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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
For much of the year officials at Northeast Utilities have been saying they would have the new route for Northern Pass submitted to the US Department of Energy by the end of the year.
But the New Year is here and while nothing has been posted with the DOE Northern Pass says it has a new route.
NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.
In a conference call with analysts early in October Northeast Utilities official Lee Olivier said the company was “still on track” to file a new route with the Department of Energy by the end of the year.