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Green Independent Candidate Enters Maine Race For Senate Seat
Maine Public - Monday, October 21, 2019 

A longtime community organizer and school teacher from Solon is vying to become the Green Independent Party nominee in next year’s U.S. Senate race. Lisa Savage says the nation spends too much on the military and not enough on addressing the climate crisis or investing in education. She says she won’t be able to raise the kind of money that the major party candidates will, but beleieves that she will be able to get her message out — and she says the state’s ranked-choice voting system gives her a chance of winning the Senate seat.
CMP Forms PAC To Fight Potential Referendum On Western Maine Transmission Project
Maine Public - Monday, October 21, 2019 

Central Maine Power is gearing up to beat back a potential referendum on its controversial power line through western Maine. Opponents of the project last week began collecting signatures in hopes of putting its approval in the hands of voters in 2020. CMP responded by forming its own political action committee, Clean Energy Matters. The PAC’s funding has so far come from CMP’s parent company, Avangrid, and it has already spent $145,000 on polling to gauge support for the project.
BDN columnist’s 1st book highlights 17 years of people in Maine’s outdoors
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 21, 2019 

A gun-stealing beaver. A moose looking for love. A paraplegic hunter and handyman. A writer saying goodbye to his dog. These are just a few of the characters — some of them hilarious, some in the midst of heart-wrenching moments — readers will meet in the pages of “Evergreens: A Collection of Maine Outdoor Stories.” “Evergreens,” set to be released Tuesday, is the first book by longtime Bangor Daily News outdoors columnist John Holyoke. The book is a compilation of Holyoke’s favorite columns, written over the course of his 17 years as an outdoors writer.
Lease Agreement For Submerged Land Brings Bucksport Salmon Farm Closer To Construction
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 21, 2019 

Whole Oceans has leased submerged land along the Penobscot River and put itself a step closer to starting construction on its $180 million Atlantic salmon farm in Bucksport. The lease agreement with the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands gives the Portland-based company the right to use plumbing that extends from the former Verso Paper mill site — where Whole Oceans has purchased about 100 acres — into the river. The lease expires in 2034. The company awaits a final development permit from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. In Belfast, the site where Nordic Aquafarms hopes to bury its pipes that would funnel water between the site of its proposed land-based salmon farm and Penobscot Bay has become embroiled in legal wrangling over competing claims to its ownership.
US public land workers face violent assaults, threats on the job, report finds
Associated Press - Monday, October 21, 2019 

Federal employees overseeing U.S. public lands were assaulted or threatened at least 360 times over a five-year period marked by heightened tensions with anti-government groups, according to the Government Accountability Office. There’s been a 19 percent drop in the ranks of officers at the U.S. Forest Service between 2013 and 2018. The Bureau of Land Management saw a 9 percent drop and now has one officer in the field for every 1.2 million acres the agency oversees. President Trump has appointed William “Perry” Pendley as Acting Director of BLM. Pendley has expressed support for Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. Bundy’s family played central roles in a 2014 standoff over grazing fees and the 2016 occupation of a National Wildlife Refuge.
Downeaster floats plans to add commuter service
Portland Press Herald - Monday, October 21, 2019 

As it nears 20 years in operation, the Downeaster passenger train service is weighing options to become a reliable means of regional transit, not just a rail connection from southern Maine to Boston. But expanding service may require big changes – possible new stations in Portland and West Falmouth, a commuter-friendly schedule and new rail lines to Westbrook and Lewiston-Auburn. The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, the agency that runs the Downeaster, plans an open house Tuesday in Portland to introduce its ideas and get public feedback.
Opinion: Forest products industry has much to celebrate
Portland Press Herald - Monday, October 21, 2019 

Gov. Janet Mills proclaimed Oct. 21-26 Maine Forest Products Week (in conjunction with National Forest Products Week) and it’s the first such proclamation since 1985. We asked for the proclamation with two goals in mind. First, to show our neighbors across Maine that the forest products industry is rebounding and also to let them know there are forest-related businesses in every county. After some of the toughest years in the long history of Maine’s forest products industry, a new, stronger forest economy is emerging. Just a back-of-the-envelope tally shows investments of about $1 billion is revitalizing our industry. Maine is ready to play a bigger role in the New Forest Economy. ~ Patrick Strauch, Maine Forest Products Council
Letter: AR-15s are great for hunting
Kennebec Journal - Monday, October 21, 2019 

A-15’s were designed and made for the military, and for the same reasons they are a great choice for a hunting rifle. They are safe, durable, adjustable and ergonomical. I looked for a rifle for my 10-year-old grandson to hunt with. The AR rifles fit him better than the traditional rifles. I hunt with the AR rifle, and I am no murderer. ~ Dan Murray, Belgrade
Montville woman killed in ATV crash
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, October 20, 2019 

