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Wanted: brook trout anglers
Announcement - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 

Maine Audubon, Trout Unlimited and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, are seeking new volunteers to explore remote ponds with their rods and reels before the end of this year’s fishing season Sept. 30. The partners are looking for anglers willing to survey a total of 187 remote ponds for previously-undocumented populations of wild brook trout.
UMaine Center for Research on Sustainable Forests
Publication - Tuesday, August 30, 2011 

The University of Maine's Center for Research on Sustainable Forests has released its 2011 Annual Report.
Free Trees
Announcement - Monday, August 29, 2011 

Through the generosity of Dutton’s Greenhouse and Nursery, more than 1,000 trees, representing 75 different species, are being offered free of charge to municipalities, schools and non-profit organizations for community planting, according to Project Canopy officials. Two distribution dates in Sep and Oct will be set aside to pick up trees at Dutton’s Nursery in Morrill.
Most State Parks, Historic Sites Open
Announcement - Monday, August 29, 2011 

Maine state parks and historic sites sustained some damage to trees and shorefronts during Tropical Storm Irene, with no buildings or facilities damaged, according to officials with the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands. All but three parks opened on Monday.
Maine closing state parks and beaches
Announcement - Friday, August 26, 2011 

All coastal Maine state parks and several inland parks will be closed for day use on Sunday in anticipation of Hurricane Irene's arrival in the state, officials announced today.
White Mountain National Forest Closing
Announcement - Friday, August 26, 2011 

The USFS is issuing a closure order for the White Mountain National Forest due to potentially dangerous conditions caused by Hurricane Irene. The WMNF will close at 6 PM on Saturday, August 27 and will remain closed through Monday, August 29. All WMNF facilities will be CLOSED to the public including the trail system. This includes all backcountry shelters, which are being vacated. The Appalachian Mountain Club will also close all eight White Mountain Huts, Joe Dodge Lodge, and Highland Lodge.
Acadia National Park closing campgrounds
Announcement - Friday, August 26, 2011 

The National Park Service announced today that it will close the Blackwoods and Seawall Campgrounds at Acadia National Park at 10 a.m. on Sunday because of the predicted path of Hurricane Irene. The campgrounds will reopen when the storm has passed. In addition, the Duck Harbor Campground on Isle au Haut will close on Saturday at 11 a.m. and will reopen when conditions are safe.
Maine State House Watch: New EO mandates Gov. approve all new rules
Action Alert - Thursday, August 25, 2011 

On Aug 25, Gov. Paul LePage issued an executive order, which mandates that the Governor's Office sign off on each and every proposed rule change.
Woodcock Q&A, Aug 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, August 24, 2011 

Chandler Woodcock, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, will lead a public question-and-answer session hosted by the Moosehead Lake Fisheries Coalition. Woodcock will answer questions about hunting, fishing and outdoors-related topics in Maine. At the Rockwood Community Center, Aug 26, 7-9 pm.
PRRT photojournalism workshop, Sep 17 & Oct 1
Announcement - Wednesday, August 24, 2011 

The Penobscot River Restoration Trust is offering a free conservation photojournalism workshop Sep 17 and Oct 1, allowing a two week period in-between to go on a “photo shoot” focused on the river and the anticipated community benefits of the PRRT Project.
Pesticide Notification
Announcement - Wednesday, August 24, 2011 

On September 28, the Maine agricultural pesticide notification registry will cease to exist. The law that created this registry was repealed by the Legislature in June. However, state law provides other options for notification about nearby pesticide spraying: (1) Self-Initiated Request for Notification; (2) Non-Agricultural Pesticide Notification Registry.
Lessons from puffins, terns, Aug 31
Event - Posted - Wednesday, August 24, 2011 

Susie Meadows, manager of Project Puffin, will discuss some of the factors limiting Maine seabird populations and will discuss how techniques developed by Project Puffin have led to the restoration of puffins and terns to historic nesting islands in the Gulf of Maine. At the Project Puffin Visitor Center, Rockland, Aug 31 at 5 pm.
Donn Fendler talk, Aug 30
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 23, 2011 

On Aug 30, 5-6 PM, the Gardiner Public Library will host Donn Fendler as he discusses his experiences, which led to the book Lost on a Mountain in Maine by Joseph Egan.
Wildflowers, Aug 30
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 23, 2011 

