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5:34 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Northern Pass Foes Worry A Huge Conservation Tract Is Being Eyed

For more than a year landowners and a conservation group have been trying to keep Northern Pass from finding a route through Northern Coos County.

But there’s one possibility that would give Northern Pass a big step forward: Crossing a huge conservation tract controlled by the state.

Such an effort could easily make the project even more controversial.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

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North Country
5:20 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Ceremony Marks 10 Years Without The Old Man Of The Mountain

The bagpiper
Sean Hurley, NHPR

It was ten years ago Friday, that the state lost the Old Man of the Mountain. A celebration at Profile Park marked the anniversary.

  A lone bagpiper approached the shore of Profile Lake to set the tone of the morning. Throughout the ceremony, eyes and cameras hunted the jagged spot where the Old Man’s face once was. John DeVivo, General Manager of the Park said you can’t help but look:

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North Country
7:34 am
Fri May 3, 2013

North Country Events

Compiled and written by Tova Cohen of Franconia.

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CEREMONY TO MARK TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF COLLAPSE OF THE OLD MAN

Friday May 3 11:30 AM Old Man Memorial on Profile Lake in Franconia Notch. Presented by the Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund. The free festivities will be held in rain or snow.

LITTLETON NATIVE TIMOTHY WOODWARD BOOK SIGNING, LITTLETON

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North Country
6:00 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Northern Pass Says It Is Still Seeking Consensus

During a quarterly conference call Thursday officials at Northeast Utilities, the parent company of the Northern Pass project, said while they have a new route they still aren’t ready to say where it goes. 

And that the soonest the project could now get underway is 2017.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen listened in and has this report:

One reason the starting date of Northern Pass has slipped from 2015 to 2017 is opposition to the project.

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North Country
4:02 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Ten Years Later, Old Man Of The Mountain's Legacy Lives On

Dick Hamilton at the Profile Plaza on Tuesday.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

Friday marks 10 years since the Old Man of the Mountain, New Hampshire’s most iconic symbol, collapsed from its point along the side of Cannon Mountain.

A ceremony will be held Friday at 11:30 a.m. to commemorate the anniversary.

One thing you can say about the Old Man of the Mountain – he’s got staying power.

Just ask Dick Hamilton, head of the Old Man’s legacy fund.

“It’s on our license plate. It’s on the highway signs. It’s on the State Trooper cruiser. It’s on the state quarter.”

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North Country
1:41 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Northern Pass Insists It Has New Route But Again Declines To Say Where It Is

Northeast Utilities, the parent company of the Northern Pass project, did not announce a new route during a conference call with analysts Thursday morning. 

NHPR’s Chris Jensen listened in and has this report.

Late last year Northern Pass officials said they finally had a new route through the North Country.

But they said they weren’t ready to disclose it.

Then, at the end of March officials basically said the same thing.

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North Country
6:44 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Department of Energy Responds (More Or Less) To Shaheen And Ayotte Concern Over Northern Pass

Last month Northern Pass opponents complained that U.S. Department of Energy contractors working on the Northern Pass project were trespassing on their land to carry out environmental studies.

That prompted Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte to ask DOE about it.

Now DOE has responded but things are still unclear.

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North Country
9:28 am
Thu April 25, 2013

North Country Events

Compiled and written by Tova Cohen

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SCREEN-FREE WEEK EVENTS FOR KIDS, LITTLETON

April 22-27. Friends of the Littleton Public Library present events for kids during screen-free week. See the full schedule here.

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North Country
5:00 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Sometimes A Long And Scary Wait: Getting A Trooper In The North Country

Credit Chris Jensen

The scared woman sitting at “Response to Sexual and Domestic Violence,” a women’s shelter in Coos County, hasn’t heard Gov. Hassan talk about the need for more troopers in the North Country.

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North Country
9:56 am
Thu April 18, 2013

North Country Events

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

Compiled and written by Tova Cohen of Franconia.

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ONLINE LITTLETON ROTARY AUCTION RAISES FUNDS TO HELP NORTH COUNTRY STUDENTS

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North Country
9:56 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Company To Gauge Historic Impact of Northern Pass Chosen

The Department of Energy has chosen Southeastern Archaeological Research Inc. to review the impact of the Northern Pass hydro-electric project on the state’s historical sites, a DOE official says.

