Governor LePage’s deadline for lawmakers to pass his proposed cuts to MaineCare has come and gone.The appropriations committee has still not approved a supplemental budget.Last Friday, the governor told the committee if they didn’t pass his proposal by yesterday, the state would default on it’s Medicaid payments this year.
The Maine Department of Fisheries and Wildlife has created a way for the public to watch a Maine black bear grow up.A camera has been placed in the den of a black bear who gave birth to two cubs this past month.The webcam is streaming on the the department’s newly formed Wildlife Research Foundation website.
Pennsylvania may rely on Punxsutawney Phil to forecast whether winter will continue for six more weeks, but in Orono, the Dirigo Pines Retirement Community turns to Dirigo Dug.Every year, residents of Dirigo Pines come together to wait for dug to emerge from his tent.The ceremony features a Mayor and news coverage.This year, Dug says he didn’t see a thing, predicting an early spring.”Winter is a terrible time and we don’t want people to focus on that, folks here enjoy the life that we have here and it’s just fun, anything we can do to create a little stir and some fun is what we’re all about,” said Juanita Taylor, the Activity Director at Dirigo Pines.Dirigo Dug says he’s a Mainer and another thing that makes him different from Punxatawney Phil are his dance moves.
The Ellsworth winter carnival will take place this weekend.A lack of typical winter weather has forced organizers to make some adjustments, but they promise it will still be a good time.All activities will take place at the Moore Community Center or the ice skating rink right behind it.There will be three-legged races, sack races and snowball target practice as part of the fun.”It’s nice to get out when otherwise you might be having cabin fever.
Some good news about commercial real estate in the Bangor area.Every two years there is a survey done on what’s being added or removed.A new report shows the area is holding on strong, with many retail shop slots filled and new development like the Bangor Arena.The report says steady is the best way to describe the Bangor market and it’s mainly because of the area’s role as a service center.”You still get this feeling of, oh we’re really slow or things aren’t moving as fast as they should.
A Dexter woman is accused of driving drunk and hitting two police cars outside Barnaby’s in Bangor.Police say 24-year old Amanda Wirrell was backing up in the Odlin Road parking lot early this morning when she hit an unmarked police car.Officers say they yelled at Wirrell to stop, but she didn’t.They say she then hit a parked cruiser.She was charged with OUI and released.
A Bangor soup and sandwich restaurant is making way for some barbeque.Jimmy V’s on Broadway has closed.We found a sign on the door informing customers of the closure and thanking them for their patronage.Co-owner Dan Tremble tells TV5 they were approached by another restaurant interested in leasing the property.
Governor Paul LePage has ordered the state Department of Education to develop a plan for expanding digital learning opportunities for Maine students.Wednesday’s executive order coincided with national Digital Learning Day, which highlights technology and digital media in education.LePage said students need to gain the skills essential to succeed in the 21st Century economy.His executive order directs the Education Department to consult students, parents, educators, technology experts and others in crafting a plan for expanding access to digital learning statewide.
Maine’s Education Department says new test scores show students improved slightly in reading and more significantly in math.Scores from the latest New England Common Assessment Program tests, taken in October, also show a slight decrease in writing.Education officials say the test is one of several measures of performance.
A tractor trailer crash in Beddington Wednesday morning shutdown a portion of Route 9 for much of the day.Two trucks headed in opposite directions collided, sending one into a row of utility poles and the other into a ditch.It sparked a fire in the cab of a truck owned by Clarke Road Transport.Police tell us the driver lost control and ran into a Webber Oil truck, knocking it onto its side.The Webber truck was loaded with propane, but did not catch fire.Both drivers escaped with minor injuries.Sgt.
Searsport firefighters hope folks will join them this weekend in helping to fill the community food cupboard.The drive will take place at the Searsport Fire Department on Main Street on Saturday and Sunday from 9am until 3pm.TD Bank is taking part and you can drop off non-perishable food at the Searsport Branch.
A stray dog rescued by a Maine soldier in Afghanistan is closer to settling into a new home here.$3,500 is needed to be raised to bring Phoenix to Maine.Tuesday night, before our story aired, less than a thousand dollars had been raised.
A Connecticut man pleaded guilty Wednesday to unlawful possession of a molotov cocktail.Alex Glossian, 25, appeared in federal court in Bangor.Court documents say in June of 2010, Glossian and another man lit two beer bottles full of gasoline and tossed them through windows at an Indian Island home.No one was hurt, but extensive damage was done to the home.Glossian faces up to 10 years in prison and a quarter million dollar fine when he’s sentenced.