Following the rescue of a 75-year-old man from Bond Cliff in The White Mountains safety officials are warning that while it is beginning to look like spring around the state it can still be winter in the mountains.
The man, David Humphrey of Falmouth, had had planned to cover 21 miles from the Crawford Notch to the Lincoln Woods trail on Sunday.
That would require following the Bondcliff Trail which crosses several 4,000 footers but he was only equipped for a day hike.
North Country representatives were almost evenly split along party lines on whether to increase the gas tax for the first time in more than two decades.
As NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports on Wednesday Senate Bill 367 passed on a vote of 193-141. That means the state’s tax on gas and diesel will increase 4.2 cents, the first increase to the current 18-cents per gallon since 1991.
Later this year North Country veterans will no longer have to travel to White River Junction for V.A. medical care: Clinics are now planned for Berlin and Colebrook.
The decision comes after several years of lobbying by the state’s Congressional delegation.
“Our North Country veterans are frequently confronted with travel of more than 130 miles and trips of two to three hours in duration,” Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Jeanne Shaheen and Representatives Carol Shea-Porter and Ann McLane Kuster wrote the department last year.
Hearings before the state’s Site Evaluation Committee to decide whether to widen portions of a road leading to wind turbines in the North Country should be held in Coos County and not Concord, says Peter Roth, a senior assistant attorney general who represents the public interest before the S.E.C.
It is unfair to require interested citizens to travel to Concord, Roth wrote in a motion filed Monday. The trip can take three hours in good weather and it is expensive if an overnight stay is needed.
The Vermont man accused of killing a California woman during a chance encounter in Littleton is pleading not guilty by reason of insanity. And, he has agreed to be placed in the psychiatric ward of the state prison.
Rodney Hill was charged with second degree murder in the death of 70-year-old Catherine Houghton, a trustee of the White Mountain School, who was visiting for a board meeting in January 2013.
Houghton and Hill had a chance encounter in the lobby of The Hampton Inn and Hill fatally stabbed Houghton.
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WRENEGADES GARDENING SESSION, BETHLEHEM Thursday April 10 noon-1 PM WREN, 2013 Main Street. Learn about small container gardening from Audrey Crowe. For seniors. For more information, visit http://wrenworks.org/programs/wrenagades/
The company that owns the wind farm near the Balsams is open to reducing the buffer zone between its wind turbines and the slopes, a key to a developer’s plan to greatly expand the size of the ski resort.
"As long as it is safe, we have no problems," Brookfield Renewable Power lawyer Harold Pachios said late Monday.
Maine entrepreneur Les Otten would like to quadruple the size of the Balsams ski area and reopen the hotel.
But Otten’s plan to make the ski runs longer requires skiers to get closer to the tops of mountains where the wind farm has turbines.
JOYCE ROY & SERRY SERAFINI IN LENTEN MUSIC SERIES, LITTLETON Thursday April 3 12:10 PM All Saints' Episcopal Church, 35 School Street. Organ and piano. All are invited to enjoy these free-will offering music interludes on April 3 and 10. For more information, contact the church office at 444-3414.
You've seen abandoned houses. Windows broken or boarded up. You've probably seen abandoned cars in the woods. NHPR's Sean Hurley recently came upon an abandoned train in Bartlett. To find out more about its history, he spoke with Conway Scenic Railroad Conductor Gordon Lang.
Two snowmobilers were rescued early Sunday morning in the North Country after their machines bogged down in deep snow, leaving them stranded, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.
A 911 cellular call asking for help came about 10:30 Saturday night, said Conservation Office Chris Egan.
The callers couldn’t be reached in a return call, but it appeared the call came from an area near Pittsburg. Groomers from local clubs were notified and Egan headed to the area on his snowmobile.
Among the bills considered earlier this week by the legislature were proposals dealing with licensing outpatient abortion facilities; preventing communities from purchasing military-style vehicles and allowing more serious charges if a fetus dies as the result of a homicide.
Here is how North Country representatives voted:
LICENSING OUTPATIENT ABORTION FACILITIES
Only three of the eleven North Country reps voted against killing a bill that would have required licensing outpatient abortion facilities.
About 6,400 people, businesses or organizations, with about 68 percent from New Hampshire, filed comments with the US Department of Energy about the controversial Northern Pass project and now the federal agency has issued a summary of the concerns.
The Department of Energy sought the comments as it considers whether to allow Northeast Utilities, the parent of Northern Pass, to bring electric power from Canada.
In the North Country Millsfield wants to regain a spot it held six decades ago: Being the first place to vote in the presidential election.
That goes back to just after midnight in November 1952 when the seven voters of Millsfield, which straddles Route 26 between Errol and the Dixville, cast the first votes in the presidential election, according to Time magazine article.
With yet another storm bringing rain and snow and ice to New Hampshire, NHPR's Sean Hurley went into downtown Plymouth to see how folks there were holding up.
Standing out on Main Street in Plymouth, I heard variations on the theme of "Please oh please, will someone stop the snow from snowing." Except from the unusual Kayla Grimes clearing the sidewalk with her trusty shovel in front of Plymouth Ski and Sport where she works.
I love shoveling. Do you? Yeah! I don't ski or snowboard. You shovel. I shovel.
The annual town meeting at Hart's Location might be a small affair, but it usually attracts almost 80 per cent of its registered voters and this year was no different.
Not far from Bretton Woods and Mount Washington - the biggest ski area in the state and our highest mountain - sits the smallest town in New Hampshire - Hart's Location. Population, I'm told, just under 40.
Before the town meeting begins, Moderator Les Shoof announces the unofficial results of the just completed town election.