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6:00 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Gorham Opens Arms, Streets (Ideally Cash Registers) To ATV Tourists

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR
Credit Chris Jensen / NHPR

Starting as early as Thursday ATV enthusiasts will be able to ride on some streets in Gorham. It is part of a plan to increase tourism in the North Country.

State officials have given final approval for ATVs to drive on parts of Main Street and Route 2 in Gorham.

The idea is to make it easy for ATV riders to enjoy a network of trails in the North Country called “Ride the Wilds” and then easily get into town, says Gorham town manager Robin Frost.

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North Country
1:47 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Weathering The Next Storm: Economic Protection For The North Country

Figuring that storms are as inevitable as death and taxes a North Country planning group will be looking at ways to minimize the impact of bad weather on the economy.

“You know we can’t predict the weather but maybe we can be prepared for what it might bring us,” said Patricia Garvin, the economic development coordinator for the North Country Council.

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Word of Mouth
2:30 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Gold Panning the Wild Ammonoosuc

Arthur gets his wetsuit on
Sean Hurley

There’s buried treasure in the rivers and streams of New Hampshire.  22 carat gold to be precise. While it’s very high quality, it’s also very low quantity.  Experienced New Hampshire prospectors say that even though there isn’t much to find, it’s not hard to find.  But you have to know where to look and how to find it as Sean Hurley reports from the gold-speckled Wild Amonoosuc River in Bath. 

The Wild Ammonoosuc River trickles to life in Kinsman Notch and rushes for 15 miles from Woodstock to Bath before breaking into the bigger, slower glass of the Ammonoosuc.  

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North Country
5:08 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Civil Air Patrol: Wings Over New Hampshire

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

With hurricane season ramping up and fire danger decreasing, New Hampshire’s Civil Air Patrol is beginning to switch roles.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

On a morning early in May Civil Air Patrol 2875 is about to leave the runway at Mount Washington Regional Airport in Whitefield.

Sound of pilots going through a checklist.

“Electrical equipment is off. Avionics switch one and two, off…”

The Civil Air Patrol is a non-profit corporation created by Congress that also serves as an auxiliary to the Air Force.

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North Country
7:59 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Berlin Biomass Contractor Accused Of Fraud

The company in charge of building a huge biomass plant in Berlin is suing one of its contractors claiming fraud.

But a spokesman for the plant’s owner - Berlin Station - says it should still open late this year, right on schedule.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen has this report.

The suit was filed in federal district court in New York by Babcock & Wilcox Construction Company.

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North Country
12:36 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

SEC Accuses Laidlaw Energy Group Exec Of Insider Trading

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Michael Bartoszek and the Laidlaw Energy Group – the original developer of the new biomass plant in Berlin - with insider trading.

In a filing Wednesday the SEC said Bartoszek failed in his obligation to publicly disclose the shaky financial state of his New-York based company before he sold his own stock.

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North Country
6:00 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Wanted: "Mules" With Muscle, Heart And Money To Tackle Mount Washington

Bella Hibberd of Bethlehem, who was born with cerebral palsy, was the force behind a fashion show Sunday at the Colonial Theatre to raise money for Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country.
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

Lots of people climb Mount Washington. But a North Country non-profit group is wants help to go beyond a normal ascent.

They need people for the Sunrise Ascent to help push and pull two children and three adults with disabilities to the top.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Sandy Olney is the head of Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country and she cherishes her volunteers but she calls them mules.

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North Country
11:22 pm
Sat May 25, 2013

Snow Hits North Country: "That's The Sound Of My Tomato Plants Dying"

By about 8 am Sunday in Bethlehem there was four inches of snow and it was still snowing. Photo by Chris Jensen
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

Nobody expected it to be balmy this Memorial Day weekend but parts of the North Country - such as Bethlehem - had about four inches of snow by 8 a.m. Sunday and it was still snowing only to taper off and end by 10 a.m.

PSNH reported about 2,100 customers in communities clustered around Littleton losing power.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

People leaving the movie at the Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem Saturday night were stunned to see several inches of snow.

"It was May when we went into the movie. I don’t know what happened. Is it six months later?”

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North Country
1:41 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Northern Pass Insists It Has New Route But Again Declines To Say Where It Is

Northeast Utilities, the parent company of the Northern Pass project, did not announce a new route during a conference call with analysts Thursday morning. 

NHPR’s Chris Jensen listened in and has this report.

Late last year Northern Pass officials said they finally had a new route through the North Country.

But they said they weren’t ready to disclose it.

