North Country

The Northern Pass Transmission project has taken a big step forward in its search for a route through the North Country – with some help from Yale University.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Northern Pass has signed a deal allowing it to put transmission lines along 20 miles through eastern Coos County.

In a statement Public Service of New Hampshire president Gary Long described the arrangement as “a huge step for the project.”

North Country Events

Nov 16, 2012

Compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia.

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

20th ANNUAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CELEBRATION

Thurs.  Nov. 15, 3:30 - 5:30 P.M., Littleton Opera House, 2 Union Street, Littleton. News, presentations and surprises in honor of this year’s beautifully decorated Main Street.  Event includes presentation of the LACC Business Leader of the Year award.

After a recount Thursday, Republican incumbent  Lyle “Rusty” Bulis lost his seat in Grafton District 1, to another Republican Ralph Doolan.

Both are from Littleton.

Originally Doolan lost to Bulis by two votes and sought the recount.

The recount had Doolan winning by four votes.

There are two seats in District 1, which includes Littleton and Bethlehem.

The other seat was taken by Linda Massimilla, a Democrat and novice politician from Littleton. She beat beat incumbent Bulis and Doolan on November 6.

A recount of the votes cast in Coos District 7 hasn’t changed the winner: Republican Leon Rideout defeated Democrat Evalyn Merrick.

Both are from Lancaster.

Merrick requested a recount which was conducted Thursday by the Secretary of State.

Originally Merrick lost by 12 votes.

In the recount, however, that margin increased to 34 votes.

That left Rideout with 3,274 votes compared to 3,240 for Merrick.

About 200 people gathered Wednesday night in Plymouth for public hearing held by a state commission studying whether high-power electric lines such as those proposed by Northern Pass should be buried.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

The commission’s goals include investigating whether it is feasible to bury utility lines on existing state rights-of-way, such as highways.

And the message to the commission from many of those who spoke was that the commission needs to keep working to develop a well-reasoned policy for new utility projects.

New Hampshire officials are hoping to start showing tourists the cultural side of a state best known for outdoor activities.

Skiing. Hiking. Kayaking. Fall foliage.

All things for which the state is known.

But tourism and cultural resource officials want to broaden that and make sure tourists know more about cultural activities.

They’re holding a series of statewide meetings at cultural spots around the state. That included Tuesday morning at the Littleton Opera House. 

Chris Jensen / NHPR

A judge in Merrimack Superior Court has dismissed a suit that the owners of the Balsams Grand Resort in Dixville Notch said was holding up its re-opening.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

The suit was filed by Andy Martin, a self-described public-interest advocate and corruption fighter.

Martin claimed the sale was “committed fraudulently.”

Among those sued were the new owners, Danny Dagesse and Dan Hebert, the town of Colebrook and the New Hampshire attorney general.

John G. McCormick has been elected Coos County Attorney, according to results released by the New Hampshire Secretary of State.

McCormick, of Lancaster, got 9,051 votes compared to 4,722 for Phillip J. Beiner who is from Berlin.

McCormick has been the assistant county attorney for five years, working with County Attorney Robert Mekeel, who did not seek re-election and left office on Wednesday.

McCormick received his law degree from the Dickinson School of Law at Penn State University.

In the newly created Grafton District 14 Republican Brad Bailey of Monroe beat Democrat Douglas Grant of Franconia, according to final totals compiled by the Associated Press.

Bailey had 3,613 votes compared to Grant's 2,886.

In Coos District 4 Republican incumbent Herbert Richardson beat Democrat Troy Merner, according to results compiled by the Associated Press.

With all the votes counted Richardson had 1,167 votes compared to Merner’s 821.

Democrat Jeff Woodburn of Dalton has won the senate race in the North Country, according to a tally compiled by the Associated Press.

With 90 percent of the precincts reporting Woodburn had 13,664 votes.

That compared to 9,071 for Republican Debi Warner of Littleton.

The senate seat was vacated by Republican John Gallus of Berlin who chose not to seek re-election.

Democrat incumbent Evalyn Merrick apparently lost her seat for Coos District 7 by 12 votes, according to an unofficial tally compiled by the Associated Press.

Merrick had 3,253 votes compared to Republican Leon Rideout who had 3,265.

The official tally by the New Hampshire Secretary of State is not yet available.

Earlier in the evening, when only five of the 10 precincts were counted, Merrick had a lead of just over 100 votes.

In Coos District 3, Berlin, three Democrat incumbents - Gary Coulombe, Robert Theberge and Yvonne Thomas – were all re-elected.

They defeated Republican challenger Eric Catman, who hoped to take one of the three seats.

With all the votes counted Coulombe had 2,940 votes; Theberge had 2,651 and Thomas had 2,426.

Catman was a distant fourth with 1,029, according to a tally compiled by the Associated Press.

The Balsams resort is temporarily closed but next Tuesday residents of Dixville Notch still plan on being the first voters in the nation.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Just at midnight, while sensible people are sleeping, folks from Dixville Notch will be voting.

But for the first time since 1960 they won’t be at the Balsams resort.

It’s closed for a renovation.

