North Country

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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Car-Freshner
2:49 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

The City That Trees Built Loses Its "Little Trees" Plant And More Jobs

 

After about 25 years the Car-Freshner plant in Berlin is closing.

Judy Piarulli, an official at Car-Freshner’s headquarters in Watertown, N.Y.,  declined to say how many workers are losing their jobs.

But Diana Nelson, an official with New Hampshire Employment Security office in Berlin, said 46 workers were laid off.

She said another 24 part-time workers lost their jobs in February.

The plant makes the Little Trees brand of air fresheners typically seen hanging from rear-view mirrors.

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North Country
11:51 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Ayotte, Bass, Shaheen: Vets Should Get Colebrook Med Center

Veterans in Coos County deserve a medical clinic in Colebrook, according to a letter sent to the Department of Veterans Affairs by Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen and Rep. Charlie Bass.
Photo: Lucid Nightmare Flickr

Veterans in Coos County deserve a medical clinic in Colebrook, according to a letter sent to the Department of Veterans Affairs by Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen and Rep. Charlie Bass.

“While Coos County’s population is small compared to the area covered, there are some 3,605 veterans in New Hampshire’s North Country, of which 1,821 are in the VA medical system,” the letter says. 

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North Country
2:48 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Searchers Spend Night Looking For Littleton Man

 

A Littleton man hiking without a flashlight, map or warm clothing spent the night in the mountains while officials looked for him, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Dylan Jessen, 20, planned to hike the 15 miles from the Lafayette Campground in Franconia to Route 112 in Woodstock but didn’t begin until about 1 p.m.

His mother lost cell-phone contact with him about 7 p.m.  when he still had about five miles to go and only 30 minutes of daylight left.

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North Country
5:52 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Two Dead In Shooting In Dalton

Chris Jensen for NHPR

 

State and local police are on the scene of a shooting in Dalton which two people died but officials say there is no danger to the public.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Audio of fire being dispatched….

Police and rescue units rushed to a house on Whitefield Road in Dalton just after 1 p.m.

They found two men dead and a third man seriously wounded.

The wounded man was airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock.

The identities of the men were not released.

For NHPR News this is Chris Jensen

North Country
11:04 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Balsams Renovation Plan Moves Ahead

 

The new owners of the closed Balsams resort in Dixville Notch are moving ahead with plans to renovate the North Country resort.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Improvements at the Balsams resort will include a new conference center, spa, pool house and suites near the Hampshire House.

That’s according to the web site of Summit Engineering of Portsmouth which says the firm has been chosen to handle the structural engineering.

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North Country
3:47 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Intervale Firm Accused of Water Pollution In The North Country

An Intervale firm is in trouble with the Environmental Protection Agency over allegations of water pollution in the North Country.

 NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

CSG Holdings – also known as Columbia Sand & Gravel - is accused of allowing polluted water to get into the Connecticut River.

“The nature of the discharge from the site contained large amounts of suspended solids basically.  Sand.  Silt.”

That’s David Deegan, an EPA spokesman.

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North Country
11:28 am
Sun April 8, 2012

Health Consortium Plans Summit to Tackle Coos Problems

 

The North Country Health Consortium in Littleton has scheduled a June summit to tackle some of the health problems in Coos County noted in a recent study.

The University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute study released last week evaluated the health of individual counties nationwide.

The study has been done for the last three years. Each time Coos was ranked last in the state.

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North Country
2:00 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

How North Country Reps Voted On Bill that Would Reduce Legal Services for the Poor

 

A bill critics say would reduce funding for legal services for the poor was sponsored by Gregory Sorg, a Republican from Easton, and heavily favored by North Country representatives.

The bill - HB 1395 - passed the House 235 – 99.  It now goes to the Senate.

Eight North Country representatives – all Republicans – voted in favor.

Four North Country representatives – all Democrats – voted against it.

Four legislators were excused from voting.

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North Country
12:35 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

New PUC Commissioner Rules: His Pension Not A Conflict of Interest

Newly appointed Public Utilities Commissioner Michael Harrington says having a pension from Northeast Utilities is not a good enough reason to disqualify him from hearing a case involving the utility – and so he won’t.

Harrington made the statement in an order he signed Tuesday dismissing a motion arguing that he has an unacceptable conflict of interest.

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North Country
5:07 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Northern Pass May Face Right of Way Legal Battle

Kris Pastoriza of Easton
Photo: Chris Jensen

Much of the battle over the Northern Pass hydro-electric project has focused on cutting a new route through the forests of the North Country.

Northern Pass intends to use 140 miles of existing right of way for much of the remainder of the project.

That may not be as easy as it sounds.

NHPR's Chris Jensen reports.

 

It takes maybe five minutes – including crossing a large brook on a narrow board – for Kris Pastoriza to reach the right-of-way that cuts through her wooded land in Easton.

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North Country
1:00 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Health Study Ranks Coos Last in New Hampshire

Coos County ranked least healthy county in New Hampshire.
MrdOOdman Flickr

A new nationwide study released today/Tuesday ranks Coos County as the least healthy county in the state. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

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North Country
5:47 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Boston Man Missing After Falling Into Crevasse On Mount Washington

A Massachusetts man fell into a deep crevasse in the Tuckerman Ravine Sunday afternoon and is thought to have died, according to a news release late Monday from the White Mountain National Forest.

The man was identified as Norman Priebatsch of Boston.  He was said to be in his late 60’s.

He was hiking with friends when he tripped and slid down a slope before falling into a crevasse between areas known as the Lunch Rocks and The Lip.

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North Country
3:54 pm
Sat March 31, 2012

2012 North Country Middle School Film Festival: Lights, Camera, Environmental Message

Working on film at the Lisbon Regional High School.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

 

On a late winter’s day three film crews are busy at Lisbon Regional School.

Inside one crew is editing film on a computer, quickly and cleverly trimming and rearranging sequences.

Another is working on a soundtrack, drawing fingers across a guitar’s strings.

And outside the third crew is filming, working out camera angles and a script.

“Okay, I’m going to explain your parts to you,” says Sydney Lambert, a seventh grader. “You are basically a person who doesn’t really care that you are littering.”

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North Country
5:38 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

How North Country Reps Voted On Abortion Ban After 20 Weeks

 

Seven North Country legislators were among the majority passing a bill on Thursday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks.

Three North Country representatives voted against the bill while six were excused from voting.

The bill, HB 1660, passed 190 – 109. It now goes to the Senate.

Here are the legislators who voted in favor of the bill:

* Lyle Bulis (Republican) of Littleton

* Larry Rappaport (Republican) of Colebrook.

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