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Vote YES for Maine Woods National Park
Action Alert - Thursday, March 31, 2011 

Here is your opportunity to help the future Maine Woods National Park. Please vote YES on the Bangor Daily News poll right away. Thanks!
Maine State House Watch: Lawmaker seeks process to recall Maine governor
Announcement - Thursday, March 31, 2011 

Rep. Cynthia Dill is proposing that a process be created for Maine citizens to recall the governor, legislators and constitutional officers. While the Maine Constitution has provisions for impeachment, it does not set out a process for citizens to initiate elected state officials' removal from office. Eighteen other states have a recall process.
Maine State House Watch: LePage flees state
Announcement - Wednesday, March 30, 2011 

Press Secretary Adrienne Bennett says Gov. Paul LePage has been working six days a week during the three months he has been in his new job and wants a break, so he is heading to Jamaica for a week of golfing. Meanwhile, the state legislature is getting into the busiest part of its session.
Ecology of wild rice, Apr 6
Event - Posted - Wednesday, March 30, 2011 

The University of Maine at Fort Kent will host a discussion on the conservation biology and ecology of wild rice with Dr. Anthony Kern at 10 am, April 6, in Nadeau Hall.
Nepal travel, Apr 6
Event - Posted - Wednesday, March 30, 2011 

Sandie Sabaka of Hope, Maine, will talk about her six weeks of travel in Nepal. At the Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Ave, Portland, April 6, 7 pm. Sponsored by Maine Outdoor Adventure Club.
Trekking with Jamling Tenzing Norgay, Apr 6
Event - Posted - Wednesday, March 30, 2011 

Madelyn Given will talk about trekking to Kanchenjunga with Jamling Tenzing Norgay, son of Tenzing Norgay, who summitted Everest with Edmund Hillary, camping on the Zemu Glacier, visiting monasteries, and eating in the homes of the Lepcha people in India. At Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, April 6, potluck dinner begins at 6 pm, followed by the presentation at 7 pm.
LDs 1129 & 1185, Kid-Safe Products Act, Mar 29
Action Alert - Monday, March 28, 2011 

LD 1129 would gut Maine's Kid-Safe Products Act, which the Legislature passed nearly unanimously in 2008. It would stop protections from toxic chemicals in many products that kids are exposed to, would ignore the best available science by favoring industry studies over independent peer-reviewed research, and would reject evidence of harm from animal tests and wildlife studies. In contrast, LD 1185 is supported by environmental groups. A hearing is scheduled at the Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Cross State Office Building, Augusta, Room 216, March 29, 1:30 pm.
Maine Sportsman's Show, Apr 1-3
Event - Posted - Sunday, March 27, 2011 

The 31st State of Maine Sportsman's Show kicks off at 1 p.m. Friday, April 1, and runs through 5 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at the Augusta Civic Center.
Maine State House Watch: LePage says Freedom of Access Act a form of 'internal terrorism'
Action Alert - Sunday, March 27, 2011 

On March 14, leaders of Maine's three branches of government and their aides met. Gov. Paul LePage spoke about a range of priorities before turning to Maine's Freedom of Access Act (FOAA). Rather than use this opportunity to invoke the importance of government transparency, LePage blasted Maine's access law. He complained that his office has received too many requests, responding has become too time-consuming and that new limits on the public's right to know are needed. Then, LePage took things further, saying "FOAA is being used as a form of internal terrorism." You read that correctly. He compared the pursuit of public documents to violent acts. Even for a governor known for off-color statements, that's beyond the pale. ~ Mike Tipping
MLCV Field Director
Announcement - Sunday, March 27, 2011 

The Maine League of Conservation Voters, a statewide, non-partisan, nonprofit organization, is seeking a full-time Field Director to run the organizing and political programs of MLCV and its affiliated Political Action Committee, and the civic engagement activities of its sister organization, the Maine Conservation Voters Education Fund.