The firm has 70 full-time employees “who represent the complete range of disciplines necessary to conduct cultural resource projects,” according to the company’s website.

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North Country
5:31 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

A New Battle: Review Of Historical Impact On Northern Pass Begins

On a spring day Nigel Manley, the manager of The Rocks Estate in Bethlehem, stands on a little knoll and admires the view.

“The Presidential Range. Today snow-covered and absolutely beautiful,” he says.

But this scene could become a new front in the battle opponents of Northern Pass are waging.

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North Country
6:26 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

North Country Events

Compiled and written by Tova Cohen of Franconia.

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SIXTEENTH ANNUAL GREEN MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL, ST. JOHNSBURY

Friday, Saturday & Sunday April 12 - 14, presented by Focus on Film and Catamount Arts, a series of satellite screenings in St. Johnsbury. For details about schedule and tickets go to http://www.catamountarts.org/gmff/.

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North Country
9:10 am
Thu April 4, 2013

North Country Events

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North Country
7:03 am
Thu April 4, 2013

North Country Crash Kills One

One person was killed Wednesday afternoon in a crash in Milan, according to a news release from state police.

The accident occurred about 4:30 on Route 110 when a tractor-trailer carrying logs and a 1995 Dodge pickup collided head-on.

The pickup caught fire and was fully in flames when police arrived. When the Milan Fire Department put out the fire they found a body.

The identity of the victim was not released. The driver of the logging truck was not seriously injured. The cause of the accident is still under investigation by Troop F in Twin Mountain.

North Country
9:05 am
Thu March 28, 2013

North Country Events

Compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia

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North Country
9:42 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

More Details On Balsams Renovation And A Step Forward

Artist's conception of the renovated Balsams. Courtesy of the owners.
Credit Courtesy of the owners

When the $30 million renovation of the Balsams Grand Resort is complete it will look a lot like the old grand hotel but will feature much-needed modern amenities making it far nicer for guests and a lot  cheaper to operate.

That’s how Dan Hebert, one of the two owners, described the renovation Tuesday night before the Coos County Planning Board.

Originally the complex had about 400,000 square feet.

Hebert said about 123,000 of that is being retained. About 80,000 square feet will be added.

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North Country
7:50 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Hassan Goes Way North And Promises Economic Development Funds

Chris Jensen for NHPR
Credit Chris Jensen / NHPR

If the Senate bill that proposes a single casino in the state becomes law it “would dedicate millions of dollars per year directly to North Country economic development,” Governor Maggie Hassan said during a speech Thursday night before the North Country Chamber of Commerce.

That would spur business and job growth “helping us attract new companies by marketing the North Country’s advantages to businesses in Canada and elsewhere,” she told about 125 people at the Log Haven Restaurant on lonely Route 26 in Millsfield, about 145 miles from Concord.

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North Country
2:29 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

DOE Collecting Info Without A Complete Northern Pass Route Not Unusual, Says Law Prof

Some North Country landowners are surprised that Department of Energy contractors are gathering environmental information on the Northern Pass project even though the route isn’t complete.

But Patrick Parenteau, a lawyer professor and expert in environmental law at the Vermont Law School, is not surprised.

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North Country
10:57 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Ice Climber in North Country Falls

A New Boston man fell Saturday while ice climbing in the Crawford Notch, according to news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Eric Scoville, 55, fell about 2:30 p.m. while climbing on the Frankenstein Cliffs when he fell about 70 feet. He was climbing alone without ropes, Fish and Game reported.

Nearby climbers reached him, arranged a litter and carried him to the Arethusa Falls parking area where he was met by an ambulance.

He was then flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock where yesterday he was listed in critical but stable condition.

North Country
10:42 am
Mon March 18, 2013

North Country Reps Overwhelmingly Favored Legalizing Marijuana

North Country representatives overwhelmingly favored legalizing small amounts of marijuana, although as The Associated Press reported the bill failed.

