North Country

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.

The Conservation Law Foundation says the U.S. Department of Energy made a serious mistake by again allowing Northern Pass to help pick the consultants responsible for the crucial environmental impact statement.

“The concern is that the integrity of the federal review is at great risk,” Christophe Courchesne, a lawyer at the foundation, said Wednesday.

The DOE did not respond to the issue raised by the foundation.

A Northern Pass spokesman said Saturday that the project has 99 percent of the land it needs for the new route through Coos, clarifying remarks made Friday by a company executive.

During a conference call with analysts Friday Lee Olivier, an official with Northeast Utilities, said:

“I am pleased to say that we have about 99 percent of that 140-mile right-of-way right now either acquired or we have under agreement. The last essentially one percent we are working through the final details.”

Despite opposition, the Northern Pass project is doing well, according to company officials.

A 66-year-old Lisbon man died Thursday afternoon when he lost control of his vehicle, according to a news release from the state police.

The accident occurred about 2:30 near Exit 43 on Interstate 93 as William Griffin was driving Chevrolet pickup towing a trailer.

Griffin was thrown from the pickup as it rolled several times suffering "traumatic injuries."

Exit 43 is in Littleton just north of U.S. Route 302.

North Country Events

Sep 27, 2012

This is compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia.

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

FARMERS' MARKETS

Thursdays Lisbon 3-6 PM Route 302 near Lisbon Center through October 11

Saturdays Bethlehem 10 AM – 2 PM Main Street through October 13

Sundays Littleton 10 AM – 2 PM Riverglen Lane near the Senior Center through October 14

WRENEGADES TOUR FOGGY BOTTOM ALPACA RANCH, LANDAFF

This Friday, a new documentary will premiere in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. See What’s Whispered tells the story of artist David Baker. Baker came to the town of Jackson in 1946. He went on to make his name locally with a roadside gallery and studio on route 16 that he continued working in until the 1990s. Film maker Judy Faust says he became well known well beyond the Mt. Washington Valley not only for his work, but for the way he and his wife welcomed all. 

American Whitewater

The kayaker who died Wednesday in the Franconia Notch State Park was the Northeast Stewardship director for the American Whitewater organization.

Lincoln police chief Theodore Smith identified him as Alan Panebaker, 29, of Montpelier, Vermont.

Panebaker was an experienced whitewater kayaker whose work responsibilities ranged from “state and federal policy affecting rivers” to “community recreation planning.”

North Country Events

Sep 20, 2012

These events are compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia.

 The newsletter below typically announces events in the next week.

The calendar shows you events in the coming months.

FARMERS' MARKETS
Thursdays Lisbon 3-6 PM Route 302 near Lisbon Center through October 11
Saturdays Bethlehem 10 AM - 2 PM Main Street through October 13
Sundays Littleton 10AM - 2 PM Riverglen Lane near the Senior Center through October 14

During last week’s primary Coos County Commissioner Bing Judd lost his bid for re-election by five votes.

Today (Monday) there was a recount in Concord.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen has the results.

Bing Judd, who has been a Coos County Commissioner since 1997, has lost that position.

In a recount today in Concord Judd lost by seven votes.

599 to 592.

Originally Judd lost by five votes, prompting him to ask for the recount.

Judd is from Pittsburg – where he lost to Samson.

Samson from Stewartstown.

Bing Judd, who has been a Coos County Commissioner since 1997, has lost his seat by five votes.

Judd had 592 votes compared to 597 for challenger Rick Samson, deputy secretary of state David Scanlon told NHPR Thursday afternoon.

Late Thursday Judd said he will be driving to Concord Friday to file a request for a recount.

"Five votes in 1,200, there could be a mistake," he said.  "It could go either way."

That recount is expected to occur Monday.

Judd had not faced a challenge for more than a decade.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jackie Cilley – a Berlin native – took Coos County with 1,226 votes, according to figures just released by the New Hampshire Secretary of State.

That compared to 1,087 for Maggie Hassan and 187 for Bill Kennedy.

But, of course, Hassan won statewide with 45,143 compared to Cilley’s 33,073. Kennedy had 6,001.

Some of the totals from Coos are below. The full list can be found here.

North Country Events

Sep 13, 2012

Tova Cohen of Franconia compiles this listing.

Her newsletter – below - details events in the next week. The calendar – found here - shows events in the coming months.

FARMERS' MARKETS

Thursdays Lisbon 3-6 PM Route 302 near Lisbon Center through October 11

Saturdays Bethlehem 10 AM - 2 PM Main Street through October 13.

Sundays Littleton 10 AM - 2 PM Riverglen Lane near the Senior Center through October 14.

BOOK DISCUSSION AT BATH LIBRARY

Chris Jensen for NHPR

If Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jackie Cilley thought being a Berlin native would give her a crucial edge in the North Country she was wrong.

Cilley did win in Berlin but her 546 votes were only 56 percent of the total.

Down the road in neighboring Gorham she snared 55 percent of the votes.

But it was downhill from there despite spending five consecutive days touring the North Country from Littleton to Colebrook and Pittsburg and then over to Berlin and the communities along the Androscoggin River.

In Littleton she got only 35 percent of the vote.

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