North Country

North Country
5:51 pm
Sat December 28, 2013

Horse-Drawn Sleigh Carrying Tourists Flips

When the sleigh flipped on a turn tourists, coats, hats and a seat were thrown out. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

A horse-drawn sleigh carrying tourists in the North Country flipped over Saturday afternoon, sending four people to the hospital with minor injuries.

The accident happened on a trail near the Omni Mount Washington Hotel says, Todd Bailey, a captain with the Twin Mountain Fire Department.

“The horse was spooked, apparently, and the carriage flipped over, ejecting several passengers,” he said.

Five passengers were thrown from the sleigh and four were taken to Littleton Regional Healthcare with what Bailey described as injuries that were not life threatening.

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North Country
11:03 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Speed Limit Jumps To 70 MPH On Much Of Northern I-93 In 2014

Credit N.H. Department of Transportation

Drivers will see new speed limits on much of the northern part of Interstate 93 starting Wednesday.

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North Country
3:47 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

When Siting Utility Projects Those Who Want Local Control Admire Colorado Where A Town Can Say "No!"

In Colorado towns and counties have the vote when it comes to approving pipelines or electric transmission lines. Photo by Thaddeus Roan

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.

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North Country
11:14 am
Thu December 26, 2013

North Country Events

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

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THE SANTALAND DIARIES WITH FRAN PAGE, LINCOLN

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North Country
9:02 am
Sun December 22, 2013

White Mountains Rescue: A Signal Seeking Help, But What Kind?

Rescuers were in The White Mountains Saturday night after being alerted that somebody needed help. They just didn’t know who or why.

The alert came about  6:45 Saturday when New Hampshire Fish and Game got a call from the International Emergency Response Coordination Center in Texas.

It had received a signal from a SPOTS emergency beacon that had been activated in King Ravine in Burbank’s Grant.

The signal indicated where help was needed but nothing else.

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North Country
8:29 am
Sun December 22, 2013

Temps Dropping, Some Freezing Rain Reported

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.

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North Country
4:29 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

The Christmas Tree That Got Away

Sean, Lois & Sam look for their ribboned tree.
Sean Hurley

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.

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North Country
4:39 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Switching To Wood Heat: Grants Now Available Businesses

Chris Jensen for NHPR

A new state program is offering financial help to businesses that would like to start using wood pellets rather than heating oil.

The grants are designed to help businesses buy new heating systems that use a homegrown, renewable resource: wood.

The money is available through the Public Utilities Commission’s  Sustainable Energy Division.

Jack Ruderman is its head.

“We’re offering a rebate of up to 30 percent of the cost of the heating system and installation with a cap of $50,000 per system," says Jack Ruderman, the head of the division.

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North Country
2:53 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

North Country Events

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

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North Country
6:00 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Public Hearing: Site Evaluation Committee Needs Major Changes

A little more than a dozen people spoke at the "listening" session held at Plymouth State University. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

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.

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North Country
4:15 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

The Composer Next Door

Rik Pfenninger in his home studio.
Sean Hurley

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. 

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North Country
6:00 am
Sun December 15, 2013

Ray Burton Remembered At Memorial Service

Ray Burton Portrait by Craig Pursley
Bruce Lyndes Plymouth State University

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.

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North Country
5:00 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Lost Massachusetts Hiker Rescued After Spending Cold Night In White Mountains

A lost Massachusetts hiker was rescued Thursday afternoon after spending a bitterly cold night in the White Mountains.

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North Country
8:35 am
Thu December 12, 2013

North Country Events

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

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North Country
2:03 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Crossover Crash Kills One In Columbia

The crash closed Route 3 in Columbia for several hours.
Credit New Hampshire State Police

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.

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