Experiencing Isle Royale National Park, Mar 29
Event - Posted - Friday, March 25, 2011 

Carey Kish will present a slide show and talk on Isle Royale National Park, an international biosphere reserve and designated island wilderness in Lake Superior. He will also sneak in a few words and photos on a visit to western national parks that should be on everyone’s to-do list. At Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, March 29, potluck dinner at 6 pm followed by the presentation at 7 pm.
Climate change, economy, human rights lectures, Mar 29, Mar 31, Apr 26
Event - Posted - Friday, March 25, 2011 

In an effort to offer pole-to-pole perspectives on the changing environment, the economy, foreign policy, global health, human rights and sustainability, the University of Maine is presenting lectures by three renowned climate change experts March 29, March 31 and April 26.
Wind Power Impacts on Wildlife
Action Alert - Friday, March 25, 2011 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants comments on two draft documents containing guidelines designed to be used for all utility-scale and community-scale land-based, wind energy projects proposed for private or public lands. The guidelines will be used by developers, federal agencies, and state organizations for selecting sites for wind energy projects. They are intended to address the potential negative effects of wind energy development on fish, wildlife, and their habitats. These guidelines are not designed for off-shore wind energy projects. Deadline for comments is May 19, 2011.
COA Marine Policy Series
Event - Posted - Friday, March 25, 2011 

College of the Atlantic is presenting a weekly series of talks about the health and management policies of marine resources this spring. The speakers’ presentations are Thursdays at 4:10 pm in the McCormick Lecture Hall:
• March 31: Cecily Pingree talks about her film titled “Filmmaking for Social Change.”
• April 7: Karen Alexander speaks on “Historical Marine Ecology in the Gulf of Maine.”
• April 14: Ted Ames speaks on “Perspectives on the Population Structures of the Cod Family and 1920s Alewives.”
• April 21: Carla Guenther offers a socioecological analysis of marine protected areas in Calif.
• April 28: Justin Huston speaks on “Our Coast: The Future of Coastal Management in Nova Scotia.”
Maine State House Watch: 'Daily Show' spoofs LePage
Announcement - Friday, March 25, 2011 

Jon Stewart: The relationship between Republican governors and their states goes from cool new boyfriend to psychotic stepdad.
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Kennebunkport announces Goose Rocks Beach dog rules
Other - Saturday, May 26, 2018 

The town of Kennebunkport has an ordinance requiring dogs to be leashed in certain areas of town, including the Goose Rocks area. Piping plovers, which are protected under the Endangered Species Act, nest on the beach. Maine Audubon, with volunteers, erects and maintains enclosures around the nests. Harassing these birds is a federal offense. The police department will provide extra patrols during the summer season and, along with animal control, will enforce laws.
Local waste coalition could grant its communities permission to send trash to PERC
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 26, 2018 

The Municipal Review Committee might temporarily allow its more than 100 member communities to send their waste to the Penobscot Energy Recovery Center rather than have it landfilled. The MRC Board of Directors is slated to discuss and possibly vote on an agreement at its May 31 meeting that would allow its central, northern and Down East communities a temporary waiver to send their waste to PERC, rather than the Crossroads Landfill in Norridgewock. MRC communities have been sending their waste to Crossroads and the Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town since April 1 as a last resort, once it became clear the waste-to-biofuel Fiberight facility in Hampden was months behind its construction schedule.
Maine tourism industry has a sunny outlook as critical summer season kicks off
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, May 26, 2018 

Visitors started flooding into Maine on Friday to enjoy the long Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start to the state’s tourism season. The next few months are critical for Maine’s tourism industry, and state officials are optimistic that more people will visit the state in 2018, continuing a five-year growth trend. “Two-thirds of our business does come during the summertime, but we have seen remarkable growth in the offseason, particularly winter and fall,” said Steve Lyons, director of the Maine Office of Tourism.
Letter: Officials abet plundering by Central Maine Power
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, May 26, 2018 

P-C = A-R. Pro-Corporate = Anti-Ratepayers. Solution: Money talks. Here’s how it would work: Maine Public Utilities Commission members would forfeit any and all monetary entitlements while they continue to shuffle papers until this magnum boondoggle is settled to the satisfaction of the ratepayers, rather than abetting a monetary serial ravager, Central Maine Power, as it continues submitting artificially inflated electric bills. It may appear harsh to the commissioners; however, they can always ask CMP for financial assistance! ~ Ray Berard Sr., Windham
Maine Forest Service finds timber harvesters using best practices
Turner Publishing - Friday, May 25, 2018 

The Maine Forest Service has released the results of a study on the use and effectiveness of forestry best management practices at timber harvests across the state from 2016-2017. Findings were positive as far as using the practices, which protect water quality. The practices are voluntary measures.
Wood Conference connects forest products to designers
Other - Friday, May 25, 2018 

