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What happens when a reporter goes to a turkey farm
WLBZ-TV2 - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 

The number of young turkeys (poults is the technical term) brought into the state increased by 30 percent this year. That is a good sign for the industry. But why do more people seem to be buying from local farms instead of just going to the store? I went to one of the largest turkey farms in the state: Pine Tree Poultry in New Sharon.
30,000+ petitions delivered to Energy Sec. Perry
Other - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 

Earlier this month, Environment America delivered more than 30,000 petitions from all 50 states to the Department of Energy calling on Secretary Rick Perry to stop trying to block clean energy. The group started this campaign in response to concerning comments Secretary Perry made hinting that he might undercut state renewable energy standards. He recently proposed a rule that would require that the federal government intervene to support old, dirty energy sources like coal.
Thanksgiving Bucks – Got one, Lost one
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 

I’ve had some memorable hunts on Thanksgiving mornings, before gathering with family for the annual feast. Here are two of my most memorable Thanksgiving encounters with big bucks.
Hunters Asked To Step Up Game Meat Donation As Holidays Near
Associated Press - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is asking hunters to participate in the Hunters for the Hungry program. The State uses the program to distribute game meat donations to food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. The program is accepting donations of deer, moose and bear meat. The main hunting seasons for those animals all end on Saturday. The program also takes road kill donations as long as the meat isn't damaged.
Forest pest spreads, forcing Maine landowners to cut down hemlocks
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 

A tiny pest that has devastated hemlock forests from southern Appalachia to New England is steadily spreading in Maine, forcing some landowners to choose between saving and harvesting trees. The hemlock woolly adelgid – a sap-sucking insect barely the size of a pinhead – first arrived in York County via natural spread of the insects in 2003. Since then, the adelgid has reached four other Maine counties and is now considered “established” in scattered areas of more than 40 towns. An invasive transplant from Asia, the hemlock woolly adelgid targets only the tree species that lends it its name.
Letter: Land down to low-tide mark used to be part of shore properties
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 

Regarding Steven C. Pomelow’s Nov. 17 letter in the Press Herald, about the ownership of land between high and low tides: Without doubt, the state took claim to it sometime during the past 100 years or so. However, at least through the 1850s, as attested to in a great number of transactions recorded from 1845 to 1854 at the Cumberland County Registry of Deeds, it belonged to the parties owning the property along the high-tide shoreline, all the way out to the low-water mark, with width equaling shoreline boundaries. The tracts in question were sold to the Atlantic and St. Lawrence Railroad and its successor Grand Trunk Railway. ~ John R. Davis, Grand Trunk Railway historian, South Paris
Downeaster service could be extended from Brunswick to Rockland
Forecaster - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 

Passenger rail officials are testing tracks from Brunswick to Rockland for a possible extension of Downeaster service from Boston. Patricia Quinn, executive director of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, last week said the operation is in its early stages, and whether the proposal can move forward is contingent upon the condition of the tracks. Service from Boston now ends in Brunswick. If the Rockland extension comes to fruition, Quinn said NNEPRA hopes to begin service by next Memorial Day and have it run through Columbus Day.
Scientists Again Recommend Moratorium On Maine Shrimp Fishery
Maine Public - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 

For the sixth straight year, federal scientists are recommending a moratorium on commercial fishing of northern shrimp in the Gulf of Maine. The small, sweet-tasting invertebrates’ numbers and biomass in the gulf have been dropping steadily, reaching their lowest recorded level this year, according to Max Appelman, who coordinates the fishery’s management for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.
Judge Hears Arguments On Whether Oil Pipeline, Terminating In South Portland, Can Reverse Flow
Maine Public - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 

