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3:29 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Two Dems Declare Interest In Vacant North Country Senate Seat

Less than two weeks after Sen. John Gallus, a Republican from Berlin, said he wouldn’t seek another term representing the North Country two Democrats say they would like to take his place.

They are Jeff Woodburn and Paul Ingersoll, each of whom has previously served in the House of Representatives.

Woodburn, 47, is a free-lance reporter and owns White Mountain News.com.  Before that he had a real estate business focusing on historical buildings and was a teacher. The Whitefield native lives with his family in Dalton.

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North Country
5:04 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Lancaster: First Private Prison Site?

A North Country  town could be the site of a privately run prison, should state officials decide to outsource its prison operations.  NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

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North Country
4:25 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

The Balsams: A Grand House Cleaning By Auction

Chris Jensen for NHPR

The new owners of the Balsams Grand Resort in Dixville Notch are planning a huge renovation.

But before that can happen there is a lot of stuff they need to get rid of from a ski lift to pots and pans and that means an auction.

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North Country
12:58 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

North Country Firm Fined $192,000 Over Pollution Concern

A North Country firm has been fined $192,000 over concerns about the potential for oil polluting the Androscoggin River.

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North Country
10:05 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Fatal crash in Dummer

State police say a Connecticut man who formerly lived in Berlin died yesterday in a one-vehicle crash in Dummer.

The victim was identified as 40-year-old Steven Lambert of Manchester, Conn.

According to a news release Lambert lost control of his 2009 Ford Escape on Route 116 near the Route 110A intersection just before midnight.

The vehicle struck several trees and Lambert died at the scene of head and chest injuries.

North Country
5:39 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

North Country's Gallus To Retire From Senate

Sen. John Gallus, who has represented the North Country in the Senate for about a decade, is retiring.

“I’ve been in the legislature going on 13 years and it is time to call it quits and go fishing,” he told NHPR.

After serving in the House, Gallus, a Republican from Berlin, was elected to the Senate in November 2002 to represent  District  One.

The core of district is the North Country but it runs south to the Waterville Valley.

He said changes to the district were not a factor.

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North Country
11:52 am
Thu April 26, 2012

New AMC Guide Editor: Irene Did Most Trail Damage In Decades

Trails that were close to streams were most likely to be badly damaged.
White Mountain National Forest

Tropical Storm Irene’s heavy rains did more serious damage to trails in the White Mountains than any storm in decades, says one of the authors of the new 29th edition of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s White Mountain Guide.

“It was only a limited number of trails, but the ones that were damaged were damaged very badly,” said editor Steven Smith of Lincoln. “It was mainly restricted to the trails that run along streams.”

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North Country
10:57 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Majority of North Country Reps Favored Medical Marijuana Bill

Nine of the fifteen North Country representatives voting on Wednesday were in favor of Senate Bill 409 which would legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

Six representatives voted against the action and one was excused from voting.

Sponsors of the effort included Sen. John Gallus of Berlin as well as Representative Evalyn Merrick, a Democrat from Lancaster.

The bill already passed the Senate and now goes to Gov. Lynch.

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North Country
10:33 am
Thu April 26, 2012

North Country Man Indicted In Hunting Death

A North Country man has been indicted for negligent homicide in a hunting accident last November.

A Grafton County Grand Jury concluded that Wade S. Holmes, 49, “failed to identify with certainty” his target and fired the shot that killed Kenneth Brunelle of Marlboro, Massachusetts.

Brunelle was hunting with his father and brother off Mt. Eustis Road in Lisbon when the accident occurred about 8 a.m. He was shot in the neck and died at the scene, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Such a felony could result in three and one-half to seven years in prison.

North Country
8:17 am
Thu April 26, 2012

A North Country Tourism Program Looks For Funds

Methods for touring the North Country have ranged from bipedal to a biplane.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

Tourism is seen as one of the economic underpinnings of the North Country.

But a highly touted program designed to boost tourism is running low on funds while facing a tricky question: After spending about $1 million was it successful?

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

In 2008  - with the paper industry pretty much dead -  some in the North Country gloomily wondered about its economic prospects.

So, the non-profit Northern Community Investment Corporation decided to see whether more could be done to promote tourism.

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Car-Freshner
2:49 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

The City That Trees Built Loses Its "Little Trees" Plant And More Jobs

 

After about 25 years the Car-Freshner plant in Berlin is closing.

