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9:09 am
Fri March 9, 2012

How North Country Reps Voted On Marijuana Bill

As NHPR reported the New Hampshire House moved Thursday to decriminalize a person’s first two possessions of less than a half ounce of marijuana. 

House Bill 1526 passed by a single vote.

The vote was 162 to 161.

Nine North Country representatives voted against the bill. Six voted in favor and one was excused from voting.

Here are the North Country representatives voting in favor:

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North Country
8:21 am
Fri March 9, 2012

How North Country Legislators Voted On Health Insurance Exchange

As NHPR reported on Thursday the House passed HB 1297 which would prevent New Hampshire from creating its own health insurance exchange.

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North Country
5:28 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

How North Country Reps Voted on Fish and Game "Probable Cause" Bill

There was no roll-call vote on House Bill 1332 so there isn’t a record of how representatives voted when it passed.

However, before that there was a roll-call vote on whether to accept the recommendation of the House Committee on Fish and Game and Marine Resources that the bill be killed.

That killing motion failed on a vote of 171-174.

Eight North Country representatives voted to kill the bill and seven voted to revive it. One was excused.

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North Country
7:18 am
Thu March 8, 2012

How North Country Reps Voted On Employer-Contraception Bill

North Country representatives were evenly split on the vote for House Bill 1546, which NHPR reported allows “any employer with a religious objection to deny workers insurance coverage for contraceptives.”

Supporters of the bill said it was about religious freedom.

Opponents note the Catholic church helped draft the bill and say it supports its anti-contraception views.

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North Country
1:45 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Isaacson Steel Laying Off Workers

After Isaacson Structural Steel was sold off in a bankruptcy auction last month it wasn’t certain what would happen to the employees. But NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports it’s clear now and the news is not good.

In a blow to the North Country more workers at Isaacson Structural Steel in Berlin are being laid off.

About 80 have already lost their jobs with another 40 still on the job finishing up a project, says Diana Nelson with New Hampshire Employment Security.

“There will be a handful of employees at Isaacson’s through mid-April.”

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North Country
12:08 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Court Report Details Isaacson Auction

There were three bidders hoping to buy Isaacson Structural Steel with a $100,000 difference determining the winning bid, according to a report filed Thursday in federal district court in Concord.

The top bid was $2.4 million by Counsel RB Capital, Myron Bowling Auctioneers and Hilco Industrial.

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NH News
6:09 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Finally, a Little Winter

Snow piles up at the intesection of Nichols & Nichols in Peterborough

In case you forgot what a New England winter is supposed to be like, Mother Nature decided to drop in with a reminder. Snow impacts everything from checkbooks to yardwork in New Hampshire, but has gone missing for most of this winter. 

While I was busy shoveling my car out, a neighbor of mine was tackling a completely different winter chore.

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North Country
5:55 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Hopes For Saving Isaacson Steel Jobs in Berlin Fading

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Hopes that someone would buy bankrupt Isaacson Steel in Berlin and continue the business are fading. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Throughout Isaacson’s bankruptcy the hope has been that someone would buy the steel-fabricating firm, operate it and save about 130 jobs.

That seems less likely now.

filing in federal district court Monday shows a Texas firm that specializes in selling off industrial equipment has a tentative deal to buy Isaacson’s assets.

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North Country
2:09 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Gorham Paper Mill's Switch to Natural Gas Paying Off

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Switching to natural gas at the Gorham Paper and Tissue mill cost about $5.4 million but paid for itself in about four months, says Willis Blevins, the general manager of the plant.

Last year the company made the change from heating oil.

The goal was to reduce the enormous energy cost that Blevins says was always a problem when it came to making the plant consistently profitable.

The new owner, Patriarch Partners, was willing to make the investment the previous owner was not.

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North Country
11:04 am
Fri February 24, 2012

North Country SAUs Looking For Ways To Share And Save

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Facing tighter budgets North Country school districts are participating in a task force exploring ways they can cooperate and save money.

There are two broad goals, said Wayne Gersen, the former superintendent of the Hanover school district, who is heading up the group.

One is to give students more educational opportunities, perhaps by having SAUs share teachers in areas such as music, art or even special-education testing.

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North Country
5:35 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Can A $700,000 Bet Bring A New Industry To The North Country?

Some days Roger Caron - and Roxie - walk five or six miles around the 107-acre tract.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

It’s been a little more than four years since the Groveton paper mill closed.

But in a calculated gamble that will cost about $700,000 some people have refused to give up on it.

They’re chasing the idea of a new and far different life for the Groveton facility and the North Country.

 NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

Roger Caron started working at the Groveton paper plant in 1972.

Now he’s the last man there.

Sound of footsteps and Caron saying there aren’t many lights on….

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North Country
12:26 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

How North Country Reps Voted on Insurance-Contraception Resolution

Nine North Country legislators – all Republicans – voted Wednesday in favor of HR 29, resolution that asks the federal government to undo a rule requiring insurance companies to provide contraceptives to employees of religious organizations.

The six North Country Democrats voted against the resolution.

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North Country
10:28 am
Thu February 16, 2012

How North Country Legislators Voted On Collective Bargaining Bill

Seven North Country legislators were among those voting to pass HB 1666, a bill that gives lawmakers the final say on collective bargaining agreements with the State.

Five were opposed and four were excused from voting.  

As reported by NHPR:

The legislation is just the latest effort by Republicans in Concord to rein in the costs of public employee contracts.

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North Country
5:29 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Gallus Votes In Favor of Constitutional School Funding Amendment

The North Country’s Senator John Gallus, a Republican from Berlin, was among the 17 senators voting Wednesday in favor of a constitutional school funding amendment.

There were seven “no” votes.

As reported by NHPR’s Josh Rogers:

North Country
10:21 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Report: Buyer for Isaacson Falls Through

New Hampshire Business Review is reporting that a potential buyer for the Isaacson Structural Steel in Berlin has fallen through.

The review reports Heico, a construction conglomerate, was seriously considering buying the company but has since backed out.

An auction is currently set for February 29th, raising a question about the future of the company’s roughly 150 employees.

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