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North Country
6:00 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Lighting The Way For Abigail Hernandez

Firefighter Brian Ames and his family
Sean Hurley

Abigail Hernandez has now been missing for 19 days.  Although thousands of acres have been combed and hundreds of tips have been followed, both the FBI and local police still don't know what happened between 3 and 4 in the afternoon on October 9th when Abby disappeared.  Despite this, the Hernandez family and the local community remain hopeful. On Saturday night nearly 500 people attended a flashlight vigil in Schouler Park in downtown North Conway meant to light the way home for Abby.  Sean Hurley was there and has this report. 

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North Country
2:11 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Ray Burton: Cancer Back, He Will Not Run For Re-election

Ray Burton
Credit State of New Hampshire

Ray Burton, a Republican who has represented the North Country for four decades, says his kidney cancer has returned and he won’t be seeking re-election.

Burton has served as both Executive Councilor and a Grafton County Commissioner.

Earlier this year Burton, who lives in Bath, said he had cancer but it was curable.

For much of the year he has been attending functions throughout the North Country, his cancer said to be in remission.

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North Country
9:29 am
Thu October 24, 2013

North Country Events

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

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

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North Country
5:50 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Vermont Man Guilty In Colebrook Explosion Faces 30 Years

A 64-year-old Vermont man has been found responsible for the 2010 explosion in Colebrook that killed two men and injured a third.

Craig Sanborn’s trial in Coos County Superior Court in Lancaster took about four weeks and the jury made up its mind in about three hours on Wednesday, says Coos County Attorney John McCormick.

The jury returned verdicts of guilty on all counts, two negligent homicide charges and two manslaughter charges,” he said.

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North Country
5:43 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Ayotte Says Northern Pass Should Pay To Have Lines Buried

Sen. Kelly Ayotte's town meeting at noon in Whitefield attracted about three dozen people. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

Despite a modified route for the Northern Pass Project Sen. Kelly Ayotte says she still has “serious reservations” about the plan and the lines along the entire route should be buried.

“I am still very concerned about the impact on the beauty on the North Country and many other areas of the state,” she told NHPR following a Town Hall meeting Wednesday in Whitefield.

Ayotte says it would be best to bury all the transmission lines, not just an eight-mile section in Northern Coos County.

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North Country
5:29 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Ayotte Town Hall: What Is Going On Down There?

Joe Vigue of Berlin waited quietly for his chance to ask Senator Kelly Ayotte about Congress' behavior. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

At Senator Kelly Ayotte’s town hall meeting in Whitefield Wednesday Berlin resident Joe Vigue sat quietly through her description of the nation’s growing deficit and struggle to adopt a budget.

His arms were folded across his chest – and a sweatshirt reading: “I’m like an owl. I don’t give a hoot.”

When Ayotte opened the floor to questions, Vigue wanted to know about a dysfunctional Senate.

“What is it like to deal with almost all of that 100 people that are worse than my eight and nine-year-old grandchildren,” he asked.

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North Country
3:16 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

OSHA Claims Some Berlin Biomass Contractors Put Workers At Risk

Federal officials say six companies building a biomass plant in Berlin have put workers at risk by not following safety regulations.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration proposes fining the companies about $280,000 for thirty-one “willful, serious and repeat violations of workplace safety standards.”

“These hazards included potential cave-ins, falls, scaffold collapse, crushing, exposure to lead and electrocution hazards,” said OSHA spokesman Ted Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald said there were no serious injuries or deaths.

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North Country
5:00 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Pittsburg Water Project Short $500K Needed To Complete Water Line

Enginfeer Mike Duffy talks about the technology inside the town's new pump station.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

The town of Pittsburg is revamping its public water system.

It’s been a much-needed project; the issue came to a head in 2009 when the town was put under a boil order for several months after E. coli was detected in the drinking water.

But the town still needs another half a million dollars to finish the job.

When Rick Skarinka of the state’s drinking and groundwater bureau met with Pittsburg town officials, he decided blunt was the best approach.

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North Country
8:48 am
Thu October 10, 2013

North Country Events

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

Lancaster Saturdays 9 AM-noon through October 12
Bethlehem Saturdays 10 AM-2 PM through October 12
Littleton Sundays 10 AM - 1 PM through October 13

Colebrook Farmer’s Market: Sat 8:00-12:00 on the common on Colby St through Columbus Day

Pittsburg Farmer’s Market: Sat: 10:00-2:00 downtown Pittsburg.

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North Country
8:34 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Canadian Motorcyclist Dies In North Country Crash

A 72-year-old man from Quebec died in a motorcycle crash Wednesday in Dixville Notch, according to a news release from the New Hampshire State Police.

The victim, Raymond LaLancette, was on Route 26 about noon when he lost control of his motorcycle and struck a guardrail.

He was described as unconscious and bleeding heavily when rescuers arrived and was pronounced dead the the Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook.

North Country
4:50 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Resort Sues Northern Pass Over Right-Of-Way

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

A Campton resort is suing the Northern Pass, claiming it has no right to use an existing Public Service of New Hampshire right-of-way for larger transmission towers.

The suit was filed in Grafton County Superior Court by the owners of The Owl’s Nest Resort & Golf Club.

The resort already has a PSNH right-of-way and the suit claims Northern Pass’ plan to add substantially taller towers is unreasonable and “wrongfully exceeds” the original right-of-way agreement.

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North Country
5:25 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

North Country Gets EB-5 Center: Prospect Of Jobs, Investment

The North Country has its first EB-5 regional center, a move that could bring new, foreign investment to the North Country, including about 200 new jobs around Campton.

The new Invest New Hampshire Regional Center in Campton is the first to cover Grafton, Coos and Carroll Counties.

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North Country
4:02 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Two Hikers Caught In Storm Rescued From Mt. Madison

Mt. Madison on a clear day
Credit Laurie Tewksbury via Flickr Creative Commons

A search team rescued two hikers from the summit of Mount Madison early Tuesday morning, after they were caught in a severe rain and wind storm Monday evening.

Raymond Barnard and Stephanie Watkins, both of Brownville, Vermont, were hiking along the Pine Link Trail when heavy rain and winds approaching 90 miles per hour forced them to take shelter.

They called 911 around 7 p.m., as dense fog led to limited visibility and temperatures dropped.

Two Conservation Officers and two members of the Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue Team found the couple around 1 a.m.

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North Country
4:55 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Campgrounds In White Mountain National Forest Told To Close

Folks who figured on spending Columbus Day weekend at campgrounds in The White Mountain National Forest won't be able to do so. The campgrounds will close Thursday.
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

The operator of twenty-two campgrounds in The White Mountain National Forest has been told to close them.

“We are directed now to close the gates as of Thursday the 10th unless something happens in Congress,” said Kent Tower, the owner of Pro Sports of Campton.

Last week federal officials in Washington began notifying private businesses that operate campgrounds in national forests that they would have to close even though they provide water, sanitation and other services without help from federal employees.

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North Country
5:30 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Federal Shutdown Expands To Privately Run Campgrounds In National Forests

Campsites throughout the Sugarloaf I and II campgrounds in The White Mountain National Forest were reserved by campers hoping to enjoy the foliage. But the sites will soon be closed, a federal official says. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

The shutdown of the federal government is expanding to include privately run campgrounds in national forests across the country, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service said late Thursday.

“We are in the process of shutting these operations down at facilities across the country due to the lapse in funding,” wrote spokesman Leo Kay in an e-mail. “Some closures have already taken place while others are still in progress.”

That is expected to include twenty-two campgrounds in The White Mountain National Forest operated by Pro Sports Inc. of Campton.

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