For projects like wind farms or the Northern Pass to be built in New Hampshire they must be approved by the state’s Site Evaluation Committee. By the end of the month the state’s Office of Energy and Planning has to submit a report to the legislature on what changes – if any – should be made to the Site Evaluation Committee.
At just after 8 am the National Weather Service was reporting freezing rain is finally starting to fall in some parts of the state.
While most of the state has been relatively warm temperatures are now beginning to drop says John Cannon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.
“Well, right now we have cold air funneling into eastern NH and that is causing temperatures to fall to at or below freezing and we are beginning to pick up some accumulating icing conditions over eastern New Hampshire," says Cannon.
For the last 3 years, NHPR's Sean Hurley and his family get a $5 permit to cut down their Christmas Tree in the White Mountain National Forest and every year, as Sean explains in this audio postcard, they run into the same problem.
We walk beside an ice snagged brook looking for the balsam fir we tagged with a purple ribbon the month before. My wife Lois leads us along, interpreting the wildlife signs as we go.
Tuesday night in Plymouth the state’s Office of Energy and Planning held its last public hearing on possible changes to the state’s Site Evaluation Committee - which is responsible for approving utility projects ranging from wind farms to Northern Pass - and the theme was that the SEC needs a significant and wide-ranging overhaul before it can be trusted.
About three dozen people attended and their concerns echoed those voiced at previous meetings around the state.
A central issue was that all fifteen members of the SEC are officials from state agencies.
USA Today recently published a list of the fastest growing professions in the United States. Music Composer came in at #3. Everything, in this digital age, needs music. With advances in technology, today's orchestras are more often found on hard drives in basements than symphony hall. NHPR's Sean Hurley has this profile of music professor and film composer Rik Pfenninger of Holderness.
It's 3:30 AM in Holderness and Plymouth State University Professor of Saxophone Rik Pfenninger is practicing in the soundproofed basement of his house.
Executive Councilor Ray Burton, who died November 12th, was remembered yesterday at a Memorial Service held at Plymouth State University. Dignitaries large and small gathered together with Burton's friends and family to remember the longtime political face of the North Country. NHPR's Sean Hurley attended the event and sends us this report.
There was a fatal collision Tuesday morning on Route 3 in Columbia, according to a news release from the state police.
The accident was reported about 8:40 and involved a Buick LeSabre going northbound and a Toyota Tundra pickup headed southbound, reported Lt. Todd Landry, the commander of Troop F, which covers the North Country.