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Dec 16, 2015

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Chris Jensen for NHPR

Conditions at New Hampshire’s ski resorts haven’t been very encouraging so far this season. Most resorts have only a few lifts operating.

North Country Events

Dec 10, 2015

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LITTLETON FOOD CO-OP GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST
December 9 - 11 drop off, December 12 & 13 voting open, 43 Bethlehem Road, open 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM every day. Register at the co-op service desk. Categories for kids and adults. For more information: www.littletoncoop.com/events.

North Country Events

Dec 5, 2015

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New Hampshire State Council on the Arts

Thursday night the National Christmas Tree will be lit in Washington.

And while that’s the centerpiece on the National Mall, it’s surrounded by smaller trees representing each state.

And this year for the first time the decorations for New Hampshire’s tree were created by a group from Berlin.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports….

Each year the state’s Council on the Arts decides who will make the ornaments for the state’s tree.

The state's public advocate says Northern  Pass is not providing the information needed to back up the benefits it says New Hampshire will receive if the controversial project is approved.

Peter Roth, a senior assistant attorney general appointed to represent consumers in the case, says Northern Pass’ “claimed benefits include lowering the cost of energy, providing low carbon, renewable power, creating jobs, increasing tax revenue and generally growing economic activity.”

Chris Jensen for NHPR

The developers hoping to reopen the Balsams Resort got a boost Wednesday night as the Coos Planning Board approved a long-range concept plan.

While it is called a concept plan, it includes many details of what developers Dixville Capital hope to accomplish. That includes a huge expansion of the ski resort and as many as 4,600 housing units, including condominiums and a hotel.

Courtesy Tim Martel

Rescuers helped two lost hikers in Randolph and a man who fell while ice climbing in the Huntington Ravine Saturday, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

The lost hikers, both from Massachusetts, were part of a group of four who climbed Mount Madison and then separated. About 5:20 pm two of the hikers reached their vehicle, didn’t see their companions, and figured the other two had missed the correct trail, so they called for help.

North Country Events

Nov 27, 2015
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LITTLETON COMMUNITY CENTER HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Friday November 27 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM 123 Main Street. Annual Holiday Party, house tours, hot chocolate, cookies, fudge, cookie decorating, visit Santa 1-3, Santa will read a story at 1:00 PM. 

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Citing a desire to avoid a confrontation with a legislative committee, the Site Evaluation Committee Wednesday softened proposed a rule involving "public interest" as part of its consideration of new utility projects.

The issue at the meeting was whether the Site Evaluation Committee had gone beyond what the legislature intended when it ordered the body’s reorganization so it would better serve "the public good" and "provide clarity" about its rules and how it makes decisions.

Chris Jensen for NHPR

The developers of the Balsams Resort told Coos County officials Tuesday night they hope to begin construction and renovation of the buildings on June 1st of next year.

That raises the possibility at least part of the now-closed resort could be open by the end of 2016 or early in 2017.

However, a spokesman for the developer said some other work may start earlier.

The news came during a meeting between the developers and the Coos County Planning Board to try and work out details of a long-range, multi-year concept plan.

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Over the next year, the state’s Site Evaluation Committee will consider whether to okay the controversial Northern Pass project.  Eventually it is also likely to weigh in on at least one wind farm and the Kinder Morgan pipeline.  That puts a spotlight on the committee-- made up of seven state officials and two members of the public.

North Country Events

Nov 12, 2015

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FALL PLAYS AT LITTLETON HIGH SCHOOL
Thursday, Friday, Saturday November 12, 13 14 at 7:00 PM and also Saturday at 2:00PM. Littleton High School. LHS drama students are putting on two shows. The Suessification of Romeo and Juliet stars Eric Shafer as Romeo. The second show is a take on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, called Kids in Louvre.

The issue of whether the Coos County Planning Board is moving quickly enough as it considers the renovation of the shuttered Balsams resort came up Wednesday night in Colebrook and in contrast to the board's normal, civil demeanor there were sharp and angry words.

North Country Events

Nov 5, 2015
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Oct 28, 2015
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For nearly as long as anyone can remember, there’s been talk about expanding broadband and cell coverage in the North Country. Last spring several small groups in the region announced plans to provide faster internet and better cell reception. Among others, Sen Jeanne Shaheen was there to applaud the announcement.


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Oct 22, 2015
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Oct 15, 2015
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Sometime next year an official with the White Mountain National Forest will try to answer a complex question: How wild should the wilderness be?

The issue is whether to remove – or replace - a decrepit bridge in the Pemigewasset Wilderness Area.

North Country Events

Oct 8, 2015
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FARMERS MARKETS
Lancaster Saturdays 9:00 AM-Noon Main Street through Oct. 10. 
Littleton Sundays 10:00 AM-1:00 PM Next to Littleton Area Senior Center through Oct. 10.

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation has declared the landscape along the 192-mile route Northern Pass wants to use for its transmission lines to be a “national treasure" and says the project threatens “New Hampshire’s historic character.”

North Country Events

Oct 1, 2015

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FARMERS MARKETS
Lancaster Saturdays 9:00 AM-Noon Main Street through Oct. 10. 
Littleton Sundays 10:00 AM-1:00 PM Next to Littleton Area Senior Center through Oct. 10.

North Country Events

Sep 25, 2015

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FARMERS MARKETS

Berlin Thursdays 3:00-7:00 PM Main Street through September 24.

Lancaster Saturdays 9:00 AM - Noon Main Street through Oct. 10.

Littleton Sundays 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Next to Littleton Area Senior Center through Oct. 10.

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  The Department of Energy says Northern Pass' new plan to bury 52 more miles of the controversial line will require additional study and it is cancelling public hearings planned in October.

The new review was requested by conservation groups and New Hampshire's congressional delegation. They told the DOE that burying an additional 52 miles was not one of the routes in the draft Environmental Impact Statement released earlier this year. So, they argued, the draft was incomplete.

Sean Hurley

For the last ten years, photographer Chris Whiton has been combing through old guide books, hundred year old newspapers, and even modern maps to find lost waterfalls in the New Hampshire wilderness.  Some of them used to be located on old trails long since abandoned.  

North Country Events

Sep 16, 2015
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Sep 11, 2015
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In Whitefield Wednesday night, Northern Pass officials told Coos residents burying the entire transmission line would be so expensive the project couldn't move forward.

The public meeting for Coos County was one of a series required by the state before Northern Pass can seek approval from the state's Site Evaluation Committee.

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