Attorneys were back in federal court Tuesday arguing about a lawsuit brought by the Portland Pipe Line Corp. against the City of South Portland over its Clear Skies Ordinance. In August, U.S. District Judge John Woodcock rejected the city’s request to dismiss the lawsuit. But the city says last month’s cancellation of a massive pipeline project in Canada has undermined the company’s case. The Portland Pipe Line Corp. would like to reverse the flow of its 236-mile pipeline and send crude oil from Montreal to South Portland. But the city’s Clear Skies Ordinance, adopted with broad support from residents three years ago, effectively prohibits that.
South Portland urges federal judge to halt company’s lawsuit over oil pipeline
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 

Lawyers for the city of South Portland were back in U.S. District Court in Portland on Tuesday, once again pressing a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed nearly three years ago by the Portland Pipe Line Corp. The company is fighting to overturn a 2014 city ordinance that banned the shipping of crude oil from South Portland’s waterfront and effectively blocked the company from reversing the flow of its pipeline, which currently transports a dwindling amount of imported crude to refineries in Montreal.
Strong Maine outdoors brand seen as key to attracting more young people to live here
Mainebiz - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 

A coalition of outdoor business and entrepreneurs in Maine is collaborating on a branding effort they hope will lure young people to live and work in the state, which they see as an essential step toward strengthening the state's economy. The Maine Outdoor Brands alliance began with six members less than a year ago, but now has nearly 30 in a collaboration that organizers say will give the outdoor industry a "stronger voice" in business development efforts. At a news conference Monday to introduce the alliance, founder Jim Hauptman said a main goal is to help Maine "with one of its most pressing challenges, attracting young people to our state."
USDA's $388K grant to fund UMaine's potato-breeding research
Mainebiz - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a $388,000 grant to the University of Maine at Orono to study potato breeding and improve quality and pest resistance in the eastern United States. According to the Maine Potato Board's 2016 report, Maine farmers grew 14.49 million pounds of potatoes on 46,000 acres — compared to the average since 1999 of 16.25 million pounds on 57,067 acres. In 2015, Maine was the sixth highest potato-growing state in the United States.
Customs mandates threaten The Cat ferry service to Nova Scotia
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 

The federal government plans to suspend Customs screening at Portland’s international ferry terminal unless the city spends $6-7 million to upgrade the terminal, which the city has no plans to do. Shuttering the terminal could end The Cat ferry service between Portland and Nova Scotia in 2018.
Dispute between feds and Portland could kill The Cat ferry service
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 

The federal border protection agency plans to close its operations at Portland’s international ferry terminal, a move that would effectively end The Cat ferry service between Canada and Maine’s largest city. U.S. Customs and Border Protection doesn’t plan to provide entry and exit screenings at the Ocean Gateway terminal next year because the facility doesn’t meet federal standards necessary to ensure the safety of its officers and passengers on the Portland-Nova Scotia ferry, an agency spokesman said.
Maine lobster, the most valuable species in US seas, hit by Trump’s trade stance
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 

Maine lobster has become more valuable than any other single species commercially fished in the United States, but trade policies pursued by President Donald Trump could reduce its annual worth for the first time in nearly a decade. Trump is pursuing efforts to renegotiate trade deals with Mexico, Canada, and South Korea, the fifth-largest importer of Maine lobster. He also pulled the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation free-trade agreement, and has talked tough on trade with Europe.
Maine Opponents Protest Advance Of Keystone Pipeline Project
Maine Public - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 

Climate activists rallied in Portland Monday evening in response to the Public Service Commission of Nebraska's approval of the alternate route for the Keystone XL pipeline. But rally organizers, including Glen Brand of the Sierra Club, also saw the commission's 3-2 decision to reject TransCanada's preferred route as a partial victory. "This sets up another whole series of bureaucratic hurdles, where we are going to be - Sierra Club certainly is going to be - suing, but there are many ways to intervene in the process," Brand says. "We've been at this for years and we intend to double our efforts to stop the pipeline."
Column: Changes in county populations mean more than you might think
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 

