Matthew Dunlap says the savings from eliminating the election would amount to $275,000, which could be banked in the budget.
Dunlap, a former lawmaker from Old Town, says he found the process to be a waste of tax dollars:
An accident on busy route one has claimed the life of a Hancock woman. The three vehicle crash happened while drivers were making their morning commute to work Tuesday.
Police say 40-year-old Wendy Brown had stopped to turn into Hancock Grocery. Rosamond McLean of Sullivan was heading south toward Ellsworth when she struck the back end of Brown’s Ford Expedition.
Lori Wilson (50) was driving southbound when her car veered off the road hitting a mailbox and flipping onto its roof.
Police say the accident happened at approximately 9:20 am.
Waterville and State Police reconstructed the crash and the general consensus is that speed was not a factor.
Some residents downtown say they’ve been bothered by the noise of crowds leaving bars and clubs at closing time, which, on some nights, that can be as late at 2:30 in the morning.
Two developers from New Jersey are planning to build four 276 foot radio towers in that area. Neighbors banded together Monday night, to try and convince the city to put a stop to it.
Fesitival executive director Heather McCarthy says the clean up crews include staff from the public works, and parks and recreations departments, as well as inmates from the charleston correctional facility.
The crews have been stacking chairs, taking down tents, and getting the waterfront back to normal since the festival closed.
The three day event brought acts from all over the world, and organizers say attendance was strong, despite a bout of nasty weather.
Bangor police officials say the festival was problem-free this year.
The strike occurred saturday night at the Katahdin Stream Campground.
Park officials say 24-year-old Evans Huber was camping with his mother and 18-year-old brother when lightning struck a tree near their campsite.
The plane fell to earth in Brooks just before six o’clock Sunday night.
Officials say Reggie Tyler was flying his homemade airplane when it suddenly crashed into the Marsh River, just behind the town post office.
Police say an SUV driven by 30-year-old Cory Openshaw crossed the center line on Route 1A and hit an oncoming car .
Openshaw and 32-year-old Stacy Collins died.
Their three young children were seriously injured.
Mercury has been found in sparrows that live in New England’s saltwater estuaries and wildlife refuges.
The saltmarsh sharp-tailed sparrow is listed as a bird of high conservation concern.
Senator Susan Collins is calling on congress to pass the National Mercury Monitoring Establishment Act.
Authorities say a Portland man was
struck and killed by lightning while camping at Baxter State Park.
The victim, identified as 24-year-old Evans Huber of Peak’s
Island, was camping at Katahdin Stream Campground with his younger
brother and mother during a strong thunderstorm when lightning
struck a tree near the campsiteSaturday night.
Park officials said the lightning deflected from the tree and
struck Evans and his brother, 18-year-old Emmett Huber. Baxter
State Park staff responded to the scene and attempted to revive the
elder Huber but were unsuccessful.
Emmett Huber was transported to Millinocket Regional Hospital
with 1st and 2nd degree burns to his feet. Officials said Huber’s
mother, Lois Tiedeken, was uninjured.
According to officials, it was the third lightning-caused
fatality in the park’s recorded history.
Police say excessive speed was a factor in
a crash that took the life of a 22-year-old Buxton man.
The victim was alone in the car when it crashedSaturday night.
Police say he lost control of the car and struck a tree about 8:20
p.m. The victim’s name was being withheld pending family
Police say the car was traveling at excessive speeds along
Turkey Lane near Henry Hill Road when it passed another car
traveling east and went out of control.
The Coast Guard says a 31-foot vessel
carrying four adults and a child sank in the Kennebec River, but
everyone on board was able to swim to nearby Ram Island.
Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Chris Wheeler said the
incident took place about 9 p.m. Saturday night.
Wheeler said one of those on board was able to summon help by
radio and that the Coast Guard relayed the information to the Maine
That agency rescued the group and brought them safely to
There is a winner.
Powerball lottery officials say one winning ticket was sold for
Saturday night’s 314-million-dollar jackpot.
It was purchased in Indiana.
The pot had grown so huge because there had not been a big
winner in any of the drawings since late June.
Saturday night’s six Powerball numbers are: two, eight, 23, 29
and 35, with a Powerball of 19.
The jackpot for the multi-state lottery starts over at 15
million dollars for Wednesday night’s drawing.
ELLSWORTH – According to police, two SUVs hit each other head on when one of the vehicles drifted into the opposite lane.
The two people killed in the crash, 30-year-old Corey Openshaw and 32-year-old Stacy Collins, were both from Sullivan. Their three children, ages 2, 7, and 10, were also in the SUV. They were taken to EMMC for treatment. Authorities have not released their conditions.
MACHIAS Sheriff Donnie Smith, concerned as to whether it is ethical for him to conduct an internal investigation of his own department, is not happy about the decision.
Last spring it was discovered that 70 guns were missing from an evidence locker at the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. An investigation turned up 25 of the guns, leaving 45 still unaccounted for.
It happened once already this week: employees at the center arrived at work to find that someone had spray painted graffiti.
Police tell us that someone has been going up to the center after midnight, and spray painting obscenities and symbols on the doors of the garage, the skate park ramps, and on signs.
Police say the body was recovered near Camp Cobbossee, which had been rented by two Massachusetts high schools for a weeklong football camp.
The victim, Aaron Ortiz, was entering his first year at Oliver Ames High School in North Easton, MA.
This comes after a massive toy recall by toy company Mattell.
The toy giant has recalled tens of thousands of Chinese-made toys that could be covered in lead paint.
Eastern Maine Medical Center’s Dr. Erik Steele says it’s hard to recognize the signs of lead poisoning in small doses.