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Help Wanted: Beyond Coal Campaign
Announcement - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 

The Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign is currently seeking to hire a Senior Campaign Representative to help make New England coal free by 2020. The Senior Campaign Representative will work closely with Sierra Club Chapters in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts to help develop the region’s powerful offshore wind resource, advocate for aggressive energy efficiency policies, and to ensure that solar plays a meaningful role in replacing dirty coal.
The Maine Woods
Publication - Sunday, February 26, 2012 

The January 2012 issue of "The Maine Woods" newspaper from the Forest Ecology Network is available online. The theme is wind power.
Land Use in the UT, Feb 27
Event - Posted - Sunday, February 26, 2012 

A forum exploring proposed legislation to change land use regulation in Maine's Unorganized Territories. At Telstar High School Lecture Hall, Bethel, Feb 27, 6:30 pm.
Geology of Coastal Maine, Feb 27
Event - Posted - Sunday, February 26, 2012 

Prof. Dyk Eusden, from the Geology Department at Bates College will speak about the Geology of Coastal Maine. At Curtis Library, Morrell Room, Brunswick, Feb 27, 7 pm.
Help Maine Endangered and Nongame Wildlife, Feb 28
Action Alert - Sunday, February 26, 2012 

Since 1983, the Maine Endangered and Nongame Wildlife Fund has been supporting important programs that protect Maine's threatened, endangered and nongame wildlife. LD 1826, "An Act to Review and Repeal Income Tax Return Checkoffs" proposes to eliminate all income tax check-offs, including for the the Maine Endangered and Nongame Wildlife Fund. Public hearing at the Taxation Committee, Augusta, State House Room 127, Feb 28 at 1:45 pm.
Land Use in the UT, Feb 28
Event - Posted - Sunday, February 26, 2012 

A forum exploring proposed legislation to change land use regulation in Maine's Unorganized Territories. At West Forks Town Office, Feb 28, 5:30 pm.
Bear rehabilitation, Feb 28
Event - Posted - Sunday, February 26, 2012 

Hear bear rehabilitator Dawn Brown of Second Chance Wildlife, Inc. explain how bears live their lives in the wild after rehabilitation, why they are often orphaned, and how they are released and then tracked. At Topsham Public Library, Feb 28, 6 pm.
Citizen Action Day, Feb 28
Event - Posted - Sunday, February 26, 2012 

Learn first-hand from about environmental priorities for this legislative session and participate in the process by meeting your legislator during our visit to the State House. At NRCM and State House, Augusta, Feb 28, 8:30 am - 2 pm. Sponsored by Natural Resources Council of Maine.
'Windfall' at Unity College Centre, Feb 28
Event - Posted - Sunday, February 26, 2012 

"Windfall" is a documentary film about the future of industrial wind energy development. It is an invitation to think critically about this alternative energy source. At Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., Unity, Feb 28 at 7 pm. Sponsored by the Friends of the Maine Mountains and the Constructive Activist Club at Unity College. Free.
Stream-Smart Road Crossing Workshop, Feb 28
Event - Posted - Sunday, February 26, 2012 

This workshops will cover road-stream crossing projects from site assessment to permitting and installation. The emphasis will be on maintaining and restoring the habitat and economic values of the stream. At Brewer Armory, Feb 28, 8 am - 12:30 pm. Sponsored by Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine.
Coyote ~ America's Songdog, Feb 28
Event - Posted - Sunday, February 26, 2012 

Learn of coyote’s long history in North American: coyote’s relationship with Native peoples and the European Americans; coyote’s complex relationship with the life of our ecosystems; and coyote’s relationship with us. Presented by Geri Vistein, Conservation Biologist, at Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Road, in Washington Village, Feb 28, 6 pm.
Songbird Superhighway, Feb 28
Event - Posted - Sunday, February 26, 2012 

The Gulf of Maine is a major migration route for many species of birds. University of Maine ornithologists Rebecca Holberton and Adrienne Leppold will discuss the findings from the Northeast Region Migration Monitoring Network. At Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Room, Brunswick, Feb 28, 7 pm. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon.
Keep Clean Elections Strong, Feb 29
Action Alert - Sunday, February 26, 2012 

This week the legislature will vote on LD 1774, which would weaken Maine’s Clean Election laws and allow more special interests and wealthy donor influence in Maine elections and government. Conservationists are supporting a “re-qualifying” option for candidates that allows them to earn additional funds to remain competitive in hotly contested races. This replacement, recommended by the Maine Ethics Commission, would ensure that government remains accountable to Maine voters, not campaign donors, and reduces the influence of corporate and special interest influence in our government. News conference at the State House Welcome Center, Feb 29, 10:30 am. ~ Maine Citizens for Clean Elections
Stand for the Dream Action, Feb 29
Action Alert - Sunday, February 26, 2012 

