Two Maine groups have joined two federal
lawsuits seeking to overturn a new policy that allows people to
carry concealed, loaded guns in most national parks.
Friends of Acadia and Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence
Electric bills will soon be going down for
Bangor Hydro-Electric Co.’s large business customers.
The Public Utilities Commission yesterday approved a 40 percent
decrease in the electricity portion of bills for Bangor Hydro’s
A contractor trade group says nearly
4,000 construction jobs will be created in Maine under President
Obama’s economic stimulus bill that is being debated in Washington.
John O’Dea, chief executive officer of the Maine chapter of the
The company announced today they are shutting down one of their paper machines starting on Monday.They say the shut down will last for about a month. They are encouraging employees to take vacation time if they have it.140 hourly employees will be affected as well as several salaried workers.The company told town officials they are doing this to manage their cash flow since they have a shortage of orders.Just last year, Katahdin Paper shut down the Millinocket mill, putting about 200 people out of work.
WABI TV5, the CBS and CW television affiliate in Bangor, has announced its intent to continue analog broadcast operations through the new Digital TV transition date, June 12, 2009. The decision comes as a result of the DTV Delay Act recently passed by the U.S. Senate and House. While the Act does include provisions for stations to shut down analog earlier, subject to individual considerations, TV5 management has elected to continue analog broadcasts through the new transition date, in the greater public interest.â€œThere has been great growth in digital reception,â€ said TV5 General Manager Mike Young, â€œbut there are still a significant number of viewers in our area who can only receive over-the-air analog signals.â€ Young admits that the decision is not without cost to the station. â€œWeâ€™ll have to endure the considerable unplanned expense of continuing to operate two full power transmitters â€“ one in analog and one in digital,â€ Young said, â€œbut we feel that we have an obligation to those viewers who need more time to make the digital switch.â€Young explained that some viewers need more time because they are waiting for digital converter box coupons to become available. Winter weather was also a factor in the decision to continue analog operations. â€œItâ€™s been a harsh winter so far, and we expect more of the same,â€ Young said. â€œItâ€™s important that at least one analog station stay on the air for emergency information. And some viewers may need to install new rooftop antennas in order to receive digital signals. That will be much easier, and safer, in the spring.â€WABI TV5 signed on as Maineâ€™s first television station on January 25, 1953. The station began limited free over-the-air digital broadcasting in 2002. TV5 currently offers a full-time digital simulcast of its analog channel, including CBS programming in high definition, and a secondary, standard definition digital channel, affiliated with The CW television network.
More than 140 people are being laid off at the Katahdin Paper Mill in East Millinocket.The company announced today they are shutting down one of their paper machines starting on Monday.They say the shut down will last for about a month. They are encouraging employees to take vacation time if they have it.140 hourly employees will be affected as well as several salaried workers.The company told town officials they are doing this to manage their cash flow since they have a shortage of orders.Just last year, Katahdin Paper shut down the Millinocket mill, putting about 200 people out of work.
A $625,000,000 power grid expansion needed to support a huge wind farm in northern Maine has been put on hold…Aroostook Wind Energy wanted the grid but has changed its stance after discovering unanticipated technical hurdles.That company also says the economics have changed since the power grid expansion was first proposed.The project would have connected northern Maine to the regional electrical grid for the first time.
It seems there’s a litter vigilante on patrol in central Maine…Police are looking for a man who’s accused of posing as a state trooper.He apparently stopped a woman in Gardiner after seeing her toss a cigarette butt out of her car.The man told her was an off-duty trooper and had stopped her for littering.He never showed identification, or asked for hers.The woman told police the man was driving a red pickup truck with a blue light mounted on his dashboard.
It’s the number one killer of women in the country, and on Thursday students at the University of Maine were getting an education about it…”It” is heart disease.Friday is national wear red day to raise awareness about the problem.On Thursday members of the school’s wellness program invited folks from the American Heart Association to offer a program on campus.Heart disease can strike at any age, but risk factors increase as women get older. “You’re never too young to take steps to prevent heart disease.” Said University Employee Wellness Manager Taylor Bloeden. “As well, some of them have parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles who are affected and the more they know now, the more they can help their loved ones and themselves to be healthy as well.”During thursday’s program an inspirational film about heart disease survivors was shown.
More charges for a man from Augusta accused of taking part in a machete attack and home invasion in Pittston…A grand jury in Kennebec County handed up five more indictments against 21-year-old Daniel Fortune on Thursday.Fortune is accused of breaking into the home of a former lawmaker last May.William Guerrette junior and his 10-year-old daughter were beaten and hacked with a machete, suffering critical injuries.Among the new counts against Fortune, elevated aggravated assault.Fortune has now been indicted on 14 charges, including attempted murder.He’s already pleaded “not guilty” to 9 of them.Fortune is also accused of stealing more than $111,000 from the Guerrette home in 2007.A trial date has not been set.
Flames tore through a home in Passadumkeag late Thursday night…Crews were called to a possible chimney fire around 10:30. When they arrived the fire had already ripped through the top floor, and there wasn’t much they could do to save the home.Crews from Greenbush also responded to the fire, which burned for several hours.Passadumkeag Fire Chief Brent Faloon says Marie Lodge and her son Mark lived in the house, but were not home at the time of the fire.Faloon says the extreme cold and nearby power lines made the fire even harder to fight.”We’ve had one engine freeze up completely and we had to cease operations until Hydro got the power disconnected. We had power lines burning up and down the street. Obviously it’s very cold out, and that gives us some complications.”The home was located across the street from the fire department in Passadumkeag.There has been no word yet on what started that blaze.
A grand jury in Kennebec County handed up five more indictments against 21-year-old Daniel Fortune on Thursday.
Fortune is accused of breaking into the home of a former lawmaker last May.
":It": is heart disease.
Friday is national wear red day to raise awareness about the problem.
On Thursday members of the school’s wellness program invited folks from the American Heart Association to offer a program on campus.
The Public Utilities Commission on Friday approved a 40% decrease in the electricity portion of bills for Bangor Hydro business customers that use the default ":standard offer.":
The price will fall from 13.3 cents pkh to an average of about 8.1 cents. The lowest price in three years.
WABI TV5, the CBS and CW television affiliate in
Police are looking for a man who’s accused of posing as a state trooper.
He apparently stopped a woman in Gardiner after seeing her toss a cigarette butt out of her car.
Investigators have recently recovered what is described as ":some very critical evidence.":
Darrell Smith was found dead in his workshop on the evening of Feb. 6, 2008. His wallet and a safe were both missing.
On Thursday, a woman from Jonesport called ":The Howie Carr Show": and said live on the air that her financial situation was so bad, she was considering suicide.
Host Howie Carr kept the woman on the line and tried to convince her against taking her own life. Even sharing the story ofhis own grandfathers suicide during the depression, andhow his family hasn’t been the same since.
Aroostook Wind Energy wanted the grid but has changed its stance after discovering unanticipated technical hurdles.
That company also says the economics have changed since the power grid expansion was first proposed.
FairPoint is investigating reports of people posing as FairPoint representatives contacting customers by e-mail asking for their passwords. The company said it does not make a practice of asking for that sort of information, and that customers should not respond to the e-mails.