North Country

North Country
8:20 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

By 11 p.m. Sandy Mostly Leaves The Lights On In The North Country

Many in the North Country fretted and prepared for a battering by Sandy, however by about 11 p.m. that hadn't happened.

There was some gusty wind and rain, but nothing like rigors the rest of the state was experiencing.

Public Service of New Hampshire reported about 135,000 customers without power - mostly in the southern part of the state - but only about 300 lost power north of the notches.

They included 91 in Lancaster; 94 in Northumberland; 45 in Jefferson and 39 in Whitefield.

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North Country
12:20 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Power To The People: As Sandy Approaches Sales of Generators Spike

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

Warnings of Hurricane Sandy’s soggy-but-sure approach have meant a sudden boost in sales of portable generators in the North Country.

At the Home Depot and Lowe's in Littleton the cupboard is empty, well, the cupboard that used to hold portable generators.

Even though the North Country is expected to receive only a glancing blow from Sandy people worried about losing power began showing up at the stores on Friday.

By Saturday the Home Depot was sold out of its 20-or-so generators, said store manager Chris Howard.

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North Country
4:55 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Worrying About Hurricane Sandy, White Mountain National Forest Urges Caution

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

With the possibility of a severe storm hitting the state early next week officials of the White Mountain National Forest are issuing a warning to hikers.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

It’s not clear yet whether Hurricane Sandy will hit New Hampshire early next week.

But officials at the White Mountain National Forest, aren’t taking any chances, says spokeswoman Tiffany Benna.

Starting Sunday and going through Wednesday people are being urged to stay out of the more remote areas known as the backcountry.

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North Country
11:34 am
Thu October 25, 2012

North Country Events

Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

Tova Cohen of Franconia compiled these events.

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

FIRST ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL, LITTLETON

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North Country
7:35 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

More Groups Demand DOE Remove Consultants They Claim Were Selected By Northern Pass

Nine organizations have joined the Conservation Law Foundation in asking that the U.S. Department of Energy fire the firms selected to conduct an environmental impact statement on the Northern Pass project because of a conflict-of-interest.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Earlier this month the Conservation Law Foundation released emails it forced the  Department of Energy to hand over under the Freedom of Information Act.

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North Country
4:01 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Head of Sierra Club Canada Says Hydro-Quebec Power Isn't Green

Sierra Club Canada exec John Bennett attracted a multi-generational audience of about 100. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

The head of Sierra Club Canada says Hydro-Quebec power can’t be considered green. He was in Plymouth Tuesday night. NHPR’s Chris Jensen was there and has this report.

John Bennett is the executive director of Sierra Club Canada. He’s been watching and fighting big hydro-electric dam projects in Canada for decades.

And he told about 100 people at Plymouth State University – including opponents of the Northern Pass project – that the electricity Hydro-Quebec produces by flooding huge areas is not friendly to the environment.

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North Country
3:49 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

A New Tactic For Northern Pass Opponents: Boycott Montreal

John Bennett, executive director of the Sierra Club Canada. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

A prominent Canadian environmentalist says opposition to the Northern Pass project has not generated widespread coverage in Canada. The head of the Sierra Club Canada spoke at Plymouth State University Tuesday night.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

John Bennett, the executive director of the Sierra Club Canada, disappointed a group of about 100 Northern Pass opponents when he told them their efforts have received little media attention in Canada.

“It may be showing up in some of the Quebec press but it is not showing up in the national press in Canada.”

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North Country
10:29 pm
Sun October 21, 2012

Bagging The Season's First Moose

Erik Eisele

This week marks both the beginning and end of moose hunting season. The prospect of bagging the New Hampshire icon draws thousands of hunters from around the country, but a limited number of permits mean only a small percentage ever get a moose in their sights.

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North Country
10:32 am
Sun October 14, 2012

Nashua Man Rescued In White Mountains

A Nashua man who was trail running in the White Mountains was rescued Saturday after he fell and was injured.

Kevin McDonald, 48, slipped and injured his knee on the East Pond Trail, according to Lt. James Kneeland of New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Kneeland said two hikers came across McDonald and one went for help while the other remained with him.

McDonald was helped off the trail by Fish and Game officers and members of the Pemi Valley Search and Rescue.

North Country
8:00 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Workshop To Help Companies Do Business With The Feds

The state’s Department of Resources and Economic Development  is holding a free workshop Oct. 18th to help North Country companies to do business with the federal government.

Every year the federal government buys tens of millions of dollars in goods or services in the North Country.

There’s the White Mountain National Forest, Homeland Security, the U.S. Forest Service and the new federal prison in Berlin.

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North Country
5:29 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

DOE Denies Impropriety In Picking Firms Recommended by Northern Pass

The U.S. Department of Energy did nothing wrong in hiring three consultants recommended by Northern Pass, said a spokeswoman for the agency.

Wednesday the Conservation Law Foundation said documents it obtained through the Freedom of Information Act showed a lawyer for Northern Pass recommended the firms to conduct a crucial environmental impact statement.

And the agency wrongly hired them.

The environmental impact statement is a pivotal part of the agency’s consideration of whether to grant Northern Pass a Presidential Permit.

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North Country
2:55 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

North Country Events

Chris Jensen for NHPR

These events are compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia.

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

FRIENDS-N-NEIGHBORS THRIFT SHOP BAG SALE, WHITEFIELD

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North Country
3:13 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Northern Pass Helped Pick Key Consultant for DOE, Conservation Law Foundation Asserts

The Conservation Law Foundation says the U.S. Department of Energy made a serious mistake by again allowing Northern Pass to help pick the consultants responsible for the crucial environmental impact statement.

“The concern is that the integrity of the federal review is at great risk,” Christophe Courchesne, a lawyer at the foundation, said Wednesday.

The DOE did not respond to the issue raised by the foundation.

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North Country
12:57 pm
Sat October 6, 2012

Northern Pass Clarifies, Says It Has 99 Percent Of New Coos Route

A Northern Pass spokesman said Saturday that the project has 99 percent of the land it needs for the new route through Coos, clarifying remarks made Friday by a company executive.

During a conference call with analysts Friday Lee Olivier, an official with Northeast Utilities, said:

“I am pleased to say that we have about 99 percent of that 140-mile right-of-way right now either acquired or we have under agreement. The last essentially one percent we are working through the final details.”

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North Country
2:26 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Northern Pass: Claims Progress On Route

Through much of the state Northern Pass plans to use existing rights-of-way - such as this tract through Easton - adding the higher, high-voltage towers. Chris Jensen for NHPR

Despite opposition, the Northern Pass project is doing well, according to company officials.

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