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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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You’ll love this 1901 article about Maine guides
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, July 24, 2017 

Enjoying a notebook of historical stories at Attean Lake Lodge in Jackman, I came across this wonderful article about Maine guides. Wanting to share it with you, I asked Andrea Holden to copy it for me. I am sure you will find it as interesting and enjoyable as I did. The article, published in Outing magazine in 1901, was written by Herbert L. Jillson.
Hampden trash-to-energy plant on track to open April 1 of next year
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 24, 2017 

If all goes to plan, a $69 million waste-to-energy plant planned for Hampden will be up and running by April 1, 2018, according to the partnership that is building it. Sargent Corp. began earth work at the site on July 5 and foundation construction is expected to start in late summer or early fall. Building construction is scheduled to get underway in mid-fall or early winter, the Municipal Review Committee said in its July newsletter. Once constructed, the 144,000-square-foot plant will convert trash from more than 115 communities into biogas, a fuel made from fermented organic materials.
Saco Island targeted for $40 million development
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 24, 2017 

Developer Bernie Saulnier, who lives in Saco, is moving forward with plans for a roughly $40 million project that would include apartments, a boutique hotel, a restaurant, two marinas and a public riverfront path that could connect to the city’s river walk. City officials say the ambitious proposal has the potential to make a significant impact in the core of the downtown, but also have cautioned Saulnier to gather input from the community before submitting formal plans for consideration.
Opinion: Supporters of Katahdin Woods and Waters have spoken
Kennebec Journal - Monday, July 24, 2017 

The Trump administration asked Americans to weigh in on the fate of 27 national monuments, including Katahdin Woods and Waters. The public comments reveal nearly unanimous endorsement. As of July 10, 99.96 percent of the comments supported Maine’s monument. We sincerely hope that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and President Donald Trump acknowledge the overwhelming support and heed the wishes of the vast majority of Americans and protect this gift to our nation forever. ~ Lisa Pohlmann, Natural Resources Council of Maine
Opinion: Portland’s public servants work hard to resolve complex land use issues
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 24, 2017 

Portland has an extraordinary group of committed planning professionals, public servants and private citizens working together to serve the best interest of the community. As willing participants in a contentious public process, they are often subject to emotionally charged commentary. In my experience, their response in the face of often-hostile posturing is respect, courtesy and willingness to engage in lengthy civic dialogue. As a result, decisions are made carefully and with due diligence. ~ Patrick Costin is a Portland architect
Letter: Botanical gardens erosion not a product of negligence
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 24, 2017 

Four minor erosion control incidents at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, noted in the recent Department of Environmental Protection violation notice, occurred after unusually heavy rains and subsequent to prior weekly inspections by a third-party engineer – not because of negligence or improper control installations. All were simply temporary muddy water incursions – not landslides. All were corrected within hours and caused only minor and transient impact to small wooded wetlands. The cause of half the incidents was suspicious, recurring in one small area of repeated trespass and sabotage. Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is centered on stewardship of the environment, long-term sustainability and educational programs. ~ David Emery, Building Committee of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay Harbor
Letter: Land grab about to occur in lovely Cape Elizabeth
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 24, 2017 

Imagine the wealthy paying off public officials in order to get their way. Has this ever happened in this greed-driven capitalistic country? Only all the time! But could it happen in Cape Elizabeth? We hope not, but what other possible explanation can be given when the rights of the town to a beautiful cliffside ocean-view trail are pitched against the few who own land (but don’t pay taxes on it) that is designated as a paper street, and that the town has already voted to keep for 20 more years? What was decided last October can be undone with a few misguided town councilors. Wake up, Mainers! Another land grab is about to occur! ~ Steev Sutton, Cape Elizabeth
Letter: Shift to renewable energy
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 24, 2017 

Increased tick populations and the rise of diseases they carry remind us every day of the threats we face with unchecked climate change. More of these external parasites risks our health and well-being. While the science has never been clearer, the Trump administration and their allies in Congress have been working to roll back climate progress. It’s time for our leaders to move beyond studying the problem and work to cut the pollution fueling global warming and shift to 100 percent renewable energy. ~ Seanna Flynn, Portland
Letter: Monument benefits outweigh negatives
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 24, 2017 

As a former Registered Maine Guide on the Kennebec and West Branch Penobscot rivers, I came to appreciate the Katahdin region in the early 1980s. A lot has changed since then, but the natural beauty of the area remains timeless. The benefits of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and eventually a national park will far outweigh any negative effects. We should all take a long-term view on things like this. ~ Peter Mallory, Sargentville
Open Farm Day in central Maine charms 2- and 4-legged alike
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, July 23, 2017 

