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Wednesday, April 21, 2021
  • The Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission and the Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency are working to update the Lincoln County Hazard Mitigation Plan and are asking for participation from residents, organizations and businesses to provide their thoughts about areas susceptible to natural disasters and potential actions to mitigate them.
  • The state’s COVID-19 prevention checklists were recently updated for large gatherings and ticketed events; organized racing events; town meetings; and transportation as part of the Moving Maine Forward Plan. A new checklist was created with guidelines for private events, including guidance for those in the wedding and catering industries.
  • Road work in downtown Camden will narrow Elm Street (Route 1) to a single lane starting the week of April 12 and continuing intermittently through June 18. Maine Department of Transportation will be resuming sidewalk and drainage ...
  • The second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program has been reopened for all eligible producers. Maine farmers who did not apply for a CFAP payment before the application window closed in December will now be ...
  • Eye on Augusta: Budget Hijinks, Health Insurance Flimflam, Sealing Marijuana Convictions & More
    Maine Democrats in the Legislature are planning to pass a bare bones biennial budget on a partisan, majority vote on Tuesday. Spending bills typically need a two-thirds majority to pass, as this is meant to force both parties to negotiate ...

  • Sen. Dave Miramant: Reviewing the Pine Tree Amendment
    In my former career as an airline pilot, I had the great privilege to travel to all corners of the U.S. and the world. This led me to have a deep appreciation of our environment and the great diversity of our ecosystems....
  • For the first time in the Maine State Archives’ 56-year history, researchers can now search the bureau’s listing of collections online to see if the archives is the right resource for their purposes before contacting an archivist to access ...
  • The state of Maine will move the deadline for receipt of Maine individual income tax filing and payments from April 15 to May 17 in alignment with the federal government’s recent extension of the federal tax filing and payment ...
  • Operators of recreational vessels less than 26 feet long will be required to use an engine cut-off switch and associated ECOS link as of April 1, as the U.S. Coast Guard implements a law passed by Congress. The ECOS and ECOSL ...
  • The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has an improved anonymous tip line known as “LTIP.” Anyone can use the tip line to anonymously connect with local law enforcement by text or by downloading the free app; search for Lincoln ...
  • The Maine Department of Health and Human Services is offering free transportation for residents who need a ride to and from a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. ModivCare will provide rides for any Maine resident who is unable to ...
  • With an increase in the supply of vaccine from the federal government, all Maine adults will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine by May 1. The planned vaccine schedule is as follows ...
  • The Maine Department of Labor recently reinstated the Re-Employment Services and Eligibility and Assessment program, which provides qualifying unemployment insurance claimants with virtual one-on-one coaching and relevant ...
  • The Maine Department of Labor warns the public that scammers are attempting to phish individuals’ personal information via social media platforms. They are creating social media pages to mimic the Maine Department of Labor’s ...
  • Eye on Augusta: Legislature Passes Tax Breaks for 28,000 Businesses and 160,000 Unemployed Workers
    Last Thursday, the Maine Legislature passed a supplemental budget package that will provide a full state tax exemption to federal Paycheck Protection (PPP) grants for 28,000 profitable businesses as well as tax breaks on the first ...
  • In anticipation of tourism season, Gov. Janet Mills recently introduced the Moving Maine Forward plan, which establishes a timeframe to increase businesses’ capacity limits using a simple model based on percentage of capacity....
  • USDA Rural Development is investing $22.3 million through loan guarantees for solar renewable energy projects located in Belfast and China through its Rural Energy for America Program. Locally, Perkins Road Belfast Solar LLC will ...
  • Eye on Augusta: COVID Patient Bill of Rights, Race-Baiting & More from Last Week in the Legislature
    Last week, Democratic leaders in Augusta presented the so-called “COVID-19 Patient Bill of Rights” (LD 1), which would require insurance plans to cover COVID-19 testing and screening and vaccines. It would also eliminate co-pays ...
  • The federal government recently created a special enrollment period for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act that will be open through May 15. Maine is one of 14 states that runs its own ACA Marketplace. Any U.S. resident ...
  • Gov. Mills has signed an executive order allowing dog owners extra time to license their animals. Owners now have until June 2 to renew overdue dog licenses. Licenses are available online and pet owners are encouraged to ...
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