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4:55 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Northern Pass Misses One Self-Imposed Deadline, But Announces A New Route

For much of the year officials at Northeast Utilities have been saying they would have the new route for Northern Pass submitted to the US Department of Energy by the end of the year.

But the New Year is here and while nothing has been posted with the DOE Northern Pass says it has a new route.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

In a conference call with analysts early in October Northeast Utilities official Lee Olivier said the company was “still on track” to file a new route with the Department of Energy by the end of the year.

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North Country
3:58 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Canadian Hikers Rescued from Mount Lafayette

Two Canadian men who were lost in the White Mountains overnight were rescued Monday afternoon after an extensive search by Fish and Game and a National Guard Black Hawk helicopter.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

The two Canadian men had planned to climb Mt. Lafayette, a 4,000-footer in the Franconia Notch.

But they lost their way late Sunday afternoon due to fog, high winds and blowing snow, says Dany Daigle of Quebec, one of the hikers.

“We found a big rock and sleep under it. We tried to make a fire and our matches didn’t work. And our water froze.”

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North Country
7:45 am
Mon December 31, 2012

North Country Towns Work On A Community Forest

The proposed Cooley-Jericho Community Forest in Easton flanks the White Mountain National Forest.
Credit Courtesy of Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust

A group of North Country residents is much closer to creating a community forest alongside the White Mountain National Forest.  

Now they’re beginning to think about what kind of playground it should be.

For years people in the western part of the White Mountains –have admired an 840-acre tract of privately owned land.

It is located in Easton, which abuts the better-known towns of Sugar Hill and Franconia.

From its ridgeline there are fabulous  views of the nearby White Mountain National Forest.

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North Country
7:30 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Image Upgrade: Bill Would Change Name of Blood Pond

Among the hundreds of bills proposed for the 2013 Legislature one seeks to change the somewhat unappealing name of a pond in the North Country.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Blood Pond.

It sits just off Route 3 in Lancaster and it sounds more like the perfect location for a horror movie, than a vacation.

That’s the concern of the Mountain Lake Campground located nearby.

Its owners want the name changed to Mountain Lake Pond.

Rep. Leon Rideout is one of the sponsors.

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North Country
7:00 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Looking For An Economic Boost, Colebrook Ponders Opening Streets To ATVs

Those attending a public hearing in Colebrook were briefed on routes that might be opened for ATV use.
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

Next month the town of Colebrook in the North Country is expected to take a big step in a plan designed to make the region more friendly to ATV-riding tourists, increasing the profits for local businesses.

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North Country
5:04 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

State Police: Roads "Manageable" In The North Country - With A Little Common Sense

The storm made snowmobilers and skiers happy, but caused a few problems for motorists in the North Country.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Overall the roads in the North Country remain manageable, says Sgt. Todd Cohen with the state police Troop F, which covers the North Country.

“The majority of the accidents have been on the I-93 corridor between Lincoln and Ashland.”

But, he says, by early afternoon no serious injuries had been reported.

Sgt. Cohen reminds people to adjust their driving conditions to the weather.

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North Country
5:25 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

North Country Events

Compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

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North Country
8:53 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Bill Proposes Mandatory Fines For All Hiker Rescues

Credit BurningQuestion via Flickr Creative COmmons

Hikers could be charged for their  rescues even if they didn’t do anything wrong under a bill being filed by the NH House’s top republican.

Currently much of the money for rescue operations carried out by New Hampshire Fish and Game comes from fees such as licenses for hunting, fishing and snowmobiles.

Only those guilty of the most reckless behavior risk having to pay for their rescues.

But rescues cost about $300,000 a year, says Major Kevin Jordan, of Fish and Game.

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North Country
7:00 am
Tue December 25, 2012

North Country: Let's Put On A Radio Station

Nate Alberts
Chris Jensen for NHPR

A new community radio station is up and running in Littleton.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen tuned in.

Announcer – Red Hot Chili Peppers….

It would be an understatement to call the studio of North Country Community Radio modest.

There’s a single microphone and a hand-me-down control board with dozens of levers and switches.

There’s a flowered couch, a row of vinyl records.

Some eight-track tapes.

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North Country
9:30 am
Thu December 20, 2012

North Country Events

Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

  

Compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia

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North Country
9:05 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Ayotte: North Country Should Have "The Voice" In Northern Pass

Senator Kelly Ayotte says he North Country should have a major voice in what happens with the Northern Pass hydro-electric project.

Ayotte spoke about the project while in Pittsburg in the North Country on Friday for a town meeting.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen was there.

