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Study predicts more ‘extreme heat’ days in Maine as climate warms
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 16, 2019 

A new climate report from the Union of Concerned Scientists predicts that Maine could see more than a 10-fold increase in the number of 90-plus degree days by midcentury and up to 11 days by century’s end when temperatures top 100 degrees. The analysis, which is based on historic temperature data and climate models, suggests New Englanders will have to adjust to more frequent occurrences of heat events more typical today of places in the Deep South. The “extreme heat” analysis is just the latest report predicting major impacts on Maine’s commercial fisheries as well as other sectors of Maine’s tourism, agricultural and forestry economies.
Letter: Bees are not pests, but pesticides kill them
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 16, 2019 

As Mainers, we must reconcile with the simple conclusion that we are in a state of environmental crisis. Honeybees, a cornerstone of agricultural sustainability, are being threatened by toxic pesticides known as neonicotinoids. This pesticide is typically sprayed by farmers on an industrial scale without regard to its devastating impact on bee populations. Neonicotinoids are unnecessary as there are a variety of alternative pesticides available to farmers that we can and should be using. The solution is simple yet profound: Ban neonicotinoids. ~ Graham Munro-Ludders, Bath
Letter: ‘Greatest Mountain’ doesn’t need to be called ‘Mount’
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 16, 2019 

I would like to commend and second Christopher P. O’Neil’s July 1 letter, “Good editorial – but it’s just ‘Katahdin.’” I quote further from Stephen Clark’s book: “Mount Greatest Mountain – this is not only grammatically incorrect, but a misinterpretation of the Abenaki translation of the mountain’s name. The U.S. Geological Service and other official agencies have failed to recognize this when they slapped a ‘Mount’ on Katahdin many years ago when honoring Indian traditions and language was not considered to be of much value.” The U.S. Board on Geographic Names accepts requests to change the names of geographical features. Feedback from the community, state government and Baxter State Park would be requested. The Abenaki would be consulted. Legislative action as a precursor to a request would be most helpful. It may take a few years so let’s begin. ~ Gary Dick, Scarborough
Officials debate role of Auburn agriculture committee
Sun Journal - Monday, July 15, 2019 

A proposed agriculture committee and its potential authority on land use decisions was the subject of scrutiny during a joint Auburn City Council and Planning Board workshop Monday. The new committee is the result of a long effort to study the city’s agricultural zone and modernize the zoning ordinance, but the decision on how the committee should be framed — and what authority it should have — has been debated for months. A small group of officials recently drafted an ordinance establishing the committee, but during the joint workshop Monday, some disagreed with its scope.
Extra pogy catch could ease bait worries for lobster industry
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Maine unlocked access to more lobster bait Monday with the reopening of the menhaden fishery, easing the lobster industry’s anxiety about a looming bait shortage as peak summer season kicks into high gear. The state ordered its menhaden fleet to stop fishing on June 30 after officials concluded it had exceeded the state’s annual quota of 2.4 million pounds by 1.5 million pounds, the majority of which was landed in the last four days of June. But menhaden, a schooling forage fish also called pogy, were still abundant in Maine waters from Kittery to Penobscot Bay, so Maine sought access to another 4.7 million pounds of quota that is set aside for New England states to share when they catch their limit but the fish remains in large numbers. Last week, regional fishing managers approved Maine’s request.
If a tick bites you in Maine, collect it and send it for testing
Associated Press - Monday, July 15, 2019 

The state of Maine is reminding residents that, if they get bitten by a tick, they can collect the arachnid and send it for testing. The testing can show whether the person bitten by the tick was exposed to tick-borne diseases. The UMaine Cooperative Extension Tick Lab tests for Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and babesia. The tests are $15 per tick for Maine residents. Health care providers reported more than 1,400 confirmed and probable Lyme cases to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention last year.
Pollinator gardens enhance, beautify Portland’s ecology
Forecaster - Monday, July 15, 2019 

With bee colony collapse, habitat destruction and the spread of invasive species, it’s become the mission of many in Maine to encourage people to think about gardening in new ways that specifically support pollinator health. Among the groups and individuals working to create a landscape where both native plants and pollinators can thrive is the Portland Pollinator Partnership. The group’s mission, she said, is to encourage people to plant pollinator and insect-friendly vegetation, either within their own gardens or in public spots, with the goal of “connecting urban residents with nature on a daily basis.”
Warming Waters
Maine Public - Monday, July 15, 2019 

