Maine’s highest court has ruled the land use regulation commission did not violate rules when it gave Plum Creek the green light for a massive development project in the Moosehead Lake region.The plan by Seattle-based Plum Creek calls for 821 house lots and two resorts with more than 1,200 housing units at Big Moose Mountain and Lilly Bay.It was approved in September 2009, nearly five years after the company announced plans to rezone about 400,000 acres.Environmentalists were divided over the plan.
A group of Mainers are calling for a different solution to the budget.55 state lawmakers joined the Maine People’s Alliance at the State House today to deliver a joint message.They’re asking Governor LePage and other members of the House and Senate to support what they call a responsible solution to balancing the budget.
A bomb threat closed a building at the University of Maine for a few hours Thursday morning.UMaine spokesman Ron Lisnet tells us UMaine Police received a call around 8:15 am from a person who received an email saying there was a bomb at Aubert Hall.The building was evacuated and nearby roads were closed so police could search the area but nothing was found.The building reopened just before 11 am.Lisnet says the university used social media to alert the campus.”The goal is to try to get as much information out to the campus community and people around the University of Maine campus as soon as possible so we use all technology we have available.
University of Maine seniors are graduating in May but Thursday they had the chance to get ahead of the game.The university hosted its annual Grad Fair.It’s a chance for seniors to pick up their caps, gowns and other commencement items.The fair is sponsored by the university bookstore.Floor Supervisor Colleen Gagnon had some special advice for the class of 2012.
A man who was arrested following a standoff on Indian Island last month appeared in court Thursday.31-year-old Charles Attean was arrested by state police as he attempted to run out of his back door.The standoff reportedly began at his house following a domestic incident.He’s charged with domestic assault and criminal threatening with a firearm.Attean was later released on three thousand dollars bail.In court, he was appointed a lawyer.He’ll appear in court again in may.
Residents of Veazie and Glenburn will vote on whether they want to move forward in a bid to leave their current school district.Both towns are in RSU 26 and both will hold special elections on Tuesday, March 27th at their respective municipal buildings.The polls will be open all day.
Some folks in Lagrange, Orneville and Alton will lose power for awhile Friday.Bangor Hydro crews are doing upgrades.The power will be out for three hours beginning at 8:30 Friday morning.The area involved is from the railroad tracks in Milo on the John Dean Road east on that road to Routes 16 and 6.Customers with questions can call 1-800-499-6600.
Parents have a chance to enhance the safety of their children in Waterville this weekend.The Thomas College Criminal Club has teamed up with the Freemasons to offer a child identification project.It will take place at the Larry Mahaney Memorial Gym on the Waterville campus from 10 to 3 Saturday.There will be activities for the children to do while waiting.
The wait is almost over, Gifford’s ice cream is set to open Friday for the season.To celebrate, the family-owned business is offering a sweet treat to customers.Customers will be able to enjoy free one scoop ice cream cones from 6pm to 8pm Friday.All five stands in Bangor, Farmington, Auburn, Skowhegan, and Waterville will be participating.The event will give Mainers the opportunity to try the newest Gifford’s flavor, Muddy Bean Boots, a special-edition ice cream to celebrate L.L.