Then, at the end of March officials basically said the same thing.

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North Country
9:28 am
Thu April 25, 2013

North Country Events

Compiled and written by Tova Cohen

The newsletter typically announces events in the next week. The calendar shows you events in the coming months.

SCREEN-FREE WEEK EVENTS FOR KIDS, LITTLETON

April 22-27. Friends of the Littleton Public Library present events for kids during screen-free week. See the full schedule here.

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North Country
7:03 am
Thu April 4, 2013

North Country Crash Kills One

One person was killed Wednesday afternoon in a crash in Milan, according to a news release from state police.

The accident occurred about 4:30 on Route 110 when a tractor-trailer carrying logs and a 1995 Dodge pickup collided head-on.

The pickup caught fire and was fully in flames when police arrived. When the Milan Fire Department put out the fire they found a body.

The identity of the victim was not released. The driver of the logging truck was not seriously injured. The cause of the accident is still under investigation by Troop F in Twin Mountain.

North Country
9:05 am
Thu March 28, 2013

North Country Events

Compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia

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North Country
7:50 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Hassan Goes Way North And Promises Economic Development Funds

Chris Jensen for NHPR
Credit Chris Jensen / NHPR

If the Senate bill that proposes a single casino in the state becomes law it “would dedicate millions of dollars per year directly to North Country economic development,” Governor Maggie Hassan said during a speech Thursday night before the North Country Chamber of Commerce.

That would spur business and job growth “helping us attract new companies by marketing the North Country’s advantages to businesses in Canada and elsewhere,” she told about 125 people at the Log Haven Restaurant on lonely Route 26 in Millsfield, about 145 miles from Concord.

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North Country
10:57 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Ice Climber in North Country Falls

A New Boston man fell Saturday while ice climbing in the Crawford Notch, according to news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Eric Scoville, 55, fell about 2:30 p.m. while climbing on the Frankenstein Cliffs when he fell about 70 feet. He was climbing alone without ropes, Fish and Game reported.

Nearby climbers reached him, arranged a litter and carried him to the Arethusa Falls parking area where he was met by an ambulance.

He was then flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock where yesterday he was listed in critical but stable condition.

North Country
10:42 am
Mon March 18, 2013

North Country Reps Overwhelmingly Favored Legalizing Marijuana

North Country representatives overwhelmingly favored legalizing small amounts of marijuana, although as The Associated Press reported the bill failed.

As the AP said “supporters had argued that it was time to stop the government's war on marijuana users, saying tobacco and alcohol abuse are legal but pose a greater danger to personal health.

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North Country
10:04 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Raising Speed Limit On I-93: How North Country Reps Voted

North Country representatives were split on a bill that would raise the speed limit on parts of I-93 to 70 miles per hour.

As NHPR reported the bill - HB 146 - passed the House 292-65. It would allow 70 mph from Exit 18 north with the exception of a two-lane stretch through the Franconia Notch.

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North Country
8:36 am
Sat March 16, 2013

Man Dies In Snowmobile Crash In North Country

A Connecticut man was killed early Saturday morning in a snowmobile accident in Errol, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game officer Glen Lucas.

The man was identified as Louis Voegeli Jr., 56,  of Woodbury.

He was traveling with three other snowmobiles about 2 a.m. when he failed to make a turn and hit a tree on 13 Mile Woods trail approximately 2 miles north of Millsfield Pond Road in Errol.

North Country
4:57 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

North Country Town Meetings: Everything From Fighting Corporations To Reviving A Town Ski Slope

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Voters headed to town meetings Tuesday in the North Country will find some unusual issues including creating a community ski slope, challenging the rights of corporations as people, abolishing a police department and excluding “formula stores and fast-food restaurants.”

* In Bethlehem voters are considering two articles aimed at preventing “formula retail and formula fast food restaurants” from locating in the center of town.

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North Country
9:32 am
Sun March 10, 2013

Three Snowmobile Crashes Saturday In North Country

There were three snowmobile crashes in the North Country Saturday, including two in which riders were injured, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game.

The first involved 32-year-old Kevin Brigham of Brookline, New Hampshire who lost control of his snowmobile and struck an oncoming snowmobile, Conservation Officer Geoffrey Younglove wrote in a news release. Brigham suffered internal injuries in the crash on Trail 18 and was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Maine.

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North Country
10:22 am
Thu March 7, 2013

How North Country Reps Voted On Gas Tax Hike

North Country legislators split pretty much along party lines Wednesday on whether to increase the gas and diesel tax and use the money to improve roads and bridges.