The impacts of climate change on the Gulf of Maine's ecosystem and people.
Belfast officials get their first tour of proposed land-based fish farm site
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Belfast Planning Board members donned high boots and bug repellant on Wednesday to do a walk-through of the property where Nordic Aquafarms would like to build a land-based salmon farm. The tour took them through boggy fields, into piney woods and across Route 1 to the waterfront property where the company’s intake and outfall pipelines will be built if the project is permitted and moves forward.
Maine forest ranger airlifted to Boston hospital after serious head injury
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 15, 2019 

A Maine forest ranger was seriously injured Saturday night after an accident in Down East Maine, according to the Maine fire marshal’s office. Ranger Dustin Pickering reportedly jumped off a boat into a lake in Topsfield when his head struck a rock, according to the fire marshal’s office. Pickering suffered several broken vertebrae as a result of that jump, the fire marshal’s office said. Pickering was flown to a hospital in Boston due to the extent of his injuries and is currently in serious condition.
What has to happen before Mainers could get to vote on CMP’s corridor project
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Opponents of Central Maine Power’s unpopular proposal to bring Quebec hydropower to the regional grid through a western Maine transmission line are signaling that they want voters to decide the project’s fate, but their deadline is tight and details are unclear. They have to get more than 63,000 signatures by a January deadline. It’s a response to the utility’s intense and successful lobbying defense of the $1 billion proposal for a 145-mile corridor, which has been opposed by or lost support from 20 towns in a flurry of grassroots opposition. A March poll paid for by the Natural Resources Council of Maine found 65 percent opposition to the project statewide, with that percentage in the upper 80s in Franklin and Somerset counties — the ones most affected by the corridor.
Belfast officials get their first tour of proposed land-based fish farm site
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Belfast Planning Board members donned high boots and bug repellant on Wednesday to do a walk-through of the property where Nordic Aquafarms would like to build a land-based salmon farm. The tour took them through boggy fields, into piney woods and across Route 1 to the waterfront property where the company’s intake and outfall pipelines will be built if the project is permitted and moves forward.
Column: Beware the browntail moth
Morning Sentinel - Monday, July 15, 2019 

How did I spend my first summer vacation? Mixing up equal parts of maximum strength Cortizone-10 ointment, extra strength Benadryl cream, witch hazel liquid and Vicks VapoRub. That’s because I got the dreaded browntail moth rash, this nasty, itchy, bumpy red rash caused by poisonous hairs from the moth caterpillar making a beeline to the sensitive skins of people like me and embedding themselves. ~ Amy Calder
Letter: Pesticides are poisoning our oceans
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Neonicotinoids have become all too prevalent in today’s agricultural practices. Now the most commonly used pesticides, these seven chemicals have been leaking into our oceans and animals. Many farmers are unaware they purchased the poison, since it was applied to seeds long before they reach the fields. Once the seed is a fully grown plant, only 5 percent of the chemical makes its home in the cells of the plant. The other 95 percent disperses into the wider environment, turning into a poison that kills everything from bees to birds to marine life. If these pesticides are allowed to continue devouring our beloved Maine wildlife, we will lose the bees, which pollinate a third of the food we eat, and the rest of our fragile ecosystem. ~ Elizabeth McAleney, Portland
Restoration and improvement work beings at Head Tide Dam
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Construction has begun on a change to the Head Tide Dam on the Sheepscot River in Alna. A coalition of environmental groups is spearheading a modification of the dam, originally constructed in 1763, to stabilize the structure while creating greater passage for Atlantic salmon and other anadromous species of fish.
Watch Maine forest rangers rescue hurt Appalachian Trail hiker Forest rangers airlift injured Appalachian Trail hiker
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

