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Maine State House Watch: Gubernatorial inauguration to be less 'dry'
Action Alert - Friday, December 31, 2010 

There will be no poetry read at this year's gubernatorial inauguration for Republican Paul LePage. No "chorale-style, dry singing" either. Instead, inaugural attendees will hear the 195th Army Band of the Maine National Guard. The inauguration will take place at the Augusta Civic Center on January 5 at 11:30 a.m., followed by a reception at 7 p.m. Both events are invitation-only.
LURC to Decide Kibby Wind Power Expansion Project, Jan 5
Action Alert - Friday, December 31, 2010 

The Maine Land Use Regulation Commission is scheduled to make a final decision on approval of the proposal by TransCanada Maine Wind Development for installation of 11 turbines in Kibby and Chain of Ponds Twps. At Spectacular Event Center, Bangor, Jan 5, 10 a.m.
Maine State House Watch: George Smith laments LePage lagging
Action Alert - Thursday, December 30, 2010 

Governor-elect Paul LePage is in Florida, returning Thursday night, so he hasn’t interviewed anyone this week. With many key cabinet positions undecided, the man has a lot of work to do if he’s going to have the entire cabinet named by January 5, as he said he would.
Maine State House Watch: Letter from Hampden
Action Alert - Wednesday, December 29, 2010 

Who knew that under the tree would be a job from Daddy? I had mused during the election how Mr. LePage’s previous employment working for Marden’s would assist him in approaching the question of unemployment. I hadn’t thought of the time-honored tradition of hiring family first. That may work at Marden’s, but in Augusta, it always comes at a cost, no discount.
Maine State House Watch: MPA not trying to recall LePage
Action Alert - Tuesday, December 28, 2010 

The Maine People's Alliance released a statement today saying they are not circulating a petition to remove Gov.-elect Paul LePage from office. In a Monday opinion piece LePage Communications Director Dan Demeritt wrote that "word on the street is that the Maine People's Alliance is already circulating a petition to remove Paul LePage from office." MPA says while it is going door to door to talk to Mainers about LePage's "plans to eliminate regulations on polluters" it is not trying to recall the governor.
Maine State House Watch: Lauren LePage perfect choice
Other - Monday, December 27, 2010 

Since Gov.-elect Paul LePage announced his decision to add his daughter Lauren to his staff many have been fixated on what Lauren LePage gets. You will not find someone more qualified to serve in a position of trust in a LePage administration than a LePage.
Stanton Bird Club to hear about Maine eagles, Jan 3
Event - Posted - Monday, December 27, 2010 

A discussion about Eagles in Maine will be presented at a meeting of the Stanton Bird Club. The presentation will be by Pam Richardson, game keeper at the Maine Wildlife Park, and will feature Lawrence, a 5-year-old bald eagle. At the Auburn Public Library, Jan 3 at 6 p.m.
BDN Opens Outdoors Web Page to Bloggers
Announcement - Saturday, December 25, 2010 

The Bangor Daily News is opening its Outdoors web page to established or aspiring bloggers. Contact Outdoors editor Jeff Strout at jstrout@bangordailynews.com.
A Christmas Poem by Dave Corrigan, Registered Maine Master Guide
Action Alert - Saturday, December 25, 2010 

It was Christmas Eve Day and true to my soul
I was out on The Mountain, taking a stroll
I crossed over the brook and then up the slope
Just wandering and dreaming and looking for hope...
Maine State House Watch: Letter from East Machias
Action Alert - Friday, December 24, 2010 

Gov.-elect Paul LePage has complained that state commissioners are not paid enough, but state employees are overpaid. This is in keeping with LePage’s campaign promise to run Maine like a business. In a typical business (such as Marden’s), the executives get paid in excess of $250,000 while the employees get paid minimum wage.
Maine State House Watch: LePage chooses daughter for administration post
Action Alert - Thursday, December 23, 2010 

Gov.-elect Paul LePage has appointed his daughter to a staff position within the upper echelon of his administration. Lauren LePage, 22, will serve as a salaried political appointee earning approximately $41,000 a year as assistant to the governor’s chief of staff.
No Wolf Delisting
Announcement - Thursday, December 23, 2010 

Anti-wolf groups had sought to advance legislation in Congress to remove Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves throughout the United States. In the end, Congress did not cave in to special interests who tried to use the wolf issue as an opportunity to weaken the ESA — our nation’s safety net for fish, plants and wildlife on the brink of extinction. However, conservationists expect that special interests will try again next year to undermine the Endangered Species Act.
Allagash fundraising to be launched
Announcement - Thursday, December 23, 2010 

