North Country

A Different View of Pakistan Comes to New Hampshire

Feb 6, 2012

Ayesha Khan says her documentary Made in Pakistan being shown late this week in Plymouth, Bethlehem and Concord tries to show Americans a different perspective on Pakistan than the one they typically get from watching the news. That perspective comes from a look at the lives of four professionals, two men and two women. They are described as an aspiring politician; a young mother, teacher and magazine editor; an event manager working in the fashion industry; and a lawyer and devout Muslim....

Rescued Man Was Mostly Worried About Rescuers

Feb 5, 2012
Courtesy of Evan Embrey

While he was hunkered down in his sleeping bag waiting to be rescued from just below the Franconia Ridge a man from Maine says he was no longer worried about himself, but about the Fish and Game officers headed his way in the dark, poor visibility and high winds. You feel kind of horrible putting other people in that situation, said Evan Embrey, 24, of Buxton, Maine. Embrey told NHPR he was hiking on the ridge between Mt. Lafayette and Little Haystack Mountain when winds picked up, It was...

How North Country Reps Voted On Quitting The UN

Feb 2, 2012

Here is how the North Country representatives voted on Wednesday when the House passed a resolution HCR32 - calling for the United States to withdraw from the United Nations so that the United States may retain its sovereignty and control over its own funds and military forces. It passed 188 129. Here are the North Country representatives voting in favor: * Lyle Bulis (Republican) of Littleton * Edmond Gionet (Republican) of Lincoln. * Larry Rappaport (Republican) of Colebrook. * John Tholl...

Heres how North Country representatives voted on a resolution passed by the House Wednesday to express support for Arizonas controversial immigration law. The resolution is HCR2. Part of the Arizona law requires the police to determine the immigration status of a person they have detained and whether the suspect is in the country illegally. The U.S. Supreme Court has said in December it would consider the law, NPR has reported . The House resolution to support the law passed 243 102. Nine...

On Wednesday the House approved HB 574, which repeals the Emergency Powers Act . The Emergency Powers Act says during a declared emergency with the permission of the governor and the executive council - the government can take property ranging from vehicles to provisions for man or beast in excess of the reasonable and immediate needs of the owner and the owners household. It requires a warrant specifying the particular real property and the personal property by specification of the types,...

Report: Chicago Firm Interested In Isaacson Steel

Feb 1, 2012
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A Chicago-based company The Heico Companies - is interested in buying Isaacson Steel in Berlin, which is undergoing bankruptcy, the New Hampshire Business Review is reporting today . The Business Review quoted several parties involved with the bankruptcy, as the source. It said Heico -- not to be confused the publicly held Heico Aerospace down in Florida -- is a privately held holding company with over 35 businesses that generates $2 billion in revenues in four platforms: Ancra Group, , and...

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The full report on a plan to revitalize Berlins downtown is now available here on the citys website. It details how to make the area the social and economic focus of the city.

Lynch On Northern Pass

Jan 31, 2012
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The controversial Northern Pass hydro-electric project cannot happen without local support and should not happen with eminent domain, Gov. Lynchs said today in his State of the State address. Here is the paragraph from his speech: One of the biggest issues facing our state and our environment is the proposal for the Northern Pass. I support bringing more renewable power to our state. It is in our long-term interests to diversify our power sources, and we should not dismiss out of hand the...

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Josh St. Onge spent about three hours working on a resume to apply for one of the new jobs at the Federal Correctional Institute in Berlin. Good thing he didnt just turn it in. It was nothing close to what needed to be done, said St. Onge after getting help from the Northern New Hampshire Talent Team. The Talent Team is a coalition of North Country groups working to help people interested in jobs at the federal prison with the rigorous and complex job application. Theres no charge for the...

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The new owners of the Balsams resort in Dixville Notch are pulling together the money they need for a massive renovation. And, they hope federal programs will give them a big boost. NHPRs Chris Jensen reports. Late last year North-Country businessmen Dan Herbert and Dan Dagesse bought the Balsams Grand Resort in Dixville Notch for about $2.3 million. Now they are looking for the money they need for an extensive renovation. It is badly needed to make the resort competitive, get it open again...

