The high price of oil forced a lot of folks to choose which bills to pay, and which ones to let lapse over the winter. Bangor Hydro Customer Operations Director, Kim Wadleigh, says the utility has already sent 46-thousand disconnect notices this year for unpaid bills. She says that’s several thousand more than were sent at this time last year. The dollar amount on the outstanding balances averages $4,000, that’s up from last year as well. Wadleigh says there are things folks can do to avoid having their power shut off such as contacting Bangor Hydro to set up a payment plan. They are saying that paying something is better than nothing. You can reach the Bangor Hydro Customer Service Line by calling 1-800-499-6600 or 947-2414.
Republican Party regulars fended off platform challenges from a libertarian bloc led by Ron Paul supporters at the GOP state convention Saturday and elected a full 12-member slate of at-large delegates endorsed by John McCain’s campaign to the September national convention.
The search continues for a missing man from Belmont.
We’re told 68-year old Charles Milton springer has dementia and Alzheimers disease. He left his home during the day Friday and hasn’t been seen since. Friends say it’s not uncommon for springer to walk 20 or 30 miles, so he could be quite far from Belmont by now. He was last seen wearing tan pants, and is known to wear glasses.If you think you’ve seen him or have any idea where he might be call state police at 1-800-452-4664.
Up to 75 National Guard troops are fanning out across Fort Kent and other locations to assist in the cleanup following floods.
Bruce Fitzgerald from the Maine Emergency Management Agency says 40 soldiers were assigned Sunday to Fort Kent, which bore the brunt of last week’s flooding. He says the soldiers will help to clear roadways and remove debris.
The attorney general’s office is investigating the shooting of a motorist by police during a traffic stop in Portland.
Deputy Police Chief William Ridge says shots were fired as two officers tried to stop a motorist with a revoked driver’s license from fleeing Saturday night.
Several small business owners are seeking to initiate a referendum aimed at repealing new taxes on sodas, beer and wine.
The Fed Up With Taxes coalition says the tax increases were adopted without any public hearing in the final hours of the legislative session. Director Newell Augur says it’s time to say ":enough’s enough": when it comes to taxes.
The name of the filly that had to be euthanized after finishing second in the Kentucky Derby may have a familiar ring to people in Maine.
Eight Bells, the only filly in the field Saturday, got her name from the summer home Eight Bells, where the Wyeth family lived in Port Clyde. N.C. Wyeth named the old captain’s home after the painting ":Eight Bells": by Winslow Homer.
TIME Magazine is calling Maine’s George Mitchell one of the world’s 100 most influential people.
The annual TIME 100 list profiles men and women whose power, talent or moral example makes a significant difference in the world.
Some roads remain impassible and bridges closed while damage assessments continue along the St. John River in northern Maine following a devastating spring flood earlier this week.
But with the river remaining below flood stage, Maine Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Lynette Miller says, ":The focus has been shifted to recovery and getting people back into their homes.":
An elderly man from Litchfield is dead after a car crash in Milbridge. It happened at 10:30 am on Saturday.
Milbridge police say 80-year old Robert Williams was heading east on Route One when he lost control of his car and hit a light pole near the High Street intersection.
Gerry Raymond runs the good samaritan food pantry at his house, just off Route 23.
The pantry is open every other Wednesday.
But Raymond says he’s going to have to close up the pantry, because nobody can get passed a wash out in his driveway.
People in the Milford area were the latest to cope with the rising water.
The Penobscot River over-flowed its banks late Wednesday night, and flooded homes and businesses along Route 2.
Some work has already begun on roads that were damaged by the rushing water.
The Department of Transportation says that the Tucker Bridge on Route 11 in the Patten area.
The flooded Mattawamkeag River damaged the bridge supports, causing it to drop seven inches.
The Orono bog boardwalk welcomed its first visitors of the year.
The boardwalk, in Bangor’s city forest, is jointly run by the city, the Orono land trust and UMaine.
The mile-long walk runs through a forested wetland as well as an open peat bog. Colorful signs along the way describe the plant and animal life you can see.
Bruce Biette of Blueberry Broadcasting said the company hassigned a contract to buy the stations for $11 million. Biette saidhe expects the deal to close in September, pending approval fromthe Federal Communications Commission.The stations are in the Augusta, Bangor and Rockland areas andhave formats that include talk, country, oldies and adultcontemporary.Blueberry Broadcasting is headed by Louis Vitali, who previouslyran the WBACH network of classical music stations in Maine.A call to Clear Channel headquarters in San Antonio was notimmediately returned.
Rain and melting snow raised the St. John to more than 30 feet– about 5 feet above flood stage — causing widespread flooding.
But a spokesman for the Maine Emergency Management Agency says the community dodged a bullet because the water never topped a levee that protects downtown.
":I don’t think there’s any question they’re going to do it,": said Maine State Chamber of Commerce President Dana Connors.
To meet Dirigo’s roughly $50 million annual operating budget, the pending law replaces an indeterminate savings offset payment targeting insurers with a 1.8 percent surcharge on paid claims. It also imposes new taxes on beer, wine and soda at the distributor level and taps surplus funds from the Fund for a Healthy Maine, the state’s repository for tobacco settlement money.
Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap says he has received a peoples veto application that could launch a referendum to overturn the legislation.
Signed by the Governor in Early April, the new law requires proof of U.S. citizenship in order to get a drivers licence.
Rain swollen rivers are forcing the evacuations of some folks in northern Maine tonight, especially those along the St. John and Fish rivers in Fort Kent. Repsonders are dealing with a record water highs of almost 32 feet near a dike, which is almost overflowing.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Bush’s nomination of Peter Cianchette.
Senator Olympia Snowe says it’s a proud moment for Maine.
She says Cianchette’s tenure in the legislature, and his extensive business background, gives him a wealth of experience that he brings to his new post.