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8:22 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Balsams Resort Sold For $2.3 Million

The famous resort has been closed since early fall.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

The Balsams Resort in Dixville Notch has been sold. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

After two earlier deals fell through the Balsams Resort has been sold.

Tom Deans is the president of the Tillotson Corp. which owned the resort.

“The Tillotson Corp. is proud to announce that it has sold the Balsams Grand Resort to two North Country business leaders, Dan Hebert and Danny Dagesse.

Hebert owns a construction business. Dagasse owned a chain of auto dealerships.

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North Country
4:46 pm
Sat December 3, 2011

Most North Country Reps Supported Lynch Veto Of Right To Work

The majority of representatives from Northern Grafton and Coos County – including four Republicans - voted to support Gov. Lynch’s veto of  a Right-to-Work law last week.

As reporter Dan Gorenstein said supporters of the bill that would ban unions from collecting negotiating fees from non-union employees needed a 2/3rds majority to overturn Lynch’s veto (http://news.nhpr.org/post/right-work-defeated).

They didn’t get it.

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North Country
10:24 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Hiring Process At Federal Prison Getting Underway

The hiring for new jobs at the federal prison in Berlin should begin in the middle of December, says Mark Belanger, the manager of New Hampshire Employment Security.

That’s when the job openings will be posted on a government website (www.usajobs.gov), Belanger said during a meeting in Littleton Wednesday night about the kinds of jobs available at the prison and how to apply for them.

The prison is expected to have about 320 employees including about 200 new hires.

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North Country
12:10 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Study Looks At Coos Teens, Alcohol and Drugs

Almost one fourth of Coos teens - girls and boys - say they have “at least one alcohol or drug-use related problem,” according to a new report.

The research was conducted by The Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire and was based on 564 youths.

The information was gathered during 2008 when they were in either the seventh and eleventh grades and then researchers followed up the following year.

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North Country
2:01 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Nominations Sought for Fish and Game Awards

New Hampshire Fish and Game is accepting nominations for its annual awards honoring organizations or individuals for achievements in “wildlife, fisheries, open land and wild places.”

Here are the seven categories:

     1. Ellis R. Hatch Jr. Commission Award of Excellence -- Recognizes an

individual, group, organization, club, foundation or agency that has excelled in

efforts to promote, enhance or benefit fish, wildlife or marine resources or the

Department’s mission. 

 

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North Country
2:41 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

OSHA - Responsible For Worker Safety - Rarely Visits Coos

Jesse Kennett, left, and Donald Kendall died in the explosion at the Black Mag facility in Colebrook. Above is one page from the report in which OSHA concluded there were so many violations the plant's owners should be fined $1.2 million.
Photos courtesy of the familes. Composite by NHPR

 

Under federal law the Occupational Health and Safety Administration is responsible for making sure workers are protected on the job.

But the federal agency rarely scrutinizes the North Country.

As NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports, it’s raising questions about how well workers are protected on the job.

 On the morning of May 14th in 2010 Jesse Kennett headed off to his new job at the Black Mag plant in Colebrook.

 That’s where he would be making a gunpowder substitute for use in replicas of muzzle-loading rifles.

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North Country
11:11 am
Mon November 28, 2011

More Sessions For Federal Prison Job Seekers

 

With 200 new jobs available at the federal prison in Berlin a group of organizations from the North Country is offering a series of free meetings through the North Country to provide details and help applicants.

 The two-hour meeting will include presentations from officials with the New Hampshire Employment Security, The Gorham Family Resource Center and the White Mountains Community College.

While the jobs are seen as having good pay and benefits the application process can be tricky since much of it must be done on the Internet.

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North Country
10:48 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Union Leader: Littleton Man Fights Town Over Records

The Union Leader reports a Littleton businessman fighting with the town over a right-to-know request is likely to take his case to the state’s Supreme Court.

 Here’s part of the Union Leader’s story:

 “Littleton pizza shop owner Demetrios “Jim” Sourgiadakis alleges he was one of 13 merchants police officers and their union targeted for boycott last spring in a dispute over the proposed annual town budget.

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North Country
12:59 pm
Wed November 23, 2011

Bass To Hold Medicare, Social Security Meeting in Littleton

On Monday, Nov. 28thCongressman Charlie Bass will hold a “senior health-care forum” in Littleton with experts to answer questions about Medicare and Social Security benefits.

There will also be free flu shots and blood-pressure screenings.

The meeting is from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Littleton Opera House, which is located at 2 Union Street. 

North Country
11:44 am
Wed November 23, 2011

On 10th Anniversary of Hiker's Murder Police Ask For Help

Louise Chaput
NH Cold Case Unit

On the 10th anniversary of a Quebec woman’s murder in the North Country state officials are hoping somebody will remember something than can finally help solve it.

Louise Chaput, a psychologist from Sherbrooke, was visiting the White Mountains to hike and planned to stay at the Joe Dodge Lodge in Pinkham’s Grant the evening of Nov. 15th, according to the police investigation.

