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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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North Country
12:39 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

About 25 Percent of Those Killed in 2011 Crashes Were Thrown From Their Vehicles

New Hampshire remains the only state that doesn’t require adults to wear seat belts and many of the people killed in the state last year in crashes were thrown from their vehicles.  

By the end of 2011 eighty-eight people had been killed in traffic accidents in the state.

About a quarter of them were either thrown completely from their vehicles or partially ejected, according to state figures.

That means they were probably not wearing seat belts.

“When people are ejected from the vehicles they are two to four times more likely to die in a crash.”

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North Country
11:56 am
Tue January 3, 2012

Exploring the Heart, Past and Future of the North Country

Cover by Amy Delventhal

A lot of people hear about "the North Country" but for those want to know more a splendid way to begin 2012 would be with a book called “Beyond the Notches – Stories of Place in New Hampshire’s North Country.”

Fifty essays in 400 pages explore the history, the challenges and the joys of life in the North Country.

One of the editors, Kay Morgan, said the North Country was a logical and compelling subject.

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North Country
10:42 am
Mon January 2, 2012

North Country Rep Endorses Romney

State representative Herb Richardson (R-Lancaster) has endorsed Mitt Romney for president, according to a Monday news release from the Romney campaign.

 

North Country
8:42 am
Fri December 30, 2011

Aircraft Firm Considering Berlin Still Looking Around

Kestrel is working on an eight-passenger, lightweight, single engine aircraft.
Kestrel Aircraft

Kestrel Aircraft, which has been considering locating a parts plant in Berlin, has also been negotiating with the city of Superior, Wisconsin, according to a story in the Duluth News Tribune.

“The city of Superior is in the running for an airplane manufacturing facility that could create 300 permanent jobs initially and up to 600 jobs by 2016,” the newspaper said. The story did not say whether the jobs would involve assembling the aircraft, making the parts or both.

North Country
7:26 pm
Thu December 29, 2011

Searchers On Mt. Washington Find 67-Year-Old Man Didn't Need Help

A search Thursday for a missing man on Mount Washington Thursday turned out not to have been necessary.

According to a news release from Fish and Game the family of a 67-year-old Ohio man became worried after he failed to contact them for two days.

About 1:30 p.m. searchers began looking for David Deubner, who was on a solo, multi-day hike.

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North Country
11:07 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Ski Resorts Need More White Stuff To Assure Green Stuff

StateImpact recently took a look at how ski resorts – including many in the North Country – are doing this season and the news isn’t great.

http://stateimpact.npr.org/new-hampshire/2011/12/28/revenues-for-new-hampshires-ski-industry-on-a-downward-slope/

StateImpact is a collaboration between NHPR and NPR.

For other stories: http://stateimpact.npr.org/new-hampshire/

North Country
4:21 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

Federal Funds To Help North Country Schools Expand Horizons

A new federal grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide about $500,000 for North Country schools.

It is the largest grant of its kind in more than a decade and educators hope it will greatly expand the horizons of students and teachers.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Only about 500 people live in Stark, which is in Coos County, just east of Groveton.

So you can imagine the school is quite tiny.

Sound of children chattering….

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