or damage from off-highway vehicles has become a serious problem, says executive director Jasen Stock.

“The way the laws are written much of the duty for cleanup and restoration point to an agency of one type or another," he said.

A bill that would give the Border Patrol in Coos County the same arrest powers as police is headed to Gov. Hassan’s desk.

Sen. Jeff Woodburn proposed the idea, saying police can be few and far between in Coos and often the Border Patrol is the first to arrive when there is a call for help, such as a violent, domestic dispute. But without police powers Border Patrol agents risk being sued for intervening.

Wednesday night the Coos Planning Board concluded that the Balsams developers provided all the information needed to begin an in-depth consideration of a plan to renovate the Dix and Hampshire Houses.

Those buildings are the familiar centerpiece of the old resort and developer Les Otten’s plan is for condominium units that could also be used as hotel rooms.

North Country Events

May 19, 2016

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Lancaster, Saturdays starting May 21 9:00 AM - Noon

A search for a Canadian man reported missing Thursday by his mother has been suspended after a man said he saw  Francois Carrier carrying a duffel bag as he walked along Route 2 in Gorham Tuesday, Lt. Wayne Saunders said.

"A conservation officer met with the witness and interviewed him and had him confirm through the use of a photo that the man he saw matched the description of Carrier.  The witness was confident that the man he saw was Carrier,” Saunders said.

Saunders said the area has been thoroughly covered and searchers “didn’t know where to search next.”

Two of the four schools statewide being honored by a private group for excellence in education are in Coos County.

The schools are the Lancaster Elementary, which covers grades K-8, and the White Mountain Regional High School in Whitefield.

They were selected by the nonprofit New Hampshire Excellence In Education, which is not affiliated with the New Hampshire Department of Education.

For Third Day Search Continues For Missing Canadian

May 13, 2016

A search for the Canadian man missing around Mount Washington will resume Saturday morning , according to New Hampshire Fish and Game.

It will be the third day of the effort to find 47-year-old Francois Carrier who was reported missing Thursday.

Friday the search was greatly expanded with  teams from New Hampshire and Maine as well as  a Black Hawk helicopter from the Air National Guard, said Lt. Wayne Saunders of Fish and Game.

Saunders said the last report of Carrier being seen was about 3:45 p.m. Monday as he was walking along Route 16.

Canadian Missing On Mount Washington

May 13, 2016

A search will resume this morning for a Canadian man reported missing Thursday in the area of Mount Washington, according to Fish and Game.

Thursday's search for Francois Carrier included K-9 teams, Fish and Game officers and volunteers from the Appalachian Mountain Club, said Lt. Wayne Saunders of Fish and Game.

"These search teams started hiking trails in the immediate area looking for Carrier with no avail. K-9 teams conducted searches of high probability areas and line searches were started in the mid-afternoon,"Saunders said.

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May 12, 2016

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Three hikers were rescued Sunday in separate incidents after suffering leg injuries, according to Fish and Game.

The most serious occurred on the Skookumchuk Trail in Franconia, when an 18-year-old woman from Glen fell and found it difficult to continue, said Lt. James Kneeland.

She had separated from her hiking partner and not prepared for a cold rain.

She called 911 and rescuers stabilized her injury, warmed her and carried her off the mountain.

The other rescues occurred on Mount Sunapee and on the Hancock Loops Trail in Lincoln.

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May 5, 2016

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Ailing Maine Woman Rescued In Hart's Location

May 1, 2016

A 23-year-old woman from Maine suffering from a medical problem was rescued from the Dry River Trail Saturday evening, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Kristina Reams, 23, began having problems breathing and since there was no cell service a companion hiked out and flagged down a motorist who called for help, conservation officer Alex Lopashanski said.

Rescuers reached her, stabilized her breathing and helped her to an ambulance.

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Apr 28, 2016

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A meeting Tuesday night between the Coos Planning Board and Balsams developers to discuss crucial plans to expand the resort's ski slopes didn’t go well, with each side frustrated.

There is no evidence that the death of 18-year-old Emily Clogston from Warren was anything but a no-fault accident, an investigation has concluded.

The accident happened last July in Lisbon as Troop F Commander Todd Landry was heading home with his wife and daughter after getting ice cream, according to the report released Tuesday by Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway.

The Coos Planning Board meets Tuesday night in Lancaster to consider a plan to greatly expand the ski area at the Balsams, including a proposal to clear some high-elevation forest.

The multi-year plan would expand the skiing area from 135 to almost 1,100 acres, with possibly 800 more acres of glade skiing.

Developer Les Otten says the pace would depend on “market conditions," but he would like to begin some clearing this summer.

Three Rescues In The North Country

Apr 25, 2016

Cold temperatures and icy trails caused problems for hikers in the North Country over the weekend, says Lt. James Kneeland of New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Sunday morning a hiker who was suffering from hypothermia was rescued on the Falling Waters Trail.

Kneeland said two hikers camped Saturday night, but lacked adequate cold-weather equipment and in the morning one reported “difficulty moving.”  Members of Pemi Search and Rescue Team reached them late morning, warmed them and helped them off the mountain.

Sunday afternoon, there were two more rescues.

For decades an abandoned paper mill sat in the center of Lincoln and Butch Burbank says it has been depressing driving past it. It was a reminder of a prosperous past and challenging future.

But now there’s a new building there. It’s called RiverWalk at Loon Mountain and it opens in June, the latest addition to a town that now lives on tourism.

“For someone who has lived in this area all my life and remembers the old mill and what was there and what is going up now, it is pretty exciting,” he says.

North Country Events

Apr 21, 2016

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After almost three years of study, Monday night fish and game officials from New Hampshire and Vermont said they will not go ahead with a controversial proposal to stock the Moore Reservoir in the North Country with walleye.

The idea was scrapped over a concern that the walleye – which typically eat other fish – might hurt the trout population, not just in the reservoir, but in the Connecticut River downstream.

Stocking the walleye was suggested by fish and game officials from both states.

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