One of the objectives in a new Strategic Plan for Maine's Allagash Wilderness Waterway calls for establishment of "a private find-raising foundation, independent of the Waterway administration and management, to obtain donations..." The AWW Advisory Council hopes to catalyze formation of an Allagash Foundation and AWW Endowment Fund in 2011.
Maine State House Watch: Waterville Council bans adult business in downtown; LePage objects, moves to Augusta
Action Alert - Wednesday, December 22, 2010 

Despite objections raised by outgoing Mayor Paul LePage, the Waterville City Council on Tuesday night voted unanimously to prohibit "adult entertainment businesses, including pornography, nudity, escort services, massage parlors" from the city's downtown area....Maine's governor-elect has sold his Waterville home and is planning to move into the Blaine House with his wife, daughter and mother-in-law....
Moose at Viles Arboretum
Announcement - Wednesday, December 22, 2010 

Come see the moose. Fall’s Taxidermy Studio in Dixfield has loaned a moose to the Viles Arboretum in Augusta in support of new and expanding public outreach and educational initiatives.
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On the NFCT with filmmaker Brad Tallent
Other - Monday, November 20, 2017 

Canoe & Kayak magazine - Filmmakers Brad Tallent and Austin Graham, the co-founders of Adventureitus Productions, along with their partners, Megan Tallent and Mallory Hirschler, canoed the length of the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail, shooting an intriguing teaser and developing a series of video guides for each section of the water trail, which stretches from New York to Maine. Brad says, "I really looked forward to the Allagash and St. John rivers. Section 13 lived up to everything I could have asked for and more."
Verso third quarter financial results
Other - Monday, November 20, 2017 

Verso reported financial results for the third quarter of 2017. Net sales for the third quarter of 2017 decreased by $54 million compared to the third quarter of 2016. The sales decline was primarily attributable to a decrease in total sales volume due to the general softening of demand for coated papers and capacity reductions at the Androscoggin Mill, partially offset by a 1 percent increase in price.
Online sustainability journal Spire calls
Courier-Gazette - Monday, November 20, 2017 

Spire, the Maine Journal of Conservation and Sustainability, invites submissions for the second issue of the online journal, slated for release in spring 2018. ​Spire's editorial team of graduate and undergraduate students at UMaine is accepting submissions through Sunday, Dec. 10.
Editorial: Jensen Bissell — He Took on a Tough Job as Director of Baxter State Park, and Did It Well
Maine Sportsman - Monday, November 20, 2017 

Jensen Bissell, who has served as Park DIrector for Baxter State Park for more than 12 years, recently announced he will retire at the end of the year. Throughout his time as director, Bissell allowed himself to be guided by the near-religious tenets of Governor Baxter, who conditioned the many deeds to the property by mandating that the park lands were to be "maintained primarily as a wilderness," while "recreational purposes are to be regarded as of secondary importance" toward the goal of keeping the area "forever wild."
Letter: Accolades for Jensen Bissell, Retiring Director of Baxter State Park
Maine Sportsman - Monday, November 20, 2017 

Jensen Bissell [who announced October 18 that he would be retiring as Park Director on December 31] has done an exemplary job at Baxter State Park. From his early work on the Scientific Forest Management Area, to his efforts to put the park on a solid financial footing, to being a quiet but persistent force to carry on Percival Baxter's vision, Jensen has been professional, fair, humble and dedicated. ~ Jym St. Pierre, Board Secretary, Friends of Baxter State Park
Here’s why you should be alarmed by the changing climate
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, November 20, 2017 

What will it take to convince you that climate change is happening and is a problem that must be addressed? Perhaps Lyme disease and deer ticks? The terrible loss of commercial fisheries along the Maine coast, as the ocean water warms? The huge number of moose dying from ticks? Erratic weather including a frightening increase in fires, floods, and hurricanes? The increase in the number of Maine cases of Anaplasmosis? If our country is going to tackle this, we need Congress to step up on several key issues, including stopping the President’s proposed cuts in the EPA’s budget, repeal of rules protecting our streams, rivers, lakes and ponds, and revival of the coal industry.
Opinion: All quiet on the climate front
Bangor Daily News - Monday, November 20, 2017 

