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12:08 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Court Report Details Isaacson Auction

There were three bidders hoping to buy Isaacson Structural Steel with a $100,000 difference determining the winning bid, according to a report filed Thursday in federal district court in Concord.

The top bid was $2.4 million by Counsel RB Capital, Myron Bowling Auctioneers and Hilco Industrial.

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North Country
8:16 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Suit Over Bruce McKay-Liko Kenney Shootings Dismissed

A federal district judge has dismissed a suit against the Town of Franconia over a double shooting that left Franconia police officer Bruce McKay and his assailant, Liko Kenney, dead. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

Almost five years ago a double shooting left Liko Kenney of Easton and Franconia police officer Bruce McKay dead.

McKay was shot by Kenney during a traffic stop.

Then, a passerby – Gregory Floyd – picked up McKay’s gun and killed Kenney.

Kenney’s father, David, later sued the town of Franconia in federal district court.

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North Country
4:01 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Industrial Auction Firm Highest Bidder for Isaacson Steel

Chris Jensen for NHPR

At an auction today/Wednesday in Manchester an Ohio company made the highest bid for the bankrupt Isaacson Steel. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Last year Isaacson filed for bankruptcy leaving the future of about 150 North-Country workers in doubt.

Earlier this year a Whitefield firm bought a small portion of the business, an action expected to save about 20 jobs. But the larger portion was auctioned off.

William Gannon. represents Isaacson.

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North Country
5:55 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Hopes For Saving Isaacson Steel Jobs in Berlin Fading

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Hopes that someone would buy bankrupt Isaacson Steel in Berlin and continue the business are fading. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Throughout Isaacson’s bankruptcy the hope has been that someone would buy the steel-fabricating firm, operate it and save about 130 jobs.

That seems less likely now.

filing in federal district court Monday shows a Texas firm that specializes in selling off industrial equipment has a tentative deal to buy Isaacson’s assets.

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North Country
3:39 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Federal Prison in Berlin Hiring Now, But No Guests For A Year

Deborah Schult, the warden of the Federal Correctional Institute in Berlin.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

The Federal Correctional Institute in Berlin probably won’t get its first inmates for about a year but it has begun hiring, says Deborah Schult, the warden.

“Right now our major focus is staffing, staffing, staffing,” Schult said Friday night at the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner in Gorham.

The prison had been empty while awaiting funding from Congress, which came late last year.

“Last year we had 16 of us on site. Now we have hired 32,” she said.

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North Country
2:09 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Gorham Paper Mill's Switch to Natural Gas Paying Off

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Switching to natural gas at the Gorham Paper and Tissue mill cost about $5.4 million but paid for itself in about four months, says Willis Blevins, the general manager of the plant.

Last year the company made the change from heating oil.

The goal was to reduce the enormous energy cost that Blevins says was always a problem when it came to making the plant consistently profitable.

The new owner, Patriarch Partners, was willing to make the investment the previous owner was not.

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North Country
9:33 pm
Sun February 26, 2012

Two Credited With Saving Lives of Four Massachusetts Hikers

A Fish and Game official says four ill-equipped hikers from Massachusetts probably would have died Sunday on the Franconia Ridge had two Connecticut men not happened along.  NHPR’s Chris Jensen has the story.

 

Brian Croce and a companion were working their way along the Franconia Ridge in blustery, frigid conditions Sunday afternoon.

Then they saw four people - three men and a woman - huddled together behind a rock.

“The guy told us that they desperately needed help and to call 911 for them.”

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North Country
1:38 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

The White Mountain School Wins Regional Conservation Challenge

Chris Jensen for NHPR

The White Mountain School in Bethlehem beat almost three dozen other boarding schools in the Northeast in a recent competition to reduce electrical use.

The schools were competing in the national 2012 Green Cup Challenge,  in which 116 schools in 22 states competed.

Students at The White Mountain School relied on conservation tactics ranging from unplugging chargers to turning off lights, said Elizabeth Aldrich, the chair of sustainability studies at the school.

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North Country
11:04 am
Fri February 24, 2012

North Country SAUs Looking For Ways To Share And Save

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Facing tighter budgets North Country school districts are participating in a task force exploring ways they can cooperate and save money.

There are two broad goals, said Wayne Gersen, the former superintendent of the Hanover school district, who is heading up the group.

One is to give students more educational opportunities, perhaps by having SAUs share teachers in areas such as music, art or even special-education testing.

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North Country
5:35 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Can A $700,000 Bet Bring A New Industry To The North Country?

Some days Roger Caron - and Roxie - walk five or six miles around the 107-acre tract.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

It’s been a little more than four years since the Groveton paper mill closed.

But in a calculated gamble that will cost about $700,000 some people have refused to give up on it.

They’re chasing the idea of a new and far different life for the Groveton facility and the North Country.

 NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

Roger Caron started working at the Groveton paper plant in 1972.

Now he’s the last man there.

Sound of footsteps and Caron saying there aren’t many lights on….

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North Country
12:26 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

How North Country Reps Voted on Insurance-Contraception Resolution

Nine North Country legislators – all Republicans – voted Wednesday in favor of HR 29, resolution that asks the federal government to undo a rule requiring insurance companies to provide contraceptives to employees of religious organizations.

The six North Country Democrats voted against the resolution.

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North Country
3:28 pm
Sat February 18, 2012

Fatal Snow Machine Crash In North Country

Jason Montambeault's snow machine and body were found Saturday about 9 a.m.
New Hampshire Fish and Game

A snow-machine crash has claimed the life of a Sunapee man. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

A 36-year-old Sunapee man died Saturday morning in a snow machine crash near Stewartstown.

Fish and Game said the victim was Jason Montambeault who had been riding about 1:30 in the morning with two friends near Piper Hill.

The friends last saw him crossing a field near his camp.

When he didn’t arrive a few hours later they thought he had gone to visit friends.

But shortly after dawn they were worried and a search began.

North Country
10:28 am
Thu February 16, 2012

How North Country Legislators Voted On Collective Bargaining Bill

Seven North Country legislators were among those voting to pass HB 1666, a bill that gives lawmakers the final say on collective bargaining agreements with the State.

Five were opposed and four were excused from voting.  

As reported by NHPR:

The legislation is just the latest effort by Republicans in Concord to rein in the costs of public employee contracts.

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North Country
5:29 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Gallus Votes In Favor of Constitutional School Funding Amendment

The North Country’s Senator John Gallus, a Republican from Berlin, was among the 17 senators voting Wednesday in favor of a constitutional school funding amendment.

There were seven “no” votes.

As reported by NHPR’s Josh Rogers:

North Country
11:53 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Search and Rescue: Literally A Heavy Burden

Brad Morse is one of 16 members of New Hampshire Fish and Game's search-and-rescue team.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

Typically winter hikers try to balance what they need with not turning themselves into recreational beasts of burden. But when searchers from New Hampshire Fish and Game head into the mountains they don’t have the luxury of light weight.

They have to be ready for almost any contingency including uncooperative if not perverse weather.  And, that translates into pounds.

“I’d say my ruck weighs approximately fifty-five pounds,” says Conservation Officer Brad Morse, who often heads into The White Mountains looking for a lost or injured hiker.

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