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Monday, April 24, 2017
It was a busy day last Tuesday at the Rockland Ferry Terminal with two ferries ready to take on passengers and vehicles. (Photo by Dan Kirchoff)
It was a busy day last Tuesday at the Rockland Ferry Terminal with two ferries ready to take on passengers and vehicles. (Photo by Dan Kirchoff)
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  • Unlike most fisheries in the world, the lobster industry is actually experiencing an unprecedented boom despite centuries of sustained harvesting. Last year, the lobster catch was a record 130 million pounds . . .
  • Could the Gulf of Maine’s Ground Fishery Rebound?
    “The English had discovered living resources that would attract, shape, and sustain the communities of the coast of Maine for the next four centuries,” wrote journalist and historian Colin Woodard of the bounty that once existed in the Gulf of Maine in . . .
  • Where You Live May Determine How You Die
    Americans who want to ensure they have a say in how they die should examine the lessons of Oregon, a new analysis suggests. Seriously ill people in that state are more likely to have their end-of-life wishes honored . . .
  • The Past, Present and Future of Maine Seafood
    Although Maine has a rich and storied cultural history, Mainers have never been known for their culinary sophistication. Fisherman Obideah Smith pretty well summed up classic Maine cuisine in the 1943 book “Village Down East,” a portrait of . . .
  • Searsport Dredging and Port Upgrade on MDOT Plan for 2018
    A $3 million dredging project and a $6.4 million upgrade to the port of Searsport are on the Maine Department of Transportation work plan for 2018 and 2019. . . .
  • Road construction is starting up again in Thomaston, with other Route 1 work planned for Camden and Searsport. . . .
  • Republican Senator Susan Collins has signaled that she is considering running for governor to replace Gov. Paul LePage when his term ends in 2018. “The question for me is where can I do the most good for the people of Maine” . . .
  • Battered but Still Standing, Land for Maine’s Future Turns 30
    Since 1987, when Maine voters approved the first Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) bond, the program has been working to help protect land of statewide significance from development. Now 30 years old, the LMF program, by most measures . . .
  • Lawmakers Consider Controversial Bills Targeting Immigrants
    As a wave of anti-immigrant sentiment sweeps the nation, Maine lawmakers will take up a series of bills targeting undocumented immigrants and refugees in the Judiciary Committee in Room 438 of the State House . . .
  • Phish Drummer Jonathan Fishman Running for Lincolnville Selectman
    “We need new blood in the political process, and you are that new blood,” Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders told his supporters following his loss last year in the hotly contested Democratic presidential primary“ . . .
  • DuPont to Purchase FMC Plant in Rockland
    Last Friday, FMC Corpora- tion announced a deal that would include selling its carrageenan manufacturing plant in Rockland to the Delaware-based chemical conglomerate DuPont. Under the deal, DuPont will acquire FMC’s Health . . .
  • Pond Scum Linked to Health Concerns, Maybe Lou Gehrig’s
    About a decade ago a hospital in New Hampshire started to notice that many of their patients with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, lived near a local lake. ALS is a fatal neurological disease that affects the . . .
  • PUC Staff Recommends Against Subsidizing LNG Storage Projects — LePage Disagrees
    The LePage administration is lobbying the Maine Public Utilities Commission to approve up to $500 million in taxpayer subsidies to construct liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage facilities in the state. The governor’s latest effort . . .
  • State Park Cuts, the Maine Public Lands Takeover, and $3 Million Missing
    The proposal to cut 24 seasonal state park jobs, increase forest service jobs, and permanently shift Maine Public Lands under the control of the Maine Forest Service did not appear to win support from legislators last week as they . . .
  • Maine’s New Forest Economy — The Forest Industry Reinvents Itself
    When the Maine Pulp and Paper Association, an industry advocacy group, closed its doors due to lack of membership earlier this year, it seemed that King Paper was dead. . . .
  • Maine, coming in at number nine, is in the top 10 states that are most dependent on the federal government, according to the research and personal finance website WalletHub.com. The site used data from the Census, the federal Bureau . . .
  • Maine has left over $1.9 billion in federal funds on the table for health care, public assistance, public health and infrastructure programs since Gov. Paul LePage took office, according to a new report by the liberal-leaning Maine Center . . .
  • Reaction to the President’s Proposed Budget Outline
    Every year, the president is supposed to offer a budget proposal to Congress by or before the first Monday in February, but typically during presidential transition years a budget outline, or “skinny budget,” is presented. That is what President . . .
  • 11 Ways the EPA Has Helped Americans
    The budget proposal Donald Trump’s administration announced last week will slash the Environmental Protection Agency’s funding by nearly a third, crippling an agency that has played a key — but often unnoticed — role in American life . . .
  • Maine’s Older Workforce Faces Cuts to Training Under Trump Proposal
    Among the proposed cuts under President Trump’s budget that will affect Mainers is the elimination of a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) program that retrains older workers for new jobs. Maine has the oldest population of any state . . .
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