Butting Heads Farm on Costello Road in Gardiner, the homestead farm of Jackie and Rod Frost, was one of dozens of farms across central Maine that welcomed folks on Sunday for the 28th annual Open Farm Day.
Augusta downtown food hub proposed as immigrant welcome center
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, July 23, 2017 

A group of people looking for ways to help welcome and integrate a growing number of immigrants and refugees into the community hopes to create a new food market downtown serving up a variety of ethnic foods with shared seating at common tables. One major potential hurdle to their plan, however, is the estimated cost of $1-$1.5 million to build the kind of space the group desires. The proposal, which organizers have dubbed World to Table, would renovate space in a building somewhere on Water Street in Augusta into an open-concept food market, with about five individually owned and operated food booths that would be operated by people serving up ethnic foods, including Iraqi, Syrian, and French Canadian.
Flavor of Yarmouth Clam Festival lingers
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, July 23, 2017 

Yarmouth townies may breathe a sigh of relief now that the Yarmouth Clam Festival – with its crowd of thousands, crawling traffic and mountains of clams to shuck – is behind them. But those who came will savor many memories of this unofficial pinnacle of the summer festival season. More than 100,000 people were expected to attend the three-day event and consume 6,000 pounds of clams, 13,500 lime rickeys, 6,000 lobster rolls and 2,200 pancake breakfasts, along with many other treats.
Flesh-eating bacteria nearly kills man hiking in New Hampshire
Washington Post - Sunday, July 23, 2017 

Wayne Atkins thought little of the blisters he had gotten while hiking. He was trekking up and down the 4,500-foot-high Mount Garfield in New Hampshire — a 10-mile round trip — and blisters were no surprise. He was in the Granite State for a family member’s early June wedding, which went off without a hitch, even with the blisters. But things soured when he returned to Miami. The blisters didn’t go away. In fact, they started hurting more than Atkins expected. And he started feeling ill. Worried, he went to the hospital, where he learned things were much worse than he’d thought, his mother told news organizations. Atkins would spend the next month fighting for his life as his body was devoured by flesh-eating bacteria. His blisters had allowed Streptococcus A to enter his body.
Blog: Becoming a Fly Fisherman; when a moose muddies up the pool
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, July 23, 2017 

We spent the past few days fishing with a seven-year-old and her father at Chandler Lake Camps. A couple of weeks ago her dad had guided us down the Mooseliuk Stream, catching lots of good size native brook trout. Now, Tim Winslow was taking a ‘busman’s holiday’ with his daughter, and we tagged along. We were out in beautiful country, having hiked through what feels like the forest primeval. The sun was shining. We were very close to a moose. There even were few bugs, or maybe they were repelled by my Bug-Off jacket. We were in the North Maine Woods: the way life should be. ~ Genie Jennings
Spike in Bike, Car Crashes Spawns Workshop
Associated Press - Sunday, July 23, 2017 

A growing concern about crashes involving pedestrians and vehicles is leading to a series of workshops sponsored by the Maine Department of Transportation and Bicycle Coalition of Maine. The state says that safety is a two-way street and said attendees will leave with reflective gear and safety tips. Maine saw 17 pedestrian fatalities last year, up from 9 in 2014.
Monarch butterflies return to Southwest Harbor garden after years of absence
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, July 23, 2017 

The butterflies were roosting on a recent foggy morning in Charlotte Rhoades Park and Butterfly Garden. “Their bodies need to be warm in order for them to function — and functioning is nectaring, mating, laying eggs, flying around,” said Ann Judd, master gardener at the butterfly garden since it first opened in 1998 in Southwest Harbor. Judd knows her butterflies, and she’ll be sharing her knowledge with attendees of the garden’s annual butterfly release Thursday. As the garden’s major fundraising event, the butterfly release “keeps the garden going,” Judd said. Located in a town-owned park, the popular garden is maintained by volunteers, and the money they receive from the fundraising event and the donation box at the garden parking lot is spent on supplies and projects to improve the look and function of the garden.
Edibles grab larger share of medical marijuana market
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 23, 2017 

Every few days, Chad Crandall and Emily Isler take a break from tending to the chickens, pigs and crops and head to the kitchen to cook up their weekly supply of marijuana-infused maple sugar candies. The caregivers sell their sweet little confections, which are made from their friends’ maple syrup and marijuana the couple grow on their Jay farm, to their medical marijuana patients. A package of 20 candies costs about $50, plus a $4 state sales tax. This is the face of the fastest-growing segment of Maine’s medical marijuana market. In states where recreational marijuana is legal, edibles represent 10 percent of the total cannabis market, and that number is expected to grow, prompting many Maine medible producers to begin ramping up with an eye on Maine’s looming recreational retail market.
Luxury hotels, fine dining for LePage on taxpayers’ dime
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 23, 2017 