Local botanists will talk about a variety of wildflowers appearing around the state this time of year and discuss their importance. At Cathance River Education Alliance, Topsham, Aug 30, 6:30 pm.
Wilton meeting to discuss open space, Aug 23
Event - Posted - Monday, August 22, 2011 

Wilton residents are invited to participate in a discussion about municipal conservation commissions and their role in assisting towns to develop open space plans. It will be facilitated by conservation resources advisor, Marcel Polak, a land conservation consultant who is working for the Maine Association of Conservation Commissions. At the Wilton Town Office, Aug 23, 7 pm.
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Economic Commission Projects Slow Growth for Maine
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, October 24, 2014 

The state Economic Forecasting Commission today heard from several sectors of Maine’s economy at a State House meeting. Representatives of bankers, doctors, hospitals, energy companies, car dealers and manufacturers all made presentations to the panel on how their sector of the economy is doing. The message from all was one of slow and steady growth, and some concerns about what actions Congress may take that could have an impact on Maine.
Economic Commission Projects Slow Growth for Maine
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, October 24, 2014 

The state Economic Forecasting Commission today heard from several sectors of Maine’s economy at a State House meeting. Representatives of bankers, doctors, hospitals, energy companies, car dealers and manufacturers all made presentations to the panel on how their sector of the economy is doing. The message from all was one of slow and steady growth, and some concerns about what actions Congress may take that could have an impact on Maine.
Federal government closes Gulf of Maine herring fishery
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 24, 2014 

The National Marine Fisheries Service on Friday announced that that it will close the Gulf of Maine herring fishery effective Sunday. The closure initially prohibits fishermen from taking more than 2,000 pounds of herring per trip or calendar day from the inshore Gulf of Maine between 1 a.m. Sunday and the end of the year. Fishing for Atlantic herring in the designated Gulf of Maine area will be entirely prohibited from Jan. 1 through May 31, 2015.
Cate Street CEO in settlement talks on $2.4 million suit, pushing back trial date
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 24, 2014 

Cate Street CEO John Halle and the former business partner seeking to collect a legal judgment of at least $2.4 million have entered settlement talks that started last week. The parties are seeking to settle in federal court, where plaintiff Richard Davimos filed charges that Halle illegally transferred a home and interest in various corporations to his wife to avoid paying a $1 million judgment awarded by New York’s top court. The settlement talks have pushed the trial date to Nov. 12. The legal battle has required company officials to provide records to the court that provide rare insight into the complex network of corporations associated with Cate Street Capital, including the now bankrupt Great Northern Paper Co. and the related GNP East in Millinocket, as well as Thermogen Industries in East Millinocket.
Cutler to Michaud: Bow out. Michaud to Cutler: You’re the only thing keeping LePage campaign alive
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 24, 2014 

Independent candidate for governor Eliot Cutler has challenged Democratic nominee Mike Michaud to release his voters to Cutler prior to Election Day if Michaud does not think he can beat incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage. The Michaud campaign reacted incredulously to the challenge and said it’s Cutler — who has consistently polled 20 points behind his rivals — who is keeping LePage’s chances alive.
Column: Fall means it’s time to look down for sparrow season
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 24, 2014 

Look down. Today’s bird excitement is at your feet. It’s sparrow season. In spring, birders complain about “warbler neck,” the pain that comes from looking up at songbirds. Most warblers are gone now, bound for their winter home in the tropics. Instead, we’ve got sparrows hopping conveniently everywhere. ~ Bob Duchesne
Candidates voice opposition to east-west highway at Dover-Foxcroft forum
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 24, 2014 

Democrats and Republicans disagree on many points going into the home stretch of the 2014 campaign, but five participants at a Dover-Foxcroft forum on Thursday said they’re united on one issue. They don’t like the concept of an east-west highway or utility corridor and won’t support any legislation that threatens private property rights. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud; Republican Paul Davis and Democrat David Ziemer, who are vying for Senate District 4; Norman Higgins, the Republican candidate for House District 120; and Ted O’Meara from Eliot Cutler’s staff attended the forum at Center Theatre, which drew approximately 80 people. Others who responded in writing expressed similar opinions.
Plan to make ‘green’ paper towel alternatives in Dover-Foxcroft could boost Maine’s lagging forest-products industry
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 24, 2014 

