The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston has upheld Maine’s campaign disclosure law that requires the National Organization for Marriage to release its donor list.Tuesday’s decision pertaining to ballot question committees represents a defeat for NOM, which previously lost a challenge to Maine’s political action committee laws and laws governing independent expenditures and advertising attribution and disclaimers.The latest appeal focused on part of the law that says groups that raise or spend more than $5,000 to influence elections must register and disclose their donors.
The Milo Veteran’s Memorial is one step closer to being finished after a donation Tuesday night.Wendy Coburn presented the Memorial’s coordinator, Ron Knowles’, with a $170 dollar check to help keep the project going.All that money was collected by The Coburn Family Restaurant’s customers.Being able to donate to the fund was very special to Wendy Coburn…
The Knox and Lincoln County Farm Service Agency offices might merge.The Maine FSA says it can no longer maintain every county office because of budget and staff cuts.The FSA is looking for public comment on its plan to consolidate.Knox and Lincoln County farmers and ranchers are invited to attend a public meeting Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 at the Knox-Lincoln Cooperative on Manktown Rd.
There’s something to be said about a love for an animal, it’s a special bond that’s hard to understand unless you’ve experienced it yourself.A dog has had a special impact on a Maine soldier in Afghanistan but, when he comes home, their bond is in danger of being taken away.27-year-old Daniel MacAlister of Charleston is serving his third deployment.Macalister found the stray dog 10 months ago.The dog is more than just a pet to MacAlister, he’s family and has become the mascot for MacAlister’s unit.To bring Phoenix to Maine will cost MacAlister 35-hundred dollars.He’s set up a Facebook profile and a blog to raise the money.”As of this morning he raised 940.51 cents and that was only 24 hours of having the blog setup,” said his mother Becky Moulton.If you’d like to help bring Phoenix home, you can email MacAlister’s mother Becky Mouton here.You can also visit the blog at phoenixeod.blogspot.com, there you can track the fundraiser’s progress and become her friend on Facebook.
The average price for home heating oil in Maine is up by a penny from a week ago.The results of a weekly survey released Monday show an average price of $3.71 per gallon, an increase of 1 cent from last week and 14 cents from the beginning of the year.The Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security survey shows western Maine had the lowest price of $3.47 per gallon and central Maine had the highest at $4.01 per gallon.
Maine’s fisheries commissioner says the state’s lobstermen last year harvested more than 100 million pounds lobster, the first time the lobster catch has topped the 100 million-pound mark.Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the preliminary 2011 numbers show how healthy the lobster resource is along the state’s jagged coast.The previous record of 94.7 million pounds, worth more than $313 million, was set in 2010.Although the lobster catch came in strong last year, Keliher said lobstermen were hurt by low prices for their product.Lobster accounts for 70 percent of the value of seafood caught by Maine fishermen.