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5:54 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Voting In The North Country: The 2012 Contenders

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.

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North Country
5:15 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Can A Doc Prescribe Play for Weight Loss?

Jenni from the block/FlickR

Faced with a serious problem with overweight children two unusual partners are literally trying a new prescription in the North Country – and they don’t see any reason it couldn’t work statewide.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

South of children playing….

That’s a sound healthcare professionals would like to hear more often: Kids outdoors running and jumping and generally goofing around.

 Just like the good old days before the sedentary seduction of video games and television.

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North Country
5:20 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Northern Pass Competitors: Project Needs Renewable Energy Funds

A group of power providers that would compete with the Northern Pass says the project can’t make money without some kind of renewable energy, government subsidy, an assertion  Northern Pass disputes.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

A group of New England power generators is worried Northern Pass will try to get federal or state subsidies by persuading government officials to declare its electricity is renewable.

Such hydro-electric power is not currently eligible for subsidies.

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North Country
5:08 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Gorham Paper Hires First New Workers In More Than A Decade

Later this year a new tissue machine will join the existing equipment at the Gorham plant.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

For the first time in more than a decade a paper plant in Gorham – once thought to be dead - is hiring workers.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

Just over a year ago a New York investment firm, Patriarch Partners, bought the closed Gorham paper mill and promised a new future.

The Gorham facility was the last paper plant standing in the North Country and many doubted Patriarch’s CEO, Lynn Tilton, could make a go of it where others had failed.

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North Country
5:19 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Livermore: A Postcard From A Ghost Town

Behind the photos of the old school - and its students - the foundation is almost hidden by the forest.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

Beginning around 1876 the town of Livermore was a hectic, noisy logging town in Northern Grafton County not far from Bartlett.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen went in search of the town’s history and sends this postcard.

It is a tale of a hard daily life, a flood, smallpox and becoming ghost town.

 

Sound of walking…

“My name is Peter Crane, I live in Bartlett, New Hampshire, we’re here on the Sawyer Road on the way to into what was once the village of Livermore, New Hampshire.”

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North Country
8:52 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

How North Country Legislators Voted on Voter ID Bill

Sen. John Gallus, a Republican from Berlin, was one of six senators who voted against a voter-identification bill.

 Nevertheless on Wednesday SB 289 passed 17-6.

In the House it passed 255 – 103 with 10 North Country representatives voting in favor of it.

Five voted against and one was excused from voting.

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North Country
8:24 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

How North Country Legislators Voted On Education Funding Amendment

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.

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North Country
7:52 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

How North Country Legislators Voted On No-Tax Amendment

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.

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North Country
5:30 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

North Country Gets Its Own Fire-Fighting Training Center

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Gov. Lynch has signed a bill to establish a fire training site in Bethlehem.

It will allow a long-sought $550,000 training facility.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Sound of fire departments being dispatched for fire in Bethlehem…

For decades North Country fire fighters rushing to fires such this one last month first had to go to Concord for training and practice.

And for years fire chiefs have dreamed of having a training facility above the notches, says Jack Anderson, the fire chief in Bethlehem.

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North Country
9:17 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

Flood Warning for North Country

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.

NH News
3:36 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

Four Kids, Two Adults Using Cell Phone For Light Rescued

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.

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North Country
5:45 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Linking ATV Riding Areas And Hoping To Boost The North Country's Economy

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Harry Brown shuts off his ATV on the side of a cross-country ski trail notched in the woods above the Balsams Grand Resort.

 “We’re going to head north out of the Balsams property,” he says.

Brown is among those working on a new network of ATV trails through the North Country.

Currently ATV enthusiasts have permission to ride in a half dozen places including Jericho Mountain State Park in Berlin and on private land.

But ATV enthusiasts say touring the same trails again and again can be boring.

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North Country
9:40 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Debi Warner: Republican Candidate For Gallus' Senatorial Seat

Debi Warner, a clinical psychologist from Littleton, is running for the seat being vacated by Sen. John Gallus, a Republican from Berlin.

So far Warner is the only Republican running.

Warner got her doctorate in clinical psychology from Bowling Green State University.

She’s been in private practice in Coos and Grafton Counties and previously worked for a non-profit family clinic as well as state agencies in New York and New Hampshire.

Gallus told NHPR he doesn’t plan to endorse any candidate until after the September primary.

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North Country
5:55 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

How North Country Reps Voted On Fetal Homicide Bill

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.