Maine game wardens are investigating the death of a Montville woman in an ATV crash Sunday. Rachel Curtis, 30, died at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash on a dirt road in the Frye Mountain Wildlife Management Area. Curtis was a passenger on a Polaris Sportsman 850 ATV being driven about a mile from the main road. Part of the 5,200-acre wildlife area is in Montville. Wardens and the Waldo County District Attorney’s Office will decide if the driver of the ATV will be charged.
Foliage a draw for boaters, bikers at Lake George in Canaan
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, October 20, 2019 

Groups of nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts gathered Sunday at Lake George in Canaan to view the foliage at its peak with a morning kayak trip around the lake and an afternoon mountain bike ride. Beginning at 10 a.m., four kayakers were welcomed on the east side of the park by Alanna Wacome, a Skowhegan native and outdoor recreation coach who led Sunday’s activities. “This is part of the Main Street Skowhegan Americorps Outdoor Recreation Program,” Wacome said.
Opinion: Thank landowners for recreational opportunities in Maine
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, October 20, 2019 

Mainers must thank the forest landowners whose stewardship over the last 250 or so years brings us to where we are today, with millions of undeveloped acres of land, much of it open to recreation and managed for future forest growth. No matter what your pleasure is, from canoe trips on remote rivers to snowmobiling from town to town to hiking or birdwatching, it is impossible to overstate the critical role that forest landowners and our forest products industry play in your activity. Maine Forest Products Week is a wonderful opportunity to visit the woods and enjoy our great outdoors. The successful stewardship of forest landowners goes a long way in providing the quality of life that both residents and visitors have come to expect in Maine. ~ Don Kleiner, Maine Professional Guides Association; Bob Meyers, Maine Snowmobile Association
Tension thaws between Maine lobstermen and feds over plan to protect right whales
Associated Press - Sunday, October 20, 2019 

A group representing Maine’s lobstermen said it’s now willing to work with the federal government on a plan to protect right whales after withdrawing its support for the plan this summer. The Maine Lobstermen’s Association is one of the key stakeholders in an effort to better protect the North Atlantic right whales, which number only about 400 and are vulnerable to entanglement in fishing gear. A federal plan that’s being developed to help save the whales would remove miles of lobster trap rope from the waters off Maine.
Former presidential yacht sails to Maine for restoration
WMTW-TV8 - Sunday, October 20, 2019 

The former president yacht, the Sequoia, is expected to arrive in Maine on Monday for a full restoration. The yacht, known as the floating White House, was in operation from the 1920s to 1970s. The 104-foot boat is considered a National Historic Landmark and will be restored at French & Webb in Belfast. Sequoia now has a private owner, Equator Capital Group. The group plans to base the boat in Washington, D.C., after it is restored. "She will cruise locally and along the East Coast as a floating venue to teach American presidential history and to promote conservation and ocean conservation causes," Michael Cantor, managing partner of Equator Capital Group, said.
Meet this 7-year-old beekeeper whose passion for her hobby matches that of any experienced adult Eeez Beez
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, October 20, 2019 

Elizabeth Downs is a skilled beekeeper. She has her own hive, lovingly dubbed “Eeez Beez,” that she tends to every other week. Even though Downs only started beekeeping in May, she already has an eye for healthy brood patterns, a knack for turning frames and a steely fearlessness in the face of stinging swarms. Unlike most other beekeepers at her level, though, she is still in elementary school. At seven years old, Downs is also currently the youngest member of the Penobscot County Beekeepers Association.
Q&A with Richard Louv: How animals could help save us and the planet
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 20, 2019 

In 2005, journalist Richard Louv’s book “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder” launched an international movement aimed at connecting modern technology-distracted young people with nature. In his new book, due out Nov. 5, Louv looks at one possible solution to nature deficit disorder: spending time with animals. On October 22, he will be the keynote speaker at the Evening for the Environment.
Column: The logic behind duck names is, well, anything but logical
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 20, 2019 

What’s in a name? Lots, when it comes to distinguishing one species of duck from another, as each may have a different daily bag limit. Those names are supposed to be descriptive in a way that helps us distinguish one from another, but that’s not always the case. The mallard isn’t called a mallard duck; just a mallard. And closer inspection reveals that the black duck isn’t really black. The wood duck most likely received its common name from its habit of nesting in tree cavities, a habit it shares with the hooded and common mergansers, common goldeneye and bufflehead. As for the bufflehead, its head apparently resembles that of a buffalo. Sure. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: Make West Quoddy your Down East destination
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 20, 2019 

