North Country

A 66-year-old Lisbon man died Thursday afternoon when he lost control of his vehicle, according to a news release from the state police.

The accident occurred about 2:30 near Exit 43 on Interstate 93 as William Griffin was driving Chevrolet pickup towing a trailer.

Griffin was thrown from the pickup as it rolled several times suffering "traumatic injuries."

Exit 43 is in Littleton just north of U.S. Route 302.

North Country Events

Sep 27, 2012

This is compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia.

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

FARMERS' MARKETS

Thursdays Lisbon 3-6 PM Route 302 near Lisbon Center through October 11

Saturdays Bethlehem 10 AM – 2 PM Main Street through October 13

Sundays Littleton 10 AM – 2 PM Riverglen Lane near the Senior Center through October 14

WRENEGADES TOUR FOGGY BOTTOM ALPACA RANCH, LANDAFF

To some powered-parachutes are the purest way of flying, short of being hatched.

And a group of power-parachute pilots gathered recently in the North Country for some of that back-to-basics flying.

Chris Jensen for NHPR

A new study by the Appalachian Mountain Club says the towers for the Northern Pass hydro-electric project would “visually impact” about 95,000 acres in the state.

That includes about 3,000 acres in the White Mountain National Forest and 9,000 acres around Concord, the report says.

In all 23 towns from Whitefield south to Deerfield would be affected by the towers, the study said.

American Whitewater

The kayaker who died Wednesday in the Franconia Notch State Park was the Northeast Stewardship director for the American Whitewater organization.

Lincoln police chief Theodore Smith identified him as Alan Panebaker, 29, of Montpelier, Vermont.

Panebaker was an experienced whitewater kayaker whose work responsibilities ranged from “state and federal policy affecting rivers” to “community recreation planning.”

North Country Events

Sep 20, 2012

These events are compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia.

 The newsletter below typically announces events in the next week.

The calendar shows you events in the coming months.

FARMERS' MARKETS
Thursdays Lisbon 3-6 PM Route 302 near Lisbon Center through October 11
Saturdays Bethlehem 10 AM - 2 PM Main Street through October 13
Sundays Littleton 10AM - 2 PM Riverglen Lane near the Senior Center through October 14

A kayaking accident has taken a life in the North Country. NHPR's Chris Jensen reports.

A Vermont kayaker in his mid-20’s died Wednesday in an accident in the Franconia State Park, says Lincoln Police Chief Theodore Smith.

Smith said the man was kayaking with two companions on the West Branch of the Pemigewasset River.

The trio – described by Smith as experienced kayakers – were in a steep and narrow gorge near the Pine Sentinel Bridge.

During last week’s primary Coos County Commissioner Bing Judd lost his bid for re-election by five votes.

Today (Monday) there was a recount in Concord.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen has the results.

Bing Judd, who has been a Coos County Commissioner since 1997, has lost that position.

In a recount today in Concord Judd lost by seven votes.

599 to 592.

Originally Judd lost by five votes, prompting him to ask for the recount.

Judd is from Pittsburg – where he lost to Samson.

Samson from Stewartstown.

Bing Judd, who has been a Coos County Commissioner since 1997, has lost his seat by five votes.

Judd had 592 votes compared to 597 for challenger Rick Samson, deputy secretary of state David Scanlon told NHPR Thursday afternoon.

Late Thursday Judd said he will be driving to Concord Friday to file a request for a recount.

"Five votes in 1,200, there could be a mistake," he said.  "It could go either way."

That recount is expected to occur Monday.

Judd had not faced a challenge for more than a decade.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jackie Cilley – a Berlin native – took Coos County with 1,226 votes, according to figures just released by the New Hampshire Secretary of State.

That compared to 1,087 for Maggie Hassan and 187 for Bill Kennedy.

But, of course, Hassan won statewide with 45,143 compared to Cilley’s 33,073. Kennedy had 6,001.

Some of the totals from Coos are below. The full list can be found here.

North Country Events

Sep 13, 2012

Tova Cohen of Franconia compiles this listing.

