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5:19 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Department of Energy Says It Didn't Mean To Make All Northern Pass Commenters Anonymous

A spokeswoman for the Department of Energy says the names of people who commented - for and against the Northern Pass project – were inadvertently removed from the agency web site.

Originally most of the 1,700 people who commented had their names and towns included.

But recently that information was removed, replaced with a note saying:

“The comment information presented below has had the personal information obfuscated for privacy as requested by the original author.”

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North Country
3:13 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Florida Firm Plans To Buy Old Groveton Paper Plant

Chris Jensen for NHPR

A Florida businessman says he plans to buy the closed Groveton paper mill, tear down most of the buildings and look for buyers or tenants for the remaining structures.

David Boshart, who heads up Groveton River Development of Naples, Florida, said he hopes to close on the 107-acre property in about two weeks.

The current owner is Groveton Acquisitions LLC, the parent company of which is based in New Jersey.

“We are going to preserve as many buildings as we can for lease or resale,” Boshart said in an interview.

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North Country
6:18 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Injured Boy Rescued On Mount Washington

Rescuers had to carry the 15-year-old about one and one-half miles on rocky terrain.
N.H. Fish and Game

A 15-year-old was carried off Mount Washington Monday after he fell and injured his leg, according to a news release from Fish and Game.

Conservation Officer Matt Holmes said Michael Hery of Peabody, Massachusetts, was heading down the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail Monday morning when he fell.

Hery was traveling with his father, Peter, and a friend and the father went to the AMC’s Lakes of the Clouds hut for help.

Employees of the hut then helped the youth get back to the hut where his leg was put in a splint.

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North Country
5:54 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Voting In The North Country: The 2012 Contenders

Here’s how this year’s election in the North Country – including the September 11th primary - is shaping up, according to filings with the New Hampshire Secretary of State.

* Longtime Coos County Commissioner Bing Judd is being challenged by Rick Samson - also a Republican – who is deeply involved in the opposition to the Northern Pass hydro-electric project. There is no Democratic opponent.

 * Executive Councilor Ray Burton of Bath faces another Republican, Gerard L. Thibodeau of Rumney in the primary.  Democrat Beth Funicella of Jackson has also filed.

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North Country
8:32 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Four Motorcyclists Die In One Day

With Laconia Bike Week underway four motorcyclists were killed in separate crashes Friday including one in the North Country, according to news releases from the state police.

The latest occurred about 4:15 on the Everett Turnpike near Exit 8 in Nashua. Police said Michael Loverme, 24, of Merrimack, lost control of his motorcycle, crashed and died of “severe trauma.” The accident in the North Country occurred on Route 16 near Dummer Pond Road about 3:15 p.m.

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North Country
5:15 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Can A Doc Prescribe Play for Weight Loss?

Jenni from the block/FlickR

Faced with a serious problem with overweight children two unusual partners are literally trying a new prescription in the North Country – and they don’t see any reason it couldn’t work statewide.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

South of children playing….

That’s a sound healthcare professionals would like to hear more often: Kids outdoors running and jumping and generally goofing around.

 Just like the good old days before the sedentary seduction of video games and television.

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North Country
5:20 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Northern Pass Competitors: Project Needs Renewable Energy Funds

A group of power providers that would compete with the Northern Pass says the project can’t make money without some kind of renewable energy, government subsidy, an assertion  Northern Pass disputes.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

A group of New England power generators is worried Northern Pass will try to get federal or state subsidies by persuading government officials to declare its electricity is renewable.

Such hydro-electric power is not currently eligible for subsidies.

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North Country
5:08 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Gorham Paper Hires First New Workers In More Than A Decade

Later this year a new tissue machine will join the existing equipment at the Gorham plant.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

For the first time in more than a decade a paper plant in Gorham – once thought to be dead - is hiring workers.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

Just over a year ago a New York investment firm, Patriarch Partners, bought the closed Gorham paper mill and promised a new future.

The Gorham facility was the last paper plant standing in the North Country and many doubted Patriarch’s CEO, Lynn Tilton, could make a go of it where others had failed.

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North Country
3:18 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Bankrupt Berlin Steel Firm May Be Born Again

Chris Jensen for NHPR

A North Country businessman plans to resuscitate a steel fabricating company in Berlin that closed earlier this year putting about 100 people out of work.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

Whitefield businessman David Presby is buying the building and land once owned by Isaacson Structural Steel in Berlin.

He expects to close the deal early this week.

Presby says he plans to diversify and make more than the structural steel used in new buildings.

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North Country
5:19 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Livermore: A Postcard From A Ghost Town

Behind the photos of the old school - and its students - the foundation is almost hidden by the forest.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

Beginning around 1876 the town of Livermore was a hectic, noisy logging town in Northern Grafton County not far from Bartlett.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen went in search of the town’s history and sends this postcard.

It is a tale of a hard daily life, a flood, smallpox and becoming ghost town.

 

Sound of walking…

“My name is Peter Crane, I live in Bartlett, New Hampshire, we’re here on the Sawyer Road on the way to into what was once the village of Livermore, New Hampshire.”

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North Country
8:52 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

How North Country Legislators Voted on Voter ID Bill

Sen. John Gallus, a Republican from Berlin, was one of six senators who voted against a voter-identification bill.

 Nevertheless on Wednesday SB 289 passed 17-6.

In the House it passed 255 – 103 with 10 North Country representatives voting in favor of it.

Five voted against and one was excused from voting.

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North Country
8:24 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

How North Country Legislators Voted On Education Funding Amendment

Sen. John Gallus, a Republican from Berlin, was among 17 Senators voting in favor of a constitutional amendment – CACR 12 - that would have given voters the chance to change the state constitution and give the Legislature more control over public school funding. 

But while eight North Country representatives also voted for it in the House Wednesday the amendment did not have the three-fifths majority needed.

Seven North Country representatives voted against it and one was excused from voting.

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North Country
7:52 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

How North Country Legislators Voted On No-Tax Amendment

Ten of sixteen North Country representatives – and Sen. John Gallus, a Republican from Berlin – voted in favor of letting New Hampshire voters decide whether to add a ban on personal income taxes to the state’s constitution.

As NHPR reported on the House and the Senate on Wednesday passed CACR-13, the proposed constitutional amendment. 

The House passed the measure by a vote of 256-110.  The Senate passed it 19-4.

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North Country
4:47 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Study: Tougher Teen Licensing In NH Could Have Saved Lives

Thirty-five teens died in car crashes in New Hampshire from 2006 through 2010.
wheany flickr

Thirty-five teens died in car crashes in New Hampshire from 2006 through 2010.  A new study estimates 14 of them would not have died because they wouldn't have been in crashes if the state had made it harder for teens to get driver’s licenses.

That’s the conclusion of a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a research group funded by the insurance industry.

The institute looked at death rates nationwide. Then, it looked at how hard it is for a teen to get a license in each state.

The analysis covered 1996 – 2007.

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North Country
5:30 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

North Country Gets Its Own Fire-Fighting Training Center

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Gov. Lynch has signed a bill to establish a fire training site in Bethlehem.

It will allow a long-sought $550,000 training facility.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Sound of fire departments being dispatched for fire in Bethlehem…

For decades North Country fire fighters rushing to fires such this one last month first had to go to Concord for training and practice.

And for years fire chiefs have dreamed of having a training facility above the notches, says Jack Anderson, the fire chief in Bethlehem.

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