If you travel all the way Down East, beyond historic Fort Knox, picturesque Stonington and renowned Acadia National Park, you’ll find one of the most distinctive and photogenic destinations of all: West Quoddy Head Light, the easternmost point in the United States. Quoddy Head State Park is very simple to get to; simply go east until you can’t go east anymore. From the lighthouse parking lot, the short 1-mile Coast Guard Trail is worth the modest effort, offering striking views of Campobello Island and Lubec across the Quoddy Narrows. ~ Jake Christie
Letter: To save Maine’s birds, we must reduce emissions
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 20, 2019 

It is almost unthinkable that many Maine birds could be gone by 2100 because of the climate crisis, according to a recent study by the National Audubon Society. To limit the devastation, Audubon calls for 100 percent conversion to renewable energy, which will reduce carbon emissions that warm the planet. The biggest step Maine can take right now to reduce carbon emissions in the atmosphere is to build the clean energy line to transmit electricity made from hydropower in Canada. That will greatly reduce fossil fuels burned in New England. To save the birds, please urge Maine Audubon to support the clean energy line – the New England Clean Energy Connect project. ~ Al and Lois Howlett, Yarmouth
Letter: Pass carbon fee and dividend bill
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, October 20, 2019 

Over 100 Republican, Democratic and environmental groups on college campuses, including those at Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin, agree that dealing with the climate is of vital importance, and the best way to do that is to charge a fee on fossil fuels, all of which would be used to provide a dividend to all American families equally. The economic pressure generated by such a fee would spur innovation and give us cleaner air, more jobs, and more economic equality, while reducing dependence on foreign sources of fuel and thus building greater security. H.R. 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, is similar to legislation sought by the Climate Leadership Council, a group of business and former government officials. ~ Philippa Solomon, Readfield
Unofficial History of the National Parks
Other - Saturday, October 19, 2019 

A breezy, stilted 4-minute video that touches some of the highlights of our national parks history.
Belgrade teen defends state fishing title, heads to nationals for second time in spring
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, October 19, 2019 

It took an afternoon on the water with a friend for Tyler Williams to realize just how far his bass fishing skills had come between picking up a rod at age 13 and becoming a two-time state champion at age 17. He was the only Mainer to be nominated to the 62-person Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team in March 2019. And just last month, his 8th-place finish in the adult Maine State Fish Off on China Lake — open to ages 16 and up — earned him a spot on the 2020 Maine B.A.S.S. Nation State Team.
Column: Important to mentor, bring young hunters along
Sun Journal - Saturday, October 19, 2019 

Will our hunting heritage simply wither on the vine because younger generations fail to find anything enticing or worthwhile about hunting or life in the great outdoors? The national sporting organizations and state wildlife agencies have awakened to the issue and are developing outreach programs to attract youngsters to our sport. Statistically, there is more good news. America’s divorce rate is declining. That may help some. More significantly, there has been an increase in young hunters. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Letter: Brake for caterpillars
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 19, 2019 

For years, I have been avoiding Isabella tiger moth caterpillars in the streets. They are the black and orange fuzzy ones. They are also called black-ended bear” or “woolly bears”. These brave critters are a tire width away from life or death. If they find their cocooning place and hatch, they become Isabella tiger moths, next spring’s pollinators in our gardens, forests, roadsides and other flora. It is disturbing that some caterpillars have bad reputations. Don’t mistaken Isabella tiger moth caterpillars for browntail moths. Pollinators are our lifeblood. ~ Jackie Freitas, Friendship
Letter: Protect the Arctic Refuge
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 19, 2019 

If Congress does not protect the Arctic Refuge from drilling, the consequences will be disastrous for the Gwich’in Native Americans and the wildlife who call the area home. Another major consequence of drilling is its impact on climate change. Here in Maine, our annual average temperature has gone up by 3 degrees fahrenheit since 1895, and any changes in the Arctic are felt globally. It is up to us to put pressure on our Senators King and Collins to pass legislation protecting the refuge. We should not be satisfied with a government that puts the priorities of oil and gas companies over the lives of Native Americans and the species that live in the Arctic. ~ Grace Mullen, Orono
Letter: Reject suggested Forest Avenue ‘landmarks’
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, October 19, 2019 

Portland’s quality of place contributes to its uniqueness. The litmus test for landmark status is simple: “It would be a shame to demolish or alter that building.” The City Council has just been handed a list of landmark recommendations that fail that test. 17 buildings are being suggested along the Forest Avenue corridor, despite the property owners never seeking designation. The constraints and costs that would be foisted upon the owners of these mostly nondescript buildings leave them fearful. The City Council should thank the preservation activists who crafted the overreaching Forest Avenue recommendation. But the City Council – our policymaking body – should reject it as bad policy. ~ Christopher O’Neil, Portland
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