“Promoting coal at a climate summit is like promoting tobacco at a cancer summit,” said Michael Bloomberg, the former New York mayor, but President Donald J. Trump did exactly that. He sent a team of American diplomats and energy executives to the annual world climate summit, that was held this year in Bonn, Germany, to extol the wonders of “clean” coal. Bloomberg, now a U.N. special envoy for climate change, got it right. ~ Gwynne Dyer
Maine Says More Than 400K Farm Acres To Transfer In 10 years
Associated Press - Monday, November 20, 2017 

Maine officials say more than 400,000 acres of Maine farmland will transition ownership over the next 10 years. The coming transfer of ownership is the focus of an upcoming conference scheduled for Dec. 4 at the Augusta Civic Center. It's co-hosted by Maine Farmland Trust and Land For Good.
Under threat of Trump cuts, Maine labs find clever ways to pay for science
Bangor Daily News - Monday, November 20, 2017 

The Trump administration’s proposal to slash federal science funding by $4.3 billion in the 2018 budget strikes across the nation’s science organizations. In Maine, the proposed 22 percent cut for the National Institutes of Health would most impact the state’s world-renowned biomedical research institutions like Bar Harbor’s Jackson Laboratory and MDI Biological Laboratory. The University of Maine in Orono gets state and federal funds from multiple agencies including the National Science Foundation, whose budget the president recommended cutting 13 percent, and the Department of Defense, facing a 15 percent cut. Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay could get hit by a potential 11 percent drop in the Environmental Protection Agency budget.
Maine Legislature has long to-do list when it returns in January
Portland Press Herald - Monday, November 20, 2017 

State lawmakers will face a long list of bills when they return to work in January – including measures on solar and hydropower regulation – in a second session with a high risk of grandstanding by those who are running for higher office in the November 2018 election. Several key lawmakers are running for governor or Congress. Among that group are Senate President Mike Thibodeau, Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason, House Minority Leader Ken Fredette, all Republicans running for governor; and House Assistant Majority Leader Jared Golden, a Democrat who is seeking the 2nd Congressional District seat.
Letter: Portland arborist stepped up for ‘Forest City’
Portland Press Herald - Monday, November 20, 2017 

Our wonderful city recently suffered an unusually vicious rain and wind storm that took down many of its graceful and mature trees. Fortunately, however, we are blessed as a community to have aForestry Division, led by our city arborist, Jeff Tarling, who responded to the emergency with care, efficiency and good judgment. Jeff and his team made urgent and critical decisions to protect the safety of our citizens and preserve the integrity of our beautiful “Forest City.” ~ Phyllis Givertz, Portland
New Label Will Promote Food Grown By Maine Veterans
Associated Press - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

Maine agriculture officials say they have reached an agreement with United Farmer Veterans of Maine to promote agricultural products grown by the state's veterans. The promotion will include a new "MaineGrown by Vets" label. The agriculture department and veterans group say they've also reached agreement to mutually market the new label. Supporters of the new label say it will give Maine veterans a chance to showcase their products "as a veteran produced product off a veteran owned farm in Maine."
Lobster Catch Might be Less this Year
Associated Press - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

Members of the lobster industry say Maine's lobster haul might be less this year, and prices have drifted downward for both lobstermen and consumers. American lobster fishing is in the midst of a multiyear boom, with Maine fishermen setting a record of nearly 131 million pounds last year. Fishermen in the state have caught more than 100 million pounds for six years in a row after never previously reaching that total. But market analyst John Sackton says some in the industry believe catch could be as much as 30 percent off this year. Meanwhile, prices for live lobsters are lagging behind last year. Maine is far and away the biggest lobster producing state in the U.S. Maine fishermen accounted for more than 80 percent of the nationwide catch last year.
Legal dispute snags revitalization of Old Town mill
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

The latest attempt to transform a shuttered pulp mill in Old Town into a production center for wood-based energy and fuels is tangled in a lawsuit filed by a prospective buyer, who says he was illegally pushed out of a $10 million deal in favor of a competitor. Samuel Eakin of Cape Elizabeth, the managing director of Relentless Capital Co. and an allied company, Old Town Utility & Technology Park, who hoped to sell wood-based energy to UMaine, sues over breach of contract and wants the sale to a third party blocked. The university operates the Forest Bioproducts Research Center in a corner of the mill, where it’s working to commercialize fuels, chemicals and materials made from wood. That’s why the future of the Old Town mill has taken on a broader significance.
State largely ignores role as seas grow more acidic
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