Pretty much the first issue raised with Sen. Kelly Ayotte was the Northern Pass project which – if approved – would probably cross the border near here.

“It seems to me you all should have the voice in this.”

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North Country
8:59 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Ayotte: We Have Divided Government And Lots Of Challenges

Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

Sen. Kelly Ayotte says she's optimistic that a deal can be reached to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff at the end of the year.  Ayotte held a town meeting in Pittsburg Friday and the major topic was the economy.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen was there.

Talking to about 150 people in the tiny Northern town, Kelly Ayotte said the Democrats and the Republicans got the country into the debt crisis together.

“It is going to take two parties to get us out of it. We have divided government in Washington and we've got a lot of challenges.”

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North Country
5:07 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Ayotte: John Kerry Has Experience To Be Secretary of State

Chris Jensen for NHPR

During a visit to Pittsburg Friday for a town meeting, Sen. Kelly Ayotte said she thought fellow Senator John Kerry has the experience to be the next Secretary of State.

Earlier this week, U-N Ambassador Susan Rice withdrew her name from consideration after criticism over her response to the attack on the Libyan embassy. 

Ayotte had been highly critical of Rice.

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North Country
4:24 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Company Pays $150,00 Over Water Pollution In North Country

The former owners of a company accused by the federal E.P.A. of water pollution in the North Country have paid a $150,000 fine to settle the accusation.

CSG Holdings – which formerly operated Columbia Sand & Gravel – recently paid the fine, according to a document from the E.P.A.

But EPA spokesman David Deegan said the company “did not admit or deny any of the facts and violations alleged in the complaint.”

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North Country
2:42 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

DOE To Shaheen: No Problem With Northern Pass Contractor Selection

A U.S. Department of Energy official has told Senator Jeanne Shaheen that the federal agency did nothing wrong in approving several contractors to work on the Northern Pass project, dismissing allegations to the contrary from the Conservation Law Foundation.

Shaheen wrote the DOE in mid-October saying she was concerned about allegations made by the foundation.

The CLF said it used the Freedom-of-Information Act to obtain a series of emails between the federal agency and a lawyer for Northern Pass.

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North Country
1:12 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Hassan To Tour North Country Friday

Governor-elect Maggie Hassan will tour the North Country Friday as part of what she is calling an “Innovate NH Tour” seeking “ideas on how to keep New Hampshire moving forward.”

Hassan will start in Colebrook at 7:30 in the morning and continue to Groveton, Berlin, Gorham, Littleton and Conway.

The meetings are open to the public.

Here is her schedule:

7:30 a.m:         Community Roundtable Meeting, Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital, 181 Corliss Ln., Colebrook.

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North Country
10:28 am
Thu December 13, 2012

North Country Events

Photo by Chris Jensen

Compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia

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

THE HOBBITT BOOK DISCUSSION, Lincoln

Date: December 13, Thursday, 6:30 pm FREE (Phone: 603-745-8159), Lincoln Public Library, 22 Church Street

Led by Emily Burritt

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North Country
3:48 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Capturing The Mountain Voices of the North Country

Brad Washburn using a theodolite for his mapping project on Mount Washington in 1983.
AMC Library and Archives

For almost two decades two North Country authors have been capturing the stories of some of the most remarkable people in The White Mountains.

Now, those stories have been compiled in a new book, Mountain Voices, published by the Appalachian Mountain Club.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Nearly 20 years ago, Rebecca Oreskes, of Milan and Doug Mayer, of Randolph, were out cross-country skiing in the White Mountains.

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North Country
4:26 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Hassan Picks "North Country Priorities" Team

Governor-elect Maggie Hassan says she wants the North Country Priorities task force to gather information so the needs of that area
Credit Paul Filippov for NHPR

Saying the North Country communities “possess unique strengths and face unique challenges” Governor-elect Maggie Hassan has appointed a North Country Priorities team.

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North Country
10:18 am
Thu December 6, 2012

North Country Events

Boundary Pond in Coos County.
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

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

MARKET PLACE AT THE ROCKS ESTATE, BETHLEHEM

Daily through December 23, 10AM - 4:30PM, wares from New England crafters harvest your own Christmas trees, hand-crafted wreaths. Horse-drawn wagon rides on weekends. For more information: www.therocks.org.

