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5:00 am
Tue June 3, 2014

ATV Use On Roads Boosts Economy, But Safety Group Says It Is A Risky Business

Route 2 in Gorham. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

 

 

The key to the new “Ride The Wilds” ATV trails network in the North Country is allowing riders to use some roads to get into towns and reach food, fuel and lodging, thus boosting the region’s economy.  But that’s part of a nationwide trend that has some safety researchers worried.

 

“At this point in the United States more ATV deaths are happening on roads than are happening off-road,” says Rachel Weintraub, a researcher with the Consumer Federation of America. 

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North Country
4:17 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Profile High School: Racing Bikes In A League Not Their Own

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

Bike road racing is an expensive sport typically associated with prep schools. But, on a May afternoon, a North Country school is challenging that tradition as bike racers from around the state wheel away from Profile School in Bethlehem.

Soon they are huffing and puffing with youthful grit up Route 117 into Sugar Hill.

It is a long climb.

And it is only going to get worse.

At Blake Road they take a sharp right. Then, as the corner unfolds they see another hill so steep it looks like somebody painted a road on a wall.

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12:07 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

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6:02 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Rainy Start To Holiday Weekend In Mount Washington Valley

Valley Train Conductor Alex Schwarzmeiller
Sean Hurley

While the summer tourist trade won't peak until sometime after school lets out, Memorial Day weekend gives local businesses and attractions a mild forecast of things to come.  NHPR's Sean Hurley visited some destination spots in the Mountain Washington Valley and sends us this report.

Standing beside the North Conway Scenic Railroad's Valley Train, Conductor Alex Schwarzmeiller gets ready to bellow in an old fashioned way at the top of his lungs.  

All aboard!!!

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North Country
2:50 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Half The Wood For Berlin Biomass Coming From New Hampshire

About 51 percent of the wood purchased for the new Burgess BioPower biomass plant in Berlin during its first two months of operation came from New Hampshire, according to a new “sustainability” report filed with the state’s Site Evaluation Committee.

Thirty-five percent came from Maine.

Five percent from Vermont.

Eight percent from Massachusetts.

And "one truck load" came from Canada.

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12:56 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

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5:00 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Tiny Millsfield: 'Collateral Damage' In A Fight Over Wind Farm Taxes

Millsfield resident Mark Sandoe worries a huge increase in taxes will make his house impossible to sell. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

It would be easy to miss Millsfield. The unincorporated place in the North Country is home to 10 households, many of which are tucked away in the woods, and just two businesses, a bed and breakfast called A Peace of Heaven and the Log Haven restaurant.

“Electricity didn’t show up until the 60s,” said Luc Cote, who’s lived in Millsfield for roughly forty years. “Phone line didn’t come up until mid-60s as well.”

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North Country
5:18 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Gov. Hassan Requests Disaster Declaration For April Flooding

Governor Hassan is requesting a federal disaster declaration following mid-April flooding in Carroll and Coos Counties.

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North Country
5:34 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Expanding Balsams Ski Resort: Money, Jobs And A Regulatory Challenge

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR.

If Maine entrepreneur Les Otten can expand the ski area of the closed Balsams resort he says it would create about 1,000 full or part-time jobs.

That’s something the region desperately needs. But it isn’t clear whether Otten has the money or can work through a regulatory tangle including safety issues.

The issue is being raised after Otten said he would like to work with Dan Hebert and Dan Dagesse, the owners of the closed resort.

One issue is a safety concern. Can the huge blades on the 410-foot tall turbines throw chunks of ice far enough to endanger skiers?

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North Country
11:29 am
Thu May 15, 2014

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2:15 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

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3:14 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

After Rescue, Officials Warn It Is Still Winter In The Mountains

Following the rescue of a 75-year-old man from Bond Cliff in The White Mountains safety officials are warning that while it is beginning to look like spring around the state it can still be winter in the mountains.

The man, David Humphrey of Falmouth, had had planned to cover 21 miles from the Crawford Notch to the Lincoln Woods trail on Sunday.

That would require following the Bondcliff Trail which crosses several 4,000 footers but he was only equipped for a day hike.

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1:50 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

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11:48 am
Thu April 24, 2014

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4:16 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

How North Country Reps Voted On Gas Tax

North Country representatives were almost evenly split along party lines on whether to increase the gas tax for the first time in more than two decades.

As NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports on Wednesday Senate Bill 367 passed on a vote of 193-141. That means the state’s tax on gas and diesel will increase 4.2 cents, the first increase to the current 18-cents per gallon since 1991.

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4:59 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Record $2.25 Million In Grants Awarded To North Country

The New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority has awarded grants to three North Country towns – Stewartstown, Errol and Pittsburg – as well as Coos County and the city of Berlin.

And, the total of $2 and one-quarter million dollars is the most the North Country has received since the program began roughly thirty years ago, says Kevin Flynn, an official with the agency.

The money will go for work including repairs to water systems and low-income housing.

The grant money comes from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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North Country
4:44 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Canadian Firm Plans To Double Size Of Colebrook Plant

Codet Incorporated, a Canadian firm, is expanding its Colebrook plant including hiring 25 new employees.

“They plan to almost double the size of their operation,” said Michael Bergeron, an official with the state’s Department of Resources and Economic Development.

Currently the firm has 28 employees.

Codet also plans to roughly double the size of its building, which is almost 12,000 square feet.

The amount of the investment wasn’t available.

The expansion is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

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3:57 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

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4:51 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

VA To Open Medical Clinics In The North Country

Later this year North Country veterans will no longer have to travel to White River Junction for V.A. medical care: Clinics are now planned for Berlin and Colebrook.

