Senator Olympia Snowe will be challenged by at least one Democrat next year.Matthew Dunlap of Old Town has filed the required paperwork with the Federal Election Commission.Dunlap is a former state lawmaker who also served as Secretary of State under Governor Baldacci.Snowe is in her third term as U.S.
Former Senate Majority Leader and Special Envoy George Mitchell is endorsing the “Yes on 1” campaign, which would restore same-day voter registration in Maine.In a statement released Wednesday by the “Yes on 1” campaign,Mitchell says same-day voter registration helps citizens to vote,and democracy is stronger when more people participate.Maine voters will decide next week whether to repeal a new statelaw that requires voters to register at least two business daysbefore an election.
Maine officials say they’ve been told by the federal government that the state will receive a major reduction in heating assistance funding this season.The Maine State Housing Authority said Tuesday it’s joiningMaine’s congressional delegation in urging Congress to approve morefunding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).Maine Housing says the U.S.
Drug agents raided a home on Ohio Street in Bangor Wednesday.Division Commander Darrell Crandall with the MDEA tells us the investigation is focused primarily on cocaine trafficking.We’re told several people were taken into custody, but details aren’t being released.Agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrived at the home around ten Wednesday morning and were on the scene into the afternoon.The Maine DEA has been keeping a close eye on 100 Ohio Street for several months now.Drug agents executed the search warrants while a special response team from the Bangor Police Department blocked off neighboring roads so the agents could work.Agents did fire tear gas into the residence, which is a four unit apartment building.The Maine DEA would not comment on who was arrested or if any drugs were found.”Drug trafficking is a problem anywhere.
A task force created to potentially reform the Land Use Regulaton Commission will meet in Calais, Thursday.The LURC Reform Commission was established based on growing concern that the group had too much control over Maine’s unorganized territores.Thursday’s discussions will include the role county governments might have in land regulation.The meeting will be held at the Washington County Community College in Calais from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.A public comment session will begin at 2:30 p.m.
Veterans throughout Maine will have a special visitor this week.National Commander Fang Wong will be touring the state Friday through Sunday.This year, Wong is serving as Commander of the American Legion and will be making stops at legion posts in Litchfield, Gardiner, Sabattus, Hallowell.The Commander’s visit will conclude with a banquet Saturday night at a Legion Post in Richmond.His schedule is as follows:Saturday, November 5William R.
Bangor Hydro customers in downtown Bangor will lose power for five hours Wednesday evening.It’s part of a planned interupption that begins at 11:45 Wednesday night and will last until 5 Thursday morning.Several downtown businesses including the Freeses Assisted Living building, Greyhound Bus terminal, Columbia Street Baptist Church, the Coe building, New Waverly Restaurant as well as surrounding residences will be impacted.Bangor Hydro says customers in the area should make arrangements.If you have any concerns, call the customer service line at 1-800-499-6600.
Plans to open up a methadone clinic in Rockland are gaining ground.On Wednesday night, the Rockland Planning Board approved the site plan application at a meeting at city hall.Metro Treatment of Maine is the company that wants to build the clinic.It is based out of Orlando.In September, city councilors approved a zoning change for the property on new county road, which once housed the Turning Tide clinic.
Governor LePage invited families to the Blaine House Tuesday for a tea party.The party was in honor of Adoption Awareness Month, an event the Blaine House has celebrated the past fifteen years.A group of families who had finalized their adoptions within the last year attended.The governor thanked the parents, then gave an important message to the kids.”Those who love you and care for you and vice versa are your parents, and they don’t have to be biological, they don’t have to be blood, they just have to be your parents.”Between 2009 and 2010, almost 300 kids were adopted in the state.
Summer may be over, but the city of Bangor and organizers with the Waterfront Concert Series are busy planning next year’s events.Right now, they’re working out the final details on the 2012 agreement at a workshop.It’s taking place in the council chambers at City Hall in downtown Bangor.The workshop is open to the public.