ACTIVITIES AT AMC HIGHLAND CENTER, BRETTON WOODS

MOVIES AT 7:30 pm

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North Country
5:34 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Berlin Biomass Plant To Open Late Next Year - $25 Million Boost To Economy Predicted

By the end of 2013 the new biomass plant in Berlin should be operating and putting about $25 million a year into the forest economy, says Scott Tranchemontagne, a spokesman for the facility’s owners, Cate Street Capital of Portsmouth.

Wednesday morning a key part of the facility arrived, a 132-ton steam turbine carried on a transporter that is 175-feet long and has 74 wheels.

Powered by 750,000 tons of woodchips each year, the Burgess BioPower plant is expected to provide 75 megawatts of power to Public Service of New Hampshire.

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North Country
7:53 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Nashua Chamber Supports Northern Pass

The Northern Pass hydro-electric project has a new supporter: The Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber endorsed the project because it believes it will help lower energy bills for businesses, said the chamber’s president and CEO, J. Christopher Williams.

“We have a lot of our large and mid-size companies in southern New Hampshire who are very big consumers of electricity and we are watching our energy costs go up in the future and we are trying to find ways to alleviate that,” he said.

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North Country
4:49 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Commission: Putting Utility Lines Along State Rights-Of-Way Feasible

State Rep. Laurence Rappaport, R-Colebrook, (left) and State Sen. Jeanie Forrester, R-Meredith ponder yet more revisions to the 361 Commission’s final report, which was due December 1st.
Credit Chris Jensen

A group of lawmakers and state agency representatives known as the 361 commission say it’s feasible to put utility lines along state rights-of-way, including some interstates.

Still unclear, however, is whether burying the lines would be possible or more expensive.

The findings are part of a final report put out by the commission Friday.

Earlier this year, the state Legislature, in response to concerns over the proposed Northern Pass project, created the 361 commission to study utilities and rights-of-way issues.

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North Country
8:17 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Snow Squalls, Accidents In North Country

The impact of the crash tore the tractor away from the trailer. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

A series of snow squalls hit parts of the North Country early Thursday night, causing a series of accidents including one that temporarily closed northbound Interstate 93 in Franconia.

The Franconia crash happened just after 6 p.m. and involved a tractor trailer. It happened just north of the Franconia Notch. The impact broke the tractor away from its cargo-carrying trailer.

The driver was thrown from the cab and taken to Littleton Regional Hospital.

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North Country
1:57 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Cannon Opens Friday: Ski Economy Fires Up

Chris Jensen for NHPR

The state-owned Cannon Mountain ski resort opens Friday for its 75th season, another step in the annual reawakening of the state’s ski economy.

On average skiers spend about $300 million a year in New Hampshire, according to Plymouth State University.

The snow-making machines have been going all out at Cannon Mountain for several weeks, says marketing director Greg Keeler.

“On Friday for opening day we’re planning on having three trails, that’s roughly two routes, down and two lifts open as well,” says Keeler.

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North Country
11:06 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Study Trying To Look At North Country's Present And Plan For Its Future

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

North Country residents like their woods, their recreation and the sense of community that comes from knowing their neighbors.

But they’ve got a lot of worries ranging from the Northern Pass to excessive development and even over-reliance on the internet, according to a series of hearings conducted by the North Country Council, a regional planning group.

The hearings are part of the statewide Granite State Future project.

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North Country
12:21 pm
Thu November 22, 2012

North Country Events

A Waco biplane over the Presidentials. Chris Jensen for NHPR

Compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia

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North Country
6:30 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Bill Would Require New Utility Lines Along State Rights-of-Way

Rep. Larry Rappaport of Colebrook. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

A North Country legislator is proposing a law that would require new electric utility lines to be located along existing highways.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

If Rep. Larry Rappaport’s bill become law, utility companies would be required – as much as possible - to put new electric transmission lines alongside state rights-of-way such as highways.

Rappaport, of Colebrook, contends that would have two benefits.

“The roads are already there."

 It would also help the state with its budget problems.

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North Country
11:04 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Northern Pass Leases Coos Land Linked To Yale

The Northern Pass Transmission project has taken a big step forward in its search for a route through the North Country – with some help from Yale University.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Northern Pass has signed a deal allowing it to put transmission lines along 20 miles through eastern Coos County.

In a statement Public Service of New Hampshire president Gary Long described the arrangement as “a huge step for the project.”

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North Country
4:59 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Exec's Statements On Northern Pass Challenged

Last week at a conference in Arizona a top official at Northeast Utilities provided an update on the Northern Pass Transmission project.

But some of his statements are being refuted.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

The industry conference was for electric utility companies, analysts and those interested in the business.

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