A group of three entrepreneurs hopes to spin Maine wood fiber into gold. Leaders of GLOBEco Maine said the company has made progress on its plans to bring new manufacturing to Dover-Foxcroft, where it aims to make its wood-fiber cloths. The company’s pitch is first to retail customers seeking a locally made, sustainable and compostable replacement for cotton or paper towels. But the company’s lead researcher, chief technology officer Bob Chiosi, said it could be much more than that. “There are a lot of spinoff products that can come from the basic anti-microbial [cloth],” Chiosi said.
Endangered species targeted
Maine Environmental News - Friday, October 24, 2014 

Every single day, somewhere in this country, an endangered animal is killed. Every day, more and more wildlife habitat is destroyed. And every day, wolf-haters and other special interests are scheming to declare open season on imperiled wildlife and gut the Endangered Species Act. For instance, the Idaho state government has given $225,000 to a federal agency, Wildlife Services, solely to dramatically accelerate the killing of wolves between now and the end of the year. According to Defenders of Wildlife nearly 1,500 wolves have been killed there since 2009. Meanwhile, Maine officials are seeking a permit to allow the killing of threatened lynx as incidental to the snaring of coyotes.
Eliot Cutler: 'Michaud Cannot Close the Deal'
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, October 24, 2014 

Cutler was the only candidate to appear Thursday night at MPBN's gubernatorial debate at Husson University in Bangor. Gov. Paul LePage had declined the invitation, and Michaud said he would not attend without LePage present. Cutler said, "I challenge Mr. Michaud right now to make the commitment to give his voters the same blessing I gave mine: If you don't think Mike Michaud can win, then Mike should say, 'Go vote for someone else on Election Day.'"
Regulators to vote Monday on lower quota for elvers
Portland Press Herald - Friday, October 24, 2014 

Federal regulators will vote Monday on a proposal to lower the elver quota next spring. The proposal before the American Eel Management Board when it meets Monday calls for retaining the quota system and lowering the limit to last season’s catch of 9,688 pounds.
Motor coach trips on Nova Star to increase next year, operator says
Portland Press Herald - Friday, October 24, 2014 

Nova Star Cruises said Thursday that its ferry, which makes daily round trips between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, during the tourist season, has received advance bookings for 43 motor coaches in 2015, despite its uncertain future. That would be a big improvement over its recently completed inaugural season, which served an estimated 19 motor coaches. The company says the ferry will return next season, but the service’s future ultimately will be determined by the Nova Scotia government, which allocated $23 million to support the Nova Star this season and has yet to decide the extent of its support for next year. This year, 31,818 people traveled on the overnight trip from Portland to Yarmouth, and 27,200 traveled on the daytime trip from Yarmouth to Portland.
Letter: Restoration vision
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 24, 2014 

Companies bought our older tired mills in Bucksport and Millinocket, ran them with no modernization as to the philosophy or equipment until they removed all the money they could from them, then cast them aside. The workers and the communities have witnessed this happening and could see it coming, but they were virtually helpless to stop it. Now, our only hope is for a company that has the vision to come in and restore our mills. It would be a big job but not impossible. ~ Bob Mercer, Bucksport
Letter: Yes on Question 1
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 24, 2014 

Maine is the last state in the U.S. to allow the trapping, hounding and baiting of bears. For the sake of our economy, we can’t afford to continue these practices. As a fiscal conservative, I’ll be voting yes on Question 1. I want our state’s tourism economy to be based on boating, hiking, fair-chase hunting and enjoying our pristine environment, not based on catering to the very small group of out-of-staters who can’t legally pursue their fringe trapping and hounding practices in their own states. ~ Christopher Hyk, Belfast
Letter: Yes on Question 2
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 24, 2014 

The Maine Farm Bureau encourages voters to approve Question 2 on November’s ballot to support Maine’s growing agricultural economy. Maine’s farms are critical to the state’s rural character, the exceptional quality of life and to the vitality of our economy. With more than 8,100 farms and 1.3 million acres of working farmland, Maine consistently is a top food producer in New England. The passage of Question 2 will benefit Maine farmers and consumers through the creation of a new University of Maine Cooperative Extension animal, plant and insect laboratory. ~ Jon Olson, Maine Farm Bureau, Augusta
Letter: Michaud’s record includes solid work for environment
Portland Press Herald - Friday, October 24, 2014 

Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud may not be the flashiest guy on the stage, but he’s the only candidate for governor with the experience and vision to tackle Maine’s challenges. Unlike the other candidates, Rep. Michaud has spent his career working to improve the lives and livelihoods of Maine people. For nearly three decades, he’s worked to clean up Maine’s water and air. ~ Jennifer Melville, Freeport
Ed Meadows, LMF director, retiring
Maine Environmental News - Thursday, October 23, 2014 

