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Winter Wildlife Photography, Jan 5
Event - Posted - Friday, December 28, 2012 

Join Andy Anderson, nature photographer, on a winter adventure on the grounds of Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden, Jan 5, 1-3 pm, $10/Maine Audubon member; $15/nonmember. Advance registration required.
SAM Sportsman’s Congress, Jan 4
Event - Posted - Friday, December 28, 2012 

The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine will host its annual Sportsman’s Congress at SAM’s Augusta Conference Center on Jan 4, 9 am - 3:30 pm. $20.
Whales and Ales at the Sea Dog, Jan 4
Event - Posted - Friday, December 28, 2012 

Zack Klyver, chief naturalist for Bar Harbor Whale Watch, will present amazing photos and a talk about the natural history and conservation of whales. At Sea Dog Restaurant, River Driver event room, Bangor, Jan 4, 7 pm. Sponsored by Penobscot Valley Chapter of Maine Audubon.
Goranson Farm: An Uncertain Harvest, Jan 3 & 5
Announcement - Thursday, December 27, 2012 

This film follows a small organic farm in Dresden, Maine, during its most difficult season in 25 years. Maine Public TV, January 3 at 10 pm and Jan 5 at 11 am .
Baxter State Park & Katahdin, Jan 2
Event - Posted - Thursday, December 27, 2012 

Illustrated presentation by John Neff and Howard Whitcomb on “Baxter State Park & Katahdin: A Photographic History.” At Curtis Library, Brunswick, Jan 2, 12:15 pm.
Free National Parks Entrance Days in 2013
Announcement - Wednesday, December 26, 2012 

265 of the 398 U.S. National Park System units do not charge any entrance fee. For those parks that do have a fee, the fees will be waived on nearly a dozen days in 2013, including: Jan 21, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Apr 22-26; National Park Week; Aug 25, National Park Service Birthday; Sep 28, National Public Lands Day; and Nov 9-11, Veterans Day weekend.
NRCM Dip & Dash against Climate Change, Dec 31
Event - Posted - Wednesday, December 26, 2012 

The Natural Resources Council of Maine's 2012 Polar Dip and Dash is fast-approaching. Meet the morning of Dec 31 at Portland's East End Beach for a 5K run around Back Bay, then take the plunge at noon into the icy Atlantic. The event is a fun way to raise awareness and funds for NRCM's work to curb climate change that threatens Maine's coastline, leaf-peeping and ski industries, and causes so many other problems for Maine and the planet.
National Parks Business Plan Internship
Announcement - Tuesday, December 25, 2012 

The National Parks Business Plan Internship is a highly selective summer program for top graduate students studying business, public policy, environmental management, and related fields. Over the course of eleven weeks, pairs of interns work in various parks and regional offices across the country, where they lead strategic projects that impact the long-term health of America's national parks. Applications due Jan 13.
Chasing Ice
Announcement - Saturday, December 22, 2012 

In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk. Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet.
Nature Time: Winter Session, Jan 14 – Feb 25
Event - Posted - Friday, December 21, 2012 

Nature in winter is a wonderful, mysterious time. Children ages 2 to 4, come to our wintertime nature-based program with stories, creative play, and art projects. Caregivers participate too. At Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden, Mondays, Jan 14 – Feb 25, 10-11:00 am. $50/Audubon member, $60/nonmember per child for 7-week session. Advance registration required.
Maine DEP Seeks State Sustainability Stewards for Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence
Announcement - Wednesday, December 19, 2012 

The Department of Environmental Protection is seeking nominations for the annual environmental excellence awards. The awards honor entities that go beyond standard techniques or regulatory requirements to creatively meet environmental challenges or opportunities. The categories: businesses with 19 or fewer employees; businesses with 20 to 99 employees; businesses with 100 or more employees; local, state federal or tribal entities; not-for-profit organizations; and new ventures begun in the last 24 months. Deadline is Feb 22.
Help Wanted: The Working Waterfront Editor
Announcement - Saturday, December 15, 2012 

This position oversees all aspects of the Island Institute’s monthly newspaper. In addition, the editor is responsible for the paper’s website and for assisting with production of the annual Island Journal.
Western Maine Passport to the Arts
Announcement - Friday, December 14, 2012 

Western Maine’s mountains, forests, lakes and rivers have long been an inspiration for artists in every genre. The new Western Maine Passport to the Arts will help visitors experience this rich culture by providing great discounts, deals and incentives on performance tickets, arts, crafts, lodging and meals in Oxford and Franklin Counties. Provides one-time discounts valued at more than $300 to attend performances or purchase art at 22 venues and galleries as well as 17 accommodations, restaurants and other associated businesses. $20.
New Views of Earth at Night
Announcement - Monday, December 10, 2012 

