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For just over two decades three towns in the North Country have held a Moose Festival at the end of August. And, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that such an homage would include a moose calling contest.

This one started with a demonstration by Roger Irwin, a wildlife photographer and experienced moose vocalist.

Now I’ll try and do a cow call. This is the cow. She’s asking for a bull to come visit her.”

There were about a dozen folks trying to make that moosey come-hither sound.

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After 40 years working for the Pittsburg Police Department, Richard Lapoint is calling it a career.

Lapoint has been police chief for the Granite State’s northernmost town for the past 28 years. He’s retiring on Sunday.

He joined Morning Edition host Rick Ganley recently to take a look back at his career in law enforcement in New Hampshire’s North Country.

You began your career as a part-time Pittsburg police officer in 1975. How has the town changed over the past 40 years?

Sean Hurley

There are 4,800 dams in New Hampshire but only two where a full time dam operator is required to live on site.  There's Moore Dam in Littleton and Murphy Dam in Pittsburg.  NHPR's Sean Hurley recently visited with Murphy Dam Operator Alan Williams to learn more about life on a dam. 

Near sunrise, nearly every morning, coffee in hand, Alan Williams leaves the dam house and walks up the dam road and heads out across the half mile bunker of piled earth that is the Murphy Dam.  

A 20-year-old Massachusetts man suffered leg and back injuries Monday afternoon in a snowmobile crash in Pittsburg, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Kyle Mondeau of East Taunton crashed about 1 p.m. when he lost control of his snowmobile on a turn and struck some small trees.

Fish and Game said it appeared excessive speed was a factor.

A 63-year-old man from Errol was killed Sunday in a snowmobile accident, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game.

John Allen died in a crash in Pittsburg, said Christopher Egan, a conservation officer.

Rescuers were called about 2 p.m. to Trail 138, in the vicinity of River Road where Allen appeared to have hit a tree and was neither conscious nor breathing.

Egan said it appeared excessive speed was the cause of the crash.

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During a visit to Pittsburg Friday for a town meeting, Sen. Kelly Ayotte said she thought fellow Senator John Kerry has the experience to be the next Secretary of State.

Earlier this week, U-N Ambassador Susan Rice withdrew her name from consideration after criticism over her response to the attack on the Libyan embassy. 

Ayotte had been highly critical of Rice.