Gov. Paul LePage, his staff and security detail spent more than $35,000 on luxury hotels, restaurants and travel to Washington, D.C., over a three-month period last spring as Maine’s Republican governor attended meetings or sought audiences with members of Congress and the Trump administration. LePage’s appointment calendar also lists dozens of “private appointments” during his four trips to the nation’s capital. His office has refused to provide more details. Taxpayers footed most of the bill for the governor’s travels. The calendar shows that LePage traveled from Presque Isle to Washington and back to Maine in a 24-hour period so he could appear at a news conference where Trump announced plans to review dozens of national monuments, including Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. The monument landed on the review list largely because of LePage’s vocal opposition to the project.
Cultivating the art of practical magic on a Rockport farm
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 23, 2017 

Avena Botanicals, one of Maine’s oldest herb farms and its first certified biodynamic farm of any kind, is a serious business, producing over 1,000 pounds of herbs every growing season and more than 300 different species on three lush acres. But it’s also the agricultural equivalent of a soul spa, capable of making someone feel, setting foot on the property, as if they have just had a massage or fallen under a spell. Deb Soule, a Maine native who has been exploring herbal remedies since she was a teenager in the 1970s, is the presiding queen of the magic. Other herb farmers describe her as an icon and an inspiration.
Brianne Du Clos has created a tool to help wild blueberry farmers
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 23, 2017 

University of Maine Ph.D. candidate Brianne Du Clos has spent a lot of time chasing after Maine’s bees. She’s getting ready to wrap up her doctoral work this fall, but first, she’ll be helping wild blueberry farmers navigate a new tool called BeeMapper she created to help them with their pollination management plans.
AMC’s new lodge lacks historic look, but guests approve
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 23, 2017 

There is no noise from traffic at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s new lodge beside Second Roach Pond, north of Greenville. No cell service, no stores nearby, no high-tech conveniences. It’s your classic Maine sporting camp – located deep in the woods beside a lake with plenty of loons – with one catch. Unlike AMC’s two historic lodges in the Maine woods, this one is practically new and opened July 1. Inside the Medawisla Lodge and Cabins, the rustic pine lodge smells of fresh cut wood. It could pass for a modern mountain home in a glossy magazine.
New book on Trump finds sliver of hope in lowering clouds
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 23, 2017 

If political turbulence has you feeling sick, the patch you might need is Naomi Klein’s book, “No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need” (Haymarket Books, 2017). It describes how this virulent presidency “is a symptom of a deep sickness” within our culture and how our nation might regain not just equilibrium, but healing. The starkest example of Trump's rebranding of reality – and the highest-stakes one – is Trump’s refusal to acknowledge the scientific consensus on climate change. Even as climate disruptions proliferate and intensify, far faster than scientific models had predicted, Trump is easing the way for maximal fossil fuel extraction and minimal checks on carbon emissions.
Column: What’s in a bird name? Better check with the committee
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 23, 2017 

In early July, many birders eagerly await the annual report of the North American Classification Committee of the American Ornithological Society. This committee of professional ornithologists is responsible for making decisions on the splitting or lumping of species, changes in common and scientific names of birds, and changes in the order in which birds appear in official checklists. Like any scientists, ornithologists revisit bird identification and classification as more information becomes available. ~ Herb Wilson
Column: Skip the amenities and try these beaches instead
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 23, 2017 

Sand beaches are something of a rarity in Maine. The most popular stretches of beach – like Old Orchard Beach and York Beach in the south, and Acadia’s Sand Beach farther north – can get crowded pretty quickly. Where can you take your blanket if you want to enjoy beach weather without waiting in traffic, looking for parking or searching for an open spot on the sand? If you’re willing to forego the fried food stands and T-shirt shops of southern Maine’s popular destinations, a trip to Drift Inn Beach in Port Clyde and Birch Point Beach State Park in Owls Head are a couple of my favorite, less-crowded sand beaches in the state. ~ Jake Christie
Letter: Pingree earns her wings by supporting Alaskan refuge
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 23, 2017 

The recent sightings of a snowy owl and drake king eider in Maine are unusual, since both these species should be in the Arctic at this time of year. It is a reminder that many of the birds and waterfowl we enjoy seeing and listening to here in Maine rely on distant areas for summer breeding grounds. The Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a critical breeding ground for hundreds of species of migratory birds from around the world. I applaud Rep. Chellie Pingree for supporting legislation that would designate this critical habitat as wilderness. ~ Andrew Cadot, Portland
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