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10:30 am
Thu January 2, 2014

North Country Events

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North Country
1:56 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Avalanche Survivor Describes The Fall, The Flight And The Landing

A 24-year-old Massachusetts man who survived an avalanche on Mount Washington Saturday afternoon says it was a bewildering and terrifying trip down the Tuckerman Ravine.

Adam Herman of Oak Bluffs, was walking ahead of his partner, Conor Lodge, when he felt the snow begin to give way.

He turned and desperately tried to sink his ice ax into the snow.

“It didn’t take, so I just fell,” he said.

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North Country
5:07 am
Tue December 31, 2013

The Mystery Donor's Tale: A Sister, A Brother And A New Library

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

For 100 years the library in Bethlehem occupied three small rooms in Town Hall. But over the weekend that changed with opening of a new library on Main Street. It was the conclusion of a tale involving a mystery donor, a brother who moved far away and a sister who stayed in the North Country.

At the tale’s center were two people.

One was Muriel Brown, who for more than three decades was the town’s beloved librarian.

The other was her brother, Arthur Jobin, known to the family as “Bud.”

Both grew up in Bethlehem.

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North Country
4:00 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Ice Castles at Loon Mountain

Cory Livingood in the Ice Castle
Sean Hurley

Utah has one.  Colorado does too.  And now New Hampshire has its very own Ice Castle open to the public at Loon Mountain.  It's taken Mother Nature and 20 workers about a month to turn tons of homemade icicles into a glacial maze of frozen caverns and clear blue coliseums.  NHPR's Sean Hurley recently took a tour of the nearly completed castle and sends us this report.

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North Country
5:20 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Rescuers Astounded Two Men In Avalanche Escaped Serious Injury

Courtesy of US Forest Service: This is the Lip area as it looked on Dec 24. The Lip is the section in the upper right corner. A previous avalanche crown line is visible at the top of this snowfield. This is the approximate location of where the recent avalanche was triggered.

Rescuers say it is amazing that two men caught in an avalanche on Mount Washington’s Tuckerman Ravine weren’t seriously injured, but they had a brutal ride.

The two men were on their way down Mount Washington Saturday afternoon when they missed the turn onto the Tuckerman Ravine Trail, says Jeff Lane, a snow ranger with the U.S. Forest Service.

Then, they walked into an area known as The Lip, triggering an avalanche that carried them through a perilous area.

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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

The newsletter typically announces events in the next week. The calendar shows you events in the coming months.

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

The newsletter typically announces events in the next week. The calendar shows you events in the coming months.

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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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