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11:27 am
Sun May 13, 2012

The Balsams Auction: The End of An Era

Chris Jensen for NHPR

The walls and the hallways are largely empty today in one of New Hampshire’s oldest and grandest hotels.  As part of the plan to rebuild and renovate the Balsams Grand Resort in Dixville Notch, the hotel’s new owners auctioned off many items this past Saturday.  The goal was to sell everything but photos and items of historical significance. 

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North Country
5:42 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

North Country's Gallus Opposed Resolution Applauding Arizona Immigration Law

Senator John Gallus, a Republican from Berlin, was one of nine Senators who voted to kill a resolution voicing support of Arizona’s controversial immigration law.

The motion to kill the resolution failed 15 – 9.

Then, the motion of support was approved on a voice vote for which there is no record of how senators voted.

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North Country
3:53 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Meeting Planned Over Owners Complaint That Balsams Renovation Is Stalled

The Colebrook Planning Board has called a special meeting May 22 to try and resolve an issue the new owners of the Balsams Grand Resort say is delaying its renovation.

The owners,  Dan Dagesse and Dan Hebert, are asking the Planning Board to approve a subdivision that would separate a 28-acre parcel from the roughly 1,000 acres that currently includes the hotel, grounds and golf course.

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North Country
3:29 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Two Dems Declare Interest In Vacant North Country Senate Seat

Less than two weeks after Sen. John Gallus, a Republican from Berlin, said he wouldn’t seek another term representing the North Country two Democrats say they would like to take his place.

They are Jeff Woodburn and Paul Ingersoll, each of whom has previously served in the House of Representatives.

Woodburn, 47, is a free-lance reporter and owns White Mountain News.com.  Before that he had a real estate business focusing on historical buildings and was a teacher. The Whitefield native lives with his family in Dalton.

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North Country
5:04 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Lancaster: First Private Prison Site?

A North Country  town could be the site of a privately run prison, should state officials decide to outsource its prison operations.  NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

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North Country
4:25 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

The Balsams: A Grand House Cleaning By Auction

Chris Jensen for NHPR

The new owners of the Balsams Grand Resort in Dixville Notch are planning a huge renovation.

But before that can happen there is a lot of stuff they need to get rid of from a ski lift to pots and pans and that means an auction.

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North Country
12:58 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

North Country Firm Fined $192,000 Over Pollution Concern

A North Country firm has been fined $192,000 over concerns about the potential for oil polluting the Androscoggin River.

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North Country
10:05 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Fatal crash in Dummer

State police say a Connecticut man who formerly lived in Berlin died yesterday in a one-vehicle crash in Dummer.

The victim was identified as 40-year-old Steven Lambert of Manchester, Conn.

According to a news release Lambert lost control of his 2009 Ford Escape on Route 116 near the Route 110A intersection just before midnight.

The vehicle struck several trees and Lambert died at the scene of head and chest injuries.

North Country
5:39 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

North Country's Gallus To Retire From Senate

Sen. John Gallus, who has represented the North Country in the Senate for about a decade, is retiring.

“I’ve been in the legislature going on 13 years and it is time to call it quits and go fishing,” he told NHPR.

After serving in the House, Gallus, a Republican from Berlin, was elected to the Senate in November 2002 to represent  District  One.

The core of district is the North Country but it runs south to the Waterville Valley.

He said changes to the district were not a factor.

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North Country
11:52 am
Thu April 26, 2012

New AMC Guide Editor: Irene Did Most Trail Damage In Decades

Trails that were close to streams were most likely to be badly damaged.
White Mountain National Forest

Tropical Storm Irene’s heavy rains did more serious damage to trails in the White Mountains than any storm in decades, says one of the authors of the new 29th edition of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s White Mountain Guide.

“It was only a limited number of trails, but the ones that were damaged were damaged very badly,” said editor Steven Smith of Lincoln. “It was mainly restricted to the trails that run along streams.”

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North Country
10:57 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Majority of North Country Reps Favored Medical Marijuana Bill

Nine of the fifteen North Country representatives voting on Wednesday were in favor of Senate Bill 409 which would legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

Six representatives voted against the action and one was excused from voting.

Sponsors of the effort included Sen. John Gallus of Berlin as well as Representative Evalyn Merrick, a Democrat from Lancaster.

The bill already passed the Senate and now goes to Gov. Lynch.

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North Country
10:33 am
Thu April 26, 2012

North Country Man Indicted In Hunting Death

A North Country man has been indicted for negligent homicide in a hunting accident last November.

A Grafton County Grand Jury concluded that Wade S. Holmes, 49, “failed to identify with certainty” his target and fired the shot that killed Kenneth Brunelle of Marlboro, Massachusetts.

Brunelle was hunting with his father and brother off Mt. Eustis Road in Lisbon when the accident occurred about 8 a.m. He was shot in the neck and died at the scene, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Such a felony could result in three and one-half to seven years in prison.

North Country
8:17 am
Thu April 26, 2012

A North Country Tourism Program Looks For Funds

Methods for touring the North Country have ranged from bipedal to a biplane.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

Tourism is seen as one of the economic underpinnings of the North Country.

But a highly touted program designed to boost tourism is running low on funds while facing a tricky question: After spending about $1 million was it successful?

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

In 2008  - with the paper industry pretty much dead -  some in the North Country gloomily wondered about its economic prospects.

So, the non-profit Northern Community Investment Corporation decided to see whether more could be done to promote tourism.

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North Country
2:05 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

MIT Professor: Natural Gas Prices Not Likely To Make Hydro-Quebec Reconsider Northern Pass

The extremely low prices for natural gas – which can be used to generate electricity - have some  opponents  of Northern Pass wondering whether Hydro-Quebec  might reconsider the project. But a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says that’s unlikely.

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North Country
5:48 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Bakers Without Borders: A North Country Immigration Story

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Amid the immigrants who have come to New Hampshire are two French citizens – a doctor and a nurse - who saw America as a place for a radically new life focused not on patients but on making baguettes and Madeleines in the North Country.

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