StateImpacts Amanda Loder has an interesting analysis with some help from the Concord Monitor at how opposition to eminent domain breaks out demographically and by political persuasion. Heres her report. StateImpact NH i s a cooperative project between NHPR and NPR.

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North Country representatives were evenly split on a bill Gov. Lynch said would allow lenders to charge an annual percentage rate of 400 percent interest. Senator John Gallus (Republican) of Berlin voted against the bill. Four reps were excused from voting. On Friday Gov. Lynch vetoed that bill, Senate Bill 160 . As NHPR reported Lynch said Lynch said such high interest rates would hurt New Hampshire families, communities and the economy. In a news release Lynch was quoted as saying if signed...

Fatal Fire in Woodsville

Jan 27, 2012

Fire officials say one person died yesterday in a house fire on Swiftwater Road in Woodsville. The fire was reported about 3 p.m. and while fighting the fire a body was found on the second floor of the home, according to a news release from the state fire marshals office. The positive identification of the victim and autopsy results are pending. Fire officials said they didnt find any working smoke alarm on either the first or second floor of the home. State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan...

How North Country Reps Voted On Gun Bills

Jan 27, 2012

As reported by NHPR the Senate recently delayed action on three gun bills. The bills had already passed the House. Heres how sixteen representatives from the North Country voted before the bills went to the Senate. House Bill 536 , which would allow carrying a concealed gun without getting a special permit. It passed 193 122. In the North Country six representatives voted for it. * Duffy Daugherty (Republican) of Colebrook. * William Remick (Republican) of Lancaster * Herb Richardson ...

In six years a North Country group has helped low and moderate income families get more than two million dollars in tax refunds. Now the free service is underway again. NHPRs Chris Jensen reports. Once again the Family Resource Center of Gorham is offering free tax preparation for families and individuals earning no more than $58,000. Last year a record 422 returns were prepared by trained volunteers. That gave some for North Country residents a fiscal boost. We brought in a total of over ...

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The Boston Herald is reporting that a grand jury met in Lancaster last Friday and questioned witnesses about the death of Celina Cass of Stewartstown. The story quoted two witnesses as saying the questions focused on Wendell Noyes, the stepfather of Celina Cass. The witnesses were Noyes mother, Eunice Richards, and other family members. That includes Josh Richards, a brother. The newspaper reported him saying They asked an awful lot of questions about Wendell. They made my wife cry, they made...

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A Whitefield firm wants to buy part of Isaacson Steel in Berlin and hopes to save those jobs. NHPRs Chris Jensen reports. Last year Isaacson Steel in Berlin filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company has about 150 employees in two operations. One does steel fabrication for buildings. The other, much smaller operation, sells steel. It has 19 employees. The smaller operation is what Presby Steel of Whitefield wants to buy. Its owned by David Presby who also owns Presby Environmental. The...

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The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded its investigation into the crash of a tour bus in Littleton last year saying no action is required. The crash occurred on March 21 st and involved a tour bus carrying 23 Korean tourists, a guide and a driver. It was coming from Canada and was headed for Boston. The NTSB report found the bus was delayed at the border for about four hours because one passenger lacked the proper documents. By the time it headed south a snowstorm moved into...

Berlin Gets A Plan For Reviving Downtown

Jan 24, 2012

An ambitious plan to revitalize Berlins downtown and make it the social and economic focus of the city is finished and now officials are looking around for millions of dollars to carry it out. The downtown is the heart of the community. If people come through our downtown and dont feel it is alive the people will pass on and go to another community, said Sylvia Poulin, the chairperson of the Main Street Program. But, if we make our downtown alive and vital and vibrant then people will stop,...

Competitor Challenges Northern Pass Claims On Jobs

Jan 23, 2012
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A new study says far fewer jobs will be created by the Northern Pass than the utility has forecast, according to StateImpact, a project between NHPR and NPR. Heres part of Amanda Loders report: Today, the New England Power Generators Association released a report it commissioned from PolEcon Research. The Association is one of the major opponents of the Northern Pass project. Unsurprisingly, the report found the jobs created by the project will be much less than the utility group claims....