Too many lobbyists champion corporate persons at the expense of "we the people." We want to be sure to remind them that we outnumber them. We have a mock "jail cell" and will "jail" a few folks dressed as lobbyists and make a lot of noise in an action on the street. At Near Memorial Circle, Augusta, Feb 29, 3 pm.
Occupy national day of protest in Maine, Feb 29
Action Alert - Sunday, February 26, 2012 

All of the recent far right bills submitted under the LePage Administration have had their origin in model bills from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) drafted by nine task forces. There will be an Occupy solidarity protest against the lobby group ALEC at their Augusta, Maine, legal representative Pretti Flaherty Beliveau offices, Feb 29, noon.
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Ready Seafood gets final permit for Maine’s largest lobster processing operation
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

Ready Seafood has nabbed the last local permit it needs to build a $10 million lobster processing, storage and research center in Saco. On Monday, the city’s Planning Board unanimously approved Ready Seafood’s plan to build a 64,000-square-foot facility on a 40-acre lot at 1016 Route 1. When the building is completed in 12 to 14 months, Ready Seafood will be the largest of Maine’s half-dozen lobster processors, capable of handling 100,000 pounds of Maine’s signature crustacean every day.
Blog: The Common Ground Fair for beginners: 2018 edition
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

Last year, I wrote about how overwhelming the Common Ground Fair can be for beginners. It’s easy to see how someone just getting started with farming, gardening, or homesteading might feel a little overwhelmed at all the amazingness the Common Ground Fair has to offer. So I wrote with some tips and recommended some sessions that looked great for the beginner.
14 Shuckers to Vie for Oyster-Opening Supremacy in Maine
Free Press - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

Fourteen contestants are sharpening their oyster knives for the Maine Champion Oyster Shucking Contest at the Pemaquid Oyster Festival in Damariscotta on Sunday, September 30. The winner will be eligible to compete in the U.S. National Oyster Shucking Contest at St. Mary’s County Oyster Festival in Maryland. The winner of that event will qualify for the World Oyster Opening Championship in Galway, Ireland.
Pro-solar coalition sues, says new metering rules violate Maine law
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

A coalition fighting new state rules that reduce solar power incentives has filed a new lawsuit against Maine’s Public Utilities Commission, arguing that regulators violated state law by approving rules that will raise their costs of connecting to the grid. The Conservation Law Foundation, Natural Resources Council of Maine, solar installer ReVision Energy and the Industrial Energy Consumer Group on Thursday filed their lawsuit in Cumberland County Superior Court, continuing a legal battle against a new system for tracking generation and power consumption by small residential and commercial customers with on-site generators.
King, Poliquin tour Acadia, promote park maintenance funding bill
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

U.S. Sen. Angus King and U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin met at Acadia headquarters with park officials, including Dan Smith, a Maine native and deputy director of the National Park Service who currently is serving as its acting director. In addition to learning more about the park’s deferred maintenance needs, the meeting gave officials the chance to promote legislation pending in Congress that would dedicate $6.5 billion in federal funds toward capital improvement projects spread throughout the National Park Service system.
Massive fire destroys Corinth wood pellet mill
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

A massive fire destroyed a wood pellet mill in Corinth on Wednesday night. More than 20 towns responded to the blaze at the Corinth Wood Pellets Manufacturing, which broke out around 6:30 p.m., according to media reports. Flames tore through the roof and ultimately destroyed the plant as crews worked through the night to extinguish them.
Worker shortage delays completion of Bowdoin building
Forecaster - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

Classes are well underway at Bowdoin’s Roux Center for the Environment, but construction on the college’s first new academic building in more than a decade is still underway due to a shortage of workers. The primary two college departments that will use it are Earth and Oceanographic Science and the Environmental Studies Program. The Roux Center has received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design platinum award.
Candidates for Governor Discuss Energy & the Environment
Free Press - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

Three candidates for governor — Democrat Janet Mills and independents Terry Hayes and Alan Caron — discussed their positions on energy and the environment at a forum last week in Portland. Republican Shawn Moody declined to attend. Attorney General Janet Mills said she supports setting a state goal of switching to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. Hayes said she does not have an energy policy but prefers to have a “level playing field” when it comes to energy sources. Like Mills, Caron said he would set a goal that Maine switch to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 by providing financial incentives to solar and offshore wind power. All three candidates expressed support for charging electricity customers to subsidize the construction of natural gas pipeline capacity into New England.
Preparations for Maine moose hunt heat up as temperatures cool down
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