Ten Democrats voted in favor of an increase. Six Republicans and one Democrat voted against.

The bill passed 207 – 163.

As NHPR’s Josh Rogers reported the House decided to increase the tax on gas and diesel fuel 15 cents per gallon.

The increase would be phased in over four years for gasoline and six years for diesel.

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North Country
1:43 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Gambling Bill Amendment: A Few More Details On Help For North Country

An amendment to Senate Bill 152, which proposes a single casino in the state, provides details on how money designated for use in the North Country would be used.

Sen. Jeff Woodburn, a Democrat from Dalton, says his amendment:

1) Requires the funds would be managed by “three public members from the North Country appointed by the governor.” Each would serve a two-year term.

2) Requires the money would be used for “job creation, economic stability and other activities which improve the standard of living of residents of the North Country."

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North Country
5:16 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Gambling Bill Has Consolation Prize For North Country - Maybe

A bill authorizing a casino with 500 slot machines and 150 table games faces its first vote in the senate ways and means committee Tuesday morning.

The proposal enjoys the backing of Governor Maggie Hassan and calls for the casino to be located on the Massachusetts border.

But as NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports, it’s also getting some attention in the North Country.

As drafted, Senate Bill 152, envisions a sending part of of the casino’s profits to the North Country for economic development.

Sen. Jeff Woodburn is a Democrat from Dalton.

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North Country
10:57 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Beat The Clock: Balsams Renovation Financing Glitch

An auction sold off most of the furnishings and equipment at the Balsams, a prelude to the owners' plans for a huge renovation. Photo by Chris Jensen.

The owners of the closed Balsams Grand Resort in Dixville Notch are playing beat the clock to get an important part of the financing they need to renovate and reopen the resort.

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North Country
10:13 am
Thu February 21, 2013

How North Country Reps Voted On Repeal of Education Tax Credit

Ten North Country representatives – all Democrats - were among those who voted Wednesday to repeal the education tax credit.

Six North Country representatives – all Republicans – voted against the repeal.

As NHPR’s Sam Evans-Brown reported the law grants an 85% tax credit to businesses that donate to scholarship organizations, which give the money to students going to a private school, an out-of-district public school, or home school.

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North Country
11:54 am
Fri February 15, 2013

New Plant In Colebrook Takes Up An Old Family Business

Back in the 1950s, at a plant near the Balsams hotel, the Neil Tillotson family was producing products like balloons, latex gloves and disposable plastic eyedroppers. 

But a little more than two years ago, the Dixville Notch plant was forced to shut down when the Tillotson Corporation prepared to sell its Balsams resort.

But now Rick Tillotson, one of the sons of the plant’s original owner, is opening a new 100,000-square foot plant in nearby Colebrook to produce some of the same items.

Tillotson says it’s a dream he’s had since the  plant closed.

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North Country
1:12 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Wind Farm Operator Ends Dispute By Paying Coos

Photo by Chris Jensen

Brookfield Renewable Energy has ended a dispute with Coos County over payments for its wind turbines by paying up.

Last month Brookfield, which operates 33 wind turbines, said it only owed about $245,000.

That is about half of what the county expected under a Payment-in-Lieu-of-Taxes agreement. The deal was for ten years.

The county argued the contract was clear and required payments for wind turbine generators that “are actually installed and either generating energy or capable of generating energy and permitted to generate energy as required by applicable law.”

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North Country
7:35 am
Sat February 9, 2013

North Country Getting Off Easy - So Far

By Saturday morning it appeared the North Country had been spared the worst of the storm.

Only four inches of snow was reported in Lancaster and about nine inches in Randolph, according to spotter reports filed with the National Weather Service office in Gray Maine. Berlin was an exception with 14 inches.

Sergeant Travis Anderson of Troop F, which covers the North Country, said “things are pretty quiet.”

Anderson said only one car was reported off the road since midnight.

He said the snow is continuing and road crews are busy, but roads are still slippery.

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Arts & Culture
7:00 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Running Through Time On The Sandwich Notch Rd.

Credit Sean Hurley

There aren’t many roads that have books written about them, but we have one in New Hampshire.  In 1973, writer Elizabeth Yates published “The Road Through Sandwich Notch”, which more than anything else helped secure the road’s preservation status as a part of the White Mountain National Forest.  Sean Hurley has been running down and learning about the road for some time now and sends this reflection.

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North Country
9:23 am
Thu January 17, 2013

North Country Events

Compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia.

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North Country
5:48 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

North Country Events

Compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia.

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