Maine is the oldest (median age of 45 versus national average of 38) and whitest (94% versus 62% for the whole country) state in the nation, and we need to attract more young people (of all colors) if we are to revive our economy. True, but the wrenching changes it implies for our public policy is not fully appreciated. Population growth is associated with higher income growth. Population loss is tantamount to greater economic dependence. As employment opportunities decline, those who can do so move away to find a new source of earnings elsewhere, and those who remain become more dependent, either on their own saved earnings from the past or on government transfer payments. We must come to treat economic upheaval more as a natural disaster that demands concerted common action and less as a “failing” of people living in certain areas. ~ Charles Lawton
Editorial: Faced with threat to shellfish industry, Maine has its head in the sand
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 

What is at risk here is nothing short of the future of the aquaculture and fishing sectors of this state,” Sebastian Belle, executive director of the Maine Aquaculture Association, told state legislators in 2015. Without research conducted along the Maine coast, we won’t know how lobsters are responding to ocean acidity at different ages and in different areas. We won’t be able to identify areas of the state most affected by runoff and formulate ways to mitigate that impact. We won’t be able to move fishermen away from troubled spots, or properly prepare for major changes in an industry that defines communities up and down the coast. Maine’s marine economy is heading into the next century blind.
Book review: Caught: the reality behind the first fishermen's co-op
Working Waterfront - Monday, November 20, 2017 

With text by by Glen Libby and photos by Antonia Small, "Caught: time. place. fish." recounts the rise, near falls, complications, and reasons behind his effort to create a fishermen's co-op off the beaten path on Maine's Midcoast. A remarkable book about the reality of life. ~ Dana Wilde
‘Codfather’ Scandal Shuts Out Boats From Cod, Flounder Fisheries
Maine Public - Monday, November 20, 2017 

Federal regulators are shutting down fishing rights for a significant portion of New England’s stressed groundfish stocks, such as cod and flounder. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says managers for a New Bedford, Massachusetts-based sector undermined conservation goals while disgraced fishing magnate Carlos Rafael was falsifying catch reports.
New documentary shows how biofuels lobby played parliament
Other - Monday, November 20, 2017 

A new documentary, 'Green Gold', out this week tells the story of how the European Union decided to embrace the use of biofuels, only to find out that it had not properly considered all the negative consequences.
Land trust offers Green Friday hike in Falmouth
Forecaster - Monday, November 20, 2017 

A guided hike through the Blackstrap Hill Preserve is being hosted the day after Thanksgiving in a bid to get people moving after a big holiday meal. The Green Friday Hike is also designed to show people what the Falmouth Land Trust has to offer.
8 Maine trail networks with geocache treasure hunts
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Monday, November 20, 2017 

For those new to geocaching, it’s a simple worldwide game. In a nutshell, participants around the world have hidden little containers called geocaches, or caches, in public places, such as trail networks, parks and historical sites. Each cache contains a logbook, and some caches also contain little treasures. Some places are better for geocaching than others. The following are eight Maine trail networks that are just loaded with geocaches.
Maine's Short Days Fuel Concern Over High Number Of Pedestrian and Cyclist Deaths
Maine Public - Monday, November 20, 2017 

Twenty pedestrians and two cyclists have died in Maine this year after being hit by cars, according to the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. The number of pedestrians and bicyclists struck and killed by cars has grown dramatically over the last few years. Bicycle Coalition Executive Director John Williams says distracted driving was likely a major factor. "We think that a lot of that is caused by drivers paying attention to their cell phone or other electronic devices and it's an increasing concern." A common thread among most of the deaths is that they took place in "low light conditions," heightening concern as Maine heads into its darkest part of the year.
Editorial: Chemical apologist is the wrong man to oversee national chemical safety
Bangor Daily News - Monday, November 20, 2017 

President Donald Trump has nominated Dourson, a chemical industry consultant, to oversee the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. Dourson isn’t just your run of the mill chemical company apologist. He built a career helping companies, like Exxon, Dow Chemical and Koch Industries, weaken and evade federal chemical safety laws. He previously did the same thing for tobacco companies. This is precisely the wrong person to ensure Americans aren’t poisoned by chemicals and toxic pollution. The Senate must reject Dourson’s nomination.
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