North Country

North Country
9:35 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Proposed Law Would Require Northern Pass To Bury Lines

A North Country representative is proposing legislation that would require the Northern Pass Transmission lines to be buried.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Rep. Larry Rappaport of Colebrook is introducing legislation he says could end the fight over the transmission towers proposed by Northern Pass.

Rappaport says his bill would require any utility company undertaking an “elective” project to bury the transmission lines.

“Elective” means the project isn’t needed to improve the overall reliability of the power grid.

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North Country
9:09 am
Fri November 16, 2012

North Country Events

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia.

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

20th ANNUAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CELEBRATION

Thurs.  Nov. 15, 3:30 - 5:30 P.M., Littleton Opera House, 2 Union Street, Littleton. News, presentations and surprises in honor of this year’s beautifully decorated Main Street.  Event includes presentation of the LACC Business Leader of the Year award.

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North Country
4:25 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

North Country Republican Rep. Bulis Loses Seat In Recount

After a recount Thursday, Republican incumbent  Lyle “Rusty” Bulis lost his seat in Grafton District 1, to another Republican Ralph Doolan.

Both are from Littleton.

Originally Doolan lost to Bulis by two votes and sought the recount.

The recount had Doolan winning by four votes.

There are two seats in District 1, which includes Littleton and Bethlehem.

The other seat was taken by Linda Massimilla, a Democrat and novice politician from Littleton. She beat beat incumbent Bulis and Doolan on November 6.

North Country
3:04 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Coos Rep Evalyn Merrick Loses Recount

Chris Jensen for NHPR

A recount of the votes cast in Coos District 7 hasn’t changed the winner: Republican Leon Rideout defeated Democrat Evalyn Merrick.

Both are from Lancaster.

Merrick requested a recount which was conducted Thursday by the Secretary of State.

Originally Merrick lost by 12 votes.

In the recount, however, that margin increased to 34 votes.

That left Rideout with 3,274 votes compared to 3,240 for Merrick.

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North Country
11:14 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Commission Studying Burying Power Lines Urged To Continue

Speakers at The Flying Monkey in Plymouth spoke before the so-called 361 Commission which the state established to consider how to handle new utility projects and whether it is feasible to bury lines rather than use towers. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

About 200 people gathered Wednesday night in Plymouth for public hearing held by a state commission studying whether high-power electric lines such as those proposed by Northern Pass should be buried.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

The commission’s goals include investigating whether it is feasible to bury utility lines on existing state rights-of-way, such as highways.

And the message to the commission from many of those who spoke was that the commission needs to keep working to develop a well-reasoned policy for new utility projects.

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North Country
4:03 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

A State Known For The Outdoors Wants To Show Its Other Side

Van McLeod, the commissioner of the state's Department of Cultural Resources, left, and Tai Freligh of the Division of Travel and Tourism Development met in the Littleton Opera House with those involved in the arts. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

New Hampshire officials are hoping to start showing tourists the cultural side of a state best known for outdoor activities.

Skiing. Hiking. Kayaking. Fall foliage.

All things for which the state is known.

But tourism and cultural resource officials want to broaden that and make sure tourists know more about cultural activities.

They’re holding a series of statewide meetings at cultural spots around the state. That included Tuesday morning at the Littleton Opera House. 

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North Country
3:30 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Suit Balsams' Owners Said Blocked Financing Is Dismissed

Most of the furnishings of the Balsams were sold at auction. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR
Credit Chris Jensen / NHPR

A judge in Merrimack Superior Court has dismissed a suit that the owners of the Balsams Grand Resort in Dixville Notch said was holding up its re-opening.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

The suit was filed by Andy Martin, a self-described public-interest advocate and corruption fighter.

Martin claimed the sale was “committed fraudulently.”

Among those sued were the new owners, Danny Dagesse and Dan Hebert, the town of Colebrook and the New Hampshire attorney general.

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North Country
10:18 am
Thu November 8, 2012

North Country Events

Chris Jensen for NHPR


 

Events compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia.

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North Country
2:48 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Real Estate Appraiser Who Angered Northern Pass Settles

James Walker
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

A complaint by Northern Pass against James Walker, a real estate appraiser from the North Country, has been settled.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

James Walker, of Franconia, has agreed to pay a fine to settle a complaint Northern Pass filed with the state’s Real Estate Appraiser Board.  

Northern Pass complained after Walker told a Dalton couple that the project’s electrical towers would reduce the value of their 135 acres by 63 percent.

Northern Pass challenged Walker’s methods, saying the project may have been unfairly harmed.

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North Country
3:02 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Appraisal Triggers Latest Dispute Over Northern Pass

Jim and Sandy Dannis: The original route proposed by Northern Pass would have crossed their land in Dalton.
Credit Chris Jensen, NHPR

It began on about 135 acres of land in Dalton.

The land is owned by Sandy and Jim Dannis, who were attracted by its classic North-Country splendor and its lost-in-time seclusion.

Standing in the middle of a hilltop field  - with a spin-around  360-degree view  - Jim Dannis turns and turns.

“It is a beautiful exposure,” he said.

But now it has become the center of a new Northern-Pass controversy, one that opponents of the project worry has ominous implications for the state.

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North Country
9:09 am
Thu November 1, 2012

North Country Events

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

Compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia.

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North Country
8:22 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Storm Victim Identified

The man who died in a mudslide in Lincoln has been identified as Eugene “Rusty” Brooks from Woodstock, Lincoln police chief Theodore Smith said Wednesday.

Brooks, 52, died Tuesday at a construction site when a water-soaked embankment on which he was standing collapsed, carrying him down a hill and then burying him.

He was not breathing when a co-worker reached him and CPR efforts failed.

It was the only death in the state related to the remnants of Hurricane Sandy.

North Country
4:28 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Forest Society Misses Fundraising Deadline In Effort To Block Northern Pass

In August the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests said it hoped to raise $2.5 million by October 31st to help it block the Northern Pass project in the North Country.

But it won’t make that fundraising deadline.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

With donations totaling almost $869,000  the Forest Society has fallen about $1.6 million short of its goal.

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North Country
1:20 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Man Dies In Mudslide In Sandy's Aftermath

News story.

One person in New Hampshire has died as the result of the remnants of Hurricane Sandy sweeping the state.

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North Country
8:04 am
Tue October 30, 2012

North Country Fares Well, But Flood Warning Remains

The sky over the former Dow Academy in Franconia nicely demonstrated the prediction of a mix of sunshine and heavy rain on Tuesday.
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

Compared to what the remnants of Hurricane Sandy did to the rest of the state the North Country appeared to have made it through the night in good shape.

But the National Weather Service continued a flood warning for the Pemigewasset River at Woodstock and the Saco River in Conway.

The weather service was predicting continued rain today with one to three inches in the mountains.

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