After record-breaking heat over the summer, and with the memory of a sun-drenched September moose season a year ago still fresh in biologists’ minds, it appears that this year’s moose hunt will begin with more traditional late-September conditions. A total of 835 moose hunters will head into the woods early Monday morning on the first of four hunting sessions to be staged this year. The September hunt and the first October hunt account for 2,005 of the 2,500 permits.
Maine hunter in wheelchair kills big bear
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

I’m inspired by a Mainer in a wheelchair who shot a 300+ pound bear this fall. This fellow, who is in the same ALS support group as me, hunted out of Camel Brook Camps in Fort Kent. ALS has taken almost all the strength from my fingers and hands. I can’t even pull the trigger on a gun. But I’m going to get out with friends, hoping to see them get a deer. I’ve had a lifetime of fabulous hunts, and lots of success. I do not feel the need to shoot another deer.
Lobster industry’s struggles overseas add urgency to driving up demand in U.S.
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

With overseas markets shaky at best, the leaders of Maine’s $1.4 billion lobster industry came together Wednesday to talk about how to drive up demand and get top dollar in the one market they can count on – the United States. It’s a conversation that began long before China slapped a 25 percent tariff on U.S. lobsters, closing the door on a $128.5 million-a-year market, or the European Union inked its trade deal with Canada, driving down European exports by 27 percent.
Opinion: As demand for recycled material shrinks, consumers can take action
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

There is unprecedented low global demand combined with a big glut of recycled materials on the market. We need to create more demand for recycled commodities closer to home. The materials we recycle are too contaminated, so we need to improve the quality. We need to design easy-to-recycle products and ensure people understand what can be recycled. Meanwhile, the uncoordinated town-by-town waste management system is inconsistent, inefficient and inequitable. What you can do to help:
• Reduce waste
• Recycle right
• Redeem your beverage containers
• Buy stuff made with recycled materials
• Support policies for a strong recycling economy
~ Sarah Lakeman, Natural Resources Council of Maine
Letter: Mills undercuts workers by fighting tribal rights to protect water quality
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

In your coverage of this year’s Labor Day breakfast, you mention that Janet Mills “spoke…about her support for Maine workers.” Clearly, Mills’ support does not extend to workers in the Penobscot Nation. Since 2015, she has been engaged in a lawsuit claiming that the Penobscot Nation does not have authority to set water quality standards for the part of the river where their islands rest. Mills’ decision puts the Penobscot people at risk for health complications caused by consuming fish from polluted water. If she wants to support workers’ rights, Mills must be a candidate for all Maine workers and acknowledge that the Penobscot Nation has a right to protect the quality of the water where their islands are located. ~ Morgana Warner-Evans, Portland
Letter: Bear trapping appalling
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

I was appalled and horrified to learn that bears are trapped in Maine. I thought it was bad enough that we are one of the only states left that allow bear-baiting (aka habituating bears to doughnuts and other piles of garbage, then shooting them). Euphemisms like “device,” “harvesting” and “foot restraint” don’t really explain what’s actually being done to the bears. I believe the public has a right to know the details. ~ Jennifer Goldenberg, Bangor
Cape Elizabeth council rejects waterfront lawsuit settlement
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

The Cape Elizabeth Town Council on Wednesday night soundly rejected a mediated court settlement with several waterfront residents who have sued the town claiming ownership of an undeveloped portion of Surf Side Avenue. Under the proposed settlement, the Pilot Point Road residents had agreed to pay the town $500,000 to prevent development of a public shore path between their multimillion-dollar homes and scenic Broad Cove. The council voted 6-1 against the settlement, with several members saying they felt compelled to reject the agreement because it didn’t support the principle of maintaining public access to the shoreline.
Maine Conservation Voters and ReVision Energy Host Belfast Community Solar Tour
Penobscot Bay Pilot - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Wednesday evening, Sept. 19, community members and students from Unity College gathered for a tour of the Belfast Pitcher Road solar array, the first municipal solar project in Maine to be built on a former landfill site. The group went to learn about this innovative project that has inspired a growing number of other municipalities in the state to follow suit, despite Gov. LePage’s repeated veto of bills that would support the growth of solar power in Maine. Sadie Lloyd, City Planner for the City of Belfast, shared the incredible success of this project. "By the end of 2018 the City of Belfast will have the most municipal-owned solar of any city or town in the state, and will be offsetting nearly 90 percent of the municipal electric load," she said.
State, conservation group preserve 24,000 acres of working forest
Other - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Concord Monitor - A heavily forested area of hills, valleys and ponds alongside the Appalachian Trail has been placed under conservation easements in a $6.1 million project which has been in the works for years. The New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands and The Conservation Fund announced Wednesday that a 24,000-acre section of working forestland in the Mahoosuc Mountains, between Berlin and the Maine border, had been preserved with a public-private partnership. The easements will prevent any future development of the land, much of which was previously owned by a forest-products company, but it will still be available for logging as well as for public recreation, from hiking to snowmobiling to hunting and fishing.
Agriculture Secretary Visits Western Maine
Maine Public - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue was in western Maine Wednesday and spent more than an hour listening to comments about the needs of rural areas. Purdue, who was in Farmington with Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin of Maine’s 2nd District, says most people don’t realize the scope of the programs offered by the Department of Agriculture. He says improving the prosperity of rural America is his goal, and that addressing the crisis in opioid use is part of that agenda.
New club working with Topsham to add bike trails
Times Record - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

