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North Country Events

Jan 28, 2016

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BRING YOUR OWN POETRY, PAINTING, PERFORMANCE POTLUCK, GORHAM

Chris Jensen for NHPR

It’s roughly 10 degrees on Saturday morning at the Mahoosuc Inn in Milan and about 200 sled dogs are yowling and barking, making it clear it is time to race.

There are 17 teams entered in the Mahoosuc 100 and each has 12 incredibly impatient, excited dogs.

The mushers move among them. There are hugs and licks.

And, preparation.

The dogs throw themselves against their harnesses and are so eager to go that an ATV is hooked to the back of each sled to hold the dogs back as they approach the starting line.

North Country Events

Jan 21, 2016

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Chris Jensen for NHPR

For the first time in five decades the Appalachian Mountain Club wants to build a new hut, which would be its ninth,  in the mountains of the North Country.

The group wants the state to lease it land in the almost 6,000 acre Crawford Notch State Park.

But the proposal is controversial and even New Hampshire Fish and Game has objections.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen has been looking into this and spoke recently with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley.

What makes this controversial?

North Country Events

Jan 14, 2016

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Narcan, also known as naloxone, is an anti-overdose drug.
Paige Sutherland for NHPR

Citing concern about illegal drug use, the Berlin school board will be making the anti-overdose drug Narcan available in its schools.

Almost six percent of Berlin high school students admitted trying heroin at least once, according to a 2013 student survey prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says Corinne Cascadden, the superintendent of the Berlin schools.

A food co-op in Littleton has been so successful that it plans to expand the size of its building next year. And now some people are exploring whether to try the same thing in Berlin.

Chris Jensen for NHPR

On Friday Senator Jeanne Shaheen said the federal government should take the problem with heroin and opioids as seriously as its concern over Ebola.

She made the comments during a meeting with about two dozen health and social workers, educators and police at the Berlin High School.

She said while the budget Congress approved last month has more money to deal with drug problems it is not enough.

North Country Events

Jan 7, 2016

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GALLERY AT WREN 2016 SEASON PREVIEW, BETHLEHEM
Friday January 8 5:00 - 7:00 PM 2013 Main Street. Celebrate the 2016 season with a preview show at a wine and cheese reception. For details about the 2016 artists, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1644576505825785/

Matt Bowman - Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue

With winter now here, New Hampshire's search-and-rescue teams are watching for storms in the Presidential mountains and worrying that once again, a hiker will make a decision that puts lives at risk.

That's what happened last February, when Kate Matrosova, a 32 year-old from New York, who thought she could beat an approaching storm.

The Littleton Co-op: Buying Where It Sells

Dec 31, 2015
Chris Jensen for NHPR

In 2008, when some North Country residents were trying to start a food co-op in Littleton, one of the goals was to support the region’s economy by buying as much locally as possible.

Six years later, the co-op is buying about $1.7 million a year in the area, says the Co-op’s general manager, Ed King.

“The local food and producer business is probably 25 percent of our business. That is a pretty good chunk of money going back into the local economy," he said.

That money goes to producers like Tim Wennrich.

North Country Events

Dec 31, 2015

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Dec 25, 2015
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An artist's conception of the new hotel expected to open in the spring of 2017.Credit Mt. Washington Auto RoadEdit | Remove

From the 1880s until the late 1960s, visitors to the Mt. Washington Auto road could stay in a hotel right at its base.

Now the company that owns the road wants to rebuild that hotel.

Chris Jensen for NHPR

During a town hall meeting Tuesday night in Bethlehem Republican Presidential candidate Marco Rubio covered plenty of policy turf -- including the New England Patriots.

"Tom Brady should retire, because the Miami Dolphins deserve a chance to win the AFC,” Rubio declared.

Laughter mixed with the tiniest rumble of boos...

“When I’m president, Tom Brady is going to be secretary of the Air Force," Rubio continued. "He knows a lot about throwing stuff and flying…and the Miami Dolphins will have a chance to win the division."

Chris Jensen for NHPR

At a town hall meeting in Bethlehem, N.H. on Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio said the United States must be willing to use military force to stand up for allies such as the Philippines against China’s encroachment on fishing rights and attempts to expand its territorial waters. He compared China’s actions to the use of force by Russia in neighboring Ukraine last year.

“It is not unlike what Vladimir Putin has done in Crimea. He invaded a neighboring country, he took over an area of that country and today everyone has just accepted it.”