Her newsletter – below - details events in the next week. The calendar – found here - shows events in the coming months.

FARMERS' MARKETS

Thursdays Lisbon 3-6 PM Route 302 near Lisbon Center through October 11

Saturdays Bethlehem 10 AM - 2 PM Main Street through October 13.

Sundays Littleton 10 AM - 2 PM Riverglen Lane near the Senior Center through October 14.

BOOK DISCUSSION AT BATH LIBRARY

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Ovid Lamontagne dominated the Republican primary in Coos County Tuesday.

Lamontagne routinely pulled at least 50 percent – and in some cases 80 percent or more - of the vote in town after town.

In Berlin Lamontagne took 81 percent of the vote; 72 percent in Lancaster; 57 percent in Colebrook and 70 percent in Whitefield.

Meanwhile, Republican incumbents Larry Rappaport and Duffy Daugherty of Colebrook have apparently held off challenger Charles Kurtz of Errol.

Chris Jensen for NHPR

If Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jackie Cilley thought being a Berlin native would give her a crucial edge in the North Country she was wrong.

Cilley did win in Berlin but her 546 votes were only 56 percent of the total.

Down the road in neighboring Gorham she snared 55 percent of the votes.

But it was downhill from there despite spending five consecutive days touring the North Country from Littleton to Colebrook and Pittsburg and then over to Berlin and the communities along the Androscoggin River.

In Littleton she got only 35 percent of the vote.

Chris Jensen for NHPR

With 94 of 112 precincts reporting veteran Executive Councilor Ray Burton of Bath has about 71 percent of the votes, easily rebuffing challenger Jerry Thibodeau of Rumney.

Burton had almost 14,500 votes compared to about 5,800 for Thibodeau.

Burton effortlessly put down a revolt by some Republican representatives in the North Country who thought he was too moderate and urged his defeat.

In November Burton will face Democrat Beth Funicella.

Chris Jensen for NHPR

With most of the voting day over some North Country election officials are figuring it won’t take long to count votes tonight.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

John Miller, the deputy moderator for the town of Bethlehem, says it has been a typical primary election for local candidates.

“The turnout so far has been very, very low.”

By about 4:30 roughly 250 of the 1600 or so registered voters in this Northern Grafton town had voted, Miller said.

He figured there were slightly more Republicans than Democrats voting.

Chris Jensen for NHPR

As voting in today's primary gets underway NHPR's Chris Jensen visits a polling place in Coos County.

Sound of voters being registered..

While state officials are predicting a somewhat light turnout for the primary there are folks who say there is no such thing as an unimportant election.

One of those is 93-year-old Fay Allin who slowly but steadily made her way through town hall in Lancaster Tuesday morning, slipped into the voting booth and emerged a few minutes later.

Chris Jensen for NHPR

An unusual and important race in the North County will be decided on Tuesday.

It’s the political future of Bing Judd, a longtime Coos County Commissioner and one of the best-known figures in the region.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

For the first time in more than a decade Coos County Commissioner Burnham “Bing” Judd is being challenged for the commissioner’s spot he’s held since being appointed by a court in 1997.

Chris Jensen for NHPR

These events are compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia.

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

FARMERS' MARKETS

Thursdays Lisbon 3-6 PM Route 302 near Lisbon Center through October 11

Thursdays Berlin 3-7 PM starts June 28th through September 6

Saturdays Lancaster 9 AM - noon Main Street through September 8

Saturdays Bethlehem 10 AM - 2 PM Main Street through October 13

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There was an odd rescue in the Franconia Notch after a man apparently left his girlfriend behind.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

It was dark Monday when hikers on the bike path heard a woman in the woods screaming for help, saying she didn’t have a flashlight.

Franconia police sergeant Mark Taylor and Allan Clark, who heads up the Pemi Search and Rescue responded.

Clark headed in on a trail.

But before he reached her the woman saw Taylor’s flashlight and reached him.

The Canadian woman did not have a happy story, according to Clark.

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Among the many issues facing gubernatorial candidates this year is the Northern Pass project.

