Chris Jensen

North Country Reporter

Christopher Jensen worked as a reporter for The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer for 25 years, covering topics including desegregation, the 1st Gulf War, international charities’ fraud and the auto industry. He also wrote stories about competing in off-road races including the 1988 TransAmazon, the Baja 1000, the Paris-Moscow-Beijing Raid and Paris-Dakar.

Since 2007 he has lived in Bethlehem, covering the North Country for NHPR in addition to freelancing on automotive topics for The New York Times. He enlisted in the Army in 1968 and spent 15 months as a combat photographer in Vietnam. He graduated from George Washington University with a degree in journalism.

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Elections 2012
8:42 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Coos: A Summary

Here’s what happened in Coos County on Tuesday, according to a tally by the Associated Press. Official counts from the Secretary of State are not yet available.

* Jeff Woodburn of Dalton was elected senator, defeating Debi Warner of Littleton. He takes the place of Republican John Gallus who chose not to run.

* In District 1 with all ten precincts counted Republican incumbent Duffy Daugherty of Colebrook lost to  Democrat Larry Enman of Errol by 20 votes.

Enman had 1,158 votes.

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Elections 2012
7:21 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Republican Bailey Takes Grafton District 14

In the newly created Grafton District 14 Republican Brad Bailey of Monroe beat Democrat Douglas Grant of Franconia, according to final totals compiled by the Associated Press.

Bailey had 3,613 votes compared to Grant's 2,886.

Elections 2012
7:10 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Democrat Challenger Takes Seat in Littleton-Bethlehem.

In Grafton District 1 Democrat challenger Linda Massimilla is guaranteed one of the two seats, according to final totals compiled by the Associated Press.

But it's unclear whether the second seat will go to incumbent Republican Lyle Bulis or Republican Ralph Doolan.

Massimilla had 2,263 votes.

Meanwhile Bulis had 1,667 - only two votes more than Doolan. It wasn't clear whether Doolan will seek a recount.

The district includes Littleton and Bethlehem and was redrawn this year.

Elections 2012
6:46 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Incumbent Republican Richardson Holds Coos 4

In Coos District 4 Republican incumbent Herbert Richardson beat Democrat Troy Merner, according to results compiled by the Associated Press.

With all the votes counted Richardson had 1,167 votes compared to Merner’s 821.

Elections 2012
1:21 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Executive Councilor Ray Burton Easily Wins Re-election (No Big Surprise)

In the North Country, a longtime Executive Councilor held on to his seat and a Democrat snagged an open senate seat.  NHPR’s Chris Jensen has more.

Executive Councilor Ray Burton, a Republican from Bath, faced a challenge from Beth Funicella, a Democrat from Jackson.

Probably to nobody’s surprise the veteran Burton easily beat Funicella.

With 90 percent of the precincts reporting Burton had almost 68,000 votes.

That was roughly 22,000 more  than Funicella.

The other big race was for the senate seat vacated by Republican John Gallus.

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Elections 2012
12:58 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Democrat Woodburn Takes North Country's Senate Seat

Jeff Woodburn. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

Democrat Jeff Woodburn of Dalton has won the senate race in the North Country, according to a tally compiled by the Associated Press.

With 90 percent of the precincts reporting Woodburn had 13,664 votes.

That compared to 9,071 for Republican Debi Warner of Littleton.

The senate seat was vacated by Republican John Gallus of Berlin who chose not to seek re-election.

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Elections 2012
12:49 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Democrat Brown Wins In Grafton District 2

In Grafton District 2 Democrat Rebecca Brown of Sugar Hill beat Republican Denis P. Ward of Monroe, according to a tally compiled by the Associated Press.

Brown had 1,365 votes while Ward received 1,198.

Elections 2012
12:41 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Lancaster's Evalyn Merrick Loses By 12 Votes

Democrat incumbent Evalyn Merrick apparently lost her seat for Coos District 7 by 12 votes, according to an unofficial tally compiled by the Associated Press.

Merrick had 3,253 votes compared to Republican Leon Rideout who had 3,265.

The official tally by the New Hampshire Secretary of State is not yet available.

Earlier in the evening, when only five of the 10 precincts were counted, Merrick had a lead of just over 100 votes.

Elections 2012
12:32 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Three Berlin Dems Easily Rebuff Challenger

In Coos District 3, Berlin, three Democrat incumbents - Gary Coulombe, Robert Theberge and Yvonne Thomas – were all re-elected.

They defeated Republican challenger Eric Catman, who hoped to take one of the three seats.

With all the votes counted Coulombe had 2,940 votes; Theberge had 2,651 and Thomas had 2,426.

Catman was a distant fourth with 1,029, according to a tally compiled by the Associated Press.

Elections 2012
12:25 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Democrat Moynihan Wins In Coos 2

Democrat Wayne Moynihan of Dummer has won the seat for Coos District 2, defeating Republican James Tierney of Northumberland.

With all the votes counted Moynihan had 1,259 votes compared to Tierney's 839, according to a tally compiled by the Associated Press.

Elections 2012
11:45 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Democrat Hammon Defeats Repub Tholl in Coos 5

Democratic challenger Marcia Hammon of Whitefield has defeated incumbent Republican John Tholl, also of Whitefield, in Coos District 5.

With 100 percent of the votes counted Hammon had 1,235 votes and Tholl had 1,154, according to a tally compiled by the Associated Press.

Elections 2012
1:54 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

In Coos County, The Voters Are Coming

Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

In the towns of Dalton and Whitefield in Coos County voting was heavy Tuesday morning.

Dalton Town Moderator Ann Craxton seemed quite pleased with the way things were going.

“The turnout for us has been very heavy. We have 540 registered voters. We have more than 50 that voting absentee and here by 10 o’clock in the morning we’ve already had 80 come through the polls.

Beyond that Craxton says the voters are an eager and happy bunch.

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Elections 2012
1:17 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Strong Turnout in Littleton

So many voters were showing up at the poll in Littleton that parking was a challenge Tuesday morning.
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

With voting underway the first reports from the North Country indicate a strong turnout.

From right after the polls opened voting in Littleton was so heavy that parking became a problem, says Police Captain Chris Tyler.

“By 8’o’clock there was full capacity. The sides streets started filling up.”

By about 9:30 police had three people directing traffic.

Inside, voting booths were consistently full.

Gerald Winn is the town moderator.

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North Country
2:48 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Real Estate Appraiser Who Angered Northern Pass Settles

James Walker
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

A complaint by Northern Pass against James Walker, a real estate appraiser from the North Country, has been settled.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

James Walker, of Franconia, has agreed to pay a fine to settle a complaint Northern Pass filed with the state’s Real Estate Appraiser Board.  

Northern Pass complained after Walker told a Dalton couple that the project’s electrical towers would reduce the value of their 135 acres by 63 percent.

Northern Pass challenged Walker’s methods, saying the project may have been unfairly harmed.

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North Country
3:02 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Appraisal Triggers Latest Dispute Over Northern Pass

Jim and Sandy Dannis: The original route proposed by Northern Pass would have crossed their land in Dalton.
Credit Chris Jensen, NHPR

It began on about 135 acres of land in Dalton.

The land is owned by Sandy and Jim Dannis, who were attracted by its classic North-Country splendor and its lost-in-time seclusion.

Standing in the middle of a hilltop field  - with a spin-around  360-degree view  - Jim Dannis turns and turns.

“It is a beautiful exposure,” he said.

But now it has become the center of a new Northern-Pass controversy, one that opponents of the project worry has ominous implications for the state.

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