Instead they will gather at a nearby ski lodge, says Scott Tranchemontagne, a spokesman for the resort.

In Coos District 3, Berlin, three Democrat incumbents - Gary Coulombe, Robert Theberge and Yvonne Thomas - are facing Republican Eric Catman. Three seats are available.

Voter ID: Voted against requiring voter identification. NHPR story.

In Coos District 3, Berlin, three Democrat incumbents - Gary Coulombe, Robert Theberge and Yvonne Thomas - are facing Republican Eric Catman. Three seats are available.

Here is how Theberge voted on some issues:

Voter ID: Voted against requiring voter identification. NHPR story.

Many in the North Country fretted and prepared for a battering by Sandy, however by about 11 p.m. that hadn't happened.

There was some gusty wind and rain, but nothing like rigors the rest of the state was experiencing.

Public Service of New Hampshire reported about 135,000 customers without power - mostly in the southern part of the state - but only about 300 lost power north of the notches.

They included 91 in Lancaster; 94 in Northumberland; 45 in Jefferson and 39 in Whitefield.

In Coos District 3 - Berlin - three Democrat incumbents - Gary Coulombe, Robert Theberge and Yvonne Thomas - are facing Republican Eric Catman. Three seats are available.

Here is how Gary Coulombe voted on some issues:

Voter ID: Voted against requiring voter identification. NHPR story.

Republican incumbent Herbert Richardson is running against Democrat Troy Merner in Coos District 4, which includes Dalton, Kilkenny and Lancaster.

Here’s how Richardson voted on some issues:

Voter ID: Voted in favor of requiring voter identification. NHPR story.

Democrat incumbent Evalyn Merrick is running against Republican Leon Rideout in Coos District Seven, which includes Carroll, Dalton, Dummer, Jefferson, Kilkenny, Lancaster, Milan, Northumberland, Randolph, Stark and Whitefield.

Here is how Merrick voted on some issues.

Voter ID: Voted against requiring voter identification. NHPR story.

Republican incumbent Lyle “Rusty” Bulis is running against Republican Ralph Doolan and Democrat Linda Massimilla in Grafton District 1, which includes Littleton and Bethlehem. There are two seats available.

Here is how Bulis, the only incumbent, voted on some issues:

Voter ID: Voted in favor of requiring voter identification. NHPR story.

North Country Events

Oct 25, 2012
Chris Jensen for NHPR

Tova Cohen of Franconia compiled these events.

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

FIRST ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL, LITTLETON

The head of Sierra Club Canada says Hydro-Quebec power can’t be considered green. He was in Plymouth Tuesday night. NHPR’s Chris Jensen was there and has this report.

John Bennett is the executive director of Sierra Club Canada. He’s been watching and fighting big hydro-electric dam projects in Canada for decades.

And he told about 100 people at Plymouth State University – including opponents of the Northern Pass project – that the electricity Hydro-Quebec produces by flooding huge areas is not friendly to the environment.

A prominent Canadian environmentalist says opposition to the Northern Pass project has not generated widespread coverage in Canada. The head of the Sierra Club Canada spoke at Plymouth State University Tuesday night.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

John Bennett, the executive director of the Sierra Club Canada, disappointed a group of about 100 Northern Pass opponents when he told them their efforts have received little media attention in Canada.

“It may be showing up in some of the Quebec press but it is not showing up in the national press in Canada.”

Mixed news has recently come from the top part of our state.  The long awaited prison in Berlin is now open, and the popular ATV park is expanding, but unemployment there is higher than the state average and in recent months has gone up. We’ll look at the economic hopes and challenges for the North Country.

Guests

Charlie Jordan - editor of The Colebrook Chronicle

Edith Tucker - reporter for The Coos County Democrat and The Berlin Reporter

A Nashua man who was trail running in the White Mountains was rescued Saturday after he fell and was injured.

Kevin McDonald, 48, slipped and injured his knee on the East Pond Trail, according to Lt. James Kneeland of New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Kneeland said two hikers came across McDonald and one went for help while the other remained with him.

McDonald was helped off the trail by Fish and Game officers and members of the Pemi Valley Search and Rescue.

The state’s Department of Resources and Economic Development  is holding a free workshop Oct. 18th to help North Country companies to do business with the federal government.

Every year the federal government buys tens of millions of dollars in goods or services in the North Country.

There’s the White Mountain National Forest, Homeland Security, the U.S. Forest Service and the new federal prison in Berlin.

North Country Events

Oct 11, 2012

These events are compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia.

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

FRIENDS-N-NEIGHBORS THRIFT SHOP BAG SALE, WHITEFIELD

In Coos District 5 incumbent Republican John Tholl of Whitefield is running against Democrat Marcia Hammon, also of Whitefield.

Here is how Tholl voted on some of the issues during the past year.

Voter ID: Voted for requiring voter identification. NHPR story.

In Coos District 1 two Republican incumbents – Duffy Daugherty and Larry Rappaport of Colebrook are running against Larry Enman, a Democrat from Errol.

Here is how Daugherty and Rappaport voted on some higher-profile issues during the past year:

DUFFY DAUGHERTY

Voter ID: Voted in favor of requiring voter identification. NHPR story.

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