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5:18 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Gov. Hassan Requests Disaster Declaration For April Flooding

Governor Hassan is requesting a federal disaster declaration following mid-April flooding in Carroll and Coos Counties.

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North Country
5:34 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Expanding Balsams Ski Resort: Money, Jobs And A Regulatory Challenge

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR.

If Maine entrepreneur Les Otten can expand the ski area of the closed Balsams resort he says it would create about 1,000 full or part-time jobs.

That’s something the region desperately needs. But it isn’t clear whether Otten has the money or can work through a regulatory tangle including safety issues.

The issue is being raised after Otten said he would like to work with Dan Hebert and Dan Dagesse, the owners of the closed resort.

One issue is a safety concern. Can the huge blades on the 410-foot tall turbines throw chunks of ice far enough to endanger skiers?

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North Country
11:29 am
Thu May 15, 2014

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2:15 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

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North Country
3:14 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

After Rescue, Officials Warn It Is Still Winter In The Mountains

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.

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North Country
1:50 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

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11:48 am
Thu April 24, 2014

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4:16 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

How North Country Reps Voted On Gas Tax

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.

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North Country
4:59 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Record $2.25 Million In Grants Awarded To North Country

The New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority has awarded grants to three North Country towns – Stewartstown, Errol and Pittsburg – as well as Coos County and the city of Berlin.

And, the total of $2 and one-quarter million dollars is the most the North Country has received since the program began roughly thirty years ago, says Kevin Flynn, an official with the agency.

The money will go for work including repairs to water systems and low-income housing.

The grant money comes from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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North Country
4:44 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Canadian Firm Plans To Double Size Of Colebrook Plant

Codet Incorporated, a Canadian firm, is expanding its Colebrook plant including hiring 25 new employees.

“They plan to almost double the size of their operation,” said Michael Bergeron, an official with the state’s Department of Resources and Economic Development.

Currently the firm has 28 employees.

Codet also plans to roughly double the size of its building, which is almost 12,000 square feet.

The amount of the investment wasn’t available.

The expansion is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

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North Country
3:57 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

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4:51 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

VA To Open Medical Clinics In The North Country

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.

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North Country
1:14 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Public Counsel: Hearings On Widening Road To Wind Turbines Should Be Held In Coos

Granite Reliable is asking to widen the narrower, 12-foot portions of the road to the top of Mount Kelsey. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

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.

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North Country
12:36 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Insanity Plea To Send Man Accused of Trustee's Murder To Psychiatric Ward

Catherine Houghton
Credit The White Mountain School

 

 

  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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North Country
10:35 am
Thu April 10, 2014

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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/

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North Country
3:29 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Wind Farm Owner OK With Expanding Ski Slopes At Balsams If Safety Isn't An Issue

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

 

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.

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North Country
8:59 am
Thu April 3, 2014

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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.

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North Country
3:01 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

How An Abandoned Train Ended Up In A N.H. Forest

The abandoned train cars in Bartlett, looking toward North Conway.
Sean Hurley

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.

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North Country
2:46 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Stranded Snowmobilers Rescued In North Country

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.

North Country
5:24 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

How They Voted: Military-style Vehicles, Fetal Homicide, Licensing Abortion Clinics

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.

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North Country
5:05 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Northern Pass Foes Launch Petition Drive Seeking Hassan's Help

Northern Pass opponents are hoping a 7-year-old boy on YouTube will prompt people to sign a petition asking Gov. Hassan to fight harder against the project.

The YouTube video starts with the child, identified only as “Tucker,” listing his favorite trees.

It shows lovely scenery and then electric transmission towers appear.

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North Country
1:18 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

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HARLEM BASKETBALL SUPERSTARS VS. ST. JOHNSBURY ACADEMY DREAM TEAM

Thursday March 20 6:30 PM (doors open at 5:30) St. Johnsbury Academy Alumni Gym, $10, proceeds benefit STJ Academy Class of 2015.

CLARINETS FOR CONSERVATION CONCERT, GORHAM

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North Country
11:53 am
Fri March 14, 2014

DOE Releases Summary Of Comments On Northern Pass

Comments were gathered at public hearings or sent directly to the the Department of Energy. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR.

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.

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North Country
12:24 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

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11:58 am
Thu March 13, 2014

For The 2016 Presidential Election Millsfield Wants To Turn On The Wayback Machine

Millsfield has no town hall so voters meet at the Peace of Heaven bed and breakfast. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR.

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.

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North Country
6:40 am
Thu March 13, 2014

The Storm: Ho Hum

All in all it was a normal March snow storm, says Michael Ekster of the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.

“The amounts varied greatly. Northern New Hampshire got anywhere from six to twelve inches of snow. Parts of Southern New Hampshire got a lot of rain and sleet.”

"It was pretty average. There weren't any ridiculously high totals."

Ekster said this morning should bring another one to three inches of snow with locally higher amounts in the mountains.

North Country
6:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Yet Another Storm - Reactions from Plymouth

PSU Senior Ethan Batten's grumpy storm face.
Sean Hurley

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.

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North Country
3:57 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Town Meeting in N.H.'s Smallest Town - Hart's Location

Bill King listens to Article 2 at the Hart's Location Town Meeting
Sean Hurley

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.

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North Country
3:19 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Not Quite A Sign Of The Times

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

It was about two weeks ago that Stephen Dignazio, the executive director of the non-profit Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem, put the message on the marquee.

It said “Spring Is On The Way.”

It was a warm, fuzzy thought, but premature.

“I guess we made a misstep there,” said Dignazio.

With the snow getting heavier throughout the day Wednesday, cars churned up and down Main Street past the theater and that overly optimistic marquee

And Dignazio was not trying to escape the blame for the wintry assault.

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North Country
8:46 am
Sun March 2, 2014

A Huge, New Ski Resort At The Balsams?

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

Coos County commissioner Paul Grenier says there are plans to convert the Balsams into a huge ski resort.

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