January 11, 2017 RSS feed / Maine

Value of quasi-state electricity program questioned

Investigations reveals lack of transparency, little oversight and raises questions about spending of up to $500 million in public funds

AUGUSTA After a scandal at the Maine Turnpike Authority in 2011 landed its director in prison on theft charges, Maine lawmakers of both parties vowed to increase supervision of such quasi-state agencies. More...

Boston PowerOptions is a larger, more transparent version of MPO

Following deregulation, which forced municipalities, school districts and other state nonprofits to shop the open market for electricity just like homeowners or private businesses, several other northeastern states have formed groups similar to Maine More...

Protesters target Sen. Susan Collins’ Sessions support

PORTLAND   Demonstrators gathered in Maine on Tuesday as Republican Sen. Susan Collins introduced President elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general before the U.S. Judiciary Committee.  More...

Senator renews push for cyber-attack protection

PORTLAND (AP) — A pair of senators including Maine's Sen. Angus King is renewing its efforts to get protections for the country's energy infrastructure against cyber-attacks.  King, an independent, is partnering with Idaho Republican Sen. More...

King supports exception for Gen. James Mattis

WASHINGTON (AP) — Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine is among those who support amending the law to allow retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to serve as defense secretary under Presidentelect Donald Trump.  More...

3 towns move forward with limiting retail pot establishments

PORTLAND ( AP) — Three more Maine towns have taken steps to limit retail marijuana establishments.  Maine voters in November narrowly approved a referendum legalizing marijuana.  The Portland Press Herald reports Clinton, Skowhegan More...

Georgetown man sentenced for failing to update sex offender registration, violating conditions

PORTLAND   Michael Nagell, 51, of Georgetown, was sentenced Monday in U.S. More...

Ogunquit American art museum gets new executive director

OGUNQUIT (AP) — An art museum in Ogunquit has chosen a curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum to serve as its new executive director.  The Portland Press Herald reports 42-year-old Michael Mansfield will begin his new job at the Og More...

Maine governor to tout state’s ag at annual trade show

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine’s governor will attend the state’s annual agricultural show in its capital city.  The 76th Annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show is scheduled to take place at the Augusta Civic Center from Tuesday to Thursd More...

Anthem fined for failing to track complaints

GARDINER (AP) — Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has agreed to pay $225,000 to settle an investigation by Maine’s insurance superintendent over its failure to adequately track and respond to customer complaints.   More...

NH man hit by truck, killed during roadside assistance

PITTSFIELD (AP) — State police in Maine say a New Hampshire man getting roadside assistance died when he was struck by a tractor trailer alongside Interstate 95 in Pittsfield.  The crash occurred on Sunday evening and killed 27-year-old Du More...

Scallop fishermen, hurt by weather, will get extra day

LUBEC (AP) — Maine fishing regulators say they are allowing many of the state’s scallop fishermen to fish for an additional day per week because bad weather has hampered their ability to harvest the shellfish.  The state Department o More...

Brrrrr, it’s cold out there in northern New England

(AP) Residents of northern New England who awoke to subzero temperatures can count on a thaw later this week.  The National Weather Service says the temperature dipped as low as minus-29 Monday morning in the town of Masardis in northern Maine. More...

LePage unveils 2-year, $6.8 billion Maine budget

AUGUSTA Republican Gov. Paul LePage proposed a two-year, $6.8 billion budget Friday that would reduce Maine’s income and corporate taxes while cutting about 500 state jobs and changing school funding. More...

Lobster prices high as catch drops and China imports climb

PORTLAND Lobster lovers are used to adjusting to high prices, but this winter, they’re shelling out even more for the cherished crustaceans because of a lack of catch off of New England and Canada and heavy exports to China. More...

Gov. Paul LePage says he’ll attend Trump’s inauguration

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he’s going to attend the inauguration of Republican President elect Donald Trump. But it’s unclear whether he’s going to pack his dancing shoes.  More...

Man dies after snowmobile breaks through ice

OAKLAND (AP) — Authorities in Maine say a 52-year-old Massachusetts man has died after a snowmobile he was operating fell through thin ice on a lake.  More...

Man hurt after explosions, fire at manufacturing facility

LIBERTY (AP) — Fire officials say a man was hurt after a manufacturing facility in Liberty caught fire, leading to several explosions because of hazardous materials that were inside.  WLBZ-TV reports fire crews from nearly a dozen towns re More...

New England fishers picked to aid study of declining shrimp

PORTLAND (AP) — Three New England states say they have tapped fishermen to collect samples of a species of shrimp that was the source of a lucrative fishery before it started disappearing.  More...

$13M condo building proposed near I-295 off-ramp in Portland

PORTLAND (AP) — A developer is seeking approval for a $13 million condominium development near an Interstate 295 offramp in Portland. More...