A group of mountain bikers have revived the push to add a series of mountain bike trails in Topsham. The Six Rivers chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association, a group of bikers from Topsham, Bath and Brunswick is working with the town to develop the trail system behind the transfer station. Another group of bikers first proposed the idea in 2012, but the effort petered out after town officials questioned liability and trail maintenance. A resurgence of interest and a freshly organized group have renewed the talks. Six Rivers also is working with the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust to develop trails at Brunswick Landing.
Maine Lobsters Get Some Herb Before Hitting The Pot
Associated Press - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Lobsters are going to pot in more ways than one. A Maine lobster pound is banking on using marijuana to try to make cooking the crustaceans a little more humane. The business, Charlotte's Legendary Lobster Pound in Southwest Harbor, is owned by a registered medical marijuana caregiver. The owner, Charlotte Gill, says she put a test lobster in a box with a few inches of water before marijuana smoke was blown into the box. She says the animal was calmer for the next three weeks, and she released it into the ocean. Gill plans to use the new method at customers' requests, and then build a larger tank to sedate multiple lobsters at once. It's unknown whether science says pot smoke actually calms lobsters or has any effect on their meat.
Elizabeth Warren Criticized for Climate Change Bill
Fox News - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has introduced the Climate Risk Disclosure Act of 2018, which would mandate that publicly traded companies provide extensive climate-related information, such as greenhouse gas emissions, fossil fuel investments, and risk management strategies for things like rising sea levels and increased temperatures. “Climate change is a real and present danger ― and it will have an enormous effect on the value of company assets,” Warren said. Not everyone, however, is a fan of Warren's legislation. Marc Morano of ClimateDepot.com, on Fox & Friends, argued that Warren's bill would give the Securities and Exchange Commission extensive power to go after companies and "shake them down."
Officials still don’t know when Fiberight will start processing waste
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

A large cluster of automated sorting equipment nearly a story tall sits dormant in the middle of the Fiberight Coastal Resources of Maine facility in Hampden, but officials are still unable to pinpoint when it will begin processing waste. Installation of this recycling and non-organic waste sorting infrastructure, worth $11.5 million, is nearly complete, CEO Craig Stuart-Paul said Tuesday during a facility tour. As for when towns can expect to cease landfilling and send their trash and recyclables to his facility, he’s not sure — but it’ll be sometime this fall.
Maine restaurant gets lobsters high before killing them
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

In an effort to be more humane, the owner of a roadside lobster shack on Mount Desert Island is selling lobsters that have been exposed to marijuana smoke before they are cooked. Charlotte Gill, owner of Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound in the Southwest Harbor village of Seawall, has treated lobster by blowing marijuana smoke into a plastic box with a lobster in it before the lobster goes in the cooking pot. She said killing the lobster by stabbing it through its head or by electrocuting it can be quicker, but also can be cruel if not done correctly.
Fire breaks out at wood-pellet plant in Corinth
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

More than 20 fire departments were fighting a fire that broke out Wednesday evening at a wood-pellet plant in Corinth. The fire was reported around 6 p.m. at the Corinth Wood Pellets manufacturing facility, an emergency dispatcher for the Penobscot County Regional Communications Center said. The dispatcher described the blaze as a large fire that would take time to control. Corinth Wood Pellets LLC manufactures hardwood pellet fuel from wood fiber. The company, formed in 2007, claims to be recognized as the premier wood pellet manufacturer in the state.
The Most Popular Tourist Attraction in Every State: Maine
Other - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Reader's Digest - Maine is brimming with opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors, and one of the best is Acadia National Park. Relish in the hidden beaches sunrises over Cadillac Mountain in the park’s 47,000 unspoiled acres. Acadia is one of the most visited national parks in the country. For an intense hike, check out Precipice Trail, which features narrow ledges, switchbacks, and a 1,000-foot vertical climb to the top.
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