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North Country
8:48 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Flash Flood Warning In North Country

Residents of Southwestern Coos and Northern Grafton County are being warned of possible flash floods due to heavy rain.

The National Weather Service issued a flash-flood warning about 7:30 saying in the following two hours an additional one to two inches of rain was expected and streams were rising rapidly.

It said areas of concern include “but are not limited to Franconia Notch State Park, Littleton, Franconia, Crawford Notch and Bethlehem.”

The warning was expected to end about 10:45 p.m.

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North Country
12:50 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

Massachusetts Woman Lost - And Found - Near Pittsburg

A Massachusetts woman who became lost near Pittsburg was rescued last night, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

The woman, Sharon Matthews, 49, of Warwick, Mass., was reported missing about 4:30 Sunday by her  husband after she failed to return from a hike to look for moose antlers.

About 8 p.m. a plume of smoke in South Bay Bog was spotted by Conservation Officers Chris Egan, Adam Cheney and Pittsburg Police Chief Richard LaPoint.

Matthews was reached about 40 minutes later sitting next to a fire with her dog at her side.

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North Country
4:53 pm
Sun May 27, 2012

Black Hawk Rescues Heat Victim From 4,000 Footer

Warm weather over the weekend and climbing a 4,000 footer in the North Country was a bad combination for a Penacook man.

 NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Early Sunday afternoon hiking companions of a 51-year-old man used a cell phone to call for help.

Lt. James Kneeland of Fish and Game said the problem was apparently heat related.

“Dehydration, heat stroke. Something along those lines to the point where he was losing, in and out of consciousness.”

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North Country
11:37 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Colebrook Planning Board Resolves Concern Over Balsams Tract

Dan Hebert, one of the new owners of the Balsams Grand Resort.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

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.

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North Country
7:10 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Latex Manufacturing To Resume in North Country

In some good news for the North Country an old family business is coming back to life.  NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Starting in 1931 Neil Tillotson made his fortune manufacturing natural latex products including balloons and later gloves.

That allowed him to purchase the Balsams Grand Resort.

Tillotson died in 2001 and a  latex plant located near the resort closed in 2010.

But Tillotson’s son, Rick, purchased the equipment and recently bought a 103,000 square foot building in Colebrook.

North Country
10:51 am
Fri May 18, 2012

State Needs More Time To Study Private Prison Proposals

It is going to take a little longer than expected for the state of New Hampshire to decide whether it can save money by having its prisons run by a private firm.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

By July the state’s department of administrative services had hoped to finish its report evaluating proposals from four companies interested in running a private prison.

But Linda Hodgdon, the commissioner for administrative services, says there is so much information the department is looking for a consultant to help sort through it.

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North Country
2:54 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Gallus Joins Four North Country Reps Favoring Private School Tax Credits

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.

As NHPR’s Dan Gorenstein reported the Senate Wednesday passed House Bill 1607.

Advocates of the bill say it gives less wealthy families more choices in where they wish to send their children.

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North Country
12:44 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

North County Reps Evenly Spilt On Vote Reviving Refugee Moratorium Bill

North Country representatives split along party lines in voting Tuesday on a bill that would allow towns and cities to have a one-year moratorium on having refugees settle in their jurisdictions.

Seven were in favor. Seven against. Two were excused from voting.

As NHPR has reported the bill previously passed the House but had trouble when it reached the Senate.

The Associated Press is reporting the bill was revived:

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North Country
10:12 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Most North Country Reps Voted To Revive Abortion Bill

The majority of North Country representatives voted in favor of resurrecting a bill that would require women wanting an abortion to wait 24 hours.

Such a bill passed the House  in March.

But then the Senate killed it last month.

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North Country
11:15 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Three Hikers - And A Big Dog - Rescued By Fish and Game

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.

And he lacked a flashlight.

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North Country
11:27 am
Sun May 13, 2012

The Balsams Auction: The End of An Era

Chris Jensen for NHPR

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. 

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North Country
5:42 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

North Country's Gallus Opposed Resolution Applauding Arizona Immigration Law

Senator John Gallus, a Republican from Berlin, was one of nine Senators who voted to kill a resolution voicing support of Arizona’s controversial immigration law.

The motion to kill the resolution failed 15 – 9.

Then, the motion of support was approved on a voice vote for which there is no record of how senators voted.

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North Country
3:53 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Meeting Planned Over Owners Complaint That Balsams Renovation Is Stalled

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.

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North Country
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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