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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
  • Committee Set to Vote on Bill to Preserve Solar Incentives
    Renewable energy advocates and utilities are once again squaring off over the future of solar policy in Maine. Last week, the Legislature’s Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee held a public hearing for a bill . . .
  • Committee Kills Anti-Offshore Wind Turbine Bill
    On Wednesday, a bipartisan legislative committee wasted no time in unanimously voting down a measure sponsored by Sen. Dana Dow (R-Lincoln Cty.) that would have cancelled the University of Maine’s . . .
  • Peer-to-Peer Recovery Center Opening in Rockland
    Midcoast residents recovering from alcohol and drug addiction will soon have a sober place to support their recovery with the grand opening — from noon to 6 p.m. on Monday, May 8 — of the Coastal Recovery Community . . .
  • Monhegan Residents Weigh In on Wind Bill
    Monhegan residents, fishermen and environmental groups packed a committee room in Augusta Tuesday to testify on a bill that would cancel the University of Maine’s proposed 12-megawatt floating . . .
  • Committee Passes Overhaul of Metallic Mining Regulations
    The Legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee has overwhelmingly endorsed legislation to ban open-pit mining and put stricter regulations on the extraction of metallic minerals in Maine. . . .
  • Offshore Wind Test Project “Dead in the Water” If Bill Passes
    Monhegan residents are preparing for a heated showdown in Augusta next week over a contentious bill that would effectively cancel a proposed offshore wind test project to be sited approximately 2.5 miles to the south . . .
  • Income Tax Cuts for the Wealthy or Property Tax Cuts for Everyone
    With May nearly upon us, legislative leaders will begin the tense process of budget negotiations in Augusta in the coming weeks. And Republicans and Democrats couldn’t be further apart, particularly when it comes . . .
  • 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 . . .
  • 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 . . .
  • 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” . . .
  • 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 . . .
  • 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 . . .
  • 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 . . .
  • Rockland City Council voted 3-1 on Monday night to pass a non-binding resolution promoting “an open healthy community” that celebrates “difference, diversity, and individuality among residents, workers and visitors” including “ability . . .
  • Famous Local Adoptee Proposes Original Birth Certificate Bill
    Eight years ago, Nobleboro resident Randy Joubert, who was raised by adoptive parents, was finally able to research his birth parents due to a new law that allowed adult adoptees to gain access to their original birth records. . . .
  • Rocklanders Turn Out for Resolution Affirming Diversity & Inclusiveness
    Over 100 people packed into Rockland City Council chambers Monday night in support of a 434-word, non-binding resolution promoting “an open healthy community” that celebrates “difference, diversity, and individuality . . .
  • Hospital CEO: Governor’s Budget Would Result in Cuts, Layoffs
    Gov. Paul LePage’s so-called “do no harm” budget could in fact result in major harm to midcoast hospitals, according to Mark Fourre, CEO of Coastal Healthcare Alliance, the nonprofit health care provider that oversees . . .
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