The Maine Wood and Sustainability conference May 9 at the University of Southern Maine brought together architects, engineers, builders and developers. It also highlighted the use of mass timber/CLT. Alex Ingraham, president of Pingree Associates, said, “It was really encouraging to see so many people in one room from very disparate backgrounds excited about wood and the potential growth of forest products and the local Maine Economy. Hopefully this is the first of many successful conferences.”
Windham readies for legal battle over proposed quarry near Forest Lake
Portland Press Herald - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Windham is digging in for a legal battle over a proposed quarry near Forest Lake after the developer filed a lawsuit in Cumberland County court this week. Jim Pross, an Auburn-based lawyer representing Elvin Copp and his son Randy Copp of CSG Properties and Copp Equipment, told the Windham Town Council at its meeting Tuesday that the lawsuit was filed earlier that day as a result of the town’s emergency moratorium on all new mineral extraction activities. The council originally passed the 180-day mineral extraction moratorium in April after Forest Lake area residents repeatedly filled Town Council and Planning Board meetings to express concerns about the Copps’ proposed quarry.
Augusta eyes plan to turn historic mill building into cultural hub
Kennebec Journal - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Plans to restore and re-purpose the only remaining building of the massive riverfront Edwards mill complex may rely on attracting a private developer or organization with $3 million to spend. The complex at one time employed thousands of Franco-Americans who came to Augusta to create a better life for their families by toiling and sweating in the cotton mill. Advocates for renovating the piece of Augusta’s working-class history for new uses — such as a cafe and museum or heritage center — say it could pay tribute to the people whose labor fueled the growth of the city and could draw visitors to an area they say is a largely undiscovered gem.
Vegan & Plant-Based Living
Maine Public - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Maine Calling guests discuss how more people are turning to vegan diets for their health and for philosophical reasons, while others are embracing more plant-based eating, which may not qualify as vegan or vegetarian, but might minimize meat as part of each meal. Learn how to be vegan or to shift to plant-based living.
Catalyst to sell Rumford paper mill to Hong Kong company
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Catalyst Paper, the Canadian company that last July said it planned to pump $56 million into a new tissue-making machine to tap what it called a growing market for the product, said Friday it has agreed to sell its Rumford, Maine, and Biron, Wisconsin, mills to ND Paper LLC of Hong Kong for $175 million. ND Paper, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings) Ltd., said the purchase is an important step in its global fiber and customer strategies.
Chinese company to buy Rumford paper mill
Sun Journal - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Catalyst Paper announced plans Friday to sell the Rumford paper mill and a mill in Wisconsin to a subsidiary of Nine Dragons Paper of Hong Kong for $175 million. An operations center in Dayton, Ohio, is also included in the sales agreement. Nine Dragons Paper is the largest containerboard producer in China and the mills would be its first in the U.S. “We are very pleased to welcome the Rumford and Biron mills to the Nine Dragons family,” Nine Dragons Chairwoman Yan Cheung said in a statement. Forbes magazine’s World’s Billionaires index on Friday listed Cheung’s net worth at $2.1 billion and noted that her husband and younger brother, also with the company, were also billionaires.
What Adam Cote learned at a stalled clean energy company now fuels his campaign
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Clean energy companies have “been playing defense” during the LePage years. The trials of Adam Cote’s company shed light on how his business career has shaped his approach to achieving his goal of powering Maine by 100 percent clean energy within 10 years and how it ties into a broader economic plan for the state.
Katahdin Woods and Waters finally has its own map
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 25, 2018 

The first recreational map for Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument available for purchase was recently released by the Maine-based company Map Adventures LLC, offering outdoor enthusiasts a detailed look at the trails, roads, boat launches and campsites of KWW and surrounding communities. The waterproof map, which costs $9.95, is now available at retail outlets throughout the Katahdin region and online at www.mapadventures.com. It was created in partnership with Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters, a nonprofit group that promotes and supports the new monument, which was established in August 2016.
Best Swimming Holes in New England
Yankee Magazine - Friday, May 25, 2018 

For a truly old-fashioned, New England dose of summer pleasure, get your bathing suit and go jump in a swimming hole. Top picks from Maine include Frenchmen's Hole at Sunday River, and Emerald Pool at Charles Brook at the Cold River Campground in the White Mountain National Forest on the ME/NH border.
Proposed farm bill could mean bad news for Maine’s organic farmers
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 25, 2018 

