Here’s how this year’s election in the North Country – including the September 11th primary - is shaping up, according to filings with the New Hampshire Secretary of State.
* Longtime Coos County Commissioner Bing Judd is being challenged by Rick Samson - also a Republican – who is deeply involved in the opposition to the Northern Pass hydro-electric project. There is no Democratic opponent.
* Executive Councilor Ray Burton of Bath faces another Republican, Gerard L. Thibodeau of Rumney in the primary. Democrat Beth Funicella of Jackson has also filed.
Sen. John Gallus, a Republican from Berlin, was among 17 Senators voting in favor of a constitutional amendment – CACR 12 - that would have given voters the chance to change the state constitution and give the Legislature more control over public school funding.
But while eight North Country representatives also voted for it in the House Wednesday the amendment did not have the three-fifths majority needed.
Seven North Country representatives voted against it and one was excused from voting.
Ten of sixteen North Country representatives – and Sen. John Gallus, a Republican from Berlin – voted in favor of letting New Hampshire voters decide whether to add a ban on personal income taxes to the state’s constitution.
As NHPR reported on the House and the Senate on Wednesday passed CACR-13, the proposed constitutional amendment.
The House passed the measure by a vote of 256-110. The Senate passed it 19-4.
A flood warning is in effect until 6:30 am Sunday for Southern Coos, Carroll County and Northeast Grafton County, according to the National Weather Service.
The alert – which means “flooding is occurring or is imminent” – was issued about 8:30 a.m.
It was prompted after radar showed heavy rain stretching from the seacoast to The White Mountains. The weather service said it could generate an inch or two of additional rain that will cause “rapid rises” in small streams.
Two adults and four small children were rescued Friday night in the White Mountains after they became lost and were trying to light the trail with a cell phone, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.
Lt. James Kneeland said about 9:15 p.m. Fish and Game was notified that the group has used a cell phone to call for help.
The group was composed of Josie Rogers and her husband, Christopher Kangas, of St. Johnsbury, Vt. They were with their four children, ages eight, six, five and two.
The majority of North Country representatives voted for a bill that would allow murder charges for causing the death of a fetus more than eight weeks old.
As the Associated Press reported:
“Both the House and Senate had voted in favor of charging someone with first-degree murder, second-degree-murder or negligent homicide for causing a pregnant woman to lose her fetus, but they disagreed over when the bill should apply. The House originally wanted to apply the bill to fetal deaths after 24 weeks of pregnancy while the Senate set the threshold at eight weeks.
The Colebrook Planning Board Tuesday night removed what the new owners of the Balsams Grand Resort have said was an impediment to the redevelopment needed to allow hundreds of people to get back to work.
Sen. John Gallus, a Republican from Berlin, has joined only four North Country members of the House in supporting a bill that would give a business a tax credit when it donates to a parochial or private school.
New Hampshire Fish and Game officials say they had to rescue three hikers and a dog over the weekend. The hikers ran into trouble on Little Haystack Mountain in Grafton County. NHPR’s Chris Jensen has more.
(Jensen) A 29-year-old Manchester man used his cell phone late Saturday to call for help after it got dark before he could finish hiking down from Little Haystack Mountain.
The walls and the hallways are largely empty today in one of New Hampshire’s oldest and grandest hotels. As part of the plan to rebuild and renovate the Balsams Grand Resort in Dixville Notch, the hotel’s new owners auctioned off many items this past Saturday. The goal was to sell everything but photos and items of historical significance.
The Colebrook Planning Board has called a special meeting May 22 to try and resolve an issue the new owners of the Balsams Grand Resort say is delaying its renovation.
The owners, Dan Dagesse and Dan Hebert, are asking the Planning Board to approve a subdivision that would separate a 28-acre parcel from the roughly 1,000 acres that currently includes the hotel, grounds and golf course.
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.