Scientists have unveiled an unprecedented new look at our planet at night. A global composite image, constructed using cloud-free night images from a new NASA and NOAA satellite, shows the glow of natural and human-built phenomena across the planet in greater detail than ever before. Note that northern Maine is the largest remaining dark (wild) place in the eastern U.S.
Wildlife, landscape art exhibit
Announcement - Sunday, December 9, 2012 

The Maine Arts Commission presents an exhibition of landscape photography and painted bas-reliefs of birds through February in Maine's Capitol Complex as part of the agency's Arts in the Capitol program. The works by John and Cynthia Orcutt and Hugh Verrier were previously exhibited at the Schoolhouse Gallery in Kingfield. The work is on display for the public throughout the week at the Maine State House from 8 am to 5 pm, and at the Blaine House from 2 to 4 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Those wishing to see the work at the Blaine House should call ahead.
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Volunteers needed for native brook trout posters
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Saturday, July 21, 2018 

The Native Fish Coalition, Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine and Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife are seeking volunteers to help post informational signs on Maine’s State Heritage Fish lakes and ponds. The goal of this project is to protect this irreplaceable resource from the introduction of invasive fish, the number one threat to Maine’s wild native brook trout. These signs will let anglers know where they are, the threats to these waters, and what laws are in place to protect them.
Curbside pickup helps turn your table scraps into rich compost
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, July 21, 2018 

ScrapDogs is the newest and most northern of the state’s few residential curbside compost collectors. Garbage to Garden, a Portland-based company that was founded in 2012, picks up compost at homes in Portland, South Portland, Falmouth, Cumberland, Yarmouth, Westbrook, Cape Elizabeth, Brunswick and Bath. We Compost It!, based in Scarborough focuses primarily on commercial compost collection but does do curbside residential pickup in parts of Portland, Brunswick and Kennebunkport and transfer station compost pickup in certain locations. One thing that drives these businesses is the reality that Mainers send a lot of food and organic material to landfills and incinerators.
Opinion: Healthy Lakes: The invisible platoons of conservation
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, July 21, 2018 

Platoons of volunteers, led by experts, have surveyed all the Belgrade Lakes, often more than once. Combined, we are a good-intentioned army fighting the good fight for the future enjoyment of our fellow citizens. Like the military, we used air and “sea” support (aerial photography and boat tours of the lakes). We conservationists are fighting for the boaters, fishermen, and swimmers of today and the future. People love their lakes, and they want to help. Threats to human health are studied, diagnosed, and treated. That’s what conservationists do for the lakes you love. ~ Doug “Woody” Woodsum, Lake Trust
Letter: Losing Maine farmers is not acceptable
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, July 21, 2018 

Maine should make it a priority to support all Maine farmers. They work very hard to provide food and dairy products for our homes and should not be shut out by the callousness of a conglomerate. I am willing to pay extra for Maine farm products if it ensures that the farmers can raise and support their families. I see our farmers out plowing and planting their fields on very hot days, and I see the dairy cows outside and realize how much work it takes to operate a farm. I do not want my milk and farm products coming from out of state. We are losing more Maine farmers each day, and this is not acceptable. ~ Linda L. Allen, Windham
Letter: Mainers called upon to support PRINT Act
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, July 21, 2018 

I urge everyone to call and write to their Maine members of Congress to support a bill called the PRINT Act (H.R. 6031/S.2835) to save the newspaper and publishing industries. President Trump has ordered tariffs on newsprint and publishing, which will cripple both industries, causing newspapers to cut back staff and pages being printed, and send the cost of buying newspapers and books through the ceiling. Sen. Susan Collins has introduced this bipartisan bill, which has 29 co-sponsors, including Sen. Angus King and Rep. Bruce Poliquin. ~ Pat Davidson Reef, Falmouth
Norovirus caused the illnesses that prompted Bridgton to close Woods Pond Beach
Portland Press Herald - Friday, July 20, 2018 

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said norovirus is what made nearly 100 people sick this month after they swam at Woods Pond Beach in Bridgton or had contact with someone who did. Norovirus is a gastrointestinal disease that spreads easily from person to person. People who put their heads under water or swallowed water while swimming were at greater risk of infection, but several people who were not at the beach caught got sick after caring for someone who was ill.
The Lost Forests of New England - Eastern Old Growth
Other - Friday, July 20, 2018 

A film about New England's ancient, old growth forests...what they once were, what changes have taken place across central New England since European settlers arrived, and what our remnant old growth stands look like today.
Belfast shipyard lands maritime grant
Portland Press Herald - Friday, July 20, 2018 