That afternoon she asked an Appalachian Mountain Club employee to suggest a short hike. He recommended the Lost Pond Trail. Chaput, 52, left but then never checked into her room.

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North Country
10:03 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Civil Rights Group Say Ayotte Proposal Okays Torture

The Washington Post is reporting that civil rights groups are opposing an amendment by Sen. Kelly Ayotte that they say would legalize torture.

“In a letter to lawmakers Tuesday, more than 30 groups, led by the American Civil Liberties Union, argued that Ayotte’s amendment to a defense bill would legalize torture and other cruelties by rolling back restrictions that Congress overwhelmingly approved in 2005,” the newspaper reported in a story by the Associated Press.

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North Country
3:42 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Meeting On Federal Prison Jobs Scheduled

A two-hour meeting for people who want to know more about jobs at the new federal prison in Berlin will be held Monday, November 28th.

The meeting will include presentations from officials the New Hampshire Employment Security, The Gorham Family Resource Center and the White Mountains Community College.

Those North-Country groups have also put together classes to help those who are interested with the somewhat complex application process.

North Country
10:24 am
Mon November 21, 2011

11th Annual Craft Fair This Saturday In Pinkham Notch

About 30 crafters and artisans from the North Country will be showing their work at the 11thAnnual Craft Fair this Saturday at the Great Glen Trails Lodge in Pinkham Notch.

The displays will include wood workers, jewelry, a spinning demonstration, fused glass, photography and holiday decorations, said Mary Power, the event director at Great Glen.

In addition there will be a bake sale and raffle to benefit the Great Glen Bill Koch Youth Ski League.

The fair (which is free) is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The lodge is located on Route 16. 

North Country
5:28 pm
Sat November 19, 2011

Third Habitat Home Almost Finished

Before the end of the year the Ammonoosuc Region of Habitat for Humanity will have its third house finished and a family living in it, says Chuck McLure of Lancaster.

The North Country group’s first home was finished in 2009 in Littleton. A house in Whitefield followed last year.

The family that will live in – and pay for – the Bethlehem home is from Bethlehem, McLure said.

He said next year the group hopes to build in Coos.

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North Country
4:28 pm
Sat November 19, 2011

Occupy The North Country (In Littleton)

Chris Jensen for NHPR

About 20 people who are part of  “Occupy The North Country” gathered outside the post office in Littleton Saturday afternoon.

The idea was to show solidarity with occupy groups throughout the country, said Sean Rutherford, of Littleton.

He said there were wide-ranging concerns from the cost of college to health-care reform.

Rutherford said the North-Country group is new and only about two weeks ago started a Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/#!/OccupyTheNorthCountryNH) to communicate.

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North Country
1:51 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

With Berlin Prison Funding OK Job Hunt Can Begin

White Mountains Community College president Katharine Eneguess.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

Funding was approved today for the new federal prison in Berlin and soon it will be open season on several hundred new jobs. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

With President Obama signing a bill that includes funding for the new federal prison in Berlin hiring can finally begin.

The prison will have about 300 employees. That will include about 200 new hires.

The jobs have good pay and benefits.

But the application process is complicated.

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North Country
7:42 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Small Earthquake Near Conway

The Boston Globe is reporting there was a small earthquake Wednesday morning near Conway.

The Globe said it was "A tiny, 1.6-magnitude earthquake" that was "small enough that it may have gone unnoticed."

The newspaper said: "The earthquake, with a depth of 15 miles, was recorded just before 11 a.m. by the Weston Observatory at Boston College. The epicenter was 8 miles southeast of Conway, N.H., at the coordinates 43.885 degrees north, 71.040 degrees west. "

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North Country
3:35 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Berlin Prison Funding Likely This Week, Shaheen Predicts

The new federal prison in Berlin – which has been sitting empty – could finally be funded this week, providing a huge economic boost to the North Country.  NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

Funding for the federal prison in Berlin is likely to be approved this week, according to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

“We’re very excited because there has been an agreement reached between the House and Senate on the bill that includes funding for the Berlin prison.”

Shaheen sees it as a done deal.

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North Country
3:24 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Northern Pass Eyes Part Of The Balsams

The hotel and resort has been closed pending a sale. In addition to the hotel several thousand acres of forest land is also available.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

The Northern Pass hydro-electric project is interested in buying a section of land associated with The Balsams Resort. If such a sale went through it’s likely to create a furor in the North Country. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

One of the companies interested in purchasing a slice of the Balsams resort in Dixville Notch is Northern Pass.

“They have identified land that they would like.”

That’s Tom Deans.

He’s the president of the Tillotson Corporation. It has been hoping to stem financial losses by selling the resort.

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Nutcracker in Berlin
5:11 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Nutcracker Ballet Comes To Berlin

On Saturday, December 3rdat 3 p.m. there will be a performance of the Nutcracker Ballet at the Berlin Junior High Auditorium.

