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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.

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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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North Country
2:31 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Colebrook Opens Streets To Welcome ATV Tourists

ATV enthusiasts have been working with state officials and land owners and say they are linking existing riding areas through the North Country, primarily by using existing pathways such as logging roads.
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

The town of Colebrook in the North Country has taken a new step to try and attract ATV-riding tourists.

It’s opening up some of its streets to the all-terrain vehicles.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Colebrook’s select board has approved opening up 21 streets in the town to ATV riders, says Jules Kennett, one of the three selectmen.

 “We finally came up with what we believe is the safest, most accessible way to get the ATVers into the center of town.”

The speed limit would be 10 miles per hour.

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North Country
9:25 am
Fri January 4, 2013

North Country Events

Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

Events compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia.

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

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North Country
4:34 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Lincoln State Rep Proposes Two Casinos

Several bills that would expand gambling in New Hampshire are likely to be introduced this session.  One North Country lawmaker plans to file a bill to allow two casinos in the state.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

As the legislative session begins, Governor-elect Maggie Hassan has repeatedly said that she’s open to expanded gambling in the state.

And she thinks New Hampshire would benefit most from a single high-end casino near the Massachusetts border.

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North Country
3:40 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

Bill Would Increase Allowable Gifts to Legislators

Among the bills to be considered by the legislature in 2013 is one that would significantly increase the value of a gift that could be accepted by legislators, who are paid only $100 a year.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Last year Edmond Gionet, a Republican rep from Lincoln, asked the legislative ethics committee whether it was okay for him to accept free ski passes to Cannon Mountain.

Gionet volunteers on Cannon Mountain’s advisory board and he saw the tickets as a nice thank-you.

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