North Country

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1:34 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

North Country Business Leaders Tell Ayotte Congress Needs Fixing

Chris jensen for NHPR

Concerns about a government that can’t work together to solve problems and possible cuts to valuable federal programs were top concerns of about a dozen North Country businessmen who met Thursday with Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R).

“Our whole society and our economy needs greater confidence,” said Peter Powell, a realtor from Lancaster who attended the meeting held by the North Country Council in Bethlehem.

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North Country
3:55 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Wisconsin Tries to Lure Aircraft Company Away From Maine - and Berlin

A newspaper in Duluth, Minn. is reporting that Wisconsin officials have offered Kestrel Aircraft land for an assembly plant, a move that could greatly reduce the chances Kestrel would make parts in Berlin.

But in a telephone interview Thursday afternoon Kate Doughtery, a spokeswoman for Kestrel, told NHPR that no decision has been made on the plant's location.

Last year it looked like Kestrel, a new start-up company, would build the aircraft in Maine.

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North Country
10:04 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Patriarch Partners' Plant in Maine Is A Polluter, Report Says

The Center for Public Integrity has a new report on pollution problems in New England including the Old Town Fuel & Fiber, which is owned by the same company as Gorham Paper and Tissue.

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North Country
9:57 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Officials Solve Mystery About the Human Skull and the Littleton Horse Cemetery - More or Less.

Chris Jensen for NHPR

State officials say they are ending an investigation into a piece of a human skull found in the Eli Wallace Horse Cemetery in Littleton last summer because it doesn’t appear there has been any crime.

In a news release today state officials said Bonnie Stinchfield of Littleton admitted she buried the bone last summer.

“She said that her husband had been in possession of the piece of bone since at least 1988.  He had received the bone from another man who was moving and didn’t want it anymore,” the release said.

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North Country
11:14 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Criminal Charges in Colebrook Explosion That Killed Two

Jesse Kennett, left, and Donald Kendall died in the explosion at the Black Mag plant in Colebrook.

The owner of a Colebrook plant that exploded in 2010 faces criminal charges. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Coos County Attorney Robert Mekeel says a grand jury has indicted  Craig Sanborn the owner of the Black Mag plant in Colebrook.

He faces manslaughter and negligent homicide charges for an explosion that killed Jesse Kennett and Donald Kendall.

A third man was badly injured.

The indictments came down late Friday.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials have said they were not aware of the plant before the explosion.

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North Country
3:56 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Anonymous Donor Provides $150,000 For Project That Would Help Block Northern Pass

A donor who asked to remain anonymous has contributed $150,000 to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forest to help it buy a conservation easement at the Balsams resort in Dixville Notch.

The forest society has a deal with the Tillotson Corp. to buy the easement for $850,000. With a deadline of January 15th it has raised $609,000, according to a news release.

The easement covers about 5,800 acres as well as a right-of-way that the Northern Pass project sought to use for its transmission lines.

North Country
4:05 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

During Visit To North Country Gingrich Challenges Romney's Republican Credentials

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Newt Gingrich took jabs at Republican opponent Mitt Romney today/Thursday while making a campaign stop in the North Country. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

About 100 people showed up for the town hall meeting with Gingrich at the Littleton Opera House.

He talked about the economy, the budget. And what he believes president Obama has done wrong, which Gingrich says is a lot.

And he took a big poke at Mitt Romney, typically seen as the Republican front runner.

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North Country
2:39 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Gingrich Vows To Bury Northern Pass

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Newt Gingrich was in Littleton Thursday and he put aside national and international issues for one focused on one of the biggest issues in the North Country: The Northern Pass. 

Like a good politician Newt Gingrich couldn’t have come up with a more popular position at a town meeting at the Littleton Opera House.

It had to do with Northern Pass, the proposed hydro-electric project despised by many in the North Country.

In particular it had to do with the federal government’s consideration of a Presidential Permit.

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North Country
4:20 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

North Country Weeklies Endorse Ron Paul

Three weekly newspapers from the North Country have endorsed Ron Paul for president.

The newspapers are the Littleton Courier, the Coos County Democrat and the Berlin Reporter

The endorsement was made in the January 4th edition.

“We believe the two strongest candidates are Mitt Romney and Ron Paul,” the editorial said.

But then it noted “We feel there is something about Romney that is missing.”

Its praise for Paul included:

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North Country
1:56 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

Colebrook's Rappaport Again Tackles Obama's Right To Be President

Rep. Larry Rappaport (R - Colebrook) led a news conference Tuesday by a handful of legislators in Concord to explain their argument before the Ballot Law Commission that President Obama is not a U.S. Citizen and should not be on the ballot next November. 