The decision comes after several years of lobbying by the state’s Congressional delegation.

“Our North Country veterans are frequently confronted with travel of more than 130 miles and trips of two to three hours in duration,” Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Jeanne Shaheen and Representatives Carol Shea-Porter and Ann McLane Kuster wrote the department last year.

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North Country
1:14 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Public Counsel: Hearings On Widening Road To Wind Turbines Should Be Held In Coos

Granite Reliable is asking to widen the narrower, 12-foot portions of the road to the top of Mount Kelsey. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

Hearings before the state’s Site Evaluation Committee to decide whether to widen portions of a road leading to wind turbines in the North Country should be held in Coos County and not Concord, says Peter Roth, a senior assistant attorney general who represents the public interest before the S.E.C.

It is unfair to require interested citizens to travel to Concord, Roth wrote in a motion filed Monday. The trip can take three hours in good weather and it is expensive if an overnight stay is needed.

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North Country
12:36 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Insanity Plea To Send Man Accused of Trustee's Murder To Psychiatric Ward

Catherine Houghton
Credit The White Mountain School

 

 

  The Vermont man accused of killing a California woman during a chance encounter in Littleton is pleading not guilty by reason of insanity. And, he has agreed to be placed in the psychiatric ward of the state prison.

Rodney Hill was charged with second degree murder in the death of 70-year-old Catherine Houghton, a trustee of the White Mountain School, who was visiting for a board meeting in January 2013.

Houghton and Hill had a chance encounter in the lobby of The Hampton Inn and Hill fatally stabbed Houghton.

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10:35 am
Thu April 10, 2014

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WRENEGADES GARDENING SESSION, BETHLEHEM
Thursday April 10 noon-1 PM WREN, 2013 Main Street. Learn about small container gardening from Audrey Crowe. For seniors. For more information, visit http://wrenworks.org/programs/wrenagades/

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3:29 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Wind Farm Owner OK With Expanding Ski Slopes At Balsams If Safety Isn't An Issue

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

 

The company that owns the wind farm near the Balsams is open to reducing the buffer zone between its wind turbines and the slopes, a key to a developer’s plan to  greatly expand  the size of the ski resort.

"As long as it is safe, we have no problems," Brookfield Renewable Power lawyer Harold Pachios said late Monday.

Maine entrepreneur Les Otten would like to quadruple the size of the Balsams ski area and reopen the hotel.

But Otten’s plan to make the ski runs longer requires skiers to get closer to the tops of mountains where the wind farm has turbines.

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8:59 am
Thu April 3, 2014

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JOYCE ROY & SERRY SERAFINI IN LENTEN MUSIC SERIES, LITTLETON
Thursday April 3 12:10 PM All Saints' Episcopal Church, 35 School Street. Organ and piano. All are invited to enjoy these free-will offering music interludes on April 3 and 10. For more information, contact the church office at 444-3414.

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3:01 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

How An Abandoned Train Ended Up In A N.H. Forest

The abandoned train cars in Bartlett, looking toward North Conway.
Sean Hurley

You've seen abandoned houses.  Windows broken or boarded up.  You've probably seen abandoned cars in the woods.  NHPR's Sean Hurley recently came upon an abandoned train in Bartlett.  To find out more about its history, he spoke with Conway Scenic Railroad Conductor Gordon Lang.

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2:46 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Stranded Snowmobilers Rescued In North Country

Two snowmobilers were rescued early Sunday morning in the North Country after their machines bogged down in deep snow, leaving them stranded, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

A 911 cellular call asking for help came about 10:30 Saturday night, said Conservation Office Chris Egan.

The callers couldn’t be reached in a return call, but it appeared the call came from an area near Pittsburg. Groomers from local clubs were notified and Egan headed to the area on his snowmobile.

North Country
5:24 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

How They Voted: Military-style Vehicles, Fetal Homicide, Licensing Abortion Clinics

Among the bills considered earlier this week by the legislature were proposals dealing with licensing outpatient abortion facilities; preventing communities from purchasing military-style vehicles and allowing more serious charges if a fetus dies as the result of a homicide.

Here is how North Country representatives voted:

LICENSING OUTPATIENT ABORTION FACILITIES

Only three of the eleven North Country reps voted against killing a bill that would have required licensing outpatient abortion facilities.

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North Country
5:05 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Northern Pass Foes Launch Petition Drive Seeking Hassan's Help

Northern Pass opponents are hoping a 7-year-old boy on YouTube will prompt people to sign a petition asking Gov. Hassan to fight harder against the project.

The YouTube video starts with the child, identified only as “Tucker,” listing his favorite trees.

It shows lovely scenery and then electric transmission towers appear.

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1:18 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

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HARLEM BASKETBALL SUPERSTARS VS. ST. JOHNSBURY ACADEMY DREAM TEAM

Thursday March 20 6:30 PM (doors open at 5:30) St. Johnsbury Academy Alumni Gym, $10, proceeds benefit STJ Academy Class of 2015.

CLARINETS FOR CONSERVATION CONCERT, GORHAM

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11:53 am
Fri March 14, 2014

DOE Releases Summary Of Comments On Northern Pass

Comments were gathered at public hearings or sent directly to the the Department of Energy. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR.

About 6,400 people, businesses or organizations, with about 68 percent from New Hampshire, filed comments with the US Department of Energy about the controversial Northern Pass project and now the federal agency has issued a summary of the concerns.

The Department of Energy sought the comments as it considers whether to allow Northeast Utilities, the parent of Northern Pass, to bring electric power from Canada.

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