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  • Legislators Urge Police Oversight Now
    While some other states are seizing the cultural moment to make police departments more transparent and accountable, three Maine legislators who have sponsored police oversight bills say our state is resisting needed changes....
  • Bargaining Chips
    Call to mind a bedeviled town-owned property where proposals come and go and nothing ever happens, where competing local interests and the overtures of outside investors, by turns ambitious and risk-averse, hold the land in ...
  • Searsport Survey Boat Makes No Waves
    While GO Liberty, a ship surveying for the New England Aqua Ventus offshore wind power demonstration project, was being buzzed by angry fishermen near Monhegan Island last week, a smaller companion boat, Westerly, spent two ...
  • How Many Microplastics Are in This Bottle?—
    Sears Island on March 23, three months after a spill at nearby Sprague Terminal that left the beach littered with mounds of shredded plastic that had been bound for the Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. incinerator in Orrington....
  • Big Spending on the CMP Corridor and Bills to Keep It from Happening Again
    Natural Resources Council of Maine recently cataloged the spending by Hydro-Québec to defeat a November ballot measure that could block the controversial Central Maine Power transmission corridor project. New England Clean ...
  • The sale of the Coastal Resources municipal waste recycling facility in Hampden to a company that specializes in sewer sludge is behind schedule, according to the Municipal Review Committee, which is negotiating on behalf ...
  • How and Where to Get Vaccinated
    Beginning Monday, April 19, all Maine residents age 16 and older will be eligible for vaccination against COVID-19. As of this writing, anyone over 50 and workers in certain high-risk occupations (see exceptions below) can get the shot....
  • Opponents of the land-based salmon farm proposed for construction in Belfast filed a motion in Waldo County Superior Court on Monday seeking to amend their case against the Maine Board of Environmental Protection after ...
  • Riding Out the Pandemic, on Snow
    In a year of unexpected winners and losers, the Camden Snow Bowl landed very much in the winning column. As of mid-March, the town-owned ski area, which makes the unusual claim to ocean views, was on track for what one ...
  • Details of the fatal shooting of Jacob McClure of Jefferson by a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy in December might be made public sooner than normal under a new system the Maine Attorney General’s Office has put in place to ...
  • Summit Natural Gas of Maine has withdrawn its plan for a $90 million Thomaston-to-Belfast pipeline after facing strong opposition from parts of the community and local government. In a March 2 letter to municipal officials ...
  • Maine in the Catbird Seat of the Climate Crisis
    Speaking to an online group as part of the Camden Conference last week, U.S. Sen. Angus King posed a rhetorical question — “Why would a senator from Maine be interested in the Arctic?” King has spent more time in the Arctic ...
  • A Rockland City Council hearing February 23 on a proposal to bring natural gas service to the midcoast produced two opposing views of the project, both nominally pro-environment. Of the more than 50 people who spoke against the ...
  • Rock Bottom, On Top of the World
    A spinning sense of urgency was hard to escape at this year’s Camden Conference, “The Geopolitics of the Arctic, a Region in Peril,” where participants, logging in remotely from around the world, spent two days taking in a 10,000-foot ...

  • Equipment for Wood-Fiber Insulation Factory Arrives in Searsport
    A cargo ship from an operator that has delivered wood pulp to Searsport a half-dozen times over the past year — from Scandinavia and the Southern U.S. — delivered a load of machinery from Germany on February 22 that turns ...

  • Sludge Futures
    At a January 19 presenta- tion to the Municipal Review Commit- tee, the nonprofit that represents 115 Maine municipalities in matters of trash, Rob Van Naarden, CEO of Delta Thermo Energy, described a scene that sounded as if it ...
  • Gifts for the Saw that Cuts Everything
    Front Street Shipyard recently acquired the largest water jet cutting machine in the state — a five-axis, 3D, Suprema DX 1340 model from Waterjet USA. It cost close to $1 million and can cut just about anything. Much of the actual ...
  • Into the Electric Collage
    When “Mad” Mike Hughes launched himself into the sky in a homemade rocket last year, leaving a torn parachute behind in a blast of steam propulsion, he was doing what scientists and doctors have done for millennia, testing ...
  • Lunch with Martin Luther King Jr.
    I had lunch more than 50 years ago with Martin Luther King Jr., during his only visit to Maine. He and I were not alone. There were 350 students at St. Francis College, then an all-male, mostly Caucasian and Catholic liberal ...
  • No One Sets Out to Be Like Venezuela
    Sometime in the early aughts, maybe 2003, I traveled to Washington, D.C., for a protest against the Iraq War. As the march passed the White House, I remember looking up a side driveway to the building where the president lives and ...
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