North Country

Northern Pass Exec Hosts Romney Fundraiser

Nov 1, 2011

The Boston Globe is reporting that an official working for the controversial Northern Pass project is hosting a fundraiser for presidential candidate Mitt Romney. According to an invitation provided by the liberal Center for American Progress, Greg Butler, the senior vice president and general counsel for The Northern Pass, is one of the co-chairs of a $500-a-head fundraiser for Romney at the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan this Wednesday evening, the newspaper reported. It also reported that Butler...

Stratford Woman Seriously Injured In Crash

Oct 31, 2011

A 49-year-old Stratford woman was seriously injured Tuesday morning in a crash on Route 3, according to a news release from Troop F. The release said Donna Malone, 49, was driving south through North Stratford when her car crossed the center line and struck the trailer of a tractor-trailer headed north. Malone suffered critical injuries and was taken by helicopter Dartmouth Medical Center in Lebanon. The driver of the truck was not injured. Trooper First Class Paul Rella of Troop F is...

Trooper Crashes Chasing Speeder

Oct 30, 2011

A state trooper chasing a speeder early Saturday morning in the North Country lost control of his cruiser and crashed, allowing the speeder to escape, according to a news release from Troop F. The release said the chase began about 12:55 am in Franconia when the trooper attempted to stop a gray or silver BMW coupe for a traffic violation. The vehicle fled on Route 116, a particularly twisty and challenging road, towards Easton. The trooper went off the road on a curve near the Franconia Inn...

The Northern Pass electric project is searching for a new, less controversial path through the North Country. But a small group of landowners is determined to block the utilitys plan even though it means giving up hundreds of thousands of dollars. NHPRs Chris Jensen reports. Sound of piano music. At 65 years of age Lynne Placey gives piano lessons. She lives with a cat and a gray-muzzled dog in a small house in Stewartstown. And she hopes shes blocking the path of a corporate giant. I just...

DOE Plan For Northern Pass Study Criticized

Oct 27, 2011
Chris Jensen / NHPR

The Conservation Law Foundation says the U.S. Department of Energy isnt providing enough public scrutiny of its environmental impact study on the Northern Pass. NHPRs Chris Jensen reports. The environmental impact statement is an important part of the Department of Energys decision whether to approve the 180 mile long hydroelectric transmission project. Thats why the Conservation Law Foundation is so worried about how the study will be carried out. In a new filing with the DOE, foundation...

Bats Get A Break With 1,000 Acre Easement

Oct 26, 2011
Rebecca Brown / Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust

Almost 1,100 acres of land in the North Country will be protected against development under a new conservation easement that will benefit loggers, people who enjoy the woods and perhaps most important of all a devastated bat population. NHPRs Chris Jensen reports. The easement will permanently protect more than 1,000 acres of land on Gardner Mountain in Lyman. Its an important habitat for wildlife, but especially so for bats. Emily Brunkhurst, a wildlife biologist with Fish and Game says...

Trio Rescued From Cliff In Franconia Notch

Oct 24, 2011

Three college students were rescued early Tuesday morning after being stranded on a cliff in the Franconia Notch. Three rock climbers were rescued early Tuesday morning from the Cannon Cliffs in the Franconia Notch, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game. The three men were identified as Jonathan Merritt, age 18, of Lander, Wyoming; Jason Reitman, age 18, of Potomac, Maryland; and Alexander MacMillan, age 19, of Boston, Massachusetts. The men began climbing the Moby...

Massachusetts is expected to announce new rules that will raise the bar on the definition of green energy. NHPRs Sam Evans-Brown reports that shift could cost NH electric producers millions of dollars. Massachusetts is on track to pass new regulations aimed at cutting the amount of greenhouse gasses going into the atmosphere. The focus is on power from biomass basically, burning wood to make electricity. Dwayne Breger of the Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources, says there are two good...

Maine Aircraft Manufacturer Considering Berlin

Oct 13, 2011
Kestrel Aircraft Company

Last week Berlin got the news that a new company which officials declined to name - could be bringing at least 150 manufacturing jobs to the city. NHPRs Chris Jensen has talked to the chief executive officer of that company. The North Country could be getting into the high-tech end of the aircraft industry. Kestrel Aircraft Company of Brunswick Maine is seriously considering setting up a plant in Berlin. Well, Berlin is one of the locations we have been looking at and there are a number of...

AG Asks For Help

Aug 19, 2011
Dan Gorenstein / NHPR

The 11 year old girls body was pulled from the Connecticut River near her home six days after she went missing. The AGs Office has established a reward fund at the Northway Bank in Gorham. Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young says even the smallest observation could provide the necessary clue to solve this tragedy. We are building a puzzle here. So we need the pieces to be put together to get the big picture, to make the determination, what happened to her. The FBI is offering a...

New (And Weird) Mount Washington Auto Road Ascents

May 29, 2011

Several new records were set Saturday for first ascents of the Mount Washington Auto Road involving roller skis, a unicycle and driving backwards. I felt quite comfortable to four-mile but from there up it was getting hard, said Sue Wemyss, 51, of Randolph. She arrived first, skiing up the 7.6 miles in two hours and 15 seconds. While the weather was mostly clear the last few miles were in windy, foggy conditions. I really didnt know where I was the last mile or so, she said. When I came to...

Man Killed In Crash Near Colebrook

May 29, 2011

A 70-year man from Clarksville was killed Saturday morning in a crash on Route 3 near Colebrook, according to state police. The victim was Robert L. Eidell, who was southbound in a 2007 Chevrolet HHR when it collided with a 2003 Hyundai Sante Fe sport utility driven by Robert J. Queen, 74, of Woburn, Massachusetts. Police said their investigation indicates the accident occurred when Queen drifted into the southbound lane a little after 9 a.m. just south of the state-run rest area. Police said...

A Day in the Life of a North Country Parole Officer

May 23, 2011

When it comes to living a series of gritty soap operas, it would be hard to beat John Lovens life. Hes a probation and parole officer for Northern Carroll County. The world he sees things could not be further from the hotels, ski resorts and lives led by most people. In the first of an occasional series looking at a day-in-the-life of some of the people who work in North Country, NHPRs Chris Jensen followed John Loven as he made his rounds. Good morning. Good morning. Boy, am I glad you put...

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