As the AP said “supporters had argued that it was time to stop the government's war on marijuana users, saying tobacco and alcohol abuse are legal but pose a greater danger to personal health.

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North Country
10:04 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Raising Speed Limit On I-93: How North Country Reps Voted

North Country representatives were split on a bill that would raise the speed limit on parts of I-93 to 70 miles per hour.

As NHPR reported the bill - HB 146 - passed the House 292-65. It would allow 70 mph from Exit 18 north with the exception of a two-lane stretch through the Franconia Notch.

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North Country
8:36 am
Sat March 16, 2013

Man Dies In Snowmobile Crash In North Country

A Connecticut man was killed early Saturday morning in a snowmobile accident in Errol, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game officer Glen Lucas.

The man was identified as Louis Voegeli Jr., 56,  of Woodbury.

He was traveling with three other snowmobiles about 2 a.m. when he failed to make a turn and hit a tree on 13 Mile Woods trail approximately 2 miles north of Millsfield Pond Road in Errol.

North Country
7:23 am
Fri March 15, 2013

North Country Events

Compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia

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ST. PATRICK'S DAY DINNER CELEBRATION, BERLIN

Friday March 15, 6PM, St. Kieran Center for the Arts, 155 Emery St. Berlin. Annual festive dinner & auction at Town & Country Inn. For more information: 752-1028 or www.stkieranarts.org.

YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, LINCOLN

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North Country
5:36 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Shaheen, Ayotte Query Feds On Northern Pass Trespassing Question

After some North Country residents complained that U.S. Department of Energy contractors working on the Northern Pass project are trespassing on their land, Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte have sent a letter to the federal Department of Energy looking into it.

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North Country
4:57 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

North Country Town Meetings: Everything From Fighting Corporations To Reviving A Town Ski Slope

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Voters headed to town meetings Tuesday in the North Country will find some unusual issues including creating a community ski slope, challenging the rights of corporations as people, abolishing a police department and excluding “formula stores and fast-food restaurants.”

* In Bethlehem voters are considering two articles aimed at preventing “formula retail and formula fast food restaurants” from locating in the center of town.

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North Country
9:32 am
Sun March 10, 2013

Three Snowmobile Crashes Saturday In North Country

There were three snowmobile crashes in the North Country Saturday, including two in which riders were injured, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game.

The first involved 32-year-old Kevin Brigham of Brookline, New Hampshire who lost control of his snowmobile and struck an oncoming snowmobile, Conservation Officer Geoffrey Younglove wrote in a news release. Brigham suffered internal injuries in the crash on Trail 18 and was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Maine.

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North Country
11:10 am
Thu March 7, 2013

North Country Events

Compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia.

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FRIEND-N-NEIGHBORS THRIFT SHOP BAG SALE, WHITEFIELD

March 7, 8, and 9, 10 AM-5 PM $5 per bag, 4 Main Street, across from Cumberland Farm, 837 9044.

AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE, LITTLETON

Thursday March 7 11:30 AM-5 PM, Littleton Armory, www.redcrossblood.org, 1-800-733-2767.

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North Country
10:22 am
Thu March 7, 2013

How North Country Reps Voted On Gas Tax Hike

North Country legislators split pretty much along party lines Wednesday on whether to increase the gas and diesel tax and use the money to improve roads and bridges.

Ten Democrats voted in favor of an increase. Six Republicans and one Democrat voted against.

The bill passed 207 – 163.

As NHPR’s Josh Rogers reported the House decided to increase the tax on gas and diesel fuel 15 cents per gallon.

The increase would be phased in over four years for gasoline and six years for diesel.

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North Country
1:43 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Gambling Bill Amendment: A Few More Details On Help For North Country

An amendment to Senate Bill 152, which proposes a single casino in the state, provides details on how money designated for use in the North Country would be used.

Sen. Jeff Woodburn, a Democrat from Dalton, says his amendment:

1) Requires the funds would be managed by “three public members from the North Country appointed by the governor.” Each would serve a two-year term.

2) Requires the money would be used for “job creation, economic stability and other activities which improve the standard of living of residents of the North Country."

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