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Wednesday, January 22, 2020
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Over the past few months, Mainers have been inundated with TV and online ads showing a burbling Kennebec River and aerial views of the Maine wilderness overlaid with assurances that neither would be harmed by the ...
  • The essential roles that microbes play in deep-sea ecosystems are at risk from potential environmental impacts of mining, a new paper by a researcher at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences reports. Consumer demand for products ...
  • A three-year, $2.59 billion work plan released by Maine Department of Transportation last week is more restrained than in past years in response to a decline in reliable funding, according to the department. MDOT describes ...
  • Maine Water has issued a frozen pipe alert for Tuesday, January 21. A combination of near-zero temperatures and gusty winds could freeze pipes. Everyone is encouraged to take a few simple steps to prevent damage ...
  • The Senate Candidates on War with Iran
    Although most of the discussion about whether Republican United States Sen. Susan Collins should be reelected has focused on domestic issues, such as her vote for President Trump’s tax cuts for the rich and the corporations ...
  • The Camden Conference — The Birth of the News
    Each year the Camden Conference chooses a topic and my colleague Mac Deford and I put together a presentation of some of the history behind that topic. This year the conference topic is “the media,” and so we’ve chosen to offer ...
  • The Pilots’ New Ride —
    Captains Jeff Haines, above left, and David Gelinas of Penobscot Bay & River Pilots Association approach a scrap iron ship in their new pilot vessel, Dirigo, a longer, heavier upgrade with a bright red hull. Gelinas later scaled the ...
  • What Midcoast Legislators Brought to the Party
    After six months off, the Maine Legislature reconvened last week with a stack of 182 new bills for the upcoming session. Midcoast legislators are primary sponsors of 15 of them, from the does-it-really-need-to-be-said ...
  • What Do We Do with a Subject That’s Taboo?
    We don’t have language for discussing sexual safety. Even the words “sexual assault” are uncomfortable and invite the kind of imagery and fear that young people and parents alike might rather avoid. Life is challenging ...
  • Putting a Ring on Grassy Pond
    Last month, and with muted fanfare owing to the holidays, Coastal Mountains Land Trust completed the purchase of a 500-acre conservation easement on undeveloped land surrounding Grassy Pond in Rockport and Hope....
  • Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets (MFFM) was recently awarded $160,111 toward a $205,892 project to promote an employee benefit program designed to connect residents with their local farmers markets....
  • Deep State: How to Renew Yourself at the New Year
    Two winters ago, I spent from mid-December to mid-January as the volunteer caretaker at Maine Huts & Trails’ most remote hut, Grand Falls. I went there to enjoy the magnificent wild location and support the organization. It became an adventure ...
  • Dave Barry’s Year in Review: Well, that was something …
    It was an extremely eventful year. We are using “eventful” in the sense of “bad.” It was a year so eventful that every time another asteroid whizzed past the Earth, barely avoiding a collision that would have destroyed human civilization ...
  • The Time Before Christmas
    There was once a time before Christmas. There were few houses then and none were as we know them today in this cold place. The few dwellings that were here were at the base of a small mountain, and on this morning, they lay tucked into a deep, quiet snow.

  • Pro-Impeachment Groups Rally Before Historic House Vote —
    Right, Trudy Miller of Engage Waldo rallies a group of more than 150 pro-impeachment demonstrators in Belfast, on December 17, one day before the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump....
  • New Views for Old Eyes
    At a recent talk in Belfast on the “Demise of the Local Newspaper,” veteran midcoast reporter and editor Tom Groening leveled with the packed room of gray- and white-haired residents. “Twenty-five and 30-year-olds won’t pick up newsprint,” he said....
  • Hauling Out —
    Herring nets are loaded onto a truck at Rockland fish pier December 6 in preparation for winter storage.
  • Christmas by the Sea —
    Barry Shepard’s 1964 Chevy C-10 pickup lines up for Camden’s Christmas by the Sea parade last Friday night.
  • Deep State: Conclusion — Do or Die
    Good consumer choices — we’ve been well trained to think of ourselves as consumers — won’t let you off the hook in helping avoid environmental catastrophe. That’s because time is extremely short, millions upon millions of people will refuse or be unable to make those choices, and powerful economic forces ...
  • Environmental Regulators Seek to Allow More Ozone-Causing Pollutants
    Maine Board of Environmental Protection is preparing to petition the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for lighter restrictions on ozone-causing emissions in much of the state. The 138-page proposal, which will be the subject ...
  • Plans for a test run of a winter homeless shelter in Rockland have been put on hold until December 2020 as the group behind the effort seeks additional volunteers and donations. The Community Emergency Shelter Committee ...
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