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The Dixville Notch midnight voting tradition almost didn’t happen

February 7, 2020

Mary Newman from Politico recently visited and interviewed both Les Otten (Owner and Developer) and Tom Tillotson (Town Moderator) in the Ballot Room. “The original ballot box, the voting in Dixville Notch signs will all be here, albeit five of us voting,” Otten said. “The tradition will go on pretty much the same way it has since every presidential primary and presidential election since 1960.” Watch the full interview and video by Politico.

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Senate Passes ‘Balsams Bill’ and Sununu Says He’ll Sign It

April 18th, 2019

“CONCORD – Developer Les Otten’s vision for creating the crown jewel of resort hotels with the largest ski area in the Northeast at the Balsams got another major boost Thursday, this time from the state Senate.

The Senate approved House Bill 540 that will help Otten seek the funding he needs for the $173 million redevelopment of the Balsams in Dixville Notch.”

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The Balsams amendment to SB30 explained

January 23rd, 2019

DIXVILLE NOTCH, N.H. “New legislation was recently introduced to amend SB 30 in regards to financing the redevelopment of the Balsams Hotel located in Dixville Notch.  The prime sponsor of the bill is State Rep. Edith Tucker of Randolph.  Some confused residents were looking for a clear explanation of what the proposed amendment would actually do.” Read more from the Coos County Democrat.

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Bringing Back The Balsams

December 4th, 2018

DIXVILLE NOTCH – “Les Otten likes to fix things. After moving to Maine in 1972, Otten bought Sunday River Ski Resort 8 years later and turned it into one of the premiere ski destinations in the northeast.

In 2001, he helped form the current ownership group of the Boston Red Sox and spent 5 years as a minority owner with the task of ‘saving’ Fenway Park. His newest labor of love is located in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, the Balsams.” Read and watch more from News Center Maine.

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Otten asks Coos Legislators to help Balsams Project

September 18th, 2018

LANCASTER – “Balsams Resort developer Les Otten last week asked Coos County legislators to support legislation that would allow the creation of a tax assessment district without the need for a $28 million loan guarantee from the N.H. Business Finance Authority.

Addressing a joint meeting held Sept. 12 of the Coos County delegation and commission, Otten said he remains committed to redeveloping the Balsams Resort.” Read the full article by the Conway Daily Sun.

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Balsams Application Withdrawn from New Hampshire Business Finance Authority

August 27th, 2018

“The Balsams Resort redevelopment team, through its lead lender Service Credit Union (SCU), has withdrawn its application for a loan guarantee through the New Hampshire Business Finance Authority (NH BFA). Despite collectively working with all parties for several months to find a collaborative solution to advance a $28 million Tax Assessment Bond with a State of New Hampshire Loan Guarantee, the conditions ultimately required by the Authority do not allow SCU and the Balsams to proceed.” Read the full Press Release here.

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December 19th, 2017

DIXVILLE, NH – “The Balsams Resort redevelopment has taken a significant step forward on financing, just weeks after announcing it has received pre-sale deposits representing more than $26 million of real estate. The project’s lead lender, Service Credit Union (SCU), has applied to the New Hampshire Business Finance Authority (NH BFA) for consideration of a state-backed guarantee on the credit union’s $28 million loan to the development.” Read the full press release here.

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