The classic holiday tale will be performed by the Robinson Ballet Company (http://www.robinsonballet.org/index.html) of Bangor, Maine, according to a news release from the St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts (http://www.stkieranarts.org/).

The tickets are $12 for adults and $6 and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Burton praises consumer advocate
4:19 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

Ray Burton: Advocate Who Lost Job Was Good For Consumers

Executive Councilor Ray Burton of Bath says he tried unsuccessfully to keep Meredith Hatfield as the state’s consumer advocate on public utility matters because she has been “independent minded” and helped consumers.

But last week the Republican controlled Executive Council voted 3 – 2 against re-appointing Hatfield who represents consumer interests before the Public Utilities Commission.

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North Country
11:58 am
Mon November 14, 2011

Coos Administrator's Pension Tops $93,000

The Union Leader says Coos County Administrator Suzanne Collins has the 35thhighest pension benefit in the state and her $93,281 represents “the highest benefit for a state, county or local public employee who is not an educator. “

For the full article and list go here: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20111109/NEWS06/711099991

 

  

Ayotte prison vote
5:11 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Ayotte Prison Vote Angers Some North Country Leaders

A group of North Country leaders has sent Sen. Kelly Ayotte a letter expressing their unhappiness over her voting against a bill that - among many other things - included funding for the federal prison in Berlin.

Last week Sen. Kelly Ayotte voted against a wide-ranging bill that included about $28 million in funding to open the new federal prison in Berlin.

The prison would bring about 330 jobs to the area.

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North Country Hunting Accident
9:19 am
Wed November 9, 2011

31-Year-Old Died In Hunting Accident

A 31-year-old man killed in a hunting accident in Lisbon this morning was shot by a hunter in another party, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

The victim, Kenneth Brunelle of Marlboro, Mass. was hunting with his father and brother off Mt. Eustis Road in Lisbon when the accident occurred about 8 a.m.

Early reports said Brunelle was shot in the neck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The name of the alleged shooter was not released.

The accident is being investigated by Fish and Game and the New Hampshire State Police.

 

Man rescued from Mount Eisenhower
2:54 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Injured Man Spends Night On Mount Eisenhower

A Massachusetts man who injured his ankle spent Saturday night alone on Mount Eisenhower in freezing temperatures before being rescued late Sunday afternoon.

According to a news release from Fish and Game Sergio Mori, 41, of Brookline, was coming down the Edmands’s Path when he hurt his ankle.

He couldn’t walk and didn’t have cell phone coverage so wound up spending the night on the mountain. While temperatures were below freezing Mori was “very well prepared for his hike,” according to Fish and Game.

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Grants available to boost North Country firms
11:07 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Federal Grants To Help North Country Firms

A new federal grant is going to be helping small businesses in the North Country. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

About $400,000 is now available in grants under a federal program aimed at helping  small businesses in Grafton, Coos and Carroll Counties.

Molly White is with the Northern Community Investment Corporation in Lancaster. It is administering the funds.

“Typically I find that most business owners know their type of business or the industry they are in very well but they have trouble with the other types of support services such as marketing or web design.”

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North Country
3:27 pm
Sun November 6, 2011

Free Environmental Symposium: Issues And Action

Chris Jensen NHPR

A free environmental symposium dealing with topics including reinventing local farms, grassroots solar energy, the effect of acid rain on songbirds in the state and “agritourism” is planned at The White Mountain School in Bethlehem on the afternoon of Saturday, November 12th.

The goal is not just to provide presentations but give participants the tools they need to make changes in their communities and lives, said Elizabeth Lokey Aldrich, the chair of the Sustainability Studies Department at the school

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North Country
4:01 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Job Fair For Berlin Biomass Plant But There Is A Catch

The Berlin Daily Sun is reporting there will be a job fair in Berlin next Thursday (Nov. 10th) for the new biomass plant but the construction workers must either be union members or agree to temporarily pay union dues.

“The job fair is being held by the New Hampshire Building Trades Council which will be providing union workers for the construction of the facility,” the newspaper reported.

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North Country
11:27 am
Wed November 2, 2011

Berlin Mayor Unhappy With Ayotte's No Vote on Prison Funds

The New Hampshire Union Leader is reporting that Berlin mayor Paul Grenier is not happy that Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) voted against a bill that included funding to allow the new federal prison to finally open. “I am deeply angered, saddened and mystified that Senator Ayotte voted against creating 332 jobs,” Grenier told the newspaper. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D) voted in favor of the bill.

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North Country
4:15 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

PSNH Faces First Statewide Challenge For Residential Customers

For the first time Public Service of New Hampshire has statewide competition from another utility company. That could be good news for some consumers and bad news for PSNH.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

In 1996 the state passed a law that gave consumers the right to pick the company from which they wanted to buy electricity.

But the pickings were so slim as to be non-existent.

In short nobody gave Public Service of New Hampshire any statewide competition for residential customers and PSNH currently dominates the market.

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