The Forest Society says it has raised the $850,000 needed for a conservation easement at the Balsams Grand Resort Hotel in Dixville Notch. It blocks a right-of-way for the proposed Northern Pass hydro-electric project. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.
The Forest Society’s deadline for raising $850,000 for a 5,800-acre conservation easement at the Balsams resort was January 15th.
It raised the money with a record 1,500 contributions.
And, The Forest Society says Northern Pass’ hope to use the land for its electric towers deserves some of the credit.
John D. Judge, who will take over as head of the Appalachian Mountain Club next month, says its priorities will include continued opposition to the Northern Pass project and trying to get more children away from computer games and into the outdoors.
The proposed hydro-electric project would clearly have a detrimental impact on recreation and conservation, said Judge.
Concerns about a government that can’t work together to solve problems and possible cuts to valuable federal programs were top concerns of about a dozen North Country businessmen who met Thursday with Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R).
“Our whole society and our economy needs greater confidence,” said Peter Powell, a realtor from Lancaster who attended the meeting held by the North Country Council in Bethlehem.
A newspaper in Duluth, Minn. is reporting that Wisconsin officials have offered Kestrel Aircraft land for an assembly plant, a move that could greatly reduce the chances Kestrel would make parts in Berlin.
But in a telephone interview Thursday afternoon Kate Doughtery, a spokeswoman for Kestrel, told NHPR that no decision has been made on the plant's location.
Last year it looked like Kestrel, a new start-up company, would build the aircraft in Maine.
Rep. Larry Rappaport (R - Colebrook) led a news conference Tuesday by a handful of legislators in Concord to explain their argument before the Ballot Law Commission that President Obama is not a U.S. Citizen and should not be on the ballot next November.
Here’s part of it as detailed in a legislative wrap-up story by NHPR’s Dan Gorenstein:
A lot of people hear about "the North Country" but for those want to know more a splendid way to begin 2012 would be with a book called “Beyond the Notches – Stories of Place in New Hampshire’s North Country.”
Fifty essays in 400 pages explore the history, the challenges and the joys of life in the North Country.
One of the editors, Kay Morgan, said the North Country was a logical and compelling subject.