Here’s part of it as detailed in a legislative wrap-up story by NHPR’s Dan Gorenstein:

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North Country
12:39 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

About 25 Percent of Those Killed in 2011 Crashes Were Thrown From Their Vehicles

New Hampshire remains the only state that doesn’t require adults to wear seat belts and many of the people killed in the state last year in crashes were thrown from their vehicles.  

By the end of 2011 eighty-eight people had been killed in traffic accidents in the state.

About a quarter of them were either thrown completely from their vehicles or partially ejected, according to state figures.

That means they were probably not wearing seat belts.

“When people are ejected from the vehicles they are two to four times more likely to die in a crash.”

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North Country
11:56 am
Tue January 3, 2012

Exploring the Heart, Past and Future of the North Country

Cover by Amy Delventhal

A lot of people hear about "the North Country" but for those want to know more a splendid way to begin 2012 would be with a book called “Beyond the Notches – Stories of Place in New Hampshire’s North Country.”

Fifty essays in 400 pages explore the history, the challenges and the joys of life in the North Country.

One of the editors, Kay Morgan, said the North Country was a logical and compelling subject.

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North Country
10:42 am
Mon January 2, 2012

North Country Rep Endorses Romney

State representative Herb Richardson (R-Lancaster) has endorsed Mitt Romney for president, according to a Monday news release from the Romney campaign.

 

North Country
8:42 am
Fri December 30, 2011

Aircraft Firm Considering Berlin Still Looking Around

Kestrel is working on an eight-passenger, lightweight, single engine aircraft.
Kestrel Aircraft

Kestrel Aircraft, which has been considering locating a parts plant in Berlin, has also been negotiating with the city of Superior, Wisconsin, according to a story in the Duluth News Tribune.

“The city of Superior is in the running for an airplane manufacturing facility that could create 300 permanent jobs initially and up to 600 jobs by 2016,” the newspaper said. The story did not say whether the jobs would involve assembling the aircraft, making the parts or both.

North Country
7:26 pm
Thu December 29, 2011

Searchers On Mt. Washington Find 67-Year-Old Man Didn't Need Help

A search Thursday for a missing man on Mount Washington Thursday turned out not to have been necessary.

According to a news release from Fish and Game the family of a 67-year-old Ohio man became worried after he failed to contact them for two days.

About 1:30 p.m. searchers began looking for David Deubner, who was on a solo, multi-day hike.

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North Country
11:07 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Ski Resorts Need More White Stuff To Assure Green Stuff

StateImpact recently took a look at how ski resorts – including many in the North Country – are doing this season and the news isn’t great.

http://stateimpact.npr.org/new-hampshire/2011/12/28/revenues-for-new-hampshires-ski-industry-on-a-downward-slope/

StateImpact is a collaboration between NHPR and NPR.

For other stories: http://stateimpact.npr.org/new-hampshire/

North Country
4:21 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

Federal Funds To Help North Country Schools Expand Horizons

A new federal grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide about $500,000 for North Country schools.

It is the largest grant of its kind in more than a decade and educators hope it will greatly expand the horizons of students and teachers.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Only about 500 people live in Stark, which is in Coos County, just east of Groveton.

So you can imagine the school is quite tiny.

Sound of children chattering….

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North Country
8:10 am
Sat December 24, 2011

State Rejects Northern Pass Objection To Balsams Conservation Easement

State officials have rejected a complaint by the Northern Pass hydro-electric project that it should have been allowed to buy land near the Balsams resort. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

Earlier this month the Tillotson Corp. agreed to sell a conservation easement on about 5,800 acres and a right-of-way to the Society for The Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

The selling price was $850,000.

That prompted Northern Pass to complain to the attorney general’s charitable trust section. 

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North Country
3:18 pm
Fri December 23, 2011

Northern Pass Offers $850,000 For Balsams Conservation Easement

The Northern Pass hydro-electric project says it would like to buy a conservation easement at the Balsams if the Forest Society doesn’t. NHPR’s Chris Jensen

 

Earlier this month the controversial Northern Pass project lost in its bid to use land near the Balsams resort for its power lines.

The Tillotson Corporation rejected Northern Pass’ $2.2 million offer.

Instead it agreed to sell a conservation easement for $850,000 to The Forest Society.

That easement covers about 5,800 acres. It seems to have effectively blocked Northern Pass in that area.

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North Country
12:55 pm
Thu December 22, 2011

Gallus Endorses Romney

Sen. John Gallus (R-Berlin) has endorsed Mitt Romney, according to a news release from the Romney campaign.

The release quoted Gallus as saying:

“In 2012 Republicans need to nominate a candidate who can defeat President Obama and reverse the damage caused by his disastrous fiscal policies. Over the past several months, Governor Romney has clearly demonstrated that he is the most qualified candidate and the strongest Republican to take on the President.”

North Country
7:47 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Troubled North Country Steel Firm May Be Sold

Chris Jensen for NHPR

A Berlin steel company that is in bankruptcy is negotiating with several buyers and a sale is possible early next year.