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Lynne Placey, a North Country woman whos struggling to make ends meet but has refused to take money from Northern Pass, has been given $2,650 by a group that admires her gumption. Placey, of Stewartstown, says she turned down an offer of around $500,000 from Northern Pass for a right-of-way on her land although her only income is Social-Security and giving piano lessons. Shes a modern-day hero, said Rikki Ramsden, one of the owners of Atta Girl Records of Thornton, which was behind the fund...

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The federal government has provided $5 million to help protect some of the most beautiful land in the North Country. NHPRs Chris Jensen reports. The U.S. Forest Service is providing $5 million to purchase a conservation easement near Errol. The money will prevent development but still allow sustainable logging and recreation. J.T. Horn is an official with the Trust for Public Land. It has been working on the huge, conservation project. The $5 million dollars from the federal Forest Legacy...

Half of the North Countrys sixteen representatives voted in favor of House Bill 228 which bars any organization that performs elective abortions from receiving any state or federal funds. As NHPR reported: The measure backed by GOP leaders means Planned Parenthood of Northern New England would no longer be eligible to enter into contracts with the state to provide non-abortion reproductive health services to the poor a role the organization has played in NH for 40 years. Warren Groen of...

Why Maine - and Berlin - Lost the Aircraft Jobs

Jan 18, 2012

Wisconsin lured Kestrel Aircraft away from Maine and consequently Berlin with a far stronger, multi-million dollar package, the Portland Press Herald is reporting. Heres what the newspaper says each state offered Kestrel. WISCONSIN : $30 million in tax credit allocations immediately through the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority $30 million in tax credit allocations by the end of 2012 through the Wisconsin development authority $30 million in 2013, if the Wisconsin...

The Concord Monitor is reporting that a statewide poll shows almost 70 percent of those responding are against the Northern Pass hydro-electric project being able to use eminent domain to get land they need. The newspaper reported the poll was conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center but was paid for by The Dupont Group on behalf of the New England Power Generators Association, a rival group that has been critical of the project . Chief among the associations complaints is...

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A deal to bring the closed Groveton paper mill in the North Country back to life has fallen through raising the possibility it will be demolished. NHPRs Chris Jensen reports. For the North Country theres been a dream that the old Groveton paper mill would reopen housing some green industry that would provide local jobs. Last year a businessman from Bath signed a contract to buy it for $2 million, saying he wanted to do just that. But the deal fell through. Now the plant is being eyed for...

Berlin Loses Aircraft Parts Jobs To Wisconsin

Jan 16, 2012
Kestrel Aircraft

The hope for hundreds of new jobs in Berlin making aircraft parts has apparently evaporated. NHPRs Chris Jensen reports. Last year a new start-up company called Kestrel Aircraft said it was considering building parts in Berlin. CEO Alan Klapmeier said the plant might be located next to the new biomass plant. It would use heat from that facility to produce high-tech, composite bodies for the new plane. That would mean at least 150 to 200 jobs, Klapmeier said. The six-to-eight passenger plane...

The Forest Society says it has raised the $850,000 needed for a conservation easement at the Balsams Grand Resort Hotel in Dixville Notch. It blocks a right-of-way for the proposed Northern Pass hydro-electric project. NHPRs Chris Jensen reports. The Forest Societys deadline for raising $850,000 for a 5,800-acre conservation easement at the Balsams resort was January 15 th . It raised the money with a record 1,500 contributions. And, The Forest Society says Northern Pass hope to use the land...

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John D. Judge, who will take over as head of the Appalachian Mountain Club next month, says its priorities will include continued opposition to the Northern Pass project and trying to get more children away from computer games and into the outdoors. The proposed hydro-electric project would clearly have a detrimental impact on recreation and conservation, said Judge. Consequently he said the organization will continue to fight the issuance of a Presidential Permit by the U.S. Department of...

Chris Jenson

Concerns about a government that cant 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. Powell said a serious problem is the Senate and the House, where many of us have lost confidence...

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