Despite a bipartisan recognition of a threat to Maine's shellfish industry, leadership on the issue has fallen to a group of concerned volunteers. “For a state whose identity and economy is so heavily dependent on marine resources, I think it is really shameful that we are not doing enough to look at the threats of changing ocean chemistry,” says Bill Mook, who had to develop water treatment systems after watching acidic water kill crop after crop of newly hatched oysters. Rep. Devin says, “It’s the governor and a few of his minions that have blocked the ocean acidification bills. We’re not going to be able to do anything environmental with Governor LePage in office.”
Scientist Steve Eayrs knows how to build a better fish trap
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

Steve Eayrs, a research scientist at Gulf of Maine Research Institute since 2007, who works in the area of fish behavior and gear technology, has designed some new spins on old gear, intended to make fishing more efficient and sustainable.
Maine farmers raising turkeys in record numbers
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

Maine farmers are increasingly raising turkeys for the meat market with the number of live turkey poults being brought into the state up 30 percent in the last year. Farmers say they’re responding to a demand for locally raised meat and a lucrative market.
Planting of Atlantic salmon eggs in Kennebec River starting to pay dividends
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

Atlantic salmon were first listed as threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2000 in a small portion of Maine. In 2009 the list was expanded and the salmon’s status was elevated to endangered. Since 2010 as many as 300,000 to 1 million Atlantic salmon eggs grown in a hatchery have been planted, or seeded, in the Kennebec watershed. The Sandy isn’t the only river in Maine where hatchery-grown eggs are planted. Marine Resources also has planted salmon eggs in the Sheepscot and Penobscot rivers, the Downeast Salmon Federation has in the Machias, Pleasant and Narraguagus rivers, and the Saco River Salmon Restoration Alliance has in the Saco.
Column: Finish the season with a local paddle
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

We are wrapping up our 2017 canoeing with the theme of getting out there one last time before the snow flies, and exploring someplace close to home. In our case that means an outing on the nearby Androscoggin River in Brunswick. The big windstorm of a few weeks ago has created extra yard work for many of us, so getting away for a daylong outing is not as likely right now. A few hours on the water in a pretty setting provides a much-needed therapeutic interlude. ~ Michael Perry
Column: Extra preparation worth it for the joy of winter hiking
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

Hiking during the winter feels like a totally different exercise than the rest of the year, with a solitude and silence that don’t exist during the warmer months. The flow of rivers slows to a trickle or stops completely, and many animals migrate to warmer climates or begin to hibernate. The buzz of insects, a constant annoyance during the summer, dies completely. And, while some hardy souls enjoy hiking during the winter, the trails empty almost completely. The cold also makes winter hiking a more dangerous adventure. This isn’t meant to discourage winter hiking, but to encourage those embarking on it to take due caution and prepare. ~ Josh Christie
Column: Perspective needed in debate on deer scents
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

The threat of Chronic Wasting Disease is very real. It continues to spread, though we still don’t know how, or ultimately what impact that could have on wild deer populations. We could take the cautious approach and ban urine-based scents based solely on the possibility that something could happen, though there’s no real evidence to support that notion. Or we could let hunters continue to spend their $9 an ounce and hope nothing bad does happen. I guess the right course of action is a matter of perspective. ~ Bob Humphrey
Opinion: The rare beauty of a 64-crayon fall day
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

This was a Crayola kind of day. What’s that, you say? Well, it’s a day where if I had a box of 64 Crayola crayons and, if I could draw, I could use every single color! Oh! If I could only draw! ~ Anne Cataldo, Boothbay
Letter: Birding adds joy to exploring Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

Deirdre Fleming’s Nov. 5 story about deer hunters who enjoy birding was right on the mark. My wife, Linda, and I started birding 12 years ago, and I wish we’d started much sooner. Birding adds so much to our trips, and we now often travel just to see birds. You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy birding in Maine. And it sure does add a wonderful element to spending time in our great outdoors. ~ George Smith, Mount Vernon
Column: Elk hunt, part 2: The trail food search
Sun Journal - Saturday, November 18, 2017 

This is part two of a three part column series about my fall elk hunt to Colorado. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Big backlash resurrects big-game ban
Washington Post - Saturday, November 18, 2017 

A combination of public and private pressure prompted President Trump to overturn his administration’s recent move to allow elephants shot for sport in Zimbabwe and Zambia to be imported back to the United States as trophies, according to interviews with several individuals briefed on the decision. Trump’s announcement Friday that he was putting the decision “on hold” until he could personally review it marked animal welfare activists’ first federal victory since the president took office in January.
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