Front Street Shipyard in Belfast has been awarded a more than half-million dollar grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration. The shipyard will put the $667,028 award toward purchase of a machine that “will streamline the construction of custom and production vessels, reducing costs and improving quality of the end-products.” Capable of cutting nearly any material including stainless steel and titanium, the new machine will cut very large parts such as wooden frames for recreational boat molds and carbon fiber panels for commercial ferry construction.
Some in Sanford urged to boil water after pipe break
Journal Tribune - Friday, July 20, 2018 

Customers of the Sanford Water District in the industrial park area are being advised to boil water prior to use because of the possibility of water contamination. Apparently, a contractor working behind the airport in the industrial park accidentally broke a water line and the boil water alert is precautionary.
Trump ups tariff threat, slams Fed, big U.S. trading partners
Associated Press - Friday, July 20, 2018 

President Trump has indicated that he’s willing to hit every product imported from China with tariffs and again criticized the Federal Reserve, as well as some of the nation’s biggest trading partners. The comments sent U.S. markets sliding early Friday. China has retaliated with duties of its own. Beijing is targeting sectors, like [Maine lobsters].
Fish and Wildlife Department Critical of CMP Plan
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, July 20, 2018 

Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has stepped up big time to criticize Central Maine Power’s proposal to construct a massive new transmission line through Maine to move electricity from Quebec to Massachusetts. The good people of New Hampshire rejected CMP’s proposal, so they’ve moved it to Maine. DIFW identified lots of troubling things in CMP’s plan and issued a lengthy list of changes that would have to be made to protect fish and wildlife and the habitats they depend on.
Drilling in Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to get fast review
Washington Post - Friday, July 20, 2018 

The Interior Department has commissioned an expedited environmental review of the impact of leasing part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil and gas drilling, according to a document released under the Freedom of Information Act. The nearly $1.7 million contract that Interior signed on April 8 with Colorado-based Environmental Management and Planning Solutions, Inc. shows how rapidly the Trump administration is moving ahead with its plans to open up the refuge’s coastal plain to energy exploration.
Support for the Endangered Species Act remains high as Trump administration and Congress try to gut it
Other - Friday, July 20, 2018 

The Endangered Species Act, or “the Act,” is arguably the most important law in the United States for conserving biodiversity and arresting the extinction of species. Congress passed the ESA in 1973 with strong bipartisan support at the behest of a Republican president. Since its passage, the Act has helped reverse and stop declines in numerous species and served as a model for similar laws around the world. Nevertheless, the Trump Administration this week proposed to severely curtail the scope of the Act. In contrast to the often-repeated statement that the Act is controversial, these data suggest that support for the law among the general population is robust and has remained so for at least two decades.
How Mainers are working to prevent the coast from losing public access
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 20, 2018 

Maine Coast Heritage Trust Director of Communications Rich Knox said, “About 1 percent of the coast is open to commercial and public recreational access that’s guaranteed. We’re trying to keep the coast open to people.” Since it was founded in 1970, MCHT has conserved 150,000 acres and 322 islands along the Maine coast, establishing more than 100 public preserves from Kittery to Lubec. All of these preserves are open to the public to visit for free, offering a wide variety of recreational opportunities including camping, hiking, boating and hunting.
Bruce Poliquin backs GOP bid to smother carbon tax
Sun Journal - Friday, July 20, 2018 

U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, a two-term GOP lawmaker from Maine’s 2nd District, joined colleagues Thursday to approve a resolution that insisted a carbon tax “would be detrimental to American families and businesses, and is not in the best interest of the United States.” A near-party-line vote backed the proposal, 229-180. Poliquin was the only representative from New England to back the resolution. Shawn Moody, Maine GOP’s gubernatorial candidate, recently said he thinks a carbon tax “would dramatically increase home heating bills for Mainers, if enacted here.”
Opinion: The truth about mega-biomass
Other - Friday, July 20, 2018 

Concord (NH) Monitor - Gov. Chris Sununu recently extended subsides to the Burgess biomass plant in Berlin another three years. How much could the state accomplish if that $100 million was used to develop low-carbon footprint energy policies, instead of subsidizing wholesale forest destruction in [northern New Hampshire and western Maine] followed by massive carbon emissions from Burgess? ~ Jamie Sayen
Letter: Parking garages are bad for waterfront, traffic, Portland residents
Portland Press Herald - Friday, July 20, 2018 