When the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass the massive $867 billion 2018 farm bill last week, that was good news for Maine’s small family farms and organic growers according to those who work closely with them. But there remains concerns that language in the Senate’s unreleased version could still spell disaster for Maine’s organic and small growers.
Opinion: Would Rachel Carson eat organic?
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Did Rachel Carson's 1962 book “Silent Spring” launch our modern organic farming movement, as many organic advocates and businesses often suggest? Actually, no. That movement began in Austria in 1924, led by a mystic philosopher named Rudolf Steiner. Organic farmers use no synthetic chemicals at all, but Carson found this approach needlessly strict. She favored a restrained use of pesticides, but not a complete elimination, and did not oppose judicious use of manufactured fertilizers — which are prohibited in organic farming. ~ Robert Paarlberg, Harvard University
Maine’s becoming a hub for the animal health industry – and that’s good for the economy
Portland Press Herald - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Looking at $100 million in new investment, companies such as Idexx, Dechra, ImmuCell and Vets First Choice say the area's growing industry cluster creates a magnet for workers and could get the region's economy purring.
Acadia weighs ‘residents only’ pass as part of new traffic plan
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 25, 2018 

As they shape their latest transportation plan, Acadia National Park officials are sorting through ideas that include a “residents only” park pass. With park traffic having increased by 60 percent during the past decade, park officials in April unveiled their draft of a plan to ease congestion and improve visitors’ safety and quality of experience. The proposal includes a car reservation system for the park’s most popular spots. The plan’s 60-day review period, during which people can critique the plan and present their own ideas, ends June 26.
Here’s the traditional Memorial Day boating safety update, which shouldn’t be ignored
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Over the upcoming long weekend, families around the state will head to lakes and ponds to enjoy some of the activities that make summers in Maine so fun. They’ll launch their power boats, and go for a paddle in canoes, and gather up the kids for a leisurely kayak trip along the shore. And sadly, some won’t come back. Wear a life jacket.
Letter: Supporting Luchini
Mount Desert Islander - Friday, May 25, 2018 

I am writing to support Louie Luchini’s candidacy in the primary election on June 12. Luchini fights to protect Maine’s precious natural resources. His advocacy for clean water, clean air, building a clean energy economy and confronting climate change have been recognized by the Maine Conservation Voters, who have given him their endorsement in this Senate race. In fact, during his eight years in the House, Luchini earned a perfect voting score record from the Maine Conservation Voters. ~ Susan Whitby, Southwest Harbor
Electricity Maine founders' 'business divorce' gets ugly
Sun Journal - Thursday, May 24, 2018 

After more than 30 years in business together founding Auburn companies, including Electricity Maine, Emile Clavet and Kevin Dean have apparently decided the gloves are off. The high-stakes fight between the two former Auburn residents includes charges of lies and distortions, allegations of drug trafficking and claims totaling millions of dollars. In 2011, Clavet and Dean founded Electricity Maine with a vow to undercut the state’s standard offer price for electricity, signing up more than 150,000 customers in the first year. The company eventually ran into legal problems when customers claimed they were transferred to higher rates without their permission.
Katahdin Woods and Waters balancing 'wild' with infrastructure needs
Sun Journal - Thursday, May 24, 2018 

It’s new, it’s wild and the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is open to be explored. That was the basis of a discussion by Andrew Bossie, executive director of Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters, Thursday during the final Great Falls Forum of the season at the Lewiston Public Library.
New Hampshire committee rejects Northern Pass appeal
Associated Press - Thursday, May 24, 2018 

The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee unanimously voted on Thursday to deny a request by Eversource to rehear the $1.6 billion, 192-mile Northern Pass transmission line project. It first voted against the project in February, which resulted in Massachusetts abandoning plans to contract with the project to fulfill its clean energy needs. The Massachusetts Office of Energy said it would reverse course and terminate the earlier selection of Eversource’s Northern Pass project. The state will instead move toward an agreement with New England Clean Energy Connect, a hydropower project proposed by Central Maine Power Co.
Watchdog Agency Calls For Changes To Bottle Deposit Law
Maine Public - Thursday, May 24, 2018 

The legislature’s watchdog agency is recommending that lawmakers do a comprehensive review of the state’s bottle deposit law, passed first by voters at referendum in 1976. The office of Program Evaluation And Government Accountability reviewed the history and operations of the bottle deposit law, and it concluded that lawmakers need to consider several changes to make the law work more efficiently. The report suggests several improvements in data collection and recommends changing language in the current law that it found to be confusing.
Pigs found buried on Swanville farm close to emaciated, state documents say
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 24, 2018 

A Swanville farmer, Jerry Ireland, has entered a plea of not guilty to 13 counts of cruelty to animals charges filed after state animal welfare officials exhumed a dozen Mangalitsa pigs that he allegedly shot, killed and buried on his property a day before the agents were scheduled to check on them.
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