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Weekly N.H. News Roundup: June 7, 2019

Jun 8, 2019

We hear about the latest development in the Bear Brook cold case; genetic genealogy helped to identify the likely killer but the victims remain unknown. In a ruling that could have far reaching impacts, a  judge has called the state's current method for funding public schools is unconstitutional. And The Mount Washington Observatory and the Cog Railway are going to court over property rights on the summit of Mt. Washington. 

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Two of the big players on the Northeast's highest mountain - the Mount Washington Observatory and the Cog Railway – are taking each other to court.

At issue is a 2009 agreement that lets Cog riders visit the nonprofit Observatory's museum for free. In exchange, it says the Cog will pay the Observatory a dollar per visitor.

Rediscovering Mount Washington's Hidden Culture

Oct 10, 2018

Mt. Washington is an icon in New Hampshire, and "The White Mountain" author Dan Szczesny spent 365 days there as a hiker, cook, weather observer and journalist.  We discover the hidden culture and characters who populate the mountain's rugged landscape and take up the challenge of the extreme weather. Szczesny seeks to understand the outsized mystique of "the rockpile" and its role in our passion for exploration and discovery.

  

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Coos County officials have sided with the Mount Washington Cog Railway in a dispute over a trail near the summit – but the fight is far from over.

The Coos County planning board says the Cog didn't need a permit to clear the trail on its property, as long as it's used for maintenance and recreation.

They say it will need a permit if it's ever used commercially, but it's still not clear what that means.

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The Coos County planning board is giving the Cog Railway more time to respond to complaints about a new trail along its tracks on Mount Washington.

The board met Wednesday night to discuss what the conservationists says is an un-permitted road near the summit.

Chris Magness is president of Keep the Whites Wild, and says the board wants to know how the railway will use the road.

Via The Cog Railway's Facebook page

The Coos County Planning Board will consider Wednesday night whether to allow new developments on Mount Washington. This follows a Cog Railway proposal to build a hotel about 1,000 feet from the summit.

NHPR's Jessica Hunt spoke with Union Leader correspondent John Koziol about response to possible development.


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A dispute over a new trail atop Mount Washington will go before the Coos County planning board.

The Mount Washington Cog Railway cleared the three-mile trail for recreation and maintenance uses along its train tracks near the summit.

The trail runs mostly in a path left by state installation of a power line in 2010.

The nonprofit group Keep the Whites Wild says the trail violates county ordinance.

Via The Cog Railway's Facebook page

A New Hampshire nonprofit says a new trail atop Mt. Washington was built illegally. The Cog Railway company recently cleared the three-mile path to the summit on its own land – and it disagrees.