C. Edwin Meadows, Jr., the director of the Land for Maine's Future Program, is retiring next month. He sent an email to friends and colleagues today announcing that he is leaving the LePage Administration at the end of November to spend winters on St. Simons Island in Georgia. Meadows said he will still be in Maine in the summertime working with several nonprofit organizations. He also plans to teach conservation finance. During his career, Meadows worked for Seven Islands Land Company, and he served as director of the Maine Bureau of Public Lands, commissioner of the Department of Conservation, deputy commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, and director of the Land for Maine's Future Program. He also held executive positions in the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for a decade and a half.
Lobster landings strong, and boat price is too
Ellsworth American - Thursday, October 23, 2014 

Fishermen are in high spirits this fall with the wholesale price of lobster at $4.40 per pound and landings almost keeping up with 2013’s record levels.
Great Northern auctioneer makes $180,000 payment to Millinocket for taxes owed
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, October 23, 2014 

The auctioneer trying to settle Great Northern Paper Co.’s $1.18 million net tax debt wired $180,000 to the town earlier this week, leaving GNP still at least $477,700 short of paying its debt. Councilor Michael Madore said that the payment was a positive in an otherwise gloomy picture with the bankrupt papermaking company.
GOP governors miss out on 2014 conservative wave
Other - Thursday, October 23, 2014 

MSNBC - Four years after a Republican wave brought in GOP governors in 10 states where Democrats had previously held power, many of those who won office thanks largely to a backlash against President Obama are in danger this time. In Maine, Gov. Paul LePage, the surprise winner in a multi-candidate field in 2010, is widely disliked in Maine. But he may win re-election thanks to the many of the same political quirks that elected him four years ago. LePage’s hard-line, bombastic conservatism is out of step with many Maine voters. He slashed environmental protections. He narrowly defeated Independent candidate Eliot Cutler in 2010, and Cutler is running again this year along with Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud. Polls show Michaud running ahead of LePage, but support for Cutler is drawing Democrats away from Michaud.
Group contends state funds were improperly used to fight bear-baiting ban
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, October 23, 2014 

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife paid more than $6,000 to a Westbrook Web-design company for work done on Web pages and power-point presentations opposing a statewide ban on bear hunting with bait, traps and dogs, according to department emails. Invoices from the design company were obtained by the Mainers For Fair Bear Hunting, proponents of the ballot measure, this week after a judge ordered IFW to release emails related to the referendum. Katie Hansberry, director of the group, contends this is a misuse of public money because it was spent to influence the outcome of a statewide referendum.
Suspended Orland lobsterman pleads guilty to fishing-related crimes, ordered to pay $50,000 fine
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, October 23, 2014 

An Orland lobsterman who had his license suspended earlier this year for multiple fishing violations has pleaded guilty to fishing-related crimes in Hancock County, according to state officials. Theodore Gray, 34, pleaded guilty last week in Hancock County Unified Criminal Court to possession of undersized and v-notched lobsters and to molesting lobster gear. As a result, he has been ordered to pay a $50,000 fine and to serve two days in jail.
Maine Bear Referendum Supporters to Appeal Court Ruling
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, October 23, 2014 

Supporters of a measure that would prohibit the use of bait, dogs and traps while bear hunting in Maine are appealing a Superior Court decision denying their request for a temporary restraining order. Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting spokesperson Katie Hansberry says the judge denied the TRO without the benefit of evidence contained in a newly-produced documents.
Nestle deal to tap Fryeburg source for bottled water approved by substitute PUC members
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, October 23, 2014 

Maine regulators will allow Fryeburg Water Co. to enter a controversial 25-year contract to supply water to Nestle, which bottles Poland Spring Water. The decision was made Thursday morning by two alternate commissioners of the Maine Public Utilities Commission, former judges Paul Rudman and John Atwood. The former judges were appointed to rule on the case because two of the Maine Public Utilities Commission’s three members had recused themselves from the proceeding.
Students take divestment request to trustees
Times Record - Thursday, October 23, 2014 

A group of Bowdoin College students are continuing to press the case to divest fossil fuel companies from the college’s endowment. Members of Bowdoin Climate Action met with the school’s board of trustees Oct. 17 to state their case for divestment. The students’ cause was buoyed by a letter signed by 70 faculty members in support of an immediate divestment, but one that “should be carried out gradually and responsibly.”
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