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6:42 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Statewide Poll Finds Strong Opposition to Eminent Domain for Northern Pass

The Concord Monitor is reporting that a statewide poll shows almost 70 percent of those responding are against the Northern Pass hydro-electric project being able to use eminent domain to get land they need.

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North Country
4:29 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

As Purchase Falls Through, Groveton Paper Plant Eyed for Demolition

Chris Jensen for NHPR

A deal to bring the closed Groveton paper mill in the North Country back to life has fallen through raising the possibility it will be demolished. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

For the North Country there’s been a dream that the old Groveton paper mill would reopen housing some green industry that would provide local jobs.

Last year a businessman from Bath signed a contract to buy it for $2 million, saying he wanted to do just that.

But the deal fell through.

Now the plant is being eyed for another use.

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North Country
10:51 am
Mon January 16, 2012

Berlin Loses Aircraft Parts Jobs To Wisconsin

The six-to-eight passenger aircraft will be assembled in Wisconsin.
Kestrel Aircraft

The hope for hundreds of new jobs in Berlin making aircraft parts has apparently evaporated. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Last year a new start-up company called Kestrel Aircraft said it was considering building parts in Berlin.

CEO Alan Klapmeier said the plant might be located next to the new biomass plant.

It would use heat from that facility to produce high-tech, composite bodies for the new plane.

That would mean at least 150 to 200 jobs, Klapmeier said.

The six-to-eight passenger plane would be assembled nearby in Maine.

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North Country
10:34 am
Sun January 15, 2012

Forest Society Makes Goal for Balsams, Blocks Northern Pass

The Forest Society says it has raised the $850,000 needed for a conservation easement at the Balsams Grand Resort Hotel in Dixville Notch. It blocks a right-of-way for the proposed Northern Pass hydro-electric project. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

The Forest Society’s deadline for raising $850,000 for a 5,800-acre conservation easement at the Balsams resort was January 15th.

It raised the money with a record 1,500 contributions.

And, The Forest Society says Northern Pass’ hope to use the land for its electric towers deserves some of the credit.

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North Country
3:15 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

New AMC Head Vows Continued Opposition to Northern Pass

John Macomber

John D. Judge, who will take over as head of the Appalachian Mountain Club next month, says its priorities will include continued opposition to the Northern Pass project and trying to get more children away from computer games and into the outdoors.

The proposed hydro-electric project would clearly have a detrimental impact on recreation and conservation, said Judge.

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North Country
1:34 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

North Country Business Leaders Tell Ayotte Congress Needs Fixing

Chris jensen for NHPR

Concerns about a government that can’t work together to solve problems and possible cuts to valuable federal programs were top concerns of about a dozen North Country businessmen who met Thursday with Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R).

“Our whole society and our economy needs greater confidence,” said Peter Powell, a realtor from Lancaster who attended the meeting held by the North Country Council in Bethlehem.

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North Country
3:55 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Wisconsin Tries to Lure Aircraft Company Away From Maine - and Berlin

A newspaper in Duluth, Minn. is reporting that Wisconsin officials have offered Kestrel Aircraft land for an assembly plant, a move that could greatly reduce the chances Kestrel would make parts in Berlin.

But in a telephone interview Thursday afternoon Kate Doughtery, a spokeswoman for Kestrel, told NHPR that no decision has been made on the plant's location.

Last year it looked like Kestrel, a new start-up company, would build the aircraft in Maine.

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North Country
10:04 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Patriarch Partners' Plant in Maine Is A Polluter, Report Says

The Center for Public Integrity has a new report on pollution problems in New England including the Old Town Fuel & Fiber, which is owned by the same company as Gorham Paper and Tissue.

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North Country
9:57 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Officials Solve Mystery About the Human Skull and the Littleton Horse Cemetery - More or Less.

Chris Jensen for NHPR

State officials say they are ending an investigation into a piece of a human skull found in the Eli Wallace Horse Cemetery in Littleton last summer because it doesn’t appear there has been any crime.

In a news release today state officials said Bonnie Stinchfield of Littleton admitted she buried the bone last summer.

“She said that her husband had been in possession of the piece of bone since at least 1988.  He had received the bone from another man who was moving and didn’t want it anymore,” the release said.

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North Country
11:14 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Criminal Charges in Colebrook Explosion That Killed Two

Jesse Kennett, left, and Donald Kendall died in the explosion at the Black Mag plant in Colebrook.

The owner of a Colebrook plant that exploded in 2010 faces criminal charges. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Coos County Attorney Robert Mekeel says a grand jury has indicted  Craig Sanborn the owner of the Black Mag plant in Colebrook.

He faces manslaughter and negligent homicide charges for an explosion that killed Jesse Kennett and Donald Kendall.

A third man was badly injured.

The indictments came down late Friday.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials have said they were not aware of the plant before the explosion.

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North Country
3:56 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Anonymous Donor Provides $150,000 For Project That Would Help Block Northern Pass

A donor who asked to remain anonymous has contributed $150,000 to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forest to help it buy a conservation easement at the Balsams resort in Dixville Notch.

The forest society has a deal with the Tillotson Corp. to buy the easement for $850,000. With a deadline of January 15th it has raised $609,000, according to a news release.

The easement covers about 5,800 acres as well as a right-of-way that the Northern Pass project sought to use for its transmission lines.

North Country
4:05 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

During Visit To North Country Gingrich Challenges Romney's Republican Credentials

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Newt Gingrich took jabs at Republican opponent Mitt Romney today/Thursday while making a campaign stop in the North Country. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

About 100 people showed up for the town hall meeting with Gingrich at the Littleton Opera House.

He talked about the economy, the budget. And what he believes president Obama has done wrong, which Gingrich says is a lot.

And he took a big poke at Mitt Romney, typically seen as the Republican front runner.

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North Country
2:39 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Gingrich Vows To Bury Northern Pass

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Newt Gingrich was in Littleton Thursday and he put aside national and international issues for one focused on one of the biggest issues in the North Country: The Northern Pass. 

Like a good politician Newt Gingrich couldn’t have come up with a more popular position at a town meeting at the Littleton Opera House.

It had to do with Northern Pass, the proposed hydro-electric project despised by many in the North Country.

In particular it had to do with the federal government’s consideration of a Presidential Permit.

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North Country
4:20 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

North Country Weeklies Endorse Ron Paul

Three weekly newspapers from the North Country have endorsed Ron Paul for president.

The newspapers are the Littleton Courier, the Coos County Democrat and the Berlin Reporter

The endorsement was made in the January 4th edition.

“We believe the two strongest candidates are Mitt Romney and Ron Paul,” the editorial said.

But then it noted “We feel there is something about Romney that is missing.”

Its praise for Paul included:

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North Country
1:56 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

Colebrook's Rappaport Again Tackles Obama's Right To Be President

Rep. Larry Rappaport (R - Colebrook) led a news conference Tuesday by a handful of legislators in Concord to explain their argument before the Ballot Law Commission that President Obama is not a U.S. Citizen and should not be on the ballot next November. 

Here’s part of it as detailed in a legislative wrap-up story by NHPR’s Dan Gorenstein:

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