The Maine Forest Service deployed a helicopter Saturday to airlift an injured Appalachian Trail hiker in Piscataquis County. The woman was hiking a difficult stretch of the trail in Elliotsville Township when she fell and broke her ankle, according to the Maine Forest Service. With her injuries, the hiker was unable to walk on her own, the forest service said.
3 rescued from water at Popham Beach State Park
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Three people were rescued from the water at Popham Beach State Park on Saturday, according to the Phippsburg Fire Department. Firefighters said they were called to the beach around 6:30 p.m. for a report of three people who had been caught in a rip current. All three were quickly rescued from the water but one person had to be transported to a local hospital.
Visitation Record At Acadia Park Stretches Resources
Maine Public - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Acadia National Park says it set a visitation record July 5 with more than 35,000 visits, and officials say park staff were swamped that day and the following weekend with calls for assistance and efforts to close roads and parking lots due to congestion. On July 5 alone the park dispatch center fielded 755 radio calls and twenty 911 emergency calls, and that park staff responded to four simultaneous rescue calls that tapped nearly all rescue resources.
Acadia deluged with hiking accidents, traffic on busiest day ever over July 4 weekend
Acadia On My Mind Blog - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Acadia National Park was overwhelmed with hiking accidents and traffic congestion during a record-setting day for visits on a sunny day during the July 4 weekend. On July 5, the Maine national park had 35,000 visits, or 15 percent more than the prior record on July 3, 2017 and a 33 percent increase over the average busiest day for the last eight years. Park staff that day were pushed to the limit when they responded to four simultaneous rescue calls.
Glamping, new this summer at Maine state parks, draws fans from many camps
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

It’s better to camp – even in convenience, comfort and style – than never to have camped at all. That was the consensus among traditional campers we talked with at Maine state parks over the recent holiday weekend. We asked their opinion about the boutique-style, canvas-and-platform setups that glamping company Tentrr opened at seven Maine state parks earlier this month. The word glamping is a combination of “camping” and “glamour” and describes a relatively new trend, at least in Maine, that offers people a comparatively convenient, luxurious style of sleeping under the stars.
Column: Exploring the eastern arm of Sebasticook Lake in Newport
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Finding a convenient place to paddle in July without having to share it with lots of other boaters can be a challenge. But despite its reputation as “The Crossroads of Maine,” the Newport area offers surprising seclusion and beauty on Sebasticook Lake. The eastern arm is narrow and protected and offers a delightful 5-mile round-trip exploration. You might run into a few bass fishermen on the weekend, but other than that, it’s you, the serenade of songbirds and the call of loons. ~ Michael Perry
Letter: CMP corridor jobs won’t only go to Mainers
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

The 1,500 or so jobs coming from the proposed Central Maine Power corridor through the western Maine forest will not be only for Mainers. There is a cadre of Canadian power line workers who travel around to these types of projects and major electrical disruptions and take jobs away from locals. They’re essentially independent contractors that sign contracts for three to 10 times what they were making as Canadian linemen. The advertised 1,500 new Maine jobs is just not true. CMP has pimped us out to the Canadian power company for embarrassing little money. ~ Frederick Drew, West Gardiner
Letter: Insinuations about Mills, CMP are tiresome
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

I am tired of the insinuation that Gov. Janet Mills “sold out” to Central Maine Power in regards to the so-called CMP corridor. Gov. Mills and other members of her family have devoted large potions of their lives in service to Maine. I believe their love of and care for their home state is as great as anyone past or present. Accusations against any member of the Mills family in this matter are driven by either frustration, intent to defame, or more probably stupidity. The Mills family’s integrity, honesty and forthrightness are unimpeachable. ~ Alan Williams, Vienna
Letter: Coverage of CMP, immigration puts information in context
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

I have deep gratitude for the Portland Press Herald’s June 23 coverage of the Central Maine Power billing issues and the front-page June 30 immigration story, “Defying death for a better life.” Mainers knew there was something awfully fishy about CMP’s recent bills and CMP’s response (you know when you’re being told something that’s not true). Now, thanks to your careful coverage, we know more. Aren’t we lucky to live in a country with a free press? ~ Joan O’Brien, Portland
Opinion: Climate change is a health emergency
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, July 13, 2019 

Climate change is a health emergency, but the Trump administration is reversing course on clean power and a stable climate. Trump has finalized the rule to replace the Clean Power Plan, which was put into place in 2015. The Clean Power Plan was set to cut carbon pollution from the electric power sector by 32 percent by 2030 and, so far, we’ve been on track to meet those targets. At a time when even steeper cuts are necessary to avert the worst impacts of climate change, this new replacement plan is expected to slow the transition of the power sector’s transition to clean, renewable energy. This could cause as many as 1,400 additional deaths by 2030 due to the toxic chemicals from these plants, according to the EPA. ~ Samantha Paradis, registered nurse and mayor of Belfas
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