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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.

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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."

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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.”

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

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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.

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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.

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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
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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. 

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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.

The issue of whether the Coos County Planning Board is moving quickly enough as it considers the renovation of the shuttered Balsams resort came up Wednesday night in Colebrook and in contrast to the board's normal, civil demeanor there were sharp and angry words.

North Country Events

Nov 5, 2015
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Planners have accepted the application of a proposed redevelopment project at a historic resort in New Hampshire.

The Caledonian Record reports that Coos County planners accepted the application for redevelopment at The Balsams in Dixville Notch and recently voted to recommend related zoning amendments that would pave the way for other development in the region.

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For nearly as long as anyone can remember, there’s been talk about expanding broadband and cell coverage in the North Country. Last spring several small groups in the region announced plans to provide faster internet and better cell reception. Among others, Sen Jeanne Shaheen was there to applaud the announcement.


North Country Events

Oct 22, 2015
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Oct 15, 2015
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Sometime next year an official with the White Mountain National Forest will try to answer a complex question: How wild should the wilderness be?

The issue is whether to remove – or replace - a decrepit bridge in the Pemigewasset Wilderness Area.

North Country Events

Oct 8, 2015
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FARMERS MARKETS
Lancaster Saturdays 9:00 AM-Noon Main Street through Oct. 10. 
Littleton Sundays 10:00 AM-1:00 PM Next to Littleton Area Senior Center through Oct. 10.

North Country Events

Oct 1, 2015

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FARMERS MARKETS
Lancaster Saturdays 9:00 AM-Noon Main Street through Oct. 10. 
Littleton Sundays 10:00 AM-1:00 PM Next to Littleton Area Senior Center through Oct. 10.

North Country Events

Sep 25, 2015

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FARMERS MARKETS

Berlin Thursdays 3:00-7:00 PM Main Street through September 24.

Lancaster Saturdays 9:00 AM - Noon Main Street through Oct. 10.

Littleton Sundays 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Next to Littleton Area Senior Center through Oct. 10.

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Egg is dripping down Jeff Colt’s bare back as he stands in the kitchen of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Greenleaf Hut just below Mount Lafayette. Such is the peril of carrying about 28 pounds of eggs along with 50 pounds of other food.

But then again, running a restaurant high in The White Mountains is a little different than running one in Portsmouth, Laconia or Colebrook.

North Country Events

Sep 16, 2015
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