During the last race for governor two years ago, the Northern Pass project made only a brief appearance.

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Traffic through the North Country on Labor Day was slowed a bit in one town by huge metal monsters.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

The movie monsters and Leonardo Da Vinci’s horse stopped a lot of traffic on Route 302 in Bethlehem over the holiday.

The statues are in front of a shop where Gerry Ramback plans to sell arts and crafts from the region – as well as Asia.

They were created by welding, mixing and matching thousands of auto and motorcycle parts.

Chris Jensen for NHPR

The U.S. Forest Service is honoring a Thornton man as its national volunteer of the year.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen joined him on the job.

Giff Kriebel of Thornton spends so much time volunteering with crews in the White Mountain National Forest that sometimes forest service employees think he’s getting paid, too.

Like earlier this year when there was a huge search near Rumney for a missing man.

Chris Jensen for NHPR

In between the picnics and end-of-summer festivities a series of protests against the Northern Pass hydro-electric project were held throughout the state  during the holiday.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports…

Easton was the site of one of a dozen or so protests from Manchester to Colebrook on Saturday.

Just under 100 people gathered on Gingerbread Lane along an existing right-of-way where the Northern Pass towers would cut through the tiny North Country town before heading south to cross the White Mountain National Forest.

An Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter was used Saturday morning to lift an injured, 285-pound hiker off Mount Adams, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

The man, Jason Baker, 43, of Chicago, dislocated his knee  on Mount Adams and about 7:30 Friday evening his two companions called 911 for help.

The trio was in a remote area and Fish and Game Lt. Douglas Gralenski said since they were properly equipped to spend the night on the mountain they were told to wait for a rescue in the morning.

Chris Jensen for NHPR

This newsletter compiled by Tova Cohen announces events in the next week.

The calendar shows events in the coming months.

SUMMER OUTDOOR TOWN CONCERTS
Thursday August 30, Whitefield Common at 6:30 PM
Saturday September 1, Twin Mountain, 7 PM, town bandstand at the Route 3/Route 302 intersection.
Sunday September 2, Bethlehem Gazebo, Corner of Main Street & Prospect Street at 6PM

Courtesy of the Serafini family

Fifty years ago this summer New Hampshire got its newest town, but only after a fight to secede from a neighboring town.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen sends this postcard from Sugar Hill in the North Country.

The town of Sugar Hill is perhaps best known for elegant homes and views, the home of the first organized ski school in the United States and its fight to keep its post office open.

Originally the hill settlement was part of Lisbon, which was clustered about eight miles away along the banks of the Ammonoosuc River.

NH Fish and Game

It took almost two dozen volunteers to carry an injured woman out of the White Mountains late Thursday, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Mary Jean Mork, 61, injured her leg on the last day of a five-day trip from Franconia Ridge to the Zealand Road in Bethlehem.

Her husband, Michael Donahue, went to the Appalachian Mountain Club hut for help because there is no cellular coverage in the area. The AMC huts have high-powered radios.

There’s a new effort underway to attract businesses to the North Country with the prospect of cheaper energy.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen has the story.

An economic development group has a new way to encourage businesses to come to Coos.

It is taking advantage of a natural gas pipeline from Canada that crosses the county, says Jon Freeman, the president of the Northern Community Investment Corporation.

“Typically the natural gas will cost about one quarter of the price of oil.”

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests says it has reached deals with several land owners in Coos it believes will block the Northern Pass hydro-electric project.

But Northern Pass says it plans to keep working on the $1.1 billion dollar project.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

The Forest Society says it has tentative conservation easements with land owners in Coos that would keep the controversial hydro-electric project from finding a crucial route south from Canada.

Chris Jensen for NHPR

One might think that the mom-and-pop motels of the 50’s and 60’s have all been replaced by cookie-cutter nationwide chains.

But some vintage lodgings in New Hampshire have found a way to prosper.

And now there’s an effort to push a plan to help them do even better.

We can’t blame Norman Bates for the decline of the mom-and-pop motels.

Screechy music from the shower scene in “Psycho.”

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