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11:15 am
Mon February 6, 2012

A Different View of Pakistan Comes to New Hampshire

Ayesha Khan says her documentary – Made in Pakistan – being shown late this week in Plymouth, Bethlehem and Concord tries to show Americans a different perspective on Pakistan than the one they typically get from watching the news.

That perspective comes from a look at the lives of four professionals, two men and two women.

They are described as an aspiring politician; a young mother, teacher and magazine editor; an event manager working in the fashion industry; and a lawyer and devout Muslim.

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North Country
12:06 pm
Sun February 5, 2012

Rescued Man Was Mostly Worried About Rescuers

Evan Embrey during a winter trip two years ago in the Adirondacks.
Courtesy of Evan Embrey

While he was hunkered down in his sleeping bag waiting to be rescued from just below the Franconia Ridge a man from Maine says he was no longer worried about himself, but about the Fish and Game officers headed his way in the dark, poor visibility and high winds.

“You feel kind of horrible putting other people in that situation,” said Evan Embrey, 24, of Buxton, Maine.

Embrey told NHPR he was hiking on the ridge between Mt. Lafayette and Little Haystack Mountain when winds picked up,

“It was pushing me over, so it had to be gusts of 50 or 60 mile per hour,” he said.

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North Country
5:18 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

How North Country Reps Voted On Quitting The UN

Here is how the North Country representatives voted on Wednesday when the House passed a resolution – HCR32 - calling for the United States to withdraw from the United Nations “so that the United States may retain its sovereignty and control over its own funds and military forces.”

It passed 188 – 129.

Here are the North Country representatives voting in favor:

* Lyle Bulis (Republican) of Littleton

* Edmond Gionet (Republican) of Lincoln.

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North Country
4:34 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

How North Country Reps Voted On Supporting Arizona Immigration Law

Here’s how North Country representatives voted on a resolution passed by the House Wednesday to express support for Arizona’s controversial immigration law.

The resolution is HCR2.

Part of the Arizona law requires the police to determine the immigration status of a person they have detained and whether the suspect is in the country illegally. The U.S. Supreme Court has said in December it would consider the law, NPR has reported.

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North Country
1:20 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

How North Country Reps Voted On Bill To End Emergency Powers Act

On Wednesday the House approved HB 574, which repeals the Emergency Powers Act

The Emergency Powers Act says during a declared emergency – with the permission of the governor and the executive council - the government can take property ranging from vehicles to “provisions for man or beast… in excess of the reasonable and immediate needs of the owner and the owner's household.”

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North Country
11:12 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Report: Chicago Firm Interested In Isaacson Steel

Chris Jensen for NHPR

A Chicago-based company – The Heico Companies - is interested in buying Isaacson Steel in Berlin, which is undergoing bankruptcy, the New Hampshire Business Review is reporting today.

The Business Review quoted “several parties involved with the bankruptcy,” as the source.

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North Country
1:04 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Berlin Makes Detailed Downtown Revitalization Plan Available

Berlin's Main Street is the target of a new economic development plan.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

The full report on a plan to revitalize Berlin’s downtown is now available here on the city’s website.

It details how to make the area the social and economic focus of the city.

 

 

 

North Country
12:15 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Lynch On Northern Pass

Chris Jensen for NHPR

The controversial Northern Pass hydro-electric project “cannot happen without local support” and “should not happen with eminent domain,” Gov. Lynch’s said today in his State of the State address.

Here is the paragraph from his speech:

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North Country
10:56 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Talent Team: Helping Those Eager For Job At The Federal Prison

Josh St. Onge says the North Country Talent Team has been a terrific help in applying for a job at the Federal Correctional Institute in Berlin.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

Josh St. Onge spent about three hours working on a resume to apply for one of the new jobs at the Federal Correctional Institute in Berlin. Good thing he didn’t just turn it in.

“It was nothing close to what needed to be done,” said St. Onge after getting help from the Northern New Hampshire Talent Team.

The Talent Team is a coalition of North Country groups working to help people interested in jobs at the federal prison with the rigorous and complex job application.

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North Country
4:50 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Balsams' New Owners Look For A Fiscal Boost From The Feds

The new owners of the Balsams resort in Dixville Notch are pulling together the money they need for a massive renovation. And, they hope federal programs will give them a big boost. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Late last year North-Country businessmen Dan Herbert and Dan Dagesse bought the Balsams Grand Resort in Dixville Notch for about $2.3 million.

Now they are looking for the money they need for an extensive renovation.

It is badly needed to make the resort competitive, get it open again and put hundreds of people back to work.

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North Country
3:33 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

StateImpact NH: A Closer Look at Who Does and Doesn't Like Northern Pass and Eminent Domain

StateImpact’s Amanda Loder has an interesting analysis – with some help from the Concord Monitor – at how opposition to eminent domain breaks out demographically and by political persuasion.

Here’s her report.

StateImpact NH is a cooperative project between NHPR and NPR.

 

North Country
3:07 pm
Sat January 28, 2012

How North Country Reps Voted on Bill Governor Said Would Allow 400 Percent Interest Per Year

Flickr - Images of Money

North Country representatives were evenly split on a bill  Gov. Lynch said would allow lenders to charge an annual percentage rate of 400 percent interest. 

Senator John Gallus (Republican) of Berlin voted against the bill.

Four reps were excused from voting.

On Friday Gov. Lynch vetoed that bill, Senate Bill 160.

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North Country
3:51 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

Fatal Fire in Woodsville

Fire officials say one person died yesterday in a house fire on Swiftwater Road in Woodsville.

The fire was reported about 3 p.m. and while fighting the fire a body was found on the second floor of the home, according to a news release from the state fire marshal’s office.

The positive identification of the victim and autopsy results are pending.

Fire officials said they didn’t find any working smoke alarm on either the first or second floor of the home.

North Country
3:34 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

How North Country Reps Voted On Gun Bills

As reported by NHPR the Senate recently delayed action on three gun bills.

The bills had already passed the House.

Here’s how sixteen representatives from the North Country voted before the bills went to the Senate.

House Bill 536which would allow carrying a concealed gun without getting a special permit.

It passed 193 – 122.

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North Country
11:45 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Free Tax Help Meant Millions In Refunds To North Country Residents

In six years a North Country group has helped low and moderate income families get more than two million dollars in tax refunds. Now the free service is underway again. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Once again the Family Resource Center of Gorham is offering free tax preparation for families and individuals earning no more than $58,000.

Last year a record 422 returns were prepared by trained volunteers.

That gave some for North Country residents a fiscal boost.

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