 

Earlier this year Isaacson Structural Steel filed for Chapter 11 voluntary bankruptcy protection.

In a court filing it said it owed about $3 million to its top 20 creditors.

William Gannon is a Manchester bankruptcy lawyer working with Isaacson.

“Isaacson is currently negotiating with several interested parties," he said. "The negotiations have reached the point where draft asset purchase agreements have been exchanged."

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North Country
6:33 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Northern Pass Asks AG To Help It Get Balsams Route

Chris Jensen for NHPR

The Northern Pass project isn’t ready to give up on running its power lines near the Balsams Resort in the Dixville Notch.

Earlier this month the Tillotson Corp. announced it was selling a conservation easement for about 5,800 acres of land around the Balsams to the Forest Society.

That would block the attempts by Northern Pass to run its electric towers through the area.

Northern Pass also wanted to buy part of the land.

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North Country
9:47 am
Wed December 21, 2011

PUC Okays Deal To Help Five Small Biomass Plants But Consumers Will Pay More

The Public Utilities Commission has approved a deal that should keep five, small biomass plants around the state operating. But PSNH customers are paying for it. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

Despite the objections of the state’s consumer advocate the Public Utilities Commission okayed a deal that has Public Service of New Hampshire buying electricity from five small biomass plants for about two years.

The deal is expected to at least temporarily keep the small, struggling plants in business.

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North Country
2:54 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Bill To Repeal Same-Sex Marriage Lacks Strong Support In The North Country

Half of 16 North Country representatives say they will vote against repealing same-sex marriage in New Hampshire.

A bill to do that is expected to come before the legislature next month.

In October the House Judiciary Committee voted to undo the state’s gay marriage law and replace it with civil union (http://news.nhpr.org/post/house-panel-backs-gay-marriage-repeal).

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North Country
12:34 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Driver died In Whitefield Tractor-Trailer Crash

The driver of a tractor trailer that crashed in Whitefield early Tuesday morning was killed when the load of steel being transported shifted and crushed the cab, according to a news release from the state police.

Here’s what police said happened:

“At approximately 5:50 a.m. a 2006 Peterbilt tractor truck was traveling north on Route 116 in Whitefield.  The tractor was pulling a flatbed trailer with a load of steel when the driver lost control on a downhill grade as it approached the junction of Route 3.

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North Country
7:42 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Slick Road Causing Crashes

Black ice is causing a series of accidents and tricky travel in the North Country Tuesday morning.

The accidents include a tractor-trailer crash in Whitefield at the intersection of Route 3 and 116 where the vehicle was reported in the river.

The first rescue units to arrive reported the driver was “unresponsive.”

There were also two accidents in Bethlehem on Route 116.

 

 

North Country
4:15 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Under New Owners Gorham Mill Hopes To Show Paper Manufacturing Isn't Dead Yet In The North Country

Once again the paper mill in Gorham is operating, something many thought would never happen.
Chris Jensen for NHPR News

Earlier this year the Gorham paper mill re-opened under new ownership.

With about six months of work under its belt, managers and workers are optimistic that paper production will once again be profitable in the North Country. 

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

Not so long ago it looked like the North Country would lose its last paper mill.

Eddie DeBlois is a union official.

“I think if we look back to where we were last year at this time we were kind of thinking the best chance of something happening with our mill was demolition.”

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North Country
4:23 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Hikers Rescued In The White Mountains

Two hikers from Maine were rescued from Mount Chocorua in the White Mountains Monday night, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Joshua Hayes, 26, and Emily Smith, 27, both from Shapleigh, Maine, underestimated the time it would take to climb the mountain and get back down before dark and then missed a turn, the release said.

The pair had neither lights nor a map but did get a cell signal so they could call for help. Fish and Game got their latitude and longitude from their cell phone and then called and told them to build a fire and wait.

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North Country
4:02 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

2300 Acres Conserved in North Country

A large tract of some of the North Country’s most beautiful terrain has been protected from development. 

A new conservation easement is going to protect land around Pittsburg and the Connecticut River.

“We just today finalized a conservation easement on 2,300 acres up in Pittsburg up around First and Second Connecticut Lakes.”

That’s Jack Savage. He’s a spokesman for The Society for The Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

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Breaking
12:28 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Conservation Easement Will Block Northern Pass At Balsams

The proposed conservation easement at the Balsams.

Part of the deal to sell the Balsams resort in Dixville Notch will apparently prevent the Northern Pass from using the land for its electric power lines. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

When the Balsams resort was up for sale the Northern Pass utility project was interested.

Northern Pass apparently wanted a right-of-way for the huge towers bringing hydro-electric power from Canada.

But if the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests can raise $850,000 that won’t be happening.

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