Chris Jensen for NHPR

The presidential primary trail is taking a rare detour through New Hampshire’s North Country this week.

Balsams Redevelopment Gets Key State Okay

Dec 21, 2015
Chris Jensen for NHPR

The renovation of the Balsams resort has moved ahead with state officials giving the developers permission to fill in about 2.7 acres of wetlands for uses ranging from a parking lot to six ski towers.

To offset the destruction of the wetlands the developers will preserve other land totaling about 960 acres.

State development officials have been enthusiastic about the reopening of the Balsams, saying it would give the North Country an enormous economic boost.

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Late last week, with the temperature almost 40 degrees, Walter Opuszynski stood next to the Upper Ammonoosuc River in Stark, watching an excavator finish a project he thought would be a lost cause if December bought typical winter weather.

North Country Events

Dec 16, 2015

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Dec 10, 2015

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LITTLETON FOOD CO-OP GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST
December 9 - 11 drop off, December 12 & 13 voting open, 43 Bethlehem Road, open 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM every day. Register at the co-op service desk. Categories for kids and adults. For more information: www.littletoncoop.com/events.

New Hampshire Fish and Game officers are conducting a poaching investigation in Errol after they said a moose was found shot to death, with its antlers missing.

Officers responded to a tip on Sunday regarding the dead animal, found about three-fourths of a mile from the end of Smokey Camp Brook Road.

They said it was a mature bull moose, believed to have been shot on or around Friday. No meat was taken from the animal. Conservation officers were able to find some physical evidence at the scene.

Courtesy / Veterans Administration

A mobile clinic for veterans in the North Country has seen a few dozen patients since it opened in late October.  The clinic is set up in the parking lot of the Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin.  A doctor and nurse team there have been able to give out flu shots and other treatments. VA spokesman Rick Salgueiro says there are about 1,000 veterans in the Berlin area who could possibly avoid a long trip to the VA hospital in White River Junction, Vermont.  "We wanted to rapidly deploy primary care into the Berlin area based on what veterans are communicating they want," he says.

North Country Events

Dec 5, 2015

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New Hampshire State Council on the Arts

Thursday night the National Christmas Tree will be lit in Washington.

And while that’s the centerpiece on the National Mall, it’s surrounded by smaller trees representing each state.

And this year for the first time the decorations for New Hampshire’s tree were created by a group from Berlin.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports….

Each year the state’s Council on the Arts decides who will make the ornaments for the state’s tree.

Cottage Hospital

The state is asking the federal government for more flexibility in establishing rural health clinics.

If approved by the feds, the policy will broaden what it means to be a rural health clinic in New Hampshire. The state has 14 federally-approved rural health clinics, which are located in areas with high poverty rates and not enough healthcare providers. These clinics receive more generous reimbursements from Medicaid and Medicare.

Two Rescues In The North Country

Nov 29, 2015
Courtesy Tim Martel

Rescuers helped two lost hikers in Randolph and a man who fell while ice climbing in the Huntington Ravine Saturday, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

The lost hikers, both from Massachusetts, were part of a group of four who climbed Mount Madison and then separated. About 5:20 pm two of the hikers reached their vehicle, didn’t see their companions, and figured the other two had missed the correct trail, so they called for help.

North Country Events

Nov 27, 2015
Chris Jensen for NHPR

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LITTLETON COMMUNITY CENTER HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Friday November 27 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM 123 Main Street. Annual Holiday Party, house tours, hot chocolate, cookies, fudge, cookie decorating, visit Santa 1-3, Santa will read a story at 1:00 PM. 

Balsams Targets June 1, 2016 To Start Construction

Nov 18, 2015
Chris Jensen for NHPR

The developers of the Balsams Resort told Coos County officials Tuesday night they hope to begin construction and renovation of the buildings on June 1st of next year.

That raises the possibility at least part of the now-closed resort could be open by the end of 2016 or early in 2017.

However, a spokesman for the developer said some other work may start earlier.

The news came during a meeting between the developers and the Coos County Planning Board to try and work out details of a long-range, multi-year concept plan.

North Country Events

Nov 12, 2015

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FALL PLAYS AT LITTLETON HIGH SCHOOL
Thursday, Friday, Saturday November 12, 13 14 at 7:00 PM and also Saturday at 2:00PM. Littleton High School. LHS drama students are putting on two shows. The Suessification of Romeo and Juliet stars Eric Shafer as Romeo. The second show is a take on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, called Kids in Louvre.

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