Judy Piarulli, an official at Car-Freshner’s headquarters in Watertown, N.Y.,  declined to say how many workers are losing their jobs.

But Diana Nelson, an official with New Hampshire Employment Security office in Berlin, said 46 workers were laid off.

She said another 24 part-time workers lost their jobs in February.

The plant makes the Little Trees brand of air fresheners typically seen hanging from rear-view mirrors.

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North Country
11:51 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Ayotte, Bass, Shaheen: Vets Should Get Colebrook Med Center

Veterans in Coos County deserve a medical clinic in Colebrook, according to a letter sent to the Department of Veterans Affairs by Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen and Rep. Charlie Bass.
Photo: Lucid Nightmare Flickr

Veterans in Coos County deserve a medical clinic in Colebrook, according to a letter sent to the Department of Veterans Affairs by Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen and Rep. Charlie Bass.

“While Coos County’s population is small compared to the area covered, there are some 3,605 veterans in New Hampshire’s North Country, of which 1,821 are in the VA medical system,” the letter says. 

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North Country
2:48 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Searchers Spend Night Looking For Littleton Man

 

A Littleton man hiking without a flashlight, map or warm clothing spent the night in the mountains while officials looked for him, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Dylan Jessen, 20, planned to hike the 15 miles from the Lafayette Campground in Franconia to Route 112 in Woodstock but didn’t begin until about 1 p.m.

His mother lost cell-phone contact with him about 7 p.m.  when he still had about five miles to go and only 30 minutes of daylight left.

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North Country
5:52 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Two Dead In Shooting In Dalton

Chris Jensen for NHPR

 

State and local police are on the scene of a shooting in Dalton which two people died but officials say there is no danger to the public.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Audio of fire being dispatched….

Police and rescue units rushed to a house on Whitefield Road in Dalton just after 1 p.m.

They found two men dead and a third man seriously wounded.

The wounded man was airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock.

The identities of the men were not released.

For NHPR News this is Chris Jensen

North Country
11:04 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Balsams Renovation Plan Moves Ahead

 

The new owners of the closed Balsams resort in Dixville Notch are moving ahead with plans to renovate the North Country resort.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Improvements at the Balsams resort will include a new conference center, spa, pool house and suites near the Hampshire House.

That’s according to the web site of Summit Engineering of Portsmouth which says the firm has been chosen to handle the structural engineering.

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North Country
11:28 am
Sun April 8, 2012

Health Consortium Plans Summit to Tackle Coos Problems

 

The North Country Health Consortium in Littleton has scheduled a June summit to tackle some of the health problems in Coos County noted in a recent study.

The University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute study released last week evaluated the health of individual counties nationwide.

The study has been done for the last three years. Each time Coos was ranked last in the state.

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North Country
2:00 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

How North Country Reps Voted On Bill that Would Reduce Legal Services for the Poor

 

A bill critics say would reduce funding for legal services for the poor was sponsored by Gregory Sorg, a Republican from Easton, and heavily favored by North Country representatives.

The bill - HB 1395 - passed the House 235 – 99.  It now goes to the Senate.

Eight North Country representatives – all Republicans – voted in favor.

Four North Country representatives – all Democrats – voted against it.

Four legislators were excused from voting.

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North Country
1:00 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Health Study Ranks Coos Last in New Hampshire

Coos County ranked least healthy county in New Hampshire.
MrdOOdman Flickr

A new nationwide study released today/Tuesday ranks Coos County as the least healthy county in the state. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

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North Country
3:54 pm
Sat March 31, 2012

2012 North Country Middle School Film Festival: Lights, Camera, Environmental Message

Working on film at the Lisbon Regional High School.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

 

On a late winter’s day three film crews are busy at Lisbon Regional School.

Inside one crew is editing film on a computer, quickly and cleverly trimming and rearranging sequences.

Another is working on a soundtrack, drawing fingers across a guitar’s strings.

And outside the third crew is filming, working out camera angles and a script.

“Okay, I’m going to explain your parts to you,” says Sydney Lambert, a seventh grader. “You are basically a person who doesn’t really care that you are littering.”

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North Country
5:38 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

How North Country Reps Voted On Abortion Ban After 20 Weeks

 

Seven North Country legislators were among the majority passing a bill on Thursday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks.

