A four year debate of salt water fishing licenses ended on Monday when Governor Baldacci signed a bill into law that creates a saltwater recreational fishing registry.The law will go into effect on January 1st of 2011.In this new bill the registry is free once you purchase a freshwater fishing license.Striped Bass endorsements will cost $5 for residents who do not have freshwater licenses, and $15 for all nonresidents.Fees for commercial operator’s licenses, including charters and smelt camps, are $50.The bill is expected to generate $1,700,000 for the state.
Voters in Unity have turned down a moratorium on wind turbines.Town officials say the 6 month moratorium would give them time to develop a wind power ordinance.But voters turned the idea down at Unity’s annual town meeting held Saturday.Residents in several other Maine communities have recently passed ordinances restricting wind turbines in their towns.
Bangor city councilors met Monday evening for a budget workshop.Councilors would like to see a reduction in the proposed tax rate for the 2011 fiscal year.The council gave the interim city manager direction on what they would like to see in his proposed budget to accomplish that.Cuts to several areas, such as the fire department, the bangor public library, and overtime budgets were discussed.Council chair, Richard Stone says these budget cuts could mean cutbacks in services in some areas.
We have more information on President Obama’s visit to Maine this Thursday.He’ll be attending a rally at the Portland Expo.The event is part of the President’s effort to sell his health care overhaul at campaign-style events.President Obama is expected to speak around 3:25 p.m.Tickets to the event will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 11 a.m.
The second of two men charged in a machete attack on a father and his 10-year-old daughter will go to trial in May.Daniel Fortune, 22, is charged with aggravated attempted murder, attempted murder, robbery, burglary and conspiracy for a home invasion in Pittston nearly two years ago.Fortune’s foster brother,Leo Hylton, 19, has already been sentenced to fifty years in prison for his role in the attack.Jury selection will begin may 4th in Somerset County Superior Court.
Four people were taken to the hospital Monday morning after a crash on the interstate in Hampden.It happened between the Carmel and Coldbrook Road exits on the southbound side around 7:30 a.m.State police say a pick-up cut in front of another truck.One of the vehicles ended up going down an embankment into the tree line.Three of the four passengers in that pick-up were taken to the hospital along with the driver of the other vehicle.We’re told all of their injuries are minor.
Fingerprints are an easy way to identify someone because no two are like.It turns out the same is true with our breath.Scientists at the University of Maine are now honing in on what we breathe out.And as Joy Hollowell tells us, it’s research they hope will someday save lives.==========Imagine being able to detect cancer, simply by doing this.(exhaling breath)A breath test is something researchers at the University of Maine in Orono have been working on for more than three years now.
In the current economy, many Maine families and businesses are looking for ways to cut heating costs.Monday, the Kingfield Elementary School debuted their new biomass boiler to the public.It’s expected to cut their heating costs in half.It was a dream five years ago and now it’s officially a reality.The new wood pellet boiler at the Kingfield Elementary School is one of three such boilers in the school district, that will not only keep students warm, but will save the taxpayers money says MSAD 58 Superintendent Quenten Clark.
A Bangor bargain business is getting ready to make some improvements that they want you to know about.As soon as the weather lets up a bit, the Goodwill in Bangor will be undergoing construction to the front of the store and to the parking lot.The store entrance will be moved to the front, and will be expanded, and the sidewalk will be extended.