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11:04 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Balsams Renovation Plan Moves Ahead

 

The new owners of the closed Balsams resort in Dixville Notch are moving ahead with plans to renovate the North Country resort.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Improvements at the Balsams resort will include a new conference center, spa, pool house and suites near the Hampshire House.

That’s according to the web site of Summit Engineering of Portsmouth which says the firm has been chosen to handle the structural engineering.

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North Country
11:28 am
Sun April 8, 2012

Health Consortium Plans Summit to Tackle Coos Problems

 

The North Country Health Consortium in Littleton has scheduled a June summit to tackle some of the health problems in Coos County noted in a recent study.

The University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute study released last week evaluated the health of individual counties nationwide.

The study has been done for the last three years. Each time Coos was ranked last in the state.

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North Country
2:00 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

How North Country Reps Voted On Bill that Would Reduce Legal Services for the Poor

 

A bill critics say would reduce funding for legal services for the poor was sponsored by Gregory Sorg, a Republican from Easton, and heavily favored by North Country representatives.

The bill - HB 1395 - passed the House 235 – 99.  It now goes to the Senate.

Eight North Country representatives – all Republicans – voted in favor.

Four North Country representatives – all Democrats – voted against it.

Four legislators were excused from voting.

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North Country
1:00 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Health Study Ranks Coos Last in New Hampshire

Coos County ranked least healthy county in New Hampshire.
MrdOOdman Flickr

A new nationwide study released today/Tuesday ranks Coos County as the least healthy county in the state. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

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North Country
3:54 pm
Sat March 31, 2012

2012 North Country Middle School Film Festival: Lights, Camera, Environmental Message

Working on film at the Lisbon Regional High School.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

 

On a late winter’s day three film crews are busy at Lisbon Regional School.

Inside one crew is editing film on a computer, quickly and cleverly trimming and rearranging sequences.

Another is working on a soundtrack, drawing fingers across a guitar’s strings.

And outside the third crew is filming, working out camera angles and a script.

“Okay, I’m going to explain your parts to you,” says Sydney Lambert, a seventh grader. “You are basically a person who doesn’t really care that you are littering.”

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North Country
5:38 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

How North Country Reps Voted On Abortion Ban After 20 Weeks

 

Seven North Country legislators were among the majority passing a bill on Thursday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks.

Three North Country representatives voted against the bill while six were excused from voting.

The bill, HB 1660, passed 190 – 109. It now goes to the Senate.

Here are the legislators who voted in favor of the bill:

* Lyle Bulis (Republican) of Littleton

* Larry Rappaport (Republican) of Colebrook.

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North Country
2:11 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Most North Country Legislators Voted Against Abolishing State Art Fund

 

Ten out of 13 North Country representatives voted against a bill that would have abolished the State Art Fund.

According to the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts the fund is also known as the Percent for Art Program and it was established by the legislature in 1979.

That 1979 action “authorizes one-half of one percent of the capitol budget appropriation for new buildings or significant renovations to be set aside in a non-lapsing account for the acquisition or commissioning of artwork.”

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North Country
8:18 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

How North Country Reps Voted on Gambling Bill: An Unusual Mix

 

In unusual alliances Democrats and Republicans from the North Country paired up for and against a bill that would have allowed gambling.

The bill failed on a 118 – 226 vote.

Eight representatives – including five Republicans and three Democrats – voted in favor of the bill.

Six representatives - including four Republicans and two Democrats – voted against the bill.

As NHPR’s Todd Bookman reported:

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North Country
7:44 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

How North Country Reps Voted on 24-Hour Abortion Wait

 

Nine North Country representatives voted in favor of a bill that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion and three voted against.

As NHPR’s Josh Rogers reported:

The so-called women’s right to know bill had to be pared back to win final house passage.

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North Country
10:49 am
Sun March 25, 2012

Sen. Gallus Supported Controversial, Tougher Voter ID

 

Sen. John Gallus, a Republican from Berlin who represents the North Country, was among 19 senators voting last week in favor of a new and more restrictive voter identification measure.

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North Country
9:43 am
Sun March 25, 2012

Sen. Gallus Supports Lynch Veto Of Payday Loans

 

Sen. John Gallus,  a Republican from Berlin who represents the North Country, was among those voting last week not to override Gov. Lynch’s veto of so-called payday loans.

As NHPR reported “The measure would have lifted the current 36% interest rate cap on small loans. In place of that cap, Senator Matt Houde told colleagues companies could charge borrowers up to 403% interest.

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North Country
9:58 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Majority of North Country Legislators Opposed Special Treatment For New, Specialty Hospitals

 

Nine of sixteen of North Country legislators voted against a bill that would allow for-profit specialty hospitals to avoid going through the certificate of need regulatory process.

As reported by NHPR “the bill also exempts these hospitals, most of which do not take Medicaid patients, from paying the state's Medicaid Enhancement Tax.

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North Country
7:51 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Most North Country Legislators Vote To Retain Gay Marriage

 

Ten North Country representatives were among those who voted Wednesday to kill a bill that would have repealed gay marriage. 

Only four North Country representatives voted to keep the repeal alive.

Two others were excused from voting.

As NHPR reported the Republican-controlled House decided to keep the state's gay marriage law in place on a 211 – 116 vote.

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North Country
10:32 am
Mon March 19, 2012

North Country Legislators Ponder Votes On Gay-Marriage Revocation

 

The House is expected to consider repealing same-sex marriage as early as Wednesday and half of 16 North Country representatives have said say they will vote against changing the law.

In October the House Judiciary Committee voted to undo the state’s gay marriage law and replace it with civil union .

The lead sponsor of the bill is Republican David Bates of Windham.

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North Country
11:02 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Most North Country Legislators Favored Refugee Resettlement Bill

 

North Country representatives overwhelmingly voted in favor of House Bill 1405 which would allow jurisdictions such as Manchester to ask for a moratorium on refugee resettlement.

As NHPR reported: “Under the bill New Hampshire towns could ask for a one-year moratorium on new refugee resettlements, which opponents say the state doesn’t have the authority to do.”

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