Developer Jonathan Cohen is asking the city to increase the allowable building height along the eastern Waterfront so his company can erect a 600-car parking garage at 100 Fore St., where Hamilton Marine is presently located. To grant this request would be to allow the permanent desecration of Portland’s beautiful harbor frontage in order to invite in 600 more cars to add to the glut of traffic on Franklin and Commercial streets. Since when do we have to roll over every time a developer sees an opportunity to exploit our waterfront for profit? It’s time to say “no.” ~ Tica Douglas, Portland
Work starts on removal of 200-year-old dam on Sheepscot River
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, July 19, 2018 

Work began Thursday to remove a roughly 200-year-old dam in the upper Sheepscot River to improve fish passage while providing the town of Whitefield with a more reliable source of water to fight fires. The removal of the Coopers Mills dam – located roughly a dozen miles east of the State House in Augusta – is part of a three-year, roughly $2 million campaign to improve fish passage in a river within the heart of midcoast Maine that is home to Atlantic salmon, sturgeon, alewives and other sea-run fish. The projects also aim to preserve some of the history surrounding historic dams and mills while enhancing public access.
Column: Some Maine birds are Montana birds too
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 19, 2018 

My recent trek took me through South Dakota, Montana, Alberta and Saskatchewan, then back home via all the remaining Canadian provinces between there and here. Traveling is a good chance to get reacquainted with humility. I have a superpower. I know almost every sound a Maine bird can make. However, put me in the Rockies among unfamiliar birds and my powers weaken. It’s kryptonite. But wait. Many Maine birds are also Montana birds. ~ Bob Duchesne
DRA campers explore the Damariscotta River watershed by canoe
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 19, 2018 

Six campers from Damariscotta River Association’s Camp Mummichog paddled into South Bristol on Friday, July 13 after a four-day canoe trip along the length of the Damariscotta River watershed. The campers learned different paddling strokes and how to handle their canoes under a variety of conditions, such as wind or a strong current. along the way the paddlers spoke with an artist, a harbormaster, and a marine researcher.
Persuasive 2nd-grader prompts Portland to ban plastic straws in City Hall cafe
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, July 19, 2018 

Portland has joined the growing backlash against disposable plastic straws by ending their use in the Clock Tower Cafe at City Hall. The move comes the day after a persuasive second-grader from Ocean Avenue Elementary School, Phoebe MacDonald, spoke to the City Council’s Sustainability & Transportation Committee on Wednesday night and urged the city to make the transition.
Endangered Species Act stripped of key provisions in Trump administration proposal
Washington Post - Thursday, July 19, 2018 

The Trump administration unveiled a proposal Thursday that would strip the Endangered Species Act of key provisions, a move that conservationists say will weaken a law enacted 45 years ago to keep plants and animals in decline from going extinct. The proposal would end the practice of extending similar protections to species regardless of whether they are listed as endangered or threatened. In another rollback, the administration wants officials to consider economic impacts when determining how wildlife should be protected.
Class-action Lawsuit Targets Alleged Utility Overbilling
Associated Press - Thursday, July 19, 2018 

A class-action lawsuit aims to recoup alleged overbilling of Central Maine Power customers last winter. The lawsuit filed Thursday adds to the woes for the state's largest electric utility. CMP already is facing dual investigations over complaints of overbilling, one by the Maine Public Utilities Commission and another by an independent auditor. Attorney Sumner Lipman said it's not clear what caused the overcharges but he told reporters that the facts speak for themselves. He said 97,000 customers' bills increased by 50 percent or more, and another 200,000 saw smaller increases up to 50 percent.
Column: Rabies and Red Flags
Times Record - Thursday, July 19, 2018 

Summer in Maine used to mean shorts and T-shirts, some sunscreen and insect spray. Now I wear a wide hat, long sleeves and pants tucked into my socks when anywhere ticks or Browntail hairs might be encountered, and a dust mask when mowing the lawn. Such is the new, now mournfully shrimpless, Maine. Until a few years ago my urban Bath yard was never visited by deer or foxes. Now that’s commonplace. I looked up from gardening the other day to lock eyes with a very close and surreally beautiful gray fox. We starred at each other equally surprised at our worlds apart shared proximity, while I tried not to think of rabies. ~ Gary Anderson
BIW, Round Pond firm to pay $447K in EPA settlements
Mainebiz - Thursday, July 19, 2018 

Two Maine companies must pay nearly $500,000 in civil penalties to settle federal complaints that they failed to file required reports about their use of toxic chemicals. Bath Iron Works agreed to pay $355,000 to resolve allegations by the Environmental Protection Agency that the company did not report handling of chromium, copper, manganese and nickel as required by the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, according to an EPA news release. The EPA also reported that Masters Machine Co. of Round Pond will pay a $92,210 penalty to settle EPA complaints that it did not submit the required reports for its use of copper during 2013-2015, and for the use of lead in 2014. Masters is a manufacturer of precision aerospace, automotive and electrical components.
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