Three North Country representatives voted against the bill while six were excused from voting.

The bill, HB 1660, passed 190 – 109. It now goes to the Senate.

Here are the legislators who voted in favor of the bill:

* Lyle Bulis (Republican) of Littleton

* Larry Rappaport (Republican) of Colebrook.

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North Country
2:11 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Most North Country Legislators Voted Against Abolishing State Art Fund

 

Ten out of 13 North Country representatives voted against a bill that would have abolished the State Art Fund.

According to the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts the fund is also known as the Percent for Art Program and it was established by the legislature in 1979.

That 1979 action “authorizes one-half of one percent of the capitol budget appropriation for new buildings or significant renovations to be set aside in a non-lapsing account for the acquisition or commissioning of artwork.”

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North Country
8:18 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

How North Country Reps Voted on Gambling Bill: An Unusual Mix

 

In unusual alliances Democrats and Republicans from the North Country paired up for and against a bill that would have allowed gambling.

The bill failed on a 118 – 226 vote.

Eight representatives – including five Republicans and three Democrats – voted in favor of the bill.

Six representatives - including four Republicans and two Democrats – voted against the bill.

As NHPR’s Todd Bookman reported:

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North Country
7:44 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

How North Country Reps Voted on 24-Hour Abortion Wait

 

Nine North Country representatives voted in favor of a bill that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion and three voted against.

As NHPR’s Josh Rogers reported:

The so-called women’s right to know bill had to be pared back to win final house passage.

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North Country
10:49 am
Sun March 25, 2012

Sen. Gallus Supported Controversial, Tougher Voter ID

 

Sen. John Gallus, a Republican from Berlin who represents the North Country, was among 19 senators voting last week in favor of a new and more restrictive voter identification measure.

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North Country
9:43 am
Sun March 25, 2012

Sen. Gallus Supports Lynch Veto Of Payday Loans

 

Sen. John Gallus,  a Republican from Berlin who represents the North Country, was among those voting last week not to override Gov. Lynch’s veto of so-called payday loans.

As NHPR reported “The measure would have lifted the current 36% interest rate cap on small loans. In place of that cap, Senator Matt Houde told colleagues companies could charge borrowers up to 403% interest.

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North Country
9:58 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Majority of North Country Legislators Opposed Special Treatment For New, Specialty Hospitals

 

Nine of sixteen of North Country legislators voted against a bill that would allow for-profit specialty hospitals to avoid going through the certificate of need regulatory process.

As reported by NHPR “the bill also exempts these hospitals, most of which do not take Medicaid patients, from paying the state's Medicaid Enhancement Tax.

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North Country
7:51 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Most North Country Legislators Vote To Retain Gay Marriage

 

Ten North Country representatives were among those who voted Wednesday to kill a bill that would have repealed gay marriage. 

Only four North Country representatives voted to keep the repeal alive.

Two others were excused from voting.

As NHPR reported the Republican-controlled House decided to keep the state's gay marriage law in place on a 211 – 116 vote.

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North Country
10:32 am
Mon March 19, 2012

North Country Legislators Ponder Votes On Gay-Marriage Revocation

 

The House is expected to consider repealing same-sex marriage as early as Wednesday and half of 16 North Country representatives have said say they will vote against changing the law.

In October the House Judiciary Committee voted to undo the state’s gay marriage law and replace it with civil union .

The lead sponsor of the bill is Republican David Bates of Windham.

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North Country
11:02 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Most North Country Legislators Favored Refugee Resettlement Bill

 

North Country representatives overwhelmingly voted in favor of House Bill 1405 which would allow jurisdictions such as Manchester to ask for a moratorium on refugee resettlement.

As NHPR reported: “Under the bill New Hampshire towns could ask for a one-year moratorium on new refugee resettlements, which opponents say the state doesn’t have the authority to do.”

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North Country
9:57 am
Thu March 15, 2012

How North Country Reps Voted on Right-To-Work Bill

As NHPR reported the House on Wednesday passed a so-called right-to-work bill. Barring unions from requiring non-members to pay for representation has been a priority for House Republican leaders.

The bill passed 198 to 139.

It now goes to the Senate.

Four North Country reps voted in favor and eight against.

Here are the North Country reps who voted in favor:

* Duffy Daugherty (Republican) of Colebrook.

* Edmond Gionet (Republican) of Lincoln.

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