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9:43 am
Sun March 25, 2012

Sen. Gallus Supports Lynch Veto Of Payday Loans

 

Sen. John Gallus,  a Republican from Berlin who represents the North Country, was among those voting last week not to override Gov. Lynch’s veto of so-called payday loans.

As NHPR reported “The measure would have lifted the current 36% interest rate cap on small loans. In place of that cap, Senator Matt Houde told colleagues companies could charge borrowers up to 403% interest.

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North Country
4:35 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Conservation Law Foundation Also Asks New PUC Commissioner Be Disqualified

 

The Conservation Law Foundation has joined in a request that newly appointed Public Utilities Commissioner Michael Harrington be disqualified from hearing a case involving the Merrimack  Station powerplant because it feels there is a conflict of interest involving Public Service of New Hampshire.

The issue is that Harrington has a pension from Northeast Utilities, the parent company of PSNH, which routinely goes before the three-member commission.

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North Country
9:58 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Majority of North Country Legislators Opposed Special Treatment For New, Specialty Hospitals

 

Nine of sixteen of North Country legislators voted against a bill that would allow for-profit specialty hospitals to avoid going through the certificate of need regulatory process.

As reported by NHPR “the bill also exempts these hospitals, most of which do not take Medicaid patients, from paying the state's Medicaid Enhancement Tax.

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North Country
7:51 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Most North Country Legislators Vote To Retain Gay Marriage

 

Ten North Country representatives were among those who voted Wednesday to kill a bill that would have repealed gay marriage. 

Only four North Country representatives voted to keep the repeal alive.

Two others were excused from voting.

As NHPR reported the Republican-controlled House decided to keep the state's gay marriage law in place on a 211 – 116 vote.

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North Country
2:27 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Senate Passes Bill To Explore Leasing Cannon Mountain

The Associated Press is reporting:

 

The New Hampshire Senate has approved exploring leasing ski operations to a private vendor at the

state-owned Cannon Mountain.

  The Senate voted by voice Wednesday to pass a bill requiring the Department of Resources and Economic Development to develop a master plan for Cannon Mountain and Franconia State Park.

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North Country
3:31 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

For Coos: A Surprising Mix of Births, Deaths and Newcomers

Recreational opportunities are drawing people to the North Country.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

 

There’s a public perception that Coos County’s economic challenges mean a significant population loss over the last decade. But a new study shows that’s not quite right. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Here’s a surprise for Coos County, courtesy of The Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire.

It has just finished  a demographic study of the Northern Forest.

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North Country
1:09 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Sen. Gallus: Longtime Fan of Leasing Cannon Mountain Says He Opposes Senate Bill

 

For years the North Country’s Senator - John Gallus (R-Berlin) - has favored turning the Cannon Mountain ski area over to a private firm.  But Gallus says on Wednesday he’ll vote against a bill that would explore the idea.

Gallus says an amendment to Senate Bill 217 by its sponsor – Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) – badly weakened it.

“I’m certainly not going to support it tomorrow,” Gallus  said.

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North Country
10:32 am
Mon March 19, 2012

North Country Legislators Ponder Votes On Gay-Marriage Revocation

 

The House is expected to consider repealing same-sex marriage as early as Wednesday and half of 16 North Country representatives have said say they will vote against changing the law.

In October the House Judiciary Committee voted to undo the state’s gay marriage law and replace it with civil union .

The lead sponsor of the bill is Republican David Bates of Windham.

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North Country
3:56 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

White Mountain National Forest Gets $4 Million - But Still Falls Short For Irene Repairs

 

The White Mountain National Forest will be getting $4 million in federal funds to repair road and bridge damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene.  But that will still leave the enormous recreational area well short of what it needs, an official said.

It is still a bit of good news for the economy of the North Country.

Some of the work will be done by WMNF crews but help from outside contractors will be needed, said Tiffany Benna, a spokeswoman for the WMNF.

The money is available from the Federal Highway Administration, said spokesman Doug Hecox.

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North Country
11:02 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Most North Country Legislators Favored Refugee Resettlement Bill

 

North Country representatives overwhelmingly voted in favor of House Bill 1405 which would allow jurisdictions such as Manchester to ask for a moratorium on refugee resettlement.

As NHPR reported: “Under the bill New Hampshire towns could ask for a one-year moratorium on new refugee resettlements, which opponents say the state doesn’t have the authority to do.”

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North Country
11:46 am
Thu March 15, 2012

How North Country Reps Voted On Abortion Bill Requiring 24-Hour Wait, Fetal Info

Eight North Country representatives voted Wednesday against House Bill 1659, a bill that the Associated Press reported would make pregnant women wait 24 hours and certify they had been given information on fetal development before getting an abortion.

Five North Country representatives voted for the bill and three were excused from voting.

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North Country
9:57 am
Thu March 15, 2012

How North Country Reps Voted on Right-To-Work Bill

As NHPR reported the House on Wednesday passed a so-called right-to-work bill. Barring unions from requiring non-members to pay for representation has been a priority for House Republican leaders.

The bill passed 198 to 139.

It now goes to the Senate.

Four North Country reps voted in favor and eight against.

Here are the North Country reps who voted in favor:

* Duffy Daugherty (Republican) of Colebrook.

* Edmond Gionet (Republican) of Lincoln.

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North Country
8:51 am
Thu March 15, 2012

How North Country Reps Voted on Bill Seen As Against Gay Marriage Or For Religious Freedom

Three representatives from the North Country voted not to kill House Bill 1264 which would have allowed “an individual to choose not to provide accommodations, goods, or services for a marriage if doing so would violate his or her conscience or religious faith.”

It was proposed by Rep. Jerry Bergevin, a Republican from Hillsborough.

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North Country
10:29 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Two Of Three North Country Towns Okay Ordinances To Fight Corporate Power - and Northern Pass

A sign in Lancaster urged passage of the rights-based ordinance but it was rejected 233 to 65.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

Two of three North Country towns yesterday approved an ordinance designed to fight the Northern Pass project by trying to strip corporations of their power.

Lancaster, Sugar Hill and Easton all had the same idea: An ordinance that would assert a town’s rights over those of corporations.

The idea is to prevent large corporations – such as those behind the Northern Pass project – from using the legal muscle given them by U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

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North Country
9:44 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Trial Set For Man Accused In Colebrook Explosion That Killed Two

Jesse Kennett, left, and Donald Kendall died in the explosion at the Black Mag facility in Colebrook
Courtesy of the Kennett and Kendall families.

A trial date has been set for Craig Sanborn, the man accused of negligent homicide and manslaughter in the deaths of two North Country men who worked at his Black Mag factory in Colebrook when it exploded almost two years ago.

Jury selection is set to begin on January 11, 2013 in Superior Court in Lancaster for the trial of Sanborn, 62, of Maidstone, Vermont.

Earlier this year Sanborn – whose company operated the facility - was indicted in the deaths of Jesse Kennett and Donald Kendall.

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